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Re: Profiles in Courage
« Reply #45 on: October 28, 2016, 02:15:11 pm »
Visualizing the U.S.-Mexico Border
Josh Begley

October 26 2016, 12:57 p.m.

In partnership with FIELD OF VISION

What does the southern border of the United States look like?      


For all the talk of “securing the border” and “building a wall,” there is surprisingly little visual material that conveys just how vast this stretch of space is.

In total, the U.S.-Mexico border spans 1,954 miles. According to Google Maps, it would take 34 hours to drive its entire length. In places, there already is a border fence — more than 650 miles of it. Pushed and pulled by various forces, some 1 million people are estimated to pass through the official ports of entry every day.

But what does the geography of this landscape look like? Is it industrial? Desolate? Populated? All of the above?     ??? 

Using the geographic coordinates of the international boundary line, in addition to location data for the existing border fence (which has been mapped by journalists at NPR and the Center for Investigative Reporting), I wrote a small computer script to download satellite imagery for the entire border.

I ended up with about 200,000 images.  :o

Using a command-line tool called ffmpeg, I programmatically stitched the images together, and then worked with Laura Poitras and her team at Field of Vision to edit them into a short film. Jace Clayton, the artist and author known as DJ /rupture, developed an original score for the piece.

Rivers of Data


Borders begin as fictions. They are performed. They are lines drawn in the sand, spaces that bend and break and make exceptions for certain kinds of bodies.

But borders are made real by the policies built around them. The fact that borders are performed does not make them any less real. The border is quite literally what gives the nation its shape.

One way the border is performed — particularly the southern border of the United States — can be understood through the lens of data collection. In the border region, along the Rio Grande and westward through the desert Southwest, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) deploys radar blimps, drones, fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, seismic sensors, ground radar, face recognition software, license-plate readers, and high-definition infrared video cameras. Increasingly, they all feed data back into something called “The Big Pipe.”

As my colleague Roger Hodge reported in 2012, the Big Pipe is “a surveillance network developed by Kenneth Knight, the deputy executive director of national air-security operations for the Office of Air and Marine (OAM), a lesser-known division of CBP that operates the largest law-enforcement air force in the world.”

He continues:


CBP, which encompasses the Border Patrol, has in turn deployed increasingly advanced means not only to scrutinize, search out, and seize an immense stream of drugs and bodies (to use CBP parlance), but also to channel a concomitant river of data — electronic manifests, lists of travelers’ names, dates of entry, and untold terabytes of video footage — all of which must be analyzed, quantified, indexed, and stored.

In thinking about rivers of data, and untold terabytes of video footage, I found myself returning to Rebecca Solnit’s “River of Shadows” — and an idea Trevor Paglen introduced in a series of essays about what he calls “seeing machines.”

Seeing Machines

In his 2014 essay “Geographies of Photography,” Paglen sketched out the role of seeing machines in creating relational geographies capable of collapsing space and time.

Seeing machines create noncontiguous spatial and temporal geometries. They collapse the near into the distant, and the present into the past and future. To illustrate these “relative” geographies of seeing machines, I’ll use the example of a Reaper drone. What exactly is a Reaper drone? In essence, it’s a camera attached to a remote-controlled airplane. Sometimes it carries missiles. What’s particular about a Reaper drone (and other drones in its larger family, including the Predator and the Sentinel) is that airplane, pilot, navigator, analysts, and commander don’t have to be in the same place. The aircraft might be flying a combat mission in Yemen by a pilot based in Nevada, overseen by a manager in Virginia, and supported by intelligence officers in Tampa (geographer Derek Gregory has written about what he calls “Drone Geographies.”) The drone creates its own “relative” geographies, folding several noncontiguous spaces around the globe into a single, distributed, “battlefield.” The folding of space-time that the Reaper drone system enables is a contemporary version of what Marx famously called the “annihilation of space with time,” i.e. the ability to capitalize on the speed of new transportation and communications technologies to bring disparate spaces “closer” together, relatively speaking. Photography has been a part of this space-time annihilation from the start.

