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Yesterday, Revolver made the case for using force, even deadly force, to halt rioting and protect civilization from those who want it overthrown.
Kentucky authorities deserve to be praised. While under relentless pressure from the totalitarian left to sacrifice innocent men to the mob and press murder charges against the police who shot and killed Breonna Taylor, they resisted. Now, as the storm clouds of yet another violent Antifa riot gather over the tense Louisville sky, it’s their job, and the job of the federal government, to protect the innocent citizens of Kentucky from the destructive and potentially deadly force of the violent rioters. The DOJ and local police forces could take some inspiration from the words of President Trump: “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.” If violent riots break out in Louisville in the days to come, authorities have a moral duty to stop those riots with force, including deadly force if necessary.
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We still believe physical force has an important role in stopping riots. But the truth is, force may not be needed at all if the DOJ and FBI would simply do their jobs and bring the full weight of the law to bear in stopping these deadly riots. If authorities want to bring an end to the rioting in American cities, they should simply treat rioters, and their financial backers, the way the federal government is already treating Julian Assange.
Julian Assange is proof that when the feds feel like it, they can be relentless and punitive in the extreme. Assange spent years as a prisoner of the Ecuadorian embassy, as US diplomats constantly pressured for his expulsion. Once Assange was evicted, he was immediately arrested, and charged with 17 counts of espionage. If convicted, he faces a cartoonish 170 years in prison.
The idea that Assange is a spy is an absurdity. No other person in American history has ever been tried for espionage based on publishing leaked documents. The New York Times and other publications routinely solicit and receive leaked material, including classified material, and publish it. Of course, the difference is that the Times and its ilk are favored by the ruling class, and given a pass. Assange’s leaks have routinely embarrassed the same class. The farce of hunting Assange to the ends of the ends of the Earth is made even worse by the fact that Chelsea Manning, the soldier who actually committed a crime by leaking to Assange, had his sentence commuted and is now a free man.
But this article isn’t about Assange, it’s only about what he represents. When the federal government wants to, it can easily track down and crush loosely-affiliated networks that it marks as an enemy. It’s time for the Trump administration to bring this force against the seditious individuals who are funding and organizing the months-long spree of rioting that has brought American society to the brink.
The federal sedition statute reads as follows:
If two or more persons … conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.
Over the last four months, countless perpetrators could be prosecuted under this law. The orchestrators of the lengthy siege of the federal courthouse in Portland certainly could be prosecuted. So could the organizers of Seattle’s short-lived “autonomous zone.” Those who planned and orchestrated assaults on federally-owned statues and blocked interstate highways could as well. These seditious efforts may be decentralized, but they are absolutely real and they are planned by highly organized networks of traitors.
And what about Louisville? An infamous video shows a U-Haul truck pulling up to a group of protesters, who pull out signs and even shields designed for taking on police.
Somebody had to make the shields, and somebody had to pay for the U-Haul. This isn’t the impromptu mass action of individuals, it’s a coordinated operation. In other words, it’s a conspiracy to subvert the law. Federal authorities should find the people who paid for that van, and charge them with violations of the Sedition Act.
The time for temerity is long past. The federal government has all the tools it needs to bring rioting to an end. They just need to treat the organizers and funders of deadly riots with the same severity they currently reserve for journalists who embarrass the ruling class.
But so far they have shown shockingly little interest in doing so. A draft DHS document, released this month, suggests that the top priority for domestic security is tracking down “white supremacists:”
White supremacists present the gravest terror threat to the United States, according to a draft report from the Department of Homeland Security.
Two later draft versions of the same document — all of which were reviewed by POLITICO — describe the threat from white supremacists in slightly different language. But all three drafts describe the threat from white supremacists as the deadliest domestic terror threat facing the U.S., listed above the immediate danger from foreign terrorist groups.
None of the drafts POLITICO reviewed referred to a threat from Antifa, the loose cohort of militant left-leaning agitators who senior Trump administration officials have described as domestic terrorists. Two of the drafts refer to extremists trying to exploit the “social grievances” driving lawful protests.
Christopher Wray has helped push this same absurd lie. Last week, Wray told the House Homeland Security Committee that “racially motivated violent extremism,” primarily from “white supremacists,” is the chief terror threat within the United States.
This is ridiculous. No rational American lives in fear that “white supremacists” will terrorize their neighborhood, block their path, smash up their car, or set fire to their business. But millions of Americans fear such behavior from Antifa. It’s time for the government to rise to this threat. Arrest the top 50 organizers and the top 20 financial backers of the nationwide rioting efforts. Charge them under the Sedition Act, and whatever other laws seem relevant. Arrest rioters, and keep them behind bars without granting bail. Seek real prison sentences, measured in years and decades, not hours or days. Bring the riots to an end, and protect the public. If the authorities act decisively now, they can win the war on Antifa and Black Lives Matter without firing a single shot.
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