Good Americans

Don’t rejoice in his defeat, you men.
For though the world stood up and stopped the bastard,
The bitch that bore him is in heat again.

Bertolt Brecht

Herr Twitler signed an executive order Friday instituting “extreme vetting” of refugees, aimed at keeping out “radical Islamic terrorists.”

“I’m establishing a new vetting measure to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America,” Twitler said during his signing of the order. “We don’t want them here. We want to make sure we are not admitting into our country the very threats our soldiers are fighting overseas.”

In German media, it was German citizens who were targeted for extinction by a vast international conspiracy. Hitler portrayed the Holocaust as a ttwitlerdefensive act, a necessary move to destroy the Jews before they destroyed Germany. Joseph Goebbels, Minister of Propaganda, and Otto Dietrich’s Press Office translated this vision into a coherent cautionary narrative, which the Nazi propaganda machine disseminated into the recesses of everyday life.

A Massachusetts man was charged with hate crimes after he threatened an airline worker at Kennedy International Airport who was wearing a head scarf, kicked her and told her “Twitler is here now” and “he will get rid of all of you,” officials said on Thursday.

In Istanbul, during a stopover on Saturday, passengers reported that security officers had entered a plane after everyone had boarded and ordered a young Iranian woman and her family to leave the aircraft.

An official message to all American diplomatic posts around the world provided instructions about how to treat people from the countries affected: “Effective immediately, halt interviewing and cease issuance and printing” of visas to the United States.

How do I get back home now?” said Daria Zeynalia, a green card holder who was visiting family in Iran. He had rented a house and leased a car, and would be eligible for citizenship in November. “What about my job? If I can’t go back soon, I’ll lose everything.”

Shortly after noon on Saturday, Hameed Khalid Darweesh, an interpreter who worked on behalf of the United States government in Iraq, was released. After nearly 19 hours of detention, Mr. Darweesh began to cry as he spoke to reporters, putting his hands behind his back and miming handcuffs.

“What I do for this country? They put the cuffs on,” Mr. Darweesh said. “You know how many soldiers I touch by this hand?

On Friday, which was International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Herr Twitler issued an executive order to the Department of Homeland Security that now requires it to publish a list of “criminal actions” by immigrants on a weekly basis.

The order makes no distinction whatsoever between documented and undocumented immigrants.

Twitler wants Americans to hear Mexican-sounding and Middle-Eastern sounding names associated with criminal activity every single week.

As he signed the order, Twitler read out the names of US citizens murdered by illegal immigrants.

The Nazi paper The Criminal Jew published photos of Jewish people who had committed crimes. A Nazi directive to the German press declared, “Jews are criminal by disposition. The Jews are not a nation like other nations but bearers of hereditary criminality.”

On the day that Herr Twitler signed an executive action limiting immigration and refugees from war-torn nations, one man is trying to humanize the people whose lives are lost or saved by those decisions.

Russel Neiss created the @Stl_Manifest twitter account to recount the fate of passengers on the St. Louis, a ship that fled Nazi Germany in 1939 with more than 900 Jews seeking refuge in Cuba and, then, Miami. The ship was turned away, returned to Europe and more than 250 of its passengers died at German hands.

“When we say we remember and when we say ‘never again,’ it’s important to actually remember and mean ‘never again,’ ” Neiss said. “We talk about refugees in the abstract. But these are real people whose lives hang in the balance. When we say no refugees allowed, there are real lives here—women, children, men.”

As he waited inside the Delta Sky Lounge at Terminal 2, he approached an employee in her office. She was wearing a hijab.

“Are you fucking sleeping? Are you praying? What are you doing?” Rhodes said to the employee before punching the door, which hit the back of the employee’s chair.

When the employee asked what she’d done to Rhodes to make him angry, he responded: “You did nothing, but I am going to kick your ass.”

Twitler’s executive order on immigration quickly reverberated through the United States and across the globe on Saturday, slamming the border shut for an Iranian scientist headed to a lab in Boston, an Iraqi who had worked as an interpreter for the United States Army, and a Syrian refugee family headed to a new life in Ohio, among countless others.

Reports rapidly surfaced Saturday morning of students attending American universities who were blocked from getting back into the United States from visits abroad. One student said in a Twitter post that he would be unable to study at Yale. Another who attends the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was refused permission to board a plane. Stanford University was reportedly working to help a Sudanese student return to California.

Human rights groups reported that legal permanent residents of the United States who hold green cards were being stopped in foreign airports as they sought to return from funerals, vacations or study abroad—a clear indication that Herr Twitler’s directive is being applied broadly.

Twitler’s order indefinitely blocks refugees from war-torn Syria from entering the U.S. and suspends all refugee admissions for 120 days while the administration determines which hitler-smilingcountries pose the least risk.

Admission will resume only after vetting has been deemed to be “adequate” by the secretary of State, the secretary of Homeland Security and the Director of National Intelligence. The U.S. already has the most stringent vetting system for refugees in the world, with the screening process taking 18-24 months on average.

