Skip to comments.The Militarization of Police Has Gotten So Out of Control Its Captured the Attention of the MSM
Posted on 07/01/2014 2:07:11 PM PDT by PoloSec
The increase in police brutality in this country is a frightening reality. In the last decade alone the number of people murdered by police has reached 5,000. The number of soldiers killed since the inception of the Iraq war, 4489.
What went wrong? In the 1970s SWAT teams were estimated to be used just a few hundred times per year, now we are looking at over 40,000 military style knock and announce police raids a year.
The problem of police militarization is a legitimate threat to the very fabric of a free society.
We are now witnessing the horrible manifestations of this standing army that has been built up around us in the name of throwing people in cages for their personal choices.
Innocent children are now being caught in the violent fodder that is the War on Drugs.
This problem has been staring us right in the face for a long time and up until now, has been being largely ignored.
However, the elephant in the living room has caused so much damage that even the mainstream media is now being forced to cover it.
Because of people out there like you, that share these atrocious stories of police violence, this conversation is being forced into the public debate.
Below is the materialization of your refusal to remain silent in the face of tyrants, give yourself a pat on the back!
Horse, meet Barn Door.
Horse, meet Barn Door.
Horse, meet Barn Door.
Sorry ‘bout that, WiFi’s acting up.
Yeah everyone likes to crap on the “war on drugs” as useless and causing more harm then not. But if you think legalization is the answer you need only look to the Middle East. Most islamic fighting groups are financed by drug sales. They are not going to give that revenue source up. Then take Mexico. Without the drug money that the cartels bring in that country would hardly exist.. So be careful what you wish for. You just might get it
The militarization of our police is but a symptom of our sick society.
What else could we expect as our nation has abandoned God, ignored our Constitution and our cultural values, embraced islamism, accepted totalitarianism, and each and every social illness and perversion known to man.
No knock dynamic entries are just armed home invasions under the color of law.
You’re looking at it wrong — there is no “legalization” because the federal government does not have the legitimate authority to make it illegal in the first place!
Take Prohibition as a precedent: a constitutional amendment was requires to allow the fedgov to regulate alcohol — where is the corresponding amendment to allow the War on Drugs?
All you say is true, but legalization would make the profits from some of that trade approximately zero.
Now, I know that there are different drugs in question here, and there are different degrees of dangerousness for the different drugs. The Islamic groups are selling poppies and heroin; the Mexican cartels are supermarkets. So, legalizing pot wouldn't completely eliminate their revenue sources.
It takes gobs and gobs of taxpayer revenue to imprison non-violent drug offenders who are convicted for only possession/use. Instead of legalization, perhaps the drug laws should be reformed to one extent or another?
When all you have is a hammer . . .
Nor did it make them less violent. The militarization of the police has been driven by the increasing militancy, and heavily arming of the gangs.
The WOD is the reason for the incredible amount of money going to cartels and terrorists. The WOD automatically creates a market where these things are artificially worth more than gold!
Without prohibition or taxation, there would be too little money for criminals to stay in the business. It would become a legal business that requires hard work for small profits.
The true market value of pot is somewhere near basil. Cocaine’s true cost is about the same as caffeine powder. Criminals would not waste their time with such low profits. Just like booze became a legal nonviolent industry practically overnight after alcohol prohibition.
We gave violent criminals a billion dollar industry on a platter and now they are buying every government on the planet to maintain their protection racket. Agents of the US Government are obviously protecting and aiding the Sinaloa Cartel.
“Repealing Prohibition did not eliminate the Mob in this country”
No, they just went into other banned things like gambling and illegal drugs.
I drove by one of the Cherokee Nation offices a few weeks back. They have an MRAP. There aren’t many “heavily armed gangs” using IEDs made from old 152mm arty rounds in Tahlequah and Muskogee. They don’t need an MRAP and their acquisition of one was not driven by crime.
