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Zunger writes: "The administration is testing the extent to which the DHS (and other executive agencies) can act and ignore orders from the other branches of government. This is as serious as it can possibly get: all of the arguments about whether order X or Y is unconstitutional mean nothing if elements of the government are executing them and the courts are being ignored."

From 'The Day After Tomorrow.' I [Yonatan Zunger] resisted the temptation to use the analogous shot from 'Planet of the Apes.' (photo: The Day After Tomorrow)
From 'The Day After Tomorrow.' I [Yonatan Zunger] resisted the temptation to use the analogous shot from 'Planet of the Apes.' (photo: The Day After Tomorrow)


Trial Balloon for a Coup?

By Yonatan Zunger, Medium

30 January 17

 

he theme of this morning’s news updates from Washington is additional clarity emerging, rather than meaningful changes in the field. But this clarity is enough to give us a sense of what we just saw happen, and why it happened the way it did.

I’ll separate what’s below into the raw news reports and analysis; you may also find these two pieces from yesterday (heavily referenced below) to be useful.

News Reports

(1) Priebus made two public statements today. One is that the ban on Muslims will no longer be applied to green card holders. Notably absent from his statement was anything about people with other types of visa (including long-term ones), or anything about the DHS’ power to unilaterally revoke green cards in bulk.

The other was that the omission of Jews from the statement for Holocaust Remembrance Day was deliberate and is not regretted.

A point of note here is that Priebus is the one making these statements, which is not normally the Chief of Staff’s job. I’ll come back to that below.

(2) Rudy Giuliani told Fox News that the intent of yesterday’s order was very much a ban on Muslims, described in those words, and he was among the people Trump asked how they could find a way to do this legally.

(3) CNN has a detailed story (heavily sourced) about the process by which this ban was created and announced. Notable in this is that the DHS’ lawyers objected to the order, specifically its exclusion of green card holders, as illegal, and also pressed for there to be a grace period so that people currently out of the country wouldn’t be stranded — and they were personally overruled by Bannon and Stephen Miller. Also notable is that career DHS staff, up to and including the head of Customs & Border Patrol, were kept entirely out of the loop until the order was signed.

(4) The Guardian is reporting (heavily sourced) that the “mass resignations” of nearly all senior staff at the State Department on Thursday were not, in fact, resignations, but a purge ordered by the White House. As the diagram below (by Emily Roslin v Praze) shows, this leaves almost nobody in the entire senior staff of the State Department at this point.

As the Guardian points out, this has an important and likely not accidental effect: it leaves the State Department entirely unstaffed during these critical first weeks, when orders like the Muslim ban (which they would normally resist) are coming down.

The article points out another point worth highlighting: “In the past, the state department has been asked to set up early foreign contacts for an incoming administration. This time however it has been bypassed, and Trump’s immediate circle of Steve Bannon, Michael Flynn, son-in-law Jared Kushner and Reince Priebus are making their own calls.”

(5) On Inauguration Day, Trump apparently filed his candidacy for 2020. Beyond being unusual, this opens up the ability for him to start accepting “campaign contributions” right away. Given that a sizable fraction of the campaign funds from the previous cycle were paid directly to the Trump organization in exchange for building leases, etc., at inflated rates, you can assume that those campaign coffers are a mechanism by which US nationals can easily give cash bribes directly to Trump. Non-US nationals can, of course, continue to use Trump’s hotels and other businesses as a way to funnel money to him.

(6) Finally, I want to highlight a story that many people haven’t noticed. On Wednesday, Reuters reported (in great detail) how 19.5% of Rosneft, Russia’s state oil company, has been sold to parties unknown. This was done through a dizzying array of shell companies, so that the most that can be said with certainty now is that the money “paying” for it was originally loaned out to the shell layers by VTB (the government’s official bank), even though it’s highly unclear who, if anyone, would be paying that loan back; and the recipients have been traced as far as some Cayman Islands shell companies.

Why is this interesting? Because the much-maligned Steele Dossier (the one with the golden showers in it) included the statement that Putin had offered Trump 19% of Rosneft if he became president and removed sanctions. The reason this is so interesting is that the dossier said this in July, and the sale didn’t happen until early December. And 19.5% sounds an awful lot like “19% plus a brokerage commission.”

Conclusive? No. But it raises some very interesting questions for journalists to investigate.

