[Editor’s Note: This article contains some controversial and uncomfortable topics and does not necessarily represent the opinions of the editors. However, there is much to consider here regarding the police state.]
I propose that there exists too much government trying to assert control over the U.S. citizens– “We, the people”. The burden upon the citizens is enormous, and the citizens have accepted it under the guise that it is necessary for our well-being and for the safety and well-being of those who protect us. Let’s take a look at the evidence.
Wisdom from U.S. Forefathers
“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin
“Give me liberty, or give me death!” – Patrick Henry
“The land of the free and the home of the brave.” – Francis Scott Key
“…a government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” – Abraham Lincoln
The Size and Force of our Law Enforcement Agencies
A US citizen is eight times more likely to be killed by a police officer than a terrorist. – Jim Harper at the CATO Institute
The Department of Homeland Security Total Budget Authority for 2016 alone was $64,858,484,000. (That’s billion with a “B”!. Note that this information comes from the department itself.)
Citizens Are Ignorant of the Law
If “ignorance of the law is no excuse,” then every American citizen— literally, every single one— is ignorant and in peril, for nobody can know all the laws that govern their behavior. Edwin Meese III was U.S. attorney general under President Reagan and is chairman of the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at the Heritage Foundation
SWAT Team Dramatic Expansion
Since the early 1980s, the use of SWAT teams has undergone a dramatic expansion, in the number of departments creating SWAT teams and in the mission and sheer number of SWAT deployments. The number of departments—both large and small—with SWAT teams has increased by 48 percent from 1985 to 1995. SWAT team use increased as well, with team deployments jumping by 939 percent from 1980 to 1995, reaching about 30,000 deployments.
The nature of their use changed as well. Peter Kraska, Professor and Chair of Graduate Studies and Research in the School of Justice Studies at Eastern Kentucky University, estimates the increase in SWAT team use from 1980 to 2000 to be about 1,500 percent. Karl Bickel, Senior Policy Analyst US DOJ
The Department of Homeland Security has issued an open purchase order for 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition. As reported elsewhere, some of this purchase order is for hollow-point rounds, mostly forbidden by international law for use in war, along with a frightening amount specialized for snipers. Also reported elsewhere, at the height of the Iraq War, the Army was expending less than 6 million rounds a month. Therefore 1.6 billion rounds would be enough to sustain a hot war for 20+ years… in America!! This is from Ralph Benko, Contributor to Forbes Magazine March 11th 2013.
How Dangerous Is the Police Officer’s Job?
Assertion: “Police officers have a dangerous job” Fact: They don’t even make it into the top 10 most dangerous jobs in America. US Bureau of Labor Statistics
Judges Rule Police Duty Doesn’t Includes Protecting Citizens
Our judges have ruled that it is not the police department’s duty to protect citizens any longer. “Police Do Not Have a Constitutional Duty to Protect Someone” Linda Greenhouse in New York Times JUNE 28, 2005. This is evident in the District of Columbia Court of Appeals Case Warren v. District of Columbia
U.S. police have killed nearly 9,000 civilians since 9/11. At least 8,882 civilians have been killed by police since 9/11 as of July 2016. This figure is based on government data and civilian- and media-run databases of police killings, although experts agree that the true number could be far higher. By contrast, the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks– still the deadliest act of terrorism committed on U.S. soil– claimed the lives of 2,996 people and injured over 6,000 others. This comes from Kit O’Connell.
American Citizen Detainment
Everywhere an American citizen goes in their own country, they can be detained or arrested by any one of the following government organizations, many times even if they are not committing a crime. Too many times fear and mindless suspicion is enough to get you investigated or even killed. Sometimes the interaction with law enforcement does not go well and citizens get Tazered or shot and/or killed, all while their civil rights are violated.
When they do get killed, the killer is almost never convicted of the crime. Sometimes they even keep their job. It is brushed off as a training issue to be handled by the department or an accident. (“I thought I was reaching for my Taser when I shot him”.) Or, the officer says he was in fear for him/herself or another officer, even if the suspect was unarmed, sometimes in handcuffs.
If you are in fear that much while wearing a bullet resistant vest with five or six of your fellow officers all with guns around you, you should not be on the job in the first place. Cities and counties pay millions, sometimes tens of millions of dollars, in lawsuits every year due to excessive force, assaults on citizens, false arrests, unlawful detainments, wrongful deaths (murders), et cetera. But the behavior is not changing. It’s getting worse. One thing is clear: they are not around to “protect and serve”, and policing for profit is sometimes the goal they are trained for to keep their budgets in the black.
