Politics Liberal House members rally against expansion of national security powers following Capitol riot

21:46  22 january  2021
21:46  22 january  2021 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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Progressive members of Congress are urging their colleagues to exercise restraint in responding to the attack on the U.S 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 .

6 riot resulted in the deaths of five people, including a U.S. Capitol Police officer, after a rally held by former President Donald Trump that aimed to protest the The events resulted in Trump's second impeachment, led by the Democratic-controlled House . A trial in the Senate is pending, though Trump

Liberal members of Congress are resisting the expansion of national security powers in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot that has raised questions about sharper penalties for the intruders.

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"We already have laws on the books. Sorry, but you are just gonna have to learn to apply them equally," Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar wrote in a Thursday tweet that included a letter from the Leadership Council on Civil and Human Rights, which warned against the "unnecessary expansion of federal domestic terrorism statues."

The letter insisted the Justice Department "has over 50 terrorism-related statues" it can draw from to prosecute the pro-Trump demonstrators who clashed with law enforcement and eventually breached the Capitol, leading to five deaths. The group added that the creation of any new "domestic terrorism charge" would unfairly target "marginalized communities."

Omar, a member of the ultra-liberal House wing dubbed the "the Squad," was one of 10 lawmakers to sign a Tuesday letter to congressional leaders, demanding they halt any effort to enhance "national security and surveillance powers of the U.S. government."

"While we are not necessarily opposed to reforms to address the law enforcement and intelligence communities’ inability or unwillingness to seriously confront domestic 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," the letter read. "To further degrade those rights and liberties in reaction to this attack would undermine our democracy at a time when we must join together to defend it with all our collective might. While many may find comfort in increased national security powers in the wake of this attack, we must emphasize that we have been here before and we have seen where that road leads."

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Two Capitol Police officers were suspended and at least 10 are under investigation for their conduct during last week’s Capitol riot , according to Rep. Several videos show police being beaten over the head with flag poles, a wrench and clubs while still defending themselves against a frenzied blur of

Follow RT on. It’s hard to believe how the angry mob of Trump supporters managed to do what they I watched the reruns of President Trump’s confused and quite mental rallying call to his followers At the BLM protest there were thousands of armed security ready and willing to crack heads and use

The lawmakers posited that the House Un-American Activities Committee, which they say targeted liberals during World War II, and the Patriot Act, which enhanced surveillance capability following the 9/11 attacks, are examples of poor policy that result in increased terrorism-related power. "Squad" members Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib also signed the letter.

At least 25 domestic terrorism investigations have been opened in the aftermath of the Capitol riot. Authorities took particular concern with those in the group who carried zip-tie-like restraints as they investigate whether there was a plan to kidnap members of Congress.

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Agents are probing interactions between on-the-ground instigators and the leaders of national extremist groups. That same day, FBI personnel in Norfolk were increasingly alarmed by the online conversations they were seeing, including warlike talk around the convoys headed to the nation’s capital. One map posted online described the rally points, declaring them a “MAGA Cavalry To Connect Patriot Caravans to StopTheSteal in D.C.” Another map showed the U.S. Congress, indicating tunnels connecting different parts of the complex. The map was headlined, “CREATE PERIMETER,” according to the FBI report, which was reviewed by The Washington Post.

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