FBI is going after people who support Donald Trump as 2024 approaches.
The government believes that there is a substantial chance of major social unrest and violence surrounding the 2024 U.S. Presidential election. So, in secret, it has made a new radical group that it wants to find and stop: Donald Trump’s army of Make America Great Again followers.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which is the main police force in the US, has a hard time going after and stopping what it calls “domestic terrorism” without bringing up political groups or views. Newsweek got access to secret information that shows that most of the present “anti-government” investigations are into people who back Trump.
“The FBI is in a very tough spot,” says a present agent who didn’t want to be named because that information is very secret. That person said the FBI wants to stop terrorism in the United States and attacks on the Capitol like the one on January 6, 2021.
But the Bureau must also protect the Constitutional rights of everyone to vote, speak out, and protest the government. They are trying to stop “focusing on former President Trump and his “Make America Great Again” followers,” the person said. This could make the anti-government activists angry.
Some Republicans in Congress say that the Biden administration has “weaponized” the Bureau against the right side. This means that the White House needs to be very careful right now.
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About twelve current or former government terrorism experts were interviewed over the course of three months by Newsweek. The goal was to get a sense of the current state of internal security and find out what President Joe Biden’s administration is doing to fight what it calls “domestic terrorism.” Most of them said they didn’t want to be named because they didn’t want to get into party politics or were scared of what would happen if they did.
Newsweek also looked at secret FBI and DHS records that keep track of cases, threats, investigations, and events to get a fuller picture. A lot of political experts think that things are very tense and dangerous right now, and that there could be violence or even civil war in the worst cases.
But they also don’t agree on whether “terrorism” is the right word to use to describe the problem or whether the security strategies that have been made in the US over the last ten years in reaction to Al-Qaeda and other Islamist groups are the best way to solve the problem.