11th November 2006
As much as the title may seem like a hyperbole, it isn't. And before anyone goes calling out concentration camps as being an incorrect word for a centre where refugees or illegal immigrants are retained in an enclosed space - that is literally the definition of a concentration camp
a camp where persons (such as prisoners of war, political prisoners, or refugees) are detained or confined
Now, the 'detention centres', as the administration so painterly calls them, are hardly new. Refugees and immigrants have been detained by the United States Immigration & Customs Enforcement for years, but in recent years, the situation has gotten... Quite a bit worse. Aside from ICE arresting US citizens and threatening them with deportation, they've also started seperating children from their parents, locking them in mass cells and mocking them as they cry for their parents.
Perhaps not unrelated, today the United States also announced it was immediately withdrawing from the United Nations Human Rights Council, citing its "anti-Israel bias". Of note is that the UNHRC has made numerous attempts at condemning Israels settlements in Palestine and their general disdain for human rights, all of which have been vetoed by the United States.
Happy Tuesday, everyone!
Faktrl is Best Pony
10th September 2007
This is like a bad dream or a cautionary documentary. It's a good thing booze is cheap.
"I'd shush her zephyr." ~ Zephyr.
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6th April 2000
This is surreal. trump is trying to turn the US into Russia with a sprinkle of oppressive Nazi ideals.
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Dr. Professor Logic, PhD.
11th November 2003
This post I saw on a reddit thread gives a haunting yet accurate summation of what's going on, I'm sharing it without editting as I'm in a rush, but it's stuck with me all morning, and I have it saved and readily available:
Trump is testing us to see how far we will let him go. He wants us to accept, expect, or even applaud this kind of treatment for any group dehumanized in his white supremacist rants.
> Each act, each occasion, is worse than the last, but only a little worse. You wait for the next and the next. You wait for one great shocking occasion, thinking that others, when such a shock comes, will join with you in resisting somehow.
> But the one great shocking occasion, when tens or hundreds or thousands will join with you, never comes. That’s the difficulty. If the last and worst act of the whole regime had come immediately after the first and smallest, thousands, yes, millions would have been sufficiently shocked — if, let us say, the gassing of the Jews in ’43 had come immediately after the ‘German Firm’ stickers on the windows of non-Jewish shops in ’33. But of course this isn’t the way it happens. In between come all the hundreds of little steps, some of them imperceptible, each of them preparing you not to be shocked by the next. Step C is not so much worse than Step B, and, if you did not make a stand at Step B, why should you at Step C? And so on to Step D.
> And one day, too late, your principles, if you were ever sensible of them, all rush in upon you... [I]n my case my little boy, hardly more than a baby, saying ‘Jewish swine,’ collapses it all at once, and you see that everything, everything, has changed and changed completely under your nose.
> Now you live in a system which rules without responsibility even to God. The system itself could not have intended this in the beginning, but in order to sustain itself it was compelled to go all the way.
-- Milton Mayer, "They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933-45", [excerpt](http://press.uchicago.edu/Misc/Chicago/511928.html)
Everyone with any human decency must oppose this.
Jen Hoffman provides an ["Americans of Conscience" weekly checklist](https://jenniferhofmann.com/home/weekly-action-checklist-democrats-independents-republicans-conscience/) of meaningful actions one can take.
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