Militarization of our police forces

 This is going to sound like a ranting  but  there are themes, patterns and trends emerging that cannot be denied. All appearances are that the government of the people and by the people is becoming of a totalitarian government that at some point will surely slip the leash of the constitution.

We have well over 2 million men, women and children in the jails and prisons of the nation. We have an overage of private and public prisons just waiting to be filled. We have one of the largest criminal justice establishments in the world. Crime as been consistently diminishing for the last decade but nowhere have I seen a corresponding shrinkage of the criminal justice establishment.

The very nature of our military is in the process of being altered from that of defenders of the nation to that with a mission of holding citizens without access to the legal systems for an indefinite period of time.

Homeland security is now in the business of collecting information on potential public unrest. Well, bad government is going to create unrest. “…The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) recently obtained close to 300 pages of documents, as a result of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, detailing the federal agency’s “intelligence gathering” practices on the web….”

“…Among the documents were guidelines from DHS instructing outside contractors to monitor the web for media reports and comments that “reflect adversely” on the agency or the federal government.

As Reuters reported last month, in early 2010 contractors were asked to spend 24 hours monitoring news media coverage on popular websites, including Facebook, Twitter, Hulu, WikiLeaks, as well as news sites including the Huffington Post and The Drudge Report…”Group Forces Congressional Hearing On Big Sis’ Twitter, Drudge Spying

There there is the question of why congress is purchasing 300 drones for use in the US. These are incredible eyes in the sky for a host of tracking misions. Drones over U.S. get OK by Congress .  and then there is a further step. Congress Calls for Accelerated Use of Drones in U.S. The question is for real: who is going to be tracked and what for? Once you have them then they have to be used. This is called mission creep and I have seen this type of stuff time and time again.

Going down to the state and city level is an initiative by the LAPD to develop a state of the arts crime fighting war room that is almost scary. The question that comes out of this is: are we a nation of such lawlessness that this is what we need in our defense. Think in terms of once the concept is developed, just how easy it would be to convert all the emergency operations centers (designed for natural disasters and emergency situations such as train derailments and etc)  at the country level to miniture warrooms. LAPD Pioneers High-Tech Crime-Fighting ‘War Room’

Think in terms of each county having their own state of the arts war room. What is the force that it will command. Yes, each county has its own swat team and Alachua is no exception. Not only does Alachua have its own SWAT team but it has a nacent armored force.  Sheriff’s latest weapon: The Rook Not to be out done, the Gainesville Police Department has its own amored car hidden behind the police department.

Below are some more examples of county ventures into armored cars. Now think in terms of 65 or so county’s and all of a sudden there is a significant armored force that can be amassed at any given location in short order. We have not even brought into consideration the police air power that exists among the counties.

One has to ask themselves are we as a democratic nation that much of a threat to government that we need this amount of power to protect our government. Is there so much criminality that the police forces have to resort to armored force?  The last consideration is who is paying for this conversion of law enforcement into a paramilitary force in lean budget years.


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2 Responses to Militarization of our police forces

  1. Naja says:

    They are afraid, with good reason. With the unrest going on in the world, they expect us to be the next country to erupt. I have a feeling they are right. It’s what happens when people get fed up with governmental bullcrap.

  2. KC, you do such an amazing job with your posts and I am grateful for the info I gain from them. I agree with Naja. As I was reading, my thoughts went to the array of automatic weapons and other instruments of war that I have seen in my years on the streets using drugs. I know that it’s not only the dealers who are armed, but also small groups that are focused on anarchy, who are (as always) coming and going, and always posing a threat. Still, it’s hard to comprehend the level of force that you have described as being neccessary for anything less than civil war. Is this what they are afraid of? Do they realize how out of hand the legal system is and are arming themselves accordingly? It is quite alarming to know all the facts, all the statistics of those who are incarcerated, and are being fed upon by those at the top. The law is lock-up happy and it’s killing our society slowly.

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