After decades of nurturing a culture of violent, racist abuse, Customs and Border Protection cannot be seen as just another working-class job. Like Hitler's SS, we must see CBP not as a place where good people do bad things, but where bad people do bad things. The SS was prized by Hitler for training its members to be totally unambivalent about the atrocities they committed. With Border Patrol now becoming the same, and using that right-wing ideological commitment to oversee dehmanizing and murderous concentration camps, the Left must be unequivocal in calling the agency what it is: the American SS.
We have been brought up to believe that American political parties are the same -- that they are similar creatures with similar traits and similar ways of behaving. Political science spent decades teaching us this. The idea that one party has become so radically different from the other, despite mountains of evidence, is a tough sell. It's a hard sell to make for one very simple reason: It doesn't have a name, this thing the Republicans are trying to do. It's not true democracy that they want.
Donald Trump has personally accused former Special Counsel Robert Mueller of committing a crime, claiming he deleted sensitive information during his Russia investigation -- the president did not produce any evidence whatsoever to back up the assertion. read more
Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, filed the Committee's bipartisan report recommending that the House of Representatives hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with subpoenas for documents about the real reasons behind the Trump Administration's efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. The contempt report includes new transcripts of witnesses who were interviewed by Committee staff as part of the investigation, but refused to answer hundreds of questions. Among the new information released today is a memo and transcript from the Committee's interview with James Uthmeier, a former Senior Advisor and Counsel to Secretary Ross. read more
There are an incredible number of lies people are trying to sell today to get people to look away from Trump's concentration camps. Let's dispense with one of the big ones: the idea that they can't be camps because the conditions inside are fine. That's a lie. People are dying. You need cattle cars to fit your definition? How about this IG report from May that found detainees are packed so tightly into rooms that they have to stand on toilets to breathe. One cell with a capacity of 8 held 41 detainees. A cell built for 35 held 155. And these aren't temporary conditions. People are being kept in conditions where they can't sit down for WEEKS. Thousands are being tortured in solitary confinement. A man from Nicaragua was kept in solitary for two months b/c he had a bad leg (?!?!). Inside, people are going crazy, cutting their wrists and gouging out their eyes. read more