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Wed Jun 3, 2020, 06:39 PM

'Ex-Intelligence Officials Warn We Are Dangerously Close To A Complete Unraveling Of Democracy'

Written by Nancy LeTourneau/Washington Monthly, June 3, 2020. AlterNet.

Less than a week ago, the president launched an attack on social media for fact-checking one of his tweets. Trump claimed that it was a violation of free speech. Nothing captures the dangers we face from this presidency better than that reaction, followed days later by scenes like this one in Kansas City in which a protester was maced and arrested for saying things that offended police officers.

-- What @kcpolice did today was UNFORGIVABLE and UNFORGETTABLE pic.twitter.com/WSmVqeSfIE — shadow clone wesly!*++ (@weslyinfinity) June 1, 2020 --

I’m sure Trump would laud those officers for “dominating” the scene. The president may be backing off his threat to use the military against protesters, but we are traveling dangerously close to a complete unraveling of our democracy. Former intelligence officials are sounding the alarm.



-- The scenes have been disturbingly familiar to CIA analysts accustomed to monitoring scenes of societal unraveling abroad — the massing of protesters, the ensuing crackdowns and the awkwardly staged displays of strength by a leader determined to project authority.
In interviews and posts on social media in recent days, current and former U.S. intelligence officials have expressed dismay at the similarity between events at home and the signs of decline or democratic regression they were trained to detect in other nations.
“I’ve seen this kind of violence,” said Gail Helt, a former CIA analyst responsible for tracking developments in China and Southeast Asia. “This is what autocrats do. This is what happens in countries before a collapse. It really does unnerve me.”--

The question becomes, who will stop Trump when/if he escalates his autocratic tendencies in the run-up to the election in November? Can the country afford to wait and let voters decide?...

Read More, https://www.alternet.org/2020/06/ex-intelligence-officials-warn-we-are-dangerously-close-to-a-complete-unraveling-of-democracy/

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appalachiablue Jun 3 OP
FirstLight Jun 3 #1
soothsayer Jun 3 #2
TxVietVet Jun 3 #3
TxVietVet Jun 3 #4
appalachiablue Jun 3 #5
delisen Jun 3 #6
appalachiablue Jun 3 #7
The Finn Al Analysis Jun 4 #8
appalachiablue Jun 5 #9
Blue_Tires Jun 5 #10

Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Jun 3, 2020, 06:50 PM

1. chilling....and I don't doubt for a hot second he is

DEFINITELY going to pull some shady and scary shit to stop or invalidate the Election. We keep saying this or that about November.

WHat happens if November and Elections DON'T happen?

OR what happens when he refuses to leave if Biden wins?

this is just crazy i can't believe the world I am living in right now

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Jun 3, 2020, 06:51 PM

2. Close like before Nov. close?

Or just “don’t let him have another term” close.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Jun 3, 2020, 07:01 PM

3. The conservanazi repuke

Won’t stop tRump💩.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Jun 3, 2020, 07:11 PM

4. The conservanazi repukes

Won’t stop tRump💩. It’s a power grab. They probably want to look innocent yet they support his overthrow of our government.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Jun 3, 2020, 07:24 PM

5. A deep piece with warnings straight from experts; troubling



Solemn with serious weight.

(If the WM promo infringes, I can remove it. tx).

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Response to appalachiablue (Reply #5)

Wed Jun 3, 2020, 09:01 PM

6. Retired cia types warned us in 2016 also as did Clinton

While the number of people willing to believe has risen exponentially the fact is it has taken 3 and one half years for people to even begin to give up on their false narratives on 2016 and.their.normalization dreams and their unwillingness to confront the reality of Putin in our internal affairs.

The anti democratic forces are not going to give up even if Trump is defeated or removed. The battle for America started even before election 2000 which was a massive victory over the rule of law.

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Response to delisen (Reply #6)

Wed Jun 3, 2020, 09:19 PM

7. A focused, funded mission that started decades ago

>The anti democratic forces are not going to give up even if Trump is defeated or removed. The battle for America started even before election 2000 which was a massive victory over the rule of law.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Thu Jun 4, 2020, 01:37 AM

8. Ya THINK???

 

Oy!

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Fri Jun 5, 2020, 08:16 AM

9. Kick

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Fri Jun 5, 2020, 12:59 PM

10. Don't look at me; I told everyone this was what life under Trump would be...

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