Communities grow weary of militarized police

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New city police armored vehicle

As numerous law enforcement agencies across the United States begin enrolling large armored vehicles into the force, pockets of resistance are forming among some communities concerned with the trend.

According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, the federal government has been granting armored vehicles like BearCats to cities and towns since the World Trade Center attacks in 2001. Additionally, about 200 vehicles designed to survive landmines and other explosions have also been distributed across the country, with another 750 requests pending.

While some communities have welcomed such acquisitions amid increased concern over mass shootings, others have balked at the idea. As RT reported last year, residents in Salinas, California, flooded the Facebook page of their local police department after it obtained a heavily armored vehicle capable of withstanding rifle fire and minefield explosions.

“That vehicle is made for war,” mentioned one commenter at the time. “Do not use my safety to justify that vehicle,” another one wrote. “The Salinas Police Department is just a bunch of cowards that want to use that vehicle as intimidation and to terrorize the citizens of this city.”

Speaking with the Journal, Eastern Kentucky University professor Peter Kraska said residents are even more worried about potential police militarization following the recent disclosures of the National Security Agency’s bulk surveillance program. When citizens continue to hear about the government’s expanding presence, Kraska said armored vehicles represent “a pretty visual example of overreach.”

Still, even as cities across the country raise concern over the acquisitions, limiting them may prove to be much harder. Just recently, New Hampshire lawmaker J.R. Hoell introduced a bill that would ban local towns from receiving armored vehicles, something he believes is leading to the further militarization of the police force. Already, he said 11 communities possess armored vehicles.

“This seems over the top and unnecessary to have this level of armament,” Rep. J.R. Hoell (R) told the Journal.

According to the Concord Monitor, however, Hoell’s bill failed in the state House of Representatives on Wednesday, where lawmakers voted to table the proposal.

Meanwhile, the BearCat’s manufacturer, Lenco Armored Vehicles, said that law enforcement agencies are interested in obtaining the vehicle because they don’t want to be unprepared for an unexpectedly dangerous situation, including natural disasters in which the vehicles could be helpful. The company also said that BearCats are typically only used by specialized teams.

One federal lawmaker, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), on the other hand, has targeted the Department of Homeland Security’s grant program – meant to bolster terror attack prevention – as a potential culprit in the past, questioning the need to spend so much money on armored vehicles. He said $35 billion has been spent on “questionable items” since 2003, including BearCats.

Source: http://rt.com/usa/towns-no-nanks-militarized.police-429/

Updated and revised: The UNITED STATES OF TERROR

police-stateFor several hours and in utter astonishment I watched dozens of videos at YouTube on the present police state misconduct.  I was appalled by what I witnessed, and ashamed of the once courageous and decent American police force.  Reaching nightmarish proportions, the force has been reduced to barbaric”tyrants in blue” with an alarmingly deadly arsenal at arms reach, providing them the capacity to destroy every city, town and county in the nation.

Officer behavior witnessed in the videos: 

1.  Murder of unarmed citizens;

2.  Sadistic torture – slapping, pushing, shoving, arm locks, repeated head injury, over tightened handcuffs, shouting in face, knock downs, facial injury;

3.  Various unpleasant forms of intimidation and humiliation against suspects;

4.  Disrespect of personal boundaries;

5.  Sexual assault upon women from vaginal cavity searches in public;

6.  Child endangerment/child abuse;

7.  Elder abuse;

8.  Strip searches mainly on women in a public area;

9.  Illegal entry of private property;

10.  Forced searches of vehicles and belongings with no probable cause;

11.  Destruction of private property;

12.  Excessive profane speech;

13.  Severe disrespect of persons of interest;

14.  Disdain and disrespect for the homeless, less fortunate and mentally challenged;

15.  Rude, vulgar attitudes, especially male officers who force their height or weight on others;

16.  Personal endangerment – threats from officers indicating destruction of property and even murder.

These former public servants, now “tyrants in blue,” literally terrorise the people with one cruel atrocity after another.

Plus the sheer number of police brutality reports tallied daily is shocking.  The police agencies have thoroughly overstepped every credible shred of authority they once held, and now, we must stop this Juggernaut.

The force in post 9/11 America have been given excessive power to control and oppress the people into submission, while the past two unconstitutional Presidencies consolidate preparations for their inevitable coup.

