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The Logic of the Police State


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The Logic of the Police State

Matthew Harwood

If you’ve been listening to various police agencies and their supporters, then you know what the future holds: anarchy is coming -- and it’s all the fault of activists.


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As abroad, so at home.

Come, get out of the way, boys
Quick, get out of the way
You'd better watch what you say, boys
Better watch what you say
We've rammed in your harbor and tied to your port
And our pistols are hungry and our tempers are short
So bring your daughters around to the port
'Cause we're the Cops of the World, boys
We're the Cops of the World

We pick and choose as please, boys
Pick and choose as please
You'd best get down on your knees, boys
Best get down on your knees
We're hairy and horny and ready to shack
And we don't care if you're yellow or black
Just take off your clothes and lay down on your back
'Cause we're the Cops of the World, boys
We're the Cops of the World

Our boots are needing a shine, boys
Boots are needing a shine
But our Coca-Cola is fine, boys
Coca-Cola is fine
We've got to protect all our citizens fair
So we'll send a battalion for everyone there
And maybe we'll leave in a couple of years
'Cause we're the Cops of the World, boys
We're the Cops of the World

And dump the reds in a pile, boys
Dump the reds in a pile
You'd better wipe off that smile, boys
Better wipe off that smile
We'll spit through the streets of the cities we wreck
And we'll find you a leader that you can elect
Those treaties we signed were a pain in the neck
'Cause we're the Cops of the World, boys
We're the Cops of the World

And clean the johns with a rag, boys
Clean the johns with a rag
If you like you can use your flag, boys
If you like you can use your flag
We've got too much money we're looking for toys
And guns will be guns and boys will be boys
But we'll gladly pay for all we destroy
'Cause we're the Cops of the World, boys
We're the Cops of the World

Please stay off of the grass, boys
Please stay off of the grass
Here's a kick in the ass, boys
Here's a kick in the ass
We'll smash down your doors, we don't bother to knock
We've done it before, so why all the shock
We're the biggest and the toughest kids on the block
And we're the Cops of the World, boys
We're the Cops of the World

And when we butchered your sons, boys
When we butchered your sons
Have a stick of our gum, boys
Have a stick of our bubble gum
We own half the world, oh say can you see
And the name for our profits is democracy
So, like it or not, you will have to be free
'Cause we're the Cops of the World, boys
We're the Cops of the World


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Been watching on Youtube lately largely in response to this issue. I'm still on season one.


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http://www.blacklistednews.com/Chicago_Cops_Say_Keeping_Evidence_of_Misconduct_Puts_Cops_in_Danger_%E2%80%93_So_They%E2%80%99re_Destroying_It/47908/0/38/38/Y/M.html

According to this article the Police Department in Chicago is destroying evidence of Police misconduct claiming it puts their officers at risk.


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If we are to have or restore any semblance of justice in America the criminal "justice" system must be reformed as Mathew Harwoods excellent piece points-out.
The reality of uncontrolled police forces acting in whatever ways that enhances their power with near total impunity is a threat to all citizens and our nation - if there is no justice for all, there is no justice for any! The relationship between "prosecutors" and police is essential to the impunity of police who commit egregious acts with zero possibility of justice for their victims or society in general. We have allowed the creation/expansion of a police identity/agenda that separates them from all others (except the wealthy for the most part) and allows citizens to be used as adjuncts to promotion and justify increased personnel and funding for toys of the trade.
The Prison Industrial Congressional Complex, comprised of laws designed to create and maintain a permanent class (or classes) of "perps", as with the "War on Drugs", police who benefit from and enforce the relationship, a "justice" system designed and geared to subjugate and oppress average people and coddle the wealthy, and a for-profit prison system now incarcerating more prisoners than any nation on Earth - taken together this "system" is designed for a few to profit from the misery and abuse of millions.
The increase of police violence and role as executioner immune from competent prosecution must be reigned-in and reformed, with strong separation between police and prosecutors paramount.

"Humanity many times has had sad experiences with super-powerful police forces…..As soon as (the police) slip out from under the firm thumb of a suspicious local tribune, they become arbitrary, merciless, a law unto themselves. They think no more of justice, but only of establishing themselves as a privileged and envied elite. They mistake the attitude of natural caution and uncertainty of the civilian population as admiration and respect, and presently they start to swagger back and forth, jingling their weapons in megalomaniac euphoria.
People thereupon become not masters, but servants. Such a police force becomes an aggregate of uniformed criminals, the more baneful in that their position is unchallenged and sanctioned by law.
The police mentality cannot regard a human being in terms other than an item or object to be processed as expeditiously as possible. Public convenience or dignity means nothing; police prerogatives assume the status of divine law. Submissiveness is demanded. If a police officer kills a civilian, it is a regrettable circumstance: the officer was possibly overzealous. If a civilian kills a police officer all hell breaks loose. The police foam at the mouth. All other business comes to a standstill until the perpetrator of this most dastardly act is found out. Inevitably, when apprehended, he is beaten or otherwise tortured for his intolerable presumption.
The police complain that they cannot function efficiently, that criminals escape them. Better a hundred unchecked criminals than the despotism of one unbridled police force" - Jack Vance


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Anarchy IS coming. But it is as usual the fault of illegitimate and corrupt government using the police to abuse citizens. And too bad. The meltdown of the US state will make what happened in Russia back in 1991 look like a walk in the park.


