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June 02, 2020

Trump Calls Up Military For 'Law And Order' Campaign Stunt

Yesterday's protests over the murder of George Floyd seemed smaller to me. A few hundred people in this or that city. There seem to have been more people on the march in New Zealand than in New York City. From what I can tell the store break ins and looting were likewise reduced. Some people, mostly not protesters, are just using the opportunity. For the real looting is happening elsewhere. Just look at Blackrock.

U.S. President Donald Trump is using the relatively few incidents to divert the attention from his abysmal handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.

It is now all about Trump as "commander in chief" who brings "law and order" for "god and country". If that requires to violently clear a park of peaceful protesters or to teargas a priest in front of his church - all so Trump can stage a photo op where he upholds a bible - so be it. While Trump is in full campaign mode the Democrats seem numbed.

The militarized response the nutters around Trump call for is way out of proportion.

Washington DC has seen a bizarre "show of force" with helicopters hovering much lower than allowed over crowds of peaceful people. The Secretary of Defense has called on governors to "dominate the battlespace". The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army General Matt Milley was seen patrolling around the White House in camouflage uniform. The cheerboys of the military are not happy with this.

Last night a large number of military transport planes carrying troops of the 82nd Airborne Division, 10th Mountain Division and 1st Infantry Division arrived at Andrews Airbase near Washington DC. These units lost the wars in Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia. They probably think it is easier to win a war in the midwest than in the Middle East. We'll see ...

But who will they actually be fighting against? The violence enticing Antifa account on Twitter that turned out to be run by fascists in Europe? The "Interim Government of the United Socialist States of America" (@USSInterimGOV)? The "Free American Army" (@FAARMYOfficial)? The Jaish al-Chicago and the KFC Brigades? All of them? Well, that's gonna be a hell of a war on parody accounts.

And a war on the press. In the past four days there were more than 125 incidents in which police attacked journalists. But the media still repeat police reports as if they were the one and only truth:

Despite what our colleagues of color have been saying for years, the clear history of police abusing protesters and the press, too many outlets continue to cover the police credulously.

Policing in the U.S. has been going wrong for a long time:

Commissioners demanded captains deliver numbers and captains began browbeating lesser officers, who in turn pushed quotas on patrol cops, for reasons that often had nothing to do with crime. As depicted in the The Wire, in the stats revolution, “shit always rolls downhill.” The point was to get lieutenants promoted to captain, to get mayors re-elected, and help provide the rationale for the prison jobs state legislators were bringing home to suburban districts. All of this was greased by the lobbying money of construction firms, prison vendors, even private prison corporations – a great business for all, and all that was needed to keep it going was an endless stream of jailable people.

On top of that the IQ of the average policeman seems to be quite low. I mean - why would he do this?


This (vid) must be seen to be believed:

A Fox News reporter tries live on air to stop the police in LA arresting the (not white) owners of a shop who had flagged down the officers to help them stop potential looters. The actual alleged looters ran off. It sums so much up #GeorgeFloydProtests

Replacing the police with the military will only escalate the situation. Violence begets violence. But creating more 'resistance' may well be Trump's plan.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is today meeting with "Tiananmen Square survivors". He will probably ask how China managed to suppress that U.S. sponsored insurgency. Can Trump learn from it? Is a Tiananmen like moment what Trump wants to happen to rally his base? Or is it all just a head fake that will be canceled in time?

Has someone in the White House considered how much damage these bizarre developments do to U.S. soft power and its foreign policy? U.S. adversaries point out the hypocrisy of U.S. behavior at home and its rhetoric against them. U.S. allies just cringe.

An Australian TV crew was punched by police live on air. The Australian Prime Minister called for an investigation. A crew of the German government financed DW News was attacked twice by police plus threatened with arrest. This caused the German Foreign Minister to speak out against targeting journalists.

These U.S. 'allies' have to explain their population why they still succumb to U.S. policies. That part of their job is getting harder and harder. 

If Trump sends in the military it will become impossible.