Although seeing machines have played a part in the “annihilation of space with time” since the 19th century origins of the phrase, they are increasingly playing a role in creating new relative temporal geographies, perhaps something akin to an “annihilation of time with space.” … There’s every reason to suspect that if the 19th Century saw the annihilation of space with communication and transport technologies, then the 21st Century may see a similarly dramatic reconfiguration of time through persistent monitoring, storage, and analytic technologies that can “reach into the past” in unprecedented ways.

Most of the technologies used to enforce the border, or perform the border, can be understood as “seeing machines.” This film is an attempt to linger on that idea for a moment, and to explore ways of using those technologies — in this case satellites — to better visualize some of the spaces they are enforcing.


Might simply looking at a place that has been so heavily politicized — a place abstracted into a sound bite — give a small amount of texture and meaning to a phrase like “build that wall”?  ;)

The southern border is a space that has been almost entirely reduced to metaphor. It is not even a geography. Part of my intention with this film is to insist on that geography. 


By focusing on the physical landscape, I hope viewers might gain a sense of the enormity of it all, and perhaps imagine what it would mean to be a political subject of that terrain.

Agelbert NOTE: 6 MINUTES of high speed pass over border at link. ANYONE that talks about building a "wall", either electronically or physically, is full of RIGHT WING MENDACITY, DUPLICITY AND RACIST INFLAMING OPPORTUNISTIC MENS REA.


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Re: Profiles in Courage
« Reply #46 on: December 05, 2016, 01:14:07 pm »
Energy| Dec. 04, 2016 05:59PM EST


Standing Rock Celebrates as Army Corps Denies Key Permit, Halts Project

Stefanie Spear

SNIPPET:  ;D

The Obama Administration and the Army Corps of Engineers officially denied the easement to cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota after a many months-long campaign by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and allies against the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Army Corps will undertake an environmental impact statement (EIS) to look at potential alternative routes for the pipeline.

Agelbert NOTE: MUST SEE video of 13 year old courageous Standing Rock Organizer.

http://www.ecowatch.com/army-corps-permit-dakota-access-pipeline-2128363393.html

Agelbert NOTE: Trump will react accordingly to the news (SEE BELOW). Don't let evil filled people destroy our biosphere.   


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Re: Profiles in Courage
« Reply #47 on: December 05, 2016, 06:32:06 pm »
Why I Will Not Cast My Electoral Vote for Donald Trump 

By CHRISTOPHER SUPRUN DEC. 5, 2016

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DALLAS — I am a Republican presidential elector, one of the 538 people asked to choose officially the president of the United States. Since the election, people have asked me to change my vote based on policy disagreements with Donald J. Trump. In some cases, they cite the popular vote difference. I do not think president-elects should be disqualified for policy disagreements. I do not think they should be disqualified because they won the Electoral College instead of the popular vote. However, now I am asked to cast a vote on Dec. 19 for someone who shows daily he is not qualified for the office. 

Fifteen years ago, as a firefighter, I was part of the response to the Sept. 11 attacks against our nation. That attack and this year’s election may seem unrelated, but for me the relationship becomes clearer every day.

George W. Bush is an imperfect man, but he led us through the tragic days following the attacks. His leadership showed that America was a great nation. That was also the last time I remember the nation united. I watch Mr. Trump fail to unite America and drive a wedge between us.

Mr. Trump goes out of his way to attack the cast of “Saturday Night Live” for bias. He tweets day and night, but waited two days to offer sympathy to the Ohio State community after an attack there. He does not encourage civil discourse, but chooses to stoke fear and create outrage.

