Heavily armed riot police, Portland (Shutterstock)
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I was tear gassed in Portland — and not just by Feds

Police departments are over-militarized at the local level, too. Here’s one way to change that. By Robert P. Alvarez July 30, 2020 The smell of tear gas is hard to describe, but it’s horrifying. It pinched…

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A federal agent in Portland, Oregon during a demonstration on the night of July 24, 2020. (Photo: Jake Borden)
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Oregon Governor says Federal Agents are leaving Portland on Thursday; BUT: DHS, White House says not yet ‘The withdraw is conditional’

“The federal occupation of our community has brought a new kind of fear to our streets.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Wednesday, July 29   An immediate withdrawal of federal forces in Portland, Oregon appeared unlikely…

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Militias’ warning of excessive federal power comes true – but where are they?

There are still militia members who support police, often called “back the blue” groups. Commentators have observed that silence from them and other Second Amendment supporters certainly seems to be hypocritical, at best, and possibly supportive…

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Amid fears of a defeated Trump who won’t go willingly, Warren calls on Cabinet officials to end deployment of federal agents against protests

“This is an urgent matter for American democracy and for the safety of Americans peacefully protesting in their communities.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Wednesday, July 29 Specifically citing President Donald Trump’s refusal to commit to…

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‘This Is…Kidnapping’: Video shows plainclothes NYPD officers throwing protester Into unmarked van

“Our civil liberties are on the brink,” said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. “This is not a drill. There is no excuse for snatching women off the street and throwing them into unmarked vans.” by Jake Johnson, staff…

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Real answers demanded after Barr dodges on government authority to aim ‘intrusive surveillance tools’ at protesters

“The public needs to know whether Attorney General Barr thinks President Trump can conduct mass surveillance of protesters without congressional authorization.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Tuesday, July 28 An exchange about government spying powers between…

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Jayapal tears into William Barr at Oversight hearing

“Mr. Barr… I’m starting to lose my temper.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Tuesday, July 28 A fiery exchange during Tuesday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing between Rep. Pramila Jayapal and Attorney General William Barr over the…

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How to hide from a drone – the subtle art of ‘ghosting’ in the age of surveillance

When DHS redirects large, fixed-wing drones from the U.S.-Mexico border to monitor protests, and when towns experiment with using drones to test people for fevers, it’s time to think about how many eyes are in the…

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Six mayors demand congress block federal agents from US cities

‘Unacceptable, Un-American, and Unconstitutional’ “This provocation is resulting in direct physical harm to our communities and must end.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Tuesday, July 28 Six mayors from around the country sent a letter to…

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4 lawsuits that challenge Trump’s federal agents in Portland test issues other cities will likely face

Federal officers using large amounts of tear gas against protesters in Portland, Oregon on July 21. John Rudoff/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images by  Sarah J. Adams-Schoen, University of Oregon President Donald Trump has announced that the…

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New Investigation Reveals How Fossil Fuel Giants Are Amplifying Militarized Police Forces

“This report sheds a harsh and needed light on the ways police violence and systemic racism intersect with the climate crisis.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Monday, July 27 The same industries fueling the climate crisis…

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Federal crackdown in Portland provokes solidarity protests across the country

“This is my first protest,” said a 45-year-old woman who joined the “Wall of Moms” at a Saturday demonstration in Seattle. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Saturday, July 26 People took to the streets in communities…

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Massive protests in Portland continue, this time with “Wall of Vets” backing up protesters

“If the state of Oregon does not have standing to prevent this unconstitutional conduct by unidentified federal agents running roughshod over her citizens, who does?” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Saturday, July 25   After a…

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Two examples of the protective vests with identifying markings worn by Border Patrol and Homeland Security agents during a press conference with Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf on the recent events involving the agents during continued protests in Portland at the US Customs and Border Patrol headquarters on July 21, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images)
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‘We’re Ready’: Trump to deploy 75,000 Federal Agents into US cities

