January 27, 2022
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Did you know the U.S. Capitol Police have an intelligence unit?

They sure do, and, unknown to almost everyone, they’ve been stepping up their activities. This is yet another “security measure” put in place after January 6 on the pretext that America is under threat from domestic terrorism. POLITICO broke the story after speaking with people familiar with the new policies; they’ve also examined correspondence describing the new approach.

The intel unit is now quietly investigating the backgrounds of people who meet with lawmakers, including their social media accounts. They’re apparently doing the same to Hill staffers. The concept of “civil liberties” becomes more and more nebulous every day.

North Dakota Rep. Kelly Armstrong, a Republican and former criminal defense attorney, compared these new activities to spying. “Whatever they think that sounds like for security,” he said, “it sounds dangerously close --- if not already over the line --- to spying on members of Congress, their staff, their constituents and their supporters. Anybody involved with implementing this without making it known to the actual members of Congress should resign or be fired immediately. And I’m not big on calling for resignations.”

“We need to know everything,” he said. I want to know where it goes, how high it goes, and why all of this exists.”

According to POLITICO, the Capitol Police brought on former Department of Homeland Security official Julie Farnam in the fall of 2020, and she changed a lot of protocols in the weeks leading up to January 6, apparently causing “internal confusion” about priorities. After January 6, she went further, changing the template for what they call Congressional Event Assessments, which are done to anticipate the risks of meetings and events held away from the Capitol. (That would now be all of them, as the Capitol building itself remains closed to visitors.) Farnam is directing her analysts to look very closely at the people who would be meeting both publicly and privately with lawmakers.

If this doesn’t seem like a big deal at first glance, or maybe just something that needs to be done in the name of risk mitigation, let me assure you it gets much worse. The new template tells intel agents to examine the social media of attendees, asking, “...is there anything that may impact the event itself or any of the participants [including not just members of Congress but other attendees]?” And here’s where we really enter a danger zone: Analysts are also supposed to search for information about lawmakers’ opponents and their opponents’ supporters: “List and search all political opponents to see if they or their followers intend to attend or disrupt the event.”

What a great excuse to dig into all kinds of private information on one’s political opponents! Sounds like an idea worthy of Hillary Clinton, and you know I don’t mean that in a complimentary way. Perhaps you’re old enough to recall the mysterious White House staffer Craig Livingstone and the FBI files the First Lady was amassing on political opponents. This sounds like just her style.

It’s outright spying by the Capitol Police. With the pretext of trying to head off danger and disruption, as in the movie MINORITY REPORT, they are delving into people’s private lives. As POLITICO reports: “One Capitol Police official noted that Farnam directed analysts to run ‘background checks’ on people whom lawmakers planned to meet, including donors and associates. When staff were listed as attending these meetings, Capitol Police intelligence analysts also got asked to check the social media accounts of the staffers.”

They were even told to “probe the ownership” of the buildings in which lawmakers held their meetings, sifting through tax and real estate records (!!!). Incredibly, this applies to people’s private homes; they scrutinized one such home used by Florida Sen. Rick Scott for a meeting with donors. The social media accounts of both the homeowner and the attendees were scrutinized, and their foreign contacts were assessed.

Sen. Scott was not pleased. “These reports are incredibly disturbing,” he said through a spokesperson. “It is unthinkable that any government entity would conduct secret investigations to build political dossiers on private Americans. The American people deserve to know what Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi knew and directed, and when. Sen. Scott believes the Senate Rules Committee should immediately investigate.”

Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana was surprised to hear that he and his donors had been similarly scrutinized by the Capitol Police. The department, meanwhile, speaks of this as simply part of their job of protecting people, and they say it’s all coordinated with members of Congress. So why is it that when lawmakers learn the extent of this scrutiny, they are surprised?

Individuals are essentially being spied on, simply for exercising their right to petition members of Congress. Their “protected” speech ends up in police files, even when there is no reason to suspect they’re involved in anything criminal. This is just one more way in which the January 6 Capitol Hill riot has been used as a pretext to violate people’s civil liberties.

Here’s the original story from POLITICO.

https://www.politico.com/news/2022/01/24/capitol-police-social-media-00000948

The story hasn’t received much media attention but continues to percolate. In an update, a group of seven House Republicans sent a letter to the Capitol Police this week demanding answers. Perhaps the biggest question is this: By what authority does the Capitol Police “intel unit” extensively surveil (SPY ON) private citizens? Congress didn’t give it to them.

The letter states, “A decision to expand background checks and intelligence-gathering to a previously unsurveilled group of individuals constitutes a dramatic and troubling expansion of the USCP’s authority.”

A story in The Federalist brings up the resources needed to conduct this type of program, when only three weeks ago, Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger testified to the Senate Rules and Administration Committee about the severe staffing shortages on his security force. What does this say about priorities?

