In my last post I mentioned that President Trump has threatened to send federal troops against civilian protesters. He has now carried out that threat. From Daily Kos:
…Trump and his Homeland Security chief Chad Wolf have not only deployed unmarked forces, they’re also snatching people off the streets without cause and effectively interrogating them. Take Mark Pettibone, a 29-year-old, who was kidnapped by these secret Gestapo-like forces while he was walking home from a peaceful protest in the wee hours Wednesday morning. Though he had done nothing wrong, men in green military fatigues jumped out of an unmarked van, descended on him, apprehended him, drove him to a federal courthouse, then eventually read him his Miranda rights and asked if he would waive those rights to answer some questions. When he said he wouldn’t, they let him go. No explanation. No identification.
These unidentified federal police also shot a peaceful protester in the head.
I have to say I’m surprised. I didn’t think actual military force against civilian dissenters would occur until after Trump got reelected. Apparently I was too optimistic.