Thomas Jefferson’s Disappointment
Thomas Jefferson is turning over in his grave at what, we the people, have allowed this country to become. It is time we admitted we have a problem with the way law enforcement is acting towards American citizens, and we fix the problem. Otherwise, the terrorists have already won. America is supposed to be a country of freedom. I know an “Andy in Mayberry” style of policing will not work on the south side of Chicago, but it is part of America. And the Constitution still applies. There must be a way to fix the inner cities and keep the Constitution intact.
Patriot Act Turned All Citizens Into Suspects
The Patriot Act and its follow-up laws have turned all U.S. citizens into suspects for the last 15 years. The combination of cameras everywhere in public, facial recognition software, license plate readers, NSA’s warrantless wiretapping of every American email and phone call all remove any memory of privacy we once had. We have banking laws that track every American’s money and spending. (Do a web search for “know your customer” to see why your bank needs your ID before allowing you to deposit a few hundred dollars cash into your own account with a preprinted deposit slip from your checkbook.)
Privacy Is Dead in America
There is no privacy in America. Even the receptionist at your dentist’s office has your full name, date of birth, and social security number given to them by your health insurance company, who got it from your employer, so you can prove you have health insurance or be fined (taxed) under Obamacare rules. If the Department of Justice can get hacked, how safe is your identity at your dentist office computer server?
Pharmacies require your date of birth for every contact you make with them. You also can’t get a car insurance quote anymore without giving your date of birth and social security number. Using the Internet, someone with your full name and date of birth can know all your sensitive information and steal your identity therefore doing lasting damage to you and your finances. Hence, privacy is dead. But, just stand on a sidewalk in front of a police station or FBI building with a video camera and see what happens when you record them. After initial contact, they will demand ID, even in states that don’t require it by law, and you will probably be arrested for “security reasons”.
Your arrest is probably because again they rear for their safety. This will all happen for a 1st amendment activity that is protected and acted while standing on a public sidewalk. (See all the people that have tried this on YouTube. Search “first amendment fail”.) The government doesn’t like to have the cameras turned on them.
No Knock Warrants, Searches, and Detainment
They initiate “no knock” warrants, searches without any warrants (for their safety) on our streets and at border checkpoints 150 miles inside America. And if you don’t wave your 4th amendment right to not answer their questions, you will be detained until they are “satisfied”. All of this occurs while you are traveling inside your own country! If you had told your grandfather who fought in WW2 you would have to show ID to get on a bus or plane traveling from state to state inside this country, he most likely would have said you were crazy. George Orwell saw it coming in his book 1984.
Movies and TV are full of dozens of propaganda police shows that try to make the American people feel like law enforcement are the good guys. And some cops are probably good, moral people. But ask one you think is a good one, how many of their coworkers he/she has arrested when they saw them violating someone’s civil rights. How many times did they file an official report that was not exactly how the actual encounter happened? Did they lie on the stand in court to get a conviction.
Even “the good ones” are part of the problem, because of the thick blue line that has them protecting their own at our expense. They take an oath to the Constitution but get training to violate it in the course of their work. Video/audio from dash and body cams have shown LEO actions, and later they lie on the witness stand forgetting the proof of their lie was being recorded. But they are almost never charged with perjury, as any of us would if the lie was so obvious. The U.S. justice system was supposed to be one where no one was above the law. It should be where badges do not grant extra rights and citizens have civil rights and rights to privacy that are all gone now, and we need to fix it soon.
Law Enforcement Organizations
While there may be others, the following is a quick list of law enforcement and government agencies that exist for our supposed safety:
- Municipal police (your Town or City)
- County sheriff
- Transit/rail road / sea port /airport authority police
- University police
- State police
- The State highway patrol/DPS
- State & Federal Dept. of Corrections officers
- State capitol police
- US Customs & Border Patrol (They’re operating checkpoints up to 150 miles from all borders. Are you kidding?)
- Dept. of Homeland Security / Federal Protective Service police
- National Guard MP- Army, Air, Navy, et cetera
- Federal Marshal Service
- State & National Park Rangers
- TSA (They have not caught one terrorist!)
- DOD Federal Police
- Army, Navy, Airforce, Marine & Arsenal police
- Private Security Agents at State & Federal Buildings
- Courthouse bailiffs
- NSA (Rhey read your emails… to keep you safe?)
- US Fish & Wildlife (They have SWAT Teams. Why?)
- Federal Air Marshals
- Coast Guard/Harbor Patrol
- Treasury Department agents
- Secret Service agents
- Federal Reserve police (They say they have arrest powers. From a private corporation masquerading as a government agency?!)
- US Postal police (They are not just for reading your mail.)
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