People make jokes about death squads. Such jokes are almost as edgy as those jokes about helicopter rides.
That’s not my imagination, these are things people actually joke about. Nazis are too historical now (for everyone except Victoria Nuland) so they have to make it more relatable by dreaming up a more realistic sort of violence.
And then there were two bits of news about Trump, and some silly people made excited noises about death squads, and now I have to blog about how silly they are.
First item of hearsay:
Donald Trump’s administration is reportedly pushing to erase neo-Nazis and white supremacists from the US government’s counter-extremism programme by moving it to focus exclusively on Islamist terrorism.
American officials briefed on the proposed changes told Reuters the Countering Violent Extremism (DVE) initiative could be renamed to “Countering Radical Islamic Extremism”.
The reclassification would remove its work combating far-right attacks and mass shootings, such as the massacre of black churchgoers in Charleston, which are rarely classified as terrorism by American authorities.
Note that this is just HEARSAY at the moment. Trump did NOT give a public statement to the effect of “Local citizens should organize into Odin-worshiping neighborhood watch gangs.”
Second item of hearsay:
The White House warned Israel on Thursday to cease settlement announcements that are “unilateral” and “undermining” of President Donald Trump’s effort to forge Middle East peace, a senior administration official told The Jerusalem Post.
For the first time, the administration confirmed that Trump is committed to a comprehensive two-state solution to the Israeli- Palestinian conflict negotiated between the parties.
The official told the Post that the White House was not consulted on Israel’s unprecedented announcement of 5,500 new settlement housing units over the course of his first two weeks in office.
“As President Trump has made clear, he is very interested in reaching a deal that would end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and is currently exploring the best means of making progress toward that goal,” the official said.
“With that in mind, we urge all parties to refrain from taking unilateral actions that could undermine our ability to make progress, including settlement announcements,” the official added. “The administration needs to have the chance to fully consult with all parties on the way forward.”
Trump plans to bring up the peace process in his meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House scheduled for February 15.
So a bunch of racist frogs did the vocal track for a new Cybernazi song (linked above) and suddenly the pale folks are wondering whether they can form gangs without the FBI breathing down their necks.
(How can you tell the FBI infiltrator at a militia meeting? He’s the guy who brings the dynamite.)
But wait a minute before you start cutting up your bedsheets. In the first place, both of these items are hearsay.
In the second place, if Trump wanted the FBI to infiltrate white gangs, he is clever enough to broadly hint that white gang formation has his blessing. For that matter, he might be playing eighty-eight-dimensional chess, planning to infiltrate white gangs with a non-FBI force.
As Anons wrote: