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Old 16th July 2020, 12:11 AM   #1
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Unconstitutional actions by fededal police in Portland?

I can't verify the video, but if it's true - is this action constitutional?

https://twitter.com/sparrowmedia/sta...36911307218948

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Militarized Federal Agents from a patchwork of outside agencies have begun policing Portland (in rented minivans vans) without the explicit approval of the mayor, the state, or local municipalities. This is what that looks like in practice:
There seems no way of identifying the officers - no ID numbers that I could see, just "Police" patches.
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Old 16th July 2020, 05:55 AM   #2
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It's been happening in other cities for a while
https://www.politico.com/news/magazi...rcement-302551

Many have no business doing actual police work

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Eagle-eyed protesters have identified some of them as belonging to Bureau of Prisons’ riot police units from Texas, but others remain a mystery.
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Old 16th July 2020, 08:14 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by lomiller View Post
It's been happening in other cities for a while
https://www.politico.com/news/magazi...rcement-302551

Many have no business doing actual police work
Nasty.
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Old 17th July 2020, 02:17 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by jimbob View Post
I can't verify the video, but if it's true - is this action constitutional?
Honestly? I rather doubt that the Constitution actually weighs in on the matter in a directly meaningful way.

With that said - such tactics are despicable and should have no place in America and being used against American citizens. They would seem to be far more in line with terrorizing potential dissidents in occupied territory than they do with upholding society at home.
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Old 17th July 2020, 03:32 AM   #6
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What they're doing may be lawful or not, IDK, but when people have no way to tell whether a person is being arrested or kidnapped, that's pretty clearly a basic problem which ought to be addressed and I can't see why it shouldn't be. If these people are exercising the authority of police officers, they ought to be clearly identifiable as such.
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I can't help but notice that there's not so much as a peep from these ultra patriot types that have spent the better part of the last half century talking tough about the importance of an armed stand against tyrannical government. I guess the real thing isn't as appealing.

I'm sure when it comes time to threaten to shoot libs, they'll rediscover their principles.

Shocking no one, these people have no problem with tyranny so long as it's directed towards their political enemies. They only threaten murder against agents of the state when they do something truly ghastly, like attempt to collect past-due grazing fees.
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Old 17th July 2020, 05:36 AM   #8
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A definition of fascism I've see:

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http://www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/27/074.html

We're seeing the tactics of our endless wars on terror brought to the streets of America to crush dissent here just as we attempted to crush dissent abroad. Or in this example, border patrol secret police are using the tactics of terror they learned against S. American immigrants, but on the streets of Portland.

For decades, our federal government has been practicing the finer details of violent suppression abroad. Now Americans are seeing the same masterful application directed towards them.
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Originally Posted by SuburbanTurkey View Post
I can't help but notice that there's not so much as a peep from these ultra patriot types that have spent the better part of the last half century talking tough about the importance of an armed stand against tyrannical government. I guess the real thing isn't as appealing.

I'm sure when it comes time to threaten to shoot libs, they'll rediscover their principles.

Shocking no one, these people have no problem with tyranny so long as it's directed towards their political enemies. They only threaten murder against agents of the state when they do something truly ghastly, like attempt to collect past-due grazing fees.
They are saving their ammo for real tyranny. Y'know, like healthcare.
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Originally Posted by SuburbanTurkey View Post
I can't help but notice that there's not so much as a peep from these ultra patriot types that have spent the better part of the last half century talking tough about the importance of an armed stand against tyrannical government. I guess the real thing isn't as appealing.

I'm sure when it comes time to threaten to shoot libs, they'll rediscover their principles.

Shocking no one, these people have no problem with tyranny so long as it's directed towards their political enemies. They only threaten murder against agents of the state when they do something truly ghastly, like attempt to collect past-due grazing fees.
This becomes quite clear when listening to the Alex Jones show in the Trump era. The guy has spent years warning about the coming police state, and now he defends all of this nonsense.

Thanks to the OP and others that pointed me to the articles - I hadn't seen this topic in the news somehow. Just read an article in Vice. I'd like more verification of the claims, but man this seems shady as hell. This kind of federal "law enforcement" activity isn't much of a progression from having ICE operating in cities, or redefining the "border" to include 2/3 of the USA.
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Originally Posted by Aridas View Post
Honestly? I rather doubt that the Constitution actually weighs in on the matter in a directly meaningful way.

With that said - such tactics are despicable and should have no place in America and being used against American citizens. They would seem to be far more in line with terrorizing potential dissidents in occupied territory than they do with upholding society at home.

