Do You Like Cops?

August 10, 2010

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good, will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”
C.S. Lewis, God in the Dock

I’m revisiting the topic of an article about police I posted on August 5th. As I said then, any newly seceded state is going to have one hell of a time retraining its law enforcement personnel to serve the citizens of the new nation…rather than preying upon them. I predict that thousands of cops will quit being a cop rather than give up the nearly unchecked power they enjoy in today’s America. Of course, that would mean cops would have to get a real job in which they were not tax parasites…so I might be wrong in this prediction.

Back in 1994, I was looking for a new career. I took a series of personality tests that indicated that I was suited for a career as either a police officer or an insurance adjuster. The Cobb County (Georgia) Police Department was recruiting for new cops. I was 40 years old and in pretty good shape. So I applied. Out of about 500 people that applied, I kept qualifying through the process until I was one of 15 that got job offers. (Can you imagine a 40-year-old rookie?) But at that point, I had already gotten a job as an insurance adjuster that paid twice what a rookie cop made. So I didn’t accept the job as a cop.

Back then, I was a Conservative, pro-military, Reagan-loving, Dittohead, Liberal-hating, Christian Republican. Back then, I would have probably enjoyed the camaraderie and close-knit police community. I would have reveled in the “us versus them” philosophy of the police.

As you can tell, I’ve grown out of that mindset. Now, I’m an anarchistic, DC-hating, Diest Secessionist. And, I’ve come to have a distinct dislike for law enforcement personnel and most all they represent. They live off tax revenue. That makes them parasites living off the producing part of the population.

Consider the very term…”Law Enforcement.” Your faithful legislators have enacted laws that allow…even promote…the predatory nature of policing. And your municipality has the cops, guns and jails to enforce those laws, even if it causes your death. Cops are rewarded for aggressive law enforcement. Throughout history, regimes have used their police to enforce their tyrannical laws. Remember the story of Robin Hood? Who was the bad guy? The Sheriff of Nottingham, the willing toady of Prince John. Nothing has changed over time. The police force is an occupying military force in prettier uniforms, living among us rather than sleeping in barracks on a base.

Sure…cops recite an Oath of Service when they are sworn in as police officers. Sometimes that is an oath to support and defend the US Constitution, sometimes it is an oath for the State Constitution. But I contend that their oaths are hollow and mostly meaningless in light of how they perform their duties. Actions always speak louder than words. Members of the US military take an oath to protect and defend the US Constitution also. But look where their boots are.

The police culture places themselves as the elites, and the citizens as “civilians.” Elliot Ness called his group of FBI officers “The Untouchables,” and there is a good reason for that. There is a police mystique. They are sacrosanct…above the law…a breed apart. Look at how overblown and exaggerated a funeral is for a police officer who dies “in the line of duty.” Even military personnel coming back from “the sandbox” don’t get a funeral like a police funeral. Cops from all over the country will travel at great expense to attend a police funeral. Even the lowliest cop is laid to rest like a conquering hero or head of state.

The law enforcement community wants to have their cake and eat it too. They crave the respect of the “civilians,” while treating the populace like sheep to be shorn. They demand deference, but then descend upon the citizens to extract money at the end of a gun. A cop can manhandle you any way he chooses, all the way up to using deadly force. However, if you touch a police officer, you can be arrested and charged with assault. Cops can lie to us without penalty. But if you lie to a cop, you could go to jail. Cops can run elaborate “sting” operations to entice people into committing crimes, and that seems to be okay with most citizens.

Cops go to schools and try to convince little children that police are their friends. But by the time those kids are 16 and driving a car, they dread the very sight of a police cruiser in their rear-view mirror…much less flashing red or blue lights.

You may have all sorts of things you’d like to say to the cop that stops you in traffic. But most people also know that it is dangerous to “talk back” to a cop. So we sit in intimidated fear, cowering as we say “Sir” a lot.

Ever pulled up behind a car and seen stickers on the bumper for some Police Association, or the sticker of three horizontal stripes, black on top and bottom with a blue stripe in the middle?

The Thin Blue Line

You’ve just gotten close to someone trying to “suck up” to the cops that pull up behind them…hoping they’ll avoid a ticket. That person has made a donation to that Association…a kind of protection money…in the hopes that the next cop that stops him will notice the sticker and let him off with only a warning.

Police like to tell us and each other that society would cease to function without that “thin blue line” that protects us 24/7. But in my opinion, that is blather meant to justify their existence. Think about how much of your daily life occurs without a police presence. The normal day-to-day life you live could go on quite normally without you ever seeing a police officer. Normal commerce does not require the presence of cops. Your workplace likely does not require the presence of cops. Kids in school don’t need cops. Your entertainment choices don’t need cops.

The preventative influence of police presence is highly overrated. In most of the nation, cops are spread thin over large areas. How many times have you heard the story of a crime being committed in a location, and then the cops patrol more often in that neighborhood after the crime? Horse…barn door. Get it? They don’t protect you from crime unless they are on the scene when the crime begins to occur. Your safety is your own responsibility.

Predatory Policing

Your local police department, and the municipality that hires them, consider the citizens as prey. Police are looters with a badge. Red-light cameras exist for only one reason…easy money for the municipality. Studies over time have proven that intersections are no safer with red-light cameras handing out tickets. Radar traps garner huge fines for the municipality, and most tickets are given for less than ten miles per hour over the speed limit. Consider just how many police officers and police cars would actually be needed if cops were not out on the streets trying to catch people speeding or making improper turns. I would submit to you that uniformed officers spend very little of their on-duty time on any other activity other than traffic law enforcement. And why should they? Arresting a burglar, a robbery suspect or a murderer results in pure cost for the municipality in the form of jail and prosecution. But handing out traffic tickets is a money gravy train for the cops and the municipality.

