Chad Wolf, the Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, rebuked the activities of left-wing criminal rioters in the city of Portland in a press release issued on Thursday. ANTIFA-affiliated street criminals have rioted for more than 40 consecutive days in the liberal city, causing millions in damages to small businesses and public property and repeatedly attacking a federal courthouse.
“The city of Portland has been under siege for 47 straight days by a violent mob while local political leaders refuse to restore order to protect their city. Each night, lawless anarchists destroy and desecrate property, including the federal courthouse, and attack the brave law enforcement officers protecting it.
A federal courthouse is a symbol of justice – to attack it is to attack America. Instead of addressing violent criminals in their communities, local and state leaders are instead focusing on placing blame on law enforcement and requesting fewer officers in their community. This failed response has only emboldened the violent mob as it escalates violence day after day,” said Secretary Wolf.
Remarkably, the city has opted to blame the federal government for the violence unleashed upon the streets by left-wing riots, with neoliberal mayor Ted Wheeler demanding that U.S. Marshals leave the city or either restrict their presence to the interior of the federal courthouse.
— Mayor Ted Wheeler (@tedwheeler) July 14, 2020
While the Portland Police have been largely called by by liberal city officials hoping to give ANTIFA a free pass, the federal law enforcement presence remains, with agents from a variety of federal agencies continuing to make arrests of violent and destructive left-wing criminals. Seven suspects were arrested in one of the most severe attacks on the Hatfield Federal Courthouse, in which ANTIFA militants deployed the use of crude firework mortar devices against the federal facility.
Wolf went on to slam Portland city officials for their fecklessness in the face of ANTIFA criminality.
“This siege can end if state and local officials decide to take appropriate action instead of refusing to enforce the law. DHS will not abdicate its solemn duty to protect federal facilities and those within them. Again, I reiterate the Department’s offer to assist local and state leaders to bring an end to the violence perpetuated by anarchists.”
Deterrence of criminal activity on the part of left wing rioters in Portland is complicated by a general refusal by county prosecutors to charge leftists arrested by the police for their alleged crimes.
Left-wing rioters continue to engage in street violence and destruction in the city as of Thursday night, escalating the behavior in light of increasing federal scrutiny.
President Trump Announces Planned Ban on Chinese-Owned TikTok App
The app has serious spying concerns.
President Donald Trump announced that he’s preparing to ban the video app TikTok on national security grounds on Friday, citing the concerns over the Chinese app’s connections to Chinese government security, and the potential use of the nominally innocent app to surveil American citizens.
The President had made the announcement on an Air Force One flight to the press pool, later confirming that the media could report on the policy move on the record.
“As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States,” said the President bluntly.
TikTok is a viral video app marketed to teenagers and young adults that allows users to create short and edited videos. It’s frequently used for memes, pranks, and simple political content. It’s owned by Chinese company ByteDance, which is obligated to cooperate with Chinese intelligence services under the laws of China.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had previously spoken of security concerns involving the Chinese app. Microsoft had recently offered to purchase the app from its parent company, but the surveillance and security surrounding it appear to have shelved such a possibility for now.
There are genuine surveillance and data-mining concerns with TikTok, but it’s also probably worth considering that banning the app will allow neoliberal tech monopolies such as Facebook and Apple to share up an even larger share of the demand for platforms designed for similar content.
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