This is unacceptable.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/05/opinion/why-i-will-not-cast-my-electoral-vote-for-donald-trump.html
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Re: Profiles in Courage
« Reply #48 on: December 05, 2016, 06:45:29 pm »
Trump’s Threat to the Constitution

By EVAN McMULLIN DEC. 5, 2016

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Last week, Mr. Trump commented on Twitter that flag-burning should be punished by jailing and revocation of citizenship. As someone who has served this country, I carry no brief for flag-burners, but I defend their free-speech right to protest — a right guaranteed under the First Amendment. Although I suspect that Mr. Trump’s chief purpose was to provoke his opponents, his action was consistent with the authoritarian playbook he uses.

Mr. Trump also recently inflated his election performance, claiming — without evidence — that he “won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.” This, too, is nothing new. Authoritarians often exaggerate their popular support to increase the perception of their legitimacy. But the deeper objective is to weaken the democratic institutions that limit their power. Eroding confidence in voting, elections and representative bodies gives them a freer hand to wield more power.

As a C.I.A. officer, I saw firsthand authoritarians’ use of these tactics around the world. Their profound appetite for absolute power drives their intolerance for any restraint — whether by people, organizations, the law, cultural norms, principles or even the expectation of consistency. For a despot, all of these checks on power must be ignored, undermined or destroyed so that he is all that matters.

Mr. Trump has said that he prefers to be unpredictable because it maximizes his power. During his recent interview with The New York Times, he casually abandoned his fiery calls during the campaign for torture, prosecuting Hillary Clinton and changing libel laws. Mr. Trump’s inconsistencies and provocative proposals are a strategy; they are intended to elevate his importance above all else — and to place him beyond democratic norms, beyond even the Constitution.



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« Reply #49 on: December 06, 2016, 01:04:15 pm »
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22 hours ago.

I witnessed something powerful and profound today. Wes Clark Jr and the assembled veterans took a knee and collectively asked for forgiveness for the genocide and war crimes committed by the United States Military against tribal nations in this country.

Leksi Leonard Crow Dog on behalf of the tribes in attendance accepted and asked for forgiveness for any hurt that might have been caused June 25, 1876 when the Great Sioux Nation defeated the 7th Cavalry.

The last thing he said to the veterans was, "... and today we forgive and ask for world peace." All the veterans replied in a single unified voice, "WORLD PEACE!!!!"

The Native Veterans filed through the ranks, shaking hands and giving each other hugs. There were a lot of warriors with tears in their eyes.




Veterans at Standing Rock shock tribe members, beg forgiveness for war crimes against tribal nations

By Jen Hayden   

Monday Dec 05, 2016 ·  4:13 PM EST

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/12/5/1607591/-Veterans-at-Standing-Rock-shock-tribe-members-beg-forgiveness-for-war-crimes-against-tribal-nations

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Re: Profiles in Courage
« Reply #50 on: December 06, 2016, 01:36:45 pm »

Update to today on Hamilton Electors actions
 

By RWN   

Monday Dec 05, 2016 ·  7:18 PM EST

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I don’t have much time because I have get back on the phone talking to fellow Republican Electors but I thought best to update you all on the mission.

First thing tomorrow in Colorado (and subsequently other states this week) three of us are going file in Federal District Court a lawsuit seeking relief from  C.R.S. § 1-4-304(5), which is the CO State Statutes that binds us to voting for the winner of the popular vote in Colorado. Link

The lawyers and group have formed a 527 to raise money for such an effort, here is another Link and here.

Hon. Polly Baca is our lead, https://www.facebook.com/notes/hamilton-defenders/elector-polly-baca-calls-on-colleagues-to-vote-against-trump/1764274390502583

Today a Republican Elector came out in the New York Times, I have had a number of personal conversations with him and there is a significant number of others who remain private.

In these conversations with fellow National Electors we have started to come to a consensus that John Kasich appears to be the emerging alternative candidate. Link . That article also introduced the back channel discussions with the Clinton campaign regarding Democratic Electors en masse voting faithless for a Republican alternative.

Colorado Independent summarizes the Colorado delegation, Link (at article link below)

The New Yorker Magazine did a nice piece on the Hamilton Electors, link.