To us, it suggests that the REAL priority among those REALLY in charge of the Capitol Police isn’t security at all, but the ability to spy at will.

https://thefederalist.com/2022/01/25/exclusive-house-republicans-demand-records-over-capitol-police-surveillance-of-constituents/

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  • Bruce W Groth

    01/27/2022 04:18 PM

    Governor Huckabee:

    Thanks for your reporting to keep us informed. This is extremely disturbing that our LEADERSHIP would establish a NAZI STYLE SPYING program which appears to be against POLITICAL OPPONENTS (i.e. - against REPUBLICAN)!

    Is this not against our U.S. LAWS and does it not defy our Constitutional Guarantees?
    IF this is CRIMINAL ACTIVITY will it be pushed to prosecution and a TOTAL restructure of the Capitol Police Department Administration?
    IF this SPYING is strictly directed at REPUBLICANS who is involved and how high does this go?

    Recently a DEMOCRATIC Representative exposed that the DEMOCRATIC PARTY is following the SOCIALIST COMMUNIST DICTATOR Hugo Chavez model!

    Is this model what is establishing the UPSIDE DOWN GOVERNANCE that we are witnessing?
    Because the Capitol Police Department is not the only Government Law Enforcement Agency SPYING on U.S. Citizens, there is the FBI SPYING on parents that have been label DOMESTIC TERRORIST because they disapprove of what PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARDS are doing to our Public Education System, which once again is like HITLER'S NAZI GESTAPO SYSTEM in the 1930s and 1940s Germany.

    Then there is the new INVESTIGATIVE BODY with Attorney General Garland AG's Office, which is also a SPYING NETWORK!

    It does not STOP THERE, The United States Post Office has their intelligence gathering body that is absolutely massive when you count the postman who deliver the mail.

    How many GOVERNMENT AGENCIES are SPYING ON U.S. CITIZENS?

    Thanks for allow a thought or two!
    Respectfully:
    Bruce W Groth

  • Gary L. Willey

    01/27/2022 04:17 PM

    My comment is on #3 Mailbag, with another theory about why Nancy Pelosi is running again. Here is a 'not so out of the norm' prediction:

    • Joe Biden nominates Kamala Harris to the Supreme Court, and she is confirmed
    • Joe Biden then appoints Hillary Clinton to be Vice President
    • Within a couple of months, Joe Biden commits suicide by shooting himself in the back of the head 5 times
    • Hillary becomes President
    • Hillary appoints Nancy Pelosi to be Vice President. (Nancy has announced she is running again, and it is certainly not to be Minority Leader…)
    • Gavin Newsome becomes the self-appointed Representative to replace Nancy Pelosi. (it's the only way!)

  • Floyd A Unger

    01/27/2022 04:08 PM

    Thank you. Incredible and horrible. We are in a major rain storm. We’re gonna get very wet. I hope that we don’t drown.

  • Lisa Peterson

    01/27/2022 04:02 PM

    Dear Governor,
    It's sad that for almost 6 years or more, our law enforcement agencies has decided that they can reverse the Constitution and seek out a person and then try to find a crime to charge; and, Congress condones it, even acts like the law enforcement by getting political opponents' emails, phone records, whatever, in order to find something to accuse them on. How can we undo their blatant blurring of the separation of powers? How can we get justice, equal justice, under the law when those in charge get to be so corrupt and gives the figuratively doubled barrel middle finger to the average citizen? Even the Supreme Court Justices can make up figures, lie, for a political agenda and nothing happens to her. It's such a mess, what can we really do?

  • Corbin L Douthitt

    01/27/2022 03:49 PM

    J. Edgar Hoover is dead, isn't he? So someone has to do this stuff. It's the Democrat Way, is it not?

  • Henry Geib

    01/27/2022 03:43 PM

    Now after reading this story do I get the impression I am living in communist China?

  • joan t matthews

    01/27/2022 03:41 PM

    This information describes a shocking practice. No broad authority or budget should be in place to surveil Members, their visitors or guests absent explicit court petition for and permission with probable cause in an active criminal investigation.

  • Nadine Foster

    01/27/2022 03:18 PM

    Related question. Why is no one talking about the Capitol Police entertaining the idea of opening offices in California and Florida? Sounds unconstitutional to me. Pelosi’s private security?

  • Francis Grant

    01/27/2022 02:55 PM

    We are witnessing the birth of The American Gestapo. God protect the USA.

  • Jerry Baker

    01/27/2022 02:47 PM

    It is time for retaliation!!!! It’s time foe REPUBLICANS to get off the docile wagon and begin to take action, making their voices heard, to stop this.
    Take Pelosi to task in a Court of Law, hopefully there are still some in existence somewhere in this nation, and hold her accountable for this CRAP!!!!

