Soon there will something else for the media to bloviate over, that is following this Sunday’s talk shows where the events in Ferguson, particularly the militarization of the police, will hold center court, that is unless the Russian-Ukraine mess becomes even hotter than it now appears to be.
But unless the State and the corporate powers that our government is wedded to, decide for some reason to abandon their policy of turning America into a full blown police state the furor will be manipulated to its desired end in the vast black hole of American memory. Of even shorter duration, the concerns would evaporate in an instance at the slightest terrorist event on American soil.
With all of the outrage over the scenes of the heavily armed police in Ferguson percolating through the nation, there will be more attention paid to the voices from the left and from civil libertarians over the militarization of American police forces across the nation.
The outrage will be front page news for some time, the Sunday talk shows will be filled with debates over the issue, but it is highly unlikely that anything of a material nature will be done about it. Not when the DHS is warning about domestic terrorism opposed to the government, when the Congress has consistently defeated any bills proposed to reduce or end the sales of government “surplus” military hardware to the local police forces of America, and certainly not so when, and it is only a matter of time, there is an Islamic terrorist event on American soil, false flag or not. Now, more likely sooner than later.
Even with the outrage and the horrible visions of America under siege that have permeate all of the media outlets, just try and think back to the Boston Marathon bombing, where military vehicles and overly armed police roamed the streets to great applause and admiration and none protested. The picture of a well populated armored vehicle at the top of this post is not of Ferguson. While some of us were in awe of the blatant display of military hardware during a total lock down of the entire city and the immediate environs, martial law in all its glory was displayed to America as if to inure us to the inevitability of similar scenes to be played out across the land.
The most recent attempt to curb the gifts of DOD military hardware to the local police departments across America was defeated in Congress 355-62, 355-62!! Perhaps, with all of the Sturm und Drang over Ferguson there will be a renewed vote with the civil libertarians and true liberals joining hands, but it is very, very unlikely to overcome the power of the lobbies for the MIC and total police-surveillance state. Despite all of the rhetoric, it is very likely that the armies of tyranny and martial law have already passed the proverbial Rubicon. The police are armed to the teeth, they will not be relinquishing their toys.
Let us all not forget, as well, that the Obama administration has overseen a massive buildup of arms and ammunition at practically every government agency under the umbrella of the executive branch. Not only should this engender the obvious question why? Why does the Social Security Department, Health and Human Services and many other non-law enforcement related agencies need automatic rifles and hollow tipped bullets? But is should also scare the hell out of the American people, if only we would stop and put down the hot dogs, hamburgers and cold beers and use our God given brains.
It would be terrific to believe that we live in a democracy of any sorts and that popular outrage, that can be turned towards some other object at the drop of the propagandists hat, will change the long standing but rapidly accelerating transformation of America into a total police state and its people turned from citizens to slaves. But most of us do not get to sit for hours on end in a smoke filled room in Denver.
From Boston to Ferguson: Have We Reached a Tipping Point in the Police State?
I thought I was losing my capacity to be shocked — but events in Missouri over just the last couple of hours have crossed a frightening line, one that makes me pray that this assault on fundamental American values is just the aberration of one rudderless Heartland community, and not the first symptoms of nation gone mad with high-tech weaponry to keep its own citizens in line.”—Journalist Will Bunch
The difference between what happened in Boston in the wake of the Boston Marathon explosion and what is happening now in Ferguson, Missouri, is not in the government’s response but in the community’s response.
This is what happens when you ignore the warning signs.
This is what happens when you fail to take alarm at the first experiment on your liberties.
This is what happens when you fail to challenge injustice and government overreach until the prison doors clang shut behind you.
Rand Paul’s op-ed on Ferguson shows why he is the most interesting voice in the GOP right now
“If I had been told to get out of the street as a teenager, there would have been a distinct possibility that I might have smarted off,” Paul writes. “But, I wouldn’t have expected to be shot.” He goes on to make the case for a demilitarization of the police in America within the framework of a broader criticism of “big government”; “Washington has incentivized the militarization of local police precincts by using federal dollars to help municipal governments build what are essentially small armies — where police departments compete to acquire military gear that goes far beyond what most of Americans think of as law enforcement,” Paul writes.
