Trump’s Prepares for Federal Troops to Occupy American Cities
Unidentified agents pluck leftists from the streets without warrants.
- Oregon’s Attorney General, Ellen Rosenblum, filed a lawsuit on Friday, claiming that federal agents “have been using unmarked vehicles to drive around downtown Portland, detain protesters, and place them into the officers’ unmarked vehicles.”
- Protesters are neither arrested nor told why they are held.
- Agents don military fatigues that say “Police,” but The Times reported that some are in a specialized Border Patrol group that typically investigated drug smuggling organizations.
Chad Wol, secretary of Department of Homeland Security, said on Fox News: “I don’t need invitations by the states. We’re going to do that whether they like us there or not.”
- The Trump Administration plans to dispatch forces in other cities, including Chicago.
- Donavan La Bella was shot in the head with impact munition by a federal agent, and now requires reconstructive surgery. A Navy veteran was pepper sprayed and beaten.
- Representative Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) said the US Customs and Border Protection “has been a very problematic agency in terms of respecting human rights and in terms of respecting the law.” The unidentified agents are opined to be “unconstitutional and dangerous and heading toward fascism.”
Yale historian Timothy Snyder published the book, “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From the Twentieth Century” a month following President Trump’s inauguration.
- Snyder warned readers to “Be wary of paramilitaries...When the pro-leader paramilitary and the official police and military intermingle, the end has to come.”
- In an interview with The Times, Snyder said, “The state is allowed to use force, but the state is allowed to use force according to rules.” History of autocracy reveals border agents being used outside of their normal roles against regime enemies.
On Friday, Nancy Pelosi, House speaker, tweeted about Portland: “Trump and his storm troopers must be stopped.” The House will soon vote on a homeland security appropriations bill.