DHS is responsible for a number of areas where civil liberties are concerned. It oversees immigration enforcement, as well as, the US response to the border. DHS has been implicated in the monitoring of domestic social movements. It is therefore highly inappropriate that Kelly, given his background of human rights abuses and anti-civil libertarian views, would be named to head the DHS.
In their first official act, the new Baltimore City Council unanimously passed a resolution criticizing President-Elect Donald Trump’s “divisive and scapegoating rhetoric, rooted in hate and prejudice.”
While there are many reasons individuals may be concerned over who President-Elect Donald Trump would pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency, civil liberties may not be the first thing to come to mind.
The Anti-Semitism Awareness Act is an attempt to use real fears about a political climate in which white supremacy is increasingly becoming normalized and made mainstream to enact a longstanding political project aimed at censoring and restricting speech about Israeli policies. As such, the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act must be rejected.
The House passed a passed a provision that raises the specter of Russian “media manipulation” and “disinformation,” and creates a committee to counter such efforts. That raises concerns.
Sessions has a long and documented history of opposing the rights of vulnerable populations, disregarding the First Amendment, and championing torture. As Attorney General, Sessions would be head of the department in charge of overseeing the protections of civil rights and the most powerful law enforcement in the nation. Given his historic hostility to civil liberties this is unacceptable. Sessions was rightfully rejected as a judicial nomination and should be similarly rejected for Attorney General.
The FBI, apparently unsatisfied with the torrent of criticisms they have faced for allegedly intervening in the election, has now decided to pay visits to Muslims-Americans of Afghani and Pakistani national origin in eight states days before the election.
Since the protests at Standing Rock began, police have continuously resorted to heavy handed tactics aimed at crushing dissent. Police have been deployed with military style weapons, in military style gear, and with military style vehicles, such as tanks.