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The Trump administration didn’t make the DHS into a freight train — it just stepped on the gas

Federal officers deploy tear gas at protestors in front of the Mark O. Hatfield courthouse in Portland, Oregon.
Federal officers deploy tear gas at protestors in front of the Mark O. Hatfield courthouse in Portland, Oregon.
Federal officers deploy tear gas at protestors in front a federal courthouse in Portland. Photo: Nathan Howard/Stringer/Getty Images News

Against the wishes of the city’s leaders and amidst cries of illegality around the country, nameless Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agents have continued to teargas, pepper-spray, shoot at, and generally terrorize protesters in Portland for the second week in a row. And the story shows no sign of slowing: President Trump is now promising to send even more federal law enforcement officers into the city this weekend.

Every day seems to bring a slew of shocking new videos showing DHS’s war-like tactics, as it seeks to crush the protests near the federal building downtown. Unmarked vans are snatching people…

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