4 Replies to “American Gestapo”

  1. Growing up, we hoped the deputies would answer calls because the sheriff was a drunk, as was one of the town cops. Knew a couple of NYC cops quite well and respected them enormously – it’s a tough and stressful job, hard to do well, easy to do badly.

    Re this bust:

    It [his felony record] became the excuse to seize his computer, two cellphones and files and records of his activism on behalf of workers, immigrants, the Chicano community and opposition to wars.

    Makes it pretty obvious he wasn’t being targeted for the shotgun but for his activism. And if he hadn’t bought the shotgun, they’d have found some other excuse.
    If you make trouble for The Man, you’re going down, one way or another.
    And if they can’t find any dirt on you, they’ll manufacture some.
    And perjure themselves over it.
    And judges will let them get away with it.

    The purpose of Law is to promote/protect Justice and it’s justice people want. When the administrators of law betray their trust, there is no justice, only raw power.

    The militarism of non-Federal polices is very disturbing. I don’t subscribe to conspiracy theories about 9/11 but the Power Elite jumped on that like flies on shit to justify establishing the mechanisms for suppressing dissent – and make a lot of money doing it.

    Retiring Mainframe maven, active curmudgeon, poet, writer.

  2. I know the MN targets of this cointelpro campaign quite well. Decent people & not really loose cannons or anything. We are right in the middle of this insanity — posted videos from the events at http://youtube.com/hongpong.

    Also the Julian Assange/Goodman/Zizek discussion recently had a shoutout to the people around the 50M mark.


  3. Both the post and your story. I know several cops and all are good, salt of the earth people I would entrust with my safety and health. But I also know a few who are on mad power trips, joined the force for the power over others (admittedly, I don’t know them well – don’t care for them much.)

    But the thing I fear is that once militarized, everything starts to look like an excuse to use that power and you become conditioned to depend on it. Look at tazers in the USA. Let’s say we have a drunken man in public becoming unruly. 20 years ago, two cops would have wrestled him to the ground (or god forbid talked him down and called a cab), cuffed him, and let him sleep it off. Today, he is tazed to the ground, maybe on the ground, and then cuffed. Not much talking, not much danger to the cops using the tazers. But soon they are using the tazers for only slightly unruly drunks, or women, or teens, or ??? Once you start to depend on the tazer, you not only use it more but those other skills (like talking someone down) atrophy from nonuse.

    Once you start turning the police into the military, they are going to start seeing civil situations as enemy engagements. Not a great idea IMHO.

  4. who is approaching retirement from a local small suburban city in Broward County. During conversations he mentioned, jungle training in Panama, weapons training at Quantico and many weeks humping in northern Colombia, close to the Panama border. I asked, “why would a local police detective receive such training?” He smirked, shook his head slowly in dismay as he answered, “you don’t want to know, but when I retire I may move to South America.”
    WHAT DOES HE KNOW? Are the local police training to one day be Federalized? I don’t know but as mentioned in the story, why do the local cops looking more and more like Para Military types?
    Is the Fed anticipating civil “rebellion?”

    Yea I know Foil Hats.

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