What does this all mean?

I see a few key patterns here. First, the decision to first block, and then allow, green card holders was meant to create chaos and pull out opposition; they never intended to hold it for too long. It wouldn’t surprise me if the goal is to create “resistance fatigue,” to get Americans to the point where they’re more likely to say “Oh, another protest? Don’t you guys ever stop?” relatively quickly.

However, the conspicuous absence of provisions preventing them from executing any of the “next steps” I outlined yesterday, such as bulk revocation of visas (including green cards) from nationals of various countries, and then pursuing them using mechanisms being set up for Latinos, highlights that this does not mean any sort of backing down on the part of the regime.

Note also the most frightening escalation last night was that the DHS made it fairly clear that they did not feel bound to obey any court orders. CBP continued to deny all access to counsel, detain people, and deport them in direct contravention to the court’s order, citing “upper management,” and the DHS made a formal (but confusing) statement that they would continue to follow the President’s orders. (See my updates from yesterday, and the various links there, for details) Significant in today’s updates is any lack of suggestion that the courts’ authority played a role in the decision.

That is to say, the administration is testing the extent to which the DHS (and other executive agencies) can act and ignore orders from the other branches of government. This is as serious as it can possibly get: all of the arguments about whether order X or Y is unconstitutional mean nothing if elements of the government are executing them and the courts are being ignored.

Yesterday was the trial balloon for a coup d’état against the United States. It gave them useful information.

A second major theme is watching the set of people involved. There appears to be a very tight “inner circle,” containing at least Trump, Bannon, Miller, Priebus, Kushner, and possibly Flynn, which is making all of the decisions. Other departments and appointees have been deliberately hobbled, with key orders announced to them only after the fact, staff gutted, and so on. Yesterday’s reorganization of the National Security Council mirrors this: Bannon and Priebus now have permanent seats on the Principals’ Committee; the Director of National Intelligence and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff have both been demoted to only attending meetings where they are told that their expertise is relevant; the Secretary of Energy and the US representative to the UN were kicked off the committee altogether (in defiance of the authorizing statute, incidentally).

I am reminded of Trump’s continued operation of a private personal security force, and his deep rift with the intelligence community. Last Sunday, Kellyanne Conway (likely another member of the inner circle) said that “It’s really time for [Trump] to put in his own security and intelligence community,” and this seems likely to be the case.

As per my analysis yesterday, Trump is likely to want his own intelligence service disjoint from existing ones and reporting directly to him; given the current staffing and roles of his inner circle, Bannon is the natural choice for them to report through. (Having neither a large existing staff, nor any Congressional or Constitutional restrictions on his role as most other Cabinet-level appointees do) Keith Schiller would continue to run the personal security force, which would take over an increasing fraction of the Secret Service’s job.

Especially if combined with the DHS and the FBI, which appear to have remained loyal to the President throughout the recent transition, this creates the armature of a shadow government: intelligence and police services which are not accountable through any of the normal means, answerable only to the President.

(Note, incidentally, that the DHS already has police authority within 100 miles of any border of the US; since that includes coastlines, this area includes over 60% of Americans, and eleven entire states. They also have a standing force of over 45,000 officers, and just received authorization to hire 15,000 more on Wednesday.)

The third theme is money. Trump’s decision to keep all his businesses (not bothering with any blind trusts or the like), and his fairly open diversion of campaign funds, made it fairly clear from the beginning that he was seeing this as a way to become rich in the way that only dedicated kleptocrats can, and this week’s updates definitely tally with that. Kushner looks increasingly likely to be the money-man, acting as the liaison between piles of cash and the president.

This gives us a pretty good guess as to what the exit strategy is: become tremendously, and untraceably, rich, by looting any coffers that come within reach.

Combining all of these facts, we have a fairly clear picture in play.

  • Trump was, indeed, perfectly honest during the campaign; he intends to do everything he said, and more. This should not be reassuring to you.

  • The regime’s main organizational goal right now is to transfer all effective power to a tight inner circle, eliminating any possible checks from either the Federal bureaucracy, Congress, or the Courts. Departments are being reorganized or purged to effect this.

  • The inner circle is actively probing the means by which they can seize unchallenged power; yesterday’s moves should be read as the first part of that.

