Monday, July 08, 2013

War on Terror as an excuse

“Why did you shoot me? I was reading a book”: The new warrior cop is out of control - One of the consequences of the focus on anti-terror functions of the police was the increase in the flow of military weapons to the police. It is odd that there is no great outcry about this from gun control advocates. A disarmed citizenry and a hyper-armed police force and state: The exact opposite of the system bequeathed to us by the founding Fathers. As a conservative I must confess that I have in the past been a little too ready to defer to the police authorities in their efforts to combat domestic crime, but we should always remember that a power once given to government for one purpose (in this case combating terrorism) will soon be turned toward another purpose (breaking up poker games? Seriously?).

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