The building tyranny

On occasion I have referred to the US Empire as a police state and have received complaints that we are nowhere near a police state. This morning I was reading an article by the always wonderful Fred Reed when I read the following paragraphs.

NSA spies on us illegally and in detail, recording telephone conversations, reading email, recording our financial transactions, on and on. TSA makes air travel a nightmare, forcing us to hop about barefoot and confiscating toothpaste. The police kick in our doors at night on no-knock raids and shoot our dogs. In bus stations we are subject to search without probable cause. The feds track us through our cell phones. Laws make it a crime to photograph the police, an out-and-out totalitarian step: Cockroaches do not like light. The feds give police forces across the country weaponry normal to militaries. Whatever the intention, it is the hardware of control of dissent. Think Tian An Men Square in China.

And we have no recourse. If you resist, you go to jail, maybe not for long, not yet anyway, but jail is jail. Object to TSA and you miss your flight. They know it and use it. The courts do nothing about this. They too are feds.~ Fred Reed

There is much, much more to the story of course, but those two paragraphs (tip of the iceberg that they are) tell us that the Empire is now a police state and that it is getting more totalitarian by the day. It was just this past week that my wife was complaining that some mother got arrested and put in jail because she had a spoon in her purse. Mothers have all sorts of things in their purse and a spoon is one of the things that could easily be in any mother’s purse. (especially if her young are still toddlers) Arrested for what? For having “drug paraphernalia” of course. The most horrible thing is that her public defender wanted to plea bargain her straight to jail. What a wonderful system, eh?

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We have SWAT teams everywhere and they are raiding people’s homes as if they were in a war zone in WWII. I read that SWAT teams are even serving court papers via military style reads these days. This fact alone should tell you that we live in a police state that is growing in power and arrogance all the time.

And yet, I read “conservatives” who claim that we need to vote in Republicans next election cycle to “put things right”. What in the hell are those people drinking? The Republicans are every bit as guilty as the Democrats of setting up the control freak nanny state. The “war” between the two parties is every bit as real as the “war” between two professional wrestlers on TV. It is all for show my friends, all for show. And all to get you distracted from the fact that the US Empire is totally out of control.

I read “progressives” who claim that all is well except for the Empire’s foreign policy. May the gods have mercy on progressives — they are so stupid that they can’t see that they have been supporting “humanitarian” military interventions since the early 1900s. The progressives want to see a totally powerful central state so that the central government can make everyone do just as they think people should act. The Republicans want the same — except people should be forced to act as Republicans think they should rather than what Democrats want. Both sides want to “run the world”.

We are caught between two sets of idiots. May the gods have pity on us.

Another example of the building tyranny is that there is always unwarranted secrecy by the central state. There are still sealed and secrete papers concerning the assassination of John Kennedy for god’s sake. What is up with that? Kennedy died in 1963! And I read that ever since the Boston Marathon bombing, the FBI has been intimidating, harassing, and silencing friends and acquaintances of the Tsarnaev brothers. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers are having trouble getting anyone to talk to them according to recent court documents. It seems that no big national “terror” event is ever handled with the transparency that one would expect of a free country — it is always handled as if the state itself was in on the event. (and maybe they are in some of them)

Cops are stopping people in their cars and robbing them if the people have any cash — to the point that the Canadian government recently warned its citizens not to carry cash if they visited the US. Cops are killing “suspects” in the street on a regular basis but they have immunity. They are trained in military tactics and they make full use of their training.

If you have any delusions that we live in a free country rather than a police state, then you have not been reading the news at alternative news sites across the net. Turn off you TV and stop reading your mainstream newspaper. Turn off the propaganda and take a look at what is going on in this country right now.

The state is your enemy.

 

 

From Mayberry to Martial Law: The Transfer of Military Surplus to Domestic Police

I was sent a link to this graphic and asked to share with others if I wanted to do so. It was a real coincidence as I was just talking to some friends about the police in my youth as compared to today. Today we have a rapidly growing police state and the graphic lends evidence to that fact.

Here it is:

 

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What Civil Liberties?

