Friday, November 18, 2016

Jeff Sessions, ministro da justiça dos EUA?

O senador do Alabama, Jeff Sessions, terá sido escolhido para "procurador-geral" (ministro da justiça) do governo Trump.

Há dias o site/revista "libertarian" (isto é, liberal de direita) Reason fazia uma espécie de perfil dele:

More than a decade ago, Sessions was pushing for a fortified barrier on our Southern border, and has never let go of the dream. He has also opposed every congressional attempt at immigration reform since then, of which Reason's Shikha Dalmia wrote, "Sessions has done more than any human alive to torpedo every sensible immigration reform effort and makes no bones about his wish to basically stop all immigration. He moves the goalposts on reform constantly, recently even calling for the elimination of the H-1B visa program for foreign techies, which sent chills down the IT sector's spine."

It's not just illegal immigration Sessions opposes, he's also fond of spreading the canard that all immigrants are a drain on the economy and take the jobs which are the birthright of all native-born Americas, when in fact, the opposite is much closer to the truth. (...)

After previously mischaracterizing certain countries' efforts at drug decriminalization as "legalization" and incorrectly arguing that they have "failed," Sessions lamented that Nancy Reagan's Just Say No campaign against drugs has been relegated to history and replaced by a growing tolerance for the legalization of adult recreational use of marijuana. (...)

In an appearance on Morning Joe in 2009, Sessions sympathized with those who "might feel uneasy" about the prospect of a gay Supreme Court justice, which he described as "big concern."

Unsurprisingly, he also called the Supreme Court's 2015 ruling legalizing gay marriage across the country "unconstitutional" (he had previously voted in favor of a ban on gay marriage to be enshrined in the Constitution), and was one of 31 Senators on the losing side of the 2010 Senate vote to end the ban on gays in the military. (...)

Sessions had been nominated by President Ronald Reagan for a federal judgeship in 1986, but his nomination was torpedoed after multiple allegations that he used racially insensitive language to colleagues were leveled against him.

A former US Attorney (Thomas Figures) and another Justice Department employee (Gerald Hebert) both testified that Sessions had described the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) as "un-American" and "communist-inspired." For his part, Sessions himself said during his confirmation hearings that these groups could rightfully be called "un-American" when they "they involve themselves in promoting un-American positions," particularly when addressing foreign policy issues.

Hebert also testified that Sessions had claimed these groups "forced civil rights down the throats of people," and Figures (who is black)claimed Sessions had called him "boy" and had said that he used to like the Ku Klux Klan until he found out some of its members smoke marijuana. Sessions claimed he was merely joking about the KKK.

Bonus fact: Sessions voted in favor of a ban on "flag desecration" to be added to the Constitution.

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