Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Warrior Cops

 The average person doesn't realize what's happening around them. Most haven't been paying attention to the "militarization" of their state and local police, in spite of the many, many examples we've seen, such as the "occupation" of Boston last year after the terrorist bombings. 

If there is to be "civil unrest" in this country, it won't be the regular military we see confronting us on the streets. It will be Law Enforcement officers, but i'll bet you won't be able to tell them apart from the military...

"The last days of colonialism taught America’s revolutionaries that soldiers in the streets bring conflict and tyranny. As a result, our country has generally worked to keep the military out of law enforcement. But according to investigative reporter Radley Balko, over the last several decades, America’s cops have increasingly come to resemble ground troops. The consequences have been dire: the home is no longer a place of sanctuary, the Fourth Amendment has been gutted, and police today have been conditioned to see the citizens they serve as an other—an enemy.

Today’s armored-up policemen are a far cry from the constables of early America. The unrest of the 1960s brought about the invention of the SWAT unit—which in turn led to the debut of military tactics in the ranks of police officers. Nixon’s War on Drugs, Reagan’s War on Poverty, Clinton’s COPS program, the post–9/11 security state under Bush and Obama: by degrees, each of these innovations expanded and empowered police forces, always at the expense of civil liberties. And these are just four among a slew of reckless programs.

In Rise of the Warrior Cop, Balko shows how politicians’ ill-considered policies and relentless declarations of war against vague enemies like crime, drugs, and terror have blurred the distinction between cop and soldier. His fascinating, frightening narrative shows how over a generation, a creeping battlefield mentality has isolated and alienated American police officers and put them on a collision course with the values of a free society..." Radley Balko


Dumass Libtard said...

Oh yea? What do you know about it?

Schteveo said...

I've got my copy of "The Anarchist's Cookbook", ready to go.

Spider said...

Remember when the Marxist-in-Chief said he would build a "security force", one that would be as "well trained and equipped as our military"? And the sheep sat there, silently and passively, without a clue as to what he really meant.