  • The aims of crushing various groups — Muslims, Latinos, the black and trans communities, academics, the press — are very much primary aims of the regime, and are likely to be acted on with much greater speed than was earlier suspected. The secondary aim of personal enrichment is also very much in play, and clever people will find ways to play these two goals off each other.

If you’re looking for estimates of what this means for the future, I’ll refer you back to yesterday’s post on what “things going wrong” can look like. Fair warning: I stuffed that post with pictures of cute animals for a reason./p>

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+60 # PaulK 2017-01-30 13:57
The U.S. Government is going after the Jews now? On Nazi principle?

A friend once described how the entire dictatorship in El Salvador was virulently anti-Jewish, even though the entire country had two dozen Jewish residents at best. A draft dodger had been rescued from El Salvador. At one point he started going on and on about "the Jews". Nomi, one of his chief rescuers, had to gently explain to him that she was Jewish.

"You? No! That's not possible!" Nomi happens to be one of the kindest people on earth. Eventually Nomi convinced him that yes, she might possibly be Jewish, but no, in his mind she couldn't possibly be like "those other Jews".

I'm so sorry that Jews (and Muslims too) are now being attacked by the office of the White House. Hundreds or thousands of years ago, the exact same religion of God and Abraham kept fissuring into one established denomination and one more upstart denomination. Now, most of our differences are superficial: interesting beards, Sundays versus Friday nights, more proselytizing versus a little less proselytizing. That's it!

If the White House does this hating of the other deniminations in God's name, I want to know, in which god's name.
 
 
+43 # backwards_cinderella 2017-01-30 19:11
Who care's which name the god is. It's all demonic.
 
 
+46 # DongiC 2017-01-30 18:26
Money and power with a very tight circle of friends and aides and a great organization. It sounds like a criminal organization in the making and, oddly enough, the FBI may be on Donald's side. If these plans work out, Trump will go down as the greatest American outlaw. Let's see if the Trumpster can pull this caper off. My guess is that someone will screw it all up.
 
 
-8 # RLF 2017-01-31 07:28
Obama has some culpabilitiy here since he left Comey in place.
 
 
+66 # TJGeezer 2017-01-30 18:45
Thank you for a very clear statement of the antisemitic implications of Trump's latest indecency. Due to an accident of birth and upbringing, I'm neither a Jew nor a Muslim. In fact, I don't seem to have the religion gene at all. If that makes me an athiest, oops! Guess I'll be on one of the next lists, if past is prologue. History goes round and round, and humans never learn a damned thing.

I don't believe this is a trial balloon. It looks more like part of the end phase of a reich-wing coup to me.
 
 
-1 # Activista 2017-01-31 23:28
I also believe that the plan is dictatorship of Trump - end of democracy - end of constitution.
The scary things are percent of "working" people backing Trump -
fox61.com/2017/01/30/qu-poll-almost-half-of-american-voters-support-trumps-immigration-order/

and military: Military Poll: Troops Backing Trump By 3-to-1 Margin Over Clinton
USA is in crisis.
 
 
+35 # JoanF 2017-01-30 18:47
If all of this is true, who is really behind it? Trump is not smart or knowledgeable enough to put together such a plan. Perhaps Kushner, maybe with Bannon's help.Kushner could have pushed Trump to run all along with this plan in mind, he is younger and will no doubt survive Trump and is his son in law.
 
 
+13 # Jerome 2017-01-31 01:35
I am wondering if perhaps this might be part of a larger plan, one researched and refined by a Koch-type think tank. A lot of preparation work in getting laws passed that we now see their ultimate utility has prepared the way. Also, getting a large group of disgruntled voters riled up and supportive of Trump.
 
 
+13 # Jim Rocket 2017-01-31 10:53
I suspect Bannon is behind a lot of this. Trump is an immature fool with no attention span. He's not coming up with this on his own. Bannon is Cheney to Trump's Bush... But even Cheney is speaking out against this measure. I don't know if that's a good sign or a really, really bad sign.
 
 
+16 # itsnowornever 2017-01-30 19:23
When I was in high school years ago I gave a speech on the book The Third Reich which detailed Hitler's rise to power. I was interrupted by a fellow student of German extraction who said: "you don't know what it was like in Germany; people disappeared; families were broken up; many tried to resist but were silenced."
 
