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#Trumpgate is a tragic-comic diversion from the dysfunctional establishment that foisted him up in the first place.

Someone on Facebook asked me what stood out from the Mueller Report. The first thing, “No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION” vs “This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency. I’m fucked.” Certainly “Putin won” is going to jump out for a lot of people.

So far nothing has really surprised me. I was a professional opposition researcher for 5 years up to the point Trump got elected and having been a close follower of both GOP and mob politics, I was confident enough to bet 100 bucks on him not completing his first term of office before he was sworn in. The guy reeked of Russian mafia and money laundering before he ever set foot in the White House.

To me, the corruption, vice, and impeachable offenses are just comic diversions from the damage the Republican party has done through his administration legally: the castration of the EPA, the insane fiscal policy, the Trillion dollar boost in the defense budget that imbeciles applaud and that my party rolled over on… because the big stupid wall was a deal breaker but more nuclear weapons and the untold burden of storing new nuclear waste for centuries moving forward was not worth a protest. Can’t be seen as weak on armageddon, I guess.

Meanwhile we don’t have enough money to spend less on healthcare for better outcomes with Medicare For All because Jesus Christ died for insurance giants to make hundreds of millions fisting people out of their benefits and giving us automated call systems to whisper sweet nothings at us while we go broke on medical costs.

Furthermore, fighting for the pre-born these days means not caring about measuring the cancer cluster from your local EtO provider. Just like Reagan was the doofus they pulled off the ranch to play the new Warren Harding while the scumbags had a field day, this sad sack #45 gets to wear the blame for stuffing his pockets with foreign money and pay-to-play deals while the puppet masters rake all the more without consequence. This is a real shit sandwich and we all get to take a bite.

I’m still waiting for the comprehensive report on the Crosscheck purge. But then again, there’s not much to say about votes being legally stolen.


Trump Administration and Mexico attempted to cover-up violations by targeting Journalists and Activists

March 8, 2019

National Lawyers Guild condemns “Operation Secure Line”

Investigation and leaked documents uncovered human rights violations, watch list, and sytematic targeting.

Clear evidence Trump Administration is conspiring against US journalists with a foreign government. Was this secret program the planning phase of another Jamal Khashoggi scenario or just another routine disregard for the First Amendment? Another scandal on the pile.

TIJUANA, Mexico—Leaked US-Mexican government documents revealed both governments are maintaining a secret database targeting at least 59 journalists, activists, and an attorney as part of an intelligence-gathering mission under “Operation Secure Line,” based on their work reporting on and offering humanitarian aid to the recent caravans of migrants fleeing from violence and poverty. The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) condemns this practice as a blatant violation of civil liberties and attempt to intimidate those seeking to provide necessary, legal and legitimate aid to migrants and their families.

An NLG delegation was in Tijuana investigating violations of migrants’ rights by US and Mexican authorities when the documents, titled “San Diego Sector Foreign Operations Branch: Migrant Caravan FY-2019, Suspected Organizers, Coordinators, Instigators and Media,” were uncovered. Prior to the leaked report, the delegation heard stories of hours-long interrogations, harassment, confiscation of electronic devices, and intimidation of activists and lawyers by immigration authorities on both sides of the border related to their humanitarian work, including members of the group Pueblo Sin Fronteras (PSF). Many activists who felt singled out by CBP correctly suspected that they were on a government watch list due to their association with the migrant caravan, especially following the of two journalists and US attorneys with Al Otro Lado who were denied entry into Mexico earlier this month, who were held and faced questioning for up to 10 hours.

“It’s worrisome, but not surprising… I was taken into a concrete
cell for interrogation and they took my phone, scanned all my notebooks, all the papers I brought… It angers me that the government is using taxpayer funds to create a database meant to intimidate people.”

Alex Mensing, a US citizen living in Tijuana who helped coordinate the delegation’s meetings with domestic and international NGOs, as well as Mexican human rights and immigration authorities, chose not to accompany the delegation to San Diego on Wednesday for meetings with the ACLU, Border Angels, and the International Rescue Committee. Mensing has been repeatedly stopped for secondary questioning by US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) on a clear effort to intimate PSF and other volunteers. “It’s worrisome, but not surprising,” Mensing told Telemundo yesterday. “I was taken into a concrete
cell for interrogation and they took my phone, scanned all my notebooks, all the papers I brought… It angers me that the government is using taxpayer funds to create a database meant to intimidate people.” For the last four months, Mensing has attempted to obtain information directly from CBP about his repeated questioning to no avail.

“We witnessed migrants who had traveled days fleeing violence and persecution, only to be denied their right to claim asylum at the border, in contravention of international law. Instead, they were required to put their name on a handwritten list, then wait indefinitely while trying to find food and shelter, dodging violence and deportation, in hope that their names would be called to start the arduous process that is the US asylum system.”

Pooja Gehi, Executive Director of the NLG and member of the Tijuana delegation, said, “We witnessed migrants who had traveled days fleeing violence and persecution, only to be denied their right to claim asylum at the border, in contravention of international law. Instead, they were required to put their name on a handwritten list, then wait indefinitely while trying to find food and shelter, dodging violence and deportation, in hope that their names would be called to start the arduous process that is the US asylum system.”

It is also important to note that Mexico has previously operationalized their surveillance of activists and journalists through practices such as Pegasus malware, and the leaked list also delegitimizes the Democrats’ offer of a “technological wall” as an acceptable compromise to Trump’s border wall that would be any more lawful or based in human rights principles.

While government surveillance of activists is nothing new, and an issue the NLG has a long history of fighting, we are particularly concerned that binational surveillance of activists will not only deter people from engaging in humanitarian action but will also leave migrants in need of humanitarian and legal support with neither, thereby exacerbating human suffering at the border.

Since last year, NLG lawyers, legal workers, and law students have been on the ground in Tijuana volunteering legal support, training, and observation in coordination with other organizations such as Al Otro Lado. The NLG urges deepened investigation into this report and demands an immediate termination of the illegal practice of targeting activists and journalists.

The National Lawyers Guild, whose membership includes lawyers, legal workers, jailhouse lawyers, and law students, was formed in 1937 as the United States’ first racially-integrated bar association to advocate for the protection of constitutional, human and civil rights.

(Adam’s Note: This blog was mostly extrapolated from a press release by the National Lawyers Guild without any prior approval or consent. The headline and prefaces to the text and the presentation of the text reflect my personal editorial perspective and points of emphasis.)


DSA Elected Officials Support Teacher Power and Working People Everywhere

DSA Elected Officials Support Teacher Power and Working People Everywhere

We pledge to do everything we can to empower teachers in their fight to defend our public schools at home and urge elected officials around the country to support teachers, students, and working people, not the wealthy few.

https://www.dsausa.org/statements/dsa-elected-officials-support-teacher-power-and-working-people-everywhere/


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