Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein, new book

This 8 August 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Trump-Epstein Ties EXPOSED In New Book

Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein’s relationship has been exposed in a new book. John Iadarola and Jayar Jackson break it down on The Damage Report.

“President Trump referred repeatedly during an “Axios on HBO” interview to Jeffrey Epstein’s death in prison custody, citing it when asked about his prior comments wishing Ghislaine Maxwell good luck in the criminal justice system. Why it matters: Maxwell has been charged with multiple counts of allegedly helping Epstein sexually abuse minor girls. She was arrested in New Hampshire in early July. * Epstein took his own life while in law enforcement custody last August. The cause of death was suicide by hanging, per official autopsy results.

Well-known doctors think that murder was more probable. So, that issue is not settled.

“Her friend or boyfriend was either killed or committed suicide in jail,” Trump told Axios’ Jonathan Swan in the “Axios on HBO” interview last week. * “She’s now in jail. Yeah, I wish her well. I’d wish you well. I’d wish a lot of people well. Good luck. Let them prove somebody was guilty.” * “Her boyfriend died in jail and people are still trying to figure out how did it happen. Was it suicide? Was he killed?””

Trump’s revenge on K-pop TikTok teenage opponents

This 23 June 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Teens Use TikTok to Sabotage President Trump’s Tulsa Rally

Was President Donald Trump’s Saturday rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma sabotaged by an army of internet-savvy teenagers? That’s who’s taking credit for the rally’s paltry turnout of 6,200 in an arena that holds 19,000. Trump’s campaign had boasted that over 1 million people had signed up to attend the rally, only adding to the embarrassment of a mostly-empty stadium. Teenagers across the country are now taking credit for the disaster. They did it by reserving large amounts of free tickets.

In this way, these TikTok teenage K-pop music fans saved many lives (though not, eg, the life of Trump-supporting coronavirus denialist Republican politician Herman Cain who did attend in Tulsa). If the Tulsa arena would have been jampacked with 19,000 people, then the Trump propaganda rally would have caused still many more COVID-19 infections than it already did with 6,200 persons present.

Now, Trump plots revenge against these teenage opponents.

By Kevin Reed in the USA:

White House engineering a takeover of TikTok by Microsoft

3 August 2020

In a state-sponsored hostile takeover, Microsoft Corporation announced late Sunday that it was moving forward with plans to acquire the mobile app TikTok from the China-based corporation ByteDance following a discussion with President Donald Trump.

In a blog post, Microsoft said its CEO Satya Nadella spoke with the president and “is committed to acquiring TikTok subject to a complete security review and providing proper economic benefits to the United States, including the United States Treasury.” The post said the acquisition would be completed “no later than September 15, 2020.”

The takeover would involve the absorption by Microsoft of the operations of the social media video sharing platform in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. According to Microsoft, the TikTok acquisition will be conducted with an unprecedented level of White House involvement. The statement says, “During this process, Microsoft looks forward to continuing dialogue with the United States Government, including with the President.”

Additionally, Microsoft is indicating that the new owners of the extremely popular app will operate TikTok under the direct supervision of the state security institutions within the countries where it will operate. “The operating model for the service would be built to ensure transparency to users as well as appropriate security oversight by governments in these countries.”

The Microsoft announcement comes as no surprise, following the appearance of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the Fox News “Sunday Morning Futures” earlier in the day. Pompeo said that President Donald Trump “will take action in the coming days” on mobile apps, including TikTok, as part of a growing White House offensive against China.

Although he stopped short of saying precisely what the president was going to do, Pompeo claimed without any evidence that “Chinese software companies doing business with the United States, whether it’s TikTok or WeChat” are feeding data directly to the “national security apparatus” in China.

In a statement clearly designed to whip up anti-Chinese sentiments, Pompeo added that Americans using TikTok were having their facial profiles and “information about their residence, their phone numbers, their friends, who they’re connected to” scraped by the Chinese government. He went on to say that these are “true privacy issues for the American people” and that “President Trump has said, ‘Enough’, and we are going to fix it.”

Pompeo concluded, “I promise you, the President when he makes this decision will make sure that everything we have done drives this as close to zero risk for the American people.”

The short-form video sharing platform has approximately 80 million users in the US, 800 million worldwide and has been downloaded 2.2 billion times. ByteDance has said that its servers are located in the US and Singapore, and tech experts have pointed out that TikTok gathers user data in a manner similar to other popular social media apps.