 
+11 # itsnowornever 2017-01-30 19:28
After WWII Nazis were allowed to enter the U.S.and their influence has been building for many years. DJT is the last piece of the puzzle and his authoritarian personality is suited to the task.
http://www.charliechaplin.com/en/synopsis/articles/29-The-Great-Dictator-s-Speech
 
 
+8 # draypoker 2017-01-30 19:34
How would Americans react if a practical Nazi coup occurred using the methods described here?
 
 
+16 # angelfish 2017-01-30 19:36
Dear JoanF, do you REALLY believe that anyone will survive Trump? Dream on. I can not believe that there is NO "Fail Safe" device that can prevent Racists, Nazis, Ignoramuses and Others of Trumps ilk from from getting ANYWHERE near our White House! Idiots in the electoral college OBVIOUSLY haven't a clue as to their purpose since they have seen fit to Ham-String this Country with a Megalo-Maniac MORON who pulls Policy out of his anus and tries to dismantle and destroy 241 years of fairly decent operation of our Government. Granted, we ARE Bigger and the Greedy have grown by Leaps and Bounds, however, Trump is playing with FIRE and ALL of his Hanger's on are supplying him with Matches! People who KNOW better are in League with the Dark Side and are trying to Finish us off entirely! Rise up,America! The RePublicans are hiding in a Cave somewhere and the ReTHUGlicans are like escaped Lunatics, Trashing our Congress, Constitution and EVERY Tenet the founders intended to Glorify Man's Triumph over Ignorance, Greed and Oligarchy! We CAN do it! So. Let's get BUSY!
 
 
+2 # itsnowornever 2017-01-31 17:46
[quote name="angelfish "]Dear JoanF, do you REALLY believe that anyone will survive Trump? Dream on. I can not believe that there is NO "Fail Safe" device that can prevent Racists, Nazis, Ignoramuses and Others of Trumps ilk from from getting ANYWHERE near our White House!
There is-and that is the only real purpose of The Electoral College; I read that DJT lawyers threatened lawsuits to the electors just like they did when his many businesses failed to creditors.
 
 
+20 # Ms M 2017-01-30 20:24
As virulent as I am in my stand against gun violence, this is the first time I see the value in the Second Amendment. If this is true, then this may be the first time in history the Second Amendment could be properly applied for its intended purpose. And as far a Trump being too stupid to pull off a coup, he is, but Putin isn't. This is the playbook of someone who has done this before. I can see Trump jumping at this if enough money was dangled in front of him, he may be more financially beholden to foreign powers than we think. He needs to be removed from office and soon.
 
 
+8 # Charles3000 2017-01-30 20:35
It is scary!
 
 
+12 # elkingo 2017-01-30 21:17
These guys have to be deposed. Now.
 
 
+8 # Skeeziks 2017-01-31 12:03
Sure we can depose these guys, but the first move is to vote in Democrats and Independents into offices. Then the Trumpers and his fellow republicans will get out voted and ousted. And we must too beware of a republican who appears to side with Democrats and Independents.
 
 
+23 # kgrad 2017-01-30 21:53
Perhaps the administration is causing chaos and unrest as a prelude to declaring martial law. How would that play out?
 
 
+4 # itsnowornever 2017-01-31 17:47
Quoting kgrad:
Perhaps the administration is causing chaos and unrest as a prelude to declaring martial law. How would that play out?

Look to Germany WWII and books by those who survived.
 
 
+9 # Grout4cake 2017-01-30 22:43
Who is behind it - certainly Putin and Bannon- a resurgence of Neo-nazism in Europe and the end of NATO via Trump would pave the way for increased Russian strength and an even more thuggish corporate kleptocracy than what the U.S now lives under. Notice : there is no criticism of Trump's Muslim ban from corporate CEO's.
 
 
+5 # Jim at Dr.Democracy on Facebook 2017-02-01 14:07
Untrue about corporate CEOs criticism Trump's interference with the international flow of skilled workers. Some of the nation's largest firms have already spoken out.

http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/01/31/map-which-tech-companies-are-speaking-out-against-trumps-travel-ban/

BTW, not just high-tech per se. GE has also criticized the move.
 