Newsweek published a national op-ed supporting our movement. Link

CSPAN has decided to come to Denver CO on Electoral College day to cover Colorado’s electors. Link

Those are the published reports, what can say privately is that the iceberg is far bigger and deeper below the surface and this Electoral College is definitely in play for the full measure or the Twelfth Amendment. 

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/12/06/1607647/-Update-to-today-on-Hamilton-Electors-actions


Texas Elector makes powerful plea to Republican Electors to reject Donald Trump in NY Times OpEd
   

By Lefty Coaster   

Monday Dec 05, 2016 · 10:07 PM EST

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/12/06/1607647/-Update-to-today-on-Hamilton-Electors-actions

Agelbert NOTE: I posted on this yesterday. I recommend you go to the link to learn how the Trump Brownshirts are already posting the elector's address on the internet and threating him with death.
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Re: Profiles in Courage
« Reply #51 on: December 06, 2016, 02:06:05 pm »
http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2016/12/02/trumps-pick-pentagon-shows-rules-apply-congress-say

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What bugs me about Donald Trump as president-elect? The same thing that ought to bother you, too, no matter how you voted last month.

The rules? They are not needed, thank you. They simply don't apply. Not to him…..The truth is, Trump's the one who thinks he is special.

And if Congress doesn't stand up and insist on the rule of law, then who will? Because if we're leaving it up to Trump to decide which rules work for him and which don't, there won't be any rules left by the time he is through.


Trump's pick for the Pentagon shows again the rules don't apply to him; Congress should say no

Written by Michael A. Lindenberger

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Re: Profiles in Courage
« Reply #52 on: December 06, 2016, 02:22:28 pm »
Four things evangelical Trump supporters    should keep in mind

Nov 21, 2016 
 
Written by Terrance Terrance Green, DMN Contributors Network 

While several key voting blocs supported Donald Trump, white evangelicals overwhelmingly supported him, according to exit poll results. 

Why?

One reason is because during every presidential election cycle, right-wing Christians misinterpret Scripture to get people to vote Republican, as if Republican is synonymous with God or Christian.

Another reason is because it is easier to claim morality than to acknowledge one's own racism, hatred and misogyny, and actively fight against them. 

As a Jesus-loving, spirit-filled, black man with a Ph.D., I believe that what some evangelicals supported in this election did not make sense.   

Scripture says that judgment must begin with the household of God, so if we want our nation to heal, then evangelicals need to keep four things in mind:

1. America was first founded on racism and exploitation, not Christian values.

There is nothing Christ-centered about slavery. Period. To persuade people to vote for Trump in the name of "this country was founded on Christian values" is simply wrong. This country was founded on the dehumanization of indigenous peoples who already lived here and on the backs of enslaved Africans. So to say that this is God's nation because of the "founding fathers," who owned enslaved Africans, is misleading.   

2. Jesus is not a Republican or a Democrat.

It amazes me how some evangelicals point to the Republican Party of the 1860s to justify their actions today, as if Republicans did not own enslaved Africans or were not complicit during slavery. Jesus never pledged allegiance to any political party. Rather, Jesus challenged the political, economic and social norms of the times and constantly called to task those with power and advantage. Jesus always sided with those who were systemically oppressed and downtrodden. Today, Jesus would critique Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Democrats, Republicans and all other political parties. However, Jesus would not stop there. To be like Jesus, evangelicals must go beyond what and whom they are against and offer alternative solutions that are truly rooted in Scripture and not political interests.

As Christians, we are all called to do justice with and on behalf of the "least of these," such as the poor, the oppressed, the imprisoned, the widow, and the racially and socially marginalized. Doing justice is not simply a call for more personal responsibility; it calls for a radical transformation of the structures that create these conditions.

