Saturday, April 28, 2012

Police as free speech squelchers

"The documents, however, have already been published online. And buried in the training guides are insights into three trends in law enforcement that have been occurring not just in Virginia, but nationally: the demonization of protest, the militarization of police, and turning local cops into “terrorism” officials.

The Demonization of Protest
Militarization of Local Police
Deputizing Local Cops as Counter-terrorism Officials"

Thinking back on when Anonymous started protesting worldwide in 2008, I think only Atlanta went nuts and brought out riot gear and way too many cops.  Now it seems that at any protest that is the norm.  I blame this partly on the Black Bloc and groups that use peaceful protests to cause vandalism.  But it's deeper than just that.  Here in the U.S. we have become paranoid about everything. We can't get on an airplane unless we're frisked first.  We have more people in jail than any other country.  And our government sees protest as terrorism.  We need to get back to our roots and realize that protest is a vital part of our culture.  It's built in to the Constitution.  And without it we are in a totalitarian state.


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