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Petri Krohn @ 200, that sounds like karlof1's moral argument to me. Very strong support for the protesters by General Mattis, with a condemnation of action that 'erodes the moral ground that ensures a trusted bond between men and women in uniform and the society they are sworn to protect, and of which they themselves are a part'.

Posted by: juliania | Jun 4 2020 2:09 utc | 201

H.Schmatz #198

Thanks for the video to roll the union on.

Here is one to recognise the solidarity of black/white to give an organised future. When visiting Australia, this wonderful voice sang the same song to the workers at the Sydney Opera House construction site. Unity.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jun 4 2020 2:30 utc | 202

Solidarity and wisdom from a most unexpected quarter. Most welcome and mighty well spoken.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jun 4 2020 3:15 utc | 203

Posted by: Petri Krohn | Jun 4 2020 0:57 utc | 200


Trump hits back at Mattis: "I gave him a new life"

President Trump unloaded on his former defense secretary via Twitter on Wednesday, hours after James Mattis condemned him for making a "mockery of our Constitution" in his response to mass protests in the wake of George Floyd's killing.

What he's saying: "Probably the only thing Barack Obama & I have in common is that we both had the honor of firing Jim Mattis, the world’s most overrated General. I asked for his letter of resignation, & felt great about it. His nickname was 'Chaos', which I didn’t like, & changed it to 'Mad Dog'"

  • "His primary strength was not military, but rather personal public relations. I gave him a new life, things to do, and battles to win, but he seldom 'brought home the bacon'. I didn’t like his 'leadership' style or much else about him, and many others agree. Glad he is gone!"

Reality check: Trump did not create the "Mad Dog" nickname during his administration as he claimed. News reports as far back as 2004 have used the informal title.

  • Mattis resigned in 2018 after clashing with Trump on the administration's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria.

Posted by: Mao | Jun 4 2020 3:45 utc | 204

"David Dorn, a retired police captain apparently gunned down by looters in front of a pawn shop in St. Lewis, it's even more heart rending than the Floyd video, which, of course, is all over the tubes..."
Posted by: john | Jun 3 2020 20:21 utc | 185

Ironically Dorn killed at 4123 Martin Luther King Drive...

For some strange reason this reminded me of the US Regime murder assassination ordered by Obama of a 16yo child American citizen.

"16-year-old Abdulrahman Al-Aulaqi was one of three U.S. citizens killed by U.S. drone strikes in Yemen last year. Abdulrahman was eating at a restaurant with his teenage cousin when they and 5 others were torn to shreds. Abdulrahman was not accused of any crime."

“These killings, undertaken without due process, in circumstances where lethal force was not a last resort to address a specific, concrete and imminent threat, and where the government failed to take required measures to protect bystanders, rises to a violation of the most elementary constitutional right afforded to all U.S. citizens – deprivation of life without due process of law.”

How does Team Obama justify killing him?

The answer Gibbs gave is chilling:
ADAMSON: ...It's an American citizen that is being targeted without due process, without trial. And, he's underage. He's a minor.

GIBBS: I would suggest that you should have a far more responsible father if they are truly concerned about the well being of their children.

Again I will reiterate- The policies of murder, officially sanctioned by the US Regime for decades globally, has simply taken root in every corner of our Nation. There is an old saying from the Martial Arts community which stems from verses 42 of the Tao Te Ching

"A violent man (nation) will die a violent death"

Posted by: CitizenX | Jun 4 2020 3:59 utc | 205


Officer Choker
Law enforcers go overboard.


Posted by: Mao | Jun 4 2020 5:25 utc | 206

People like General Mike Mattis are "opposed" to Trump for the same reason that the American establishment in general is:

"People who have dedicated their lives to advancing the interests of the oligarchic empire see Trump as an incompetent manager whose oafish, ham-fisted approach to his role risks drawing attention to the evil things the empire does. The US police force, for example, hasn’t gotten any more brutal or racist since Trump has been in office, he just hasn’t been able to manage events and narratives competently to keep the peasants from waking up and revolting.

