Barr Pledges Terrorism Task Force To Go After Protesters
Trump’s Attorney General William Barr wants to unleash the Terrorism Task Force on protesters. Protests have been setting the country ablaze since last week’s police killing of George Floyd. The protesting quickly turned into rioting and looting. Protesters even made their way to the White House which led to Trump and Pence hiding in their bunker. The President has express extreme anger towards the protesters and demanded that governors shut them down.
Now Bill Barr has stepped in and wants the terrorism task force to take over. Barr told state governors in a call earlier today, “It seems that some of the common dimensions are … we have the normal protesters. You have opportunistic people like looters. But in many places … you have this ingredient of extremists, anarchists…agitators who are driving the violence,” Barr expressed that the JTTF is “a tried and true system.”
The Attorney General went on to say, “It worked for domestic homegrown terrorists,” he said. “It already integrates your state and local people. It’s intelligence-driven. We want to lean forward and charge … anyone who violates federal law in connection with this rioting.”
Gov. Janet Millis who is a Democrat from Maine had a question for Barr. She said, “I’d be very interested in knowing the intel so we can prepare in advance for any insurgents or any professional instigators,” she said. “I would love to get the intel that you appear to have access to in regard to who these individuals are.”
The FBI has yet to comment on Barr’s announcement. They would only say that they have created a tip line for concerned citizens to call if they suspect, “violent instigators who are exploiting legitimate, peaceful protests and engaging in violations of federal law.”
The FBI added, “The FBI respects the rights of individuals to peacefully exercise their First Amendment rights.”
It still is not clear how citizens would know if someone is breaking federal law. Keep an eye on this story.