Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Us against them- The American Police Mentality.

America In Crisis -
Increasing Police
By Ted Lang
Police brutality as a regular occurrence in
America was once limited to specific areas
in big cities. It was motivated by an "us-versus-
them" racist police mentality that was formerly
isolated to ghettos and included also organized
crime strongholds in such big cities as Chicago
and New York during the government-imposed
Prohibition back in the 1920s and 30s. The
"them" in the combative police mindset
during this time was comprised of a certain
race or a particular criminal class, and
focused mainly on organized mobsters
personified by bootleggers and gamblers
generally identified as elements of the
Italian Mafia. And in the mid-1800s, Irish
gangs in New York City were commonplace.
Back in the early part of the last century
and still in existence today, were the black
and Hispanic ghettos representative of the
cities of New York and Los Angeles. Even
without direct public approval, an underlying
public attitude existed that condoned
isolated incidents of "rubber hose" back
jail cell or stationhouse basement
mistreatment and torture of ghetto or
race specific individuals while in police
captivity. "They probably deserved it" was
in all likelihood the general attitude
characteristic of this laissez faire public
aloofness. And both the police and the
public are aware of the high rates of crime
in the impoverished ghettos of the big cities.
Organized criminals and gangsters, a
subculture of American society, could
easily be identified as not only antisocial,
but extremely dangerous as typified by the
rampant machine-gun shootings and gang
murders in public by the criminal gangs of
the 20s and 30s. Territorial gang wars as
well as machine-gun battles with "Eliott
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agents were all the result of the government's
ill-conceived Prohibition against alcoholic
beverage consumption. The battle lines
were drawn by law enforcement and
organized crime in the struggle to provide
the bootlegging demanded by the public
and banned by a meddlesome state. But
the then-illegal liquor trade made so by
the sanctimonious saints of yet another
soon-to-be more efficient criminal
subculture, American government, was
the product of our government's continuing
stupid and failed attempts to legislate
morality. The latter is an impossible feat
for the most immoral sector of any society.
Police brutality and murders in small
town rural areas were concentrated mostly
in the South, and were exemplified
primarily by police-permitted lynchings
and torture deaths directed towards black
Americans in those locales. The Civil Rights
movement of the 1960s also produced
among virtually all the police departments
of our nation, an increased police
intolerance for anti-racial demonstrations. The
murders of three
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Rights Activists and the subsequent
cover-up of the crime in Mississippi in
1964 became the classic reference point
for Southern inhospitality on the part of
both a select minority of its citizenry [the
Klan] and police compounded by a
nebulous and undefined code of public approval.
In my high school years in the late 1950s, I
joined the police-sponsored Civil Defense
unit which met at the local police station
in Queens, New York. In addition to the
mandatory first aid training I received in
high school, the Civil Defense unit also
trained me in first aid thereby reinforcing
my life-saving and emergency medical
techniques. As part of the local precinct
of the NYPD, I mingled with the police
officers in the stationhouse.
The grumblings among the police officers
after televised news segments were aired
depicting police clashes with peaceful
marchers and demonstrators clearly
indicated more than a mere contempt
for both the Civil Rights movement and
the participating demonstrators on the
part on those officers of the NYPD. Members
of this very Northern and "Union"-oriented
police department became extremely
intolerant of these demonstrations in spite
of the fact that they were sanctioned by the
First Amendment and completely
peaceful. One of those televised news
vignettes showed the police and state
troopers assembled in a Southern town. The
newsreel recorded the police charge wherein
they literally tore into a column of African-
Americans and supportive whites that were
under the leadership of the late Reverend
Dr. Martin Luther King.
The police used attack dogs, swung their
billy clubs indiscriminately, and brutally
attacked women and even elderly
demonstrators, knocking them to the
ground and then continuously beating
them as their victims lay bleeding on the
ground. This wasn't crowd control; these
were acts of horrendous police brutality
and torture on public display. These
people had a right to demonstrate, were
not tying up traffic nor committing any
other type of criminal damage to the local
community. And they were marching
while prominently holding and displaying
the American flag. But they failed to obey
"police orders," even though those
"orders" were unconstitutional.