3. Evangelicals are not truly pro-life.

If the advocacy for pro-life begins and ends with abortion, then it is not really pro-life. It is a contradiction to be vocal about abortion but silent about police brutality, poverty, mass incarceration and a lack of access to health care that also takes lives. It is sad when evangelicals will pray heaven and earth together to stop abortion, but will look the other way when their sisters and brothers in Christ talk about their lived experiences of racism, hatred and oppression in America. It is also not Christ-like to dehumanize people because of their faith tradition, race, sexuality, gender identity or immigration status. Whether you agree or disagree, we must start from the realization that we were all made in God's image and likeness, and everyone deserves to be treated as a human.

4. Racism functions on many levels, all at the same time, and some evangelicals just supported it.

There is a difference between racism and prejudice. Prejudice is to prejudge someone based on assumptions and limited knowledge. We are all prejudiced. Racism, however, is a system of advantage based on race and whiteness. Although a system, racism also operates on individual, institutional and societal levels. While some people may not engage in overt acts of racial hatred, when they support a candidate who campaigned with ideologies and rhetoric that disadvantage people of color and whom the Ku Klux Klan endorsed, then that is racism.

This is not to condemn evangelicals, but to challenge my fellow Christians to live like the Christ they proclaim. There can be no healing in this nation without acknowledging people's pain and working to remedy that pain — which is what Christ would have wanted all of us to do.

Terrance Green is an assistant professor of educational administration at the University of Texas at Austin.

http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/opinion/2016/11/21/four-things-evangelical-trump-supporters-keep-mind
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Re: Profiles in Courage
« Reply #53 on: December 07, 2016, 05:16:23 pm »
N.Y. Times throws a lifeline to sinking Hamilton Electors movement

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Wednesday Dec 07, 2016 · 12:52 PM EST

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If this were to work, if so called "faithless Electors" were to be faithful to the principles of the Constitution, we can avoid the specter of President Trump alone with Mike Flynn, and perhaps his son who tweets of Hillary's pedo phile ring, deciding among themselves the fate of the world.

Hamilton in Federalist 68 saw Electors as preventing one with: "Talents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity, (which) may alone suffice to elevate a man to the first honors .... but it will require other talents, and a different kind of merit, to establish him in the esteem and confidence of the whole Union (of Electors), or of so considerable a portion of it as would be necessary to make him a successful candidate for the distinguished office of President of the United States. "

Over the last fifty six elections we've never experienced one so brilliantly attuned to popular resentment combined with mastery of the effectiveness of playing the part of a courageous iconoclast - with such rapid-fire fictive calumny that less bombastic media couldn't keep up, nor was the opposition up to the game that was played --- which had little to do choosing the most responsible carrier of the torch of this esteemed position.

This is the exception, the rare event when a chain of accidents requires that those who had become a conduit for the people's choice, revert to what is enshrined in our Constitution. This unique use will not destroy democracy, but preserve it.

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http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/12/7/1608321/-N-Y-Times-throws-a-lifeline-to-sinking-Hamilton-Electors-movement

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There is a certain dark irony to the fact that a system designed to prevent the people from choosing an unqualified demagogue has resulted in the election of an unqualified demagogue not chosen by the people. -- Scott Lemieux

http://prospect.org/article/indefensible-electoral-college

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The fundamental problem reformers face is that the two Electoral College malfunctions in the past 16 years have both benefitted Republicans. Had John Kerry gotten 150,000 more votes in Ohio in 2004, he would have won the presidency without winning the popular vote, and a sequence in which each party got stiffed in turn might have created the necessary bipartisan consensus to change a bad system. But with one party clearly benefitting from the Electoral College, getting rid of it will be impossible.

In the meantime, the Democrats need to emphasize that Donald Trump was not the people’s choice. Paul Ryan has already claimed a mandate for a radical and deepoly unpopular policy agenda. More people voted for Clinton’s agenda, which should be a good reason for Democrats to unite in opposition to put pressure on wavering Republicans in the Senate. The Democratic Party cannot normalize the Trump administration. Trump’s popular vote loss is a perfect way of illustrating his incompatibility with norms of American governance.