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Did you know the U.S. Capitol Police have an intelligence unit?

They sure do, and, unknown to almost everyone, they’ve been stepping up their activities. This is yet another “security measure” put in place after January 6 on the pretext that America is under threat from domestic terrorism. POLITICO broke the story after speaking with people familiar with the new policies; they’ve also examined correspondence describing the new approach.

The intel unit is now quietly investigating the backgrounds of people who meet with lawmakers, including their social media accounts. They’re apparently doing the same to Hill staffers. The concept of “civil liberties” becomes more and more nebulous every day.

North Dakota Rep. Kelly Armstrong, a Republican and former criminal defense attorney, compared these new activities to spying. “Whatever they think that sounds like for security,” he said, “it sounds dangerously close --- if not already over the line --- to spying on members of Congress, their staff, their constituents and their supporters. Anybody involved with implementing this without making it known to the actual members of Congress should resign or be fired immediately. And I’m not big on calling for resignations.”

“We need to know everything,” he said. I want to know where it goes, how high it goes, and why all of this exists.”

According to POLITICO, the Capitol Police brought on former Department of Homeland Security official Julie Farnam in the fall of 2020, and she changed a lot of protocols in the weeks leading up to January 6, apparently causing “internal confusion” about priorities. After January 6, she went further, changing the template for what they call Congressional Event Assessments, which are done to anticipate the risks of meetings and events held away from the Capitol. (That would now be all of them, as the Capitol building itself remains closed to visitors.) Farnam is directing her analysts to look very closely at the people who would be meeting both publicly and privately with lawmakers.

If this doesn’t seem like a big deal at first glance, or maybe just something that needs to be done in the name of risk mitigation, let me assure you it gets much worse. The new template tells intel agents to examine the social media of attendees, asking, “...is there anything that may impact the event itself or any of the participants [including not just members of Congress but other attendees]?” And here’s where we really enter a danger zone: Analysts are also supposed to search for information about lawmakers’ opponents and their opponents’ supporters: “List and search all political opponents to see if they or their followers intend to attend or disrupt the event.”

What a great excuse to dig into all kinds of private information on one’s political opponents! Sounds like an idea worthy of Hillary Clinton, and you know I don’t mean that in a complimentary way. Perhaps you’re old enough to recall the mysterious White House staffer Craig Livingstone and the FBI files the First Lady was amassing on political opponents. This sounds like just her style.

It’s outright spying by the Capitol Police. With the pretext of trying to head off danger and disruption, as in the movie MINORITY REPORT, they are delving into people’s private lives. As POLITICO reports: “One Capitol Police official noted that Farnam directed analysts to run ‘background checks’ on people whom lawmakers planned to meet, including donors and associates. When staff were listed as attending these meetings, Capitol Police intelligence analysts also got asked to check the social media accounts of the staffers.”

They were even told to “probe the ownership” of the buildings in which lawmakers held their meetings, sifting through tax and real estate records (!!!). Incredibly, this applies to people’s private homes; they scrutinized one such home used by Florida Sen. Rick Scott for a meeting with donors. The social media accounts of both the homeowner and the attendees were scrutinized, and their foreign contacts were assessed.

Sen. Scott was not pleased. “These reports are incredibly disturbing,” he said through a spokesperson. “It is unthinkable that any government entity would conduct secret investigations to build political dossiers on private Americans. The American people deserve to know what Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi knew and directed, and when. Sen. Scott believes the Senate Rules Committee should immediately investigate.”

Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana was surprised to hear that he and his donors had been similarly scrutinized by the Capitol Police. The department, meanwhile, speaks of this as simply part of their job of protecting people, and they say it’s all coordinated with members of Congress. So why is it that when lawmakers learn the extent of this scrutiny, they are surprised?

Individuals are essentially being spied on, simply for exercising their right to petition members of Congress. Their “protected” speech ends up in police files, even when there is no reason to suspect they’re involved in anything criminal. This is just one more way in which the January 6 Capitol Hill riot has been used as a pretext to violate people’s civil liberties.

Here’s the original story from POLITICO.

https://www.politico.com/news/2022/01/24/capitol-police-social-media-00000948

The story hasn’t received much media attention but continues to percolate. In an update, a group of seven House Republicans sent a letter to the Capitol Police this week demanding answers. Perhaps the biggest question is this: By what authority does the Capitol Police “intel unit” extensively surveil (SPY ON) private citizens? Congress didn’t give it to them.

The letter states, “A decision to expand background checks and intelligence-gathering to a previously unsurveilled group of individuals constitutes a dramatic and troubling expansion of the USCP’s authority.”

A story in The Federalist brings up the resources needed to conduct this type of program, when only three weeks ago, Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger testified to the Senate Rules and Administration Committee about the severe staffing shortages on his security force. What does this say about priorities?

