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Policing and Defending Then and Now
The military and police have become two sides of the same coin

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Inevitably the debate over issues that relate to both national security and domestic law enforcement often become mired down in wrangling over legal or constitutional niceties, which the public has difficulty in following as it fixates instead on the latest twist in the Bruce Jenner saga. That means that the punditry and media concentrate on easily digestible issues like potential bureaucratic fixes, budgeting, equipment and training, which presumably are both simpler to understand and also more susceptible to possible remedies. But they ignore some basic questions regarding the nature and viability of the actual threat and the actual effectiveness of the response even as the dividing line between military and law enforcement functions becomes less and less evident.

There has been a fundamental transformation of the roles of both police and the armed services in the United States, a redirection that has become increasingly evident since the 1990s when the conjoined issues of national security and crime rates became political footballs. Response to terrorism and “tough on crime” attitudes frequently employ the same rhetoric, incorporating both political and social elements that place police forces and the military on the same side in what might plausibly be described as a version of the often cited clash of civilizations.

A nation’s army traditionally exists to use maximum force to find and destroy enemies that threaten the homeland. A police force instead serves to protect the community against criminal elements using the minimum force necessary to do the job. Those roles would appear to be distinct but one might reasonably argue that the armed forces and the police in today’s America have become the two major constituents of the same organism more-or-less connected by a revolving door, dedicated to combating a new type of insurgency that comprises both global and domestic battlefields and is no respecter of borders. This has meant at its most basic that there has been a major shift in perception on the part of the security community. Community policing and national defense have abandoned relatively reactive interactions with the community and world for more assertive preemptive roles that see their areas of operation as theaters of conflict analogous to war zones, suggesting to some law enforcement officers that Baltimore is at least occasionally somewhat like Fallujah.

That means that some police forces have allowed considerable space to develop between themselves and the communities they are supposed to guard. Many now see themselves less as crime solvers and protectors of the public, instead increasingly embracing their role as a first line of defense against terror and social unrest. As a consequence, police in today’s America are inevitably tasked with maintaining public order in a fashion that once upon a time would have likely been the responsibility of the military equipped and trained as well as far more numerous National Guard.

This tendency to expand and redirect the police role gained momentum in the early 1990s, when law enforcement began to focus on terrorism in the wake of Oklahoma City and the first World Trade Center bombing. After 9/11 it picked up speed when the Bush Administration rushed to adopt a preemptive foreign policy that fit in nicely with a more assertive role by police. Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams were symptomatic of the change. Originating in Los Angeles in the 1960s, SWAT units spread to nearly every major and many minor police departments whether there was or is any need for them or not. Police departments, embracing having a exciting new weapon and looking for excuses to use it, began to allocate tasks that normally had been the responsibility of beat or patrol officers, including serving warrants. SWAT delivery of what are described as “no-knock” warrants that are frequently issued without any real justification and sometimes based on faulty intelligence has consequently become a bete noire for critics of police overreach. The warrants are sometimes served in the middle of the night by heavily armed officers and might well be preceded by the use of battering rams and “flashbang” grenades, resulting in numerous tragedies for those on the receiving end. With SWAT teams attracting the elite police officers, community policing inevitably has suffered, frequently being assigned to new and less experienced officers.

Police and the military now share equipment, training and doctrine. The equipment, most of which is useful for fighting a war but of marginal utility for police work, is frequently highly visible and changes both how local law enforcement is perceived and how it operates. Arizona alone has received 29 armored personnel carriers, 9 military helicopters, 800 M-16 automatic rifles, 400 bayonets, and 700 pairs of night-vision goggles.

Morven, Georgia, population 600 and blessed by a low crime rate, has received over $4 million worth of military equipment. This led to the formation of a SWAT team supported by a Humvee and an armored personnel carrier. Boats and scuba gear came together to form a dive team, even though Morven city limits incorporate no body of water deep enough to exploit that capability. The Morven police chief boasts that the equipment would enable him to “shut this town down” and “completely control everything.”

