Grind for April 17th, 2019
“What an elder sees sitting, the young can’t see standing.”
– Gustave Flaubert
Julian Assange will finally face charges in the US
Federal authorities have been trying to get their hands on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange since 2010, when helped Chelsea Manning hack into a government network.
Assange is also under fire for WikiLeaks’ interference in the 2016 presidential election, namely for releasing thousands of emails hacked from the account of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta.
Assange has been living inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012 to evade extradition to Sweden over sexual misconduct allegations.
He was kicked out of the embassy this week and arrested by local authorities.
The US Justice Department immediately announced charges against Assange and sent an extradition request to London.
The indictment explains how Assange helped Chelsea Manning (a former intelligence analyst for the US Army) hack into a military database containing government reports on:
— The war in Afghanistan
— The war in Iraq
— Guantanamo Bay detainees
— US Department of State communications
Manning downloaded the material (much of which had been considered TOP SECRET) and sent it to WikiLeaks for publication.
Manning was tried and convicted for her crimes; she spent nearly seven years in prison before she was pardoned by President Obama.
President Trump threatens to send thousands of detained immigrants to sanctuary cities
President Trump on Friday threatened to fix the crisis at the southern border by sending illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities.
“Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing illegal immigrants in Sanctuary Cities,” tweeted Trump. “The Radical Left always seems to have Open Borders, Open Arms policy – so this will make them very happy!”
The Trump Administration proposed the same idea last November, when a large migrant caravan arrived at the US/Mexico border, and again in February when Congress refused to provide funding for the border wall.
White House officials said the plan would provide a solution for the lack of detention space at the border and serve as “political retribution” against Democrats. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) rejected the plan as “inappropriate.”
While it is unlikely the Trump Administration will ever be able to legally transfer illegals from the border to sanctuary cities, the threat reminds us of the role sanctuary cities play in the ongoing crisis at the border.
Sanctuary cities are jurisdictions in which local authorities refuse to cooperate with ICE. Proponents argue that such policies protect illegal immigrants from deportation.
In reality, sanctuary cities encourage illegal immigration.
If illegal immigrants know there are big cities in the US where they can live without fear of arrest, of course, they are going to try to get there. Notable sanctuary cities include: Chicago, San Francisco, San Jose, New York City, and Washington, DC.
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