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  •  That's depressing nt (2+ / 0-)
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    OleHippieChick, Creosote

    The 1st Amendment gives you the right to say stupid things, the 1st Amendment doesn't guarantee a paycheck to say stupid things.

    by JML9999 on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 11:36:06 AM PST

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    •  The official reason for the creation of the BOI (14+ / 0-)

      was to enforce the Mann Act, but it was created only after efforts to create a new Federal Law Enforcement Agency outside of the Secret Service failed.

      After the killing of McKinley, and the attempts on the lives of a few industrialists, the power structure was terrified of Anarchists.  

      The Pinkertons/Felts  had also just been stripped of a lot of their freedom to attack and infiltrate labor unions.  The Anti-Pinkerton Act had been passed in 1893, but wasn't much enforced.

      More and more states, horrified by the bloodshed that followed these mercenaries everywhere they were called in, started restricting their actions.

      This meant the bosses needed a new central outfit for destroying the labor movement.

      They got it.  It took a decade to really get up to speed, but the Palmer Raids were the first real large scale fulfillment of its purpose.

      Busting bank robbers has always been the window dressing.


      "Furthermore, if you think this would be the very very last cut ever if we let it happen, you are a very confused little rabbit." cai

      by JesseCW on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 11:54:02 AM PST

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