The Justice Department has quietly asked Congress for the ability to ask chief judges to detain people indefinitely without trial during emergencies — part of a push for new powers that comes as the novel coronavirus spreads throughout the United States.
My friend was pretty convinced that the Attorney General, William Barr, who is in charge of the Justice Department, should be assigned the responsibility for this dangerous and profoundly anti-democratic suggestion. In fact, no such proposal could ever have been advanced without his approval. Thus, my friend was certainly not wrong in worrying about Barr and his totalitarian instincts.
Figuring out who is actually biting you is what I have elsewhere called "Step One."
Step Two is doing something about it!