“The lush traffic in alcohol beverages during the violent years of 1920 to 1933 had laid the base of organization for a number of criminal gangs. The termination of the ban on liquor deprived these gangs of their most lucrative source of money” - Special Committee to Investigate Organized Crime in Interstate Commerce
If just one member of congress was a true patriot, he or she would introduce legislation making the requirements for obtaining “no knock” warrants more than just some snitch trying to get a lighter sentence. The evidence must be overwhelming before jackbooted thugs are allowed to kick a door in and throw a flash grenade into a baby’s crib.
And if it’s determined the wrong address was “attacked” and the homeowner kills some cops, no charges should be filed.
Finally, if something goes awry over faulty information or “gung ho” attitudes, every member of the swat team should serve jail time.
That's not what's happening in CO. The drug dealers are moving in and selling
below market cost and crime has not slowed one single percent. State tax profits also have dropped.
Could you demonstrate anywhere that legalizing drugs have lowered crime?
Because that is exactly what you are implying.
The issue is the attitude of WOD. While I’m opposed to legalizing drugs, that doesn’t mean that any tactic or effort to fight drugs is then justified.
This military crap is getting worse than the problem. And it isn’t even curing the disease.
No, not 1%. Violent crime and thefts have actually gone down 10% in Denver (#1 city for legal pot) when directly compared to the exact same time period before legalization. http://www.denvergov.org/Portals/720/documents/statistics/2014/UCR_Citywide_Reported%20_Offenses_2014.pdf
CO legal sales are higher than illegal prices and not anywhere near the true market cost for many reasons. Mostly due to government taxation and over-regulation. Of course there will continue to be a black market when prices are artificially high.
-Cannabis is taxed 25% on the total sale price. This is on top of sales tax and countless other government taxes and fees. At true market value, such sales taxes would probably exceed the profit.
-Cannabis stores and growers are being prohibited from writing off expenses on their federal taxes. Imagine running a business and having to lose 30-40% of GROSS income! This is another gift to the cartels by the feds.
-The number of stores and growers is strictly limited by the government. The existing stores have high prices and still can’t keep product on the shelves. There is obviously room for market supply to grow and reduce prices but government restricts it.
-Legal cannabis is new and a novelty to many people. They are willing to fly cross country to patronize the stores. This keeps prices high for the locals and encourages them to continue buying from their old local dealer.
"Whatever the price will be set in Washington and Colorado, criminal organizations
are ready to come in and sell cheaper," she said. She also claimed, without offering evidence,
that many cannabis shops get their supplies from grow operations controlled by cartels.
We'll talk again after about a year. We all know where this will lead.
“Whatever the price will be set in Washington and Colorado, criminal organizations are ready to come in and sell cheaper,”
Yes, because the feds are keeping cartels in business by harassing and overtaxing the legal sellers/growers.
In a true free market, the price will go so low there will be no point for criminals to sell it. It will be like growing basil - hard work for 10-20% profit. Something criminals are not interested in.
“We’ll talk again after about a year. We all know where this will lead.”
Yes, the feds will continue to protect cartels and keep prices artificially high.
There is no true WOD and the only purpose is to keep profits high and pick who gets them. Everyone in the “game” quickly realizes there is no way to stop something so small and profitable. All they can do is get a cut by “managing” it and destroying competition to keep violence down.
There’s a flip side to this story.
More Americans have been killed by illegal aliens than have been killed in the middle east wars.
“More Americans have been killed by illegal aliens than have been killed in the middle east wars.”
Do you have a link for that info?
I would love to state that fact to a few people I know.
I have no information on just how heavily armed the criminal element in Tahlequah and Muskogee is. I'd be willing to bet that they have more firepower than you or I. On the other hand, the availability of the MRAP might be what made it desirable over another armored vehicle.
Thank you very much.
Knock and announce? I thought the big deal was “kick in door, throw in flashbang and go in shooting the dog”.
There, fixed it for you.
There's no record that she offered evidence for the first claim, either ... in fact, neither of these claims are in the official transcript of her statement (at http://www.justice.gov/dea/pr/speeches-testimony/2014t/040214t.pdf).