The direct transfers of $5.4 billion worth of surplus equipment from the Pentagon through program 1033 and the purchase of additional hardware by way of grants from the Department of Homeland Security operate with almost no oversight over the actual need for the equipment and little accountability afterwards regarding where it winds up. It has spawned what some have described as a police-industrial complex, which is frequently justified by the alleged terrorist threat even though the equipment is in fact almost never used in response to terrorism related situations.

Today’s police approach every potential conflict situation with overwhelming force because that is what the military does, considering “force protection” as its number one priority. The army and law enforcement also share employees, guaranteeing that the mindsets within the two organization will be highly compatible. There are no national figures compiled on how many policeman have been in the military, but anecdotal evidence from various departments suggest that the percentage is somewhere between 20 and 60 per cent, many of whom also continue to serve in the Reserves or National Guard. A veterans’ placement service called Hire Heroes estimates that fully twenty per cent of all ex-soldiers seeking civilian employment look for work in law enforcement as a first choice.

The Federal government also encourages police departments to hire veterans through its Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), which has provided $114.6 million in incentive grants to 220 cities nationwide. There is frequently a comfortable fit psychologically. The transition from military to police is particularly smooth currently because their self-perceptions as “forces for peace and security” working in environments where they are not appreciated or even welcomed is nearly identical.

On the plus side when turning soldiers into cops, former military are accustomed to operating in a highly disciplined and rule-driven top-down organization, but on the negative side veterans who actually experienced significant combat are much more accustomed to rely on their weapons than are policemen in most working environments, a predilection that sometimes produces avoidable fatal consequences. The window of aggression acceptable to a soldier on a combat patrol is and should be radically different than that of a policeman in an American city.

Returning soldiers who experienced significant combat sometimes come home with mental health issues to include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), with many veterans conceding that after discharge from the service there are sometimes numerous psychological issues that have to be worked through. Police departments do their best to manage that issue through psychiatric screening, but detection of problems is not always that easy, particularly if the job applicant wants the job and is not being particularly forthcoming. Many concede that for ex-soldiers thus afflicted leaving one environment full of “violence, tension, stress [and] anxiety” and landing into something similar would not exactly be therapeutic.

Law enforcement in the United States has also benefitted not only from the surplus weapons it receives from the Pentagon but also from training grants and logistical support from the Department of Homeland Security. Many SWAT teams are trained by and often include former or current Special Forces soldiers. Some departments even use both public and private grant money to send officers to Israel to train with the Israeli National Police and that country’s Defense Force. The training inevitably focuses on counter-terrorism, anti-riot procedures, intelligence gathering and crowd control, reinforcing the impression that such activities that once upon a time might have regarded as peripheral to police work are now the first priority. There are also reports that some American police forces are interested in buying an Israeli high tech export called “Skunk,” which is a liquid that can be sprayed from water cannons that allegedly smells like raw sewage and putrefying flesh. It has been used on Palestinian protesters.

But perhaps the biggest unanswered question is “Does terrorism in its many guises actually threaten the United States and will that threat be diminished by more equipment and training as well as a more militarized police force here at home?” Addressing the threat issue is critical as it presents a steady drumbeat for action “to defend the nation” and actually provides much of the popular support for an increasingly robust police response. To be sure, there undoubtedly exists a growing critical consensus that the terrorist threat is largely phony, having been inflated by both political parties for political reasons. Certainly the record of terrorism related arrests suggests that the danger is minimal and those detained in the process are often the product of what many would call law enforcement entrapment. There is actually no evidence that a more militarized police has thwarted terrorist attacks or led to any significant arrests, which rather suggests that the real motive for the increasingly assertive profile for law enforcement might just be to have the tools on hand to intimidate or even put down domestic dissent. If that is so, every American should be concerned about what might be coming down the road.

 
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  1. “Depending on how society shapes people, futuristic soldiers may not be as rugged and self sufficient as today’s, or yesterdays soldiers. The newest generation joining the US Military is frequently referred to as the Nintendo Generation. Frequently the Nintendo Generation knows more about computer games than tracking or exercising. In some cases physical standards have to be lowered because the Nintendo Generation is more of a couch potato generation, not a baseball or football oriented.

    Soldiers will be more familiar with computers and technological devices than weapons and close combat.” http://www.military-sf.com/futtroop.htm

    So when the bank is missing a million dollars it will be people with computers instead of guns. We have lots of dollar store and pizza shop robberies.

