I regularly refer to the United States as undergoing a transformation from being a “consitutional republic” into what I term a National Security State. What I mean by that is the concept of the State as centering on riding herd on its subjects for the purpose of safeguarding the security of the State itself and its governing ideology. There’s still a document called the US Constitution, which you can look up online and which judges refer to at times, but in the day to day operations of the National Security State its own definition of “national security” and of “threats” to that security trump everything. If you don’t understand that, then you’ve been asleep for the past couple of decades.
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Obviously there’s an element of paranoia in this, and that leads to the search—by the intel agencies—for enemies of the State. As anyone who has worked within such agencies knows, there’s a priority on discovering new threats. Anyone who differs from what the State considers to be the norm becomes a potential target of investigation—and possibly worse. Search “Mark Houck” for an excellent example. The fact that Republicans control the House currently means nothing. The government party, the party of the State, is the Dem party. Liberal to Woke ideology is the governing ideology in State agencies, and dissenters will be hounded out of employment. The National Security State possesses an insatiable appetite for discovering new threats.
There’s a bit of a paradox in this. Although State ideology appears to center around the concept of “diversity”, the whole dynamic is toward ever increasing conformity. And that’s why anyone who differs from the Liberal norm is characterized as “extremist” and ipso facto comes under suspicion by the National Security apparatus. Guns, religion, speaking out at public meetings. It’s all grist for the National Security State’s investigative mill.
Nevertheless, I was still a bit flabbergasted to learn that Catholic Latin Massers are now being targeted by the FBI as a threat to national security. The claim is that radical extremists—Racially or Ethnically Motivated Violent Extremists (RMVE)—are somehow attracted to Radical Traditional Catholic (RTC) ideology. The document that I’m going to excerpt cites the SPLC, Salon, and The Atlantic for the proposition that “RTC’s” indulge in anti-semitic and violent rhetoric. That includes the infamous Atlantic article “How Extremist Gun Culture Is Trying To Co-Opt The Rosary.” Right.
FBI whistleblower Kyle Seraphin has an article up at Uncover DC based on an internal FBI document that was sent to him:
The FBI Doubles Down on Christians and White Supremacy in 2023
You’ll see from the pages I’ll paste in that the document, “Interest of Racially or Ethnically Motivated Violent Extremists in Radical-Traditionalist Catholic Ideology Almost Certainly Presents New Mitigation Opportunities,” is based on speculation and innuendo. As Seraphin points out in the video I’ll include below, the actual motivation behind all this is almost certainly Catholic opposition to abortion. The writing is almost childish in its reasoning, yet it was approved by the chief lawyer in the Richmond Division of the FBI. That should tell you all you need to know about how confident this lawyer is that he’s in line with official FBI woke organizational culture. No mid-level bureaucrat approves a document like this if they have any reason to believe that it will get them in any sort of trouble. Now note the date of the document: January 23, 2023—less than a month ago. With all the negative publicity about the FBI, its investigation of persons attending school board meetings, its refusal to investigate attack on pro-life clinics, its grotesque coordination of social media censorship, the Congressional hearings into all the above—nevertheless the top lawyer in the Richmond field division approved this document.
Can you say: Out of Control? And, yes, the document recommends developing informants within Catholic communities.
So, here are excerpts from the 8 page document:
Now here’s a video interview with Seraphin that I found at
FBI whistleblower releases docs showing agency is surveilling ‘Radical’ Traditional Catholics in Virginia
I highly recommend the video. It’s a bit over a half an hour long, but Seraphin, as you’ll see, is very articulate—so the video moves right along. In addition, Seraphin does an excellent job in explaining FBI culture and organizational procedures, which I believe you’ll find highly informative. I’ve been retired since 2006 and a lot has changed since then—the woke organizational culture he describes was only just getting started when I retired. Seraphin provides a valuable look inside Your FBI. The article itself is also excellent:
Stunning and sickening. The document is essentially political and a call to action to investigate anyone not aligned to Democratic talking points on abortion doctrine, affirmative action doctrine, immigration doctrine, and LGBTQ doctrine; further, it is but a tiny hop from "radical traditional catholics" to ... everyone (see page 4 of the embedded doc, first paragraph under Outlook. Consider the last sentence of that paragraph = "During this same 12 to 24 month period, the overall RTC community is likely to remain stable or show modest growth based on potential dissafection with mainline Catholic churches on social issues in the aforementioned areas, providing RMVE a persistent Catholic-oriented base with which to interact" readily becomes "During this same 12 to 24 month period, the overall suspect Republican community is likely to remain stable or show modest growth based on potential dissafection with mainline social issues in the aforementioned areas, providing RMVE a persistent Republican-oriented base with which to interact". All of this seemingly drawn from an SPLC claim, two Salon web articles and an Atlantic web article. All of which are kinda-sorta-close to unhinged (nutter-talk). Tge scope is natiinal, based on the SPLC-identified groups. This is an acceptance-probe: can the DOJ/FBI use this as a hook to hang expanded politically motivated domestic-everybody surveillance on? Soon, we'll see positions counter to the doctrine of climate change included. Yep, that'ed be an excellent example of the National Security State in action, right there. Bravo Mr Wauck, although I am sorry you have to see your former fine institution as the exemplar.