Another form of predatory policing is the so-called War on Drugs. It should be called “The War on Certain Disapproved Recreational Drugs.” The laws now allow cops to confiscate the assets of MERE SUSPECTS in drug cases. If your assets are seized, it could cost you thousands of dollars to get them back…if you can. If the cops keep your asset, it will be sold for cash for their coffers. Beyond that, the failed attempt at drug prohibition is rife with police corruption at every level.

And DUI laws are another part of that War on Drugs. Consider DUI checkpoints, which are a total violation of the 4th and 5th Amendments against search and seizure without probable cause and self-incrimination. (That point is included for those of you who still believe that you have protections for your individual liberty under the US Constitution.) And DUI laws penalize a person who is caught with a substance inside their bodies while driving a motor vehicle. The very act of ingesting the substance is the trigger to the crime, even though the drunk person has committed no other traffic infraction, damaged no property nor caused an injury to another person. Drunk driving is a “victimless crime” simply because your municipality or state legislature has deemed it so.

Finally I offer you a video produced by a law school professor, in which he emphatically states “Don’t Talk To Cops.”

Then Part Two is the response of a police officer.

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© Copyright 2010, Russell D. Longcore. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly granted, provided full credit is given.


Police and Military Working Together to Oppress Americans

August 5, 2010

by Michael Edwards

(Editor’s Note: Seceding states are going to have one hell of a time re-training their law enforcement personnel to un-learn the para-military style they now embrace. One of the principal reasons you see military hardware on city streets is the Federal/military-industrial complex finding another market for their instruments of death. Sweeping changes will have to be written into new criminal law for the new nation. Decriminalizing drugs and ending the so-called War on Drugs would be a good first step.)

The concepts of military service and public police service are worlds apart, for good reason. Today in America, we are currently witnessing the culmination of a decades-long trend that has introduced the language, weapons, and tactics of the overseas battlefield onto the streets of America.

Do you know how fast you were going?

The planned coordination between military forces abroad and public forces at home further threatens to subvert the very social fabric upon which America was built, resulting in a betrayal of The U.S. Constitution and the American people.

The Military Machine

The military is designed to be a last-resort option when all diplomacy has failed. Military personnel and munitions should be deployed with a heavy heart, because it is understood that the military task is one of enemy annihilation. The weapons used by the military are developed to “shock and awe” on every level. Pyschological warfare and espionage is often employed first to soften up the enemy before unleashing an array of high-tech weapons that range from pain compliance on the street level, to bombs rained from above.

The typical military serviceman is a brave soul who has trained physically and mentally to perform under the constant stress of battlefield conditions. However, this stress-training, much like any of the martial arts, can result in a non-questioning live weapon who must kill or be killed when placed in a threatening situation.

Additionally, their prison-guard-like duties promote attending to their stated enemies as hostile, criminal, and subversive. The population of the enemy country are called civilians, as they are not afforded any legal protection that might be owed to citizens, and any deaths can be written off as “collateral damage.”

Thus, military training inculcates values of aggression, intimidation, and the use of excessive force if it means self-preservation in a world where might is right, so long as it means Mission Accomplished.

Domestic Peacekeeping and The Constitution

Police, on the other hand, are in service to the domestic population and the U.S. Constitution. They swear an oath to the local community, and are paid by citizens to be experts in well-considered evaluation and the peaceful resolution of conflict. Their duties comprise those of humility: patrolling a neighborhood to ensure restfulness; rescuing a cat caught in a tree; removing a threat when there is a plea for help.

The Constitution specifies their unique role in tending to issues within the nation’s borders in the 9th and 10th Amendments, by prohibiting Federal intervention in domestic law enforcement duties. However, through legislation and national emergency directives, the protection against a Federal usurpation of power has been all but erased. In fact, the Federal government has never had more power than it does today to bring the military into the daily lives of its citizens.

Where are we today?

I have spoken to retired police officers who remember a world where it was considered a failure to draw a weapon unless under direct attack. Even if such an action was required, the result was nightmare inducing. Today’s police seem to have lost such empathy. Police are rarely a welcome site these days, as they are often black-clad, brandishing military gear and weapons, and applying military force over such non-violent infractions as traffic stops. Police are being equipped and trained as if they are an occupying force, and the results have been predictably disastrous.

Additionally, local police are being issued directives encouraging them to see select members of their communities as potential domestic terrorists. This threat assessment language is the exact spur needed to create a feeling of impending attack. This has led to inland checkpoints, where police, military, and the American people are being desensitized to this absolute perversion of American values and laws.

The traveling tyranny of the G8/G20 shows us where this road can lead. When the creator of an organization called “The Love Police” is detained and tortured, journalists threatened with rape, sound cannons deployed, and women are attacked by police dogs . . . anything is possible. Military and police alike are indoctrinated to adopt a stress-inducing frame of mind that leads away from peaceful resolution and toward this type non-thinking assault.

The U.S Congress has been instrumental in allowing this change of mindset to happen. They have long allowed the Drug War to be the excuse for minimal oversight of the actions of SWAT and the DEA, permitting daily paramilitary-style assault raids that terrorize our citizens. The cases of home invasion (sometimes mistaken identity) have resulted in unconscionable atrocities. The War on Terror makes things exponentially worse, as the “war without end” can come home to roost.

The ultimate betrayal has occurred on American soil, just as it has in many other countries throughout history. When the military and police begin to abandon their codes of honor, mass enslavement is the inevitable result. We need to take action now and ask our police and military to remember the oaths they swore not to obey any orders that will lead to our oppression. The real enemies are those who give those orders.