Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Militarized police: Good idea, bad idea? What's your take?

Quick survey: Does anybody (outside law enforcement and the security-industrial complex) think this is actually a good idea?  In my opinion, one of the most dangerous legacies of 9/11 is the fear-driven agenda that preferences a police-state mentality in the name of "security."  

And it gets even more complicated when "security" is claimed as sufficient reason to keep it all secret.  Do your local police have a militarized stockpile? Who knows? Have local media ever tried to find out, or would that be unacceptable pot-stirring in a post-9/11 world?
America's Police Are Looking More and More Like the MilitaryMichael Shank, Elizabeth BeaversThe GuardianOctober 7, 2013 
A Defense Department program transfers military-grade weapons and vehicles to local law enforcement. It's the last thing we need. 
America's streets are looking more and more like a war zone. Last week, in a small county in upstate New York with a population of roughly 120,000 people, county legislators approved the receipt of a 20-ton Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle, donated by the US Defense Department to the county sheriff. 
Between the Armored Personnel Carriers locking down main streets inmajor American cities – mimicking our MRAPs in Afghanistan – or Special Weapons and Tactics (Swat) and Special Forces units canvassing our country, 
if we're not careful, this militarization of our domestic policing will make-over America, and fast.
Read the full story from The Guardian on AlterNet.org.