— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) June 28, 2018
Did you see that?
Courtesy of CBS News:
Back in February in the month leading up to Schwab’s resignation, tensions in the San Francisco Bay area were running high over a series of raids carried out by federal agents with ICE. With the guidance of his superiors in Washington D.C., it fell to Schwab to communicate with journalists about those raids. The day before the operations took place, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf warned the community about the operation — a surprise to Schwab.
“She was putting your officers’ lives, potentially, in danger?” Yuccas asked Schwab. “Correct,” he replied.
“We ended up arresting 232, which is 16 percent higher than our highest estimates. So internally, that was considered a success….But what they publicly said was that she let people go,” Schwab said. According to him, that was not true.
He helped craft a statement to the media saying, “Some of them were able to elude us thanks to the mayor’s irresponsible decision.” He was comfortable with that statement, he said, because it included the words “some of.”
“This is a spin statement. This is what every public affairs officer does,” Schwab said.
A week later, Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ language was noticeably different. He said, “ICE failed to make 800 arrests” because of the mayor’s statement. Sessions’ words didn’t sit well with Schwab.
“Completely false…that made me extremely uncomfortable,” Schwab said.
When reporters asked him to clarify the discrepancy, Schwab said he was instructed by his superiors in Washington to simply refer to the original statement he drafted without disputing Sessions’ version of events.
“After they failed to correct it – it’s a flat-out lie. They know it’s a lie. It was just shocking to me that no one wanted to fix that,” Schwab said.
Schwab went on to say that he could no longer in food conscience work for an organization that was okay with lying to the public.
He was in the process of explaining all of that when the agents came to the door.
And if that did not conjure up images of the Gestapo from every World War 2 movie that you have ever seen, then I do not know what would.
Recently more than a dozen ICE agents signed a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen calling to eliminate ICE and shift its work to another bureau.
That is ICE agents themselves recognizing that their organization is out of control.
Senator Kirstin Gillibrand became the first sitting senator to call for the elimination of ICE:
In an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, the New York Democrat was asked whether she agreed with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who defeated 10-term incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) in a primary Tuesday while running on a platform to fully shut down ICE.
“Well, I agree with it. I don’t think ICE today is working as intended,” Gillibrand said, referring to Ocasio-Cortez’s platform.
I do not think that anything is going to change while Trump is in office after all the Gestapo did not disband until the Nazi were defeated, but calling these organizations out publicly will make it a lot easier to deal with them once the real freedom loving Americans gain back control of this country.