Establishment narrative managers understand how to skilfully manipulate public perception without being obvious about it, and they understand how easily an incompetent steward of empire can snap people out of their propaganda trance. They therefore dislike Trump for the same reason a new mother dislikes a noisy neighbor: they’ll wake the baby. They don’t dislike Trump because he does good things, and they certainly don’t dislike Trump because he does bad things. They dislike Trump because he does bad things in a way that startles the people out of their sleep.

That’s the real reason the political/media class has been behaving so weird the last four years. It isn’t because Trump’s not a loyal empire lackey (he is), it isn’t because he’s a Russian secret agent (he’s not), and it isn’t because he’s a uniquely depraved president (he’s not). It’s because he allows people to see the perverse mechanics of a globe-sprawling murderous empire for the sick, evil thing that it actually is. That and nothing more."

The Establishment Only Dislikes Trump Because He Puts An Ugly Face On The Empire

Posted by: ak74 | Jun 4 2020 5:29 utc | 207

BREAKING: Nicolás Maduro has declared himself interim president of the United States until free and fair elections can be held and the human rights abuses stop

Posted by: Francis | Jun 4 2020 7:20 utc | 208

11/15/00 3:00PM

BELGRADE–Serbian president Vojislav Kostunica deployed more than 30,000 peacekeeping troops to the U.S. Monday, pledging full support to the troubled North American nation as it struggles to establish democracy.

"We must do all we can to support free elections in America and allow democracy to gain a foothold there," Kostunica said. "The U.S. is a major player in the Western Hemisphere and its continued stability is vital to Serbian interests in that region."


Though Kostunica has pledged to work with U.S. leaders, he did not rule out the possibility of economic sanctions if the crisis is not resolved soon.

"For democracy to take root and flourish, it must be planted in the rich soil of liberty. And the cornerstone of liberty is elections free of tampering or corruption," Kostunica said. "Should America prove itself incapable of learning this lesson on its own, the international community may be forced to take stronger measures."

Posted by: Francis | Jun 4 2020 7:25 utc | 209

sol Invictus @21:

It’s a known fact investigated by impartial agencies like the FBI.

stopped reading right there

quoth Cynthia Dietle, former FBI agent now collaborating with Integrity First for America in IFA lawsuit counsel Charlottesville protesters:
"ADL has worked closely with FBI for years, and also with police departments . . . to identify certain acts as hate crimes: spray painting a swastika on a synagogue is not just vandalism it's a hate crime; a fight outside a gay bar is not just a fight it's a hate crime against LGBTQ . . ."

Posted by: ChasMark | Jun 4 2020 9:39 utc | 210

To definitely debunk self-victimized white supremacist on that they are attacked so much or even more thanj the alcks by the police ( it requires stone face...)

A graph that explains the frustration of black slums. The number of deaths in encounters where the police resorted to violence has not stopped growing, not even in eight years with an African American president.

To debunk those alleging that these protest lack organization, leadership, goals, vision, well, it´s coming....Of course, much of the mass of young people are apolitical, and no one thinks of them becoming all of a sudden communists, they only need to understand that this is a long path in which you need the more allies you can reunite around a main goal that is make the leaders of the country come down to the arena to negotiate, if these allies are equipped with the best tradition of labor organization and fight for human rights throughout the XX century the better...Of course, this debunk Susan Rice in her intend to blame this on Russia, since Russia long time ago stop being a communist country to go augmenting the rnaks of neoliberalism, this is a US matter, a well needed reorganization of the US left, after the clear socialist tending American youth were betrayed several times already by the alleged "socialists" of the fake Demccratic Party...

Of course, those joining the movement must expect that the rabid dogs of the far-right, who make thesmelves be called now "Boojahedin", will be unsleashed on them, as in the past was unleashed the LaRocuhe Movement...

Thus, review history and beware of sudden support from far-right mad dogs...whose aim is only to infiltrate the movement to discredit it.

Posted by: H.Schmatz | Jun 4 2020 11:16 utc | 211

To know what has to suffer the working class, you privileged readers of MoA only pending on the stoke markets and how to fix it, meet dirtiest work on Earth....

