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Video: Radley Balko discusses 'Rise of the Warrior Cop' on Real Time with Bill Maher 11/15/13

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Christians should not be warmongers! http://www.lewrockwell.com/vance/vance87.html

that sucks, but...

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Maher must be a fan of WW era rifles.

I'd rather have a bottle in front o' me than a frontal lobotomy

This is the situation we are in.

The police are being trained to think that YOU are the enemy, and as a consequence they make enemies with every single member of the public. This is a vicious cycle that will eventually lead to a revolution if someone else in the power structure doesn't step forward and reign in these out of control police, prosecutors and judges. The law is king, NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND!

“My attitude toward progress has passed from antagonism to boredom. I have long ceased to argue with people who prefer Thursday to Wednesday because it is Thursday.” - G.K. Chesterton

Always assume a cop may kill you at every encounter.

There should be citizen training courses to teach people to protect themselves against police violence. I'm thinking about starting a school for this.

We need to train the public to take self defense into their own hands. If a cop initiates physical violence, you have a right to defend your life and kill the cop. Learn to use your vehicle as a weapon to run over the cop with. If you see cops trying to kill your neighbor, alert your other neighbors to take out your guns and kill the cops quickly if necessary.

We should have citizen cop check squads driving around town going to police actions, filming activity making sure cops aren't getting violent on people for minor offenses and trumping up charges on them. Enforcing a one ticket limit on traffic stops. If cops get violent on citizens, Cop Check Squads should be allowed to use lethal force against cops if necessary.

Radley's book:

The last days of colonialism taught America’s revolutionaries that soldiers in the streets bring conflict and tyranny. As a result, our country has generally worked to keep the military out of law enforcement. But according to investigative reporter Radley Balko, over the last several decades, America’s cops have increasingly come to resemble ground troops. The consequences have been dire: the home is no longer a place of sanctuary, the Fourth Amendment has been gutted, and police today have been conditioned to see the citizens they serve as an other—an enemy.

Today’s armored-up policemen are a far cry from the constables of early America. The unrest of the 1960s brought about the invention of the SWAT unit—which in turn led to the debut of military tactics in the ranks of police officers. Nixon’s War on Drugs, Reagan’s War on Poverty, Clinton’s COPS program, the post–9/11 security state under Bush and Obama: by degrees, each of these innovations expanded and empowered police forces, always at the expense of civil liberties. And these are just four among a slew of reckless programs.

In Rise of the Warrior Cop, Balko shows how politicians’ ill-considered policies and relentless declarations of war against vague enemies like crime, drugs, and terror have blurred the distinction between cop and soldier. His fascinating, frightening narrative shows how over a generation, a creeping battlefield mentality has isolated and alienated American police officers and put them on a collision course with the values of a free society.



Ron Paul, former Texas congressman and Republican presidential candidate:

“Rise of the Warrior Cop is a comprehensive look at the reasons for, and the results of, the increasing militarization of law enforcement. Civil libertarians on the left and limited government conservatives on the right should pay especially close attention to Radley Balko’s examination of the link between the ‘the war on drugs’ and law enforcement’s increased use of police state tactics.”