That Pompeo is making hysterical and unsubstantiated statements is a demonstration of the desperate nature of the aggressive moves by the Trump White House against China. The administration is attempting to deflect the mass opposition to Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and the authoritarian police measures against protesters across the country in the intensifying anti-China campaign in order to prop up his collapsing reelection prospects.

Meanwhile, it is well-known internationally—primarily due to the exposures by the former national security contractor Edward Snowden in 2013—that the US National Security Agency (NSA) is the number one electronic surveillance operation in the world, gathering data on every single person on earth and storing it in massive server farms such as the Utah Data Center.

On Friday, Trump told reporters that he was going to act soon to ban TikTok. Speaking with reporters on board Air Force One on a flight back to Washington from Florida, he said, “As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States.” He then called the ban a “severance” and said he had the authority to make the decision. “I can do it with an executive order.”

However, news of Microsoft’s involvement in a forced divestiture of TikTok by ByteDance emerged before the weekend as it was revealed that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS) was involved. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, CFIUS began its investigation into TikTok last year following concerns raised in Congress. “The Treasury-led foreign-investment committee is made up of federal agencies and reviews deals involving foreign money to ensure they don’t put the country’s national security at risk.”

No doubt a major consideration in the negotiations over TikTok is the fact that the company has recently valued at $150 billion with major investments from US equity firms Coatue Management and Sequoia Capital. Along with the huge US user base, the entanglement of the American financial elite with TikTok make an outright ban a double-edged sword for President Trump and, in the end, it appears that it will be much better to just steal the company from ByteDance under the auspices of national security concerns.

An article in Forbes by Peter Cohen indicates the thinking among American business pirates. “If that deal goes through for the roughly $5 billion, I estimate TikTok’s US operations are worth, you should buy Microsoft shares. … the triple-digit acceleration of TikTok’s user base could add oomph to Microsoft’s top line,” Cohen wrote on Saturday.

The role of the Democrats in the US seizure of TikTok exposes the fact that they have no fundamental differences with the Trump White House. Stephen Mnuchin, who heads CFIUS and has been leading the negotiations with Microsoft and the TikTok investors over the takeover, said on “ABC News” on Sunday that the view that “there has to be a change” is shared by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Democrat of California) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (Democrat of New York).

Schumer began ringing alarm bells about TikTok last November in a letter to Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy over the US military’s use of TikTok to recruit young people. Schumer wrote, “I urge you to assess the potential national security risks posed by China-owned technology companies before choosing to utilize certain platforms.”

Schumer’s campaign was echoed by Senator Marco Rubio (Republican of Florida), who took the issue to CFIUS, and Senator Josh Hawley (Republican of Missouri), who held a hearing on TikTok’s relationship with the Chinese government.

In this particular instance, it is apparent that Pompeo and Trump have now borrowed a few lines from Schumer, who wrote another letter to Transportation Safety Administration Director David Pekoske in February that said, “National security experts have raised concerns about TikTok’s collection and handling of user data, including user content and communications, IP addresses, location-related data, metadata, and other sensitive personal information.”

Police against anti-racist marchers at Trump Tower

Police officers guard the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago, as they hold back protesters during a rally and march over the death of George Floyd

From daily The Morning Star in Britain, 2 August 2020:

BLM protesters blocked from Trump Tower

US PROTESTERS were blocked as they marched towards Trump Tower in New York City on Friday demanding an end to police brutality.

The Take Your Knee Off Our Necks demonstration was halted by police barricades as marchers reached Fifth Avenue, where speeches took place.

The families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner and others killed at the hands of police took part in the rally.

Coronavirus kills Trump supporter Herman Cain

This video from the USA says about itself:

Former Presidential Candidate Herman Cain Dies Of Coronavirus | Hallie Jackson | MSNBC

Prominent Republican and former presidential candidate Herman Cain has died after being hospitalized for complications from coronavirus. Aired on 07/30/2020.

Dutch NOS radio reports today that Herman Cain died; after he had been at the notorious COVID-19 spreading election rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma to support Donald Trump.

Cain was a Republican candidate in the 2012 presidential election. He was the frontrunner in opinion polls, until sexual assault accusations by several women forced him out of the race.

This 30 July 2020 video from the USA is called [Republican politician] Louie Gohmert Nearly Infects Air Force 1.

This 30 July 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Republican fool, Rep. Louie Gohmert gets hit with serious karma because of his selective ignorance. John Iadarola and Jordan Uhl break it down on The Damage Report.

This 29 July 2020 video from the USA is called Anti-Mask Republican Louie Gohmert Tests Positive For Coronavirus.

