The President Has the Constitutional Power to Restore Order. He Must Act.

What has happened over the last few nights in major cities of the United States is unacceptable.

Law enforcement is a vital response to any riotous uprising. Indeed, I believe the failure to enforce the laws without apology from the start of the upheaval last week has fueled its ferocity. It would be naïve to claim that much of the violence, which is being incited and coordinated by radical groups, might not have happened anyway — these groups are always on a hair-trigger, pouncing on any opportunity to make mayhem. But how badly things get out of control has a lot to do with the resolve of state and federal law enforcement. The laws do not enforce themselves.

Progressive dogma notwithstanding, rioting spearheaded by radicals and anarchists does not exhaust itself if governments just give them time and space to get their yah-yahs out. Passivity, conveying the message that the laws will not be enforced, is provocative. It increases the appetite for rioting, which is only sated once the sociopaths have run out of things to burn and loot.

That said, law enforcement on its own is inadequate to restore order once order has been lost. Police and prosecutorial offices simply do not have the resources to quell widespread seditionist violence. Consequently, other provisions of law must be considered.

Under Article IV of the Constitution, the United States guarantees every state a republican form of government, protection against invasion, and — on request of the state government — protection from domestic violence. In furtherance of this provision, Congress enacted legislation, most notably, the Insurrection Act of 1807, which empowers the president “to suppress, in any State, any insurrection, domestic violence, unlawful combination, or conspiracy.” Obviously, suppressing such attacks requires deploying the United States armed forces as needed.

Following Hurricane Katrina, the Insurrection Act was beefed up to enable presidents to respond to natural disasters, public-health emergencies, terrorist attacks, and other catastrophic conditions. As one might expect, state governors worried that this amendment was a federal power grab that would erode the authority of state and local governments over their internal affairs, and thrust the military into domestic policing. The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 had long barred the deployment of the armed forces for domestic law-enforcement purposes. Posse comitatus, however, has always been subject to express constitutional and statutory exceptions, and the Insurrection Act is such an exception.

One effect of the Insurrection Act and its amendments has thus been to bolster the power of the federal government to respond to domestic terrorism. Although the Constitution calls for a state to request federal assistance to combat domestic violence before the president acts, that condition is more apparent than real.

As already noted, Article IV endows the president with unilateral authority to put down insurrection and invasion. “Insurrection,” of course, is a violent uprising against the authority of the state. Therefore, it encompasses the concept of broad-scale domestic violence. The Insurrection Act codifies this reality by expressly empowering the president to suppress domestic violence and conspiracies to carry it out.

It is a fair concern that modern Insurrection Act expansions of federal power to react to natural disasters overrun federalist principles — although, as a practical matter, when states actually confront a natural disaster or pandemic, governors are quick to plead for federal assistance, rather than fret over what doing so portends for their power over their own affairs. When it comes to violent uprisings, though, federalism concerns are beside the point. Washington has an express constitutional obligation to protect the people of the states, and the republican form of government, from attack.

Federal power in this regard is also reflected by the president’s authority over the National Guard. The Guard is composed of state units, an arrangement with its roots in the colonial militias that were called into the service of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.

While they serve their states, National Guard units, which are reserve components of the U.S. armed forces, have over time come under increasing control of the commander in chief. They may now be deployed at the president’s direction, even overseas, regardless of whether state governors object. Clearly, if the deployment is domestic, and ordered in response to violent attacks, it is imperative that federal and state governments cooperate in the name of state and national security.

What has happened over the last few nights in major cities of the United States is unacceptable. It has gotten worse because the federal and state governments have failed to convey the signal that order will be maintained and the rule of law enforced.

That must end. The president and governors must work together to restore order, including by deployment of the military where that is necessary. The Justice Department and state law enforcement, particularly the FBI and its Joint Terrorism Task Forces, must make it clear that lawbreakers will be arrested and serious crimes will be vigorously prosecuted. Anti-America must be made to understand that America has had enough.

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Huawei, Xiaomi and ZTE explore use of 6G in ChinaBeijing, May 31 (Prensa Latina) Huawei, Xiaomi and ZTE technologies are exploring today in China the potential application scenarios of the 6G wireless network, which should surpass its predecessor in connection speed and data transmission capacity.

Sources linked to these companies said the projects should yield the first results by 2023, giving way to the establishment of standards by 2026, then the deployment of the necessary systems in 2028 and preliminary commercial use in 2030.

Huawei is currently collecting information on problems identified with 5G to eliminate them in the jump to 6G.

According to Yu Chengdong, one of the corporation’s directors, the future network should be used in the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles and intelligent factories, among other areas.

Experts also cite among the advantages of 6G, compared to 5G, the installation of fewer antennas to provide coverage to larger territory and lower latency time, that is, the time it takes to transmit a package within the network.

Apart from Huawei, Xiaomi and ZTE, South Korea’s Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics are also in the global race to lead the way in next-generation telecommunications.

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U.S. authorizes 3,600 charter flights to Havana for one year as of June 1

It is not yet clear if they will start operating on Monday because the Cuban government has indicated that the island’s airports will be closed until July.

