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Who Will Protect You from the Police? The Rise of Government-Sanctioned Home Invasions
The Times Weekly.Com ^ | October 23, 2013 | John W. Whitehead

Posted on 10/24/2013 11:32:32 AM PDT by Q-ManRN

Before I go any further, let me start by saying this: the problem is not that all police are bad. The problem, is that increasing numbers of police officers are badly trained, illiterate when it comes to the Constitution, especially the Fourth Amendment, and, in some cases, willfully ignorant about the fact that they are supposed to be peacekeepers working for us, the taxpayer.

Unfortunately, with every passing week, we are hearing more and more horror stories in which homeowners are injured or killed simply because they mistook a SWAT team raid by police for a home invasion by criminals. Never mind that the unsuspecting homeowner, woken from sleep by the sounds of a violent entry, has no way of distinguishing between a home invasion by a criminal as opposed to a government agent. Too often, the destruction of life and property wrought by the police is no less horrifying than that carried out by criminal invaders.

Actually, we may be worse off today than our colonial ancestors when one considers the extent to which courts have sanctioned the use of no-knock raids by police SWAT teams (occurring at a rate of 70,000 to 80,000 a year and growing); the arsenal of lethal weapons available to local police agencies; the ease with which courts now dispense search warrants based often on little more than a suspicion of wrongdoing; and the inability of police to distinguish between reasonable suspicion and the higher standard of probable cause, the latter of which is required by the Constitution before any government official can search an individual or his property.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government
KEYWORDS: donutwatch; fourthamendment; homeinvasion; police; warriorcops
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To: Paladin2

I have a dash cam. Am thinking about getting one facing the rear. They have some units that already have a front/rear pair of cameras on them.


51 posted on 10/24/2013 3:26:19 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Secret Agent Man
"I have a dash cam."

It's the way of the Future.

B4 I got kicked to the curb for being old (no real problem as I now get do the skiing in Mont. everyday the lifts are open that the rest of America doesn't want to do), I was working on collision avoidance systems that included vision as an input.

Reviewing the video data collected during development driving convinced me that it would be a Good Thing TM to have on a personal vehicle.

52 posted on 10/24/2013 4:38:31 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

Apparently in some countries dash cams are almost a requirement to prove what really happened, like Russia


53 posted on 10/24/2013 4:39:26 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: GeronL
"...like Russia....."

The recent asteroid flyover vids were great...

54 posted on 10/24/2013 4:42:55 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

Yes, those were actually awesome


55 posted on 10/24/2013 4:44:24 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Paladin2

well, meteors I think and if they hit the ground they are meteorites

or something


56 posted on 10/24/2013 4:46:21 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Forgotten Amendments
Mabye so. But the MOVE bunch were confrontational from the beginning. The had one of their shills rent a bldg, then they fortified it, began blarring loud, disruptive music from loudspeakers day and night, and then dared the police to shut them down.

I really see no comparison. The fault that 5 kids were killed seems to me to rest on the adults who put them in harm's way, not the Philly police.
57 posted on 11/01/2013 1:38:58 PM PDT by attiladhun2 (The Free World has a new leader--his name is Benjamin Netanyahu)
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To: Paladin2
I have no doubt Ole Fast and Furious had a big hand in the Branch Davidian Massacre, just as another rodent named Weasley Wesley Clark did as well.

We can't ignore the Congressional cover-up that whitewashed the massacre to, and the wholesale destruction of evidence that took place afterward. A Republican Congress should have held Reno's tootsies to the fire and everyone else involved. There was no outrage, only a desire to exonerate the ATF and FBI for their criminal behavior.

Same thing happened after OKC bombing. Despite the fact of overwhelming evidence that a Palestinian real estate owner, his Iraqi employees, an Iranian who ran a body shop, and others of Middle Eastern origin were involved, along with Terry Nichols and Tim McVeigh, there was no desire on the part of anyone in government to uncover the entire plot. So people with blood on their hands know they got away with murder, and other people who took an oath to take such people off the street also know they got away with murder. But making sure a "vast right-wing conspiracy" got the blame was more politically expedient. The Clinton's could raise no money if the real perps had turned out to be Ali Baba and his 40 jihadis, rather than hayseeds with pitchforks.
58 posted on 11/01/2013 2:16:33 PM PDT by attiladhun2 (The Free World has a new leader--his name is Benjamin Netanyahu)
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