To us, it suggests that the REAL priority among those REALLY in charge of the Capitol Police isn’t security at all, but the ability to spy at will.

https://thefederalist.com/2022/01/25/exclusive-house-republicans-demand-records-over-capitol-police-surveillance-of-constituents/

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  • Bruce W Groth

    01/27/2022 04:18 PM

    Governor Huckabee:

    Thanks for your reporting to keep us informed. This is extremely disturbing that our LEADERSHIP would establish a NAZI STYLE SPYING program which appears to be against POLITICAL OPPONENTS (i.e. - against REPUBLICAN)!

    Is this not against our U.S. LAWS and does it not defy our Constitutional Guarantees?
    IF this is CRIMINAL ACTIVITY will it be pushed to prosecution and a TOTAL restructure of the Capitol Police Department Administration?
    IF this SPYING is strictly directed at REPUBLICANS who is involved and how high does this go?

    Recently a DEMOCRATIC Representative exposed that the DEMOCRATIC PARTY is following the SOCIALIST COMMUNIST DICTATOR Hugo Chavez model!

    Is this model what is establishing the UPSIDE DOWN GOVERNANCE that we are witnessing?
    Because the Capitol Police Department is not the only Government Law Enforcement Agency SPYING on U.S. Citizens, there is the FBI SPYING on parents that have been label DOMESTIC TERRORIST because they disapprove of what PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARDS are doing to our Public Education System, which once again is like HITLER'S NAZI GESTAPO SYSTEM in the 1930s and 1940s Germany.

    Then there is the new INVESTIGATIVE BODY with Attorney General Garland AG's Office, which is also a SPYING NETWORK!

    It does not STOP THERE, The United States Post Office has their intelligence gathering body that is absolutely massive when you count the postman who deliver the mail.

    How many GOVERNMENT AGENCIES are SPYING ON U.S. CITIZENS?

    Thanks for allow a thought or two!
    Respectfully:
    Bruce W Groth

  • Gary L. Willey

    01/27/2022 04:17 PM

    My comment is on #3 Mailbag, with another theory about why Nancy Pelosi is running again. Here is a 'not so out of the norm' prediction:

    • Joe Biden nominates Kamala Harris to the Supreme Court, and she is confirmed
    • Joe Biden then appoints Hillary Clinton to be Vice President
    • Within a couple of months, Joe Biden commits suicide by shooting himself in the back of the head 5 times
    • Hillary becomes President
    • Hillary appoints Nancy Pelosi to be Vice President. (Nancy has announced she is running again, and it is certainly not to be Minority Leader…)
    • Gavin Newsome becomes the self-appointed Representative to replace Nancy Pelosi. (it's the only way!)

  • Floyd A Unger

    01/27/2022 04:08 PM

    Thank you. Incredible and horrible. We are in a major rain storm. We’re gonna get very wet. I hope that we don’t drown.

  • Lisa Peterson

    01/27/2022 04:02 PM

    Dear Governor,
    It's sad that for almost 6 years or more, our law enforcement agencies has decided that they can reverse the Constitution and seek out a person and then try to find a crime to charge; and, Congress condones it, even acts like the law enforcement by getting political opponents' emails, phone records, whatever, in order to find something to accuse them on. How can we undo their blatant blurring of the separation of powers? How can we get justice, equal justice, under the law when those in charge get to be so corrupt and gives the figuratively doubled barrel middle finger to the average citizen? Even the Supreme Court Justices can make up figures, lie, for a political agenda and nothing happens to her. It's such a mess, what can we really do?

  • Corbin L Douthitt

    01/27/2022 03:49 PM

    J. Edgar Hoover is dead, isn't he? So someone has to do this stuff. It's the Democrat Way, is it not?

  • Henry Geib

    01/27/2022 03:43 PM

    Now after reading this story do I get the impression I am living in communist China?

  • joan t matthews

    01/27/2022 03:41 PM

    This information describes a shocking practice. No broad authority or budget should be in place to surveil Members, their visitors or guests absent explicit court petition for and permission with probable cause in an active criminal investigation.

  • Nadine Foster

    01/27/2022 03:18 PM

    Related question. Why is no one talking about the Capitol Police entertaining the idea of opening offices in California and Florida? Sounds unconstitutional to me. Pelosi’s private security?

  • Francis Grant

    01/27/2022 02:55 PM

    We are witnessing the birth of The American Gestapo. God protect the USA.

  • Jerry Baker

    01/27/2022 02:47 PM

    It is time for retaliation!!!! It’s time foe REPUBLICANS to get off the docile wagon and begin to take action, making their voices heard, to stop this.
    Take Pelosi to task in a Court of Law, hopefully there are still some in existence somewhere in this nation, and hold her accountable for this CRAP!!!!

