“Secret” unaccountable weaponized police and police state, run by one person. What could go wrong here or there or right next door? Do you really truly believe there will be an election? That good will over come evil. O how I wish I were delusional and capable to thinking everything is okay and it will all come out in the wash with a little bleach. I feel screws turning ever so slowly in my back. How about you? Are you in compliance? How did you do it? I wanna know so I can save my skin.
Gestapo ICE employs thousands of people who were to stupid or psychologically damaged to become even Mayberry deputies in local militarized police forces. What could go wrong?
I have only one question, will the Brown shirts be furnished by the government, or do we have to pay for them ourselves?
It’s time to abolish the Presidency, taking all that power out of the hands of one human, and put to work the Congress that hasn’t been in sync for quite some time.
“Sure feels like ICE is positioning itself to become an all encompassing, no accountability, paramilitary force.”
The Nazis in Germany called it the Gestapo. We call it ICE.
high-risk search and arrest warrants, fugitive operations, undercover operations, hostage rescue, gang operations, etc."
Since when has this been within the purview of ICE? Where the hell is the fucking Dem leadership in reigning in this rogue and unlawful administration?
Hyper-realistic? Will there be crying kids?
Ft Bennington GA. Huh.
Looks like this is a continuation of the US Army School of the America’s, now the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation. Lovely, NOT!
The Army already began similar preparations under Obama, although they were clever enough to refer to the civilians as “zombies” during training.
A leaked video of one such training exorcise made its way to CD if i remember correctly, shortly before Obama implimented a litmus test designed to weed out officers who would refuse an order to fire on Americans.
This began long before Trump, and as welcome as his removal would be, we should not assume it would affect the real balance of power in America, or alter any long term plans.
Lots gets done for corporations and fascists, or haven’t you noticed?
“First they came for the very-bad, not-good, not-white, gang-banging drug dealing immigrants…”
Don’t we know where this ends by now?
Right now a MAGA cap will do.
M, your point is valid, but don’t underestimate the level & number of morons. They’re huge. Part of the thanks goes to failed school systems taken over by businessmen, rightwingers on school boards (thank you, Kocks) and test manufacturers. I guess it’s not paranoid to say it was all part of the plan. Education has been set up over at least…at least…the last three decades to NOT teach critical thinking skills or accurate history, or even language.
Martial law or equivalents will sneak in incrementally and there’ll be nary a peep from our esteemed MSM.
And what will you do with that MAGA cap?
Check, check, check and check +10. It’s all getting done.
14 Characteristics of fascism:
Powerful and Continuing Nationalism
Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.
Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights
Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of “need.” The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.
Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause
The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.
Supremacy of the Military
Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.
The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Opposition to abortion is high, as is homophobia and anti-gay legislation and national policy.
Controlled Mass Media
Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.
Obsession with National Security
Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.
Religion and Government are Intertwined
Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government’s policies or actions.
Corporate Power is Protected
The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.
Labor Power is Suppressed
Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed .
Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts
Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts is openly attacked, and governments often refuse to fund the arts.
Obsession with Crime and Punishment
Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.
Rampant Cronyism and Corruption
Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.
Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.
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