The Pardu

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Sunday, December 25, 2016

The Daily GOP Ignominious: Houston We Have A Problem: "Your Papers Please?"

Why would the Trump transition team want the names of federal officials working on countering extreme terrorism? 

Why request the names of officials working issues related to climate change. 

Moreover and far more seriously, why request the names officials in the State Department working on issues related to women's equality? 

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se·cret po·lice
  1. a police force working in secret against a government's political opponents.

Houston, we have a serious problem; and Trump isn't even sitting in the White House!

Reuters is reporting (my copy via AOL) on the request.

AOL Excerpt
In a Dec. 9 email seen by Reuters, Trump representatives at the State Department sought a list of positions in the counterterrorism bureau's office of countering violent extremism.

"Please indicate names of people serving in those roles and status (political or career)," the email said, referring to political appointees and career civil servants.

.....Three U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said a similar request had been made to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In that case, the Trump transition team asked for the names of members of an interagency task force on countering violent extremism that the Obama administration established in January, the officials said.
Interestingly enough, this isn't the first such request from Trump's henchmen. Two days ago the team requested information of officials working on women's equality issues.

The Washington Post
The Trump transition team instructed the State Department to turn over all information Wednesday about “gender-related staffing, programming, and funding,” setting off alarm bells among those who fear that the new administration is going to purge programs that promote women’s equality along with the people who work on them. 
Only a week after being embroiled in a controversy over collecting information on Energy Department climate change officials, the Trump team seems to be at it again. On Wednesday morning, the State Department leadership sent out what’s called a “Flash Transition Tasker” to a long list of offices and bureaus. This official request mandated that all State Department offices provide to the Trump team by 5 p.m. Wednesday full reports on the positions and programs at the State Department dedicated to promoting a range of women’s and gender issues around the world.
We are seeing a wealth of acts from the Trump cabal which seem to match what some might say is Putinian secret police profile building. Why would any president-elect's team make such requests? I have yet to read any information which helps with understanding such requests. 

On another front, during a period when it seems every utterance or thought from Putin is echoed by trump, a noted Russian historian, and professor and granddaughter of the former Soviet Union Leader Nikita Kruschev recently shared a perspective on the Trump election; a first-hand perspective from Moscow.


The Raw Story piece is a great read.

Houston, we have a problem!

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