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So this thread on #abolishICE took off, and clearly hit a nerve. Mostly of people open to learning, just like I did. And since I'm not the expert, I wanted to share a few nuggets shared with me. 1/
The first is this piece showing that #ICE investigators are flagging the problem too. They can't work on the issues that are a thread to national security. 2/…
This made me 😳. They site that their mission, though separate from detention and removal is impacted by the politics. THAT is making us less safe. 3/
the second is from everyone's favorite future member of Congress, @Ocasio2018 who makes a pretty reasonable oversight case. 4/
It's commonly accepted that @DHSgov does not have strong oversight capacity of the 26 agencies it oversees. The agencies love that. In many cases they have statutory authority that predates the 15 yo Department where technically they don't have to check with DHS on things. 5/
The link for the Intercept article quoting @Ocasio2018 (as well as a few old school Dems who may be re-thinking their position in the wake of Joe Crowley's defeat) is here.… 6/
The last is a failure on my part: when we critique agencies we have a tendency to focus on the bad and not the good. And to the credit of the 5 people who dreamt this up in the first place, they were focused on the good government could bring to bear and the people who do it. 7/
Agents break big cases on smuggling and drugs and do serious work that protects America. They die doing that duty. So when they ask for their agency to shut down, want to move out and tell us the politics are out of hand, it might be a good idea to listen to them. 8/
Also, lets not overstate the extremity of abolishing a 15 yo agency. Feds will still have jobs, and done responsibly it can actually help the missions being currently ignored. We have done this. We moved rebuilding out of FEMA and to DHS. We moved FPS into DHS. Did you notice? 9/
Since it's formation, DHS has absorbed ODP (formerly Justice), FPS (formerly GSA), NCS (now in NPPD) and OHA and DNDO are now CWMD. Get all that? Congress hasn't given a flip about any of this. So don't overstate the panic. END 10/10
*rebuilding moved to HHS from FEMA. Typo.

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Oct 5, 2018
Hey @DefenseOne @smallwars @defense_news and others...I think the @NobelPrize committee would like a word with you. Because as far as I can see, you've missed something today.…
see, those of us in the #nationalsecurity world know that you consider rape a #humanrights thing and a little more fluffy than the big toys you all usually write about. But that's exactly the point, and why you should take the message that is being sent to you. 2/
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So you guys cover wars, right? So where is the discussion of this? From what I can see, you didn't even cover it. 3/
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The fact that this woman has stepped forward--and the response for Kavanaugh and the White House--shows they still don't get it.

Dr. Ford was not slowed down by Kavanaugh. She achieved great things. But the point is that there are a million Kavanaughs out there. 1/
It is possible that this event was so insignificant to Kavanaugh that he doesn't remember it because he was too drunk. On the other hand, this is etched in Dr. Ford's mind. Every time a professor talked down to her, a person got a promotion she did not. It came back to him. 2/
she talks about how it came up in her own marriage. This is a feeling MOST WOMEN UNDERSTAND. And we're over it. And crazy thing about it, we don't have faith you will apply the same treatment to us as you do to yourself mainly because this demonstrates that you don't. 3/
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Aug 17, 2018
A little thread on this and #publicdiplomacy. Hopefully @StateDept, especially @shareamerica are paying attention.

Here's the thing: this is a big opportunity for America and for the White House to embrace from a diplomatic standpoint. 1/
Context: one of the top stories about America that our embassies tell is about Martin Luther King. And they don't just tell the "I have a Dream" part. They tell the Selma and Memphis parts too. This is a critical message for our country. 2/
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VIDEO PEOPLE: Can we compile a good video of Republicans walking away from common sense obvious questions? This is getting ridiculous.
this is one of my favorites of @RepMoBrooks literally running away…
and this one of a --shocked face-- REPORTER ASKING SOFTBALL QUESTIONS of @RepRodBlum…
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Here is a thread about some rude protesters who probably should have just stayed home and written letters which of course is just NOT what Americans do. 1/
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