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Police state

A retired cop explains how "modern local law enforcement is becoming the police state's handmaiden." Check it out.


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Jun. 14th, 2001 11:59 am (UTC)
still chewing on that article
lots of room for thought there... my first mental hypertext link was to FEMA, and some of the bizarre uses of the military and police forces in FEMA "exercises." (e.g. dropping in on lines off of chinook helicopters, conducting house to house searches for handguns, etc.) i did a quick scan of google, but i can't find speciic examples. but i did find a fun site http://www.parascope.com/ds/articles/femaXfile.htm
Jun. 15th, 2001 08:36 am (UTC)
The problem
It reminds me very much of the "Why?" "Because I told you do" argument. I think a major problem with the US government today is that it thinks that it is our parent ("our founding fathers" may have been taken a little TOO seriously). It is not, not, NOT, NOT the government's job to make decisions about my life for me. Consenting adults should be able to do whatever they want (by themselves or with each other); I should be able to own a gun if I so choose, so long as I do not do anything illegal with that gun; etc.

I guess what I am trying to say to is that it is not just the police officers that are the problem. It is the law itself, and the law-makers themselves, that are the problem.

I long to see a country where the people matter most. I long to see true freedom, where adults may consent to anything which does not effect non-consenting adults or children. Yes, I agree that "drunk driving" is a serious thing and should be against the law. But, no, I do not agree with a host of other laws, such as the California law which makes it illegal to eat horsemeat or to transport/sell/kill a horse for the purpose of it being eaten (it makes me want to go out and eat a horse in protest - I wonder if it applies to ponies and miniature horses, as well).
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