And if a thoroughly corrupt police force was not enough, we then have to confront the absolutely putrid Judicial branch, who working in tandem with the police usually achieve the desired outcome in their courts.

One case in point is an Illinois man’s conviction of 75 years in prison because he videotaped police without their consent.  Even violent murderers and rapists rarely get that much time, unless it’s life imprisonment, but this was a non-violent crime which shouldn’t even be a crime in the first place.  It’s just one more way to remove every constitutional protection from our lives because it is one set of rules for law enforcement agencies, then a second set of rules and laws for everyone else.

To complicate the issue further certain acts can have more than one interpretation.  Videotaping of police, for example, is illegal in some states if performed by a private citizen.  However, the police can videotape any citizen without their permission and that is considered legal and within their rights as upholders of the law.  There is only one law and that is for US, not them.

Another situation that was so unnecessary, uncalled for, and a complete blunder for the force was Arkansas SWAT’s murder of a 107-year old man.  It is truly sad when local law enforcement today cannot take the time to put at ease a severely elderly man suffering from extreme old age.  No, they would rather end his life than exercise a little patience and restraint.

Arkansas SWAT Murder Delusional 107 Year Old Man

Is this not “domestic terror” on a nationwide grand scale?

The ‘fear’, American society harbors, is falsely grounded in a perceived Arab enemy that would not attempt such things as their Judaic counterparts perpetrate against them.

The true enemy, the para-military domestic terrorist arm known as the “police force” is now an agent of evil, jointly operated by the Israeli Defence Forces and the Mossad with the U.S. government’s blessing.  This rare fact about our law enforcement system isn’t what you’d expect to find, but then, three decades ago I never dreamed that living in America would be quite so terrifying.

The following article from 2011 absolutely confirms that Israeli trained American police forces are a national threat to the people, that they are domestic “terrorists”, and are terrorizing Americans, that they have no basic humanity or empathy for those that they are policing, that it makes no difference whether the target is a child, and elderly person, or a disabled person, you will be treated with the same disrespect in a harsh manner and probably manhandled, as well.

Israeli Training:  Houston Police Shoot Wheelchair Amputee Said Armed with Ballpoint Pen

By Gordon Duff and Press TV

During the Bush administration, Israeli-American dual citizen and Director of Homeland Security Chertoff mandated that American police forces be trained by Israeli groups in crowd control, counter-terrorism and intelligence gathering.

Since that time, shootings of unarmed civilians has gone up 500%, attacks on legal political protests by police have become a scandal and huge stockpiles of ammunition and military heavy weaponry have been distributed to law enforcement groups in every region of America, both local and federally controlled.

Additionally, Army Chief of Staff General Odierno has offered the use of the US Army, an offer published in the Council on Foreign Relations journal, Foreign Affairs, to suppress political dissent by force, a violation of his oath of office and, quite literally, an act of conspiracy against the sovereignty of the US and State governments.

The current problem with law enforcement and the diminishment of legal rights of Americans is now at levels that cannot be ignored any longer.  It has become obvious to an ever increasing number of Americans that something is in the works, perhaps a political coup or a military take-over.

Years ago such things were done behind closed doors, now it seems it can be done in the open, just like shooting down presidents, killing senators in plane crashes or blowing up office buildings.

Instability in the United States is very real.  With Mitt Romney planning a new war while cutting taxes for the rich, one in four Americans is suffering from malnutrition and one in five children live with constant hunger in a nation that spends billions of dollars to subsidize and store excess food.

There is now a legitimate concern that armed law enforcement officers, numbering over 800,000, with constables and auxiliaries taking that number over 1 million, foreign led criminal organizations may systematically be gaining control of America in a form of “rot from within.”

It doesn’t take a genius to track down the money behind half of America’s politicians to their source, bank fraud, narcotics, gun running, medical scams and the oil monopoly.  This is the new organized crime.

What had once been police is how a “hodge-podge” thousands of agencies, each one falling like dominoes, unable to resist offers of advanced military weapons, offers of “informal discretionary funding” (bribes) and quickly degenerating into an army of occupation.

Key to this has been Israeli training, sending into America so-called experts who have long operated in an environment where killing civilians under cover of a rigged racist system of government has been official policy for over six decades.

Israel’s militarized police are trained to violate human rights on a daily basis.  116 UN resolutions have been filed and passed by majority vote by the General Assembly citing them with apartheid and genocide, exactly the description of America that Mitt Romney and his friends are offering America.

