Economics/Class Relations

U.S. whistleblower was pressed to exaggerate leftist role in urban protests, lawyer says

What Vince says here is spot on. There is zero chance the “far-left” carried out a major insurrection in hundreds of cities spontaneously. The leftists’ protests were a side show to the main event. The main thing that most commentators (nearly all of whom are middle-class people)  have missed about recent uprisings is that there is a “third force” that rapidly growing in size and rising is militancy, the urban lumpenproletariat

“America’s Far Left is not big enough or crazy enough to pull of the uprising we experienced over the summer. My assessment is that the urban underclass was the true insurrectionary force that was primarily responsible for burning police stations and looting. This is a population that is not necessarily a part of the far left’s sub-culture, and may or may not have fully formed political opinions or goals. The Far Left provided material and organizational support and street fighting tactics, but their numbers are not big enough to pull off an uprising of the scale and magnitude that we saw. Are your really surprised that every city has that many local people who are poor, young and pissed off at the system? I’m not. You don’t need to ship in Soros funded Antifa to pull off what we saw over the summer. -Vince Rinehart

By ,Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A former acting chief of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s intelligence office has told Congress that DHS leaders pressed him to overstate illegal border crossings from Mexico and overplay the role of far left groups in violence during anti-government protests last summer, his lawyer said.

In testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, former intelligence chief Brian Murphy accused department leadership of urging him to “blame Far Left groups in an exaggerated fashion” for violence during summer protests in Portland, Oregon, according to lawyer Mark Zaid.

In closed-door committee hearings last Friday and Monday, Murphy acknowledged that Far Left protesters were responsible for some of the violence, Zaid said.

In a Sept. 8 whistleblower complaint, Murphy accused President Donald Trump’s acting DHS chief, Chad Wolf, of having told him to hold back on circulating assessments of the threat of Russian interference in the approaching Nov. 3 election in part because it “made the President look bad.” Wolf also asked Murphy to play down U.S. white supremacist activity, the complaint said.


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