One law blog points out that this amounts to an arrest, apparently they are taken somewhere and questioned, and thus needs probable cause.
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Originally Posted by Beerina View Post
One law blog points out that this amounts to an arrest, apparently they are taken somewhere and questioned, and thus needs probable cause.
That was why I thought the 5th had possibly been broken. And some of the attacks on protesters - or even householders might break the 8th as well
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Originally Posted by SuburbanTurkey View Post
I can't help but notice that there's not so much as a peep from these ultra patriot types that have spent the better part of the last half century talking tough about the importance of an armed stand against tyrannical government. I guess the real thing isn't as appealing.

I'm sure when it comes time to threaten to shoot libs, they'll rediscover their principles.

Shocking no one, these people have no problem with tyranny so long as it's directed towards their political enemies. They only threaten murder against agents of the state when they do something truly ghastly, like attempt to collect past-due grazing fees.
I've noticed that, too. Where is the outrage from our 'right-wing patriots' when Trump and/or his WH cronies sent U.S. Park Police and National Guard troops to use pepper bombs against peaceful protesters in Lafayette Park so he could have a photo op? Where is the outrage from them when DHS sent in federal troops to Portland, my city, when they were not asked to by either Gov. Brown or Mayor Wheeler? Neither want them here.
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I've noticed that, too. Where is the outrage from our 'right-wing patriots' when Trump and/or his WH cronies sent U.S. Park Police and National Guard troops to use pepper bombs against peaceful protesters in Lafayette Park so he could have a photo op? Where is the outrage from them when DHS sent in federal troops to Portland, my city, when they were not asked to by either Gov. Brown or Mayor Wheeler? Neither want them here.
I thought they liked States' Rights
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This isn't even the worst of it. One protester was shot with a less-lethal projectile in the head and was bleeding profusely.
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I thought they liked States' Rights
They like it when States have the right to do things they agree with, they donít like it when States have the right to do things they disagree with.

This is nothing new. Eg. A frequent Republican proposal for Health insurance reform is to allow selling insurance across State lines. The thing is, this is something that would only come into play when the policy didnít meet the standard mandated by State law. If the policy met State standards, they can register the plan and start selling in that State already. The difference allowing polices to be sold across State lines would make would be that people could buy inferior policies being sold in other States, but not available locally.

IOW itís nothing but a massive swipe at State power and their ability to regulate their own health insurance standards.
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I remember reading a tweet where it was claimed the injured man had thrown the gas canister at the police and that's why he was shot. The video clearly shows that did not happen. The canister was thrown toward the protester which landed near him. He then rolled it back on the ground from the direction it came. It was directly after that he was shot with the rubber bullet and severely injured requiring face reconstructive surgery.
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Several people in earlier protests lost an eye. I'd bet money that the packaging on that "less lethal" ammo says not to aim at the head, but cops are doing it on purpose.
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Several people in earlier protests lost an eye. I'd bet money that the packaging on that "less lethal" ammo says not to aim at the head, but cops are doing it on purpose.
Not cops, Trumpís secret police force. No markings, no one in Portlandís city or state government has any way of knowing who they are, or where they have come from. His acting head of homeland security is here spouting lies and refusing to talk to any city leaders. This is really bad stuff, but no doubt our resident ďpatriotsĒ think itís the right way to deal with protesters. (As opposed to how patriots who protest being forced to wear a mask and not be able to get a haircut get treated.)
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It's a bit of a moot point, since these gestapo types are so heavily armed and in numbers to make any real resistance suicide, but would it even be a crime to resist these people with lethal force?

You basically have non-uniformed people claiming to be cops kidnapping people into unmarked vans. They have been reported to have refused identifying themselves and are arresting people without probable cause.


It would be trivially easy for a bad actor to impersonate these people and kidnap protesters under the pretense of lawful authority.
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It would be trivially easy for a bad actor to impersonate these people and kidnap protesters under the pretense of lawful authority.
At this point why even bother? Just become the lawful authority, at least that way you get a dental plan and you can still do the same stuff.
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It's fairly pointless to point out right wing hypocrisy in situations like this. Right wingers don't actually care if they are perceived as hypocrites. All that matters is winning, by any means necessary, including unconstitutional or illegal means. Right wingers don't care about principles except for when they can be used as a weapon against the left.

In other words, stop expecting these people to be principled or obey the law.
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So the folks who gave us Jade Helm & multiple UN takeover conspiracies are noticeably silent about all this.

