Portland Antifa mayhem prompts city to crack down on anonymity


For many Americans, there is an ominous feeling in the air.  It's as though we are approaching the zenith of some political and cultural ascension, and we have no real idea what lies beyond the crescendo.

The citizens of this fine nation are growing agitated.  The hum, the vibration is growing in both urgency and chest-rattling ferocity.  The input we get from the mainstream media only serves to drive the volume louder, as the signal clips and squeals with soundbites and canned retorts.

Then, the violence.

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Americans in Portland, Oregon last week experienced the full brunt of what an uncivilized society will look like, as politically-minded radicals descended upon the city.  They brought with them the trappings of the terrorist mind; fear, violence, and bloodshed.

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They also had de facto anonymity thanks to masks, hoodies, and other disguises.  That may not be the case next time, however.

Authorities in Portland, Ore., are calling for a series of laws to curb violent clashes at demonstrations that include prohibiting masks worn by protesters, allowing police to videotape demonstrations and giving the city greater control over events organized by groups with violent histories.

“We cannot allow people to continue to use the guise of free speech to commit a crime,’’ police Chief Danielle Outlaw said in a Wednesday news conference addressing last week's violence that occurred when three competing demonstrations converged downtown.

The move, while controversial to some Portlanders, ins't all that strange on the national scale.

About 15 states and some countries have anti-mask laws, the Oregonian reported. Opponents argue such laws would deprive people anonymity to express their views and would violate their First Amendment rights.

“We looked into it previously and the constitutional free speech issues are difficult to overcome, at least in Oregon, said Tim Crail, chief of staff for Portland Commissioner Amanda Fritz.

Calls to reexamine Antifa's place in American society have been growing louder this week after conservative journalist Andy Ngo was savaged by the domestic terror group during the Portland scuffle.

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