America is a militarized construct of sociopathic tyranny. The amount of military hardware and software making its way to the local governments should be enough to completely freak people out. Unfortunately nobody notices because they are more worried about what is happening on TV than what is going on in the really real world.
A day doesn’t go by without some story of the DHS, TSA, SWAT or any number of other alphabet soup of government overlords making life miserable for the people. Control. Power. Americans are far more concerned with safety than liberty. So they have allowed the militarization of their country, state, community.
John W. Whitehead writes in an article posted at Lew Rockwell:
This language of fear has given rise to a politics of fear whose only aim is to distract and divide us. A perfect example of this masterful use of the politics of fear to cow the populace is the government’s War on Drugs. Reputedly a response to crime and poverty in inner cities and suburbia, it has been the driving force behind the militarization of the police, at all levels, over the past 40 years. While it has failed to decrease drug use, it has exacerbated social problems by expanding America’s rapidly growing prison system and allowing police carte blanche access to our homes and personal property.
Undeterred by its failure to check drug use, the governmental machine keeps chugging along. Consider that in 2011, half a billion dollars’ worth of military equipment flowed from the military to local police, with another $400 million worth of equipment reaching local police by May 2012. In addition to direct transfers of equipment, the federal government has given local police departments grants totaling $34 billion since 9/11. The 50-person police department in Oxford, Alabama, for example, has acquired $3 million worth of equipment, including M-16s, infrared goggles, and an armored vehicle. All of these new toys lead to specious SWAT team raids that eviscerate the Fourth Amendment, acclimating us to the vision of police in jackboots with assault rifles patrolling our streets.
And if the war on drugs weren’t enough we’ve allowed the government thugs to use the war on terror as another means to separate us from even more of our freedoms and eviscerate the Constitution.
Enter the War on Terror, the logical endpoint of constructing government policy based upon fear and paranoia. Marked by constant surveillance, torture, kidnapping, extrajudicial killing by our government, and the resulting loss of our basic rights, the War on Terror is the culmination of a mentality of fear cultivated by the political elite and willingly accepted by the American people.
A case in point is the creation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the aftermath of 9/11. Supposedly tasked with protecting the American homeland from terrorist threats, DHS has become more of a domestic army than a security agency. For example, in March 2012, defense contractor ATK agreed to produce 450 million hollow point rounds to be used by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office. DHS placed another order for 750 million rounds of various ammunition in August 2012.
DHS is just one of many aspects of a total militarization of government which has been taking place since the 1980s and rapidly advancing since 9/11. Consider that in August 2012, the Social Security Administration (SSA) placed an order for 174,000 rounds of hollow point ammunition. The SSA plans to send the ammunition to 41 locations throughout the United States, including major cities such as Los Angeles, Detroit, and Philadelphia, among others.
It’s unclear why the SSA would need hollow point bullets, which are designed to explode upon entry into the body, causing massive organ damage. However, it’s worth noting that DHS and SSA have already collaborated in police exercises.
[P]olice exercises are the result of government policies engineered to maximize fear and paranoia. Yet they are only possible because of the acquiescence of the American people to all government programs relating to “security” since 9/11. Despite the fact that violent crime rates are low, and terrorist attacks are radically unlikely (in fact, one is more likely to die in a car wreck or be struck by lightning than be killed by a terrorist), we are seeing government agencies “protecting” us by harassing, arresting, and sometimes killing our friends and neighbors, all in the name of security.
The war on drugs is a failure. The war on terror is a farce. The war on freedom is being won.
Beat the crap out of you first. Ask questions later. Apparently that is how it rolls with the local jackboots in Minnesota. Zachary King allegedly got the shit beat out of him by five cops. Seems King had a gun in his waistband. He was leaving a nightclub, the cops noticed the gun, jumped him and apparently began pummeling his head into the sidewalk. King went to the hospital with a concussion. Sounds awfully legit to stop a citizen from exercising their constitutional rights in Amerika. Trouble is the man had a concealed carry permit. Even as he was trying to pull the license out the cops still kept beating him.
Internal Affairs is investigating as well as a civilian review authority. King was lawfully carrying a gun. Street video shows the beating. Other video of the area will show the attack as well. Hopefully these punk cops are completely fucked. And what is completely maddening is that they still charged King with misdemeanor obstructing the legal process. Most likely an attempt to cover the police’s ass. King’s lawyer is not coping a plea and will be happy to take it to trial. The City of Minneapolis is about to lose a few hundred thousand if not million out of their coffers when this shit goes to civil trial.
The Blaze reports:
A Minneapolis man says he suffered a concussion after receiving a beating from five police officers who attacked him after they noticed he was carrying a gun in his waist band, WCCO-TV in Minnesota reports.
The problem is, Zachary King has a concealed carry permit to lawfully carry the firearm. He argues police still attacked him anyway as he was leaving a local nightclub on Father’s Day night even after he told them he was carrying the permit.
“’I have my conceal and carry, and it’s my gun.’ And soon as I said that he grabbed me by my neck, slammed me against the wall, snatched my gun out the holster, started waving it in the air saying ‘gun, gun, gun,’” King said.
King also told WCCO he said nothing disrespectful to the officers and made no sudden movements that could have warranted the reaction from police.
“Then four other officers just came and slammed me on my face, one of the officers had me by my head just banging it on the sidewalk,” he said.
The permit was eventually discovered but King was reportedly taken to jail anyway.
