FBI Accused Of Targeting Trump Supporters

According to a recent Newsweek report, Donald Trump’s supporters find themselves under the scrutiny of the FBI’s counterterrorism investigations. The agency has initiated measures to track and counter what they now classify as “Donald Trump’s army of MAGA followers.” These tactics, honed in the fight against al Qaeda, are now being applied to certain Republicans.

The FBI has introduced a new acronym to describe this perceived threat as “Anti-government, Anti-authority violent extremism (AGAAVE). It may sound like a typo for the popular sugar substitute, but its implications are far from sweet.

According to investigative journalist William Arkin’s report in Newsweek, the majority of the FBI’s current “anti-government” investigations are focused on Trump supporters. The FBI’s recent expansion of AGAAVE investigations broadens suspicion from the “furtherance of ideological agendas” to the “furtherance of political and/or social agendas.”

This shift means that anyone with an agenda differing from Team Biden’s could potentially come under scrutiny. However, it’s important to remember that the FBI’s threshold for launching a criminal investigation differs from opening an “assessment.”

The agency conducted over 5,500 domestic-terrorism assessments in 2021, a significant increase since 2017 and an alarming 50-fold increase since 2013. Arkin points out that assessments are a form of domestic spying rarely discussed by the Bureau. This approach raises concerns, as the demand for terrorists far exceeds the domestic supply.

As one federal official pointed out, there is a tendency to label anything disliked as extremism and any extremist as a terrorist. The House Weaponization of the Federal Government Subcommittee has warned that the FBI appears complicit in supporting the administration’s political narrative regarding what they deem domestic extremism.

This belief, as expressed by FBI whistleblower Steve Friend, paints half the country as domestic terrorists who cannot be reasoned with. Some speculate that these assessments could be reminiscent of tactics used against Vietnam War protesters, where FBI agents conducted frequent interviews with antiwar activists to create paranoia and fear.

The danger lies in the potential for Biden’s war on extremism to become a self-fulfilling prophecy that undermines the legitimacy of the American political system. The worry is whether the FBI’s interventions in the 2024 presidential election will be more brazen than its actions in 2016 and 2020.

In these times of increased crackdowns on perceived extremists, the FBI’s actions seem to abide by the directive of “Following Biden’s Instructions.” This raises legitimate concerns about government overreach and the need for transparency, with nearly half the country admitting to having serious doubts about the FBI and its political motivations.