This 30 July 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Chomsky on Cuba’s “Internationalist” Response to Pandemic & Need to Make Vaccine Globally Accessible

As the world races to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, Noam Chomsky says any successful treatment must be accessible to everyone, and he warns that President Trump’s withdrawal from the World Health Organization will hamper the international body’s efforts to distribute medicine in countries racked by poverty and war. “There’s at least one country in the world that is showing genuine internationalism, providing medical aid and support for people that need it,” Chomsky says, and that is Cuba.

Donald Trump’s USA, racism and police state

This 25 July 2020 video says about itself:

US federal agents sent to Portland by President Donald Trump have again fired tear gas at protesters and made arrests.

Demonstrators have rallied every night for eight weeks demanding racial equality and police reforms.

Leaders in Oregon state say the agents are only making things worse.

Al Jazeera’s Leah Harding reports.

TRUMP AND BARR EXPAND SURGE IN FEDERAL OFFICERS President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr said federal agents will surge into Chicago and Albuquerque, New Mexico, expanding the administration’s intervention in local enforcement as Trump tries to disguise himself as a reelection “law-and-order” warrior. Hundreds of federal agents already have been sent to Kansas City, Missouri. The mayor of Portland, Oregon, was tear-gassed by federal agents late Wednesday. [AP]

Illinois Democratic lawmakers have made public statements aimed at assuaging public fears that the federal forces will crack down on anti-police violence protesters in Chicago, just as they have in Portland: here.

BIDEN CLAIMS TRUMP IS THE FIRST RACIST PRESIDENT Joe Biden made the claim that Trump is the first racist president at a virtual town hall on Wednesday. Biden was asked about Trump’s decision to call the coronavirus the “China virus” or “Wuhan virus” whenever he speaks publicly about the pandemic, which places a stigma on Asian people. “The way he deals with people based on the color of their skin, their national origin, where they’re from, is absolutely sickening,” Biden said. “No Republican president has done this. No Democratic president. We’ve had racists, and they’ve existed, they’ve tried to get elected president. He’s the first one that has.” [HuffPost]

Dear Joe Biden: unfortunately, Trump is not the first racist United States president. I know at least three Democratic presidents and one Republican president who at least arguably were racist. First, the three Democrats. Andrew Jackson (1829-1837) was a slave owner and committed genocide against Native Americans of the southeastern USA; the infamous Trail of Tears. James Buchanan (1857-1861) threw the United States into civil war by siding with slave owners in the southern states. Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921) praised the Ku Klux Klan propaganda movie Birth of a Nation. Republican Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909), one of four presidents depicted in Mount Rushmore gigantic sculpture, whitewashed British German anti-Semitic author Houston Stewart Chamberlain, the founder of the ideology of Hitler’s nazi party.

TRUMP DISTRACTS FROM REAL GUN VIOLENCE CRISIS Trump’s orders to send hundreds of federal law enforcement officers to Chicago and Albuquerque is overtly political. He noted that the cities are run by Democratic lawmakers, accused police brutality protesters of promoting violence and has repeatedly ― and dishonestly ― said that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has called to defund the police. The narrative that cities are out of control helps him argue that Democrats cannot be trusted with the presidency. But it’s hard to see how his show of force will help the millions of people in cities where gun crime is reaching record highs, particularly in largely nonwhite neighborhoods badly hurt by the coronavirus pandemic. [HuffPost]

GENERATIONS OF BLACK AMERICANS HAVE FOUGHT FOR JUSTICE Just like in the past, photos and video footage have shown what the Black Lives Matter movement is saying ― from the May 5 cellphone video of armed white men in a suburban neighborhood in Georgia chasing and gunning down Ahmaud Arbery to the footage of the last breathless minutes of Floyd’s life. Though Americans have long known about systemic racism and have seen instances of police brutality before, these latest images have forced a mainstream conversation. “We are still in the middle of this moment,” said Charles McKinney, a professor of African American history at Rhodes College. [HuffPost]

Donald Trump’s United States coronavirus disaster continues

This 24 July 2020 video says about itself:

Trump cancels in-person Republican convention events in Florida

The staggering impact of COVID-19 on the United States shows no sign of easing.

The number of infections across the country has crossed four million.

President Trump has called off the main Republican convention events in Florida, because of coronavirus fears.

Al Jazeera’s Heidi Zhou-Castro reports.

