When Criminals Carry a Badge
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Police shouldn’t be hated, but they shouldn’t be worshiped, either. It’s been said that police are to the state as “the edge is to the knife” – and that’s where the trouble lies, especially when we’re living under the reign of a government that recognizes no limits on its power to control, regiment, and punish people who have done no harm to anyone.
Historically, most men who chose to become police or sheriffs did so out of commendable motives, often because they wanted to protect innocent people from lawless bullies. How is it, then, that an increasing percentage of police have become lawless bullies?
Does this reflect an institutional change in law enforcement? Is it a reflection of a de-generate collectivist culture? Or could this be simply the natural, albeit tragic, outgrowth of an innately misguided view of how peace officers should function?
There’s no serious dispute that the local police have become militarized and federalized, and that this is precisely what the Framers of the Constitution sought to prevent. It’s impossible to be a free republic at home while maintaining an empire abroad: A society organized for imperial power projection internationally will inevitably become a police state domestically. In our case, this process has been accelerated by the 41-year-long war the federal government has fought against the American people in the name of drug prohibition.
All of these developments, interestingly, are tied into the U.S. government’s involvement in the United Nations. The UN’s Drug War, and the effort to build an international military “Peace Force,” began in 1961. The plan was to devote national military assets -- including our own – to carrying out UN-authorized missions overseas, while consolidating domestic police agencies into a militarized, centrally controlled “Internal Security” force. This was all outlined in the properly notorious State Department Document 7277, “Freedom From War.”
That program has been the official policy template for both foreign policy and internal security for two generations. So it’s entirely appropriate that this week’s news stories include new developments in Washington’s involvement in UN-facilitated foreign wars, and some genuinely outrageous examples of the now-routine abuses committed by the imperial “internal security” force here at home.
*Police lie. In fact, they are actually trained to lie. This is an unpleasant fact, but we can’t afford to ignore it. In Seattle, efforts by the media and defense attorneys to obtain evidence of police misconduct can actually result in lawsuits – against those who file the public record requests!
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“I’m Gonna Make Stuff Up’: Video of Seattle Police Admitting Fabrication of Evidence”http://www.republicmagazine.com/videos/im-gonna-make-stuff-up-video-of-seattle-police-admitting-to-fabrication-of-evidence.html
Is it a crime for people to discuss what they would do to defend themselves against criminal violence by government enforcement agents? According to the Feds, such talk constitutes the offense of “sedition” – and they’re hoping that the just-opened trial of Michigan’s Hutaree Militia will create a precedent to use against other “anti-government extremists”: “`Sedition’ Show Trial of Hutaree Militia Begins in Michigan”http://www.republicmagazine.com/news/sedition-show-trial-of-hutaree-militia-begins-in-michigan.html
The Warmakers are a persistent lot, but they’re not particularly creative: Last year they put together a script to justify the UN-facilitated war on Libya, and this year’s emerging campaign against Syria is merely a rerun – albeit one intended to open the back door to war with Iran: “Another UN War? Arab League Calls for `Humanitarian’ Military Action in Syria” http://www.republicmagazine.com/news/another-un-war-arab-league-calls-for-humanitarian-military-action-in-syria.html
There’s some ironic good news to be found in Detroit, where crime is rising and the police are turning into roving bands of plunderers: The citizens are ignoring government law enforcement and organizing to protect themselves: “They Don’t Call 911: Detroit Residents Privatize Law Enforcement”http://www.republicmagazine.com/news/they-dont-dial-911-detroit-residents-privatize-law-enforcement.html
”Your Freedom Ends Tonight,” belched a corpulent Houston Police Officer as he threatened peaceful demonstrators outside a party. Yes, sometimes it’s just that vulgar and obvious: “Reich Here, Reich Now: `Your Freedom Ends Tonight,” Grunts Shotgun-Wielding Police Goon in Houston” http://www.republicmagazine.com/videos/reich-here-reich-now-your-freedom-ends-tonight-grunts-shotgun-wielding-police-goon-in-houston.html
Matthew Corrigan was a troubled vet who made the mistake of calling a hotline for help with his depression. Next thing he knew, a SWAT team had arrested him and ransacked his home: “No Time for “Constitutional Bulls**t”: Depressed Veteran Targeted by SWAT Raid" http://www.republicmagazine.com/news/no-time-for-constitutional-bullst-depressed-veteran-targeted-by-swat-raid.html
The Henderson, Nevada officers who beat Adam Greene bloody and fractured his ribs knew right away that he was a diabetic in insulin shock – but they did it anyway: “Don’t Resist, Motherf****r!” Nevada Police Assault Diabetic in Insulin Shock” http://www.republicmagazine.com/news/dont-resist-motherfr-nevada-police-assault-diabetic-in-insulin-shock.html
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