What Are Your Neighbors Up To?

Did you see this story in the news? From OPB.org:

In the early hours of July 15, after a night spent protesting at the Multnomah County Justice Center and Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse, Mark Pettibone and his friend Conner O’Shea decided to head home.

It had been a calm night compared to most protesting downtown. By 2 a.m. law enforcement hadn’t used any tear gas and, with only a few exceptions, both the Portland Police Bureau and federal law enforcement officers had stayed out of sight.

A block west of Chapman Square, Pettibone and O’Shea bumped into a group of people who warned them that people in camouflage were driving around the area in unmarked minivans grabbing people off the street.

“So that was terrifying to hear,” Pettibone said.

They had barely made it half a block when an unmarked minivan pulled up in front of them.

“I see guys in camo,” O’Shea said. “Four or five of them pop out, open the door and it was just like, ‘Oh shit. I don’t know who you are or what you want with us.’”

Federal law enforcement officers have been using unmarked vehicles to drive around downtown Portland and detain protesters since at least July 14. Personal accounts and multiple videos posted online show the officers driving up to people, detaining individuals with no explanation of why they are being arrested, and driving off.

Wow, that’s pretty chilling, huh? Plain clothes government operatives, yanking people off the street in the middle of the night. That sounds like East Germany.

Officers from the U.S. Marshals Special Operations Group and Customs and Border Protection’s BORTAC, have been sent to Portland to protect federal property during the recent protests against racism and police brutality.

BORTAC? Really, BORTAC?

From Wikipedia:

BORTAC headquarters is co-located with its training unit at Biggs Army Airfield, within Fort Bliss U.S. Army base in El Paso, Texas.

Yup, those are our neighbors.

They’re just following orders, right?

Where have we heard that before?

10 comments

  1. WTAF?! I gotta wonder about any American citizen who would follow orders to pull this kind of shit? I guess what we have here is final proof that the dumbing of America is complete (as if the election of that son of a bitch in the white house wasn’t already, huh?).

  2. I feel that El Paso will be ground zero for a race war it is already in a Federal containment zone and relatively Isolated from other major cities. El Paso was tested on August 3rd of last year, and instead of righteous indignation and protest we gathered and prayed displaying that we will meekly accept the Hobnailed boot of oppression on our very backs and do as we’re told.

    1. Can they be antifa fascists?

      “Whatever it takes” is a fascist battle cry.

      Are the protestors the sturmabteilung, or is it the guys in the uniforms bundling citizens into minivans? The protestors are the resistance to government violating constitutional limits. LIke due process. Reasonable cause. I guess we know which side you’re on.

      But I guess whatever it takes. Whatever mental gymnastics it takes to support your worldview.

  3. When I saw the video I was reminded of Chile/Pinochet and Argentina’s military juntas, both supported by US. This alarms me. It seems that the chickens are coming home to roost.

  4. What a bunch of dumba*ses you are. The arrests were made by federal officials, BORTAC, says in the article. Go paint the side of the federal courthouse and see what happens to you.

    Donald Trump broke every one of you, your minds are gone.

    1. In the middle of the night? Federal officials dressed to disguise who they are? In unmarked vehicles? In large numbers? Carrying automatic weapons? Your boy, donnie, may have broken something, but it ain’t the people who dare to speak out against this insanity!

  5. I mean…I just think only the police and military should have guns. ?

    I don’t know so I won’t assume, but are you aware Barack Obama authorized this in 2012 as a DHS directive, and he executed similar policies against far less violent people? Maybe y’all are aware of Obama’s actions in enabling these powers.

    The executive branch needs to be have a lot of it’s powers culled. That are self destruction is inevitable.

    1. Now I’m confused.

      Are you saying it’s okay because Obama did it too?

      Look, Mr. Santiago, the Republican party left your ideology and you went chasing after them. I have to think that you’re not that ideological. Maybe you have political ambitions.

      I’m not a Democrat and I’m not a Republican. I think that out of the last four presidential elections, I voted for a third party candidate three times. In El Paso, I vote in the Democrat primary because that’s the one that counts.

      And now look at you. You can’t even say that it’s not cool for anonymous federal forces to force innocent bystanders into unmarked minivans in the middle of the night. You have to say that the “commies deserved it”.

      Really?

      Rand Paul condemned it. But I guess you have to toe the line and salute the flag. Party before country.

      I expect better from you.

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