Donald Trump’s coming police state: We have a president who wants unlimited power and won’t respect the rule of law – Salon.com


It would appear that some of the folks who were hoping that Donald Trump was actually an isolationist “jobs” president, rather than the authoritarian white nationalist with imperial ambitions that he clearly showed himself to be on the stump, are now being forced to face reality. Everything he has done since his inauguration proves he is dead serious about unleashing the military and the police to enact his agenda, and he wants the other branches of government to understand that if they obstruct him he’s going to make sure his rabid followers know whom to blame.

According to Ryan Lizza of The New Yorker, legal scholars of all stripes, even the torture advocate John Yoo, whom I wrote about on Tuesday, are disturbed by Trump’s executive actions and what he’s saying about them. Pretty much across the board, they anticipate that Trump will blame the courts, the media and the political opposition in the event of an attack. They believe he is anxious to use an attack as an excuse to “take the gloves off” in whatever way he deems necessary.

That could mean everything from registering and deporting Muslims to enhanced surveillance or an attack on a foreign country and the reinstatement of torture and “black site” prisons. (A draft executive order on the black sites has made the rounds already.) All we know at this point is that Trump is looking for an excuse, and odds are there will be one at some point.

Source: Donald Trump’s coming police state: We have a president who wants unlimited power and won’t respect the rule of law – Salon.com

Two great conspiracy theories in one


Original post from MSNBC

‘……………By Steve Benen

In this Aug. 11, 2014 file photo, police wearing riot gear walk toward a man with his hands raised in Ferguson, Mo. Photo by Jeff Roberson/AP
In this Aug. 11, 2014 file photo, police wearing riot gear walk toward a man with his hands raised in Ferguson, Mo. Photo by Jeff Roberson/AP
We’ve grown accustomed to dealing with the occasional conspiracy theory from the far-right – nearly all of which deal with President Obama in some way – but this month offers not one, but two gems.
The first, of course, is the Jade Helm 15 conspiracy theory, in which the right continues to fear a military invasion of Texas and the imposition of martial law, though this is really only a routine training exercise. The second popped up yesterday, when the White House announced plans to curtail the militarization of local law enforcement, which conservative media is condemning as Obama’s plan to “disarm” the police.
But it takes talent to combine two great conspiracy theories in one. TPM reports today:
Michele Hickford, the editor-in-chief of former Rep. Allen West’s (R-FL) website, noted the timing of the President’s order and the military exercise, which some people believe is a cover for the implementation of martial law, in a blog post published Monday.
“With the upcoming ‘Jade Helm’ military exercises planned throughout the southwest this July in civilian areas, some folks are concerned the federal government has grander plans than simply a practice session,” Hickford wrote. “ ‘Federalizing the police’ seems to come up in conversation – particularly since the Obama administration has been so uncomfortable with local law enforcement actually doing its job (quelling violent riots, looting and mayhem) in recent months.”
The piece added that the administration hasn’t cited any “specific incidences” in which law enforcement using military weapons against civilians has been a problem.
I’m almost impressed with the creativity required to come up with an argument like this.
In case it’s not obvious, let’s do a little fact-checking:
* Jade Helm is not a “practice session” for martial law. It’s just a routine training exercise.
* Whether or not fears of “federalizing the police” come up in right-wing conversation, it’s not going to happen. [edited slightly for clarity]
* The president is not “uncomfortable” with local law enforcement preventing violence.
* There have been all kinds of “specific incidences” in which law enforcement using military weapons against civilians has been considered a problem, most notably in Ferguson, Missouri, last year.
* The report on police militarization has been in the works for months, and is unrelated to military training exercises.
Other than this, however, the argument on Allen West’s website should certainly be taken seriously.