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January 27, 2022
|

Did you know the U.S. Capitol Police have an intelligence unit?

They sure do, and, unknown to almost everyone, they’ve been stepping up their activities. This is yet another “security measure” put in place after January 6 on the pretext that America is under threat from domestic terrorism. POLITICO broke the story after speaking with people familiar with the new policies; they’ve also examined correspondence describing the new approach.

The intel unit is now quietly investigating the backgrounds of people who meet with lawmakers, including their social media accounts. They’re apparently doing the same to Hill staffers. The concept of “civil liberties” becomes more and more nebulous every day.

North Dakota Rep. Kelly Armstrong, a Republican and former criminal defense attorney, compared these new activities to spying. “Whatever they think that sounds like for security,” he said, “it sounds dangerously close --- if not already over the line --- to spying on members of Congress, their staff, their constituents and their supporters. Anybody involved with implementing this without making it known to the actual members of Congress should resign or be fired immediately. And I’m not big on calling for resignations.”

“We need to know everything,” he said. I want to know where it goes, how high it goes, and why all of this exists.”

According to POLITICO, the Capitol Police brought on former Department of Homeland Security official Julie Farnam in the fall of 2020, and she changed a lot of protocols in the weeks leading up to January 6, apparently causing “internal confusion” about priorities. After January 6, she went further, changing the template for what they call Congressional Event Assessments, which are done to anticipate the risks of meetings and events held away from the Capitol. (That would now be all of them, as the Capitol building itself remains closed to visitors.) Farnam is directing her analysts to look very closely at the people who would be meeting both publicly and privately with lawmakers.

If this doesn’t seem like a big deal at first glance, or maybe just something that needs to be done in the name of risk mitigation, let me assure you it gets much worse. The new template tells intel agents to examine the social media of attendees, asking, “...is there anything that may impact the event itself or any of the participants [including not just members of Congress but other attendees]?” And here’s where we really enter a danger zone: Analysts are also supposed to search for information about lawmakers’ opponents and their opponents’ supporters: “List and search all political opponents to see if they or their followers intend to attend or disrupt the event.”

What a great excuse to dig into all kinds of private information on one’s political opponents! Sounds like an idea worthy of Hillary Clinton, and you know I don’t mean that in a complimentary way. Perhaps you’re old enough to recall the mysterious White House staffer Craig Livingstone and the FBI files the First Lady was amassing on political opponents. This sounds like just her style.

It’s outright spying by the Capitol Police. With the pretext of trying to head off danger and disruption, as in the movie MINORITY REPORT, they are delving into people’s private lives. As POLITICO reports: “One Capitol Police official noted that Farnam directed analysts to run ‘background checks’ on people whom lawmakers planned to meet, including donors and associates. When staff were listed as attending these meetings, Capitol Police intelligence analysts also got asked to check the social media accounts of the staffers.”

They were even told to “probe the ownership” of the buildings in which lawmakers held their meetings, sifting through tax and real estate records (!!!). Incredibly, this applies to people’s private homes; they scrutinized one such home used by Florida Sen. Rick Scott for a meeting with donors. The social media accounts of both the homeowner and the attendees were scrutinized, and their foreign contacts were assessed.

Sen. Scott was not pleased. “These reports are incredibly disturbing,” he said through a spokesperson. “It is unthinkable that any government entity would conduct secret investigations to build political dossiers on private Americans. The American people deserve to know what Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi knew and directed, and when. Sen. Scott believes the Senate Rules Committee should immediately investigate.”

Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana was surprised to hear that he and his donors had been similarly scrutinized by the Capitol Police. The department, meanwhile, speaks of this as simply part of their job of protecting people, and they say it’s all coordinated with members of Congress. So why is it that when lawmakers learn the extent of this scrutiny, they are surprised?

Individuals are essentially being spied on, simply for exercising their right to petition members of Congress. Their “protected” speech ends up in police files, even when there is no reason to suspect they’re involved in anything criminal. This is just one more way in which the January 6 Capitol Hill riot has been used as a pretext to violate people’s civil liberties.

Here’s the original story from POLITICO.

https://www.politico.com/news/2022/01/24/capitol-police-social-media-00000948

The story hasn’t received much media attention but continues to percolate. In an update, a group of seven House Republicans sent a letter to the Capitol Police this week demanding answers. Perhaps the biggest question is this: By what authority does the Capitol Police “intel unit” extensively surveil (SPY ON) private citizens? Congress didn’t give it to them.

The letter states, “A decision to expand background checks and intelligence-gathering to a previously unsurveilled group of individuals constitutes a dramatic and troubling expansion of the USCP’s authority.”

A story in The Federalist brings up the resources needed to conduct this type of program, when only three weeks ago, Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger testified to the Senate Rules and Administration Committee about the severe staffing shortages on his security force. What does this say about priorities?