The site of that massive out-of-control
police rampage is still etched upon my
mind. It changed something inside
me. It planted a tiny seed of distrust for
both government and its police. It didn't,
at least at that time, extend my distrust
and disappointment to the uniforms of
the American military; I served my time
in the US Army. But, even that seed was
planted. Misguided volunteers for a
volunteer Army [or a Civil Defense unit]
controlled by expensively suited and
tie-wearing lunatics and genocidal
maniacs can still result in unwarranted,
unjust, and unconstitutional mass
murders and torture, even when
intending "to bring democracy" to a
people of another nation that never
asked for it and never did our nation
and its people any harm.
How did we "progress" from a "protect
and serve" mentality to one where every
American citizen is a criminal until the
citizen-victim proves otherwise under
taser torturing, physical beatings, and
outright life-threatening assault by
police? How did we go from an
"innocent until proven guilty" foundation
to the current government attitude
of guilty until proven innocent? The
police mindset has been transformed
into a new version of "us [the police]
versus them" [every citizen in America]!
The causes for this hatred by all levels
of police for America's citizens can be
attributed to four factors. The first
factor is technology. Police are now
able and capable of using monumental
technology against their new-found
enemy, the American people. Second,
police across America at all levels
have been unified by federal money,
benefits, equipment and reward-
producing initiatives provided by
Washington, DC. Third, the mindset
created by Cheney-Bush utilizing 9/11
and the success of Clinton's Waco
Massacre; everyone in America should
be, and WILL be, considered a terrorist,
or at least an "enemy combatant," until
convincingly proved to be
otherwise. Employing cruel and unusual
punishment is now the standard method
of proving innocence. Prohibitions
against these methods as documented
in that "goddamned piece of paper"
are no longer valid. And finally,
government's never-ending progressive
need for control, more control, and still
more control of its subjects. The "War
on Drugs" ["controlled" substances] and
gun "control" are typical. More and
more complicated and unintelligible
regulatory control mumbo-jumbo is
just what a dictatorship needs to make
sure every citizen does something
wrong so they can be arrested.
Let's look at these in turn. Technology
today is completely mind-boggling. Police
can employ infrared heat-sensitive
electronic scanners to focus on targeted
perpetrators inside brick and concrete
buildings. This technology is now available
to our military if not "our" police. Through
federal programs, it obviously can be made
available to police. And the government's
contempt and increasing violations of the
1878 Posse Comitatus Act will now enable
present advanced military technology to be
used against American citizens as well as
formerly legitimate, organized public
Video cameras for citizen control by police
are everywhere in America, and are being
expanded exponentially. Police now carry
fully automatic machine-guns as "standard
operating procedure" or SOP. Police dress
up in "SWAT" semi-military gear letting
America know that they are prepared to
shoot and kill with minimum
provocation. Razor wire barriers at
political conventions are also
SOP. Rubber bullets, audio weaponry,
disabling gases and smoke and other
"crowd control" disablers are also SOP.
Second, American police at all levels are
generously supported by the American
taxpayer via federal benefits delivered
to local, county and state police via
military surplus, and the required
acceptance of federal "initiatives"
such as the "War on Drugs" and the
"Global War on Terror," as well as
other federal initiatives. Police
departments at all levels in America
also become the recipients of federal
funding grants, special training, and
even the newest standard and surplus
military equipment. This federal
involvement with police departments
all across the country has progressed
to where it now unifies all American
police thereby creating yet another
dimension of a standing military force
so obnoxious to the Founding Fathers.
Third, the establishment of "terror groups"
did not start with either the 1993 World
Trade bombing or the destruction of
the World Trade complex on September 11,
2001. It actually started with the Waco
siege and massacre under the first Clinton
regime. The combined use of police, the
federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and
Firearms [BATF], FBI, and the United
States military demonstrate clearly the
fear the Founders had in allowing the
federal government a standing army
and its horrific power to kill and
destroy. And although BATF and FBI
are "suit-and-tie" alphabet agencies, as
Waco demonstrated, they can and do act
in concert as a dangerous standing army.
