Since 9/11 American’s have been giving up their liberties. Most of the time it’s because they have been told it is necessary for their ‘safety’. Conservatives yell “socialism” at anything the President suggests, but I don’t hear anyone yelling ‘Fascism” at his lack of support for our rights or his active support for taking away those rights (Patriot Act, Domestic Spying/Eavesdropping, punishing whistleblowers, etc.). The biggest criminals in the world get away with slaps on the wrist while the least powerful have less rights then ever before.
I still remember Eisenhower’s warning:
Up through World War II war-profiteering was punishable by death. Today we have Haliburto/Cheney, Blackwater-Xi/Prince, and they are immune, supported by our legislators.
Ben Franklin wrote: Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
Here is an example of Law Enforcement in the US today:
An LAPD officer would forcibly extend the protestor’s legs, grab his left foot, twist it all the way around and then stomp his boot on the insole, pinning the protestor’s left foot to the pavement, twisted backwards. Then the LAPD officer would grab the protestor’s right foot and twist it all the way the other direction until the non-violent protestor, in incredible agony, would shriek in pain and unlink from his neighbor.
And that’s the cold, methodical behavior to be expected from a militarized police. And the casual spraying of Pepper Spray into the faces of sitting, non-violent protesters that we have all seen. We also see SWAT/Militarized teams (body armor and fully automatic weapons) being used to serve warrants, bust alleged pot smokers, and to break up poker games.
Fear grips this nation, and I am ashamed for it.
How the War on Terror Has Militarized the Police – Arthur Rizer & Joseph Hartman – National – The Atlantic
Have American Police Become Militarized? – NYTimes.com
Defense Cuts Force Contractors to Look to Sell Spy Tech to Cops, Others – The Daily Beast
The growing militarisation of police