by Glenn Greenwald
The narrative that domestic anti-government extremism is the greatest threat to U.S. national security — the official position of the U.S. security state and the Biden administration — received its most potent boost in October 2020, less than one month before the 2020 presidential election. That was when the F.B.I. and Michigan state officials announced the arrest of thirteen people on terrorism, conspiracy and weapons charges, with six of them accused of participating in a plot to kidnap Michigan’s Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who had been a particular target of criticism from President Trump for her advocacy for harsh COVID lockdown measures.
The headlines that followed were dramatic and fear-inducing: “F.B.I. Says Michigan Anti-Government Group Plotted to Kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer,” announced The New York Times. That same night, ABC News began its broadcast this way: “Tonight, we take you into a hidden world, a place authorities say gave birth to a violent domestic terror plot in Michigan — foiled by the FBI.”
Democrats and liberal journalists instantly seized on this storyline to spin a pre-election theme that was as extreme as it was predictable. Gov. Whitmer herself blamed Trump, claiming that the plotters “heard the president’s words not as a rebuke but as a rallying cry — as a call to action.” Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) claimed that “the president is a deranged lunatic and he’s inspired white supremacists to violence, the latest of which was a plot to kidnap Gov. Whitmer,” adding: “these groups have attempted to KILL many of us in recent years. They are following Trump’s lead.” Vox’s paid television-watcher and video-manipulator, Aaron Rupar, drew this inference: “Trump hasn’t commended the FBI for breaking up Whitmer kidnapping/murder plot because as always he doesn’t want to denounce his base.” Michael Moore called for Trump’s arrest for having incited the kidnapping plot against Gov. Whitmer. One viral tweet from a popular Democratic Party activist similarly declared: “Trump should be arrested for this plot to kidnap Governor Whitmer. There’s no doubt he inspired this terrorism.”
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo instantly declared it to be a terrorist attack on America: “We must condemn and call out the cowardly plot against Governor Whitmer for what it is: Domestic terrorism.” MSNBC’s social media star Kyle Griffin cast it as a coup attempt: “The FBI thwarted what they described as a plot to violently overthrow the government and kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.” CNN’s Jim Sciutto pronounced it “deeply alarming.”
A lengthy CNN article — dressed up as an investigative exposé that was little more than stenography of FBI messaging disseminated from behind a shield of anonymity — purported in the headline to take the reader “Inside the plot to kidnap Gov. Whitmer.” It claimed that it all began when angry discussions about COVID restrictions “spiraled into a terrorism plot, officials say, with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer the target of a kidnapping scheme.” CNN heralded the FBI’s use of informants and agents to break up the plot but depicted them as nothing more than passive bystanders reporting what the domestic terrorists were plotting:
The Watchmen had been flagged to the FBI in March, and one of its members was now an informant. That informant, others on the inside, as well as undercover operatives and recordings, allowed the bureau to monitor what was happening from then on.
The article never once hinted at let alone described the highly active role of these informants and agents themselves in encouraging and designing the plot. Instead, it depicted these anti-government activists as leading one another — on their own — to commit what CNN called “treason in a quaint town.” The more honest headline for this CNN article would have been: “Inside the FBI’s tale of the plot to kidnap Gov. Whitmer.” But since CNN never questions the FBI — they employ their top agents and operatives once they leave the bureau in order to disseminate their propaganda — this is what the country got from The Most Trusted Name in News:
Gov. Whitmer herself attempted to prolong the news cycle as much as possible, all but declaring herself off-limits from criticism by equating any critiques of her governance with incitement to terrorism. Appearing on Meet the Press two Sundays after the plot was revealed, Whitmer said it was “incredibly disturbing that the president of the United States—10 days after a plot to kidnap, put me on trial, and execute me, 10 days after that was uncovered—the president is at it again, and inspiring, and incentivizing, and inciting this kind of domestic terrorism.”
On October 22 — just two weeks before Election Day — MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow hosted Whitmer and told the Michigan Governor that the evidence was clear that Trump had been “turning on a faucet of violent threats” against her. Whitmer agreed that Trump was to blame for the kidnapping plot by having repeatedly attacked her in his rallies:
Joe Biden also made repeated use of this storyline. Appearing at a campaign rally in Michigan on October 16, the Democratic candidate blasted Trump for the crime of continuing to criticize Whitmer even after she was the target of a terror plot. He explicitly blamed Trump for having incited it: “When the president tweeted ‘Liberate Michigan, Liberate Michigan,’ that’s the call that was heard. That was the dog whistle.” And he accused Trump of purposely stoking a wave of the worst kind of terrorism on U.S. soil: “it’s the sort of behavior you might expect from ISIS,” he said of the accused.
When Governor Whitmer worked to protect her state from a deadly pandemic, President Trump issued a call to "LIBERATE MICHIGAN!"
That call was heard.
He's giving oxygen to the bigotry and hate we see on the march in our country — and we have to stop it.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 9, 2020
Yet from the start, there were ample and potent reasons to distrust the FBI’s version of events. To begin with, FBI press releases are typically filled with lies, yet media outlets — due to some combination of excessive gullibility, an inability to learn lessons, or a desire to be deceived — continue to treat them as Gospel. For another, the majority of “terror plots” the FBI claimed to detect and break up during the first War on Terror were, in fact, plots manufactured, funded and driven by the FBI itself.