Paul also ties what is happening in Missouri to his broader campaign against the government’s expanded reach into average Americans’ phones and e-mail accounts. “When you couple this militarization of law enforcement with an erosion of civil liberties and due process that allows the police to become judge and jury — national security letters, no-knock searches, broad general warrants, pre-conviction forfeiture — we begin to have a very serious problem on our hands,” he writes.
War Gear Flows to Police Departments
NEENAH, Wis. — Inside the municipal garage of this small lakefront city, parked next to the hefty orange snowplow, sits an even larger truck, this one painted in desert khaki. Weighing 30 tons and built to withstand land mines, the armored combat vehicle is one of hundreds showing up across the country, in police departments big and small.
The 9-foot-tall armored truck was intended for an overseas battlefield. But as President Obama ushers in the end of what he called America’s “long season of war,” the former tools of combat — M-16 rifles, grenade launchers, silencers and more — are ending up in local police departments, often with little public notice.
During the Obama administration, according to Pentagon data, police departments have received tens of thousands of machine guns; nearly 200,000 ammunition magazines; thousands of pieces of camouflage and night-vision equipment; and hundreds of silencers, armored cars and aircraft.
The equipment has been added to the armories of police departments that already look and act like military units. Police SWAT teams are now deployed tens of thousands of times each year, increasingly for routine jobs. Masked, heavily armed police officers in Louisiana raided a nightclub in 2006 as part of a liquor inspection. In Florida in 2010, officers in SWAT gear and with guns drawn carried out raids on barbershops that mostly led only to charges of “barbering without a license.”
Ferguson Mayor: Two DOJ ‘Protest Marshals’ In Town | The Daily Caller
Two Department of Justice “protest marshals” are in Ferguson, Mo., to help train people taking part in demonstrations over the fatal police shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
That’s according to Ferguson mayor James Knowles, who spoke with The Daily Caller Wednesday evening.
The town of about 20,000 just north of St. Louis has become the flash point of racial strife after a Ferguson police officer shot Brown following an altercation on Saturday.
The officer claims that Brown, who is black, assaulted him and tried to take his weapon. Witnesses say that Brown was surrendering when he was shot.
Police have provided few answers to questions of how many shots the officer fired and in what part of the body Brown was hit. Law enforcement agencies’ response to the protests and demonstrations has also drawn criticism for the use of heavy military-grade machinery, assault rifles, tear gas and rubber bullets.
Ferguson Riot Police Viciously Attack Reporters & Protesters –
The Militarization of Law Enforcement in America: Blowback in Ferguson | Global Research
The fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager and the ensuing protests in Ferguson, Missouri has rocked America. Even the mainstream media with its aversion to the truth, has been forced to address the militarization of the police in America – albeit years too late.
This is a short call from informing the mainstream media that the country has been living under pseudo martial law for decades.
On April 13, 2013, the ACLU (Shasta Chapter) invited me to be their keynote speaker to talk about government secrecy, drones and militarization of America. The Ferguson shooting and its coverage it the media prompted me to highlight some of the points made during that talk as they relate to today’s events.
Historians and political scientists have warned about dangerous war fever sweeping the United States. America’s entanglements overseas, its imperial ambitions, and the more recent “global war on terror”, a war of indefinite duration against an ill-defined shifting enemy, with no specific definition of victory, poses a grave danger to the very character of American government and society, unraveling the fabric of the Constitution.
The framers of the Constitution recognized such dangers when they carefully subordinated the military to civilian authority and attempted to limit the power of the President to initiate war. Gregory Foster, a former Army officer and West Point graduate who now teaches national security studies at the National Defense University in Washington said that the principle of civilian control of the military—an early building block of American democracy- has been reversed and become the civilian subjugation to the military.
Finding Trout In Your Milk?
“If we define an American fascist as one who in case of conflict puts money and power ahead of human beings, then there are undoubtedly several million fascists in the United States. There are probably several hundred thousand if we narrow the definition to include only those who in their search for money and power are ruthless and deceitful.” The Danger of American Fascism, Henry A. Wallace, 1944