 
+12 # oakes721 2017-01-30 23:08
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~ Scouting Out the Territory Ahead ~ Testing the Waters to see if we're ripe for the picking off, the new White House burglar was certainly anything but being 'perfectly honest' ~ With a series of tired cliches and phrases that drift off subject and then off the page, he avoids commitment by rarely making a complete sentence or statement.
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A LIAR who believes his own fabrications drifts further from facts and from Truth. Without the truth (now being edited and censored) there is no chance. Fantasy may give way to quaking resistance and rising tides of anger. Heroes GIVE freedom to the people, tyrants take it away.
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+10 # TJGeezer 2017-01-31 12:22
Quoting oakes721:
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With a series of tired cliches and phrases that drift off subject and then off the page, he avoids commitment by rarely making a complete sentence or statement.
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Ah - that was one of Ike's techniques and helped him succeed as a politician, first in the military and then as president. I read years ago that, when one of his aides cautioned him before a press conference that the reporters were agitated about something or other, he replied: "Don't worry. If they ask about it, I'll just confuse them so they can't figure out what I said." He was a master at sounding like he ALMOST made sense. People on the left used to love to transcribe and mock Ike's nonsense answers, never realizing that the nonsense was quite intentional.

Could Trump be doing the same, just with less polish?
 
 
+1 # itsnowornever 2017-01-31 17:55
Quoting TJGeezer:
Quoting oakes721:
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With a series of tired cliches and phrases that drift off subject and then off the page, he avoids commitment by rarely making a complete sentence or statement.
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People on the left used to love to transcribe and mock Ike's nonsense answers, never realizing that the nonsense was quite intentional.

Could Trump be doing the same, just with less polish?


Perhaps, though DJT is quite literally out of control. We all suffer the consequences.
 
 
0 # itsnowornever 2017-01-31 17:51
[quote name="oakes721" ].
~ Scouting Out the Territory Ahead ~ Testing the Waters to see if we're ripe for the picking off,
Dire Straits
 
 
+19 # janie1893 2017-01-31 02:09
This is not an intricate plan. Hitler used it. Only the names have changed.
And Trump did tell us what he planned to do. We got what we voted for.
 
 
+8 # Jaax88 2017-01-31 13:03
A minority of the voters got what they voted for. Not me I did not vote for the creepy, maniacal trump. I voted for Clinton to try to avoid the hand writing in the wall trump was taking about. He and his evil gang are now trying to push it down our collective throats.

It pisses me off that now MSM commentators are saying trump is doing what he promised as if that is a good thing no matter how bad it is for the country. All this stuff trump is pulling with lies and exaggerations will catch up with him and he will go down as the worst president America ever had.
 
 
+9 # diandv@bellsouth.net 2017-01-31 16:37
Yes, we have been the victims of a coup, but don’t forget the role of the FBI, our secret national police agency, which effectively eliminated a huge number of votes for Clinton last November. This was the result of Comey’s announcing that they hadn’t finished with her emails. He did this 11 days before the election, thereby violating the rule that no FBI investigations be announced to the public until they were complete. His action also violated the rule that no mention of candidates for office should occur within 60 days of an election. According to exit polls, many voters who had planned to vote for Clinton changed their vote when they heard about the FBI actions. Donna is right about the many other ways our country is being taken away from us.
Ddvee
 
 
+3 # itsnowornever 2017-01-31 17:58
Quoting diandv@bellsouth.net:
Yes, we have been the victims of a coup, but don’t forget the role of the FBI, our secret national police agency, which effectively eliminated a huge number of votes for Clinton last November. This was the result of Comey’s announcing that they hadn’t finished with her emails. He did this 11 days before the election, thereby violating the rule that no FBI investigations be announced to the public until they were complete. His action also violated the rule that no mention of candidates for office should occur within 60 days of an election. According to exit polls, many voters who had planned to vote for Clinton changed their vote when they heard about the FBI actions.
Ddvee

Thank you for pointing this out. This HUGE action tends to get lost in the spin cycle of the Trump machine.
 
 
+18 # Donna Fritz 2017-01-31 10:59
The coup is already happening, and it started long before Trump. When the Republicans refused to allow Congress to choose a successor to Justice Scalia after he suddenly died last February, that was part of the coup. When the Republican NC legislature stripped all power from the incoming Democratic governor last year, that was part of the coup. When the Republican governor of Michigan ordered "emergency managers" to take over the Democratic mayor and city council of Flint and subsequently poisoned the entire population of that mostly-Black city, that was part of the coup.

So while Democrats and liberals are debating whether this is a coup, the coup marches on, and it will continue to march on until the right-wing fascists who are orchestrating and participating in the the coup are removed from office.
 
