We reported previously how someone in the FBI apparently thought it was important to report a suspect in the Capitol riot had a LEGO set of the Capitol. Worse yet, it was reported as a “fully constructed” set. Obviously part of the plan!
Except that turned out to be false. According to the a memorandum in the case, it wasn’t even constructed. It was still in the box.
— Julie Kelly 🇺🇸 (@julie_kelly2) July 11, 2021
Great job there. But the false story went out everywhere.
But as if seizing LEGOs wasn’t enough, the FBI has another message for you — make sure you’re checking your friends and family for signs of extremism and reporting them to the FBI.
Family members and peers are often best positioned to witness signs of mobilization to violence. Help prevent homegrown violent extremism. Visit https://t.co/bql36iSbig to learn how to spot suspicious behaviors and report them to the #FBI. #NatSec pic.twitter.com/ZwJp5h5bWD
— FBI (@FBI) July 11, 2021
That sparked a huge backlash from a lot of people on Twitter on a few different levels.
First, that the FBI was asking people to monitor their family members and friends for signs of extremism and then fink them out to the FBI. Hello, how to sound like the KGB, the CCP, or the old East German Stasi and Nazis — where they encouraged kids to report on their parents. Yeah, no. We’re the United States of America, not whatever banana republic you want to turn us into.
Then how about the FBI just do their job to actually deal with extremism? You know, instead of using Democratic paid-for dossiers to spy on the political opposition? Imagine the man hours that went into that, instead of actually doing their job? Remember when the FBI used to be non-political?
While they’ve devoted a ton of time and resources to going after people involved in the three-hour riot at the Capitol, they’ve been largely missing in action when it comes to a concerted effort to go after any of the organizers of the BLM/Antifa actions/riots for the all the violence over the past year.
All they appear to have done is be reactive. Antifa is still attacking things in Portland. This is despite a lot of Antifa being arrested and let go locally. The FBI clearly has the ability at this point to know who the leadership is, to plumb all the video and arrest records, and to identify most of the people who are the recurrent bad actors. Assuming you were interested in knowing and preventing their actions. Yet, the FBI seems uninterested in doing that.
This sure looks like terrorism to me, setting fire to an ICE building and blocking the agents inside.
Footage shows how large the flames were at the #antifa arson attack overnight on the Portland @ICEgov facility. Antifa barricaded people inside by blocking the front door and gate, prompting federal officers to rush out from the far back. pic.twitter.com/EN5I8o9LBp
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) April 11, 2021
Portland: Pleas from the police for calm were ignored by #antifa. They called for another day of rioting. Antifa marched to the boarded-up police union & set it on fire again. This follows arson attacks in past week on local @icegov & a police station. pic.twitter.com/Ylim8pgl2M
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) April 14, 2021
Is there a website solely devoted to finding the people behind this and the other attacks on the ICE building in Portland? Or the more than 100 days in row of attacks on the Portland federal courthouse? You already know the answer to that.
This is outrageous. The @FBI has a growing credibility problem and this type of sinister snitching is clearly unhelpful.
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) July 11, 2021
Ted Cruz had some thoughts on the FBI’s new tweet.
In both Cuba & China, they also ask children to spy on their parents…. https://t.co/ss9TKNEBlz
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 11, 2021
And the backlash didn’t end there.
I'd like to report the teachers' unions.
Yeah, all of them.
Failure to impart usable skills for gainful employment turns vulnerable kids into youths and adults whose lives descend into desperation and crime.
And now they're indoctrinating kids in race hatred. https://t.co/gAYn2KvXfn
— Nan Hayworth, M.D. (@NanHayworth) July 11, 2021
#ATTENTION: Would all family members and peers of anyone who participated in Antifa/BLM riots during the past year of progressive violence, please turn them in to Biden's FBI? Thank you for your patriotism. #WhiteRage https://t.co/1mXlLalkoi pic.twitter.com/KgB9lRvMKU
— ryuge (@0ryuge) July 11, 2021
And this Twitter user had an excellent question.
— Tony Shaffer (@T_S_P_O_O_K_Y) July 11, 2021
Who do we report FBI extremism too?
— Libertarian Party of Texas (@LPTexas) July 11, 2021