One of the internet’s arbiters of truth, Snopes, went to bat for Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) after the Congressman lit the internet on fire Friday night by suggesting that a civil war would be short because the government “has nukes.”
“Did Democrat Rep. Eric Swalwell ‘Suggest Nuking’ Gun Owners Who Resist Confiscation?” the Snopes headline asked.
According to the bogus site, “fact-checking” site, that claim is a “mixture” of truth and falsehood. Swalwell did not suggesting using nukes against Americans because his statement was “was intended as no more than a joke,” the site said.
In case you missed it, Big League Politics reported on Swalwell’s comments:
In a Friday Tweet, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) set the internet on fire by insinuating that the federal government would use nuclear weapons against citizens who rebelled against it.
In May, NBC reported that Swalwell proposed a gun buyback that would force Americans to sell semiautomatic rifles to the government or face prosecution. Newsmax host John Cardillo shared the article on Friday, prompting combat veteran and right wing commentator Joe Biggs to claim that a civil war would break out if the federal government actually tried to confiscate weapons.
“So basically @RepSwalwell wants a war. Because that’s what you would get. You’re outta your f****** mind if you think I’ll give up my rights and give the gov all the power,” Biggs said.
“And it would be a short war my friend. The government has nukes. Too many of them. But they’re legit. I’m sure if we talked we could find common ground to protect our families and communities,” Swalwell said.
Ironically, Swalwell made the perfect argument for never giving up your Second Amendment rights to the federal government. In effect, he said “You can trust the government not to hurt you if you hand over your weapons, but if you don’t hand over your weapons, the government will use physical force against you” – which is exactly what we’re worried about.
Big League Politics reached out to Snopes founder David Mikkelson to see whether the “I was just joking” defense would work in the case of any potentially non-factual statement. He did not immediately respond to the request for comment.
Swalwell, for his part, touted the “fact-check” as total vindication on his Twitter account:
“Well this should end the faux-outrage from gun groups.
@snopes DEBUNKS @DailyCaller and others who claimed I made serious threat to nuke gun-owners. Let’s move on to what really matters: ensuring our right to be safe is paramount,” he said.
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) November 19, 2018
He was roundly rebuked by Twitter users for this boneheaded assertion, considering that Snopes’ reputation.
Here is our interview with citizen journalist, Staff Sergeant Joe Biggs, who was integrally involved in the conversation that led to Swalwell’s ludicrous remark:
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CHILLING: Former FBI Official and MSNBC Host Float Creating False Flags to Entrap White ‘Extremists’
Fake news propagandists and deep statists are an existential threat to America.
MSNBC host Katy Tur recently interviewed former FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi in a segment in which the two seemingly endorsed creating false flag scenarios to radicalize white “extremists” and entrap them in false flag operations.
“When you’re looking at ISIS or you’re looking at radical Islamic terrorism, I’ve covered a number of stories where the FBI would track young kids, or young men, and they would talk to them online, and say ‘you know, here’s how you build a bomb,” or “here’s where you get your bomb-making materials,” and they track that person as that person radicalized and then arrested them before they could do anything bad,” Tur explained.
“Why is the same not being done for white extremists or is the same being done and we just don’t know about it?” She asked Figliuzzi.
“No, it’s time, it’s time to seriously ask that question and to wrestle with it because politics does enter in, and as you’ve said, as soon as you mention even the need for a domestic terrorism statute, right, that addresses this, you’ll hear people start screaming, ‘This is the thought police. You’re trying to suppress thought.’ My answer to that is: This is not about thought. This is about verbalizing an intention to commit violence. That’s what we’re talking about,” he responded.
Figliuzzi called for a massive Draconian crackdown on digital free speech led by law enforcement and noted that President Trump and his supporters should be the focus of these efforts.
“It’s time to hit it head on and do it in partnership between law enforcement and providers… And if we don’t get out in front of it, it will just keep happening because the President represents a bully pulpit where there is fresh daily content of radicalization. The same goes for a state-subsidized news network that refuses to denounce this kind of thing. Radical Islamists would give their right arm to have that kind of fresh daily content,” he added.
A clip from their interview can be seen here:
Just MSNBC suggesting the FBI should be tracking young white men online to radicalize them, provide resources for creating explosives, and then arrest them. pic.twitter.com/6xq60MZNT1
— zyntrax (@zyntrax) February 23, 2020
The FBI stings mentioned by Tur, which have largely targeted mentally ill individuals and set them up as terrorists to justify the disgraced agency’s massive budgets, have been roundly denounced for their immoral and abusive nature:
The FBI and major media outlets yesterday trumpeted the agency’s latest counterterrorism triumph: the arrest of three Brooklyn men, ages 19 to 30, on charges of conspiring to travel to Syria to fight for ISIS (photo of joint FBI/NYPD press conference, above). As my colleague Murtaza Hussain ably documents, “it appears that none of the three men was in any condition to travel or support the Islamic State, without help from the FBI informant.” One of the frightening terrorist villains told the FBI informant that, beyond having no money, he had encountered a significant problem in following through on the FBI’s plot: his mom had taken away his passport. Noting the bizarre and unhinged ranting of one of the suspects, Hussain noted on Twitter that this case “sounds like another victory for the FBI over the mentally ill.”
In this regard, this latest arrest appears to be quite similar to the overwhelming majority of terrorism arrests the FBI has proudly touted over the last decade…
For reasons I and many others have repeatedly argued, these cases are unjust in the extreme: a form of pre-emptory prosecution where vulnerable individuals are targeted and manipulated not for any criminal acts they have committed but rather for the bad political views they have expressed. They end up sending young people to prison for decades for “crimes” which even their sentencing judges acknowledge they never would have seriously considered, let alone committed, in the absence of FBI trickery.
The FBI recently announced that white Americans are an ISIS-level terror threat, so expect false flags and other deep state ploys aimed at them to emerge rapidly in the months to come.
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