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    DOJ Wants to Suspend Constitutional Rights During Coronavirus Emergency

    https://www.rollingstone.com/politic...avirus-970935/

    The Department of Justice has secretly asked Congress for the ability to detain arrested people “indefinitely” in addition to other powers that one expert called “terrifying”
    The Trump Department of Justice has asked Congress to craft legislation allowing chief judges to indefinitely hold people without trial and suspend other constitutionally-protected rights during coronavirus and other emergencies, according to a report by Politico’s Betsy Woodruff Swan.

    While the asks from the Department of Justice will likely not come to fruition with a Democratically-controlled House of Representatives, they demonstrate how much this White House has a frightening disregard for rights enumerated in the Constitution.

    The DOJ has requested Congress allow any chief judge of a district court to pause court proceedings “whenever the district court is fully or partially closed by virtue of any natural disaster, civil disobedience, or other emergency situation,” according to draft language obtained by Politico. This would be applicable to “any statutes or rules of procedure otherwise affecting pre-arrest, post-arrest, pre-trial, trial, and post-trial procedures in criminal and juvenile proceedings and all civil processes and proceedings.” They justify this by saying currently judges can pause judicial proceedings in an emergency but that new legislation would allow them to apply it “in a consistent manner.”
    And so it begins...
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    COVID-19 as a Reichstag Fire

    DOJ seeks new emergency powers amid coronavirus pandemic - POLITICO - "One of the requests to Congress would allow the department to petition a judge to indefinitely detain someone during an emergency."
    The Justice Department has quietly asked Congress for the ability to ask chief judges to detain people indefinitely without trial during emergencies — part of a push for new powers that comes as the coronavirus spreads through the United States.

    Documents reviewed by POLITICO detail the department’s requests to lawmakers on a host of topics, including the statute of limitations, asylum and the way court hearings are conducted. POLITICO also reviewed and previously reported on documents seeking the authority to extend deadlines on merger reviews and prosecutions.
    Tim Mak on Twitter: "ALERT: "The Justice Department has quietly asked Congress for the ability to ask chief judges to detain people indefinitely without trial during emergencies — part of a push for new powers that comes as the coronavirus spreads through the United States." https://t.co/LDhEIJtbH1" / Twitter
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    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter: "Absolutely not. https://t.co/buaiiU92Xk" / Twitter


    Seems like the Reichstag fire and the Patriot Act all over again.

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    What took them so long? Republicans must really be in disarray if it's taken them this long to abuse a national emergency to give their party and their king even more authoritarian powers.
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    The trouble is the election in November. The GOP has shown us they are very much willing to give it the middle finger and let Congress vote in a contested election.

    That is the biggest threat at the moment.

    That and Ohio has given the Chief Supreme Court Justice the power to dictate changes in law.

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    So they should simply not arrest anyone? The normal protections assume a working court system, with courts shutting down what are they supposed to do??

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    How is this relevant to the thread?
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    What makes me more suspicious is when reporters use terms like “quietly” to imply it was done clandestinely.

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    What alarms me, is that the Trump regime already has the power to hasten or delay the peak level of the pandemic in the US, and I fear they will make every effort to make it coincide with the election in November, at the cost of millions if not tens of millions of lives.
    How?

    Read this

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angry Floof View Post
    How is this relevant to the thread?
    The EARN IT Bill Is the Government’s Plan to Scan Every Message Online

    https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2020/0...message-online

    Good timing to ram this through which would otherwise get HUUUGGGEEE pushback.

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