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Cancel Operation Legend

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The Massachusetts Pirate Party condemns the use of Federal law enforcement officers in Portland and other cities throughout the United States, including PACT and the entirety of Operation Legend.  We do not need a national police force, especially not one that can be deployed with neither oversight nor invitation of the communities they occupy. No President should have the carte blanche authority to deploy retaliatory forces in this way, let alone one openly stoking white supremacist fervor. It is impossible to overstate how bad this is. It is impossible to overstate how much worse it is about to get.

The tactics we are witnessing are the culmination of decades of rehearsal in Black and Brown communities, both within the United States itself and our military empire overseas. The tools, behaviors, and paper-thin legal “justifications” have all been deployed against immigrants in service of their subjugation, and now it has turned against the white middle class.

The only possible solution is the absolute abolishment of the police, especially the Customs & Border Patrol, a notoriously prejudiced organization whose members openly advocate for race war on social media. The fact that the President can respond to demands for accountability by simply creating an even more powerful, less accountable organization is proof that reform can never outpace corruption. 

The police cannot be saved as long as they are content to be the racist foot-soldiers of a corrupt autocracy. If any current law enforcement officer who wishes to blow the whistle on malfeasance in their departments, we will help you do so safely. 

“Soldiers! Don’t give yourselves to brutes! Machine men with machine minds, who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle. You are not cattle! You are men! You have the love of humanity within you!” — Charlie Chaplin, The Great Dictator.

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