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  2. Dear Mr Giraldi,
    Thank you for another very fine article on the State of the Union today, your insights and analysis on this and nearly every other topic you have addressed , have been so” on target”, you should receive the Gold Medal for the most “bullseye’s struck” in “political sharpshooting ” on U.S. soil !
    Keep up the great work !

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  3. TIME FOR CITIES AND STATE LEGISLATORS TO STEP IN TO STOP THE EPIDEMIC OF POLICE AND DCS TERRORISM.

    Thanks for the good article, Sir. I agree with you. I propose some solutions.

    Most of the victims of police abuse are innocent whites who are killed, framed, illegally arrested and white women blackmailed and asked to go out or receive tickets, or face arrest. It is the police gangsters who impose the criminal state USA on the people, arrest whites and patriots and conservatives for merely speaking out. They kill, they kidnap and hold hostage (i.e. false arrest/imprisonment), lie and frame innocent people all the time.

    Recently, a white unarmed man was killed by police thugs when he tried to bring a stray cat or dog to an animal shelter:

    http://thefreethoughtproject.com/man-killed-police-showing-id-turning-stray-cat-animal-shelter/

    There are 100’s more examples of police abuse on:

    Policestateusa.com which shows most victims are white.

    It is time for legislators to enact strict laws to curtail this police abuse which is out of control. Here are some laws I recommend that every state and county must enact. So please write to your legislator and demand the following:

    a) No arrest without a warrant except for violent crimes committed in the officers presence or when the suspect is planning to flee.
    b) No hearsay allowed for probable cause (except by biological parents in the case of children abused by 3rd parties).
    c) No SWAT teams unless evidence of an armed group.
    d) Make resisting arrest a crime only when arrestee uses extreme violence. Merely trying to pull away or push back or trying to run away are normal physiological reactions and defense mechanisms of any normal human being.
    e) Disturbing the peace should be a crime only when violence or physical aggression is used.
    f) Police should be monitored by independent citizens boards.

    Immediate suspension without pay for any police or DCS thug (who are children’s police) in the event of any complaint of assault, trespass or any illegal act by them until the matter is INDEPENDENTLY investigated.

    g) Internal Affairs must be a separate independent agency—most internal affairs are sham units often covering up police and DCS and other agency misconduct.
    h) 20 year statute of limitations for civil rights violations by police and DCS.
    i) No military grade weapons for police. All which are donated will be sent to a smelting factory to recycle the metal and burn all electronics.

    Police can only carry handguns, no more.

    j) All police must wear a camera helmet and have a dashcam. They cannot contact private citizens or enter private property without video taping the entire encounter, a copy of which will be available to the citizen on request. No evidence of wrong doing against police by police testimony and no waiver of rights allowed unless proven by video evidence, as some police are professional liars.

    Contacting citizens or entering private property without a dashcam must be made a felony or grounds for termination without pay and without retirement benefits.

    k) Double penalties for police (or DCS workers, who are basically children’s police) who break the law. Mandatory prosecution of police (and DCS gangsters) involved in illegal acts or brutality. If not prosecuted, special prosecutors can be appointed, or a private lawyer can start a criminal prosecution of police and DCS gangsters and civil rights penalties can be assessed against the state also for failure to prosecute.

    Time to stop police and DCS gang terror. Time for people to speak up and for local, state and federal governments to step in.

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  4. Do events like the annual WTO riots not to mention events like the Baltimore riots fall under your heading of domestic dissent? If so, how is such ‘dissent’ to be addressed as it appears to be increasing in violence and scope? At WTO troublemakers travel great distances to engage in conflict with police and to destroy property while wearing masks. These behaviors are not unlike the organized soccer hooligan gangs of Europe. How is the public and how are property owners to be protected against this rabble?

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  5. Come on, it only seems like a natural and necessary step. We can’t have a third-world country without third-world police and security. The U.S. is allowing in a witches’ brew of third-world peoples. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the marathon bomber, bought his illegal gun from a violent Somali street gang in Portland, Maine. Somalis now make up 10% of the population of Lewiston, Maine and the overwhelming majority of them are on welfare. Life in once quaint and all-American Lewiston is now pierced a number of times each day by the loud Muslim call to prayer (“the most beautiful sound,” according to Obama). We are letting in people’s who hate America and want to see it destroyed. The U.S. will look like the third world on bath salts.

