(CNSNews.com) – “This government is truly persecuting innocent Americans while facilitating foreign law-breaking," America First Legal President and former Trump Senior Advisor Stephen Miller told Fox News host Laura Ingraham Thursday, talking about the Biden Administration. "That is morally reprehensible."
Ingraham interviewed Miller and author Dinesh D’Souza on how the left is weaponizing the Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to monitor and censor Americans, as opposed to watching for foreign terrorists. The segment came after incidents such as Attorney General Merrick Garland issuing a memo suggesting that the FBI could take action against parents who criticize school boards, as well as a report from Senate Intelligence Committee Democrats claiming that the CIA "has a secret, undisclosed data repository" with information collected on Americans.
“If this sounds like it’s too hard to believe, ask yourself how many innocent people were jailed as a result of the Russia collusion hoax? How many people were given unequal legal treatment as a result of that? They are advancing the idea that law enforcement can be used for expressly political purposes. That DHS bulletin should be taken with utmost seriousness by all Americans who treasure their civil liberties. We are heading down a very dark path.”
Below is the transcript for this portion of the segment:
Laura Ingraham: “Well, Stephen, this is why so many of the elites love China because China doesn’t have to do this whole, like, listen to the people stuff. A small minority of people make all the decisions for everyone else and if they don’t like it, they’re dealt with. There’s some weird, disturbing parallels here, given what the DHS and the DOD is saying now.”
Stephen Miller: “No, America’s leftist elites are envious of the Chinese system and the ability it provides them to control the population. What is truly terrifying right now, Laura, is that the left has gained control of the security state. In other words, between DOJ -- within it -- the FBI, CIA, as well as, of course, the Department of Homeland Security, they’re able to use this security apparatus to police speech and to police thought they disagree with. And if this sounds like it’s too hard to believe, ask yourself how many innocent people were jailed as a result of the Russia collusion hoax? How many people were given unequal legal treatment as a result of that? They are advancing the idea that law enforcement can be used for expressly political purposes. That DHS bulletin should be taken with utmost seriousness by all Americans who treasure their civil liberties. We are heading down a very dark path.”
Ingraham: “And Dinesh, to Stephen’s point, the AP just dropped this bomb shell a few moments ago, ‘the CIA has a secret, undisclosed data repository that includes information collected about Americans, two Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee said’ late tonight. A secret, undisclosed data repository, what? What are we talking about here, Dinesh? Enemies of the state? I guess.”
Dinesh D’Souza: “Well, I think this is very scary because as you know Laura, the FBI is the domestic police operation inside the United States and the main domain of the CIA is abroad. The CIA is not supposed to be conducting elaborate intelligence operations within the United States and so what you seem to have here is a rogue agency -- either an agency gone rogue, or an agency operating with the tacit sanction of the Biden Administration to sort of turn its lenses away from Islamic radicals abroad or Chinese subversives and focus really within the United States and that would be a very scary turn.”
Ingraham: “Stephen, a lot of us have bemoaned our previous support for the Patriot Act. I have, I did the mea culpa on that years ago, but this really all began after 9/11. There’s a bipartisan push to do something and to protect the country and it was a noble impulse obviously, but this is now everything that civil libertarians worried about back in 2001, '02, and '03. And here we are now collecting data on the American people, what, because they disagree with them?”
Miller: “Well, I mean, to Dinesh’s point, the CIA’s mandate is overseas. And we saw the same thing happen repeatedly in recent years where spy agencies that are supposed to be investigating foreign enemies and foreign terrorists are investigating Americans. And let me tell you something: when you have the Department of Justice and Merrick Garland treating parents concerned about critical race theory as domestic terrorists, when you have the Department of Homeland Security accusing people of spreading what they call disinformation -- what you and I would call common sense -- of being potential terrorists, we should take this all very seriously. At the same time, our citizens are literally being killed by the drugs pouring across our border by actual foreign criminal organizations and this administration is aiding and abetting that lethal import into our country while targeting our citizens. This government is truly persecuting innocent Americans while facilitating foreign law-breaking. That is morally reprehensible.”
Emily Robertson is a CNSNews intern and a senior at Liberty University studying Strategic Communication with a double minor in Government and Politics & Policy. She has written for the Liberty Champion as an opinion writer and news reporter, as well as participated in other extracurricular activities involving law and politics.