Tulsi Gabbard: Domestic-Terrorism Bill ‘targets almost half of the country’
Former Democratic Representative of Hawaii Tulsi Gabbard on Friday expressed concern that a proposed measure to combat domestic terrorism could be used to undermine civil liberties. Gabbard’s remarks came during an appearance on Fox News primetime, when host Brian Kilmade asked him if he was “surprised that they are going ahead with this additional surveillance, there will be domestic panic.” “It’s very dangerous because you guys are talking about this, it’s an issue that all Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Libertarians should be very worried about, especially because we don’t have to guess where it goes. Or how it ends, ”Gabbard said. He said: “When you have people like former CIA director John Brennan, they are openly talking about how they are speaking or listening to appointees and nominees in the Biden administration, who are already in the ranks of militants He is starting to look for similar movements in our country. He saw abroad, that in his words, he says that this unholy alliance of religious extremists, racists, bigots, he lists some others. And finally, liberals as well. “He said his concern is how officials would define the characteristics they are searching for for potential threats. “What features are we looking for because we are building this profile of a potential extremist, what are we talking about? Religious extremists, are we talking about Christians, evangelical Christians, what is a religious extremist? Is this someone who is a pro in life? Where do you take it “Gabbar said. He said that the proposed legislation could “create a very dangerous situation for our civil liberties, our freedoms in our constitution, and to target about half of the country.” “You start to see clearly, there has to be a white person, obviously, male, libertarian, any man who loves freedom, liberty, may have an American flag outside his house, or who People know you, attended the Trump rally, “he said. The Domestic Terrorism Act of 2021 was introduced in the House earlier this week and riots broke out in the US Capitol earlier this month, killing five people. Representative Brad Schneider (D., Il) said in a bipartisan statement, “After 9/11, the threat posed on January 6 is from domestic terrorist groups and extremists, often racially motivated violent individuals.” Legislation. “The US should be vigilant to combat those radicals with violence, and the Anti-Terrorism Act gives our government the tools to identify, monitor and thwart their illegal activities. Countering the threat of domestic terrorism and white supremacy is not a Democratic or Republican issue, not a Left vs. Right or Urban vs. Rural. Domestic terrorism is an American issue, a serious threat that we can and should address together, ”he said.