AG Barr Accused Of Running A Secret Police Force

U.S. Attorney General William Barr

Recent media reports have pointed to U.S. Attorney General William Barr as the person who ordered the group of peaceful protesters in Washington DC this past Monday (06/01) to be dispersed so that President Trump could walk to St John’s Church for the infamous Bible photo op. Even more troubling, are revelations that it was AG Barr who brought from Texas, the officials seen policing the protesters without any tags or insignia designating which federal agency they came from. This has led to concerns by many, most notably Sen Chris Murphy(D-CT), that AG Barr may be running a secret police force.

This serious issue of a possible secret police was covered on Friday’s edition of MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show(TRMS) and followed up on Saturday’s edition of the AM Joy show. The guest on AM Joy show, Sarah Kendzior, is someone who has warned for years about Trump’s authoritarian tendencies and was therefore justifiably upset that both the mainstream media and the U.S. Congress have not done enough to push back on Trump’s incremental authoritarianism.

When asked by host Joy Reid whether AG Barr was running a secret police as Senator Murphy and others have intimated, Sarah Kendzior responded, “Yes, essentially. When you have no identification, you have no accountability, and accountability is what they’ve been trying to avoid and trying to destroy the entire time. What Malcolm[Nance] said before about Trump viewing the military as his own personal military, that of course extends to his view of [AG] Barr as his personal attorney, and that extends to their general philosophy for the United States which is not to govern, it’s to rule. It’s to see Americans who show any form of dissent, any form of independent thought as rivals, as enemies. It’s to deem the press itself as enemies of the state……This is a very consistent pattern for this administration. A lot of people were in denial about it because they kept thinking to themselves that is not what authoritarianism looks like. Authoritarianism means soldiers on the street, it means soldiers firing and fighting against their own citizens, well guess what, we are now at that point because people remained in denial for so long.”

Notice that both Sarah Kendzior’s commentary and Senator Chris Murphy’s tweet are advancing the same main argument and that is, the importance of accountability in law enforcement. This cannot be emphasized enough because the Trump administration and other proponents of this creeping authoritarianism have a tendency of painting critics as people, usually liberals, who are opposed to a strong and secure America. As Sarah Kendzior and Senator Chris Murphy correctly point out, the debate has never been about more or less security but rather, accountability. Americans simply want to know who in law enforcement is doing what so that in case of abuses, which are bound to happen, people know where to go to seek redress.

Bringing in armed officers from Texas to Washington DC to police a protest without identifying uniforms or insignia is the quintessential lack of accountability. One can even make a credible argument that AG Barr brought these “anonymous” officers from out of state to rough up protesters for the sole purpose of skirting accountability in case their actions crossed the line. Sarah Kendzior is absolutely correct that this should be enough cause for congress to immediately begin the process of impeaching AG Barr.

When asked about these unidentified officers, AG William Barr gave this explanation;”In the federal system, the agents don’t wear badges in their names and stuff like that, which non-federal police agencies do, and I could understand why some of these individuals simply wouldn’t want to talk to people about who they are, if that in fact was the case.” As you can see from AG Barr’s response, he puts zero premium on accountability and is perfectly okay with these secret police forces.

It cannot also be left unsaid that there is a fear among members of the public of what appears to be an increasing reliance on vigilantes by law enforcement agencies nationwide. This issue was brought front and center in the recent high profile case of Ahmaud Arbery, where a text surfaced showing a Glynn County(GA) police officer enlisting the services of a vigilante, who later killed Arbery. This again pings back to the issue of accountability. The only reason a law enforcement agency would resort to using vigilantes is to cover their tracks in case something goes wrong, as it horribly did in Arbery’s case. This simply cannot be allowed in law enforcement.

Bottom line the mainstream media and members of congress need to start paying close attention to the rise of vigilantism in American law enforcement. This is an issue that puts the lives and safety of the public, especially minorities, at serious risk and needs to be addressed immediately. Simply put, the public has every right to know exactly what agency(s) the law enforcement officials they encounter are working for so that they are clear as to where to seek redress in case of infractions. AG Barr’s seeming tolerance of secret police forces is patently un-American and must be shunned by every accountability-loving American.

