‘Does the Land of the Free Need a KGB?' Yale Expert on Tyranny Condemns Trump's Militarized Federal Police Crackdown in Portland
Added 08-01-20 12:34:03am EST - “'Does the land of the free need a KGB? I would say the answer is no': Yale expert on tyranny Timothy Snyder condemns Trump's militarized crackdown in Portland” - Mediaite.com
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Yale University historian Timothy Snyder condemned President Donald Trump’s militarized federal crackdown on protests in Portland and other U.S. cities, likening the Draconian moves to those of dictators and authoritarian leaders he studied for his book On Tyranny.
Appearing on The 11th Hour with Brian Williams on Friday, Snyder discussed the heavily armed response the Trump administration resorted to in Portland and the shocking images of the violent clashes with protestors, some of whom were snatched off the street by unnamed agents and whisked away in unmarked vans.
“Your book enumerates so much of what we’ve seen, I should hasten to add, before we saw it,” the MSNBC host said, referring to Snyder’s prescient, 2017 book on tyrannical political leaders. “Buildings with the leaders’ name on them, military parades and on and on. It also enumerates the sight we have now seen in Portland, Oregon,” Williams added, before pointing to the camoflauged, combat-style deployment that has ignited bipartisan outrage.
“Yeah. I mean the question is does the land of the free need a KGB? I would say the answer is no,” Snyder replied. “The United States of America does not need a secret police. We do not need a police force which appears without insignia, which doesn’t identify itself, and which pulls random people off the street. That’s the nightmare of an authoritarian or totalitarian state.”
Snyder went on to warn that this kind of conduct by a government can fast descend a slippery slope to other, more extreme provocations and abuses of power.
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