It is pretty well established that Portland, OR, has decided that it would rather look like a scene from the old Mad Max movies — albeit with emaciated, black-clad, and imbecilic characters — than anything one would see in the civilized world. Portland cops, who have coddled and protected the Antifa and black bloc thugs for about four years, are either too cowardly, scooped, or emasculated to do anything about it.
For several nights, these hoodlums have tried to attack the federal courthouse in Portland and have been resisted by federal officers from ICE and Border Patrol. Though these ill-bred and unwashed thuglets are portrayed by their fanbois and enablers as “peaceful” demonstrators, they are anything but. Their lack of physical ability and any conception of planning while attacking the federal building might seem laughable, but they are becoming more and more violent.
This is footage from last night at SW 3/Main. Some fires were lit in the area and streets were blocked. Most criminal acts were directed at the Federal Courthouse and Federal Officers made several arrests. pic.twitter.com/TKc8BLnglR
— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) July 11, 2020
— U.S. Attorney Oregon (@USAO_OR) July 13, 2020
For the past several days, the extreme, anti-American left has been obsessed with the increasingly effective measures taken by federal law enforcement agencies to suppress the active and local-government-encouraged riots that have been a nightly activity in Portland, OR, for over a month. (See Portland’s Mayor Tries to Blame Trump for Riots, Gets Fact-Checked In Real Time and Portland Antifa Tries to Wreak Havoc Again, Gets an Assist From Conspiracy-Spreading Dems and Media.)
Part of the effectiveness comes from the increasing aggressiveness on the part of federal law enforcement and their willingness to treat these people for what they are, that is, domestic terrorists. They are foiling attacks, and they are using classic cuff-’em-and-stuff-’em tactics.
This morning Trump threatened to send federal officers into cities.
Except it’s not just a threat. It’s already happening in Portland and it’s not making national news for some reason.
This is last night 👇🏻 and it’s been happening for over a week now.pic.twitter.com/FZTpbwKg4L
— Joshua Potash (@JoshuaPotash) July 15, 2020
— Dan Friedman (@dfriedman33) July 17, 2020
— Dan McCarthy (@DanMcKATU) July 16, 2020
Naturally, in the eyes of the ACLU, this assault on insurrection and sedition cannot stand, and they’ve filed a lawsuit to prevent federal agents from interfering with the activities of ‘journalists’ and ‘legal observers’ near the scenes of violent attacks on federal facilities.
Breaking: ACLU files lawsuit against Department of Homeland Security agents and US Marshals deployed in Portland, seeking a temporary restraining order to block them from assaulting press and legal observers. ACLU says it's the first of many suits https://t.co/idUUY9ouYf pic.twitter.com/rrBDMSkMAP
— CJ Ciaramella (@cjciaramella) July 17, 2020
If you click-through the lawsuit, the ACLU has offered this helpful hint on how federal authorities — because there are no apparent state or local authorities on the job in Portland — can sort out the ‘journalists’ and ‘legal observers’ from mere Antifa and black bloc trash
3. To facilitate the federal agents’ identification of Journalists protected under this injunction, the following shall be considered indicia of being a Journalist: visual identification as a member of the press, such as by carrying a professional or authorized press pass or wearing a professional or authorized press badge or distinctive clothing that identifies the wearer as a member of the press. These indicia are not exclusive, and a person need not exhibit every indicium to be considered a Journalist under this injunction. The federal agents shall not be liable for unintentional violations of this injunction in the case of an individual who does not carry a press pass or wear a press badge or distinctive clothing that identifies the wearer as a member of the press.
4. To facilitate the federal agents’ identification of Legal Observers protected under this injunction, the following shall be considered indicia of being a Legal Observer: wearing a National Lawyers’ Guild issued or authorized Legal Observer hat (typically a green NLG hat) or wearing a blue ACLU issued or authorized Legal Observer vest.
It doesn’t take a legal mastermind to see the fallacy here. You can bet the next mob that shows up will be 50% ‘journalists’ and 50% ‘legal observers’ as there is no feasible way to control the issuance of these bogus credentials.
The odds are that the ACLU will win the first round as an Obama-appointed judge who used to be both a partner in Perkins Coie and an ACLU volunteer lawyer is overseeing the case.
Today, U.S. District Judge Michael Simon agreed to let attorneys for ACLU add U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Marshals Service as defendants in their lawsuit alleging police are targeting journalists and legal observers covering protest in Portland pic.twitter.com/MgHBwhqwkJ
— Rebecca Ellis (@Rjaellis) July 17, 2020
Until then, I hope the feds continue to harass and interdict these clowns by every legal and colorably legal means they can dream up.