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'This Has to Stop': Oregon Senators Unveil Amendment to Bar Trump From Sending Secret Police Into US Cities

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/07/22/has-stop-oregon-senators-unveil-amendment-bar-trump-sending-secret-police-us-cities

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They are, of course, right that it is a cynical and desperate ploy to gin up support for Trump’s reelection. Their amendment won’t pass, but their efforts may awaken some to Trump’s strategy and who is starting what in Portland. Agents provocateur is an old game.

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It’s already illegal. Federal police have no jurisdiction on state and municipal land, and even if it were on federal property it would still be illegal because they are not police, just armed thugs deputized to serve Trump himself.

Remember when Pelosi said it was unconscionable to disband ICE, as AOS suggested? Remember when DHS formed under Bush, that Democrats refused to question a paramilitary group tasked with treating citizens as suspected terrorists?

Remember when the House flipped in 2016 due in part to new members riding the Bernie wave and saying–with no specifics at all–that they considered themselves progressive? Most of them voted to renew the Patriot Act authorizing ICE and DHS to spy on you. Most of them voted against NDAA amendments yesterday to draw troops out of Afghanistan and reduce the war budget.

Most Democrats were in support of helping Bush turn this country into the facist dictatorship we now live in. Do not expect them to vote in favor of this amendment.

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Oregon, bring out the National Guard. Do it now!

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The Merkley/Wyden (D) Act won’t pass in the Senate which has 2/3 Republican majority…

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True, but it would be nice if progressive voters could at least acknowledge the Democratic Party’s role in gladly handing this country over to a fascist dictator.

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Pretty sick and tired of “It Won’t Work, It won’t get passed”

Sure would be nice if you came out fervently in support and pushed for passage.
Added something Constructive

Otherwise it just comes off as a limp d_ck response better left unsaid and kept to one’s self.

No quitters wanted here…

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From my perspective, sending Amerikan, secret police with no identification into Portland seems to me like this could be Trumps trial run for Martial Law. Trump is considering doing the same thing in several U.S. cities including Seattle and Chicago next. That would be the perfect excuse to post pone the November elections.

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These are not “SECRET POLICE”. They are federally sanctioned law enforcement agencies. Militias like BLACKWATER with private contracts and no accountability are what is commonly referred to as “secret police” or mercenaries.

Admittedly there is a corruption of their mandate.

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What has to end is the unchallenged practice of Democrats posturing about secret police and introducing legislation that will never pass or be easily circumvented while they continue to fully fund authoritarian agencies like DHS and ICE.

The people in the streets are doing much more to end this disgrace than the people who claim to support them in Congress.

~https://theintercept.com/2020/07/21/fisa-surveillance-dragnet-warrants-dhs/

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Tried calling the W.H. concerning this issue and leaving messages or talking to someone is no longer an option. And, my (sycophant) Senator Mr. Roy kiss butt Blunt’s mailbox is full. How much more obvious can this get, they do not care what the rabble thinks or if they are breathing for that matter.

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What we are witnessing is the equivalent of the breakdown of the Weimar Republik when Hitler send his SA (Schlaegertruppe) so that the transition into Nazi Germany could go as ‘smooth’ as possible. The Weimar Democratic forces were silent to the point of complicity.
Sound familiar…?

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Thanks, Obama:

~https://www.aclu.org/press-releases/president-obama-signs-indefinite-detention-bill-law

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Sorry, but I quit. Since day one the democrats, the public at large, the press, especially the press have refused to go the full monty on calling out trump’s constant lying. One person over here, maybe one over there will insist we acknowledge the daily lying, but it is so common place that those that deny or overlook the lying are getting away with normalizing the lies.

In Oregon the governor has the power to involve the NG.
In Portland the mayor has the power to organize the police force .
Instead we get lawsuits that do very little to thwart the trumpistas.
PS The photo is of Merkley, not Wyden.

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Yes, screw this amendment nonsense…JUST ENFORCE THE LAW!

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These people (DT and his enablers) are unbelievable. DT has declared war on Russia, China, and Venezuela (because of that countries to the other two). He has now declared open war on all American citizens. All attempts are being made to corner the market on a vaccine for this virus, and stopping other countries from either developing a vaccine, or blocking their efforts. DT has ordered China to close their Houston embassy (and others to follow as well as more sanctions) and has repeatedly blamed China for this virus. Here’s the kicker to this insanity as the entire planet and humanity is being ravaged by this virus. DT has the nerve to lie to our faces (again) stating the US will be happy to work with China on a vaccine. This is a WTF!!! moment for all the world to witness. The US has no plan to share a working vaccine with any other country. Owning it will be a blackmail weapon against any and all here and abroad and will be out of reach of most at the price that will be charged. This is American capitalism at its worst, but part for the profit based health care system. The rich will live and the rest of us will die.

This Amendment will never fly as the GOP will stop it in its tracks.

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Too familiar!

