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The threat of domestic terrorists and insurrectionists loyal to Donald Trump won’t disappear when Trump leaves office. Rather, that group is likely to become something that the United States hasn’t seen in centuries: a widespread “permanent insurgency,” according to the former assistant director for counterintelligence at the FBI.
Thousands of pro-Trump insurrectionists and domestic terrorists stormed the US Capitol in Washington DC on Wednesday, leaving several of the terrorists dead — as well as at least one Capitol Police officer.
The terrorists also left damage and theft in their wake from one of the nation’s most sacred symbols of democracy.
The rationale — such as it was — for the extremists’ terror attack was to overturn the results of the November elections and ensure that Trump was installed for a second term.
That failed, as lawmakers returned to the Capitol in the hours after the attack, and with Vice President Mike Pence presiding finally cerified Joe Biden as the next president of the United States.
However, the extremists already are planning to return to the nation’s capital en masse for President-elect Biden’s Inauguration.
Americans may well have to adjust to the new reality of a wider threat which has become commonplace to those in other countries, said former FBI official Frank Figliuzzi.
“But it’s an ongoing threat because it’s not going to go away simply when this president disappears,” he said in an on-air interview with MSNBC. “We are facing the possibility, Ali, of a permanent insurgency. When 74 million people say, ‘I’m voting for that guy, I’m loyal to that guy; I have a flag with that guy’s face on it, not the Stars and Stripes on my flag,’ then we’re dealing with something that we see in Colombia with the FARC and the AUC, that we see in Spain with the Basque separatist groups, that we’ve seen in our own territory of Puerto Rico with groups like Los Macheteros and FALN, separatist groups. That’s the deep concern.”
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