The House passed a passed a provision that raises the specter of Russian “media manipulation” and “disinformation,” and creates a committee to counter such efforts. That raises concerns.
Sessions has a long and documented history of opposing the rights of vulnerable populations, disregarding the First Amendment, and championing torture. As Attorney General, Sessions would be head of the department in charge of overseeing the protections of civil rights and the most powerful law enforcement in the nation. Given his historic hostility to civil liberties this is unacceptable. Sessions was rightfully rejected as a judicial nomination and should be similarly rejected for Attorney General.
The FBI, apparently unsatisfied with the torrent of criticisms they have faced for allegedly intervening in the election, has now decided to pay visits to Muslims-Americans of Afghani and Pakistani national origin in eight states days before the election.
Since the protests at Standing Rock began, police have continuously resorted to heavy handed tactics aimed at crushing dissent. Police have been deployed with military style weapons, in military style gear, and with military style vehicles, such as tanks.
On October 28, 2016 U.S. District Judge Charles Haight rejected a proposed settlement pertaining to the New York Police Department’s spying on religious and political activity, saying that the guidelines did not do enough to safeguard civil liberties.
James Comey, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, is facing heaps of criticism for sending a vaguely worded letter to members of Congress about new potential evidence in the closed investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.
Not allowing the government to control the narrative when it comes it the suppression of the dissent is what a free press is supposed to do. The attempted prosecution of Amy Goodman and possible prosecution of Deia Schlosberg is about reestablishing government control of this narrative.
Law enforcement agencies have a long history of surveilling political dissent. But you don’t need to sit by helpless.
The response by North Dakota and Morton County to the Water Protectors highlights several very serious issues plaguing our country. It brings to the forefront the legacy of colonialism and racism, that has culminated in the disrespecting of the sovereignty of indigenous people, as well as, the use of state violence against those who try to retain their sovereignty. It is part of a larger trend of law enforcement viewing democracy as the enemy and responding to protest with military style gear and tactics. Finally, it demonstrates the willingness of the state to trample on dissent in order to defend corporate profits. “