US coronavirus hospitalizations surge back to April highs. By Bryan Dyne, 24 July 2020. The spike in hospitalizations is the result of infections surging nationally, including more than 69,000 new cases today, along with 1,150 deaths, bringing the total known case count and death toll to 4.17 million and 147,000, respectively.

“They have put the needs of the 1 percent over the importance of human life”. NASSCO shipyard worker dies from COVID-19 in San Diego. By Linda Rios, 23 July 2020.

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos adds record $13 billion to net worth in a single day. By Jacob Crosse, 24 July 2020. US billionaires continue to profit fabulously off the pandemic while millions face hunger, eviction, and joblessness.

HOW HIS CONVENTION COLLAPSED The inability of local officials to assure needed security and relentlessly increasing coronavirus cases spurred President Donald Trump to pull the plug on his nominating convention in Florida. It’s the second time Trump has had to cancel a full-blown celebration of his nomination for a second term. Trump moved the convention from its original site, Charlotte, North Carolina, in June, because Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper refused to waive social distancing and mask-wearing rules. Trump said on Thursday that under a new plan, all the delegates will now meet in Charlotte and nominate him in late August. [HuffPost]

WHITE HOUSE DENIES STEPHEN MILLER’S GRANDMOTHER DIED OF COVID-19 The Trump administration rejected assertions that White House adviser Stephen Miller’s 97-year-old grandmother died of the coronavirus after his uncle reported earlier this month that she had fallen victim to COVID-19. “This morning my mother, Ruth Glosser, died of the late effects of COVID-19 like so many thousands of other people; both young and old,” Miller’s uncle, David Glosser wrote on Facebook on July 4. But when asked about Glosser’s death, the White House told Mother Jones the link to the coronavirus was incorrect. [HuffPost]

SENATOR RIPPED FOR REFUSING TO WEAR MASK IN MEETING WITH TRIBAL LEADERS  Democratic senators condemned Interior Secretary David Bernhardt for refusing to wear a mask in a recent meeting with leaders of the Klamath Tribes of Oregon. In a letter, Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) also said they’ve heard reports of Bureau of Land Management employees, who are part of the Interior Department, ignoring Oregon’s mask mandates in outdoor settings where people cannot stay six feet apart. This type of cavalier and callous indifference for human safety is unacceptable,” the senators wrote. [HuffPost]

Trump’s bully Pompeo bullies Denmark

This 22 July 2020 German TV video says about itself:

US’s Pompeo wants Denmark to stop work on Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline | DW News

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is visiting Denmark to try to persuade Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen to stop work on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline passing through its waters. Denmark has just given the go-ahead for the work, but Pompeo hopes to get the Danes to change their minds. The US believes the pipeline will make Germany too dependent on Russian gas.

The Trump administration wants Germany to be dependent on United States fracking gas, from which Donald Trump profits personally.

Last week, Pompeo warned companies involved in the project they will be subject to US penalties if they didn’t halt their work. So how is the German government reacting to this latest US diplomatic offensive against Nord Stream 2? DW’s chief political editor Michaela Küfner spoke to German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer.

Donald Trump’s United States secret police

This 24 July 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Portland Protesters Clash With Federal Troops–Mike Dusek LIVE From Portland

Independent journalist Mike Dusek guest reports for Status Coup from ongoing Portland protests.

From Our Revolution in the USA, 23 July 2020:

President Trump‘s decision to send secret police to attack peaceful protestors in Portland, Oregon (and now Chicago) is the move of a racist would-be dictator whose behavior is a threat to our fundamental rights.

According to Our Revolution ally, Senator Jeff Merkley, even Republican Senators think Trump’s use of modern-day brownshirts is a “massive overreach of federal power” that’s “potentially unconstitutional.”

This use of secret police on American soil to undermine the first amendment is a turning point, and Our Revolution is fully committed to doing everything in our power to stop Trump from turning our country into a corporate fascist state where we don’t have the right to free speech.

Rush a donation here to help us fight Trump’s escalating fascism by organizing with our local groups to have the back of peaceful protestors and support progressive candidates who have the moral courage to call out Trump’s increasingly dictator-like behavior!

In solidarity,

The whole team at Our Revolution

From daily News Line in Britain, 24 July 2020:

US CIVIL WAR! – Trump vows to send federal officers into NY, Chicago and Philadelphia

US PRESIDENT Trump announced yesterday that he is sending ‘a surge of federal security forces to US cities in a crackdown on crime’.

Chicago, New York and Philadelphia are being targeted in the Republican president’s offensive dubbed operation ‘Taliferro’.

