Progressives in Congress are calling for restraint in responding to the deadly riots at the US Capitol, according to a report.
“We already have laws on the books. Sorry, but you are just gonna have to learn to apply them equally,” Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) said in a tweet Thursday.
The “Squad” member then retweeted a letter from civil rights groups opposing “any new domestic terrorism charge, the creation of a list of designated domestic terrorist organizations, or other expansions of terrorism-related authorities.”
The Leadership Conference, a national civil rights coalition, noted that the Justice Department “already has more than 50 federal statutes it can use to investigate & prosecute individuals who participated in the insurrection.”
Omar was one of the lawmakers who signed a letter Tuesday urging congressional leaders like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) not to expand US national security powers, according to Fox News.
“While we are not necessarily opposed to reforms to address the law enforcement and intelligence communities’ inability or unwillingness to seriously confront domestic white nationalist violence, we firmly believe that the national security and surveillance powers of the U.S. government are already too broad, undefined, and unaccountable to the people,” read the letter from Omar, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib, (D-Mich.) and others.
Their pleas followed a joint podcast by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Pelosi in which they called for a “9/11-type commission,” which led to the creation of he Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and called for the creation of the National Counterterrorism Center.
Last week, several House committees sent a letter requesting documents from the FBI, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, ODNI and NCTC, according to Fox News.“The Committees will conduct robust oversight to understand what warning signs may have been missed, determine whether there were systemic failures, and consider how to best address countering domestic violent extremism, including remedying any gaps in legislation or policy,” the letter read.
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