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Laura Ingraham Spills The Beans On AG Barr

A few days after Attorney General William Barr did an interview on ABC News that many in the mainstream media and the general public interpreted as a rare pushback against President Trump for meddling in Roger Stone’s ongoing criminal case, a Trump super surrogate Laura Ingraham of Fox News says the media and the public totally misinterpreted AG Barr’s remarks.

According to FoxNews’ Laura Ingraham, AG Barr did not rebuke Trump at the interview. He was simply reassuring the President, “don’t worry I got this”.

Laura Ingraham specifically said, “The media sees this sexy story of Trump versus Barr but they miss the fact that Barr was basically telling Trump ‘don’t worry, I got this.'”

In other words, according to Laura Ingraham, AG Barr did the interview not because he was troubled by Trump meddling in DOJ affairs, but rather because Trump was doing so publicly–a troubling state of affairs indeed.

It also bears pointing out that FoxNews’ Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannity are so close to Trump and his administration that pronouncements by the two can be reasonably interpreted to be the actual positions of the Trump administration. In other words if Laura Ingraham says AG Barr was reassuring Trump that he “got this” regarding Roger Stone, then one can reasonably infer that given Ingraham’s closeness to Trump, this was indeed what AG Barr was doing.

Following Trump’s overt meddling in Roger Stone’s ongoing criminal case, there have been loud calls for AG Barr to resign in an effort to restore the independence of the Department of Justice. Laura Ingraham’s comments, which essentially spilled the beans on AG Barr, ought to be the final nail on the coffin.

There is no question at this juncture that as long as Barr remains the U.S. Attorney General, the public will always perceive the Department of Justice as playing to President Trump’s political whims–going after his perceived enemies and doing favors for his cronies like Roger Stone.

Bottom line folks, the independence of the Justice Department is of paramount importance and must be guarded at all costs. Where, as here, AG Barr has proven that he cannot keep political pressure from Trump away from DOJ affairs, the simple solution is for him to resign.

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Little Known FBI’s Race-Based Surveillance

There have been numerous media reports about a very troubling practice by the FBI to designate Black activists as “Black Identity Extremists”, an often bogus designation which is then used to justify subjecting the said activists to all levels of surveillance–private, local, state, federal and even military surveillance in major cities like Houston, LA, Chicago, New York and others. The rationale, a bogus one, is that a “Black Identity Extremist” or BIE is more likely to attack law enforcement officers and thus needs to be placed under 24-hour surveillance.

The controversy surrounding this program, beyond its prima facie racism, centers around the ease with which a Black activist could end up in this designation. Several media reports have said that even mundane activities like organizing or attending a Black Lives Matter rally could in the eyes of the FBI qualify a Black activist as a BIE subjecting them to unjustified long-term government surveillance, the fruits of which could be used in their criminal prosecution. Needless to say, Black activists who support/sympathize with Black Lives Matter on social media (Twitter, Facebook) can also very easily be designated as BIEs. Simply put, this is a very serious problem that is yet to garner the mainstream media attention it deserves.

Yours Truly has ranted and raved about the lack of mainstream media attention surrounding this seemingly–let’s face it–racist surveillance by the FBI for quite a while now, wondering when House Democrats would take up this serious issue with the justice department.

Well, it turns out Rep Sheila Jackson-Lee (R-TX) did indeed raise this issue with then U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions at a House hearing on November 14, 2017. Rep Jackson-Lee asked Sessions; “My question is, as I hold up the poster dealing with the report under your jurisdiction–Black Identity Extremists. It is interesting to me that you are opposing [meant targeting] individuals who are opposing lethal force, similar to the attack on Reverend Dr Martin Luther King on Cointelpro, but there seems to be no report dealing with the tiki torch parade in Charlottesville chanting ‘Jews will not replace us’. Why is there an attack on Black activists versus any report dealing with the Alt Right and the White Nationalists?” AG Sessions responded that he was not aware of the report.

Cointelpro which Rep Jackson-Lee referenced in her questioning was a controversial and secret surveillance program the FBI deployed on Black civil rights activists in the 60s, most notably, on the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Historians agree that the primary reason the FBI ran Cointelpro on Black civil rights activists was to scare them into silence. This is precisely why when Black activists hear about “Black Identity Extremists” they are immediately reminded of stories they’ve read about Cointelpro and are justified in questioning whether the FBI has indeed reverted back to its 1960s tactic of stifling Black dissent.

