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Wed Jan 13, 2021, 09:24 AM

Fight Trump Like a Terrorist Leader, National Security Experts Say

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2021/01/trump-attack-on-congress-terrorism-law-enforcement/


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Further reporting since the insurrection has heightened concerns about the failure of law enforcement leadership, according to interviews with current and former national security officials. Among the mob and those who invaded the Capitol there was widespread use of two-way radio communications, tactical gear, chemical munitions, and what law enforcement officials believe may have been a diversionary planting of pipe bombs. Particularly grim was the participation by some police officers and ex-military personnel in the siege. Did agency leaders installed by Trump or who were sympathetic to his lies about the 2020 election look the other way from looming danger on their radar?

“Either they were complicit or willingly ignorant of what they needed to do to prepare,” says Marisa Randazzo, a leading threat assessment professional and former chief research psychologist for the US Secret Service. “We saw Washington prepare for the Black Lives Matter protests last summer with National Guard presence that was significant, in numbers and optics. Here, there was a noticeable absence that never should’ve happened.”

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With a clear and present danger of further violence in state capitols and the nation’s capital, it may be that incitement from the president himself remains the gravest threat, despite his recent deplatforming by tech companies. Remarkably, some national security experts who have sounded the alarm about Trump’s many months of deliberately inciting violence are now talking about the end game of his presidency in the stark terms of counterterrorism. Trump must be seen as “the operational leader of this domestic terrorism effort,” said Juliette Kayyem, a former assistant secretary of Homeland Security, who was among the first experts to call out Trump’s use of terrorist tactics. “He tells them where to go. He tells them what to do. He tells them why they’re angry. So we need to start at the top, like with any counterterrorism effort, which is total isolation of the president of the United States. Impeachment, yes. Twenty-fifth amendment, yes. Deplatforming, yes. No money, no access to campaign funds…What we have to make sure [of] is that Donald Trump does not have a second act.”

This is crucial, Kayyem told me, for shaming and tamping down far-right extremism that has taken hold among some pro-Trump elements in law enforcement. “These ideologies are given voice and comfort by the president, so there’s a fearlessness with some of these guys in law enforcement, that they would post pictures or go to a rally and do something so illegal and think that there are no consequences. All of that, I think, is tied to the radicalization that is unique to Trump.”

Kayyem acknowledges that her language sounds harsh—but she is adamant that counterterrorism is the necessary framework for confronting the peril the nation is now facing, both in tactical and symbolic terms. “This is how to think about it, no forgiveness, not now,” she says. Figuratively speaking, she adds, that includes “total decapitation.”

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highplainsdem Jan 13 OP
Solly Mack Jan 13 #1
soothsayer Jan 13 #2
highplainsdem Jan 13 #6
Mike 03 Jan 13 #3
highplainsdem Jan 13 #4
liberalmuse Jan 13 #5
dalton99a Jan 13 #7
TigressDem Jan 13 #8
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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 09:26 AM

1. K&R

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 09:26 AM

2. Yes. Need strong measures to cut the head off this snake

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Response to soothsayer (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 09:50 AM

6. +1,000,000

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 09:29 AM

3. Yesterday on Deadline White House, Donny Deutsch compared Trump to

Osama bin Laden.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 09:50 AM

5. It should be made clear.

If you take up arms against your country on or near Inauguration Day (or any day, really) in order to try and change the outcome of a free and fair election, you will be charged with sedition or treason. Let the courts sort it out later. Even if Trump is able to pardon himself, I see a lot of court cases explicitly accusing Trump of inciting and lying their clients into sedition. This could get really interesting.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 09:52 AM

7. Trump is hell bent on destroying America and murdering Americans and should be treated as such

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 10:00 AM

8. BECAUSE tRump ONLY acknowledges BLACK people are BAD there was a HANDS OFF to KKK 2nd/3rd GEN

His Executive Order about ANTIFA and Statues is all about "LEFT wing TERRORISM" but how many people DIED at the hands of ANTIFA who is the most radical of the LEFT?

EVEN the MPLS 5th Precinct that was burned to the ground, they let the officers LEAVE the building.

People were harrassed and even terrified, but did I MISS any MURDER or MASS ATTEMPT to Massacre ELECTED officials by ANTIFA or BLM?

ASKING FOR EQUALITY AND TOPPLING MONUMENTS TO HATRED is NOT the SAME as trying to KILL PEOPLE WHO DON'T BELIEVE AS YOU DO.



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Trump frequently accuses the far-left of inciting violence, yet right-wing extremists have killed 329 victims in the last 25 years, while antifa members haven't killed any, according to a new study




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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 04:25 PM

9. There are so many National Guard troops at the Capitol

you'd think there was a BLM rally.

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