William Barr likes him an excellent activity drive, and he likes a foul activity drive even higher. So it’s not that stunning that Barr has cranked up one more excuse to wipe his sneakers on the Structure.
This time, as The Washington Submit reviews, Barr is making a group devoted to “countering anti-government extremists,” and “escalating federal regulation enforcement’s response.” The triggering occasion of this activity drive is supposedly incidents of violence related to the protests over racist police murders, however the comparatively uncommon incidents of looting and destruction have been sporadic, uncoordinated, and extra directed at smashing some home windows in malls than something that appears explicitly “anti-government.”
Nevertheless, Barr makes it clear that he has a particularly expansive view of that time period. In his memo memorializing this new activity drive, Barr extends the concept of anti-government to being anti-police, and in addition to assaults on non-public property and to threats towards “harmless individuals.” Which appears to offer his new activity drive not simply purview over each crime ever, however to a lot of issues that aren’t crimes, in addition to making them the arbiters of the First Modification.
In that memo, Barr claims that the individuals on the focus of his activity drive are extremists who, “profess a wide range of ideologies [but] are united of their opposition to the core constitutional values of a democratic society ruled by regulation. . . . Some fake to profess a message of freedom and progress, however they’re in truth forces of anarchy, destruction, and coercion.” Ignoring the half-dozen contradictions implicit in Barr’s description, there’s little doubt that Barr’s activity drive exists to play up a menace that doesn’t exist, whereas ignoring the real menace of right-wing militias who often invade state capitals with AR-15s in hand.
In asserting the duty drive, Barr mentions two teams—“those that assist the ‘Boogaloo,’ ” and “those that self establish as Antifa.” That could be seen as a modicum of progress, since in earlier bulletins Barr refused to call every other menace than antifa, even when confronted by the truth that not a kind of individuals arrested by the FBI or native officers was linked to the nonexistent group.
Nevertheless, the phrasing of Barr’s new announcement “those that self establish as Antifa” seems to acknowledge that there is no such thing as a antifa. The FBI isn’t going to seek out antifa membership playing cards, or endlessly take down “the #2 man at antifa” (although, as previous expertise signifies, they’ll make this declare roughly as soon as every week, eternally). That doesn’t make Barr’s announcement higher, it makes it far worse. Barr is declaring battle on an angle.
Since these guys are going to want some early wins, I’ll make it simple for them: I self establish as antifa. Hell, I’d even be the #2 man at antifa! Identical to everybody else who cares about this nation.
And I really feel a mix of each pity and disgust for Barr’s pro-fa workforce.