Bottom line the “Black Identity Extremist” debate is one that begs for serious mainstream media attention. The mainstream media and indeed members of Congress must not remain silent as a section of the population is unjustly subjected to heightened levels of government surveillance all in an effort to stifle their first amendment compliant political speech. At moments like these, Martin Niemoller’s famous words come to mind; “First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a socialist, then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist, then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”

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Police Chief says Trump Is “Last Hope For White People”

An interesting case out of New Jersey is getting a lot of attention because of a very peculiar reason. The case involves a former Bordentown Township Police Chief Frank Nucera Jr, who is on trial for a hate crime, among other charges, after he slammed a Black teenager’s face into a doorjamb during an arrest.

Because the 62 year old Nucera is charged with a hate crime, it is important for the prosecution to show that he harbors racial animus towards Blacks. It is against this backdrop that prosecutors have dug up comments attributed to him in 2016, prior to the U.S. presidential election.

Nucera, a Trump supporter, apparently said in 2016 that Trump was the “the last hope for white people.” Nucera specifically said, “I’m telling you, you know what, Donald Trump is the last hope for white people, cause Hillary (Clinton) will give it to all the minorities to get a vote…..That’s the truth! I’m telling you.”

Yours Truly will not go into the merits and demerits of the hate crime case laid out against Nucera. It is very noteworthy however that Nucera’s case yet again illustrates the fact that even in 2019, there are still people who occupy very high places in our criminal justice system who have very racist views.

The criminal justice system as we know, disproportionately affects poor people of color, especially Blacks. The racist comments Nucera made back in 2016 were probably well known by people in his department but nobody raised a finger. In other words, Nucera’s racial issues should have been addressed way before his unfortunate incident with the Black teenager. In the Washington Post article, prosecutors even allege that Nucera had a “significant history” of racist behavior and routinely referred to Blacks using the “n” word, which further proves Yours Truly’s point that people knew.

Bottom line folks, with every passing day we are being forced to confront reality and that is, there continues to be systemic racism in our criminal justice system. Our focus here, hard as it may seem, should not be to exact maximum punishment on former police chief Nucera but rather to address how someone like him with glaring racial issues even rose to become a police chief. Simply put, focus on the systemic racism in the criminal justice system rather than Nucera’s potential prison sentence.

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Florida Police Arrested 6 Yr Old Black Girl Over Tantrum At School

In one of the most outrageous cases illustrating the ease with which children of color get caught up in the criminal justice system, we now get a shocking report out of Florida that police in Orlando arrested, handcuffed, fingerprinted and took a mugshot of a 6 year old Black girl because she threw a tantrum at Lucious & Emma Nixon Elementary School where she’s a first-grader. Yeah, Orlando police charged first-grader Kaia with battery and threw her in the back of a squad car for a trip to a juvenile detention center. Absolutely outrageous!!

According to her visibly upset Grandma Meralyn Kirkland, Orlando police charged her granddaughter with battery because she got upset and kicked somebody (presumably one of her classmates). Kirkland says she tried to explain to an officer that her granddaughter had a medical condition (sleep apnea) which the family was trying to resolve but the officer was very dismissive. The officer she spoke to apparently responded saying, “I have sleep apnea and I don’t behave that way.”

Rebecca J. Kavanagh a New York City Public Defender has dug up the name of the officer who arrested little Kaia and surprise surprise, the officer, Dennis Turner, also arrested an 8 year old Black boy on the same day for an unrelated incident. Folks, it appears the school-to-prison pipeline is alive and well in Orlando, Florida.

Bottom line folks, there are a lot of problems with the criminal justice system and it may be easy for us members of the public to simply sit on the bleachers and point fingers at law enforcement for all the problems. The reality however is that these are systemic problems in the criminal justice system that sooner or later consume even well-meaning, good-natured individual officers. In other words, even though the officer mentioned above is cast in very negative light, the real problem is that he finds himself in a culture at the Orlando Police Department where it is very normal to criminally prosecute children of color for being children. While there will certainly be an effort to go after officer Dennis Turner individually, one only hopes that this troubling incident will spark a real debate about the real systemic problem which is the school-to-prison pipeline.

On a lighter note, if little Kaia can kick so hard at 6 years old as to warrant a battery charge, maybe the Miami Dolphins or Jacksonville Jaguars should keep an eye on her for a future Hall of Fame Kicker spot.

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