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  6. Good stuff Phil. L Fletcher Prouty had pointed to the USA taking this direction over 40 years ago (in his ‘The Secret Team’), relating to what he described as a religious cult embedded in government. And certainly it does well to know how far our militarized society has progressed. A ‘shoot the kid first, figure out it was a toy gun after the fact’ is the poster child of policing gone awry in a growing police state. Insofar as the veterans preference laws, with a bit of extended or ‘dark’ view, I’d this to say not so long ago:

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    Well, let’s offer a not so wonderful view of what’s up with the symbiotic relationship between the USA’s military and the USA’s police forces and I’m not talking about giving police charged with ‘protecting schools’ grenade launchers, machine guns and other inappropriate ‘surplus’ equipment. Rather I’m going to write about the altogether wrong sort of meme involved with creating a collective mentality, germinated in the American military and infused into the American ‘civilian’ police.

    We’ll go for this short ride employing simple social psychology principles in combination with demographics. When ‘veterans preference’ is imposed on police hiring as a matter of law, and a society such as ours is one recently put through some considerable stresses, economic and social, resulting in both heightened paranoia and less opportunities at well paying jobs, the civilian police forces will become packed with ‘war on terror’ military veterans. This combined phenomena will translate into many veterans who’ve developed an ‘us versus the enemy’ mentality integrated into America’s police forces in relation to community, particularly when ‘community’ is demographically dissimilar to one’s own, and this mindset manifests when Black communities are policed largely by White officers.

    Now, we stir into the mix some more unpleasant facts; in today’s America, conservatism has become poisoned by the religious right. A volunteer military is historically attractive to conservative mentality, more so than other outlooks, and this is what will be fed into the police hiring rosters in by far out of proportion (to larger society) numbers. The religious right is primarily White and has undeniable racist roots in a large segment or subculture. But there is more than significant, underlying elements of racism at issue here.

    The soldiers advocate-civil rights group Military Religious Freedom Foundation, has determined that somewhere between 28 and 34% of the United States military is presently “Christian Dominionist” or that is to say hardcore or on the right of the religious right. These people do not respect secular democracy, they do not respect people holding opinion of tolerance or diversity, and they most certainly do not respect a civil rights movement traditionally rooted in the left of the political spectrum.

    A simple rule of social psychology would be, with an extreme ‘strict father’ model of conservatism upbringing, extreme even by traditional conservative standards, the religious extremist desiring to exercise ‘authority’ is the prototype personality that will most often gravitate to police employ via ‘veterans preference’ … strengthening the hand of those fascist forces rapidly gaining practical control over American society as a whole. Religious-right sympathetic personalities have already gained control over Congress and the Pentagon and by extension, NATO, and now these patently reactionary, militant forces are taking practical control of America’s streets, the Posse Comitatus Act notwithstanding.

    Now, as a matter of consequence, our rapidly militarizing police have integrated, and continue to integrate, those personalities most inclined to view the public they were intended to serve as an opposing or threatening force .. with all of the attending impunity they experienced in a hyper-religious military environment; whether an attitude a woman’s rape ‘must’ve been God’s will’ with little motivation to pursue and solve cases or punish perpetrators (except in case of a Black on White rape, that must be prosecuted in any White supremacist ruled society), men whose military background had been poisoned by theological interpretations on the far right by officers who shoved religious motivation down soldiers throats (officers who believe Muslims are ‘the children of Satan’ as taught by the Assemblies of God, example given), soldiers now moved on to bashing in the heads of protestors because they must be liberal, left, deviants, and certainly it translates to White officers policing Black neighborhoods seeing themselves in circumstance little different to occupying a hostile neighborhood in a war zone; where everyone, including children, are not only a threat, but are in no uncertain terms viewed as ‘the enemy.’