Its OK, I've been assured that Trump isn't uniquely bad as a US President.
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Nobody wants them here including our governor, our senators, and our Mayor.
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At this point why even bother? Just become the lawful authority, at least that way you get a dental plan and you can still do the same stuff.



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I can't verify the video, but if it's true - is this action constitutional?
Doesn't matter. Portland's within 100 miles of the ocean, that makes it a border, that makes this border enforcement, which can't be limited by the Constitution or the terrorists win.

The ACLU's been hammering this klaxon for decades, so far to no avail. But now that it's not just brown people's faces getting eaten maybe people will pay attention.
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Nobody wants them here including our governor, our senators, and our Mayor.
If you read interviews of people who live in N.Portland, they are glad that something is being done to take back their streets & parks.
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That looks like a fun website, in a sad sort of way.
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Nobody wants them here including our governor, our senators, and our Mayor.
This is what I don't understand. So Trump has ordered federal troops to take the law into their own hands without the consent of the police?

They are using the ruse it is to protect federal buildings and property.

Someone needs to limit the territory they are allowed to act in or something. The idea the federal government moving into cities in an aggressive act like this should scare the **** out of everyone.

Does Trump have an army of ICE, prison guards, federal agents and whoever is on his side to outgun the army and national guards?

I don't think so but what about an army of Trumpers slipping into positions like this?

When we were marching against GW's Iraq War these unmarked goons were here in Seattle. They were working with police.
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If you read interviews of people who live in N.Portland, they are glad that something is being done to take back their streets & parks.
That has a familiar ring to it.

First they came for the other guys, but I wasn't an other guy so I said nothing...
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I can't help but notice that there's not so much as a peep from these ultra patriot types that have spent the better part of the last half century talking tough about the importance of an armed stand against tyrannical government. I guess the real thing isn't as appealing.
My impression is that they don't consider this to be an example of tyranny.

"Tyranny" looks like The Turner Diaries. Uppity negroes under the authority of the president who was appointed by the UN go house to house taking away white people's guns.
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That has a familiar ring to it.

First they came for the other guys, but I wasn't an other guy so I said nothing...
Are you saying that the residents of this area have something to fear from these Federal agents making the effort to stop the mayhem around their homes & businesses that has been in evidence for weeks?
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Are you saying that the residents of this area have something to fear from these Federal agents making the effort to stop the mayhem around their homes & businesses that has been in evidence for weeks?
Yeah, I do.

First, they aren't stopping any mayhem as far as I can see.

Second, you have a police department. You have a mayor and a governor. They had the option of bringing in the National Guard.

Now all of a sudden you have the POTUS bringing in his own police force, unnamed, unidentified. Did Trump or said unnamed department get called in? Did they even consult with the area government?

Do you really want unnamed police there hauling off whoever they suspect?

It looks like they feel they have the right to arrest anyone. How do you know they aren't simply arresting Trump's political opponents? Or reporters? You just have faith?

What the hell is wrong with identifying themselves? What is that even about?
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Old 17th July 2020, 06:27 PM   #36
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Amazing how the people of Portland are so desperately concerned about graffiti on the walls of federal buildings and are grateful that federal officers have come to put a stop to it.
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Old 17th July 2020, 06:32 PM   #37
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Amazing how the people of Portland are so desperately concerned about graffiti on the walls of federal buildings and are grateful that federal officers have come to put a stop to it.
And that those same federal officers are so eager to lend assistance they've absentmindedly misplaced their identification in their rush to respond, and the unmarked vans were the only ones they could find the keys to.
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Old 17th July 2020, 06:41 PM   #38
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If you read interviews of people who live in N.Portland, they are glad that something is being done to take back their streets & parks.
Citation, please, because I sincerely doubt your claim is true. N. Portland is a predominantly black area. I don't think they're happy that the government has sent in federal troops to arrest BLM protesters.
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Old 17th July 2020, 06:42 PM   #39
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Not a huge amount of info on this until last couple days. What possible reason would people agree with this? First off, yes, people should be able to defend themselves by any means when unmarked, and unannounced armed men try to detain and shove them into an unmarked van. I don't care if the ones detained were clearly criminals, this sort of enforcement is a scare tactic no one should agree with. Don't have the energy to research more on this tonight but this opinion stands no matter the circumstances or underlying reasoning.
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Old 17th July 2020, 06:46 PM   #40
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Originally Posted by webfusion View Post
If you read interviews of people who live in N.Portland, they are glad that something is being done to take back their streets & parks.
In other words, people are saying.
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