Fun With Government Euphemisms

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

They were just helping him out, in case he didn’t know where it was.

Officers arrested and handcuffed Lopez as an “illegal alien,” according to the ICE investigation report. His resistance was the reason Lopez “was subsequently guided into a wall by the officers,” the report read.

Hat tip: Dara Lind.

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12 Responses to “Fun With Government Euphemisms”

  1. #1 |  Eric | 

    You couldn’t dream this stuff up.

  2. #2 |  elcid1390 | 

    The comments on that article are horrendous.

  3. #3 |  freedomfan | 

    Hmm.

    Three men wearing black vests and carrying pistols pushed their way inside. Lopez said he did not give them permission to enter, they did not produce a search warrant or identify themselves, though he figured out minutes later when they arrested him that they were agents with ICE.

    Beatriz Diaz, Lopez’s fiancĂ©e and mother of the children, tried to call a social worker on her cell phone during the altercation with federal agents. She said her phone was taken aggressively from her hand by an agent, who threw it onto a couch near where Henry sat.

    “They took it,” Beatriz Diaz said of her phone. “They took my (fiancĂ©’s) Guatemalan passport. They have not given them back.”

    Lopez said agents handcuffed him and ran him 10 feet across the living room, slamming him into a wall. The 3-foot crack and collapsed drywall remain, covered now by a calendar.

    All of that sounds pretty much like misconduct. And evidence of a cover-up. And abuse.

    BTW, the government’s description of that last bit is telling:

    Officers arrested and handcuffed Lopez as an “illegal alien,” according to the ICE investigation report. His resistance was the reason Lopez “was subsequently guided into a wall by the officers,” the report read.

    How is it that the person writing that report doesn’t realize that the use of such an obvious euphemism makes it very clear that the writer knows just how inappropriate the conduct he describes really is?

    A review of events of Feb. 12 in Cincinnati found that officers “did not engage in any abuse or professional misconduct,” ICE Director of Public Affairs Brian P. Hale told the Enquirer.

    The “review”, in itself, is evidence that ICE isn’t capable of reviewing itself.

    And, why is any credibility given to such self-reviews, anyway? How credible would it be if a street gang released a review of some shooting that made the news and concluded that it’s members “acted appropriately and within the guidelines of their training”?

  4. #4 |  New York Cynic | 

    #2 They’re not to me, remember currently Hispanics and Muslims/Arabs are the targets right now. Killing them, denying them rights, etc is “standing up for America” the minds of statists. Those who stand up for them are labeled as being “politically correct”. Reading Yahoo news comments for years just leads me to believe that your average internet news reader doesnt know how to think objectively.

  5. #5 |  Judas Peckerwood | 

    Ugh, the fascist fuckwits commenting on that story link make me doubly glad I don’t live anywhere near Cincinnati.

  6. #6 |  SJE | 

    Judas: these were Feds. They have NATIONAL jurisdiction. Are you living in Canada?

  7. #7 |  Judas Peckerwood | 

    SJE: Read my comment again. I was referring to the assholes commenting on the Cincinnati Enquirer site, most of whom I assume live in or around Cincinnati.

  8. #8 |  hamburglar007 | 

    The commenters from that website are fine examples of the human race. One of the gems they consistently use is they (the illegal immigrants) have no (constitutional) rights. Considering that the bill of rights consists primarily of what are considered to be basic human rights, pretty disgusting.

  9. #9 |  albatross | 

    Perhaps the report was written by someone unwilling to lie about what had happened. That sentence in the report might matter in some later lawsuit.

  10. #10 |  Highway | 

    Hamburglar, it’s pretty sad that when the Bill of Rights says the government shall not do things, people still think it means “… unless it’s something we think is ok, or to people we don’t like.” If it meant that, it’d say that.

  11. #11 |  Windy | 

    “One of the gems they consistently use is they (the illegal immigrants) have no (constitutional) rights.”
    Another (deliberate) failure of public education (government doesn’t want people educated on the Constitution, such widespread knowledge would endanger the current power of the government). So very few Americans realize the Constitution applies to ANYONE (citizen or not) encountering government, for any reason. In fact very few Americans understand anything at all about the purpose of the Constitution and the way in which it was supposed to keep government small and under control.

  12. #12 |  Justthisguy | 

    “guided into a wall…” Was there much “effusion of blood”?

    Don’t get me wrong, I am somewhat of a White Nationalist, but there is absolutely no excuse for egregious spontaneous nasty rude behavior by those who pretend to be the forces of order.

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