While national politicians and elite pundits on both sides making the biggest fake news story yet into a national emergency, it sure would be nice if someone could calm down long enough to notice a real threat to notice one of the myriad real dangers facing the rights of the American people.
There are plenty to choose from, after all, the latest being revealed in this story from attorney and Second Amendment advocate Paloma A. Capanna.
It seems that in the course of her work on the lawsuit Robinson vs. Sessions, she has gotten Justice Department attorneys to make the following admission (emphasis added):
Since 2004, as part of its background checks for all potential firearms purchasers, the NICS has searched a file containing a list of known or suspected terrorists that is exported by the Terrorist Screening Center from the TSDB into the FBI’s National Crime Information Center database.
The TDSB is the same source from which the infamously error-prone No-Fly List is derived. Further, Capanna explains:
Robinson vs. Sessions is about Privacy – the confidentiality of the personal information submitted on the ATF Form 4473. It’s about Due Process – including that neither the ATF nor the FBI tells you what they’re doing with your personal information. It’s about Equal Protection – because American gun owners are the only category or class singled out for discriminatory treatment as being the most likely group responsible for terrorist acts carried out with a firearm.
Time to call your Congressman. The FBI has been publicly asking Congress for authorization to do this program for more than ten years. Guess what? They’ve been doing it anyway! Doesn’t this put the FBI back in front of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee for further testimony? Acting Director McCabe is the man who testified to Congress on June 7, 2017 that the FBI is the “U.S. person agency” responsible to get a warrant if a search is going to be conducted against an American on suspicion of terrorism.
Now, I may not be as skeptical of domestic national security measures as other more libertarian-minded types are, and if there were a reliable, unobtrusive way to simply flag the names of genuine terror suspects, that would be a different conversation.
But there’s a big policy problem when such an unreliable database is the basis for this and gun purchasing is one of the only activities singled out for this scrutiny (it’s not exactly difficult for terrorists to get guns illegally)…and there’s an even bigger legal problem when the FBI is doing this without so much as statutory authorization, to say nothing doing it without examining how the execution potentially conflicts with the Second, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments.
Personally, this sounds slightly more important than endlessly parsing whether “this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence” specifically included neo-Nazis or Klasmen…but then, I live in flyover country rather than the Beltway, so what do I know?
What do you think about the FBI’s practice here, or about the priorities of our elites? Sound off in the comments!