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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald fears that, led by President-elect Joe Biden and Silicon Valley, the institutional left is gearing up to wage a “new War of Terror” against all conservatives, particularly supporters of President Donald Trump.
A staunch opponent of the first War on Terror and the deterioration of U.S. civil liberties and privacy rights that it engendered, Greenwald already sees this War on Terror erupting as the left uses the rioting at the U.S. Capitol to attack civil rights.
“The same framework used to assault civil liberties in the name of foreign terrorism is now being seamlessly applied … to the threat posed by ‘domestic white supremacist terrorists,’ the term preferred by liberal elites, especially after yesterday, for Trump supporters generally,” he wrote this week for his Substack blog.
“In so many ways, yesterday was the liberals’ 9/11, as even the most sensible commentators among them are resorting to the most unhinged rhetoric available.”
Speaking on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” late Friday, he expounded further on these concerns.
“The Biden administration in about a week is saying explicitly that they want, first of all, a new law to further criminalize domestic terrorism, even though every act that constitutes domestic terrorism is already criminalized,” he said.
What they really want to do, Greenwald argued, “is increase their power to monitor political groups, to infiltrate them, to criminalize activities that currently are not criminalized nor should they be — whether it be advocacy of speech or other things.”
In other words, they want to treat all non-establishment speech and advocacy — particularly that coming from the right — as potential acts of terrorism.
Listen to his remarks below:
“They’re saying they want a new law similar to the way that the 9/11 attack and the emotions surrounding it was instantly seized upon to institute a whole series of new laws that endure to this very day,” Greenwald continued.
“Secondly, they are explicitly saying … this war on terror is not going to be directed at foreign non-state actors or terrorist groups or foreign countries like China or Iran or Russia. It’s going to be directed inward.”
All of this, he added, is a product of their Trump hysteria, which itself is a product of their greed and thirst for power.
“They have been focused for so long — media outlets have, the Democrat Party has — on Donald Trump and increasing fear levels about him. That’s been the key to their profits and their power,” he explained.
“What will happen once he’s gone, the strategy has always been clear — to inflate the risk of what they call white supremacist terrorism, which increasingly means nothing more than being a Trump supporter, and then treating people in the United States who fall into that category the way you treat terrorists.”
This means monitoring, surveilling, and detaining non-establishment and conservative Americans the way suspected terrorists were during the first War on Terror.
But what makes this War on Terror far more dangerous, according to Greenwald, is Silicon Valley’s full participation in and endorsement of it.
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“These companies have greater power than any corporations in the history of the world. Not just wealth, but the amount of data that they have on us — and now the control that they exercise over our political discourse. A tiny handful of tech oligarchs are more powerful than any nation-state,” he explained.
“They determine what we can hear, what we can speak, what is true and what is false with zero accountability and zero transparency. They overwhelmingly donated to the Democrat Party and support the Democrat Party, are part of that coalition.”
Indeed, this week Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and other tech giants all banned President Donald Trump from their platforms, thus depriving the country’s own commander-in-chief of a voice on social media.
In response, Democrats rejoiced:
It has not escaped my attention that the day social media companies decided there actually IS more they could do to police Trump’s destructive behavior was the same day they learned Democrats would chair all the congressional committees that oversee them.
— Jennifer Palmieri (@jmpalmieri) January 7, 2021
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 9, 2021
“Jennifer Palmieri, a top-level long-term adviser to the Clintons, posted on Twitter that the reason that Facebook and Silicon Valley are now censoring the enemies of the Democrat Party is because they know the Democrats are now in control of the key committees and have to do their bidding in order to get what they want,” Greenwald said.
He cautioned though that, despite the Democrats’ undeniable influence on Silicon Valley, it’s Silicon Valley itself that boasts the real power.
“[T]he reality is they’re the ones who wield power. Silicon Valley does, and the rest of us are subject to their undemocratic and unaccountable whims,” he said.
On Friday, Google delisted the social media app Parler from its store, and Apple threatened to follow suit unless Parler censors all “objectionable content.”
Meanwhile, thousands upon thousands of prominent pro-Trump voices were disappeared from Twitter, including the voice of the president himself.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) January 9, 2021