Twitler’s order Friday also imposes a 90-day ban on entry to the U.S. for visitors hailing from “countries of particular concern” when it comes to terrorism. The ban would apply to seven Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Iraq.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security told Reuters on Saturday morning that Twitler’s executive order will, in fact, stop green card holders from seven countries from returning to the United States if they travel abroad. “It will bar green card holders,” the spokeswoman said.

Almost 500,000 people from the seven countries have received green cards in the past decade, allowing them to live and work in the United States indefinitely.

Said Stephen Legomsky, a former chief counsel to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services under President Obama: “It’s extraordinarily cruel.”

The St. Louis stopped close enough to Florida to see the city’s lights, and it sent a cable to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who never responded. Instead, the passengers on the Saint Louis were told, by a State Department telegram, that they must “await their turns on the waiting list and qualify for and obtain immigration visas before they may be admissible into the United States.”

The passengers returned to Europe, where they were taken in by several different nations. Of the 532 passengers trapped in Western European countries overrun by German forces, 254 died, many in concentration camps.

After Herr Twitler signed two sweeping executive orders on immigration on Wednesday, most of the attention was on his plans to build a wall along the border with Mexico and to hold back money from “sanctuary cities.” But the most immediate effect may come from language about deportation priorities that is tucked into the border wall order. It offers an expansive definition of who is considered a criminal—a category of people Herr Twitler has said he would target for deportation.

Herr Twitler’s order focuses on anyone who has been charged with a criminal offense, even if it has not led to a conviction. He also includes, according to language in the order, anyone who has “committed acts that constitute a chargeable criminal offense,” meaning anyone the authorities believe has broken any type of law—regardless of whether that person has been charged with a crime. Finally, he allows the targeting of anyone who “in the judgment of an immigration officer” poses a risk to either public safety or national security.

The order defines criminal loosely, and includes anyone who has crossed the border illegally—which is a criminal misdemeanor.

Experts say the descriptions include virtually every person in the country illegally.

disappearingpageTwo pages on the State Department website that chronicled the “myths and facts” about refugees have been removed.

On Friday, Herr Twitler issued an executive order banning Syrian refugees from entering the country.

The two web pages, one titled “Myths and Facts on Refugees, Migration, and Humanitarian Assistance,” and the other “Myths and Facts: Resettling Syrian Refugees,” had been removed as of Friday.

The fate of a Syrian refugee family bound for resettlement here hung on the stroke of a pen by Herr Twitler on Friday.

The family—two parents and four children ages 6 through 15—were scheduled to fly from a refugee camp in Turkey on Monday and arrive in Cleveland Tuesday afternoon, according to Danielle Drake, community relations manager for the local branch of the US Together refugee resettlement agency. However, those plans had to be scrapped after Twitler signed an executive order limiting refugee immigration.

Drake said the agency was notified that the Syrian family was coming on Jan. 13, and went ahead to secure for them an apartment to rent in a duplex in Cleveland where another Syrian refuge family already lives. The landlord, Jay Mitre, speaks Arabic and has rented to many previous refugees, according to Drake.

“It was going to be really perfect,” she said.

The family fled Syria in 2014 and has been in a refugee camp ever since.

Two of Neiss’ grandparents fled the Holocaust in Europe, eventually gaining citizenship in the United States.

“It’s through the generosity of this country that I’m here today,” he said.

Neiss said he picked the St. Louis and its passengers because of its connection to America.

“We’re the good guys. We’re the ones who are supposed to be protecting people.”

Danielle Drake told the newspaper that Herr Twitler’s ban reminded her of when the United States turned away Jewish refugees during World War II. “All those times that people said, ‘Never again,’ well, we’re doing it again,” she said.

Shadi Heidarifar, a philosophy student recently admitted to New York University, said in a message on Twitter that she had spent three years applying to universities in the United States.

“I had to work to save money, gather documents. The application fees were so expensive that a whole family could live for a month” on them, Ms. Heidarifar wrote. When she was accepted recently, she was elated. “But now my entire future is destroyed in one second.”

This is ridiculous,” said Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.). “I guess I understand what his intention is, but unfortunately the order appears to have been rushed through without full consideration. You know, there are many, many nuances of immigration policy that can be life or death for many innocent, vulnerable people around the world.”

Dent, who represents a large Syrian community in the Allentown area, said he was contacted Saturday by a constituent who had family members turned away early in the morning at Philadelphia International Airport. Six family members who had secured visas and even bought a house in Pennsylvania arrived on a Qatar Airways flight but were returned back within hours, he said.

Dent called on the Twitler administration to halt immediately action on the order.

“This family was sent home despite having all their paperwork in order,” Dent continued, “so this 90-day ban could imperil the lives of this family and potentially others, and it’s unacceptable, and I urge the administration to halt enforcement of this order until a more thoughtful and deliberate policy can be reinstated.”

But Rhodes still followed her, then got down unnamed-42on his knees and began to bow down, mimicking a Muslim prayer, and shouted, “Fuck Islam, Fuck ISIS, Twitler is here now. He will get rid of all of you. You can ask Germany, Belgium and France about these kinds of people. You will see what happens.”

