USA: “You don’t include things like Antifa, you don’t include things like Black Lives Matter. Instead, you identify patriotic Americans as a suspect.”
Senator Ted Cruz grilled FBI director Christopher Wray Thursday over a recent FBI training document that listed patriotic imagery such as the Gadsden Flag, the Liberty Tree, and the Betsy Ross Flag as ‘extremist’ indicators.
Wray claimed he had no knowledge of the document which Project Veritas revealed cites symbols, phrases, images, events, and individuals that agents should flag when trying to identify potential “Militia Violent Extremists” (MVEs).
Cruz told Wray that the revelations are one example of how the FBI has been “weaponized and politicized” to label everyday Americans as “Anti-Government or Anti-Authority Violent Extremists.”
“I will self-report right now that every day in the Senate I wear my boots that have the Gonzalez battle flag on the back of em,” Cruz said while slamming his boot on the counter and adding “What are y’all doing? This makes no sense.”
Cruz continued, “Included on this list is the Betsy Ross flag. Now that’s fairly remarkable that the Betsy Ross flag, in the FBI’s indication, is indicative of militia violent extremism – because among other people who have been publicly alongside the Betsy Ross flag; we have President Barack Obama, who was sworn in directly underneath two Betsy Ross flags.”
Cruz also noted that the Gadsden Flag is a symbol currently used on Virginia license plates.
The Senator also emphasised to Wray “You don’t include things like Antifa, you don’t include things like Black Lives Matter. Instead, you identify patriotic Americans as a suspect.”
Sen. Ted Cruz to FBI Director Wray: “DOJ has become thoroughly politicized. I think this is a problem that began during the Obama admin. I think it metastasized with career officials during the Trump admin. And I think it continues and is even worse today under the Biden admin.” pic.twitter.com/AzV7C0GC9r
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) August 4, 2022
Elsewhere during the hearing, Cruz got Wray to admit that the Detroit FBI Special Agent who oversaw the “absolute debacle” that was the Gretchen Whitmer kidnapping entrapment scheme is now in charge of the Washington, D.C. Office, overseeing the J6 investigation.
Wray also came under questioning from GOP Senator Josh Hawley, who cited a whistleblower report detailing that the Biden Administration had evacuated hundreds of people from Afghanistan who were on the Pentagon’s “watch list,” including known, suspected terrorists, and resettled them in the U.S.
The whistleblower told Hawley and Senator Ron Johnson that the White House and the DoD ordered corners to be cut, data to be deleted and did not properly vet the refugees.
Wray stated that the FBI is trying to investigate, but he has no information as to the status of any of the cases.
“I can’t sit here right now and say we know where all are located at any given time,” Wray stated.
“We know that hundreds of people potentially connected to terrorism are loose in this country” owing to these actions, Hawley said.
— MRCTV (@mrctv) August 4, 2022
Wray also warned that “Al-Qaeda maintains its desire to both conduct and inspire large-scale, spectacular attacks”.
This comes at a time when the White House Coordinator for Strategic Communications at the National Security Council admits that Al Qaeda is now using Afghanistan as a “safe haven” again:
Biden Spokesman John Kirby confirms Al Qaeda is “actively” using Afghanistan as a “safe haven” to “plot and plan attacks against American interests and the American homeland.”pic.twitter.com/cwdIEU80Sy
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) August 4, 2022
by Steve Watson
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