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Trump’s Brownshirts Stalk and Kidnap Innocent Civilians in the Streets of Portland

We are seeing something that has never happened in our lifetimes — unidentified “Federal” “law enforcement officials” stalking the streets of a major American cities, kidnapping innocent civilians, shoving them into unmarked vehicles, and making them disappear for hours or days without record or anything approaching due process. This is the next step in the Trump administration’s plans to turn America into a real police state. From what we know, this is the result of a scheme concocted by the White House, with Acting Homeland Security Director Chad Wolf taking point. Check out the video. Also check out the multiple videos posted by local journalist Garrison Davis. My full thread covering last night’s protests in downtown Portland can be found here. https://t.co/FEAkls2Sq4 https://t.co/GGyBZtEkec — Garrison Davis (Teargas Proof) (@hungrybowtie) July 17, 2020 The Washington Post interviewed a peaceful protester, Mark Pettibone, who was kidnapped, thrust into an unmarked vehicle, and driven to an undisclosed location. After he was released, he told the Post that he didn’t know who had kidnapped him. No one would identify themselves. He was put in an interrogation room, (finally) read his Miranda rights, and questioned by unidentified officials. Pettibone refused to talk and requested a lawyer. He was later released, still with no idea why he was kidnapped and by whom. Pettibone did two smart things: he “lawyered up,” and he took his story public. That got some attention. Within hours, the US Customs and Border Protection Agency (CBP, soon to be renamed Schutzstaffel or SS) admitted that their “officers” had kidnapped Pettigrew and taken him to the local federal courthouse, where he was questioned. CBP claims they “had information indicating the person in the video was suspected of assaults against federal agents or destruction of federal property.” No. No, they didn’t. If they did, Pettibone would have been arrested and charged. CBP added to their lies when they claimed during their snatch-and-grab of Pettibone, “a large and violent mob moved towards their location. For everyone’s safety, CBP agents quickly moved the suspect to a safer location for further questioning.” The only “mob” in the area was a group of unidentified, camoflague-wearing, heavily armed assholes snatching peaceful protesters off the sidewalk for the “crime” of looking suspicious. As Pettibone’s friend Connor O’Shea, who was there when Pettibone was kidnapped, told an NPR reporter: I see guys in camo. Four or five of them pop out, open the door and it was just like, “Oh shit. I don’t know who you are or what you want with us.” O’Shea hid when the goons jumped out of their vehicle, and shot video of Pettibone’s kidnapping. More CBP lies: “The CBP agents identified themselves and were wearing CBP insignia during the encounter. The names of the agents were not displayed due to recent doxing incidents against law enforcement personnel who serve and protect our country.” Rrrright. The “law enforcement officials” refused to identify themselves because they were afraid their names would be made public. Guess what, brownshirts: the law clearly states that law enforcement officials, from lowly animal control officials to highly paid FBI officials, must ALWAYS publicly identify themselves when discharging their duties. According to video evidence, including the videos linked to this article, the only “identification” they displayed was a patch reading “POLICE.” I can buy a […]

Justice Dept. Seeks to Decertify Union Representing Immigration Judges.

Bill Barr’s Justice Department cannot properly manage a suicide watch over one of its most high profile detainees, but is taking time to try to decertify the union representing Immigration judges in its attempt to speed up deportations. Newsweek “The Trump administration has been accused of trying to “evade transparency and accountability” with its new push to decertify the union representing immigration judges in the U.S. Last week, a Department of Justice (DOJ) spokesperson told The New York Times on Friday that the department had filed a petition to the Federal Labor Relations Authority seeking to know whether the National Association of Immigration Judges could have its certification revoked. The union’s members, the DOJ argued, are technically “management officials” and should therefore be unable to collectively organize.” Management officials? Not so says the union president: “This is nothing more than a desperate attempt by the DOJ to evade transparency and accountability, and undermine the decisional independence of the nation’s 440 Immigration Judges,” said Judge Ashley Tabaddor, who serves as president of the National Association of Immigration Judges, in a statement to NPR. “We are trial court judges who make decisions on the basis of case-specific facts and the nation’s immigration laws. We do not set policies, and we don’t manage staff,” she said. The DOJ’s suggestion that immigration judges should be viewed as managers is “absurd,” she said, adding: “We don’t even have the authority to order pencils.” The article points out that already, Trump & Co. has appointed twice the number of new immigration judges than did the Obama admin…more than 100 so far. The union is just one more obstacle in the way of our complete transformation into a banana republic.

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