Let’s Get Rid of the FBI

Project Veritas has leaked blurry but legible photos of an internal FBI memo describing the warning signs of “Militia Violent Extremism.”

“The following symbols,” says the memo, “are used by Anti-Government or Anti-Authority Violent Extremists, specifically Militia Violent Extremists (MVE) [which include] widespread use of symbols and quotes from American history, especially the Revolutionary War. Historical and contemporary military themes are common . . . ”

Using these symbols indicates you may be a “Militia Violent Extremist”; I include explanatory quotes the memo itself:

  • A symbol of the Second Amendment (“MVEs justify their existence with the Second Amendment . . .”)
  • A Gadsden Flag (“Historical American symbol representing gun rights and limited government”)
  • Revolutionary War Imagery (“An example of a militiaman during the Revolutionary War”)
  • The Liberty Tree (“The Liberty Tree was a famous elm tree in Boston near Boston Common. In 1765, colonists staged the first act of defiance against the British at the tree.”)
  • A Betsy Ross Flag (“Revolutionary War imagery harkening back to the 13 colonies and calls for revolutions”)

Any non-FBI agent looking over that list might think he’d simply stumbled into the early pages of an American History textbook.

The memo also includes violent extremist phrases to look out for, such as “Well regulated militia,” and “All enemies, foreign and domestic.” So don’t let the FBI catch you quoting those particularly dangerous and thought-provoking parts of the U.S. Constitution or the Oath of Office.

According to the FBI memo, there are two “significant events” these violent extremists like to “reference”: Ruby Ridge and Waco.  In other words, the two most shocking occasions on which the FBI turned an attempted publicity-coup sting into the wholesale murder of civilians (the FBI killed 76 people at Waco, including 25 children) are subjects citizens should not question. 

It sounds as though what the FBI really worries about is people who know their history and for some reason don’t trust them.

The memo concludes with a brief historical timeline of the Militia Violent Extremists: The timeline begins with the 2014 Bundy standoff, in which the federal government was attempting to deprive a cattle rancher named Cliven Bundy of historical grazing rights. (You’ll recall that the Bureau of Land Management started gathering up and confiscating the rancher’s cattle. When Bundy’s friends—and friends of friends—showed up with guns, the government was ultimately forced to let the cattle go and leave the property.)  

The memo’s MVE timeline ends, of course, with the January 6 “siege” of Capitol Hill.  

Anyone looking over the above timeline might get a little confused: Wait a minute, you’d say, this is a list of all the terrible things these violent extremists have done? Where’s the violence?  Where’s the extremism? The Bundy standoff ended without incident. The only people in this timeline who died were unarmed and were shot by the government (Duncan Lemp, Ashli Babbitt).

I think I’ve finally figured out what a Militia Violent Extremist is: An American. The FBI does not like Americans and does not like America. The FBI itself appears to be the enforcement wing of a huge organized crime enterprise. Their goal is to force Americans to keep their heads down and get on with supporting the comfortable lifestyle of all those civil servants and politicians.

So here’s an idea: Let’s get rid of the FBI. There’s no constitutional provision for federal law enforcement, and it’s high time we shrink the Interstate Commerce Clause back to size. And the unemployed agents who miss knocking down doors and confiscating private property can always find work in Europe, either with the European government or with the European government’s top competitor, the mafia.

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About Dan Gelernter

Dan Gelernter is a columnist for American Greatness living in Florida.

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