    At the end of the day, ’veterans preference’, without safeguard to weed out those tens of thousands of “Christian Dominion” personalities whose primary motive is towards an America to be ruled by those ‘chosen by God’ (their own kind, exclusively, who just happen to be mostly White) in patent violation of our constitution, and with attending attitude of our citizens civil rights be damned, is one more large step on the road to societal disintegration ultimately inviting a severity of control along the lines of Franco’s Spain or Pinochet’s Chile (or worse)

    A postscript would be, the USA’s constitutional prohibition of any prerequisite ‘religious test’ to serve in government, would appear to have been turned on its head in present circumstance; whereas any applicant for police work in any federally funded force (now days includes nearly all, if not all, police in the USA) could not be questioned or evaluated per a religious belief devoted to the undermining and ultimate overthrow of the secular democratic principle, opening a most unpleasant panorama-

    http://ronaldthomaswest.com/2014/12/09/metadata-panorama/

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  7. I’m not so much disturbed at their having this equipment as by the fact that whenever there actually is a riot, they don’t use it. They just stand there with their shields pointlessly looking on. Of course, they’re often told to stand down by idiotic mayors, etc., but I say get in there and try out all your military toys–if not then, then when?

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  8. In the county I live in, if you are taken hostage by a gunman, you are 50% more likely to be shot by the police, then the guy taking you hostage.

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  9. It would help if the US government didn’t try and ram down the peoples throats policies they don’t want like the WTO.

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  10. A police force instead serves to protect the community against criminal elements using the minimum force necessary to do the job.

    Minimum force, that’s how it used to be. We appear to be a more aggressive culture generally on any number of fronts, and aggressive policing fits that paradigm along with aggressive dentistry and aggressive orthopedic surgery (crowns and knee replacements whether you need them or not) and even aggressive car repair (new engine instead of valve job). We are losing all sense of nuance and skill for a one-size-fits-all solution, in almost every arena you can think of.

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  11. Do you honestly think regular cops can’t handle a bunch of trustafarians?

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  12. It looks like our foreign entanglement chickens have returned home to roost – even down to the unfortunate Israeli angle:

    https://www.academia.edu/12999739/Bringing_the_States_Discourses_Back_In_The_United_States_and_Terrorism_in_Guatemala

    Declassification reveals the mendacity of our public officials – one wonders why it would be any different today, given this is the model our government chose for others.

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  13. The question seems to be “Why is the US even in the WTO or any other multi national organization?” I don’t ever remember being asked if we should join. I dare say no other average American has either. If the elites won’t listen to our voices, maybe riots in the streets is the only option left.

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  14. “If the elites won’t listen to our voices, maybe riots in the streets is the only option left.”

    In all fairness, there hasn’t really been a concerted peaceful effort to make government accountable. People are transfixed by Kardashian/Jenner antics and distracted by the trivial. We could engage more if we were interested, but too many remain woefully uninformed either about mass surveillance and Snowden, or the TPP trade deal and show no inclination or appetite for other than a drama of decadence.

    Attempts at violence as a vehicle for change are just what ails us as a nation, not a prescription for our healing. It hasn’t worked at all when done to other peoples. The latest street-driven U.S. supported coup in Ukraine’s only heaped more misery and violence on the common people, without any visible change in the level of corruption, just partially different oligarchs benefiting.

    Violence just plays into the hands of authorities become unaccountable: it worsens matters by justifying the force, even if oppressive, used to put it down. And as Phil Giraldi relates, the military force available to do so now wielded by police under Homeland Security is formidable, likely by intention as the link of accountability between governed and those governing stretches to the breaking point.

    In short, there are a wealth of efforts not being made that do not involve violence. If you try to justify bad means, such as violence, by appealing to a good end, experience proves that the only end you ever get is the bad means. As Orwell put it, the object of torture becomes torture, and means and end become indistinguishable.

    Those who achieve revolution by mob violence end not as reformers, but rule through the same means by which they came to power, their “cure” worse than the political disease of unaccountability afflicting democracy.

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    You want to see why the average civilian is often brutalized by the cops, take a look at a confrontation between a New Jersey State Police trooper and a plainclothes Bergen County cop during a traffic stop of another car on the NJ Turnpike. It really gets interesting when the Bergen County cop calls for back up and two more roided up plainclothes cops show up (@ 6:38 of the video).

