Report: FBI was actively monitoring Tax Day Tea Party protests
By Rick Saunders & Jeff Schreiber
Yesterday, White House adviser David Axelrod suggested that the “TEA Party” phenomenon which started sweeping the country last week was an “unhealthy” reaction to tough economic times.
Given the leftist pedigree Axelrod flaunts, that statement should come as no surprise, if not an outright compliment to the many concerned Americans who took time off from work to voice their opinions. Regardless of how taken, it only further underscores the fundamental intellectual hostility toward America and Americans who love their country and Constitution recently demonstrated by folks like Axelrod, DHS Commandante Janet Napolitano and, of course, The Chosen One himself.
Those who attended these gatherings, or even merely supported them from the sidelines, were Americans from all walks of life who are simply trying to regain control of their government from hijackers who now seem bent on ransoming the Constitution and burdening present and future generations with taxes, debt and deficits which, according to Peter Orszag, Obama’s own budget guru (is he still employed there?) “are ultimately not sustainable.”
Apparently fearing that the arguments of these “rightwing domestic terrorists” will actually gain traction with the larger population, they are now being vilified–with the help of the propagandists and juvenile potty-mouths at CNN, MSNBC and other media outlets–as somehow constituting a threat to the nation. A more pathetic inversion of logic and deflection of responsibility for the current state of the union would be difficult to conceive. After all, one would think that an administration as narcissistic as the one now in office would at least have periodic occasion–say, hourly–to gaze into a mirror and see the truth, however dimly.
Ominously, Pamela Geller’s excellent Web blog, Atlas Shrugs, now reports that late last month, a confidential directive was issued by the FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. to each of the 56 FBI field offices located across the United States instructing the Special Agents in Charge of those offices to verify the date, time and location of each Tea Party within their region and supply that information back to headquarters. More troublesome, the directive is asserted to have instructed each field office agent in charge to obtain or confirm the identity of the individuals involved in the actual planning and coordination of the events in each specific region, and include the local or regional Internet Web site address, if any. Could instructions to videotape the events and the attendees have also been included? The FBI has apparently neither confirmed nor denied the report, so whether it is accurate or not, only time will tell.
However, if true, know that when the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security begin instituting measures against everyday Americans that come straight out of 1984, you can bet the farm that something is rotten in D.C. Very rotten. It is bad enough that The Chosen One and his sycophants believe him to be new Messiah; it would be far worse if that status actually evolved into Big Brother and/or Big Brother-worship. The world has seen enough of that already.
This is absolutely chilling, and along with the underlying sentiments evidenced in the DHS assessment released last week, shows how much the tide has turned and just how quickly it has done so. American citizens simply concerned for the future of their nation, not to mention the future of their own children and grandchildren, are doing everything they can to make their opinions known, a critical component of a represenative republic like this one.
After all, for a republic like ours to function correctly, the representatives must truly be representing their constituents, and given the amount of reckless spending and damaging policy we’ve seen over the past 90 days alone, this is not a properly functioning republic.
Were similar FBI directives issued with regard to Code Pink rallies? For Lyndon LaRouche pamphlet-o-ramas? For the traveling throngs of the unshowered who followed former President Bush to nearly every appearance outside our nation’s capital? We certainly can hope so. Still, given the inequity with regard to how “rightwing extremists” and “leftwing activists” were treated in the DHS assessments, the chances are truly slim.
In the meantime, try not to think about how taxpayer dollars were spent on FBI surveillance of people who want the federal government to be more responsible with taxpayer dollars. That’s enough to make your head explode.
(NOTE: I spoke with Pam Geller this morning. Besides being a very nice woman–she and I share the honor of being on DHS’ list of right-wing extremists–she reiterated her confidence in her sourcing on this. These are indeed scary times we live in. — Jeff)
Rick Saunders is a freelance writer who splits his time between endeavors in southern California and the American southwest. He began writing for America’s Right in December 2008. Jeff Schreiber started America’s Right in January 2008.