I survived another solemn tribute to 9/11, but the occation got me to thinking about what a police state we live in compared to my childhood a half century ago.

I got to thinking about the Snowden revelations of massive government spying programs at the NSA and other agencies. I got to thinking about the almost daily reports of police brutality and the murders of innocent civilians by these brutal thugs. I got to thinking of the outlandish “asset forfeiture” horror stories of the state’s goons looting innocent people around the country. Finally I got to thinking about the horror that we call the state and the fact that on 9/11 we should be morning the fact that the state exists.

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I think that very soon some states will make it illegal to have any space in your car where one might hid contraband. This will make asset forfeiture and caging of innocent people even easier than it is now regardless of whether the suspect mundane citizen has ever done drugs or not. I further predict that the state and its prosecutors will start hiring private goons to pull over motorists and seize their property for the local government for a cut of the action.

I think that as the cities of America spy on the poor mundane citizens with cameras and drones that they will think to make it illegal to record the police or other “officials” since the state’s minions are said to be immune from all law and morality — for our protection.

I think that local governments will use license plate scanners to keep lists all associations of the citizenery. Richard Nixon only dreamed of this sort of power to spy on the people. The state will know what church you attend — or if you do so at all. The state will know everyone who attends some political rally or belongs to any group. Freedom of association will become a dead letter. Stalin would have loved the surveillance ability of the modern US police state. It may soon become a crime to be in the area where the police believe crimes may be committed and they will be able to tell who was in the area. Innocent until proven guilty? Surely you know that is not the modern way.

I think it will become a crime for the citizen if the police mistakenly shoots at him or if the police mistakenly beats him. He should not have caused the police this trouble! I think that soon all colleges will have SWAT teams and that they will have grenade launchers and all the other “cool” military gear that all police departments have now. I further think that the Kent State shootings of the 60’s will soon be viewed as a successful mission by the national guardsmen that killed the students.

I think that the police and SWAT teams will soon be enforcing zoning laws and other formerly civil matters or misdemeanors. In fact, the SWAT teams will soon be serving all search warrants in no-knock raids and shooting the pets first, and that is when they are not spying on you via your computer or phone. I think that judges will get in on the dystopian act by  issuing warrants based on predictions of future crimes. I  think that the police will soon give up any pretense about protecting and serving the people and declare that they are now government soldiers and America is a battlefield where rules of war are in force.

I think it will soon be commonplace for NSA records to be utilized by law enforcement agencies for whatever purposes they feel like and that the courts will accept this as “constitutional”. I think that there is almost no violation of common sense or constitutional rights that you can think of that will not become commonplace in the American Dystopia.

The government or their brutal, mindless enforcers are not the friend of mankind. They are the enemy of all that is good and decent. Never forget that.

Ferguson Police vs. Rothbard’s idea of peace keepers

For decades I have been decrying the increasingly brutal militarization of the police at all levels in the United States. The latest atrocity to catch the public’s eye is the public murder of an unarmed young black man named Michael Brown in Freguson. Missouri on August 9th, 2014 by uniformed goons of the state.

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If the brutal killing of Michael Brown in cold blood was not enough, the police then started harassing all sorts of other people going about their jobs and lives in innocence. Consider the Washington Post reporter who was arrested in a McDonald’s resturant for being a reporter.

The Huffington Post reported:

The Washington Post uploaded video of its reporter Wesley Lowery being arrested by police in Ferguson, MO on Wednesday night.

Lowery and The Huffington Post’s Ryan Reilly were working at a McDonald’s when they were violently assaulted and detained by a SWAT unit before being released.

In the video, a police officer can be heard saying, “Get your stuff, let’s go,” and, “Stop videotaping, let’s grab our stuff and go.”

It is legal to film police activity. Lowery and Reilly were given no concrete reason for their arrest.

Police abuses of power have been common place in this country for ages. The first one I remember in my life was the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago where the police beat people in the streets outside the convention. The police in those days were restrained and professional compared to today’s militarized sociopaths in blue preying on the innocent in all parts of America. As bad as the Chicago police acted, we can all wish for those days of no SWAT teams and no army gear in domestic policing.