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Here’s the text of the Amendment (~https://www.vanhollen.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/NDAA%20Crowd%20Control%2020.7.20.pdf):

AMENDMENT NO.llll Calendar No.lll
Purpose: To limit the use of Federal law enforcement officers for crowd control.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES—116th Cong., 2d Sess.
S. 4049
To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2021 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.
Referred to the Committee on _____ and ordered to be printed

Ordered to lie on the table and to be printed

AMENDMENT intended to be proposed by Mr. MERKLEY (for himself, Mr. WYDEN, and Mr. MURPHY) to the amendment (No. 2301) proposed by Mr. INHOFE

Viz:
1 At the appropriate place in title X, insert the following:

SEC. ll. LIMITATION ON USE OF FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS FOR CROWD CONTROL.

(a) DEFINITIONS.—In this section—
…(1) the term ‘‘Federal law enforcement officer’’means—
…–(A) an employee or officer in a position in the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the Federal Government who is authorized by law to engage in or supervise a law enforcement function; or
…–(B) an employee or officer of a contractor or subcontractor (at any tier) of an agency in the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the Federal Government who is authorized by law or under the contract with the agency to engage in or supervise a law enforcement function;
…(2) the term ‘‘law enforcement function’’ means the prevention, detection, or investigation of, or the prosecution or incarceration of any person for, any violation of law; and
…(3) the term ‘‘member of an armed force’’means a member of any of the armed forces, as defined in section 101(a)(4) of title 10, United States Code, or a member of the National Guard, as defined in section 101(3) of title 32, United States Code.

(b) REQUIRED IDENTIFICATION.—
…(1) IN GENERAL.—Each Federal law enforcement officer or member of an armed force who is engaged in any form of crowd control, riot control, or arrest or detainment of individuals engaged in an act of civil disobedience, demonstration, protest, or riot in the United States shall at all times display identifying information in a clearly visible fashion, which shall include the Federal agency and the last name or unique identifier of the Federal law enforcement officer or the armed force, last name or unique identifier, and rank of the member of an armed force, respectively.
…(2) SPECIFIC PROHIBITIONS.—
…–(A) COVERING OF IDENTIFYING INFORMATION.—A Federal law enforcement officer or member of an armed force may not tape over or otherwise obscure or conceal the identifying information required under paragraph (1) while the officer or member is engaged in any form of law enforcement activity described in paragraph (1).
…–(B) USE OF UNMARKED VEHICLES.—A Federal law enforcement officer or member of an armed force may not use an unmarked vehicle for the apprehension, detention, or arrest of civilians while the officer or member is engaged in any form of law enforcement activity described in paragraph (1).

© LIMITATION ON CROWD CONTROL AUTHORITY.—
…(1) IN GENERAL.—Except as provided in paragraph (2), a Federal law enforcement officer or member of an armed force may only be authorized to perform any form of crowd control, riot control, or arrest or detainment of individuals engaged in an act of civil disobedience, demonstration, protest, or riot on Federal property or in the immediate vicinity thereof, which shall include the sidewalk and the public street immediately adjacent to any Federal building or property.
…(2) EXCEPTIONS.—
…–(A) STATE AND LOCAL REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE.—Paragraph (1) shall not apply to a Federal law enforcement officer or member of an armed force if the Governor of a State and the head of a unit of local government jointly request, in writing, Federal law enforcement support.
…–(B) INSURRECTION ACT.—If chapter 13 of title 10, United States Code (commonly known as the ‘‘Insurrection Act of 1807’’) is invoked, paragraph (1) shall not apply.

(d) LIMITATION ON ARREST AUTHORITY.—It shall be unlawful for a Federal law enforcement officer or member of an armed force to arrest an individual in the United States if the Federal law enforcement officer or member of an armed force is conducting a law enforcement function in violation of subsection (b) or ©.

(e) NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC.—Not later than 24 hours after deployment of a Federal law enforcement officer or member of an armed force in response to any crowd control incident, riot, or public disturbance, the Federal agency or armed force responsible for such deployment shall publish prominent public notice on that public facing website of the agency or armed force that includes the following information:
…(1) The date of deployment of personnel for crowd control purposes.
…(2) The number of Federal law enforcement officers of the agency or members of the armed force in each city, town, or locality functioning in a law enforcement capacity.
…(3) A description of the specific nature of the mission.
…(4) The location of any civilians being detained by the Federal law enforcement officers or members of the armed force deployed, and under whose custody the civilians are being held.
…(5) A copy of a written request for assistance described in subsection ©(2)(A), if such request was made.

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This is a more comprehensive proposal than what has been reported that AOC proposed. It includes what she proposed but also puts limitations on Federal forces.

But it still doesn’t got far enough. It doesn’t repeal the NDAA provision allowing the President to determine who is a terrorist without any due process and then indefinitely detain that person, including USA citizens.

One thing the reporting misconstrues is that it makes it sound like this is limiting Trump. It is limiting the Federal forces that now are under Trump’s authority, but this is better than that as it would limit the next President’s ability to use forces this way.

I like that this proposal demands names of the arrested and information on where they are being detained. I don’t like that it doesn’t also demand they be charged or released. So far the ones being detained are disappearing. This supposedly stops that, but it doesn’t go further and insist they not just be detained without due process- it acts as if that is what the US does and the problem is the NDAA allows that to not occur.

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The fascists in the trump regime are getting more confident and brazen.
And soon we will be hearing China and Russia are to blame for this and everything else too.

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