Tulsi Gabbard: Draft law on domestic terrorism is “a target of almost half the country”
Tulsi Gabbard, the former Democratic representative from Hawaii, said Friday his concern that a proposed counter-domestic terrorism measure could be used to undermine civil liberties. Gabbard’s comments came during an appearance on Fox News Primetime when host Brian Kilmeade asked her if she was “surprised that they are promoting this additional surveillance of possible domestic terrorism.” “It’s as dangerous as you talked about. This is an issue that all Democrats, Republicans, Independents and libertarians should be very concerned about, especially because we don’t have to guess where this is going or how it will end.” Gabbard said. She continued, “When people like former CIA Director John Brennan speak openly about how he has spoken to or heard of candidates and candidates in the Biden administration who are already looking in our country for such movements as the uprising I have seen overseas that in his words he forms this unholy alliance of religious extremists, racists and bigots. He lists a few others and even libertarians at the end. “She said her concern is with how officials define the characteristics they look for in potential threats. “What qualities are we looking for when 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 it someone who is for life? Where are you taking this “Said Gabbard. She said the proposed legislation could” do a very dangerous undermining of our civil liberties, our freedoms in our constitution, and targeting almost half the country. “” You are obviously starting to look, must be a white person , obviously probably male, libertarian, anyone who loves liberty, liberty, maybe has an American flag on their house, or people who, you know, attended a Trump rally, “Gabbard said. The law on prevention of domestic terrorism of 2021 was introduced to the house earlier this week after riots broke out in the US Capitol earlier this month, killing five people. “Unlike after September 11, the threat that began on January 6 ends its ugly Head straightened by domestic terrorist groups and extremists, often racially motivated violent people, “said the representative Brad Schneider (D., Ill.) In a statement announcing bipartisan legislation. “America must be vigilant to combat those radicalized into violence, and the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act gives our government the means to identify, monitor and thwart their illegal activities. Tackling the domestic terrorism threat and white supremacy is not a Democratic or Republican problem, left versus right, or urban versus rural. Domestic terrorism is an American problem, a serious threat that we can and must address together, ”he said.