POLICE KILLINGS

In my own town recently, a police officer shot and killed an Iraq War veteran while the man was asleep.  The officer had been called to the home because the family was concerned about their son who was having trouble adjusting.

They let the officer in the house, and rather than waking the sleeping veteran, the officer simply emptied his pistol into the man’s body.

I just did a Google search of the phrase:  “police shoot unarmed man” and got 1,610,000 results.

Either we talk about little else or this seems to happen a lot.

In almost every case, the officers responsible for these killings are trained in the Israeli martial art of Krav Fit, contracts pushed by the Department of Homeland Security.

Israeli groups train in crowd control, use of military weapons and armoured vehicles against America’s “Occupy dissidents,” the poor, the homeless, mental patients and veterans, so far.

When the amount of ammunition is counted up and the military firepower estimated, the list may well expand to “anyone not willing to submit to live as human slaves.”

KILLINGS ALWAYS COVERED UP

The death toll is never counted but is currently in the hundreds, perhaps thousands.  Police are never properly investigated, never called to account, just as with the IDF team that ended their standoff with 22 year old American waif, Rachel Corrie, who was crushed TWICE by a “free” Caterpillar bulldozer, a gift from the American people, donated to be used to crush the homes of Palestinians.

In this incident, Corrie was protecting 6 small children.  An Israeli court found the only way Corrie could be dealt with, by an entire platoon of IDF Commandos, was to drive over her with a bulldozer.  This was considered a legal use of force against an American citizen.

And Israel wonders why tens of millions of Americans suspect them for plotting 9/11?

HOUSTON WHEELCHAIR KILLING

This police incident was a classic.  The victim was living in a group home for the mentally ill.  He was in a wheelchair having lost an arm and leg some time before in a rail accident.

Two Israeli trained Houston Police were sent.  The spokesman for the Houston Police, Jodi Siva, claimed the man “cornered” one of the police officers and threatened him with an object.

Both officers had completed Krav Fit martial arts training from their Israeli instructors at a cost of thousands of dollars a day.

There is, within this tragedy an aspect of absurdity.  Other than guns and watching sports, martial arts is one of the biggest forms of recreation in the United States.  I began formal training at 8 and continued as a trainer or in competition well into my 50s.

Of course all US Marines have advanced martial arts training as with Army Rangers, Special Forces, SEALS, specialized units of the Air Force and about 4 million civilians who hold “black belt” or above level training.

There are two initial issues here, one, of course, is turning to what may officially be the least athletic nation on earth, Israel, for training in an area of athletic prowess, sort of a “coals to Newcastle” type of thing.

Israel is not Okinawa or Korea.  If I want violin or chess lessons, Israel will be among my first 100 choices.

The second, of course, is that the whole thing is a “con” in the first place, the only time a police officer in Houston was involved in a potential terror plot, he mistakenly killed a CIA agent.  This is quite an interesting story from May 2008:

Federal sources close to this case have told me CIA Agent Roland Carnaby had proof a “suitcase nuke” had arrived inside the U.S. from Israel on Tuesday. He was chasing the device and the Israelis who had it.

As local law enforcement was called-in, for some unknown reason cops allegedly began chasing the CIA Agent instead of the Israelis and ultimately shot the CIA Agent dead!

The Houston wheelchair shooting is a classic.  We have two armed police officers, highly trained in the mysterious martial arts of Israel, we have a subject in a wheel chair with one arm and one leg and in his hand is a ballpoint pen.

The officers, of course, had batons, tasers, and were wearing body armour.

A more likely scenario, one with a typical Israeli aspect to it, would have had the second officer simply take the handles of the wheel chair, run it out into the street and under a passing bus or perhaps a bulldozer of one could be arranged.

The victim had committed no crime, had no warrants but was suspected of “causing a disturbance.”  Group homes, such as this one, are seldom staffed with competent professional personnel and are generally a method of bilking government programs out of money while commonly physically and emotionally abusing residents.

Personnel working in “group homes” typically have, themselves, criminal records.  This is the average qualification in the United States for taking care of the old, the helpless and the infirm.

The officer who killed the unidentified man is named Matthew Jacob Marin.  He has been placed on a 3 day administrative leave.

This is his second killing in the past few years.

In August, a Jeffrey T. Johnson, a legitimate armed suspect, was shot and killed by two New York police officers, also trained by Israeli companies.

