House progressives caution against expanding security state after Capitol riots

House progressives caution against expanding security state after Capitol riots

Progressive
members
of

Congress
are
urging
their
colleagues
to
exercise
restraint
in
responding to
the
attack
on
the

U.S.
Capitol on Jan.
6.

“We
already
have
laws
on
the
books,”
tweeted
Rep.
Ilhan
Omar,
D-Minn.,
on
Thursday. “Sorry,
but
you
are
just
gonna
have
to
learn
to
apply
them
equally.

She
retweeted
a
letter
from
civil
rights
groups
opposing
“any
new
domestic
terrorism
charge,
the
creation
of
a
list
of
a
list
of
desingated
domestic
terrorist
organizations,
or
other
expansions
of
terrorism-related
authorities.”

Omar
was
one
of
the
signatories
to
a
Tuesday letter imploring
congressional
leaders
like
House
Speaker
Nancy
Pelosi,
D-Calif.,
not
to
expand
U.S. national
security
powers.


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“While
we
are
not
necessarily
opposed
to
reforms
to
address
the
law
enforcement
and
intelligence
communities’
inability
or
unwillingness
to
seriously
confront
domest
white
nationalist
violence,
we
firmly
believe
that
the
national
security
and
surveillance
powers
of
the
U.S.
government
are
already
too
broad,
undefined,
and
unaccountable
to
the
people,”
read
the
letter
from
Omar
and
Reps.
Alexandria
Ocasio-Cortez,
D-N.Y.,
Rashida
Tlaib,
D-Mich.,
and
others.

Their
pleas
came
just
after
former
Secretary
of
State
Hillary
Clinton
posted
a
joint
podcast
in
which
she
and
Pelosi
called
for
a
“9/11-type
commission.”

The
commission’s
report
precipitated
the
creation
of
the
Office
of
the
Director
of
National
Intelligence
(ODNI)
and
called
for
the
creation
of
the
National
Counterterrorism
Center
(NCTC). Part
of
the
post-9/11
war
on
terror
entailed
controversial
surveillance
powers
that
were
criticized
for
potential
infringements
on
civil
liberties.


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While
it’s
unclear
how
Congress
will
respond
legislatively, multiple
House
committees sent
a
letter
last
week
requesting
documents
from
the
FBI,
Office
of
Intelligence
and
Analysis,
ODNI,
and
NCTC. 

“The
Committees
will
conduct
robust
oversight
to
understand
what
warning
signs
may
have
been
missed,
determine
whether
there
were
systemic
failures,
and
consider
how
to
best
address
countering
domestic
violent
extremism,
including
remedying
any
gaps
in
legislation
or
policy,”
the
letter
read.

Sam
Dorman
is
a
reporter
with
Fox
News.
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