His comments came after Mayor of Portland, Oregon, Mayor Ted Wheeler, sided with demonstrators in their call for federal officers to leave the city after getting tear-gassed by federal agents during mass protests against racism and police violence on Wednesday night.

Wheeler, 57, was among the crowd of protesters outside the federal courthouse and the Justice Centre when federal police fired the gas to disperse the crowd.

The Democrat mayor, who has been in office since 2017, had talked to demonstrators for around two hours before the gas was used. He told one protester: ‘I’m not going to leave. If you get gassed, I’m getting gassed.’

One man walked up to the mayor and emptied a bag full of shrapnel in front of him causing Wheeler to stop in his tracks, while another came up behind him and put a police hat on his head which he swiftly removed.

Several people held banners aloft reading ‘Tear gas Ted’ and ‘Hey Ted, no more tear gas.’

Wheeler was filmed coughing as he marched on with protesters, with some people swearing at the mayor. One person shouted, ‘How does it feel, Teddy?’ and a brief tussle broke out between the crowd and his security detail before he left the scene.

Trump defended the deployment of federal officers, claiming that his administration is ‘trying to help Portland, not hurt it’.

The operation will see agents from the FBI, Marshals Service and other federal agencies work with local law enforcement, according to the US Department of Justice.

Trump – whose opinion poll numbers have been slumping amid a coronavirus-crippled US economy – said: ‘This rampage of violence shocks the conscience of our nation.’

Portland rabbis to federal agents: Leave our community.

Donald Trump’s USA becoming fascist?

Donald Trump's stormtroopers in Portland, USA

By John Wojcik in the USA, :

With secret police, Trump is practising fascism in the streets of US cities

In Portland and elsewhere, peaceful protesters are being kidnapped and held by sinister unidentified troops. JOHN WOJCIK reports

WHAT started out as the use of dogwhistles to racists and fascists early in the administration and soon graduated to trumpets is now unfolding as the actual practice of fascism on the streets of United States’ cities.

There were clear signs of the direct use of fascist tactics last month as the nation and the world viewed the horrific actions of militarised police forces during the protests against the murder of George Floyd.

Then, first in Washington DC, there were reports of unidentified camouflaged troops showing up to instigate violent attacks on peaceful demonstrators.

At first, some thought they could be right-wing militias doing the authorities’ dirty work, but it quickly became obvious that they were unidentified secret military-type police dispatched by the Trump administration.

Now the administration admits that it has sent into Portland nameless, unidentifiable troops from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to kidnap and jail Black Lives Matter and other peaceful demonstrators.

Furthermore, Trump threatened on Monday that his secret police could be on their way to Chicago, New York and other cities across the nation. “We’re not going to let anarchy take over our American cities,” he said on MSNBC.

Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon quickly responded that he wished “President Trump would be attacking the coronavirus the way he is attacking civil liberties.”

This latest turn to open fascism by the Trump administration is widely seen as the most dramatic turn in that direction since his election.

The Trump secret police have been driving around Portland in unmarked vans since at least July 14.

Personal accounts of people on the streets, news reporters and many videos posted online confirm that they have been driving up to people, kidnapping them off the streets and providing no information to them about why they are being detained.

The vans drive off with the victims, who often wake up in jail cells, the location of which they have no idea. The blindfolded victims are then often dumped back out on the street with no explanation of why they were detained.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley have condemned the actions of the secret police and demanded their removal from the city.

They say that peaceful demonstrations that had actually been dwindling in number, have now, in reaction to the fascist patrols, ramped up all over again. Merkley has called for a federal-level investigation.

Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf has refused to “remove all federal officers from our streets,” which Brown has demanded, claiming falsely that Portland “has been under siege for 47 straight days by a violent mob.”

Brown has declared that the Trump administration “is on a mission to provoke confrontation for political purposes.

“He is putting both Oregonians and local law-enforcement officers in harm’s way.

“This, coming from the same president who used tear gas to clear out peaceful protesters in Washington DC, to engineer a photo opportunity.”

One of Trump’s secret policemen shot a Portland protester in the head, fracturing his skull. The protester had to be hospitalised with a tube inserted into his skull to drain the bleeding from his brain.

The shooting is what prompted both Merkley and his counterpart, Senator Wyden, to demand an investigation.

Another man, Mark Pettibone, was walking in downtown Portland when he saw the secret police, whom he could not identify as either police or right-wing militia because of their unmarked uniforms.

They kidnapped him off the street and detained him.

“I just happened to be wearing black on a sidewalk in downtown Portland at the time. And that, apparently, is grounds for detaining me.”