The officers were 8 feet from Johnson when he drew his weapon.  They then opened fire, hitting Johnson but also hitting 9 other people in the area, spraying bullets everywhere.

The incident began when Johnson shot and killed his Israeli employer who had recently ended his employment for reasons Johnson had found “unsatisfactory.”

New York police who cornered Johnson, who was armed with a Spanish made Star .380 7 shot pistol with 2 rounds remaining in the magazine, then opened fire, hitting Johnson then “accidentally” shooting 9 others, some as far “off line” as 120 degrees.

Was the Israeli training team brought in there from the Haifa School for the Blind?

Two days ago, an 83 year old crime victim, Delma Tower of Lynchburg, Virginia was killed by police for “failing to obey orders.”  The 83 year old was fleeing armed intruders who had broken into her home, she was barefoot, wearing a night dress and was not wearing either her glasses or hearing aid.

Police were unable to discern a half-naked 83 year old woman who was nearly blind from the two large male armed intruders, who of course escaped while the victim of the crime, while is so often the case, died in a hail of police gunfire.   Each month, the National Rifle Association prints a magazine read by millions of Americans.  This organization, one that works closely with police and is associated with the Romney campaign, lauds civilians who use their right to bear arms and reports carefully selected stories where civilians making use of their constitutional rights, but are not killed by police who mistake them for criminals.

I could list a hundred, a thousand such shootings.  Sometimes weapons are found at the scene, sometimes those killed have criminal records, and incidents like this have a long history.

What has changed today is that those killed are simply gunned down, no weapon mysteriously dropped by the police, victims are often aged, sometimes even financially well off, there seems to be an agenda that, more than anything else, resembles terrorism, the random killing of any American anywhere, anytime and under any circumstances by police who are unable to explain what they do.

Moreover, nobody ever seriously questions anything that police do.

It is almost as though a mass psychosis has taken over American law enforcement, every face a potential “bin Laden,” every minor confrontation solved only with volleys of gunfire.

The only common factor in so many of these incidents is the Israeli training, teaching American police to mimic Israeli treatment of the Palestinian people.  It seems American police have caught Israel’s national obsession of fearfulness and feigned victimization.

Source: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2012/09/27/press-tv-tragedy-of-us-police-training-by-israeli-companies/

Whitewraithe~ 

Related: http://www.jeff-goodall.com/?p=7766

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20121112071324AAyqgQK

http://mostlywater.org/why_do_cops_have_tanks_dangerous_militarization_us_police_forces

URGENT WARNING – Prepare For What Is Coming

Video from Wide Awake News (h/t: rense.com)

McGrath is right. If you’ve thought about contributing to the Romney or Obama campaign this year, save your money. You’d be much better off buying one of these items here: 100 Items to Disappear First

Now is the time to do some soul-searching. The United States of America and pretty much the rest of the “free world” has been looted by psychopaths. If you’re in law enforcement or the military, it’s time to think about your oath and consider your duty seriously. You didn’t sign up to protect a bunch of piggish liars and thieves. You signed up to protect and serve the public. Don’t let them sucker you into a knee-jerk reaction. In the end we’re all in this together. Choose the side of truth. In the end, that’s all there is.

WW~Notes:  No, Mr. McGrath doesn’t identify the enemy and at this point, what does it matter?  Whether Jew or Gentile the people residing in every government office in Washington, D.C. are the enemies of the American people.  And yet, they are only the henchmen for the psychopathic banking cartels worldwide.  Most of the control being orchestrated for America is coming from across the pond in the City of London.  In the end, I happen to agree with Charley because he’s right.   

Location Of 63 Secret Killer Drone Bases Inside The US Revealed

The US has been forced to reveal the location of 63 secret bases used to conduct aerial drone flights for domestic spying operations.

A lawsuit has forced the FAA to reveal the location of 63 Secret Drone bases located inside the United States some of which will be the starting point for a massive deployment of airborne robots flying over the United States for spying on citizens which will eventually conduct targeted killings across the country.

While the information released shows an alarming number of bases being used for military and local law enforcement drones, perhaps the most startling revelation is that the United States is allowing Canadian Border Patrol Drones to operate across the Canadian border.

Odds are that the are many more drone bases inside the United States whose locations have been kept secret for various national security reasons and the lawsuit only forced the government to release the names and locations of permitted US drone operators.