“Watching moms, reporters, medics, and peaceful protesters get tear gassed and beaten by federal agents on a regular basis,” said one critic, “isn’t the imagery I’d choose as a cornerstone of my campaign.” by Jon Queally,…

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Fed agents violate Geneva Convention in Portland

As happened in Asheville, NC, and imitating Israeli military attacks agains Palestinian health clinics Federal agents are destroying medical equipment and stations in Portland, OR. by Meteor staff Thursday, July 23 Federal authorities are accused of…

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Trump and Barr to deploy more Federal Agents to US cities – Chicago and Albuquerque, New Mexico,

‘Abuse of Power’ “In case you were wondering, this is precisely what fascism looks like.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Wednesday, July 22 President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr announced Wednesday afternoon that the…

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Protestors are tear gassed as the police disperse them near the White House on June 1, 2020 as demonstrations against George Floyd's death continue. (Photo: Roberto Schmidt)
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Will Trump’s Secret Police succeed in provoking riots in your city?

Portland is a test… but only a test. by Thom Hartmann July 21, 2020 The Republican Trump administration has gone full authoritarian. Portland is a test, but only a test. Donald Trump signaled his election strategy…

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Stirring fears of pre-crime policing, DHS head Chad Wolf confirms federal agents in Portland making ‘Proactive’ arrests

“Welcome to 2020: Minority Report Edition.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Wednesday, July 22 Critics unloaded on acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf after the agency head revealed in an interview on Fox News Tuesday…

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"I was enraged simply because I did not think they were taking their oath of office seriously or they were compromising their oath of office," Christopher David, the 53-year-old disabled Navy veteran shown above being attacked and pepper sprayed by federal police. "So I actually went down because I wanted to talk to them about it." (Screenshot: via Twitter/Zane Sparling/@PDXzane)
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Navy Veteran speaks out after attack by Secret Police in viral video viewed nearly 10 million times: ‘No Tactics… Just Seemed Like a Gang’

“They just started whaling on me with batons, and I let them,” said Christopher David. by John Quelley, Staff writer Monday, July 20 The U.S. Navy veteran who was brutally attacked by unidentified federal police in…

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Police confront demonstrators as Black Lives Matter supporters demonstrate in Portland, Oregon on July 4, 2020. (Photo: John Rudoff/Anadolu Agency)
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Trump threat to unleash Secret Police in other US cities is scheme to ‘Steal the November election’

“The exercise also has the advantage for Trump of entrenching a new form of secret police and of turning federal agents into instruments of his authoritarianism.”   by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Monday, July 20 Amid…

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Trump pledges to deploy Secret Police units to major US cities

‘Fascism Coming to a City Near You’ The president also praised federal agents for doing a “fantastic job” with a widely condemned crackdown on Portland, Oregon. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Monday, July 20, 2020, 2PM…

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Federal officers prepare to disperse the crowd of protestors outside the Multnomah County Justice Center on July 17, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo: Mason Trinca/Getty Images)
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‘These tactics must stop’: Oregon DOJ launches criminal probe into violence by Trump-deployed Feds

“Every American should be repulsed when they see this happening. If this can happen here in Portland, it can happen anywhere.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Saturday, July 18 Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum on Friday…

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Unidentified federal officers detain a protester in Portland, Oregon on July 16, 2020. (Photo: Twitter/Screengrab)
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Trump condemned for authoritarian ‘Abuse of Power’ as Secret Federal Police snatch protesters off Portland streets. Video

“Authoritarian governments, not democratic republics, send unmarked authorities after protesters. These Trump/Barr tactics designed to eliminate any accountability are absolutely unacceptable.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, July 17, 2020 Oregon’s Democratic governor and other state…

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A protester raises her hands near a line of National Guard soldiers deployed near the White House on June 1, 2020. (Photo: Roberto Schmidt)
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US Military confirms bayonets were issued to troops responding to George Floyd protests

“It is insane to issue bayonets to soldiers for crowd control.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, July 3 “Are they supposed to stab protesters?” That was Rep. Ted Lieu’s (D-Calif.) response Thursday to a letter…

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