Wow, it is already beginning and it isn’t looking pretty. We are over a month away from our SIC taking office as President. Of course, he had to tweet out about a magazine because he didn’t like a review of his café in his tower. Actually it was a really scathing review of the food there.
Then he tweeted another lie about the Russian Hacking saying it was “never brought up before the election”. If that is true, how come he talked about it during the debates and said he didn’t believe that Russia was involved?
We have the Politburo in the Soviet Socialist State of North Caroline trying to pass laws that will remove powers from the Governor since Chairman Pat lost his reelection bid. State Constitution be damned, if the Chairman loses an election, just change the laws in the middle of the night so his replacement can’t do his job properly. Maintain power is the model for the Soviet Socialist State of North Carolina’s Republican Politburo.
Then there is the whole thing about Freedom of Religion. Or at least the Republican version of the definition of Freedom of Religion. Their version says that only Christians and some Jews are allowed to have Freedom of Religion.
Representative Steve King from New York had an audience with his highness our SIC today. For once it wasn’t someone trying to get a job in his administration. No, he was arguing for the Republican version of Freedom of Religion.
He wanted this meeting to make sure that Donald Trump knows that we need to monitor Muslims. He said:
The main issues I discussed were what we have to do to have the Justice Department and the FBI be more leaning-forward when it comes to investigating Islamic terrorism.
I suggested a program similar to what Commissioner Kelly did here in New York, and that we can’t worry about political correctness.
After 9/11 the New York Police department under Commissioner Ray Kelly, conducted surveillance and undercover operations against Muslims based solely on religion.
Officers in the since-disbanded Demographics Unit infiltrated Muslim student groups, kept track of Muslims who changed their last names, eavesdropped on conversations between Muslims, spied on Muslim-owned businesses, recorded Imam’s sermons, and put undercover officers and informants inside mosques.
King thinks this is forward-leaning. King added that:
Kelly’s surveillance program, which unfortunately the civil liberties union and The New York Times didn’t like … were very effective in stopping terrorism and they really should be a model for the country.
Like his hero our SIC, King isn’t telling the truth. See, after the New York Times revealed the surveillance program and people sued the Department, they were forced to admit in court that their surveillance program resulted in absolutely zero leads into criminal or terrorist activities.
In October 2015 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit reinstated a law suit that had previously been dismissed about the surveillance in a very powerfully worded decision. It compared the NYPD Muslim surveillance program to some of the very worst civil liberties violations in our history. It wrote:
What occurs here in one guise is not new. We have been down similar roads before. Jewish-Americans during the Red Scare, African-Americans during the Civil Rights Movement, and Japanese-Americans during World War II are examples that readily spring to mind. We are left to wonder why we cannot see with foresight what we see so clearly with hindsight—that “loyalty is a matter of the heart and mind, not race, creed, or color.”
During the campaign our SIC called for a Muslim Registry, a ban on Muslim immigration, and surveillance of Mosques. After the attacks in Orlando Trump said:
We need justice, we need vigilance, we need great intelligence-gathering systems, which we don’t have. We had them in New York City, as an example, probably the best in the nation, and the new mayor just broke it all up and disbanded it, he thought it was inappropriate … that was unbelievable, that was one of the best of all systems. We need intelligence gathering like never before.
Funny, but what good would it do to have great intelligence gathering? Trump doesn’t take the daily intelligence briefings now. He says he doesn’t need to listen to them everyday because he is “a smart guy”.
King was asked how Trump took to what he was saying. King said “I was talking and he was nodding”. Hopefully, our SIC was nodding off to sleep and ignoring this clown.
Of course if Trump doesn’t act according to King’s request, he will probably introduce a bill in the House to make it so, and Ryan’s lackies will blindly pass the bill.
Remember the next Intelligence advisor, Mike Flynn, doesn’t believe Islam is a real religion. So, in his mind, and in the mind of our SIC, this surveillance program would be just fine. You can discriminate against someone if you won’t recognize their religion.
Constitution be damned. What “we” want is what counts not what the Constitution says. In the meantime the American Authoritarian Party (GOP) will continue to erode our civil liberties and our democracy. Just look at the Soviet Socialist State of North Carolina. They are writing the handbook on how to do it.