The Electoral College, tilting the playing field in favor of a party increasingly hostile to racial minorities has the regrettable effect of shielding it from reform in the next few years.
But Hillary Clinton got more votes than Donald Trump: That is an undisputable and politically significant fact that progressives need to point out to the American public early and often. -- Scott Lemieux

http://prospect.org/article/indefensible-electoral-college

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« Reply #54 on: December 11, 2016, 03:47:09 pm »




 December 11, 2016

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 Protests against Donald Trump's visit to Baltimore to attend the Army Navy game on December 10, 2016 - TRNN's Facebook Live

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« Reply #55 on: December 16, 2016, 02:34:20 pm »
  December 15, 2016

The People's Tribunal on the Iraq War, Day One:

Chris Hedges, the former Middle East bureau chief of the New York Times discusses his reporting on Iraq in the 90's and the horrific human suffering that followed the 2003 invasion.


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« Reply #56 on: January 03, 2017, 09:09:51 pm »


January 3, 2017

"It was out of love that the Black Panther Party was started" 

Executive Producer Eddie Conway  interviews Ericka Huggins at the 50th Anniversary of the Black Panther Party. Huggins is a former political prisoner and was one of the central leaders of The Black Panthers.


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« Reply #57 on: January 04, 2017, 08:19:53 pm »

Dr. Jill Stein covers ALL the bases on the present Duopoly (Democrats+Republicans) Corruption, provides history and explains the solution to each corruption based problem that would open the way for the will of we-the-people to become reality.
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« Reply #58 on: January 17, 2017, 06:49:37 pm »
 


"The Democratic Party Can't Just Whisper Sweet Nothings Anymore" - Nina Turner on RAI (1/4)

Published on Jan 16, 2017

On Reality Asserts Itself, Nina Turner, former Ohio State Senator and leading Bernie Sanders surrogate during the primary, tells host Paul Jay that she grew up poor, believing in the Democratic Party and the Clintons but she came to understand the failure of the Party to serve the needs of the African-American community and poor white workers.
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« Reply #59 on: January 31, 2017, 09:11:07 pm »
   

Agelbert Comment: Governor Scott of  Vermont, a Republican with Principles  :o  ;D, is showing Courage in the face of Trump Fascism. I applaud Governor Scott! 

Scott promises to fight Trump orders

Jan. 31, 2017, 5:10 am by Adam Federman and Morgan True

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RUTLAND — Vermont leaders say they will push back against President Donald Trump’s executive order closing the borders to people from seven Muslim nations.

Republican Gov. Phil Scott, Congressman Peter Welch, D-Vt., and T.J. Donovan, the Vermont attorney general, say the order is immoral and possibly unconstitutional.

Scott issued a strongly worded rebuke of the president’s order suspending the nation’s refugee resettlement program for 120 days and indefinitely barring Syrian refugees from entering the country.

He spoke in Rutland on Monday where up to 100 refugees from Syria and Iraq were to be settled in the coming weeks. Trump’s ban indefinitely halts the resettlement of refugees in Rutland until the federal government determines that their admission is “consistent with the national interest.” The first two families arrived earlier this month, but officials say they may now be the last.

Scott said that he held a special meeting with his Cabinet on Sunday to discuss measures his administration can take to protect the rights of all Vermonters, including refugees.

“We’re going to push back,” Scott said. “I just don’t think it’s right. I don’t think it’s acceptable. It’s not who we are as Vermonters, it’s not who we are as Americans. And I think we should be more accepting. I think this infringes upon our constitutional right.”

Trump’s order bars entry to green card holders from Sudan, Libya, Syria, Iran, Somalia, Iraq and Yemen, all of which are predominantly Muslim countries, from entering the United States for 90 days, during which time the Department of Homeland Security and State Department will review the visa adjudication program.