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Who is speaking to whom? We see again and again that people speak through media hyperbole and exaggeration so as to buttress their case. According to the cops 'Anarchy is coming' because they are being constrained to follow the law and proper police procedures or because military equipment is considered over the top for police equipment.

When making their case, our society has learned to use media speak like do politicians when they are manipulating the voters' perceptions of an issue.

It isn't that police should or shouldn't carry guns when fully automatic rifles are discussed but it sounds like if you oppose them being given grenades (imagine that!!!) it is made to sound like you want to have the police to be unarmed.

Another issue is the "Obey or Die" ethic now being promulgated by policing authorities. Instant obedience or death? Whoa! "Excuse me officer but I'm not disobeying about keeping quiet but I have a heart condition and need to go to the hospital immediately." Unfortunately that isn't hyperbole. it happens. People have died for asking for medical assistance while under arrest. Asthma, heart conditions or other debilitating health conditions can and have been a death sentence because some cop felt that your death throes constituted disobedience.

America should deal with this 'Obey or Die' mentality in police. If we do it'll save lives. Ours.


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"What this “debate” has revealed, in fact, is a mainstream policing mindset ready to manufacture fear without evidence and promote the belief that American civil rights and liberties are actually an impediment to public safety. In the end, such law enforcement arguments subvert the very idea that the police are there to serve the community and should be under civilian control."

The above "Domestic Protocol" runs parallel to the so-called War(s) on Terror. There, too, any attempt to challenge the costs, logic, morality, and sanity of such operations is turned into a apologia for the terrorists.

It's the simplistic "with us or against" soldier-oriented thinking that is turning the entire world into one huge battlefield.... the logos for Mars Rules.


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Police in America have been employing the KKK script for a long time. They want to teach the black folk a lesson by relentlessly executing unarmed folks in some cases deliberately leaving a dead body where they fall for the bystanders to watch. These killings are reminiscent of the KKK lynching where they would hang the dead bodies to create fear in others in the community.


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Everything you said (spelling errors, not included) fits what I mean in frequent references to Mars Rules.


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Except that this behavior has the full citizenry within its scope. It starts out on the less empowered sectors of society. You know, "first they came for..." and such.


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This is (simply) the working out of the logic of power. A select group of the under-class is given power to control the rest of the underclass to the benefit of the over-class. In the US, we started with a reasonable understanding of this process (at least in the east) and established a constitution partially intended to control and limit such abuses.

There are always, in a society, those who have tendencies toward brutality and abuse of power; these people are disproportionally drawn to policing. Good police forces realize this and attempt to weed them out; eventually, however, they always move into and dominate the culture, even when their numbers are relatively small.

This would only change when police forces begin to abuse the wealthy -- not a very likely event. The growing inequality in society will only fuel police abuse, abuse that will not end unless greater social equity is forthcoming.


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When abuses are bad enough the disorganized masses organize sufficiently to create a moment of equity -- only a moment, and then mostly from structural necessity. Immediately the cycle begins again. The understanding of this is nothing even remotely new; the oldest written thoughts are about abusive political systems or about how to organize a society that is less abusive.


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The police have become like a mafia organization....They can beat you they can shoot and kill you..They can take your money your car your house and you not be guilty of any crime....They claim that there is a war against them lol....Just your basic lies so they can ramp up their persecution of innocent people...The real war is just the opposite ..The police have declared war on the innocent..They are rarely held accountable for their wholesale murder on anyone for any reason..If they shoot you it is like oops my bad.I was scared for my cowardly life..They are above the law they are the new crime wave ....The police in conjunction with the military industrial complex and have free reign to do as they please and they do,,,,GOP assholes along with police unions..Have become outlaws with a badge....They run around the interstate hwys looking for ways to get your money they dont care about criminals they only want loot........To me they are just as bad as the criminals....Any time you call the police for help they are just as likely to shoot you or one of your loved ones.....I would say short of witnessing a murder I would never call the cops for any reason..Your just asking for more trouble.


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The police have become the anarchy.....They are the new menace.


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I wrote the article below on 2 September 2004 after the police corralled hundreds of people and held them on a rat infested pier until the RNC was over. We have continued to deteriorate to the point that we now have candidate's thugs beating up any opposition. And the right is praising them! I see little difference between being Bushwhacked in 2004 and living in the Obamanation today, except that the wars and torture and giveaways to the rich are even wider, more brutal, and more blatant.

Brownshirts Dressed in Blue? (Published by CD in 2004)
by
Steve Osborn

I have observed the Republican fascist takeover of our government with great trepidation, as I am a student of history. The parallels with the Germany of the 30's are frightening. The Weimar Republic was under attack and the economy was failing. They could have balanced the budget, but chose not (or were not allowed) to tax the wealthy Junkers, the owners of most of the agriculture and heavy industry of Germany. Instead, the burden fell on the middle classes.