To us, it suggests that the REAL priority among those REALLY in charge of the Capitol Police isn’t security at all, but the ability to spy at will.

https://thefederalist.com/2022/01/25/exclusive-house-republicans-demand-records-over-capitol-police-surveillance-of-constituents/

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  • Bruce W Groth

    01/27/2022 04:18 PM

    Governor Huckabee:

    Thanks for your reporting to keep us informed. This is extremely disturbing that our LEADERSHIP would establish a NAZI STYLE SPYING program which appears to be against POLITICAL OPPONENTS (i.e. - against REPUBLICAN)!

    Is this not against our U.S. LAWS and does it not defy our Constitutional Guarantees?
    IF this is CRIMINAL ACTIVITY will it be pushed to prosecution and a TOTAL restructure of the Capitol Police Department Administration?
    IF this SPYING is strictly directed at REPUBLICANS who is involved and how high does this go?

    Recently a DEMOCRATIC Representative exposed that the DEMOCRATIC PARTY is following the SOCIALIST COMMUNIST DICTATOR Hugo Chavez model!

    Is this model what is establishing the UPSIDE DOWN GOVERNANCE that we are witnessing?
    Because the Capitol Police Department is not the only Government Law Enforcement Agency SPYING on U.S. Citizens, there is the FBI SPYING on parents that have been label DOMESTIC TERRORIST because they disapprove of what PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARDS are doing to our Public Education System, which once again is like HITLER'S NAZI GESTAPO SYSTEM in the 1930s and 1940s Germany.

    Then there is the new INVESTIGATIVE BODY with Attorney General Garland AG's Office, which is also a SPYING NETWORK!

    It does not STOP THERE, The United States Post Office has their intelligence gathering body that is absolutely massive when you count the postman who deliver the mail.

    How many GOVERNMENT AGENCIES are SPYING ON U.S. CITIZENS?

    Thanks for allow a thought or two!
    Respectfully:
    Bruce W Groth

  • Gary L. Willey

    01/27/2022 04:17 PM

    My comment is on #3 Mailbag, with another theory about why Nancy Pelosi is running again. Here is a 'not so out of the norm' prediction:

    • Joe Biden nominates Kamala Harris to the Supreme Court, and she is confirmed
    • Joe Biden then appoints Hillary Clinton to be Vice President
    • Within a couple of months, Joe Biden commits suicide by shooting himself in the back of the head 5 times
    • Hillary becomes President
    • Hillary appoints Nancy Pelosi to be Vice President. (Nancy has announced she is running again, and it is certainly not to be Minority Leader…)
    • Gavin Newsome becomes the self-appointed Representative to replace Nancy Pelosi. (it's the only way!)

  • Floyd A Unger

    01/27/2022 04:08 PM

    Thank you. Incredible and horrible. We are in a major rain storm. We’re gonna get very wet. I hope that we don’t drown.

  • Lisa Peterson

    01/27/2022 04:02 PM

    Dear Governor,
    It's sad that for almost 6 years or more, our law enforcement agencies has decided that they can reverse the Constitution and seek out a person and then try to find a crime to charge; and, Congress condones it, even acts like the law enforcement by getting political opponents' emails, phone records, whatever, in order to find something to accuse them on. How can we undo their blatant blurring of the separation of powers? How can we get justice, equal justice, under the law when those in charge get to be so corrupt and gives the figuratively doubled barrel middle finger to the average citizen? Even the Supreme Court Justices can make up figures, lie, for a political agenda and nothing happens to her. It's such a mess, what can we really do?

  • Corbin L Douthitt

    01/27/2022 03:49 PM

    J. Edgar Hoover is dead, isn't he? So someone has to do this stuff. It's the Democrat Way, is it not?

  • Henry Geib

    01/27/2022 03:43 PM

    Now after reading this story do I get the impression I am living in communist China?

  • joan t matthews

    01/27/2022 03:41 PM

    This information describes a shocking practice. No broad authority or budget should be in place to surveil Members, their visitors or guests absent explicit court petition for and permission with probable cause in an active criminal investigation.

  • Nadine Foster

    01/27/2022 03:18 PM

    Related question. Why is no one talking about the Capitol Police entertaining the idea of opening offices in California and Florida? Sounds unconstitutional to me. Pelosi’s private security?

  • Francis Grant

    01/27/2022 02:55 PM

    We are witnessing the birth of The American Gestapo. God protect the USA.

  • Jerry Baker

    01/27/2022 02:47 PM

    It is time for retaliation!!!! It’s time foe REPUBLICANS to get off the docile wagon and begin to take action, making their voices heard, to stop this.
    Take Pelosi to task in a Court of Law, hopefully there are still some in existence somewhere in this nation, and hold her accountable for this CRAP!!!!

