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Sunday, November 13, 2011

A Bitch Too Far

The woman said:
I know
that Messiah is coming
and when he comes,
he will explain everything to us
~ John 4

Abolish the Department of Homeland Security

Warrior Cops:
The Ominous Growth of Paramilitarism
in American Police Departments

In the Year of iDecline, Twenty Eleventy...

Now, if only I could harness the power of Orwell spinning in his grave to fire up my Tesla coil the Bongatorium would be complete...
The primary mission of a police officer traditionally has been to "keep the peace." Those whom an officer suspects to have committed a crime are treated as just that - suspects. Police officers are expected, under the rule of law, to protect the civil liberties of all citizens, even the "bad guys." For domestic law enforcement, a suspect in custody remains innocent until proven guilty.

Soldiers, by contrast, are trained to identify people they encounter as belonging to one of two groups -- the enemy and the non-enemy -- and they often reach this decision while surrounded by a population that considers the soldier an occupying force. Once this identification is made, a soldier's mission is stark and simple: kill the enemy, "try" not to kill the non-enemy.

Indeed, the Soldier's Creed declares, "I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy the enemies of the United States of America in close combat." This is a far cry from the peace officer's creed that expects its adherents "to protect and serve."

Notwithstanding this concern, however, Americans should remain mindful bringing military-style training to domestic law enforcement has real consequences. When police officers are dressed like soldiers, armed like soldiers, and trained like soldiers, it's not surprising that they are beginning to act like soldiers.

And remember: a soldier's main objective is to kill the enemy.


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