Tuesday, November 24, 2015

American Facism update: "Border Strike Force"

Yesterday's Daily Star ran an Associated Press story on its front page about Gov. Doug "Il Duce" Ducey's big plan for a "Border Strike Force".

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said Monday he wants the Legislature to approve "tens of millions of dollars" in new funding for a border security force made up of state police, a move intended to address border smuggling even as immigration and terrorism worries emerge as potent 2016 political issues.

The Republican governor said his new plan to target smuggling along the Arizona border will focus on adding staffing, technology, air assets and highway patrol coverage. He also wants to boost spending on prosecutors, help county jails pay for holding added prisoners and temporarily use Arizona National Guard troops.

The troops, equipment and added staffing will be used by a newly formed Arizona Department of Public Safety unit called the Border Strike Force. ...

But not everyone is on board with Il Duce's move. Take the American Civil Liberties Union for example.

Ducey's plan drew criticism from the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, which called it a "misguided effort that is likely to create more problems than it solves."

"Arizonans have seen time and again that involving state police in U.S. border policies damages the well-being of our communities and the image of our state," ACLU executive director Alessandra Soler said. "Texas has wasted hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars on an initiative similar to Gov. Ducey's proposed 'strike force' that bipartisan critics agree has had little impact, other than to make communities less safe. We should not repeat these failed policies in Arizona."

Some contextual reasons for skepticism

Earlier this year, one of the first things Il Duce pushed was a bill that would have established a police force reporting only to him. I covered that one in a series of posts: 1, 2, 3, and 4.

... This [striker] amendment establishes an office of inspector general reporting only to Il Duce. ...

... basically what we have here is an individual, appointed by and answerable only to Il Duce, with unlimited powers, both investigative and prosecutorial, to do anything Il Duce wants. And the Senate is poised to create that position.

A standard hue and cry from the GOPlins is about waste and fraud. Here that is the cover for an uber-witch-hunter. The parallel to 1930s Nazi Germany is striking and scary.

It will be worth our watch to see if Il Duce resurrects that one in the next session. One thing about GOPlins: once on the hunt they do not give up until they have their prey.

So: pardon my skepticism about the "Border Strike Force." It does appear that Il Duce likes to create police forces.

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