Juniper Simonis, a volunteer medic, told Buzzfeed News that he was with a friend when the secret police grabbed them, forcing them into custody, separating them from their service dog.

The two were accused of using chalk on a sidewalk. After they were grabbed, they were “punished” by being sprayed at close range with OC gas (pepper spray).

“They jumped me and assaulted me without any legal or verbal communication to me about being under arrest or telling me to stop. They’re snatching people and asking questions later.”

The New York Times reported that it was told by a demonstrator: “One of the officers said: ‘It’s OK, it’s OK,’ and just grabbed me and threw me into the van. Another officer pulled my beanie down so I couldn’t see. I was terrified.

“It seemed like it was out of a horror-sci-fi like a Philip K Dick novel. It was like being preyed upon.”

The paper further reported: “The tactical agents deployed by Homeland Security include officials from a group known as Bortac, the Border Patrol’s equivalent of a Swat team, a highly trained group that normally is tasked with investigating drug-smuggling organisations as opposed to protesters in cities.”

Bortac is also the same outfit tasked with supporting immigration & customs enforcement (ICE) agents in immigration sweeps.

Merkley said on Saturday that he will introduce an amendment prohibiting the Trump administration from deploying federal law enforcement in the streets of US cities.

In a related matter on Friday, the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon sued the DHS and the US Marshals Service on behalf of recently assaulted legal observers and journalists.

Interim legal director Kelly Simon stated in a press release: “This is a fight to save our democracy.

“Under the direction of the Trump administration, federal agents are terrorising the community, risking lives and brutally attacking protesters demonstrating against police brutality. This is police escalation on top of police escalation.”

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has followed suit, suing DHS, the US Marshals Service, Customs & Border Protection and the Federal Protection Service for illegally detaining citizens without probable cause.

Fascism is not something that takes hold overnight. Even in the days of Hitler’s ascension to power, the process was often gradual. In Germany, for example, the resistance in what Hitler called “Red Berlin” held on longer than in other parts of the country.

Racist dogwhistles, racist trumpets, militarised police, attacks on journalists and legal observers, new rounds of vote suppression and secret police on the streets are all progressive steps that gradually accustom US citizens to a push towards fascism in this country.

Some are asking whether the use of secret police in US cities by Trump could portend a declaration of martial law or worse if he loses the election in November. When we see how quickly Trump went from dogwhistles to secret-police patrols, it is not then an unreasonable question.

The fascist-like push by Republicans to crank up the stripping of voters from the rolls is underway at full steam now and parallel to the deployment of secret police.

Regardless of Trump’s ultimate plans, however, the forces in the US that would be happy with a police state are dangerously positioned to increase their influence.

A massive rejection of Trump and Trumpism on November 3 will be needed to put them in their place — far from any position they can use for their work of destroying democracy altogether.

This article appeared at

Trump turns to neo-Nazi symbols to attract racist votes: here.

Donald Trump’s United States stormtrooper violence

Donald Trump's stormtroopers attack in Portland, USA

From daily The Morning Star in Britain, 21 July 2020:

Oregon clashes with Trump over ‘secret police’ abducting citizens

DEMONSTRATORS against US President Donald Trump’s deployment of camouflaged federal agents to crack down on Black Lives Matter protests were driven away from the federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon, on Monday night with flash-bang grenades.

State and local authorities have filed a lawsuit against the president’s action in sending out the unidentified enforcers without local consent.

State attorney-general Ellen Rosenblum has submitted to the court that masked federal officers are arresting people on the street with “no probable cause” and whisking them away in unmarked cars.

But Mr Trump says he will extend the programme to other cities. “We’re going to have more federal law enforcement, I can tell you,” he declared on Monday.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown said: “We cannot have secret police abducting people in unmarked vehicles. I can’t believe I have to say that to the president of the United States.”

But the Department of Homeland Security tweeted that “Portland is rife with violent anarchists assaulting federal officers and federal buildings … these are federal crimes.”

Even for corporate ‘centrist‘ Democrat politician Nancy Pelosi this is too much. She speaks about ‘stormtroopers’:

Stormtroopers, in a narrow sense, is the English name for Adolf Hitler’s nazi paramilitary force, the Sturmabteilung (SA).

Trump’s ‘anti-anarchist’ new stormtrooper force was founded in June 2020 by presidential decree. It is called PACT: Protecting American Communities Taskforce. Trump originally intended it to protect statues of pro-slavery Confederate generals of the 19th century United States civil war, and then expanded it to more tasks.