#FBI Report Asks Teachers To Inform Them Of Students Expressing “Anti-Government” Sentiments

#FBI Report Asks Teachers To Inform Them Of Students Expressing “Anti-Government” Sentiments

#FBI Report Asks Teachers To Inform Them Of Students Expressing “Anti-Government” Sentiments

In a report titled “‘Preventing Violence and Extremism in Schools” the Federal Bureau of Investigation (#FBI) asks High School teachers to inform law enforcement if their students express “anti-government” or “anarchist” sentiments in school. But who is to say what qualifies as “anti-government” or “anarchist” and what is simply constitutionally protected freedom of speech?

When I was in high school I expressed sentiments that could have been construed as “anti-government” on a regular basis. I hated politics with a flaming passion-like most teens– and regularly spouted things that I knew would make my retired Army officer father spitting mad. We have seen teenagers that have run off from countries around the world to join ISIS as well. I know that these things are possible and that our children can become victims of radicalization in the digital age.

These two Austrian teen girls ran away to join ISIS after being radicalized online

The concern I have is that we used to be a society based on being innocent until proven guilty and this trend of “future crime” style law enforcement is scary in light of other aspects of the present Administration. Just the other day, Attorney General Loretta Lynch discussed the possibility of prosecuting climate change deniers. Yes, you read that correctly. Prosecuting, with the full force of the U.S. Government, statements disagreeing with climate change under RICO statutes.

But what does that have to do with kids being ratted out to the FBI by their teachers? Well, for one, it calls to mind the Orwellian specter of the Stasi or the East German Secret Police.

From the report:

“Domestic Violent Extremism Movements:

Domestic violent extremism is defined as individuals or groups attempting to advance social or political beliefs through force or violence and in violation of federal law. The FBI recognizes several domestic violent extremism movements, including but not limited to white supremacists, animal rights and eco-terrorists, and antigovernment or radical separatist groups. There is no specific crime of domestic terrorism, but rather the individuals or groups are investigated based on a specific criminal violation. Violations include hate-based activities, weapons violations, or possessing a destructive device. As some adults embrace domestic violent extremist ideologies, their beliefs can permeate family norms, oftentimes influencing their children. This dynamic fosters biases leading to hatred and intolerance, and drives the need for action.”

Let that sink in for a moment. “There is no specific crime of domestic terrorism, but rather the individuals or groups are investigated on a specific criminal violation.” In a country where the government can run with impunity over the rights of sovereign citizens to do things like file for 501c3 status, as in the case of Lois Lerner and the IRS, or to express dissenting opinions on matters of research like the climate change debate; our law enforcement is asking children to inform on their parents due to their political beliefs.

When we see things like this after seeing the AG testifying that she is fine with the idea of prosecuting scientists who disagree with a theory that was shown to be questionable back in 2011 with the Climategate issue.  Emails from the College of East Anglia were leaked showing that scientists there had revealed that they thought Climate change was less of a scientific crisis than a political issue due to the weakness of the data.

A flag from the East German Stasi
A flag from the East German Stasi

Perhaps if this report were issued in another time, under a different Administration, I would view it differently. With all things considered however, this scares the hell out of me.

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8 Comments
  • GWB says:

    Let that sink in for a moment. “There is no specific crime of domestic terrorism, but rather the individuals or groups are investigated on a specific criminal violation.”

    Actually, you missed the important bit. That part is exactly how it should be – you get investigated for actually doing a crime.
    What you missed is this:

    Violations include hate-based activities

    So, you can be prosecuted for an otherwise legal activity because of the emotions you are thought to bear while committing that legal act.

    Also, one of the major dangers Lynch’s cabal poses is not in the criminal department (where “prosecution” would happen), but in the civil realm. The idea that the gov’t (as it did to the tobacco companies) can sue you is a bit more frightening, given the much lower threshold of evidence/proof.

    • Jennifer says:

      The additional thing that bugs me is that the definition of a “crime” seems much more open to interpretation under this Admin. That’s where I was coming from on the quote that I selected from the report. They pay no attention to certain laws and “interpret” others in ways that are non-sensical. But your observations are spot on GWB.

      • GWB says:

        Well, yes, the Rule Of Man (as opposed to Rule Of Law) aspect is frightening, as well. They don’t care about justice, they care about POWER.

  • Jennifer says:

    Good points GWB!
    It’s terrifying what our government is turning into before our eyes.
    Jennifer

    PS) Thanks for the insight too

  • Merle says:

    Another inch of the camels nose….

    Merle

  • Jennifer says:

    Merle,
    Precisely how I viewed it.

  • Nina says:

    Great post Jennifer! I agree with the other commenters here and would add only this:

    Given today’s PC run amok combined with zero lack of common sense, I believe that the determination of what would be defined as anti-government would be a purely arbitrary and dangerous thing …especially if some or any of it is predicated on how that person FEELS at the time!

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