MDM is the New WMD: DHS Issues a New NTAS Bulletin

Yesterday, just before the fourth NTAS expired (which is today), Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas issued a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin regarding “the continued heightened threat environment across the United States.” The threats in question are not the continuing coercive behavioral and medical programs of the public health apparatus. Nor are they the drastic rise in criminal violence occurring in American cities. What are those threats? This is the subject of today’s blog. Here’s the spoiler: For the most part, citizens who dissent from the transnationalist program of managed decline of the American Republic constitute the “continuing heighten threat environment.”

DHS Police with zip ties and khaki pants

The current NTAS reports (for much of this I am quoting from the press release as the actual document is a tedious series of bullet-points): “The United States remains in a heightened threat environment fueled by several factors, including an online environment filled with false or misleading narratives and conspiracy theories, and other forms of mis- dis- and mal-information (MDM)….” You may be unfamiliar with the latter term, as it is not one usually deployed in such an open manner. Although meaning different things, the first two are often carelessly used interchangeably. So let’s clarify. The standard definition of the terms are these respectively: sincerely held but false beliefs (misinformation); purposeful dissemination of false belief (disinformation); circulation of true or false information to sow division and destabilize the status quo (mal-information). The DHS lumps these together as MDM.

Those engaged in MDM are referred to as “threat actors.” You have to grasp the consciousness of the New Fascism to fully understand to whom they are referring. We know Antifa and BLM are not among the “threat actors” who moved the Biden-Harris regime to establish (the move was announced on the first day of Biden’s presidency) the new domestic terrorism branch within DHS’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis “dedicated to producing sound, timely intelligence needed to counter domestic terrorism-related threats”—even while those entities represented the forces of chaos throughout the nation during the summer and fall of 2020 (and one suspects those forces will return). Spokespersons for the security state apparatus will point to January 6, 2021 Capitol affair as the reason, but it’s a claim that doesn’t hold up under scrutiny. It’s much broader than those who walked through the Capitol building that day.

The bulletin identifies “foreign terrorist organizations” (which must by now include the Canadian trucker convoy). Based on the “soft targets” identified one presumes that the small number of white supremacists at the margins of US society are also on the list. But the bulletin’s rhetoric concerning what is at stake must necessarily includes another, much larger group. According to the press release, “These threat actors seek to exacerbate societal friction to sow discord and undermine public trust in government institutions to encourage unrest, which could potentially inspire acts of violence.” The discord and unrest sought by foreign terrorists organization is only in the heads of jihadis. The vast majority of Americans find Islamism repugnant, and those who don’t are the last persons to concern the DHS. Likewise, the white supremacists enjoy no significant support among the American population.

It’s clear from the pattern of words spoken and actions taken of late that those who actually comprise the “threat environment” are patriotic Americans who, as did the American Revolutionaries, question government action and call for reigning in state power. The first items in the bulletin itself include “widespread online proliferation of false or misleading narratives regarding unsubstantiated widespread election fraud and COVID-19.” Since when did concerns for election integrity and fraud and mass vaccination programs constitute domestic terrorism? “Grievances associated with these themes inspired violent extremist attacks during 2021,” the document claims. Was the United States subject to violent extremists attacks through the previous year? Is the bulletin referring to parents at school board meetings objecting to mask mandates and the indoctrination of their children in racist ideology? The tens of thousands who attended MAGA rallies? The tens of millions of downloads of the War Room: Pandemic?

These manifestations and more indeed represent something terrifying to elites. Consider these words from our nation’s founding document, the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. —That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. —That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

Against the odds, the American Revolution achieved this state of affairs. It was accomplished with unity and purpose—and, as a historical fact, violence. However, with the ascendancy of the corporate state following Reconstruction, the republic became corrupted and was derailed. Progressive Democrats installed a new government—a technocracy. What governs today is the imposition of counterrevolutionary forces. In the demand to defend of life and liberty and the human desire to pursue happiness, the objective of the patriot is clear: dismantle the corporate state and its technocracy and restore and renew the republic. To the ears of oligopolists and globalists, criticisms of corporate governance and the administrative state, calls for popular action against the tyranny of the power elite and the restoration of the republic sound discordant and destabilizing. People demanding back their country is a scary sound to the elites who stole it.

This is a nation founded on the principle of limited government and the elevation of the rights and liberties of creative and productive individuals above the desires of mobs and the powerful minorities who inspire and direct them. This is a Constitutional Republic that, in its Bill of Rights, explicitly protects religious liberty and the rights to speech, the press, assembly, and association (First Amendment), the right to be armed (Second Amendment), the right to be secure in one’s person, papers, and effects (Fourth Amendment), as well as in the sanctuary of one’s own mind (Fifth Amendment), the right to be treated with dignity (Eight Amendment), the recognition of negative liberty (Ninth Amendment), and the right to a federal system of republic states (Tenth Amendment). The corporate state negates these liberties and rights. Republican freedom is not possible in a transnational system under corporate rule and centralized state power. Corporate state rule is established through coercion, intimidation, surveillance, and violence.

More zip ties and khaki pants

Review the bullet points towards the end of the press release. Here’s a summary for your convenience: The CP3 provides “communities” with “resources and tools” to prevent “individuals from radicalizing to violence.” DHS’s Homeland Security Grant Program now designates “domestic violent extremism” as a “National Priority Area.” Tens of millions of dollars have been allocated for “target hardening and other physical security enhancements.” And there are “increased efforts to identify and evaluate MDM, including false or misleading narratives and conspiracy theories spread on social media and other online platforms.” These efforts involve “enhanced collaboration with public and private sector partners [to] increase the Nation’s cybersecurity through the Department’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).”

In all this, DHS wants to reassure Americans that the Department of Homeland Security “has renewed its commitment to ensure that all efforts to combat domestic violent extremism are conducted in ways consistent with privacy protections, civil rights and civil liberties, and all applicable laws.” I can hear those who know the history of the DHS and the organizations orbiting its sun laughing through the Internet. But laughter will come to an end in the coming months. “The months preceding the upcoming 2022 midterm elections,” warns the bulletin, “could provide additional opportunities for these extremists and other individuals to call for violence directed at democratic institutions, political candidates, party offices, election events, and election workers.” It should be obvious from this and other actions that the ground is being prepared for efforts to undermine the populist movement. The see the Red Tide coming and they mean to mitigate its effects.

The press release warns the nation: “Mass casualty attacks and other acts of targeted violence conducted by lone offenders and small groups acting in furtherance of ideological beliefs and/or personal grievances pose an ongoing threat to the nation.” What are the ideological beliefs and grievances to which they refer? If you are ever unclear as to what motivates the tyranny of corporate state action refer to the items enumerated in the previous paragraph. Liberty is the antithesis of totalitarianism.

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Andrew Austin

Andrew Austin is on the faculty of Democracy and Justice Studies and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin—Green Bay. He has published numerous articles, essays, and reviews in books, encyclopedia, journals, and newspapers.

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