Police shootings and the militarization of law enforcement

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Charleston, SC, is dear to my heart, where in more peaceful and nostalgic times I attended medical school. North Charleston is close enough, and the recent shooting incident in that locality in which a white police officer shot and killed a black man, fleeing the scene (he might have thought the arrest was related to being delinquent in his child support paymMilitarization of the policeents), is an atrocity related to the new law enforcement paradigm militating for the militarization of the police force. I cannot enter the human mind for definitely establishing a racial crime, but I'm certain of the militarization side of the equation.

And this incident is just as infamous as the racial motive claimed by black leaders, including Al Sharpton. It goes without saying that the shooting is an affront to all decent, freedom-loving citizens of all races because it was unjust as well as the fact the shooting trend is reminiscent of a police state that would threaten life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

And from the outset, it should be stated this trend is not the fault of the courageous men and women serving in the police force — but the fault of the authoritarian leaders at the very top of power in Washington, D.C. It is this leadership, usually in Democratic administrations, that have been clamoring for the militarization of the police for a long time, ignoring the relentless freedom-eroding progression that lead towards the dystopias of an Orwellian future.

You may say that given my previous commentaries on the Ferguson riots blaming black leaders that I'm looking at the other side of the equation. Indeed, I am. We need to staunch the increase in violence in our society, but we should find the true causes. This latest incident took place under the watchful eye of a video camera that does not lie and provides an illustrative example of what we can expect with further militarization of the police, the “we against the enemy” mentality of war, unrestricted urban warfare! For many years now, many of us have argued against the war on drugs, the ATF's forceful "dynamic entries," asset forfeitures, etc. — i.e., policies advancing the power of the State at the expense of the lives and freedom of American citizens.

NDAAIn 2009, many of us argued against the police state prerogatives assumed by the federal government with the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). It seems that we complained but very few listened. The responsive mentality has been: “if you don't have anything to hide you don't have anything to fear!”

The chickens of increasing authoritarianism have come home to roost. Listen to gun prohibitionist, millionaire political mogul, and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in a speech at MIT in 2011, when he bragged: “I have my own army in the NYPD, which is the seventh biggest army in the world."

Accelerated by the powers given to the State in the NDAA, many police forces throughout the country are being trained to act as soldiers at war, trained to kill enemy combatants — not to serve and protect their fellow citizens. So what can you expect then when the "enemy" refuses to surrender and runs? Look up the document, “US Army—Interment Resettlement Operations” of February 2010 — 326 pages of what the Army is to do with recalcitrant American citizens — i.e., interment and resettlement. These are veritably blueprints for an incipient police state!

This military document shows the imprints of inchoate tyranny rapidly accelerating with the institutionalization of the NDAA. Section 1031, allowing the military to perform law enforcement functions, capture, and indefinitely detain American citizens on U.S. soil — effectively repealing the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, which protected liberty and was as American as apple pie. But no longer! Even earlier, as far back as the Clinton administration, the military was asking soldiers that if given the order, would they fire on American civilians? I don't know the results. But who is the enemy? The American people or Islamic terrorists? When the infamy of the questionnaire was found out, the lapdog media gave the Clinton administration cover by attributing the exercise to a conspiratorial joke, just as the circling and elusive "black helicopters," and then forgotten. It seems under the Obama administration militarization has accelerated behind closed doors.

Feceralization of Police Force

Turning our police forces who are sworn "to protect and serve" into a standing army, a concept our Founding Fathers abhorred, is not only dangerous to liberty but also a travesty to victimized Americans, who are not the enemy, and to the courageous men and women who valiantly serve.

Written by Dr. Miguel Faria

Miguel A. Faria, Jr., M.D. is a retired professor of neurosurgery and the author of Cuba in Revolution — Escape from a Lost Paradise (2002). His website is: www.haciendapub.com.

The photographs used to illustrate this exclusive essay for Hacienda Publishing came from a variety of sources and do not appear in the Macon Telegraph or GOPUSA versions of this article. The shorted, edited version of this article in the Macon Telegraph  appeared on April 19, 2015.

This article can be cited as: Faria MA. Police shootings and the militarization of law enforcement. GOPUSA.com, April 14, 2015. Available from: http://www.haciendapub.com/articles/police-shootings-and-militarization-law-enforcement

Copyright ©2015 Miguel A. Faria, Jr., M.D.

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Demilitarizing police

Dr. Faria,

I read your article above when it was first published. It now looks like maybe President Obama and many others (including Rand Paul) did too and are recognizing the problem!

The Associated Press reported yesterday that there is a movement afoot to "demilitarize" local police forces and help reverse the insidious trend of local police officers thinking of themselves not as guardians but as an occupying force.

Baltimore Riots Insanity!

Baltimore Riots

Baltimore Riots,jpg "All hell broke loose in Baltimore, Maryland, this past week following the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody. The protest Monday was more than outrageous. The same day as Gray’s funeral, teenagers and others attacked police, equipment and other property and ignored the pleas of Gray’s family for peace and calls from ministers such as the Rev. Jamal Bryant — pastor of Empowerment Temple — to call off all protests. These people weren’t protesters. They were rioters. Police showed tremendous restraint and the rioters took their kindness for weakness. These young hoodlums have no sense of history. Fortunately, calmer voices in the community stepped up efforts to take back their city and by Wednesday, with the help of a curfew, tensions began to ease..." Macon Telegraph editorial, April 30, 2015. Available from: http://www.macon.com/2015/05/01/3723134/editorial-another-urban-core-has...

