The Government Doesn’t Need New Powers to Fight ‘Domestic Terror’

We’ve already seen how this can abuse Americans’ civil liberties with little increase in public safety.

by Patrick Eddington

Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), chair of the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack, told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos last week that his committee may recommend new domestic intelligence powers. He provided no details, and Stephanopoulos didn’t press for any, but recent history shows the combined dangers and uselessness of that approach.

None of the post-9/11 surveillance measures enacted by Congress, including the sweeping USA PATRIOT Act, have ever been demonstrated through a rigorous, independent review to have stopped a single attack on the United States over the last 20 years. There is no reason to believe that still more spying authority for the FBI or the Department of Homeland Security would make a rerun of the Capitol riot less likely.

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