All power does derive from the bottom. The various “snatch” teams likely were training for such specialized operation in larger cities. All you have to add are extralegal renditions.



— Joshua Potash (@JoshuaPotash) July 20, 2020

“On Sunday… #Trump was exposed in a way he simply hasn’t been — and by a Fox News host to boot.”

The confidence Trump displayed in his false claims was truly something to behold. (“Ready?” “I will get that one just like I was right on the mortality rate.”) The question has often been whether he truly believes his own hype or is just committed to the lie. Either way, Wallace laid it bare.


Trump then conceded that some questions are easy but then remarkably contended that some are difficult as the test goes on: “But I’ll bet you couldn’t even answer the last five questions. I’ll bet you couldn’t. They get very hard, the last five questions.”
Wallace shot back: “Well, one of them was count back from 100 by seven.” He began counting: “Ninety-three.”
In other circumstances, this could have come off as overly adversarial. But Wallace was putting his finger on the ridiculousness of the claim — just as he had so many times previously in the interview.
These were the kinds of things that have been pointed out ad nauseam outside the audience of the president; Wallace just had the venue and the wherewithal to actually press him on them. And the result was something unlike we’ve seen thus far in Trump’s presidency.…

— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) July 19, 2020



— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) July 20, 2020


— Rep. Nadler (@RepJerryNadler) July 20, 2020


— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 20, 2020

A fairly complete summary of the past months in Portland:

…thus far, the only escalation seen recently has been the federal agents now roaming the streets of downtown Portland in rented vans, arresting activists seemingly at random. These men display no identification, no name tag or badge number or anything else that might be useful identifying them. That fact has rightly shocked Americans across the country, but at this point, it is nothing new to Portland protesters.

Portland Police have been hiding their names for weeks, instead using numbers that cannot be correlated to names by any means available to citizens. Members of multiple different law enforcement agencies, all with different rules of engagement from the PPB, have been policing demonstrations since the very beginning. As Tuck Woodstock, a local reporter, noted on Twitter:

“This is the natural escalation of the last 7 weeks. This is what has come of Portlanders protesting police brutality for 50 days: more bizarre acts of police brutality. Portlanders are risking everything every day. Please notice.”

That is, in the end, what both the Portland press corps and the people out in the streets, protesting every night, seem to want from the rest of the United States. Please pay attention to the videos of officers ripping people’s face masks off to spray mace directly into their mouths. Please pay attention to the video of Donovan LaBella, blood gushing from his head, seizing on the ground. And, yes, please pay attention to the videos of men in full combat gear abducting activists off the street.

Pay attention, because it is my belief that all of this will not stay confined to Portland. Your city might be next.


Good Trouble



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Just asking those who might hold agents like Portland’s DHS protection squads accountable: who attended the ICE Citizens Academy and what have their activities been in the post-George Floyd period?

MINNEAPOLIS — The St. Paul office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) graduated its inaugural class of Citizens Academy students this fall, including 10 metro-area community leaders from various backgrounds.

The local leaders who were selected to attend HSI St. Paul's first Citizens Academy underwent an eight-week course. They had a unique opportunity to learn about HSI in an interactive environment that included classroom instruction and practical exercises. These participants came from various backgrounds including local businesses, media, finance, education, state and federal government, and volunteer services. Academy participants were afforded a unique insight as to how HSI enforces more than 400 federal statutes focused on border security, transnational crime and national security.

“One of (the Stasi) main tasks was spying on the population, primarily through a vast network of citizens turned informants, and fighting any opposition by overt and covert measures, including hidden psychological destruction of dissidents (Zersetzung, literally meaning “decomposition”). It arrested 250,000 people as political prisoners during its existence.”
“HSI's Citizens Academy is an important tool to familiarize the public with HSI and our vital mission areas,” said Special Agent in Charge Tracy J. Cormier. “This increased public understanding of HSI will help us continue to increase our mission effectiveness.”

As students, Academy participants were exposed to the many different types of responsibilities that HSI special agents hold. The students participated in simulated investigations and other activities routinely encountered by HSI special agents.…

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