Coming Of A Police State?

If you follow the news, and most of the readers of IST do, then you will recall the Ferguson Missouri problems a few years ago…the protests and the reactions……..you will also recall the the police appeared to be a military force confronting the protesters….and this situation has occurred over and over…..the police armed and equipped like a military force…..

Like I said this appears to e the wave of the future……

Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “An injustice anywhere is a threat to just everywhere.” We should all be cognizant of King’s quote. In the 20th and 21rst centuries, U.S. policies around the world, both economically and militarily, have been questionable at best. They started with the Philippines in the beginning of the 20th century up to the Middle East today. These policies, more often incredibly violent, are coming back to haunt us. An example of this includes the U.S. international policy of “Low-Intensity Conflict” (LIC).

Source: The Militarization of U.S. Police Departments

What got me to thinking along this road was something the Trump said when he was addressing the Chicago wave of violence…..not the quotes about immigrants or thugs or anyhting along those lines….what it was was his statement that he would send in the Feds……”If Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible ‘carnage’ going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds.”

Send in the Feds?  Would that not be something akin to a police state?

It would appear that some of the folks who were hoping that Donald Trump was actually an isolationist “jobs” president, rather than the authoritarian white nationalist with imperial ambitions he clearly showed himself to be on the stump, are now being forced to face reality. Everything he has done since he was inaugurated proves him to be dead serious about unleashing the military and the police to enact his agenda, and he wants the other branches of government to understand that if they obstruct him he’s going to make sure his rabid followers know who to blame.

Source: Donald Trump’s Coming Police State: We Have a President Who Wants Unlimited Power and Won’t Respect the Rule of Law | Alternet

He may not have meant it in the way it was said….but that kind of talk is disturbing.

God I love it when a plan comes together!

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10 thoughts on “Coming Of A Police State?

  1. Personally, I think we’ve been in a police state since the ’60’s… Remember the Blue Meanies? In Berkeley, that phrase referred to the Oakland Tactical Squad, the forerunner of what are now called SWAT’s, who were fond of firing their rifles at the backs of fleeing protesters, as evidenced by a full page photo, taken from a roof top, showing an officer leveling his gun at a hippie, half a block away, in full flight, aiming, clearly, for the upper back… They were using shotguns, loaded with actual steel ball loads…sometimes they fired rock salt rounds…

    The picture was in the local edition of the Chronicle, but, was removed/edited from the editions sent to other cities & small towns in California… I know because I took a copy to show my Dad, who also took the paper; the photo which took up the entire back page in the Bay Area was missing altogether from the one he received on delivery in Central California,

    That’s when I started taking responsibility for my own security….

    I’ll save a rant on this for later; I’m too disgusted at it now to speak rationally, without some vulgarity….

    gigoid, the dubious

  2. Trump is a sociopathic bully, and yes he meant it. A calculated comment, something you throw out there not to actually act upon immediately, but as back-up ammunition. The trick is to put it out and not have it taken seriously by your opponents, but eagerly seized upon by your supporters. Later, once you’ve “demonstrated” through propaganda and fake news that your “opponents” are to blame for a situation you had recognized previously and had warned about consequences, you can open up the warehouse and say, “you were warned this is what would happen…” and indeed, lo and behold, they were. Once the para-military apparatus is engaged, you can say, “It’s not what I wanted but they left me no choice” and maybe come out of it a dictator and a hero to the “law and order” ignorant crowds… Heil Trump… heil Trump!

  3. I read about the National Guard mobilization for the flooding. I immediately thought, “what else will they be used for?” I now think that the (not that great) Bruce Willis film, ‘The Siege’ (1998) is almost a prediction of events to come.
    Regards, Pete.

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