Just days after Trump entertained the possibility of registering all Muslims, Ben Carson came forward and announced his plan to build a database for all foreigners. Over the weekend, Carson once again reminded us that he was vying for the McCarthyite-John Birchers running the Republican Party when he called for surveillance of all “anti-American” groups, churches, papers, and others while glossing over how it would violate the First Amendment.
Ben Carson’s Committee of Un-American Activities
During the height of the Second Red Scare in the 1950s, the House of Representatives established a committee whose job it was to execute subpoenas against suspected communists. The House Un-American Activities Committee dove deeply into all aspects of American life, destroying the lives of countless Americans in their witch hunt.
For all their paranoia, the HUAC has nothing on what Ben Carson proposed last Saturday, when he called on the government to expand its surveillance programs. During an appearance at a justice forum in South Carolina, Carson told reporters that he “would be in favor of” surveillance on a variety of things that make right-wingers cower under their covers with the nightlights turned on:
What I have said is that I would be in favor of monitoring a mosque or any church or any organization or any school or any press corps where there was a lot of radicalization and things that were anti-American.
What did he mean by “radicalization” or “anti-American”? He didn’t clarify. He did, however, say that he wanted more funding for FBI surveillance, adding that the FBI can only afford to watch “30 to 60 people.”
He didn’t clarify where he got those numbers, but I have a pretty solid idea where they came from, anyway.
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