Evan McMullin, a former CIA officer and House GOP policy director who waged an independent presidential bid in 2016, was one of a small number of Republicans to publicly oppose the ban. McMullin tweeted a photo of the Statue of Liberty on Saturday morning, and was promptly mocked by the white nationalist Richard Spencer.

“That’s who they’re in league with—white supremacists and white nationalists,” McMullin said. “I’m not expecting much opposition from the vast majority of Republicans in Congress. There is anti-Muslim bigotry at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue and it fundamentally un-American and tangibly damaging to our national security and strength.”

Most Republicans, McMullin predicted, would decline to criticize the executive orders. “Those who are silent on this will be defined by that silence,” he said.

Six travelers—five from Iraq and one from Yemen—who were on their way to New York were prevented from boarding a flight in Cairo on Saturday even though they had valid United States visas.

The Iraqi travelers began their journey in Erbil, part of Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq, and were in Cairo on a layover, Reuters said. The Yemeni traveler arrived at the airport from elsewhere in the Egyptian capital.

All six were told they could not board EgyptAir flight 985 to Kennedy Airport. The Iraqis were being detained at the airport in Cairo until they could be returned to their country of origin, Reuters said. It had no information on the status of the Yemeni traveler.

Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi, who worked for a United States contractor in Iraq, was detained after he landed at Kennedy Airport on Friday. He had flown from Stockholm to New York, en route to Texas to see his wife and son.

“He gave his package and his passport to an airport officer, and they didn’t talk to him, they just put him in a room,” his wife told The New York Times. “He told me that they forced him to get back to Iraq. He asked for his lawyer and to apply for an asylum case. And they told him: ‘You can’t do that. You need to go back to your country.’”

The United States government is certain that Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi does not pose a security threat to the country. That’s why it granted Alshawi, an Iraqi, a visa to come to America and join his wife and children, who had already fled and resettled in Texas. (In Iraq, the Alshawi’s family were victims of an attempted kidnapping and a car bombing because Alshawi’s wife worked for a U.S. contractor.) On Friday, Alshawi boarded a flight to New York’s JFK airport. While he was in the air, Herr Twitler signed an executive order prohibiting Iraqi refugees from entering the country. When Alshawi’s plane landed, from Customs and Border Protection boarded it and took him into custody. They prohibited Alshawi from contacting his attorneys, who were waiting for him at the airport. The attorneys asked a CBP agent who they should speak to in order to help their client.

“Der Fuhrer,” a CPB agent responded. “Call Herr Twitler.”

As of Saturday afternoon, Alshawi is still being detained at JFK. He is one of multiple refugees—the government won’t say how many there are—with valid documents who is nevertheless being held at an airport. Twitler’s expansive executive order prevents refugees, migrants, and even green-card holders from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. The government’s interpretation of the order has led to the immediate and indefinite detention of people who, until yesterday, had every right to come into the country.

The federal government cannot indefinitely detain a lawful visitor without a hearing or any semblance of reasonable suspicion because the president signed an executive order. Nor, under the equal protection component of the amendment’s Due Process Clause, may the government discriminate against Alshawi because of his national origin or religion. Yet federal officers are currently ignoring these fundamental constitutional principles. And the entire illegal system is the handiwork of one man—Twitler—acting far beyond the bounds of his executive authority. His is a government of men, not of laws, and it apparently has no compunction ttwitlerabout locking up perceived enemies based solely on their identity. The very concept of due process emerged from a desire to limit the king’s ability to order unlawful arrests. It appears we are returning to the days when the head of state can detain purported threats without a whiff of evidence that they have broken a law.

Alshawi is still being held, and the ACLU has requested a habeas corpus for him and “those similarly situated.” This extraordinary and uncommon relief would require the government to bring those detained before a judge and explain why they should continue to be held. When attorneys must resort to a habeas corpus petition to obtain basic due process rights for clients who have done nothing wrong other than being Iraqi Muslims, the federal government has entered dangerous territory. What is happening today is a constitutional crisis.

How quickly, how easily, the Americans, they became good Germans. A lot of loud talk there has been, about “resistance.” There was no “resistance.” The good Americans, they went right along. This was the place to stop him. Right at the outset. But was he stopped? No. He was not. “Only the man who says no, is free,” said Melville. Did the Americans say “no”? No. They did not. They went right along. Except for some journalists, some lawyers, some people with some signs in a street. And now a judge. But she’s just one judge. And a half-measuring judge, at that. And Twitler has plenty of judges of his own. And he’ll gather in more, with every passing day. Journalists, lawyers, judges, people with signs in a street—they tried to stop the original Hitler, too. Didn’t work. Because the good Germans, they wanted Hitler. As the good Americans, they want Twitler. So let it be written. So let it be done. The world will no longer speak of good Germans. For now, there are good Americans.

Don’t rejoice in his defeat, you men.
For though the world stood up and stopped the bastard,
The bitch that bore him is in heat again.

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2 Responses to “Good Americans”


  1. 1 bluenred January 30, 2017 at 9:45 am

    It’s real now, Danny. Again.

    For he has always been. The caretaker.


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