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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Texas Lt. Gov Dan Patrick Wants To Limit Mail Voting To Voters Over 65 Because Covid-19 Mostly Kills Them

Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick(R)

Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick appeared on Fox News’ America’s Newsroom show and parroted the falsehood currently being spread by President Trump that mail-in ballots are prone to massive voter fraud. Lt. Gov Patrick argued that because CDC data has established that it is people over 65 who are mostly losing their lives due to covid-19 , only Texas voters over 65 should be allowed to vote by mail. As shocking as this sounds, Lt Gov Patrick is literally telling Texas voters under 65 not to worry about contracting covid-19 at the polling places because even if they do, it will not kill them–it only kills people over 65. This is sadly, the kind of reasoning you get from a guy who’s second-in-command to the Texas Governorship.

Lt. Gov Patrick said when asked about voters’ valid fears of covid-19, “I want to go back to what the CDC said. 80% of people who have died from the virus [covid-19] are over 65. Anyone over 65 in America can vote safely from home. That’s already the law virtually everywhere–some states have all mail-in ballots on the west coast. So anyone 65 who is really vulnerable can vote from home. This idea that we want to give you a disability claim because ‘I’m afraid to go vote’ if you are under 65 is laughable. You have more chance of being in a serious auto accident if you are under 65 on the way to vote, than you do from catching the virus and dying from it by voting.”

One of the biggest flaws in Lt Gov Patrick’s reasoning (it’s actually totally flawed), is this idea that covid-19 affects one’s life only if it kills you. A leading pulmonologist Dr Andrew Martin, told Heathline, a medical journal that, “Patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), seen often in severe COVID-19 illness, sometimes develop permanent lung damage or fibrosis as well.” So voters of color who are especially vulnerable to covid-19, have a valid reason to fear contracting covid-19 because even if it does not kill them, there’s a good chance it will leave them with long-term medical problems. It is not unreasonable, or “laughable” as Lt Gov Patrick put it, for them to opt for mail-in voting.

Lt Gov Patrick also pointed out in the same Fox News segment that some states in the west coast already conduct all their elections by mail. Notably, he didn’t point to any reports of widespread voter fraud in elections conducted by the said west coast states.

Another eye-catching moment in Lt Gov Patrick’s interview was his unprompted revelation that he knew of ways someone can easily steal votes to swing a close election. This was an eye-catching revelation because Texas voters to this day, have a lot of questions as to how Senator Ted Cruz narrowly defeated his Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke in the 2018 elections.

Lt. Gov Patrick told host Ed Henry, “We [Texas] have so many elections that are so close…….you can swing the balance easily Ed. I can give you ten scenarios but I won’t because I don’t want to give anyone ideas how you can easily steal thousands of votes…” Actually Lt Gov Patrick, Texans would like to find out what you know about easily stealing thousands of votes.

Bottom line folks as we’ve seen numerous times before, Republicans in Texas and elsewhere, will do everything in their power to get as few people as possible to vote. Republicans nationwide have come to terms with the fact they are increasingly becoming a regional party, totally out of step with mainstream American political thought. Lt Gov Patrick’s desperate attempts to stop voting by mail has nothing to do with voter fraud and everything to do with voter suppression–ensuring as few Texans as possible vote in November. It is truly a sad way to “win” an election, but that’s exactly where we are with Trump’s GOP.

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Dallas Doctor Claims Hydroxychloroquine Cures Her Covid-19 Patients Within 24 Hours

Fox News’ Laura Ingraham Interviewing Texas Doctor Ivette Lozano

Dr Ivette Lozano, a Dallas area doctor, appeared on Fox News’ The Ingraham Angle show and made the startling claim that hydroxychloroquine “resolves” covid-19 symptoms in her patients within 24 hours. This startling claim comes just a few weeks after the food and drug administration (FDA) issued a warning about the use of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment drug for covid-19 because of among other things, the potential for patients developing heart rythm problems.

Dr Lozano told host Laura Ingraham, “Every patient that I’ve treated, serious, moderate, has had resolution of symptoms within 24 hours, that are improved within five hours, the fevers are gone within two days, the lung restriction which is the most important, resolves within about four to five hours. You see dramatic improvement. It’s incredible. I’m surprised myself.”

Instead of vetting Dr Lozano’s claims given FDA’s recent warning about hydroxychloroquine, host Laura Ingraham who has been a major pusher of the drug, used the opportunity to attack FDA’s stance saying, “Dr. Lozano, I hope the FDA is watching this. Peoples’ lives are on the line because of these [FDA]restrictions or these warning I should say, because it’s trickling down to the pharmacies and the pharmacy boards. You educated a lot of people with this segment tonight.”

Bottom line folks, it’s very clear that Laura Ingraham and many other conservatives are keen on pushing hydroxychloroquine as a covid-19 treatment drug despite FDA’s warning. It is therefore very important for the FDA to come out and forcefully challenge Dr Lozano’s claim before members of the public, desperate for a cure for covid-19 either for themselves or their loved ones, get harmed by the information they consume from Fox News and other conservative media outlets. Simply put, the FDA needs to step up and clear up the hydroxychloroquine confusion once and for all.

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