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D-Maryland), Baltimore Mayor (photo, below: speaking at news conference), stated and newspapers headlined: "Let the Protesters Loot, It's Only Property." This was the policy dictated to law enforcement officials. After admitting a "safe space" was given to violent mobs hellbent on destruction, police officers in Baltimore reportedly told journalists that they were ordered by the Mayor not to stop looters during yesterday's riots.Baltimore Riots2

InfoWars on Baltimore riots—the inside story:

As it turns out, Mrs. Rawlings-Blake has been one of the key players in effecting President Obama's effort to control and virtually takeover police forces with ongoing efforts for the complete federalization (and militarization) of local police departments; this can be enforced when local departments receive funding. The Baltimore rioters are in effect being used by the Obama administration to effect federal control of the police forces throughout the country. It seems the scissor strategy, so frequently employed by the Left, is at work here to federalize as well as militarize the police.

Inside secret of Baltimore riots—federalization of police:

Government paranoia?

Brandon Moseley Jr.: Dr. Miguel A. Faria, It seems like you have taken a new position to further foster your government paranoia. An officer of the law making a rash, irresponsible decision resides on that individual, and him only. And he should be held responsible for his actions based off of that. That is not the fault of the "powers that be" as you claim. Like there's some edict to police that way. There's nothing to suggest that's the case here so why make that leap? Police deserve our respect and support. They even deserve the benefit of the doubt. But when they are wrong, they are wrong and they should be held responsible for their actions. That's what this is. Not some move towards a police state. "The chickens of increasing authoritarianism have come home to roost." LOL!

Dr Faria: Brandon, an individual is responsible for his individual action, but I was discussing the trend. As I stated, "...this trend is not the fault of the courageous men and women serving in the police force — but the fault of the authoritarian leaders at the very top of power in Washington, D.C...." The trend is there, and I discussed supportive evidence. The mainstream media believes there is a trend; then you either believe the police are trigger happy because they are becoming intrinsically more psychopathic, or as a result of some other cause, such as racism, as the black leadership insists! but some people will continue to believe what they wish to believe, especially to support their preconceived notions, and this is particularly true, if self-serving politics are involved. I stated the reasons for my conclusions with supportive evidence.

Regarding government paranoia, three weeks or so ago in response to my article, American naïveté — If you have nothing to hide..., Brandon, you stated: "And if access to my mundane info helps keep the country safer, then I'm OK with that. So if that means being a sheep, then I am one. I'll start worrying about an evil tyrannical government once I actually see one." Unfortunately, as in the case of Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, Iran, and the Taliban by that time it would be too late! I wish I could "LOL" with you, but from personal experience, the subject is not laughing matter in this occasion!

Bill Ashmore: Dr. Faria, unfortunately you are correct!

Dr Faria: Mr. Ashmore, thank you. I hope I am wrong too!

Obama applauded!

rzraick (GOPUSA) : Obama campaigned on this issue and his desire to have a Nation Police force just as large and well funded as the military, was met with thunderous applause. Of course at that time everything he said was applauded. No one realized that he wanted that police force to use against American

War on Drugs

To Dr. Miguel Faria---

"...No one could have expressed these important points so well as you have. As you say the drug war alone should have convinced the public of not only the failures of these programs but the undeniable harm. Thousands of lives have been lost and harmed by these draconian measures, with absolutely no benefit. The real truth was revealed by the head of interdiction (the coast guard) who stated that 80% of all drugs are allowed into the United States and only 20% are ever stopped by Coast Guard interdiction--mainly because the federal government has concentrated on punishing small time sellers and users of drugs.

It is ironic that we have the militarization of local police all under the guise of protecting citizens from "terrorist" yet the borders are left wide open for terrorist to enter and ICE officers are told not to arrest or detain them. We have two parallel systems occurring under the same idiotic modus operandi. One must then ask--what is the real purpose of these two programs--the drug war and the militarization of the local police? It certainly is not to stop illegal drugs and protect our citizens from "terrorists." ---Dr. Russell Blaylock 

"Ex-drug officer says he stole cash, planted drugs many times" The Associated Press - By MARY CLAIRE DALE

PHILADELPHIA (AP) April 15, 2015— "A disgraced ex-police officer testifying against his drug squad colleagues acknowledged Tuesday that he stole drug money, planted evidence and lied on police paperwork too many times to count.

"Jeffrey Walker told jurors that the Philadelphia Police Department drug squad targeted white 'college-boy ... khaki-pants types' who were 'easy to intimidate.' "
"That matches the description of some of the drug dealers who have testified at the six-week police corruption trial that the squad stole as much as $110,000 at a time during violent, no-warrant raids..."

As you can see, on today's headline a recent ex-police officer admitted that on the war on drugs, white college kids wearing khaky pants were easy to intimidate; that he stole money; planted evidence; carried out violent, violent raids without warrants, etc. And the war goes on, the State advances. Are we, the American middle class, the enemy, particularly when the Democrats are in power? --- MAF