That means that the type of drones – be they for targeted killing, guiding missiles, or general surveillance – and the number of drones at each location still remains a secret although the FAA says they plan on releasing such information at a later date.

Maps Of Known Drone Bases:

Exposed: Location of sites where licences have been granted for the use of drones within the U.S.Exposed: Location of sites where licenses have been granted for the use of drones within the U.S. There are 63 active sites based in 20 states. Red flags show active sites and blue show those locations where licenses have expired since 2006.
Unusual: The University of Connecticut - one of 19 educational institutions to own spy planes - is the drone site closest to New York CityUnusual: The University of Connecticut – one of 19 educational institutions to own spy planes – is the drone site closest to New York City. The North East is the region with the highest concentration.
Concentration: The Beltway around Washington DC has the highest concentration of urban and suburban drone sitesConcentration: The Beltway around Washington DC has the highest concentration of urban and suburban drone sites, including the U.S. Marine Corp base as Quantico Station, Virginia.
Florida: Mostly police and Sheriff departments are registered to use drones in the stateFlorida: Mostly police and Sheriff departments are registered to use drones in the state.
Watch out Canada - Border agents are registered to use drones in North Dakota just a few hundred miles from Winnipeg ManitobaWatch out Canada – Border agents are registered to use drones in North Dakota just a few hundred miles from Winnipeg Manitoba.
Remote: The University of Alaska's drones are the most distant from any major urban centers. They are, however, the closest to RussiaRemote: The University of Alaska’s drones are the most distant from any major urban centers. They are, however, the closest to Russia.Hotspot: Texas has one of the highest number of drone sitesHotspot: Texas has one of the highest number of drone sites.West Coast: There are comparatively few drone sites in California and Western statesWest Coast: There are comparatively few drone sites in California and Western states.

Lew Rockwell really tells the honest truth to the Judge.

FAA List Of Permitted Drone Operators:

U.S. Air Force Mississippi Department of Marine Resources
Arlington Police Department Mississippi State University
U.S. Army U.S. Navy
City of Herington, Kansas New Mexico Tech
City of North Little Rock, AR Police Department Ogden Police Department
DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) Ohio University
DHS (Department of Homeland Security) / CBP (Customs and Border Protection) Orange County Sheriff’s Office
DHS (Department of Homeland Security) / Science and Technology Polk County Sheriff’s Office
DOE (Department of Energy) – Idaho National Laboratory Seattle Police Dept
Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service Texas A&M University Corpus Christi
Department of the Interior – National Business Center/Aviation Management Directorate Texas A&M University – TEES
Eastern Gateway Community College University of Alaska Fairbanks
Texas State University University of Colorado
FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) University of Connecticut
Gadsden Police Department USMC (United States Marine Corps)
Georgia Tech Research Institute University of Florida
Kansas State University University of North Dakota
Mesa County Sheriff’s Office NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)
Miami-Dade Police Department Utah State University
Middle Tennessee State University Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
New Mexico State University Physical Sciences Laboratory (NMSU-PSL) Washington State Department of Transportation

The EFF reports:

FAA Releases Lists of Drone Certificates—Many Questions Left Unanswered

View Map of Domestic Drone Authorizations in a larger map

This week the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) finally released its first round of records in response to EFF’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit for information on the agency’s drone authorization program. The agency says the twolists it released include the names of all public and private entities that have applied for authorizations to fly drones domestically. These lists—which include the Certificates of Authorizations (COAs), issued to public entities like police departments, and the Special Airworthiness Certificates (SACs), issued to private drone manufacturers—show for the first time who is authorized to fly drones in the United States.

Some of the entities on the COA list are unsurprising. For example, journalists have reported that Customs and Border Protection uses Predator drones to patrol the borders. It is also well known that DARPA and other branches of the military are authorized to fly drones in the US. However, this is the first time we have seen the broad and varied list of other authorized organizations, including universities, police departments, and small towns and counties across the United States. The COA list includes universities and colleges like Cornell, the University of Colorado, Georgia Tech, and Eastern Gateway Community College, as well as police departments in North Little Rock, Arkansas; Arlington, Texas; Seattle, Washington; Gadsden, Alabama; and Ogden, Utah, to name just a few. The COA list also includes small cities and counties like Otter Tail, Minnesota and Herington, Kansas. The Google map linked above plots out the locations we were able to determine from the lists, and is color coded by whether the authorizations are active, expired or disapproved.

