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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Rakem Balogun thought he was dreaming when armed agents in tactical gear stormed his apartment. Startled awake by a large crash and officers screaming commands, he soon realized his nightmare was real, and he and his 15-year-old son were forced outside of their Dallas home, wearing only underwear. Handcuffed and shaking in the cold wind, Balogun thought a misunderstanding must have led the FBI to his door on 12 December 2017. The father of three said he was shocked to later learn that agents investigating "domestic terrorism" had been monitoring him for years and were arresting him that day in part because of his Facebook posts criticizing police.

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"Balogun, who lost his home and more while incarcerated, is believed to be the first person targeted and prosecuted under a secretive US surveillance effort to track so-called "black identity extremists". In a leaked August 2017 report from the FBI's Domestic Terrorism Analysis Unit, officials claimed that there had been a "resurgence in ideologically motivated, violent criminal activity" stemming from African Americans' "perceptions of police brutality"."

#1 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-05-11 07:10 PM | Reply

who controls the pre-cogs?

#2 | Posted by ichiro at 2018-05-11 07:18 PM | Reply

Perceptions of police brutality.

Quack

#3 | Posted by bruceaz at 2018-05-11 07:32 PM | Reply

Good thing he didn't put up a Billboard implying threats to liberals.

#4 | Posted by bored at 2018-05-11 07:51 PM | Reply

I've consistently maintained that our federal government has amassed too much power and too little oversight.
This travesty is simply another example of many.
For some reason the people who will have the most to say about the government's despicable behavior are also against taking steps to help prevent it.

#5 | Posted by Avigdore at 2018-05-12 09:21 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

It is not "the government" behaving despicably. It is militarized law enforcement. Your side seems to think the problem is too much regulation when the problem is overzealous, aggressive, and inconsistent enforcement

#6 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2018-05-12 10:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#MAGA

#7 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-05-12 11:12 PM | Reply

I've consistently maintained that our federal government has amassed too much power and too little oversight.
This travesty is simply another example of many.
For some reason the people who will have the most to say about the government's despicable behavior are also against taking steps to help prevent it.

#5 | POSTED BY AVIGDORE

Agreed. NW.

#8 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-05-13 03:09 AM | Reply

I've consistently maintained that our federal government has amassed too much power and too little oversight.
#5 | POSTED BY AVIGDORE

It seems that the Right-wing only feels this way when it comes to money and polluting.
For some reason, the only parts of the Government they give full autonomy to are the ones tasked with killing people.

#9 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2018-05-13 03:32 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"For some reason the people who will have the most to say about the government's despicable behavior are also against taking steps to help prevent it."

Well, the other day, JeffJ posted a thread about how great it was that the EPA was going to have to make public the science that justifies EPA policies.

Maybe JeffJ would like to demand the FBI make public the science behind thee August 2017 report from the FBI's Domestic Terrorism Analysis Unit. You know the report in which officials claimed that there had been a "resurgence in ideologically motivated, violent criminal activity" stemming from African Americans' "perceptions of police brutality"

#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-05-13 03:38 AM | Reply

Because if that data exists, then why are you complaining that this raid crosses some kind of line???

#11 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-05-13 03:39 AM | Reply

#11 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

This is the only worthy response to #10 and #11:

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Please explain. Your claim is ridiculous. Stop repeating what you hear and educate yourself. What exactly was that supposed to prove? When your point is based entirely on an assumption, you didn't have a point to begin with. In order to make your point, you had to make something up completely. See the problem? Anything else that you would like to make up? The rest of your post was just mindless. I think you have only shown that you assume too much.
Do you ever actually understand what you are commenting on or does stupidity just take hold? Does anyone really understand what this person is babbling about?
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#12 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-05-13 03:44 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Perceptions of police brutality become reality if you notice them and point them out to anyone else. This is how East Germany operated before the wall came down. That the police still to this day concentrate their efforts on people they have identified as black is outrageous. So much for free speech. This case belongs in the Supreme Court, but will not get there without a few million dollars for the poor lawyers.

#13 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-05-13 06:14 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

JeffJ is blind to his clear double standard on how EPA should make policy policy vs how DOJ should make policy.
Seemingly also blind to the reason this happeneed: policy Sessions cratfed in 2017.
Jff Sessions. Even Sully could call Sesssions racist, but JeffJ still doesn't see it.
Even after this, he still doesn't see it.

#14 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-05-13 12:56 PM | Reply

#14 I'm not sure why you constantly feel the need to bring up unrelated ---- as it pertains to me.

#15 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-05-14 01:06 PM | Reply

It seems that the Right-wing only feels this way when it comes to money and polluting.
For some reason, the only parts of the Government they give full autonomy to are the ones tasked with killing people. - #9 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2018-05-13 03:32 AM

Do you realize that you're quoting a conservative calling for greater oversight on the government, including its law-enforcement branch? I posted the opposite of what you're saying it seems like 'the Right-wing' does. Does the cognitive dissonance hurt? Does it being explained to you at least help you open up your mind and question your preconceived notions?

#16 | Posted by Avigdore at 2018-05-14 01:20 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Wow. And people wonder why there are movements like BLM?

#17 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2018-05-14 09:01 PM | Reply

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