January 27, 2022
|

Did you know the U.S. Capitol Police have an intelligence unit?

They sure do, and, unknown to almost everyone, they’ve been stepping up their activities. This is yet another “security measure” put in place after January 6 on the pretext that America is under threat from domestic terrorism. POLITICO broke the story after speaking with people familiar with the new policies; they’ve also examined correspondence describing the new approach.

The intel unit is now quietly investigating the backgrounds of people who meet with lawmakers, including their social media accounts. They’re apparently doing the same to Hill staffers. The concept of “civil liberties” becomes more and more nebulous every day.

North Dakota Rep. Kelly Armstrong, a Republican and former criminal defense attorney, compared these new activities to spying. “Whatever they think that sounds like for security,” he said, “it sounds dangerously close --- if not already over the line --- to spying on members of Congress, their staff, their constituents and their supporters. Anybody involved with implementing this without making it known to the actual members of Congress should resign or be fired immediately. And I’m not big on calling for resignations.”

“We need to know everything,” he said. I want to know where it goes, how high it goes, and why all of this exists.”

According to POLITICO, the Capitol Police brought on former Department of Homeland Security official Julie Farnam in the fall of 2020, and she changed a lot of protocols in the weeks leading up to January 6, apparently causing “internal confusion” about priorities. After January 6, she went further, changing the template for what they call Congressional Event Assessments, which are done to anticipate the risks of meetings and events held away from the Capitol. (That would now be all of them, as the Capitol building itself remains closed to visitors.) Farnam is directing her analysts to look very closely at the people who would be meeting both publicly and privately with lawmakers.

If this doesn’t seem like a big deal at first glance, or maybe just something that needs to be done in the name of risk mitigation, let me assure you it gets much worse. The new template tells intel agents to examine the social media of attendees, asking, “...is there anything that may impact the event itself or any of the participants [including not just members of Congress but other attendees]?” And here’s where we really enter a danger zone: Analysts are also supposed to search for information about lawmakers’ opponents and their opponents’ supporters: “List and search all political opponents to see if they or their followers intend to attend or disrupt the event.”

What a great excuse to dig into all kinds of private information on one’s political opponents! Sounds like an idea worthy of Hillary Clinton, and you know I don’t mean that in a complimentary way. Perhaps you’re old enough to recall the mysterious White House staffer Craig Livingstone and the FBI files the First Lady was amassing on political opponents. This sounds like just her style.

It’s outright spying by the Capitol Police. With the pretext of trying to head off danger and disruption, as in the movie MINORITY REPORT, they are delving into people’s private lives. As POLITICO reports: “One Capitol Police official noted that Farnam directed analysts to run ‘background checks’ on people whom lawmakers planned to meet, including donors and associates. When staff were listed as attending these meetings, Capitol Police intelligence analysts also got asked to check the social media accounts of the staffers.”

They were even told to “probe the ownership” of the buildings in which lawmakers held their meetings, sifting through tax and real estate records (!!!). Incredibly, this applies to people’s private homes; they scrutinized one such home used by Florida Sen. Rick Scott for a meeting with donors. The social media accounts of both the homeowner and the attendees were scrutinized, and their foreign contacts were assessed.

Sen. Scott was not pleased. “These reports are incredibly disturbing,” he said through a spokesperson. “It is unthinkable that any government entity would conduct secret investigations to build political dossiers on private Americans. The American people deserve to know what Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi knew and directed, and when. Sen. Scott believes the Senate Rules Committee should immediately investigate.”

Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana was surprised to hear that he and his donors had been similarly scrutinized by the Capitol Police. The department, meanwhile, speaks of this as simply part of their job of protecting people, and they say it’s all coordinated with members of Congress. So why is it that when lawmakers learn the extent of this scrutiny, they are surprised?

Individuals are essentially being spied on, simply for exercising their right to petition members of Congress. Their “protected” speech ends up in police files, even when there is no reason to suspect they’re involved in anything criminal. This is just one more way in which the January 6 Capitol Hill riot has been used as a pretext to violate people’s civil liberties.

Here’s the original story from POLITICO.

https://www.politico.com/news/2022/01/24/capitol-police-social-media-00000948

The story hasn’t received much media attention but continues to percolate. In an update, a group of seven House Republicans sent a letter to the Capitol Police this week demanding answers. Perhaps the biggest question is this: By what authority does the Capitol Police “intel unit” extensively surveil (SPY ON) private citizens? Congress didn’t give it to them.

The letter states, “A decision to expand background checks and intelligence-gathering to a previously unsurveilled group of individuals constitutes a dramatic and troubling expansion of the USCP’s authority.”

A story in The Federalist brings up the resources needed to conduct this type of program, when only three weeks ago, Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger testified to the Senate Rules and Administration Committee about the severe staffing shortages on his security force. What does this say about priorities?

