"A lot of times if you warn of a danger you have to piece things together in order to demonstrate that it's actually coming," Greenwald said. "In this case, you don't have to. They are explicitly saying precisely what they want to do. What struck me so much about that John Brennan video is it would be one thing if they were saying, 'Look, there is a band of people, 20 here, 50 over here who wear swastika armbands, who are still in the KKK. There's maybe 2,000.'"
"That's not what they're saying," he continued. "They are saying the exact opposite. Every group he listed, even libertarians, essentially he's defining the insurgency as anyone who has an ideology other than neoliberalism. In other words, other than the ruling class of you that is about to congeal and merge with the power of this state, and what they are talking bout, explicitly, is using the tools they used to take ISIS off the internet, the tools that they use to destroy al Qaeda. They're talking about it as a second War on Terror. And that first War on Terror, no matter what your views were originally at the beginning of 9/11 ended up eroding, not civil liberties just elsewhere, but here at home as well."
"One that is borne by name of being a domestic war on terror, designed to essentially criminalize any oppositional ideology to the ruling class," Greenwald warned. "There is literally nothing that could be more dangerous, and it's not fearmongering or alarmism to say it."
"There are bills pending by Adam Schiff as well that would simply take the existing War on Terror legislation always aimed at foreign governments and foreign actors, and simply amend it to say we can now do that within the United States," he said.
"Who is going to stand up in opposition to this?" Carlson asked. "I don't see any of the corporate Republican caucus really even noticing. I see a lot of people who I thought were liberals not liberal at all but more authoritarian. So how do we prevent this from happening?"
"One of the things I'm really hoping for is that we can finally get out enough people believing that the way to understand Washington is Democrat versus Republican," Greenwald responded. "And that you side with one team and believe they are on your side in defending your interests, and the other team is your enemy. It is not true."
"There is a ruling class elite that it's extremely comfortable with the establishment wings of both parties," he said. "They love Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer as much as they love Mitch McConnell and Mitt Romney and Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan. Those are the people who they fund equally because those of the people who serve their agenda."
"Then there's a whole other group of people at whose expense they roll in," Greenwald said. "Some of them consider them on the left and some consider themselves on the right and it's time to break down those barriers. I was super enthused to see a group of 8 left-wing politicians say, including Rashida Tlaib, Omar, and others say we will not allow a new War on Terror because we know how dangerous it can be. Let them stand with right-wing members to break down this artificial false, fraudulent prison that the way to understand Washington is thinking that one of the two parties is on your side. Neither of them is."