WCCO has more on the incident:
King says officers eventually went for his back pocket and his wallet to get his weapons permit.
“And he goes like this to show them that I have my card and they stopped beating me,” said King.
King was then taken to the hospital before his last stop, jail.
It should be noted that King was previously arrested and not charged after recording police in April — a video he says showed an abuse of power. Additionally, he was acquitted of manslaughter in 2008 after his pit bull mauled to death his 7-year-old son. King’s attorney, Mike Patton, says his client, then “has zero criminal record.”
“It takes a lot of courage to come forward in this type of situation. He doesn’t want to see this happen to other people,” said Patton.
Still, King was ultimately charged in the most recent incident with misdemeanor obstructing the legal process, according to KAAL-TV in Minnesota.
“There will be no plea and we’ll take the case to trial, if need be,” said Mike Patton, King’s attorney.
The moron cops in Aurora, CO justified the means for the ends in violating the rights of 19 car drivers as they searched for a bank robber. They stopped every car at an intersection, pulled every adult out of the car and handcuffed them, detaining them until they were sure they had the burglar in custody. Awesome! So every time a crime is committed everybody gets bracelets until they find the culprit.
Drudge Report via ABC News has the details:
Police in Aurora, Colo., searching for suspected bank robbers stopped every car at an intersection, handcuffed all the adults and searched the cars, one of which they believed was carrying the suspect.
Police said they had received what they called a “reliable” tip that the culprit in an armed robbery at a Wells Fargo bank committed earlier was stopped at the red light.
“We didn’t have a description, didn’t know race or gender or anything, so a split-second decision was made to stop all the cars at that intersection, and search for the armed robber,” Aurora police Officer Frank Fania told ABC News.
Officers barricaded the area, halting 19 cars.
“Cops came in from every direction and just threw their car in front of my car,” Sonya Romero, one of the drivers who was handcuffed, told ABC News affiliate KMGH-TV in Denver.
From there, the police went from car to car, removing the passengers and handcuffing the adults.
“Most of the adults were handcuffed, then were told what was going on and were asked for permission to search the car,” Fania said. “They all granted permission, and once nothing was found in their cars, they were un-handcuffed.”
The search lasted between an hour and a half and two hours, and it wasn’t until the final car was searched that police apprehended the suspect.
“Once officers got to his car, they found evidence that he was who they were looking for,” Fania said. “When they searched the car, they found two loaded firearms.”
The actions of the police have been met with some criticism, but Fania said this was a unique situation that required an unusual response.
“It’s hard to say what normal is in a situation like this when you haven’t dealt with a situation like this,” Fania said. “The result of the whole ordeal is that it paid off. We have arrested and charged a suspect.”
The other people who had been held at the intersection were allowed to leave once the suspect was apprehended.
This is such a ridiculous abuse of power and violation of rights…but the sad thing is the herd just went along with it. But hey, it “paid off”. Precedent has been set in that town thanks to Officer Fania. Detain all of them until they prove their innocence.
Nobody told the cops to go screw themselves when they asked to search their vehicle. “Why shouldn’t they search my car? I have nothing to hide.” The first rule of driving is never, ever, allow the cops search your vehicle. They can get a warrant. It’s time we start making these jackboots act like peace officers instead of corrupt jackboots.
“To protect and serve”. Supposedly that is, or was, the motto for police departments. Seems more likely the motto is “to collect and annoy”. The latest dipshit police action comes to you from Cleveland, Ohio where a man was cited for littering for dropping a dollar bill out of his car window to a homeless panhandler.
The Blaze reports:
Last Monday, John Davis was reportedly exiting the I-90 in Cleveland, Ohio when he saw a pale, thin man in a wheelchair holding a sign that said something along the lines of, “Love Jesus, Please Help.”
Davis, who has a brother that is paralyzed, says he enjoys helping people, particularly since he knows how much his brother struggles.
“Not only that, but he‘s needing some money or he wouldn’t be out there,” Davis remarked of the man in the wheelchair.
So, Davis recalled, he grabbed a couple of dollars and folded them, extending his arm out his window to give the bills to the man.
“He touched it. It hit the ground. At that point, he bent over and he picked it up,” Davis explained.
John Davis May Pay $500 For Littering After Giving a Homeless Man Money and Briefly Dropping One of the Bills
It was only a few seconds before police cruiser lights began flashing, and an officer reportedly told Davis he was being cited for littering.
“Are you serious?” Davis asked.
“I’m darn serious,” the officer allegedly responded, writing “Throw paper out window,” on the ticket, and in parenthesis, “money to panhandler.”
Now, Fox 8 notes that Ohio does have a law that prohibits panhandling and giving money to panhandlers near a highway or street (including a berm, shoulder, treelawn or sidewalk), but that is not what the man was seemingly ticketed for.
When Davis protested, the officer reportedly told him to “take it up with the courts,” where he may have to pay $500, including associated court fees.
“I don’t mean any disrespect toward the police department at all, we need ‘em, but I just wish I didn’t have to pay this ticket,” Davis said.
Not only that, but he said this will undeniably curtail his future charitable givings towards the homeless.
“I’d like to do it again but I’m petrified I’m going to get a ticket.”
I am so proud to live in a country where we have busy body asshole cops patrol our streets as leviathan revenue collectors and jackboot thugs. At least with the sheriff department you can cast a vote for your protection. This is freaking ridiculous.