Have the police always abused their power? Yes, history teaches that the police have always been prone to abusing the general public. Of course they often pick on the poor and powerless the most as you would expect from sociopath bullies. The main issue to me is the fact that the police are to the state as the edge of the blade is to the knife. The police are the violence that the state intimidates you with.

Some libertarians and “small government” conservatives believe in “minarchism” and claim that the police are needed to “keep the peace” in society. These people have drunk the poison that is the state and let the demon in the door by supporting the violent arm of the state. There is no reason to expect that the police and the “justice” system will ultimately be anything other than a police state. We can find no historical examples of any state that did not ultimately abuse its citizens: at least those seen as “undesirable”. The Germans called them untermensch. Every society has their “subhumans” who are brutalized, and the brutality will spread over time to more and more of the population.

What to do? Murray Rothbard believed that ultimately the answer was no state and no state enforcers. The society would govern itself via mutual, voluntary cooperation. But what about protection you ask? I could point out that you are getting precious little “protection” now. You are just lucky that one of the brutal goons has not noticed you yet.

If all property were really privately owned, then all of the problems of the state police become easily managed. The one who controls the property decides on who to hire to keep the peace on his property. For most it might be the agents of their insurance company and for commercial business it might be “rent-a-cops” hired on contract to provide a safe environment for the customers of the firm. These examples are just fast generalizations and entire books have been written on privatization of protection and law enforcement.

Police in a truly free-market would have a strong incentive to be courteous. They would have a strong incentive to refrain from the force and brutality that is an everyday part of the policing by minions of the state. The private police hired by owners of private property would have a strong incentive to please their clients, friends of their clients, and customers of their clients. A real free-market would reward the most efficient and courteous firms that provide safety and protection.

As I have written before, the police of the state are never your friend. Any “service” they provide you is just happenstance. (or you pay them extra for it) But the real message in all this is that it is the state itself that must go so that mankind can learn to live in peace and to prosper by mutual, voluntary cooperation.

 

 

Cop shots and paralyzes man over parking tickets

This story: Man Shot, Paralyzed Over 31 Unpaid Parking Tickets is just another data point along our decent into a full on police state.

A man was shot Thursday morning in Lehigh County when a Pennsylvania State Constable tried to serve him with a warrant over unpaid parking tickets.

The constable told the district attorney he felt his life was in danger as he tried to serve 38-year-old Kevin McCullers.

McCullers, who had 31 outstanding parking tickets, was shot as he tried to back out of his driveway along the 3400 block of Portland Drive in Whitehall Township around 7:30 a.m. Thursday. His girlfriend says McCullers was on his way to Dunkin’ Donuts and was surprised by the constable.

“They never knocked on the door. No, nothing. I just heard the gunshots. He pulled the car out of the garage and all I heard were gunshots,” said Hafeezah Muhammad, who added that McCullers, who was hit in the back, may not walk again. “For parking tickets? It’s insane.”

I would argue that parking tickets in most cities is just another revenue racket and that not paying one of the things is heroic. However, many others would argue that anyone who gets a parking ticket needs to pay the ticket no matter what he feels about the rightness of the city money-raising racket.

No matter what one thinks of 31 unpaid parking tickets, I think we can all agree that a police ambush where they shoot you down as you back your car out of the driveway is going way to far to be considered “proportional justice” or to be considered a lawful use of force. To paralyze a man over a money-grabbing racket is the sort of thing that our schools used to teach us that banana republics did.

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The District Attorney claimed the shooting could have been avoided if McCullers had entered into a payment plan. The shooting could also have been avoided if McCullers had emigrated to a land that was not a police state much as many Germans did in the 1930’s. The question is why shot and paralyze a man over some money owed to the gangster city.

The real question this story raises is about out of control cops who nationwide are dealing out extrajudicial brutal punishments daily. There are bloggers who do nothing else but report on these horrific bad cop stories. Is there any wonder we see reports of cops brutalizing people if the attempt to record on duty cops as they “do their job”?

How many of these stories would it take to make a person start to believe that our modern militarized police state is the antithesis of freedom and liberty?