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Fri Jul 11, 2014, 11:33 AM

Escalating Domestic Warfare


from Consortium News:


Escalating Domestic Warfare
July 8, 2014

Between the War on Drugs and the War on Terror, the United States has witnessed a transformation of its law enforcement, from lightly armed neighborhood policemen to militarized units deploying weapons of warfare, including armored personnel carriers, as Brian J. Trautman explains.


By Brian J. Trautman


Last month, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) released a report titled “War Comes Home: The Excessive Militarization of American Policing,” shedding much needed light on the emergence of a militarist ethos in policing across the nation.

In a review of public records, such as incident reports, requested from more than 260 law enforcement agencies in 25 states and the District of Columbia, the ACLU found that, from the responses received, 818 SWAT operations from 20 local law enforcement agencies located in 11 states fully met their research criteria, which took geographic diversity into account, among other factors. The SWAT incidents that were analyzed fell in the time period between July 2010 and last October.

Based on the ACLU’s examination, it was determined that paramilitary policing is neither sporadic nor isolated; rather, it is widespread and pervasive. Perhaps the most eye-opening and disturbing aspects of the ACLU’s report are the revelations of when, why and how Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams are being used.

The trend toward hyper-aggressive tactics of today’s law enforcement are having tragic consequences, for both civilians and law officers. Property is being destroyed. Civil liberties are being violated. SWAT teams are employing methods and equipment which have traditionally been reserved for war. For example, roughly 500 law enforcement agencies now possess Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles built to withstand armor-piercing roadside bombs. ............................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://consortiumnews.com/2014/07/08/escalating-domestic-warfare/



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daleanime Jul 2014 #1
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Chakaconcarne Jul 2014 #3
blkmusclmachine Jul 2014 #4
littlemissmartypants Jul 2014 #5
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Response to marmar (Original post)

Fri Jul 11, 2014, 11:42 AM

1. Kick....

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Fri Jul 11, 2014, 02:06 PM

2. I don't know...

I keep hearing these stories about how local law enforcement is getting old military equipment and it makes me think: "what else are they gonna do with it? Send it to China."

I haven't heard a lot of stories (any actually) about SWAT teams using excessive force. There are the stories about the police using excessive force against occupy folks, but not with armored vehicles.

Sure, we need to keep an eye on this trend, but if it's an issue of having equipment that will make our law enforcement personnel safer against gun nuts. I'm not opposed to it - they (law enforcement types) have families too.

In fact let's give a few armored vehicles to the BLM and assault any ranches (for example) in Nevada that don't feel obligated to pay their fees.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Fri Jul 11, 2014, 02:46 PM

3. I wonder about this....

Who needs wars when you can support the weapons manufacturers at home and drive up the cost of American Security. Look what's happening.... Lack of Gun Control, hysteria to drive people to buy guns, inflaming the inflammable, Cultural bias, Religious bias, ignorance.... All things that seem easy to resolve or tame, but instead are made worse. Why have all these secret prisons been built, but lay empty? I wonder if someday the US will look like Iraq.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Fri Jul 11, 2014, 05:54 PM

4. I have seen the enemy, and he is us.

 

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Response to blkmusclmachine (Reply #4)

Fri Jul 11, 2014, 09:20 PM

5. Yep. nt

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Response to blkmusclmachine (Reply #4)

Sat Jul 12, 2014, 09:06 AM

7. I have seen a transformation of what use to be considered rare instances of police brutality

in cities near me in Ct. Now, it is markedly different...and not for the better.

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Sat Jul 12, 2014, 08:51 AM

6. "Divide and Rule" politics has consequences. nt

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