Indeed, the FBI has previously acknowledged that its own powers and budget depend on keeping Americans in fear of such attacks. Former FBI Assistant Director Thomas Fuentes, in a documentary called “The Newberg Sting” about a 2009 FBI arrest of four men on terrorism charges, uttered this extremely candid admission:
If you’re submitting budget proposals for a law enforcement agency, for an intelligence agency, you’re not going to submit the proposal that “We won the war on terror and everything’s great,” cuz the first thing that’s gonna happen is your budget’s gonna be cut in half. You know, it’s my opposite of Jesse Jackson’s ‘Keep Hope Alive’—it’s ‘Keep Fear Alive.’ Keep it alive.
In the Whitmer kidnapping case, the FBI’s own affidavit in support of the charges acknowledged the involvement in the plot of both informants and undercover FBI agents “over several months.”
In sum, there was no way to avoid suspicions about the FBI’s crucial role in a plot like this absent extreme ignorance about the bureau’s behavior over the last two decades or an intentional desire to sow fear about right-wing extremists attacking Democratic Party officials one month before the 2020 presidential election. In fact, the signs of FBI involvement were there from the start for those who — unlike CNN — wanted to know the truth.
the scandalous fbi (f++ked up beyond imagination) director wray is no different the Lavrentiy Beria, stalin’s director of the NKVD. likewise, the woke fbi failed to investigate 1/6 fully. according to bar fly pelosi and the pedophile pres., capital police officer lt. michael byrd should be awarded the CMH for killing Ashli Babbit.
the alleged,greatest director of the fbi was a flaming gay , yes hoover was very gay. the fbi is a dismal failure similar to the woke and broken tsa. nepotism, inbreeding, and complete submission to muslin rule is the current status of the bureau.
the tv shows extolling the great and virtuous crime solving abilities is a woke joke. no pictures of the donut trucks that stops every morning in front of the bureau’s main office are ever leaked.
Even if the plot is taken at face value, what does “white supremacy”, the most dire existential threat to the nation and the world, have to do with it?
“Gov. Whitmer herself blamed Trump, claiming that the plotters “heard the president’s words not as a rebuke but as a rallying cry — as a call to action.””
Like their bogus accusations after January 6th, how is how someone interprets what Trump says his responsibility? Meanwhile, Democrats overtly and clearly call on leftist radical extremist terrorists to commit violence and they readily comply. If the Democrats were concerned with violence and threats, they would be addressing this, not inventing a threat and focusing all resources on their phantom.
What inspired action against Whitmer was a government that, while ignoring all the rules and mandates, was imposing arbitrary and pointless restrictions on personal freedoms and liberties. Though wrong and misguided (and only pushed to critical mass by the FBI itself), it had sound Constitutional footing.
So, like the January 6th riot, the plan is to do outrageous, provocative, anti-Constitutional actions, then implant a few FBI moles to instigate a reaction.
Of course, this was at a time when an impotent President was trying to look tough and hard on terrorism. What better way NOT to interfere in any real terrorism than to invent the plots themselves and then stop them? It was my assertion that the only reason there were no major terrorist attacks under Obama was because the terrorists were incompetent (recall the shoe and underwear bombers).
There’s a reason drunk Pelosi wants to make sure no one is on the “investigative” commission besides rabid Trump haters. Like the scubag Schiff’s “investigations”, where nothing but support for the politically-motivated accusations was allowed, its becoming a pattern.
January 6th is the most pathetic false-flag operation every conducted.
They want to get rid of Trump…and mean get RID of him…but can’t.
They struggle to put together false-impeachment three because Trump continues to run the country…
Recent revelations have confirmed that the FBI was the one who organized the attempted kidnapping of Governor Gretchen Whitmer. But did you know that almost every domestic terror attack in U.S. history was actually orchestrated by the FBI? What a bunch of classic pranksters those FBI agents are!
Here are 8 terrible domestic attacks that the FBI turned out to be responsible for:
1) The Last Jedi: We knew it! According to leaked documents, the FBI infiltrated Lucasfilm 15 years ago in a plot to destroy the franchise and find out which Star Wars fans were problematic. Absolutely horrific.
2) That time when George Bush puked on the prime minister of Japan: Believe it or not, 3 undercover agents banded together and convinced the President that it would be “hilarious.”
3) Tom Brady’s deflategate: In a cruel attempt to entrap Tom Brady and bring down the Patriots, undercover agent Bill Belichick snuck into the locker room and deflated all the balls.
4) Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction: Not cool, FBI. What’s wrong with you people?
5) The 12-year delay of the sequel to Avatar: Come to think of it, the first Avatar movie was also a domestic terror attack.
6) The founding of CHAZ: Remember all those drugged-out hippies who took over a city block and tried to start their own country of degenerates? Those were ALL FBI agents in their true form.
7) Election of Marjorie Taylor Greene: Several years ago, an undercover agent went up to MTG and said “Hey MTG, you should totally run.” And SHE DID! Now, they are always sending emails and text messages trying to get her to attack something, but she won’t do it. Drat!
8) Formation of CNN: The FBI agents responsible have actually apologized for this.
These are the ones we know about, but I’m sure there are many more! Look out for those shady FBI agents, kids!
I’m not ready to make light of the emerging fact that we have a Stasi FBI who installs candidates on behalf of whoever is paying them.
The FBI was behind the Russia Collusion Hoax, ultimately, so they were behind a cowardly attempt to undermine our government and de-select the people’s choice in Donald Trump.
That’s not very funny.
Why Comey, Stzrok and Page are not in prison for Treason is proof the FBI is corrupt.
And Hillary, Swalwell (for tipping off Fang Fang so she could escape), Clinesmith… the list of those who break the law supporting a coup is practically endless. Schiff SHOULD be in jail for his lies and sedition. If the FBI were to investigate him looking for a crime as they have done Trump, no doubt a conviction would be easy.