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Baghdad, Iraq.. Cairo, Egypt or Ferguson, Missouri?

Just a few photos showing the current extent of “militarization” of american police. Will write a couple of posts about this ongoing incident within the next few days. I cannot resist pointing out the inconvenient fact that these “brave” men in full battle gear are facing predominantly non-violent protesters and even the few violent ones are only carrying a few molotov cocktails.

What do you think? Comments?

  1. August 14, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    I am most certainly looking forward to your take on this one. Police in America are becoming increasingly incorrigible, especially towards black men. I have no respect for any of those oinker fuck-faces.

    • joesantus
      August 17, 2014 at 1:50 pm

      Sadly, nothing new nor recent in US society.

      For one example, pull up archive footage from, say, the early-to-mid 1960s, an era during which I was just old enough (as a blue-collar/middle-class-born white male) to be aware of the news media and current events, and see the police strong-arm tactics employed against black men back then not only in the “deep south” but also in northern cities. The police weaponry may have changed from earlier times – from attack dogs, fire hoses, cattle prods, teargas, and shotguns, to today’s – technologies, but the brutalities were the same.

      “Incorrigibility” may wane, at least in certain locales for periods, which makes it seem to those accustomed to that wane as if incorrigibility has grown worse in an absolute sense when that wane ends , but incorrigibility has always figured in US law enforcement.

      Incorrigibility is ultimately an inevitable integral of any governmental law enforcement.

  2. P Ray
    August 14, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    Their lives must really be in peril, when they have to respond with overwhelming force, against the (mostly unarmed) public.
    I figure when a government “has to control their own people”, it has lost legitimacy.

    They never had it in the first place. It is just harder to pretend in this day and age.

  3. August 14, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    it’s just a matter of time before there is another Kent State…

  4. Webe
    August 15, 2014 at 3:46 am

    I was actually thinking Somalia, the complete break down of the much vaunted “rule of law”, war-lordism.
    In the Ukraine you have private armies retained by oligarchs who “impose” the rule of law and are fighting on the frontline against the “terrorists” out in front of Ukrainian army regulars, along side the national guard (Nazi brown shirts in charge of ethnic cleansing for right-wing Ukrainian jingoists). [All at the bidding of the EU, the IMF, and the World Bank who are financing their broke asses on the condition that they reconquor the shale-lands of the East, for the likes of R. Hunter Biden, and, in the background, the global creditor class; see http://www.zerohedge.com/print/491753%5D. Not that unlike the private armies in Latin American countries that defend land-owner’s rights against government land-reforms.
    In the USA the police are positioning themselves as war-lord mercenaries that do the bidding of those who actually own the country: the proprietors of the USA allow the rest of the populace to live there, but only as long as they do as they’re told.

    The notion that there is a big difference between property rights (rule of law) and simple conquest will gradually be eroded by unfolding events…

  5. blurkel
    August 15, 2014 at 7:40 am

    The real issue is to separate the cops from the rest of society.

    Fiscal abuse by the economic elites has weakened the economy, and the elites are not willing to surrender one red copper-jacketed zinc slug to improve anything for anyone but themselves. They know their history (specifically certain revolutions in France and Russia), and are preparing for the day the average American reaches his Howard Beale moment. Having the cops already conditioned to hate the rest of us, and be willing to kill us, is vital for any version of success for that plan.

    My advice to such elites is to bone up on the history of the Roman Empire, especially the emperors who were assassinated by their own guards.

  6. Rum
    August 29, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    M. Brown towered over that officer who was forced to deal with him. Without a backup. And the only way even one of them was not going to die.- was is if Trayvon;(I meant Michael == The Saintly Gentle Giant) just not have been out looking hard for a fight to the death

    • P Ray
      August 30, 2014 at 7:53 pm

      I didn’t realise officers forced to deal with people had to kill them.
      Kind of makes the slogan “to serve and protect (the public)” ring hollow.
      Ever thought about shooting someone in the foot? I believe based on what I’ve seen, they do a little dance and tend to go away from the person that gives them such pain.
      But perhaps the officer had difficulty in shooting such a small target. Understandable, police train for head and chest shots, are constrained by IQ limits (there is an upper cutoff), and “try not to be part of the community they police”.
      With such a mix of factors, what could go wrong?

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