In a statement issued late afternoon Monday, Scott said his administration would not enter into agreements that ask governors or local officials to carry out immigration enforcement functions. He underscored that law enforcement officials in Vermont would not be asked to perform any duties that “may ultimately be deemed unconstitutional” and also suggested that his office, in coordination with the Vermont Attorney General and other states, would be exploring a legal challenge to the orders under the Fourth Amendment and the 10th Amendment. Scott also called for the creation of a Civil Rights and Criminal Justice Cabinet to review and monitor the Trump administration’s immigration policies.

Scott said the president’s executive order crossed legal and ethical lines, and he took exception to the withholding of federal money from states that refuse to enforce Trump’s new immigration policies.

He applauded federal courts that issued emergency injunctions allowing green card holders to enter the country. The injunctions temporarily prevented the government from deporting refugees and immigrants who had arrived at U.S. airports last weekend.

Scott deflected a question about whether he thought the order was a Muslim ban, as many critics have characterized it, but said that wasn’t the important point.

“I just feel whether you’re Muslim or Christian it doesn’t matter,” Scott said. “We have an obligation to help.”


SNIPPET 2:

Scott Administration Actions

The Scott administration is taking the following steps “to defend and protect the Constitution, and the civil rights and safety of all Vermonters”:


1. The Governor has directed his legal counsel to coordinate with the Vermont Attorney General’s office – and other states – to assess the constitutionality of the executive orders, specifically the impact of the broad policy proclamations contained in the border security and immigration enforcement orders on the Fourth and Tenth Amendments, for the purpose of exploring a legal challenge to the orders.

2. The Governor will immediately convene a Civil Rights and Criminal Justice Cabinet, charged with further review of the Executive Orders. The Civil Rights and Criminal Justice Cabinet will identify areas that are not in compliance with current state or Constitutional law and make recommendations to the Governor. This Cabinet will include the Governor’s legal counsel, Secretary of Human Services, Secretary of Agriculture, Commissioner of Public Safety, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Senate Pro Tem, House Speaker, State’s Attorneys Office Executive Director, Defender General, a mayor designated by the Vermont Mayor’s Coalition, and representative leaders from the Vermont Association of Chiefs of Police, and Vermont Sheriffs’ Association.

3. The Governor will elect not to enter the agreements suggested under the border security and immigration enforcement orders, which ask Governors and local officials to carry out immigration enforcement functions. Further, he will seek legislation and support from lawmakers to prohibit local officials from entering such agreements with the Federal government. This action will not prohibit law enforcement officers’ ability to uphold the law, but it will ensure they are not carrying out additional actions under the executive order that may ultimately be deemed unconstitutional or infringe on the rights of Vermonters or the rights of Vermont as a sovereign State.

 4. The Administration is reaching out to the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security for further clarification on each of these orders, and how they relate to Vermont’s sizable refugee and immigrant populations.

5. The Administration is coordinating with refugee program administrators and stakeholders within impacted industries to keep them informed on its efforts, address concerns, and communicate impact.


https://vtdigger.org/2017/01/31/scott-promises-fight-trump-orders


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jan van eck  12 hours 58 minutes ago

It would appear that Trump’s NSA is rapidly morphing into Kommissariat 5 of the Geheimstadtspolitzei, Ministerium fur Staatssicherheit der DDR. And that will continue until the NSA is abolished, either by the Congress or by a “V” for Vendetta type reaction of the population. You now have some 145,000 personnel doing spying on everyone else, at a cost of some $65 Billion a year of your scarce taxpayer dollars.

So you have to ask yourself: how is it that the nation of Americans, the one social group on the planet that has for centuries so zealously guarded religious liberties going back to the days of Roger WIlliams and Ben Franklin, end up electing someone who seeks to (very rapidly) convert the entire country into an internment camp?   


There is something seriously wrong with this man.   

Leges         Sine    Moribus     Vanae   
Faith,
if it has not works, is dead, being alone.

 

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