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Should all the Capitol terrorists arrested be sent to Guantanamo if convicted of their crimes?

Seeing that they're terrorists and all...

Was Trump really the Confederacy (CSA) in disguise?

Seriously, I was just wondering about that... was his administration what the CSA had in mind?

What do you think?

Thank you in advance.

I think there was ELECTION fraud in 2020...

all done by Republicans/GOP and I don't think McConnell, Collins or Graham actually won their races.

I do not believe Trump got as many votes as reported and his following consists of maybe 24% of the population.

There. I said it.

Hope Biden's Justice Dept. investigates.

Should arrested Trump Terrorists have to take a US history exam to post bond?

Judging from all the unhinged rants we've seen the past week, I have a feeling that most never took a history class... EVER.

So why not quiz them before allowing them out of jail?

Case in point, this crazy woman going off on Schumer...


Just an idea.

Lehigh University rescinds Donald Trump's honorary degree days after Capitol attack

Just days after Wednesday’s insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, the Lehigh University Board of Trustees has rescinded the honorary degree granted to President Donald Trump three decades ago, a move sought by many members of the school community since Trump won the White House.

The school awarded the degree in 1988. In 2018, faculty voted by a wide margin to urge the Bethlehem school’s trustees to rescind it, calling some of Trump’s statements racist, sexist and Islamophobic and not representative of the school’s values.

More than 80% of participating faculty voted “yes” on the motion, which passed 296-50, but the request was denied.

A statement from the board said the decision to rescind was made by the executive committee Thursday night and affirmed by the full board Friday but offered no other details. Members of the board of trustees could not be reached for comment Friday.


When Trump received the honorary degree at the June 1988 commencement, then-Lehigh President Peter Likins introduced him as “a symbol of our age — all the daring and energy that the word tycoon conjures up. His boldness of vision and the splendor of his buildings ... are like a designer label on the skyline of New York.”

Trump, whose late brother, Fred, was a 1962 Lehigh graduate, arrived to the ceremony in typical style — landing on the baseball field in a black helicopter with the name “Trump” in giant letters — and his comments to the crowd of 7,000 in Stabler Arena show that his style of public speaking hasn’t changed much over the years.

“Country-wide, we have serious problems,” he said. “So many countries are whipping America ... making billions and stripping the United States of economic dignity. I respect the Japanese, but we have to fight back.”

He also complained that the United States protected other countries and got nothing in return, a common refrain when he talked about America’s partners in the NATO alliance.

“We wouldn’t have deficits,” he said. “We defend Japan for nothing. What kind of clowns do we have representing us? It’s a very sad situation.”

Trump talked about the challenge the graduates would face because of a pandemic: AIDS, which he listed as an “obstacle” to their success, along with drug and alcohol abuse.

He also referred to Bill Cosby, who had given an address when receiving an honorary degree from Lehigh the year before. The school revoked the degree in 2015 after he Cosby was deposed in a lawsuit but before he had been convicted of indecent assault, saying his admissions in the deposition were “inconsistent with the character and high standards” expected of honorees.


Robert Foster, an Allentown resident and retired Palmerton Area School District superintendent, was in the audience as a doctoral candidate when Trump was awarded the degree. Trump’s bestselling book “The Art of the Deal” had recently come out, and some people thought he was admirable.

But Foster remembers Trump’s speech betraying xenophobia.

“I thought he was disgraceful then,” Foster said. “I thought, ‘I’m sorry my mother’s listening to this.’”

Foster had the chance to shake Trump’s hand and decided not to. He gladly signed a petition calling on Lehigh to rescind Trump’s degree.


WaPo: Outgoing Capitol Police chief: House, Senate security officials hamstrung efforts...

to call in National Guard.

Two days before Congress was set to formalize President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund was growing increasingly worried about the size of the pro-Trump crowds expected to stream into Washington in protest.

To be on the safe side, Sund asked House and Senate security officials for permission to request that the D.C. National Guard be placed on standby in case he needed quick backup.

But, Sund said Sunday, they turned him down.

In his first interview since pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol last week, Sund, who has since resigned his post, said his supervisors were reluctant to take formal steps to put the Guard on call even as police intelligence suggested that the crowd President Trump had invited to Washington to protest his defeat probably would be much larger than earlier demonstrations.

House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving said he wasn’t comfortable with the “optics” of formally declaring an emergency ahead of the demonstration, Sund said. Meanwhile, Senate Sergeant at Arms Michael Stenger suggested that Sund should informally seek out his Guard contacts, asking them to “lean forward” and be on alert in case Capitol Police needed their help.

Irving could not be reached for comment. A cellphone number listed in his name has not accepted messages since Wednesday. Messages left at a residence he owns in Nevada were not immediately returned, and there was no answer Sunday evening at a Watergate apartment listed in his name. A neighbor said he had recently moved out.

Stenger declined Sunday to comment when a reporter visited his Virginia home. “I really don’t want to talk about it,” he said.


According to a timeline the Defense Department published Friday, Miller verbally authorized the activation of the entire D.C. Guard at 3:04 p.m. It would take two more hours for most of the citizen soldiers to leave their jobs and homes, and pick up gear from the D.C. Armory.

Sund, who was officially replaced as chief Sunday, said he is left feeling that America’s bastions of democracy need far more security. He said the violent crowd that mobbed the Capitol was unlike anything he has ever seen.

“They were extremely dangerous and they were extremely prepared. I have a hard time calling this a demonstration,” he said.

“I’m a firm supporter of First Amendment. This was none of that,” he added. “This was criminal riotous activity.”

Sund blamed Trump for putting his officers at risk, saying “the crowd left that rally and had been incited by some of the words the president said.” Sund said he fears what may come next.



