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Homeland Security



  • Homeland Security Was Destined to Become a Secret Police Force

    by Masha Gessen

    On behalf of the D.H.S. and its uniformed services, Director Chad Wolf claimed responsibility for the armed presence in Portland. He asserted that his agency was doing exactly what it was created to do. He was right.



  • Federal Agents in Portland Set a Dangerous Precedent

    by Tom Mockaitis

    The sight of armed men in combat fatigues without name tags driving around in unmarked vehicles to detain protestors might have been expected in Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, or the Latin American dictatorships of the 1970s. Such tactics have no place on the streets of an American city in 2020.



  • Could Trump Use DHS to Suppress Voting?

    Trump's ordering of DHS personnel to arrest protesters in Portland should be seen in light of the expiration of a critical 1982 consent decree under which the Republican National Committee has agreed not to deploy law enforcement officers to polling stations. That conduct will no longer be barred in 2020.



  • Todd Miller: The Constitution-Free Zone of our Northern Border

    Todd Miller has researched and written about U.S.-Mexican border issues for more than 10 years. He has worked on both sides of the border for BorderLinks in Tucson, Arizona, and Witness for Peace in Oaxaca, Mexico. He now writes on border and immigration issues for NACLA Report on the Americas and its blog “Border Wars,” among other places. He is at work on his first book, Border Patrol Nation, for the Open Media Series of City Lights Books.Originally posted on TomDispatch.com