Monday, 24 June 2019

Is Trump operating "Concentration Camps" in the USA?

There is a myth that in the USA Socialists  are incapable of being elected.
Senator Bernie Saunders has represented Vermont  for decades, and often looks like a one man campaign.
But the truth is there have been a number of the Democrat Party that have identified with Socialism  who would indeed be considered on the left of the Labour Party in theuK, but as of late they have failed , they have tended to be subdued by the Democratic Party Caucus
Recently Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accused the Trump administration of housing immigrants in concentration camps on the Mexican border and used the phrase “never again” that is associated with the Holocaust

The Washington Post reported that
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) pressed her case Tuesday that the Trump administration is running “concentration camps” at the U.S.-Mexico border amid criticism from Republicans who said she was demeaning Jews exterminated in the Holocaust.
During a live stream Monday night, the freshman lawmaker decried the conditions of migrant detention facilities the administration is using to cope with a surge of border crossings and highlighted a decision to hold some children at an Oklahoma Army base that was used as an internment camp for Japanese Americans during World War II.
The same base was briefly used to house migrant children during the Obama administration.
“The fact that concentration camps are now an institutionalized practice in the home of the free is extraordinarily disturbing, and we need to do something about it,” Ocasio-Cortez told her viewers on Instagram. She later accused Trump of conducting “an authoritarian and fascist presidency.”
“I don’t use those words lightly,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “I don’t use those words to just throw bombs. I use that word because that is what an administration that creates concentration camps is. A presidency that creates concentration camps is fascist, and it’s very difficult to say that.”
Ocasio-Cortez continued making her argument Tuesday morning, sharing on Twitter an Esquire article that raised questions about the conditions at U.S. detention facilities.
The piece by Jack Holmes, the magazine’s politics editor, quoted historians who said the facilities meet the definition of a “concentration camp” and said that not every concentration camp is intended as a death camp.
In another tweet, Ocasio-Cortez dismissed critics of her views as “shrieking Republicans.”
Among those who weighed in was Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), the No. 3 Republican in the House.
“Please @AOC do us all a favor and spend just a few minutes learning some actual history,” Cheney wrote on Twitter on Tuesday morning. “6 million Jews were exterminated in the Holocaust. You demean their memory and disgrace yourself with comments like this.”
Ocasio-Cortez fired back shortly afterward.
“Hey Rep. Cheney, since you’re so eager to ‘educate me,’ I’m curious: What do YOU call building mass camps of people being detained without a trial?” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “How would you dress up DHS’s mass separation of thousands children at the border from their parents?”
Cheney soon replied.
“Happy to educate you,” she wrote on Twitter, suggesting Ocasio-Cortez read survivor testimonies from Yad Vashem in Jerusalem and the book “Night” by Elie Wiesel, an autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in Nazi concentration camps.
It may be true that Concentration camp, internment centre for political prisoners and members of national or minority groups who are confined for reasons of state security, exploitation, or punishment, usually by executive decree or military order. Persons are placed in such camps often on the basis of identification with a particular ethnic or political group rather than as individuals and without benefit either of indictment or fair trial. Concentration camps are to be distinguished from prisons interning persons lawfully convicted of civil crimes and from prisoner-of-war camps in which captured military personnel are held under the laws of war. They are also to be distinguished from refugee camps or detention and relocation centres for the temporary accommodation of large numbers of displaced person .

But they should also be distinguished fro extermination camps and the British were one of the first to use concentration camps during the Boer War.

If we are to use historical references then Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is right and what the Trump administration is doing resembled a concentration camp rather than a refugee camps or detention and relocation centres 

Where  Kids locked up by the Trump administration don't necessarily need soap, toothbrushes, or even an appropriate place to sleep in order for their stay to be "safe and sanitary," Trump administration attorneys argued on Tuesday.
"It's within everybody's common understanding that if you don't have a toothbrush, you don't have soap, you don't have a blanket, those are not safe and sanitary," Judge A. Wallace Tashima told a Justice Department lawyer during the hearing, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Trump's lawyer disagreed, claiming kids detained by the federal government may not need those things depending on the length of their stay.

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