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  16. The mythological 50s, ‘civilian’ police existed in a 90% white country with tremendous social capital. Not only that, in large cities they regularly engaged in what we would roughly call tortue. (Called, the “Third Degree”, from Masonry). That was the root of the liberal-positivist legal revolution that resulted in the disastorous Warren Court decisions on criminal procedure.

    The society of today is far less connected, and depends on tremendous welfare statist transfer payments to maintain peace. As seen in Baltimore, that is gradually running out.

    I view the gifting of DoD equipment and DHS funding to be targeted more at a “Brown scare”, that the left’s “brown people”.

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  17. “A nation’s army traditionally exists to use maximum force to find and destroy enemies that threaten the homeland.”

    Nonsense.

    Traditionally should of course be replaced with allegedly.

    Since the birth of the nation state (and long before of course) the military has been a tool of the political filth: The theft of Florida, half of Mexico, Spain’s possessions, Wilson’s insane globalist visions merely in the case of the US etc etc.

    the “threaten the homeland” line is, was and always will be pablum for the stupid, ignorant and fearful peasants.

    I had not expected to number Giraldi amongst them, but apparently he does.

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  18. ” or when the suspect is planning to flee.”

    And there is the flaw in your thesis.

    You allow the filth to be mind-readers of a mind they killed.

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  19. The usually astute http://www.unz.com folks are deluding themselves.

    You are ignoring the proverbial 800 lb. gorilla, 9/11.

    The only solution is to call out our increasingly repressive government on the impossibility of the 9/11 scam, it is the rationale for all of this.

    Until people realize and speak up about the scientifically impossible claims within the US Gov’s absurd 9/11 conspiracy theory there will be no change. None.

    The staging of 9/11 has resulted in exactly what the perpetrators planned for.

    Wake up.

    http://www.ae911truth.org/

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  21. “Marginal utility” has a particular use in English and does not mean “of negligible value.”

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  22. You might be good police officer material.

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  23. “To be sure, there undoubtedly exists a growing critical consensus that the terrorist threat is largely phony, having been inflated by both political parties for political reasons.”

    Such terroristic threats that do exist are the result of federal policy. They allow massive immigration from Muslim countries. Then they insist that all the rest of us give up our liberties in order to control what the Muslims bring with them. In almost all of the recent cases of ISIS support, planned armed attacks, etc., recent Muslim immigrants are to blame.

    This terrorism meme is employed in a thousand ways to control our ordinary behavior. I can’t drive anywhere these days without noticing all the surveillance cameras. I can’t enter the courthouse with a pen knife in my pocket. None off this makes the rest of us safer. It just establishes the habits of thoughtless compliance.

    As you say, the National Guard should respond to civil unrest, formerly known as riots.

    Giving the local cops MRAPs and such is just wasteful. I seem to remember that they were going to be left behind as a cost saving measure. I’d rather they rust out behind police headquarters than filled with Jihadi’s on their way to kill off some more Christians. I’m not particularly threatened by them. I will be if the local PD starts to arm up with heavy weapons. I don’t want the local donut boys in possession of mortars.

    Your point about police militarization resonates with me. Cops and Soldiers had very different mindsets when I was a young Sheriffs Officer. We had many Vietnam vets in the departments in my vicinity. I don’t remember a lot of carry-over into how the law was enforced. However bloody Vietnam was, it was largely fought in the bush, against an alien population. I’m not as comfortable with being stopped at the side of the road by a cop/reservist just back from Iraq. Habits can be hard to break.

    To be honest, to paraphrase Dr. Johnson, every man wishes he had been a soldier. This holds true for policemen as well. Given a choice between being/looking the cop on the beat, and looking (and perhaps) acting like a commando, the choice is clear. It’s only human nature. This is bad business.

    Some of what you describe has a long history that only recently made itself felt. American policing began in cities and for a long time policemen were expected to enforce the norms and hierarchies of those cities. Policemen knew that they were to be restrained when dealing with “Citizens” while free to lay the stick about among unruly lesser orders. The old cops were not promoted solely on the basis of arrests. They were expected to keep order with a minimum of paperwork. In short police work and broad cultural norms were in tune. That’s how it was.