The second list we received includes all the manufacturers that have applied for authorizations to test-fly their drones. This list is less surprising and includes manufacturers like Honeywell, the maker of Miami-Dade’s T-Hawk drone; the huge defense contractor Raytheon; and General Atomics, the manufacturer of the Predator drone. This list also includes registration or “N” numbers,” serial numbers and model names, so it could be useful for determining when and where these drones are flying.

Unfortunately, these lists leave many questions unanswered. For example, the COA list does not include any information on which model of drone or how many drones each entity flies. In a meeting with the FAA today, the agency confirmed that there were about 300 active COAs and that the agency has issued about 700-750 authorizations since the program began in 2006. As there are only about 60 entities on the COA list, this means that many of the entities, if not all of them, have multiple COAs (for example, an FAA representative today said that University of Colorado may have had as many as 100 different COAs over the last six years). The list also does not explain why certain COA applications were “disapproved” and when other authorizations expired.

We raised these questions in our meeting with the FAA today and were assured the agency will release additional records with this important information soon. As we have written before and as Congressmen Markey and Barton (pdf) stated in their letter to the FAA today, drones pose serious implications for privacy, and the public should have all the information necessary to engage in informed debate over the incorporation of these devices into our daily lives. However, while we wait for additional information, these lists help to flesh out the picture of domestic drone use in the United States.

- List of All Certificates of Authorizations (COAs) Issued to Public Entities

- List of All Special Airworthiness Certificates issued to Private Entities

Source:EFF

The Daily Mail reports:

Is there a drone in your neighbourhood? Rise of spy planes exposed after FAA is forced to reveal 63 launch sites across U.S.

  • Unmanned spy planes are being launched from locations in 20 states and owners include the military and universities

There are at least 63 active drone sites around the U.S, federal authorities have been forced to reveal following a landmark Freedom of Information lawsuit.

The unmanned planes – some of which may have been designed to kill terror suspects – are being launched from locations in 20 states.

[...]

Most of the active drones are deployed from military installations, enforcement agencies and border patrol teams, according to the Federal Aviation Authority.

But, astonishingly, 19 universities and colleges are also registered as owners of what are officially known as unmanned aerial vehicles.

It is thought that many of institutions, which include Cornell, the University of Colorado, Georgia Tech, and Eastern Gateway Community College, are developing drone technology.

More: Death from above: Video of drones fitted with machine guns that could transform the battlefields of the future

[...]

There are also 21 mainstream manufacturers, such as General Atomics, who are registered to use drones domestically.

As well as active locations, the FAA also revealed 16 sites where licences to use spy planes have expired and four where authorizations have been disapproved, such as Otter Tail County, Minnesota.

[...]However, the FAA is yet to reveal what kinds of drones might be based at any of these locations.

The agency says it will release this data later.

Most of the drones are likely to be small craft, such as the Draganflyer X8, which can carry a payload of only 2.2lb.

Police, border patrols and environmental agencies, such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), could use for them effectively.

While few would object to vast open areas being monitored for wildfires, there are fears of privacy violations if drones are used to spy over cities.

[...]

Other drones – likely to be operated only by the armed forces – might include the MQ-9 Reaper and the MQ-1 Predator, which was used to kill American Al Qaeda boss Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen last September.

[...]

Certificates of Authorizations (COAs), issued to public entities like police departments, are active in 42 locations, expired in 16 and disapproved in four.

Special Airworthiness Certificates (SACs), issued to private drone manufacturers, are active in 21 locations and not active in 17.

Among the other unanswered questions, however, are is exactly how many drones each registered user owns.

[...]

The FAA has confirmed that there were about 300 active COAs and that the agency has issued about 700-750 authorizations since the program began in 2006.

[...]
Source: The Daily Mail

20 Signs That Society Is Breaking Down And That America Has Been Overrun By Psychos **WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT**

In order for a society to function successfully, people need to be able to trust one another.  Unfortunately, we are rapidly getting to the point where it is very difficult to trust anyone and society is breaking down.  Just think about it.  Do you trust most politicians?  Do you trust most lawyers?  Do you trust most bankers?  Do you trust the police?  As you will read about below, even doctors are going absolutely bonkers these days.  So if the “upper crust” of society cannot even be trusted, then what about everyone else?  Sadly, the truth is that America has been overrun by psychos.  Most people look somewhat “normal” when you meet them, but unfortunately very few people have pure motives these days.  You never know when someone is going to stab you in the back (literally or figuratively).  These days, most people simply do whatever is right in their own eyes, and that makes society a very unpredictable place.  As the economy continues to fall apart in future years, people are going to become even more desperate, and that is going to cause all of this craziness to get even worse.