 
+8 # itsnowornever 2017-01-31 18:01
Quoting Donna Fritz:


So while Democrats and liberals are debating whether this is a coup, the coup marches on, and it will continue to march on until the right-wing fascists who are orchestrating and participating in the the coup are removed from office.


Thank you for pointing out the obvious yet hidden agenda that is going on in front of the cameras, yet is not acknowledged by the press.
 
 
+10 # Johnny 2017-01-31 11:13
Trial balloon for a civil war. Now we will see where the loyalties of armed forces officers, police, and intelligence agencies lie. Not likely they all will line up on the same side.
 
 
+15 # Leila k 2017-01-31 12:45
I have voted in every election since 1973. Several times the person I voted for did not win;but I knew we would be OK! Nixon was Scarry, but this uninformed, egotistical braggart of a man and his minions are so much worse. Unfortunately the GOP is not going to stand up to this man/child because they don't care as long as they get what they want.
I don't think they will win as long as we keep fighting and work toward removing the likes of Ryan, McConnell and their close cronies.
 
 
+6 # itsnowornever 2017-01-31 18:04
Quoting Leila k:
Unfortunately the GOP is not going to stand up to this man/child because they don't care as long as they get what they want.
I don't think they will win as long as we keep fighting and work toward removing the likes of Ryan, McConnell and their close cronies.


The GOP only cares about winning, and at any cost. Hence, they have been willing to allow this tyrant to march right over the Constitution, as they have also done. Remains to be seen how this all turns out.
 
 
+6 # itsnowornever 2017-01-31 18:06
Excellent discussion on this vitally important topic which much of America seems too busy, distracted, cowed, indoctrinated to notice.
RSN is my "go to" for reality check at the moment.
 
 
+3 # Leila k 2017-02-01 17:16
During the depression people were, scared, unemployed, and in soup lines. Hitler came to power with the same type
Of anger, hatred, and bigotry. He was egotistical, vein, controlling, and tyrant, the people did not dare question him for fear of retribution. He surrounded himself with people like Bannon and others with tlhe same mind set. It took a war on all fronts to sop him. WE MUST NEVER LET THis HAPPEN AGAIN!
 
 
+2 # cw_bryan3@twitter 2017-02-02 05:38
Trump is an eglomaniacc,mis ogynist, tyrant, Liar, Manipulator, Neo-Nazi, who is not only destroying USA; but, is enraging the whole world, and setting up the stage for a tyrant from the North to reign over the entire world just as predicted 2 thousand years ago...a one government world for a time and times. He is bringing into play a one monetary world...a world that will have gold and silver, but without aything to buy. A world that will be destroyed with a mushroom-like cloud in the sky. A world where no one will be able to buy or sell without a number on the right hand or forehead (already being implemented in some places now) as long as there is anything to buy. A world where children and parents will despise each other and anyone will sell his friends and neighbors for a shekel.
 
 
-1 # Dale 2017-02-02 09:22
The State of National Insecurity could considered a fourth branch of government, The military, security, and police agencies supposedly Backing the legislative, executive, and judicial branches. Given their centrality, these agencies are better considered As a State reduced to its all-powerful Repressive Apparatus, To its authoritarian essence. Its centrality and power unchecked and not counterbalanced by executive, legislative, or judicial power. These branches respond to and do the bidding of the Repressive Apparatus. The agencies that directly constitute the Repressive Apparatus—The Department of War, the Joint Chiefs of War Staff, And the Special Forces created by the military (better termed Death Squads), The Central Intelligence Assassins, the National Insecurity Agency, The National Insecurity advisors around the Pres, Homeland Insecurity, the Injustice Department, the Federal Bureau of Cointelpro, Local trigger happy police, the National Guard Against Insurgency…. The Senate Insecurity Committee diapers their unwiped asses. Together these agencies have spawned a vast array of private contracting corporations That is well beyond the “Military-Indus trial Complex” that President Eisenhower warned against.
 
 
0 # spenel334 2017-02-05 21:38
Combine all this chicanery with voter suppression and even more important, outright theft of voters' ballots, voter purging,
crosschecking of voter lists and more, we're in big trouble.
Bannon has to be the major culprit; he is an evil man and knows exactly what he is doing and where he is going.
 

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