The violation of the Posse Comitatus Act
was blatant, but as usual, since the
federal government can wield massive
killing power, and along with the
compliance of a virtually non-existent
American press, our killer government
experienced absolutely no modicum of
challenge from the media thereby
getting away totally with this most
egregious criminal outrage which in
effect supplants and makes irrelevant
the Boston Massacre and even the
American Revolution itself. Terrorism
is now used by American government to
control its own citizens. Justification for
such state paranoia was derived from
so-called anti-government terror groups
targeting America, whether real or imagined.
The Waco Massacre was totally
unnecessary. It perfectly demonstrates the
fourth factor. A simple mistake on a firearm
form, or a gun barrel that's an inch too
short, or the mere mention of the word
"gun," or a personal amount of a "controlled
substance," and uniformed police thugs
are now authorized the use of deadly
force. It is no longer necessary to prove
a crime has been committed, and a
crime is now defined by actions that are
really no crime at all because no fellow
citizen or citizens were injured. No
damage to any form of citizen or citizen
property need be proven. Waco was
planned and executed by Bill Clinton
and Janet Reno to terrify American
citizens and gun owners by demonstrating
the unlimited total power and authority
of government. Cheney-Bush are now
using this total power in Iraq and
Afghanistan to also kill, maim and
torture the unarmed and innocent
civilians of nations that did US no
harm. But what goes around will
eventually come around! Get ready
for yet another Waco or 9/11!
What is most horrifying for Americans
is the realization that there is only one
direction for ALL government: unchecked,
unlimited growth and never-ending
expansion of deadly force. And for
those individuals who were previously
totally incapable of understanding the
relationship of expanded government
and the resultant lessening of individual
freedoms, that relationship can now be
more easily understood. Whoever
offered that government "continually
grows" itself was telling it like it really
is. Look at the rate of government
expansionism! Look how increasingly
dangerous government at all levels
has become! Now ordinary traffic
pullovers and "confrontations" with
police as in just simply asking a police
officer for geographic directions when
lost can result in tasering, beating,
torture and even death.
As "We the People" are supposedly
"represented" by "two" political parties,
yet both with exactly the same agenda,
and Congressional representatives and
senators that completely ignore the will
of the people when it is publicly aired via
elections, it is obvious that the real power
and authority in America is not the people
but an unseen and unknown shadow
government empowered by the
international bankers seeking a
"New World Order." The avenue for
a reasonable, peaceful solution to this
increasing tyranny is growing
narrower and shorter.
How should we respond to the growing
threat of the state? Peaceably, of course!
But the rapidly increasing technological
power of the uniformed state guards
across America and their exponentially
growing violence against any and all
citizens, is working rapidly to prevent
any attempt at a peaceful
solution. Their total crushing of
individual freedom and citizen "wiggle
room" is threatening to destroy any
peaceful debate and corrective political
action. And as we become dangerously
closer to this non-solution, only one
course of action will be open: street
violence and revolution. All it will
take is another horrific outrage the
public finally realizes is government
perpetrated and violence may
erupt. And it appears that our
political class is both aware of
this as well as completely intent
on making it happen. The state is
powerfully equipped with dangerous
weapons of mass destruction; Waco
proves that our federal government
will use them against US!
The perpetrators of crime, formerly
identified as the "criminal element," are
ALWAYS prepared for violence. A
criminal does not commit rape, robbery,
assault and murder unless he intends
to succeed at his crime by employing
violence. Honest, decent, law-abiding
Americans just want to be left alone. They
are NOT prepared for violence, unless
they come to realize that no matter
how hard they try, violence cannot be
avoided. And when that realization
hits home, who is it that better deserves
the suffering produced from acts of
violence? Wouldn't that be the
unprovoked originator of the violence?
What happens if the American people
join together and determine that ALL
police and government authority is
"them?" Under police state slavery, we
will all be treated violently, and enslaved
and tortured. We will be sent to
forced-labor work camps [being built
by Cheney-Bush right now!] to enrich
the central bankers and their New
World Order. If we are to be killed
and tortured by heavily armed uniformed
government guards, we will suffer and
die anyway, so what real choice do we have?
Considering these scenarios, perhaps we
are fast approaching yet another time in
our republic's brief history when we
should again consider another:
"Live Free Or Die!"
c.2007 THEODORE E. LANG - All rights reserved
Ted Lang is a political analyst and freelance writer.

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