    All that changed with the progressive era professionalization of police departments in places like California, and the so called Civil Rights Revolution. Both set the stage for police departments treating everyone the same. That is, impersonal and rule bound. Much of what people see as police rudeness and intrusiveness can be laid down to police procedure manuals written by lawyers and a desire to make arrests. Arrests end in convictions which are good for the lawyers.

    Of course a great deal can also be attributed to the war on drugs, That became the war on drunks and is now the war on drivers in general.

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  24. You might be good police officer material.

    Hey, thanks.

    Hey moi, WHATA YA HAVE IN YOUR HAND?!! DROP IT!! QUIT RESISTING!! DROP THE KNIFE!!! HE’S REACHING IN HIS WAISTBAND!!! Bam, bam, bam, bam,… bam, bam, … bam, bam… DON’T GET UP!!!… bam, bam, bam… ;-)

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    Both the military and the police are strictly mercenary forces and point their guns at whoever they’re told to without question. People join the military for the sake of having a steady employer and getting out of their small town. The police would walk off the job in a second were the paychecks to stop coming; they don’t work for free, never mind all the hype about how they’re doing everyone a favor by protecting us. Since both are mercenaries they demand the maximum amount of armament to reduce their chance of becoming casualties to the barest minimum possible. That’s why they use drones in the military and the fatality rate for police is lower than that for construction workers or cab drivers despite the impressions they try to give. Apparently the powers that be are increasingly mistrustful of their own citizens so that’s possibly who’s going to be in the crosshairs next. We’re heading for the seamless security state where the populace is increasingly to be controlled by the total snooping, snitching and coercion state, the iron fist in a velvet glove. It’s already here, all that needs to be done is for the key to be turned.

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  26. I would force all illegal immigrants into US to watch the two Youtube educational videos that I posted above. Bet it would reduce their desire to live the beautiful US lifestyle. And these two movies are quite old, things have only gotten only worse since they were assembled.

    The one horrific scene stuck in my mind is of a guy carrying a wooden knife he purchased in a souvenir shop, he walks across the pedestrian crossing and out of the frame. A police creature shows up, shouts a couple of times and two second later bam, bam, bam, bam, bam, bam and the civilian is dead on the ground.

    Is there any other place in the World where it is so easy to lose your life for nothing? Maybe only in Iraq and in Palestine. Just like in Palestine, the uniformed killer is always innocent and continues to get salary and benefits from the regime.

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  27. Yeah Kiza, those were someone disturbing videos. As part of my former job I have some inside knowledge of police misconduct. I always thought that if the public had the same knowledge it’d alter their perception of reality. What always amazed me is how these sociopathic monsters could compartmentalize and have the ability to come across as nice guys and loving fathers and be all joking and jolly to outsiders. Human beings are the one and only animal where what you see is not always what you get. They can be something they are not but also more than they are.

    Btw, did you see that story from Neptune, NJ, about the off-duty cop who killed his wife after a car chase? They were going through a child custody issue. He chased her and after she crashed he went up and shot her a number of times from the driver side. When his brother officers arrived they talked him down for a half hour and were able to remove the 7-year daughter from the back seat. After which the cop fired more shots into the car and his wife as brother cops did nothing. They arrested him peacefully, even hugged him at the scene of the murder, and brought him in. The wife died at the hospital. Thanks Neptune, New Jersey’s finest!

    http://news.yahoo.com/police-officer-charged-killing-ex-wife-due-court-152040076.html

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  28. Yes, you are absolutely right.

    One common thing in all police shootings is that the psychopathic cop is never restrained by his colleagues when on a killing binge. Other cops always take his side and they egg each other on with: “he has got a knife, he has got a gun, he has got something …” even when it is absolutely obvious even in a grainy video that the victim has got nothing. It is as if the psychopaths are the leaders and everybody else is a follower.

    After watching these videos I do understand now why the British do not let their police carry guns. The inflation of police thinking and the victimhood quickly lead to imaginary weapons in the hands of every citizen and to the easily “justified” use of deadly force. For the police, the law becomes a fringe benefit of the profession.

    Could we even imagine what happens in the places occupied by the US troops, when these things happen on the US streets?

    Serve and protect, serve and protect ….

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