To us, it suggests that the REAL priority among those REALLY in charge of the Capitol Police isn’t security at all, but the ability to spy at will.

https://thefederalist.com/2022/01/25/exclusive-house-republicans-demand-records-over-capitol-police-surveillance-of-constituents/

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  • Bruce W Groth

    01/27/2022 04:18 PM

    Governor Huckabee:

    Thanks for your reporting to keep us informed. This is extremely disturbing that our LEADERSHIP would establish a NAZI STYLE SPYING program which appears to be against POLITICAL OPPONENTS (i.e. - against REPUBLICAN)!

    Is this not against our U.S. LAWS and does it not defy our Constitutional Guarantees?
    IF this is CRIMINAL ACTIVITY will it be pushed to prosecution and a TOTAL restructure of the Capitol Police Department Administration?
    IF this SPYING is strictly directed at REPUBLICANS who is involved and how high does this go?

    Recently a DEMOCRATIC Representative exposed that the DEMOCRATIC PARTY is following the SOCIALIST COMMUNIST DICTATOR Hugo Chavez model!

    Is this model what is establishing the UPSIDE DOWN GOVERNANCE that we are witnessing?
    Because the Capitol Police Department is not the only Government Law Enforcement Agency SPYING on U.S. Citizens, there is the FBI SPYING on parents that have been label DOMESTIC TERRORIST because they disapprove of what PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARDS are doing to our Public Education System, which once again is like HITLER'S NAZI GESTAPO SYSTEM in the 1930s and 1940s Germany.

    Then there is the new INVESTIGATIVE BODY with Attorney General Garland AG's Office, which is also a SPYING NETWORK!

    It does not STOP THERE, The United States Post Office has their intelligence gathering body that is absolutely massive when you count the postman who deliver the mail.

    How many GOVERNMENT AGENCIES are SPYING ON U.S. CITIZENS?

    Thanks for allow a thought or two!
    Respectfully:
    Bruce W Groth

  • Gary L. Willey

    01/27/2022 04:17 PM

    My comment is on #3 Mailbag, with another theory about why Nancy Pelosi is running again. Here is a 'not so out of the norm' prediction:

    • Joe Biden nominates Kamala Harris to the Supreme Court, and she is confirmed
    • Joe Biden then appoints Hillary Clinton to be Vice President
    • Within a couple of months, Joe Biden commits suicide by shooting himself in the back of the head 5 times
    • Hillary becomes President
    • Hillary appoints Nancy Pelosi to be Vice President. (Nancy has announced she is running again, and it is certainly not to be Minority Leader…)
    • Gavin Newsome becomes the self-appointed Representative to replace Nancy Pelosi. (it's the only way!)

  • Floyd A Unger

    01/27/2022 04:08 PM

    Thank you. Incredible and horrible. We are in a major rain storm. We’re gonna get very wet. I hope that we don’t drown.

  • Lisa Peterson

    01/27/2022 04:02 PM

    Dear Governor,
    It's sad that for almost 6 years or more, our law enforcement agencies has decided that they can reverse the Constitution and seek out a person and then try to find a crime to charge; and, Congress condones it, even acts like the law enforcement by getting political opponents' emails, phone records, whatever, in order to find something to accuse them on. How can we undo their blatant blurring of the separation of powers? How can we get justice, equal justice, under the law when those in charge get to be so corrupt and gives the figuratively doubled barrel middle finger to the average citizen? Even the Supreme Court Justices can make up figures, lie, for a political agenda and nothing happens to her. It's such a mess, what can we really do?

  • Corbin L Douthitt

    01/27/2022 03:49 PM

    J. Edgar Hoover is dead, isn't he? So someone has to do this stuff. It's the Democrat Way, is it not?

  • Henry Geib

    01/27/2022 03:43 PM

    Now after reading this story do I get the impression I am living in communist China?

  • joan t matthews

    01/27/2022 03:41 PM

    This information describes a shocking practice. No broad authority or budget should be in place to surveil Members, their visitors or guests absent explicit court petition for and permission with probable cause in an active criminal investigation.

  • Nadine Foster

    01/27/2022 03:18 PM

    Related question. Why is no one talking about the Capitol Police entertaining the idea of opening offices in California and Florida? Sounds unconstitutional to me. Pelosi’s private security?

  • Francis Grant

    01/27/2022 02:55 PM

    We are witnessing the birth of The American Gestapo. God protect the USA.

  • Jerry Baker

    01/27/2022 02:47 PM

    It is time for retaliation!!!! It’s time foe REPUBLICANS to get off the docile wagon and begin to take action, making their voices heard, to stop this.
    Take Pelosi to task in a Court of Law, hopefully there are still some in existence somewhere in this nation, and hold her accountable for this CRAP!!!!

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