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Dems’ domestic terrorism bill that sought interagency task force to monitor citizens fails in Senate

Published in Blog on May 26, 2022 by Brianna Kraemer

The Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act pushed by Democrats intended to ramp up federal law enforcement surveillance but failed to pass the Senate on Thursday along partisan lines.

The bill would have created domestic terrorism offices within federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security, all of which would have been integrated together for the purposes of monitoring Americans. 

Seen as a privacy invasion to conservatives, all but one House Republican voted against the legislation last week. However, with Democrats in control, the bill passed and moved to the Senate floor this week. The bill needed 60 votes in the Senate to move forward, but with a 47-47 vote along party lines, was blocked.

Although Republicans stopped the privacy infringement from becoming law, D.C. politicians have shown us that they don’t like or trust the American people that elect them into office. The federal government’s idea of a domestic terrorist has changed with the Biden administration to include political opponents and vocal conservatives that are a threat to their agenda. 

The interagency task force was supposed to work to assess and combat the infiltration of white supremacist and neo-Nazis within law enforcement agencies. It also more broadly required the “Federal Government to take steps to prevent domestic terrorism.”

It’s astonishing how far elected officials will go to take away our individual rights to garner as much power as possible. The federal government has grown extensively over the years to a point where citizens don’t have the individual freedoms and self-governance our nation was founded on.

Luckily, we can get back to a more moderate federal government by holding an Article V convention to limit its jurisdiction, impose term limits and create responsible budgets. 

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