Almost everywhere you look, there are signs of societal decay.  During an interview last year, trends researcher Gerald Celente made the following statement….

“Society is breaking down on every level: socially, economically, politically and it’s not just the U.S. It’s worldwide.”

Sadly, he hit the nail right on the head.  There is not a single segment of society that the rot of social decay has not touched.  A lot of people want to put all of the blame on “the politicians” or “the bankers”, but the truth is that many of us are just as corrupt as they are.  Instead of pointing fingers, many of us need to look in the mirror.

You might find some of the examples in the list below to be a bit humorous, but a very serious point is being made here.

America is being fundamentally changed, and not for the better.

The following are 20 signs that society is breaking down and that America has been overrun by psychos….

#1 Cannibalism is alive and well in America apparently.  Down in Miami the other day, police shot a man who was literally eating the face off of another man….

“The guy was, like, tearing him to pieces with his mouth, so I told him, ‘Get off!’” Vega said. “The guy just kept eating the other guy away, like, ripping his skin.”

Vega flagged down a Miami police officer, who he said repeatedly ordered the attacker to get off the victim. The attacker just picked his head up and growled at the officer, Vega said.

As the attack continued, Vega said the officer shot the attacker, who continued chewing the victim’s face. The officer fired again, killing the attacker.

It is being reported that the victim in this crime has lost about 75% of his face.

#2 Down in Florida recently, a crazed doctor spit a mouthful of blood on state troopers during a DUI arrest.  It is quite frightening when even doctors are displaying this kind of psychotic behavior….

Bird had $40,000 in his pockets and another $14,000 — along with two handguns, some pills and a small vial of liquid — in his BMW, troopers said.

The crazed doc repeatedly smashed his head against a partition until blood began gushing down the front of his face.

“Hey! Blood, blood, blood, blood all over! Take me to the hospital! Take me to the hospital!” Bird raves in the video, as he uses his head to smear blood all over the car.

#3 A lot of people get on my case for picking on Detroit, but can you really blame me?  So much bizarre material keeps coming out of the city.  For example, just check out what recently happened to a 22-year-old pregnant woman….

A 22-year-old pregnant woman survived after being bound, driven to Detroit, set on fire and shot early Saturday morning.

The woman, who was nine-months pregnant, had returned from a movie with her boyfriend and dropped him off at his house in Warren when she was approached from behind, Warren police Sgt. Dave Geffert said.

The woman’s hands, feet and eyes were bound with duct tape. She was then forced into her car and driven to an unknown place in Detroit where she was doused with lighter fluid, set on fire and shot once in the upper back, he said.

#4 Even famous preachers get carjacked in Detroit.  Just ask Pastor Marvin Winans….

Pastor Marvin Winans’ SUV remains missing as of Thursday morning and so do the men who punched, kicked and robbed the famous gospel singer.

Winans was pumping gas Wednesday afternoon at a Detroit Citgo station on the corner of Linwood and Davison when at least two men ambushed him.

#5 Would you like to have your lips stapled shut and then be tortured with a power tool?  Well, that is exactly what happened to one man in Utah recently.

#6 A 26-year-old high school teacher in Minnesota has been charged with sending naked photos of herself to the phone of a 17-year-old male student.  Did she really expect to get away with that?

#7 For some teachers, one student simply is not enough.  A 33-year-old art teacher in Arizona was recently charged with having sex with four of her male students.

#8 Many of our major cities are turning into war zones.  According to WGN, a total of 25 people were shot in a single night in Chicago recently.

#9 These days, most people do not seem to care if you are pregnant.  Up in Seattle, police tasered a pregnant woman three times after she refused to sign a ticket for a traffic violation.

#10 Down in Georgia, a police officer recently kicked a woman who was nine months pregnant directly in the stomach.  His superiors in the local police department defended his actions.

#11 After reading how police are behaving these days it is hard to have much confidence in them.  For example, just check out what one police officer is charged with doing in Philadelphia….

A Philadelphia cop was arrested over allegations that he abducted a 14-year-old girl, sexually assaulted her and made her watch him have sex with a prostitute.