Hitler had written his plan for Germany and the World in Mein Kampf and there was little of freedom in it. The Nazis had a small minority in the Reichstag, but there was a large organization of thugs known as the SA, or Brownshirts. These stormtroopers protected Hitler’s rallies by driving off or beating up on the opposition. They destroyed polling booths and drove off opposition party voters at the polls, stole ballot boxes, and generally brutalized any opposition. Hitler made a pact with the army Officer Corps and the Junkers, that the army would be rebuilt and supplied. They would be given free rein. The Junkers would not be taxed or their profits reduced by the Nazi government. They poured huge amounts into the Nazi coffers, which was used to fuel a propaganda machine unmatched until today.

The Nazis finally won and took power. Hitler quickly suborned the Reichstag into a rubber stamp congress for his programs. He used a phony terrorist act (The SS set fire to the Riechstag Building and blamed it on the communists) to clamp down on the people, for their own security of course.

“Restrictions on personal liberty, on the right of freedom of expression of opinion, including freedom of the press; or the rights of assembly and association; and violations of the privacy of postal, telegraphic and telephonic communications; and warrants for house searches, orders for confiscations as well as restrictions on property, are also permitted beyond the legal limit otherwise prescribed.”

No, that is not a quote from the PATRIOT ACT, it is taken from a decree “for the Protection of the People and the State” (AKA the Enabling Acts) issued on 28 February 1933, the day after the Reichstag fire, suspending the seven sections of the Weimar constitution which guaranteed individual and civil liberties. It was described as a “defensive measure against Communist acts of violence endangering the state.”

Once the Nazis had consolidated their power, newspapers or radio stations expressing opposition were either shut down, or the Brownshirts destroyed their presses and offices. As the newspapers were suppressed, they were “bought” by Nazi propagandists. Soon, all that one heard or read in Germany was the Nazi’s “fair and balanced” viewpoint. Soon, it was death or a concentration camp for those who disagreed or even listened to another viewpoint. Labor unions quickly came under fire and were abolished. The various churches who tried to protest were silenced or outlawed. Pensions were erased and labor laws were abolished. New ones were substituted which left the workers with no right but to do what they were told. Then came the book burnings and an attempt to erase anything that did not agree with the Nazi view of the world.

Don’t get me wrong, I do not equate Bush with Hitler. Bush doesn’t have Hitler’s charisma, nor is he anywhere close to as intelligent. I am just trying to point out that the United States is poised on a slippery slope and the lesson is there to be read in fairly recent history.

In both Italy and Germany, the government and big business were closely tied and business had the right to unlimited profit. The government passed laws against organized labor and repealed any laws that guaranteed worker’s rights. Pensions were repealed and the funds returned to business and government to use as they wished. Both governments invented foreign enemies that “threatened their existence.” The people were expected to approve any measure that protected them from those enemies. People who protested these policies were automatically classified as traitors or enemy agents. They were tried, often in secret tribunals, and executed, or just disappeared, often to a concentration camp. Ethnic groups were singled out as scapegoats and persecuted, often winding up in concentration camps. The above description is only a thumbnail sketch of what happened, but one can get the idea.

The result in each case was a nation whose citizens were bombarded with only one point of view until they came to believe it, who marched lock step with their leader right into the abyss, dragging millions of innocents along with them. In four years, we have gone from a respected nation that worked with the world to try to make it a better place, to a nation hated and despised for being a bully, a liar, a killer, a torturer and a gross polluter, raping the environment for private profit and greed.

I would like the United States to be remembered as something better; as a nation of law and empathy and respect; as a nation with a marvelous Constitution and Bill of Rights that is a model for any emerging nation. Watching the actions of the NYPD suppressing the people exercising their First Amendment rights, while the major “fair and balanced” media ignored it, made me realize how fragile these freedoms and that Constitution have become under the Cheney/Bush regime. These latter day Brownshirts are rapidly gaining power. We the People are rapidly running out of options and we had better exercise them at the polls before it’s too late.
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Remember, I wrote this eleven years ago and it has been downhill ever since. Our SA is totally out of control and is supported by the 0.001% and its government sock puppets. Obey or die seems to be becoming the watchword, and the courts and prosecutors definitely do not act like Perry Mason.
* I was born before WW-II and remember when we lived as citizens of a Constitutional Republic, the United States of America It was not perfect, but it was a hell of a lot better than living as subjects of the Empire of the Fourth Reich.
* At the time I wrote the article above, it seemed that the "Democrats" were trying. Since then, they have proved themselves to just be the other sock puppet for the Oilagarchy. Neither offers a real choice. You get to choose the sock puppet to do the bidding of the 0.001% for the next four to eight years. Then you get to pick from a new pair.
* From what I am reading lately, it would seem that We the People are finally waking up. I just hope and pray it is not too late. Regime change is desperately needed and is going to be horribly difficult to achieve, but I believe worth the struggle. The alternative is to descend into the abyss, where little or no hope remains.
;-})


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