Posted by: H.Schmatz | Jun 4 2020 11:25 utc | 212

Well, see how dictator Maduro undermines freedom of press...

A voiced secret...

Ben Norton @BenjaminNorton The New York Times admitted that it sends some articles to the US government to ask for approval from "national security" officials before publishing them.

Posted by: H.Schmatz | Jun 4 2020 11:29 utc | 213

Tremendous Chinese censorship...

Posted by: H.Schmatz | Jun 4 2020 11:30 utc | 214

S.O.B.s are occupying White House. Get those S.O.B.s off the People's turf!

Colin Kaepernick, I salute your courage and integrity. You are vindicated. Walk tall; you earned it.

George Floyd, we will never forget. You were a human being with a life worth living. Rest in Peace forever and may you be a blessing to those you loved and all who love and remember you today.

Posted by: Circe | Jun 4 2020 11:35 utc | 215

Terrible Russian totalitarianism....

In Denver, police shoot pepper spray at a stopped vehicle. The driver yells that his partner in the car is pregnant.

Posted by: H.Schmatz | Jun 4 2020 12:22 utc | 216

Today in the United States white supremacists are not going out for a walk in phase 1, 2 or 3. They leave in an automatic phase and with the charger complete.

BTW, why the white-supremacist who appear in the streets always armed to the teeth have all the apsect of having scaped from a psychiatric ward?

Posted by: H.Schmatz | Jun 4 2020 12:29 utc | 217

@ Francis | Jun 4 2020 7:20 utc | 208

"Nicolás Maduro has declared himself interim president of the United States until free and fair elections can be held and the human rights abuses stop."

Wonderful! I hereby officially recognize Nicolás Maduro as interim President of the United States.

Posted by: AntiSpin | Jun 4 2020 13:01 utc | 218

norecovery | Jun 2 2020 19:19 utc | 34

I have no doubt that the Novel Coronavirus was/is a bioweapon that implemented the initial salvo in a wide-ranging geopolitical plot to rescue the banksters, to try to sabotage China's ascendency, and to instigate military control over the U.S. public, among other goals.

If this is genuine, it is confirmation of what you are saying.

Posted by: foolisholdman | Jun 4 2020 18:10 utc | 219

@207 Well said..

Posted by: Lozion | Jun 4 2020 19:45 utc | 220

Read a translation of this interview at Spanish outlet, and thinks is worth hearing/reading, as in it appear leaders of the protest who debunk they are financied by the Democrats and that these protests are part of any conspiracy to overthrow Trump as they affirm the white nationalist ans their blogs/outlets. They are citicizing black people balck leaders like Obama along with accomodated black people for lack of support for the most disadvantaged and for having lost contact with reality and dedicate themselves to the same as the Republicans, boost Wall Street, and the MIC, and so nurture US wars abroad instead of taking care for US population.

They are complainig how in the states school, culture and health care has been submited to cuts while police department budget remain high and even increase yearly, reaching 1/3 of the total budget of the state, as a sample offering the image of such military equipment the police is enjoying in harsh contrast with health care workers protected with plastic bags and oblied to use masks N95 for a whole week.

It is a part of a much longer interview whose other sections you can access from the right margin´s links, which I fear will e worth hearing too:

Defund Police: Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor Says Budgets Wrongly Prioritize Cops Over Schools, Hospitals

Posted by: H.Schmatz | Jun 4 2020 20:07 utc | 221

B, there has been at least ten thousand people out every day and more at night in NYC. I live and listen to the scanner. Not sure where you’re getting your info in this case but it is bad. Maybe you are just using your “seems”.

There were several groups marching just this afternoon, one was 5000, others ranged from 3000 to 800. That doesn’t count tonight.

There are marches which have been huge, and there have also been well attended vigils in many neighborhoods.

What’s mostly stopped certainly is the looting.

Posted by: OHH | Jun 5 2020 5:34 utc | 222

Well, All i can say is that this is also a time.. and i would get passed. So be patient, stay safe. Shortly this all should get back to normal and we all can surf freely again like before.

Posted by: Shanon | Jun 12 2020 13:48 utc | 223

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