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How did America's police become a military force on the streets?

Police departments across the country now sport armored personnel carriers designed for use on a battlefield. Some have helicopters, tanks and Humvees. They carry military-grade weapons. Most of this equipment comes from the military itself. Many SWAT teams today are trained by current and former personnel from special forces units like the Navy SEALs or Army Rangers. National Guard helicopters now routinely swoop through rural areas in search of pot plants and, when they find something, send gun-toting troops dressed for battle rappelling down to chop and confiscate the contraband. But it isn’t just drugs. Aggressive, SWAT-style tactics are now used to raid neighborhood poker games, doctors’ offices, bars and restaurants, and head shops—despite the fact that the targets of these raids pose little threat to anyone. This sort of force was once reserved as the last option to defuse a dangerous situation. It’s increasingly used as the first option to apprehend people who aren’t dangerous at all.

http://www.abajournal.com/magazine/article/how_did_americas_...

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By Design...

Most police chiefs and sheriffs only hire military trained individuals.

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Tyranny or Freedom

Sic semper evello mortem Tyrannis! We can have self-rule and freedom, or rule by others (ie. government) but we must make a choice. As Washington warned, "Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is FORCE; like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearsome master." The 2nd Amendment informs us that "A regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed". With a well armed and regularly trained citizenry (the militia), our need for police and ubiquitous SWAT and other paramilitary teams is greatly reduced if not eliminated, and the likelihood of a tyrannical government, the real purpose of the 2nd Amendment, is greatly inhibited. It is not enough to embrace freedom. We must actively and continuously oppose tyranny wherever and at whatever level it exists. We at People Opposing Tyranny (P.O.T.) embrace freedom and oppose tyranny at every level. We embrace the US Constitution and ONLY those laws made in pursuance thereof, as the Supreme Law of the land. We reject the federal government's "war on drugs" as unconstitutional, and similar efforts at the state and local levels as generally misguided and evil. Funny how an amendment to the US Constitution was required in 1919 to make the sale and use of alcohol illegal, yet mere Congressional action was required in 1937, a few years after repeal of prohibition, to outlaw marijuana, cocaine, heroin and other substances! This continuing "Prohibition" of certain "drugs" is great for business if you are in the black market, including growers, manufacturers, dealers, importers, corrupt police and government officials and politicians at all levels, as well as the huge numbers of police and other agents of the modern police state required to deal with the problems created and maintained by this black market, which also indirectly and directly benefits lawyers, judges, court personnel, and the prison industry, both public and quasi-public. Much of our problems with violent crime almost everywhere in this nation, as well as illegal immigration and stress on our institutions of public welfare and health care are largely a result of this intentionally created and maintained phony "war" on drugs.

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bigmikedude's picture

Sure have come a long way from

the days of Andy.


http://youtu.be/sQ2lkJY38Ag

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They are, however, part and parcel of two broader phenomena. One is the militarization of domestic law enforcement. In recent years, police departments have widely adopted military tactics, military equipment (armored personnel carriers, flash-bang grenades) — and, sometimes, the mindset of military conquerors rather than domestic peacekeepers.
The other phenomenon is the increasing degree to which civilians are subject to criminal prosecution for noncriminal acts, including exercising the constitutionally protected right to free speech.

http://www.timesdispatch.com/opinion/our-opinion/columnists-...

wth

this should be in Top Recent Topics.