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Naomi Wolf has another conspiracy theory she wishes you to consider:

In other words, for the DHS to be on a call with mayors, the logic of its chain of command and accountability implies that congressional overseers, with the blessing of the White House, told the DHS to authorise mayors to order their police forces – pumped up with millions of dollars of hardware and training from the DHS – to make war on peaceful citizens.

The implied logic seems to be as follows:

  1. Some of the local officials who cracked down on OWS and coordinated with each other contacted officials within the DHS.
  2. ?????????
  3. The attacks must have been initiated by the DHS with the approval of the White House.

Not only does the third not remotely follow from the first, but there’s not actually even any evidence for the first assertion.

It’s also worth noting that yet again there are reactionary assumptions embedded in what on the surface looks like a leftier-than-tthou conspiracy theory.   Her conduct in the Assange case involved using rape apologism to defend a whisteblower.  In this case, there seems to be an implicit states’ “rights” assumption at work — authoritarian actions could not be the result of our benevolent local overlords but must be the work of the big bad feds.    History does not provide much support for this assumption.

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