While this afternoon press secretary Sean Spicer reminded the audience that Jews in Germany exterminated by the Third Reich weren’t Germans, the attorney general drew an outline of an America that resembles Dresden after the firebombing. At a speech delivered in Nogales, Arizona, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III said in part:
We mean criminal organizations that turn cities and suburbs into warzones, that rape and kill innocent citizens and who profit by smuggling poison and other human beings across our borders. Depravity and violence are their calling cards, including brutal machete attacks and beheadings.
It is here, on this sliver of land, where we first take our stand against this filth.
Sessions, according to Josh Marshall, omitted the non-restrictive clause containing “filth.” He didn’t have to say it. A deliberate echo of his president’s inaugural speech, Sessions’ America is one where non-violent offenses so appall people whose names echo forgotten Confederate politicians that nothing less than total war will prevent an apocalypse – a war that includes starving a forensic science commission that may result in more lockups of innocent men based on flimsy evidence. As Digby observes:
The National Commission on Forensic Sciences was created in 2013 for the purpose of offering the DOJ professional guidance on how to improve the nation’s forensic sciences. This is more important than ever considering how many people have been exonerated in recent years with the advent of DNA testing. And at the same time there has been a rush to use certain junk science techniques like bite mark analysis to convict innocent people. This was their first recommendation and was considered to be a small but vital step in creating more oversight and raising the standards.
Thus does the bipartisan movement to contain the growth of our reckless, immense penal colony of a country die.