© 2020 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Democratic mayor of Chicago, Lori Lightfoot, said she would welcome federal help to fight crime, but wants no part of what she's seen on the streets of Portland. Claim: Operating under orders from U.S. President Donald Trump in summer 2020, federal agents used unmarked vehicles to "kidnap" Portland protesters and did not identify themselves as law en… Anyone see how many they have hired? Erik Prince’s notorious company Blackwater has gone through name changes and iterations since their out of control antics when Bush 43 was … ", WEB EXTRA COMMENTARY: Christopher David: "Our city has been turned into a war zone intentionally", Even Portland's Democratic mayor, Ted Wheeler, who does not want these federal agents in his city, got hit with tear gas. I had no idea what these guys were capable of. Trump using 'personal military' in Portland, 'not the intent of DHS,' House Armed Services chairman says Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash. says use of federal agents in Portland 'only ramps up tensions' Copyright © 2020 CBS Interactive Inc.All rights reserved. Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan also defended the use of BORTAC in Portland, saying the officers have been trained in riot control. It's transparently a political exercise. All run by Democrats. They are under the command of Acting Director of Homeland Security Chad Wolf. "It is probably on the borderlines of legal," Rosenzweig replied. "These officers are not military; they are civilian police officers," said Wolf. What do you mean?".
"I needed to stay as calm as possible. "Never have I seen it before where the federal government has imposed its will on the state and says, 'We're going to do this mission whether you want us here or not,'" said Paul Rosenzweig, who served in the Department of Homeland Security under Republican President George W. Bush. Cookies help us deliver our Services. Wolf described the targets of … Martin asked, "What does it do to the image and reputation of the Department of Homeland Security? As Portland's protests continued in the aftermath of George Floyd's death, the Trump administration moved in to protect federal buildings from vandals. Claim: A patch on law enforcement officers in Portland is for “ZTI solutions, a PRIVATE contractor.” Share this article. For that, Prince kept his mouth shut. "We're looking at Chicago, too, and we're looking at New York," Mr. Trump said. Federal police strike protester with baton, use pepper spray and tear gas outside courthouse in Portland pic.twitter.com/VX2xTVaaYq, "They kept hitting me, and he eventually hit my hand and broke it," David said. ", "This incident is going to do lasting damage to the department," Rosenzweig said. "Never did we contemplate that they would actually be used against American citizens. Black River Water Security Mercenaries Portland, Betsy Devos Brother Erik Prince A fact sheet posted on the official website of DHS states that the agency uses “13,000 contract staff to conduct security screenings at federal buildings.” About 1,000 are police officers, criminal investigators, and law enforcement security officers. #Gestapo trends as Oregon leaders condemn 'shadowy forces' invading Portland: 'We don't need their help' The unexplained arrests began after Trump said the government planned to 'quell' nightly protests outside the federal courthouse and Multnomah … Same with Portland. Is it legal?". Fact check: Federal agents in Portland are not mercenaries provided by Erik Prince Chelsey Cox, USA TODAY 8/5/2020 US Coronavirus: Several regions sound alarm as … Story produced by Mary Walsh. Federal officers on the streets of Portland. They reminded me of the guys from Blackwater, or whatever the hell it’s known as these days. Rosenzweig said, "The acting secretary has chosen to essentially declare war on a segment of the American populace. All run by very liberal Democrats.". ", Acting DHS chief Wolf, who traveled to Portland to inspect the damage, said it is all about protecting federal property. September 23, 2020 by Leave a Comment. Watch CBS News anytime, anywhere with the our 24/7 digital news network. Stream CBSN live or on demand for FREE on your TV, computer, tablet, or smartphone. 29 29 29 I have been reading, here … The agents in Portland look like soldiers, but in fact they are members of the Border Patrol far from their usual missions of going after drug smugglers along the Mexican border. Any way to find out? Video of men in camouflage snatching a protester off the streets of Portland, Oregon, set off a pandemic of confusion and outrage – confusion about who these men are, and outrage at President Trump's threat to do the same in other cities.
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