Republican politicians are threatening to launch a violent crackdown against liberal protesters.
Dozens of GOP representatives recently joined together and asked the federal government to carry out more aggressive tactics against Americans who are protesting against oil pipelines. Republicans say the pipeline protesters are like terrorists and should be dealt with accordingly.
Republican Congressman Ken Buck sent a letter to the Department of Justice, signed by more than 80 other members of the U.S. House of Representatives. In the letter, Buck and the other Republicans are asking the Department of Justice to lead a major crackdown against freedom of expression.
The letter asks Sessions whether existing federal laws arm the Justice Department to prosecute criminal activity against energy infrastructure. It also asks whether attacks on energy infrastructure that pose a threat to human life fall within the department’s understanding of domestic terrorism law.
… A terrorism expert said it was ironic the lawmakers referred to the law, which defines “domestic terrorism” as acts dangerous to human life intended to intimidate civilians, but does not offer a way to prosecute anyone under it. David Schanzer, a homeland security and terrorism expert at Duke University, said the lawmakers’ request of Sessions “won’t have any legal ramifications, but possibly could be used for rhetorical value.”
The reality is that millions of Americans have extremely serious concerns about the pipeline projects going on around the country. Many communities have already suffered from negative consequences like contaminated drinking water.
However, the Republicans apparently think the protesters are nothing more than terrorists. That’s because they have absolutely no respect for the First Amendment or for the rest of the Bill of Rights.
“Environmental activists who choose to use violence against our nation’s energy infrastructure and the men and women who work in the energy industry should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” Congressman Ken Buck said in a press release. “ … We need to send a strong message to those who destroy property that such dangerous behavior will not be tolerated by the communities who live around and rely on this energy infrastructure.”