Politico: Trump to award Bill Belichick the Medal of Freedom amid House impeachment push

With just days to go in office and facing calls to resign, President Donald Trump is planning to spend the upcoming week taking a ceremonial victory lap and making last-minute use of his presidential powers.


On Monday, Trump plans to award Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) the highest civilian honor. On Tuesday, he plans to visit Alamo, Texas, to visit a section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall. And on Thursday, Trump plans to award New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick the Presidential Medal of Freedom, according to a White House official.

A spokesperson for the Patriots did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The president’s efforts to pursue a normal schedule of events amid the tumult he inspired began last week, when, in the aftermath of the riots, he awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to professional golfers Annika Sorenstam and Gary Player. This week’s events will have a similarly somber backdrop. Democrats could vote as early as Tuesday on articles of impeachment for inciting the violent mob that ransacked the Capitol, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Sunday during an appearance on Fox News.


The Medal for Freedom for Belichick will represent the culmination of one of the more public relationships Trump has enjoyed with a major sports figure during the course of his presidency.

Last month, Trump reappointed Belichick to the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition and, prior to then, he welcomed Belichick and the Patriots to the White House following their Super Bowl win against the Atlanta Falcons in 2017. But the team did not go for a traditional post-championship ceremony in 2019 after it won the Super Bowl again, although owner and Trump friend Robert Kraft has made personal appearances without the team.


Belichick, who does not have military experience — but whose dad was an advance scout for the Naval Academy — said it was a “very nice compliment” but he is fine with his day job.

“I am flattered by that,” Belichick told Boston radio station WEEI. “But, I’ll just stick to coaching football.”


Seditious terrorists cry at the airports after being put on no-fly list


WaPo: Arrested by Capitol Police at peaceful protests? You're not alone.

Jennifer Flynn Walker was arrested by Capitol Police in 2017 for sitting on the floor outside a U.S. senator’s office, she said, yelling about how her sister with Down syndrome depended on Medicaid. The 49-year-old health-care activist, who has organized dozens of protests at the U.S. Capitol, said she has witnessed officers pull peaceful protesters out of wheelchairs, arrest praying clergy and round up tearful women sharing stories of sexual assault.

“Using jazz hands gets you arrested,” said Flynn Walker, who has been arrested several times at rallies to protect the Affordable Care Act. “Yelling in the halls gets you arrested. Holding a poster gets you arrested. . . . It looks like the Capitol Police choose who to be aggressive with, and on Wednesday, they were not aggressive with people who were committing true acts of terror.”

Flynn Walker was among several people interviewed by The Washington Post who said their experiences being detained or arrested by Capitol Police at peaceful protests have contrasted sharply with the agency’s response to the mayhem wrought by a pro-Trump mob. Rioters, who mostly were White men, charged into the Capitol on Wednesday, roaming hallways, some vandalizing and looting, and forcing lawmakers to duck for cover and evacuate. Five people died, including a Trump supporter who was shot and an officer injured at the Capitol.


“My experience and all of the civil unrest in 2020 seems to indicate that if you are protesting for social justice, for Black Lives Matter, for immigrant kids kept in cages, you risk arrest and violence, but if you are carrying a Confederate or Trump flag you can walk right into the Capitol,” said Kling, 36, who lives in Chicago.


The agency employs more than 2,300 people and has carried out a number of mass arrests in recent years. In the spring of 2016, more than 400 people — many of whom had participated in a 10-day march from Philadelphia — were arrested in one day while protesting the influence of money on politics. Nearly 600 people, mostly women, were arrested two years later while protesting immigration policy in the Hart Senate Office Building.

About one week before the mass arrests related to Kavanaugh, Sarah Remes of Washington, D.C., said she was arrested by Capitol Police for “incommoding” — obstructing a public space — with dozens of others who knelt in front of the Supreme Court in protest of Kavanaugh’s nomination.

"Maybe they only know how to deal with peaceful protesters?" she said she wondered as she watched Wednesday’s riot unfold on television. "Maybe they don’t know how to deal with violence?"

Kathy Beynette, 68, an artist in Leesburg, Va., said she was arrested during Trump’s impeachment hearings one year ago for singing on the Capitol steps and earlier during his term for making “jazz hands” at a health-care rally. Both times, she was taken to police headquarters, charged with incommoding and fined $50.

“These guys can bring gallows with nooses and flags on poles,” she said, “and we can’t bring our little signs that say, ‘Give Peace a Chance’ on a stick.”


FORTUNE: Pro-Trump rioters could face up to 20 years in prison

Pro–Donald Trump rioters could face serious penalties for subverting the presidential election process.

More than 60 people were arrested on Wednesday after rioters breached the Capitol, assaulted officers, and stole items, including government laptop, law enforcement said on Thursday. Additionally, the stolen laptop may have contained "sensitive national security information," CBS News reported.

Michael Sherwin, U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, told reporters on Thursday that prosecutors filed 55 cases, 15 of which involve federal crimes, related to the riots—with more to come. The charges range from unlawful entry to possessing firearms and Molotov cocktails.

One adult male repeatedly punched an officer in the chest inside the Capitol, according to charges filed on Thursday. Another was accused of carrying a pistol.

The Justice Department has also opened a "federal murder case" involving the death of a police officer, NPR reported Thursday evening.

Several others were arraigned on Thursday at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for unlawful entry into the Capitol and violating curfew, relatively minor charges. They were released from custody and ordered to stay out of Washington, D.C., unless they were also involved in the criminal cases.

For the more serious cases, seditious conspiracy, rioting, and insurrection charges “are on the table,” Sherwin said.

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