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article imageBiden calls those storming US Capitol 'domestic terrorists'

By Ken Hanly     Jan 8, 2021 in Politics
In comments on Thursday, President Elect Joe Biden made it clear that he regarded pro-Trump demonstrators entering the US Capitol building as domestic terrorists..
Biden's remarks
Biden speaking in Wilmington Delaware said: Don’t dare call them protesters. They were a riotous mob. Insurrectionists. Domestic terrorists. It’s that basic. It’s that simple.”
Biden plans new legislation against domestic terrorism
Back last November the Wall Street Journal reported that Biden planned as a priority passing legislation against domestic terrorism. The storming of the Capitol will no doubt hasten Biden's formulation of domestic terror-related legislation. There are worries that such legislation could negatively impact civil liberties in the United States.
Red flag laws
The Biden transition team is considering red flag laws that give law enforcement officers more power to confiscate guns: "A proposal for the Biden presidency’s first 100 days, now with Mr. Biden’s transition team for consideration, also calls for passing more red-flag laws, which allow authorities to temporarily take guns from people deemed dangerous, some of the people said."
Biden took credit for and supported the Patriot Act
The Patriot Act greatly increased the federal government's surveillance powers. Biden claims that the act was modeled on an anti-terrorism bill he wrote after the 1994 Oklahoma bombing which never became law. In a 2002 Senate hearing Biden also sought credit for creating the Patriot Act. Biden said: . “Civil libertarians were opposed to itRight after 1994, and you can ask the attorney general this, because I got a call when he introduced the Patriot Act. He said, ‘Joe, I’m introducing the act basically as you wrote it in 1994.'”
Democrat Elissa Slotkin (D-Mi) also supports domestic anti-terrorism legislation
Democrats in the US Congress also support making legislation on domestic terrorism a priority. Elissa Slotkin a former Pentagon official and CIA analyst in a tweet said: "The post 9/11 era is over. The single greatest national security threat right now is our internal division. The threat of domestic terrorism. The polarization that threatens our democracy. If we don't reconnect our two Americas, the threats will not have to come from the outside."
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