On Sunday, Hayden retweeted a post suggesting sending “MAGA-wearing unvaxxed
” Americans to Afghanistan rather than sending the evacuation planes “back empty
” after they deposited those fleeing the Taliban elsewhere, calling it a “good idea
General also retweeted an image of pickup trucks with Trump flags
stretching over a road as far as the eye could see, reminiscent of
similar images of identical Toyota pickups driven by ISIS. Ironically,
those trucks were also likely American in origin. ISIS is also, notably, not the Taliban.
former intelligence chief also posted a photoshopped image of the child
from the Sixth Sense film inside a car surrounded by anti-vaccine
protesters, the caption reading “I see soon-to-be-dead people” – a threat or a sardonic observation, depending on how one reads it.
Hayden’s retweet spree appears to be part of a growing effort among national security bigwigs to bring the “War on Terror” home – an effort that is sure to escalate now that the war in Afghanistan is, at least in theory, over.
anti-terror dollars burning holes in their pockets and a presidential
administration still doggedly insisting that January 6 was an armed
insurrection that came a hair’s breadth from overthrowing American
democracy, the national security apparatus is no doubt going to continue
inflating the threat of “Vanilla ISIS” – a cringe-inducing
mash-up between the rapper of ‘Ice Ice Baby’ fame and the terror group –
used by some observers to describe white Trump supporters, until
ordinary Americans, too, fear the terrorists next door.
FBI director Christopher Wray has warned for months that “white supremacists” and other so-called “home-grown extremists”
pose the worst threat to Americans, while the Department of Homeland
Security earlier this month published a terrorism warning seemingly
likening Americans protesting draconian anti-coronavirus restrictions to
would-be al-Qaeda nostalgists celebrating the anniversary of September
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While the DHS admitted there were “no credible or imminent threats identified,”
that didn’t stop them from wielding the empty threat like a bludgeon,
as visions of their French, Italian, and British counterparts being
swarmed by ordinary protesting citizens no doubt has their American
counterparts quaking in their combat boots.
The most recent group
of generals to take office at the Pentagon under Biden haven’t gotten
their communications channels straight, apparently, as Press Secretary
John Kirby acknowledged he was “not familiar” with the US Embassy’s warning not to travel to the Kabul airport.
The Biden administration and its allies in the Democratic Party have also been working hard to conflate so-called “anti-vaxxers” with other forms of “home-grown extremists,”
calling for Facebook and other social networks to remove their accounts
and – in some cases – even suggesting exceptions be made in the First
Amendment for criminalizing their speech. One bill proposed by Senate
Democrats insists social media platforms should be held liable for their
“failure” to remove “health and vaccine-related misinformation during public health emergencies.”
bill was proposed by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) and Ben Ray
Lujan (D-New Mexico) last month shortly after it became publicly known
that the Biden administration was openly asking Facebook and other
social networks to remove certain posts.
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Editorials in mainstream publications have repeatedly compared
the vaccine-hesitant to terrorists, and cities like New York and San
Francisco have taken matters even further, barring the non-vaccinated
from entering most places of business.
And indeed, further
incursions on the rights of the unvaccinated would be right up Hayden’s
alley. He described the constitutional protections guaranteed by the
Fourth Amendment – which prohibits unreasonable search and seizure – as
having changed following the September 11 terror attacks, infamously
explaining in a speech several years later that the NSA “doesn’t just listen to bad people. NSA listens to interesting people. People who are communicating information.”
Or, dare he say it…“mis”information?