#62 Civil Disobedience Becomes a Coup

“Never let a serious crisis to go to waste” 

In their article “Global Instances of Coups from 1950 to 2010: A New Dataset,” authors Jonathan M. Powell and Clayton L. Thyne define a coup; “A coup attempt includes illegal and overt attempts by the military or other elites within the state apparatus to unseat the sitting executive.

Am I going out on limb to say that a ragtag group of Trump supporters that were essentially allowed by law enforcement to walk into the capitol does not qualify as “military or other elites”. Posing for pictures, stealing podiums, selfies with cops and acting more like lost tourist than criminals may qualify them as trespassers but certainly not a military force of elites or domestic terrorist.  

The media comparing this incident to the burning of the White House in the War of 1812  is more criminal than the “mostly peaceful” demonstrators breaking into the Capital. However, rest assured the new sheriff in town, Joe Biden, will take measures to protect this domestic tourist attack. https://www.wsj.com/articles/biden-says-mob-that-stormed-capitol-were-domestic-terrorists-11610046962

By coincidence, before the Capitol incident, The Wall Street Journal reported that Biden already had plans to of passing a law against domestic terrorism. https://www.wsj.com/articles/biden-administration-urged-to-take-fresh-look-at-domestic-terrorism-11605279834 

This is the same situation that occurred after 9/11. Oh my, the new sheriff was also involved with the usurpation of our liberties that the Patriot Act brought about. Biden voted for the 2001 Patriot Act, which greatly expanded the federal government’s surveillance capabilities. However, there is more to that story. Remember, Uncle Joe has been around for a while.

Biden has said the Patriot Act was modeled on a terrorism bill he wrote after the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, that was never signed into law. “I drafted a terrorism bill after the Oklahoma City bombing,” he was quoted as saying by the New Republic in 2001. “And the bill John Ashcroft sent up was my bill,” he said, referring to then-Attorney General John Ashcroft’s introduction of the Patriot Act. https://www.history.com/topics/21st-century/patriot-act

In a 2002 Senate hearing on FBI counterterrorism efforts, Biden again took credit for creating the Patriot Act. “Civil libertarians were opposed to it,” he said. “Right after 1994, and you can ask the attorney general this, because I got a call when he introduced the Patriot Act. He said, ‘Joe, I’m introducing the act basically as you wrote it in 1994.’”

Biden’s Patriot Act was Washington’s reaction to the terrorist attack of 9/11. How did that work out? Everlasting wars, the loss of privacy and freedom for what? Security, yes a nation in fear traded away freedoms for security.

Biden has now been “blessed” with a new “terrorist” crisis. The fear induced by the media and many politicians are plowing the fields for a Biden’s response. I too am scared! My fear is from the “domestic terrorism” legislation coming in response to the “DC Coup.” Yes, I fear a further loss to the depleted civil liberties that Americans have left.

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