Because Bush Got Away with Torture, Trump Thinks He Can Get Away With Secret Police: It’s Got to Stop

Thom plus logo Axios is reporting that Donald Trump was inspired to create his secret police force, which he has now deployed to Portland, Oregon, because George W. Bush issued an executive order authorizing the military and CIA to illegally torture and kill innocent people and got away with it.

On Fox News in an interview with Chris Wallace, Trump said that the Supreme Court's DACA decision had told him how he could do things like Bush did and get away with them. Basically, the Court said that when something is started by executive order, be it torture, secret police, or any other god-awful thing, it will last for the rest of the presidency, and can only be reversed by the next president.

So now Trump has issued an executive order to create a national secret police force fashioned after Germany's SS, and to train civilians in the use of weapons and how to perform citizens arrests fashioned after Germany's Brownshirts. Both programs are now fully implemented.

He has also issued executive orders to end virtually all environmental regulations and protections, to give billions of dollars to his cronies and buddies, and to create a broader infrastructure of fascism within the US government that may take a generation to dismantle.

These are crimes against democracy, and our republic will never again be safe until they are decisively reversed.

Jerry Ford pardoned Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter decided to "look forward, not back," so now we have Trump who figures he can get away with things.

George HW Bush, on the advice of his Attorney General Bill Barr, pardoned Casper Weinberger, Ollie North and several others so that he and Reagan could avoid prosecution for Iran Contra, so now we have Trump who figures he can get away with things.

Bill Clinton chose not to look into Iran Contra, Iraqgate, or any of the other crimes committed by the Reagan administration, and so now we have Trump who figures he can get away with things.

George W. Bush and Dick Cheney ignored the law and the Constitution and tortured and disappeared innocent civilians, and Barack Obama decided it wasn't worth investigating, prosecuting or even passing legislation to prevent from happening again, so now we have Donald Trump who knows he can get away with these things and even step them up and use open violence against peacefully protesting Americans.

We now know what happens when three generations of Democratic presidents ignore the crimes and illegal executive orders of the Republicans who preceded them them.

It's got to stop.

-Thom

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avn013's picture
avn013 3 weeks 2 days ago
#1

One more reason for Reps to flock together and blindly suport their 2016 final "choice".

If they succeed we get what we deserve, i.e. an extra four years of self-reflection and evaluation of which path we wish to follow as a society.

If they fail, will Biden be the one to break the "vicious" cycle Dems have established? The only way to check a politician's promises is to vote the person in and wait (or even better help). And if the promises are not kept, demand accountability from the next politician voted in. Slow process, but i will be pleased to be told of a better (overall) one.

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UNC Tarheels 3 weeks 2 days ago
#2

Some time after the White Water Ken Starr investigation both republicans and democrats made a deal not to investigate each other. They even allowed the special prosecutor amendment laspe. If Obama investigated Bush then Trump would have investigated Obama.

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whatabout 3 weeks 1 day ago
#3

So after listening to your show yesterday, I found it was yet another three hours of paranoia over nothing but yet still very entertaining.

This morning I searched “Trumps Secret Police” and I got pages and pages of the same gibberish all saying exactly the same thing and all from far left websites.

The nation, common dreams, slate, salon, raw story, alternet, and etc. all parroting precisely the same thing literally word for word makes one wonder where does all this originate? Who sets the daily marching orders?

No Thom, nobody is out to get you or the merry band of idiots that are bent on destroying the city you will have to fork over cash to rebuild when this insanity ends because your mayor is too goddamn ignorant to stop it and I will include the mayors of Minneapolis, Seattle, Atlanta, Chicago and a number of other cities that have been totally under democrat control for decades in that group of places never to visit again.

What our president has done is understand that this type of unabated lawlessness must be stopped and therefore a task force under the DHS was created to protect Federal monuments, statutes, and buildings.

If this disturbs you or any other radicals on the left, good, that is the intent, and you trying to throw the blame on anyone else for your city swirling down the drain is flat out comical.

Enjoy your day and I am sorry you have to live in the cesspool that is Portland.

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SueN 3 weeks 1 day ago
#4

Just use your eyes and look at the videos. They are not doing what they say.

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Ernest Rocco Ca... 3 weeks 1 day ago
#5

Thanks Thom for finally diagnosing our country's condition: fascism. As an Italian-American, we know where this is going and how to prevent its success. To borrow another term of Italian origin, we are now subject to:

"Machiavellianism in psychology refers to a personality trait which sees a person so focused on their own interests they will manipulate, deceive, and exploit others to achieve their goals.

Machiavellianism is one of the traits in what is called the ‘Dark Triad’, the other two being narcissism and psychopathy. (Sheri Jacobson @ Harley Therapy Conselling Blog Jan. 18,2005)."

Machivellian tactics are dangerously in play with this administration. DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THIS PRESIDENT AND HIS LIEUTENANTS.

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vetinla 2 weeks 4 days ago
#6

Let's all not lose sight of the reality, that , whatever Covid 45 and his sycophants dream up, they've been enabled all along by our Democratic leadership. Period, full stop.

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vetinla 2 weeks 4 days ago
#7

Also, a reminder, that this nation was founded with a good bit of "unabated lawlessness".

The " Boston Tea Party "comes to mind.

I wonder if they had paid "provocateurs" in those days?

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