The Treasury Department has just authorized 3,600 U.S./Cuba charter flights between June 1, 2020 and May 31 next year. The concessions have been awarded, for now, to the Swift Air and World Atlantic Airlines companies. The flights will be made only to Havana, in accordance with the restrictions imposed last year by the United States. In March, authorities started applying a flight ban decreed by the Trump administration.

In February, the companies that charter the planes requested an increase in flights (everything indicates that the request was not met) after the State Department asked the Treasury to see to the resumption of flights, but at the same level as in 2019.

Of the 3,600 authorized flights, just 75% of the concession has so far been awarded to the two airlines: 3,000 to Swift Air and 256 to World Atlantic Airways. The remaining 344 depend on the interest of other companies that will receive their permits as they request them.

However, it is not certain that flights will begin on June 1―that is, this Monday―because Havana’s José Martí International Airport is closed to non-emergency flights. The Cuban government has indicated that a full opening could occur on July 1. Airports were closed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Airport authorities have taken advantage of the situation to renovate and repair 19 of Cuban airports that had any type of deterioration and inconveniences.

The Department of Transportation gave both airlines 21 days to confirm acceptance of the assigned flight assignments and to restart passenger transportation.

In the order to assign operations, the government agency indicates in the final order that this decision is subject to changes based on other airlines that want to join the charter market and the proposals they make regarding the schedule in which they wish to operate.

George Floyd protests erupt in Berlin, London and Toronto

The outrage over the death of George Floyd has gone global.

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of London, Berlin and Toronto over the weekend to protest Floyd’s Memorial Day death during a confrontation with Minneapolis police, according to news reports.

Chanting “black lives matter” and holding signs that read “Justice for George Floyd” and “racism has no place,” protesters gathered in London’s Trafalgar Square Sunday and blocked traffic outside the US embassy, the largest public gatherings since the coronavirus lockdown took effect, the BBC reported.

“I’m very sympathetic to the issue but also surprised to see the strength of emotion that has gathered people together,” the Rev. Sally Hitchiner, associated vicar at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church in the square, told the outlet.

“Clearly they’re not following lockdown and social distancing, but I think there’s a huge amount of passion there and that’s overriding their concerns,” Hiitchiner said. “It’s an issue that requires passion but at the same time there’s a huge amount of risk in what they’re doing.”

The BBC said “several people” were arrested.

Protesters march against the death of George Floyd by a police officer in TorontoCarlos Osorio/REUTERS
Floyd, 46, died Monday after being pinned to the ground by Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin despite his repeated pleas for air.

On Saturday, protests erupted in Germany, where thousands gathered outside the US embassy in Berlin, demonstrators held up signs reading, “I can’t breathe,” NBC News said.

Video footage posted on Twitter by NBC correspondent Carl Nasman shows a large crowd outside the embassy, peacefully clapping in protest.

And in Toronto, as many as 4,000 demonstrators marched on Saturday. A video posted by Global Toronto journalist Albert Delitala on Twitter shows protesters marching down Brunswick Avenue in the Canadian city.

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Trump says he will designate Antifa as a terrorist organization

President Trump said on Sunday the government will designate Antifa — the far-left extremist group his administration says is carrying out violence during the nationwide George Floyd protests — as a “terrorist” organization.

“The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization,” the president said on Twitter.

The designation could put Antifa — short for anti-fascist — under the domestic terror label laid out in the 2001 USA Patriot Act, which allows federal law enforcement agencies to target the entire organization.

However there is no law on the books specifically against providing support to domestic terrorist organizations — unlike foreign terror groups.

Shortly after Trump’s tweet, Attorney General William Barr released a statement saying “violent radical elements” are hijacking legitimate protests to “pursue their own separate, violent, and extremist agenda.”

He said federal resources will be coordinated with state and local officials through the existing network of 56 regional FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces to apprehend and charge “the violent radical agitators.”

“The violence instigated and carried out by Antifa and other similar groups in connection with the rioting is domestic terrorism and will be treated accordingly,” Barr said.

In another Tweet, Trump praised the National Guard for the “great job” they did in Minneapolis on Saturday.

“The ANTIFA led anarchists, among others, were shut down quickly. Should have been done by Mayor on first night and there would have been no trouble!” Trump tweeted.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz ordered the deployment of the National Guard on Saturday to end the “wanton destruction” caused in Minneapolis during the protests that he blamed on instigators from outside the state — like drug cartels to white supremacists.

National security adviser Robert O’Brien also singled out Antifa for the carnage during the Floyd protests on Sunday.

O’Brien said on ABC News’ “This Week” that the president believes people have a right to protest but not to burn down businesses and loot stores.

“The president’s outraged by that. And we all are. And that has to stop. And we’re calling on the FBI to investigate Antifa and get to the bottom of these violent rioters. And I don’t want them confused with peaceful protesters that have every right to go out to the streets. That’s what makes America different from any other countries around the world,” O’Brien said.

He added that the “Antifa radical militants” come out “under cover of night, traveling across state lines, using military-style tactics to burn down our cities. And they’re especially targeting the most venerable parts of our cities. The minority section, the African-American sections and Hispanic areas and burning down businesses of people that are trying to get a leg up.”

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