Police found Anthony Dattilo, 36, at a motel in the Bensalem area of the city Wednesday while responding to a possible abduction, according to the Bucks County Courier Times.

Dattilo, a 12-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department, is reportedly in custody at the Bucks County prison on $500,000 bail.

#12 The sexual abuse that happens to children in homes all over America each night is absolutely unspeakable.  The following is one recent example from California….

A Superior Court judge sentenced a man to 40 years and 8 months to life in state prison Friday for sexually assaulting an 8-year-old female relative on Christmas Eve while family members slept in other rooms, calling his conduct “depraved.”Jorge Miguel Gallegos, 38, of Santa Ana, was convicted in April of six felony counts, including sexual assault, lewd acts on a child under 14, and dissuading a witness from reporting a crime.

#13 Everyone knew that sickos and perverts were going to flock to the TSA so that they could legally touch people, but this is ridiculous.  It was recently discovered that a Catholic priest that left the ministry because of allegations of sexual abuse has been hired by the TSA and works as a supervisor at an airport in Philadelphia.

#14 One recent study found that 5.3 percent of all inmates in state prisons have had a sexual encounter with prison staff.

#15 Down in Arizona, authorities recently removed dozens of cats from the home of an elderly woman for the third time.  This time, there were 64 cats living with her.  In the past, authorities had discovered that the woman would make a “feline stew concoction” with any of the cats that ended up dying.

#16 You know that things are getting bad when people are stealing from ambulances….

Spotsylvania County emergency officials are working to secure drug compartments in ambulances following a recent string of thefts.

Since April, two thefts have occurred at one rescue station and a third at another station. Morphine and other drugs were taken from locked ambulance compartments.

#17 Flash mobs continue to rob convenience stores all over the country.  The following is one recent example from Baltimore….

“They went in, they started going everywhere in the store, grabbing things and then they just run out. And I knew that they didn’t buy it because they just run out,” Kendra Mellerson said. “They ran that way and they ran that way. And the guy was trying to come out and stop them but they couldn’t because there was so many.”

After some kids ran away, a store manager blocked the door to keep the rest of the kids from leaving. But those kids got so mad that the door was blocked, they started punching the store manager.

“Yes, they really started hitting that guy and he couldn’t keep getting beat on so he eventually let them out. And then they just ran,” Mellerson said.

#18 It isn’t just people on the street that are behaving like psychos.  In fact, a series of seven scientific studies has found that “upper class people” behave more unethically than “lower class people” do.

#19 As society is breaking down, more Americans than ever are taking pills to dull the pain.  In fact, it is being reported that Americans take 80 percent of all the pain pills that are sold in the world each year.  Sadly, many of these pain pills are extremely addictive and cause people to want to commit crimes so that they can finance their pain pill habits.

#20 In 2008, a majority of American voters chose to send a radical Marxist con man who endlessly smoked marijuana during his early adult years to the White House.  In fact, according to author David Maraniss, Obama and his friends smoked so much weed that they were known as “the Choom Gang”….

As a member of the Choom Gang, Barry Obama was known for starting a few pot-smoking trends. The first was called “TA,” short for “total absorption.” To place this in the physical and political context of another young man who would grow up to be president, TA was the antithesis of Bill Clinton’s claim that as a Rhodes scholar at Oxford he smoked dope but never inhaled.

According to Maraniss, Obama took his weed smoking very seriously….

Along with TA, Barry popularized the concept of “roof hits”: when they were chooming in the car all the windows had to be rolled up so no smoke blew out and went to waste; when the pot was gone, they tilted their heads back and sucked in the last bit of smoke from the ceiling.

After reading the list above, do you still have any doubt that society is breaking down?

If things continue along this path, what do you think is going to happen someday when our economy fails and millions upon millions of Americans are hungry and desperate?

These are still the good times.  Even though our economy has declined somewhat, we are still experiencing rip-roaring prosperity.

So if this is how Americans will act when the leaves on the tree are green, what is going to happen when really hard times arrive?

That is something to think about.

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WW~Notes:  On the surface this author is mostly correct, however, there is an underlying current of evil and subjugation happening within society.  This was not by accident.  The moral denigration of America was planned with insidious intent and cunning skill by the enemy in the only document that specifically outlines their plans. 

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American Police Death Squads: ANIMALS IN UNIFORM!

from Dees Illustrations

How have we come down to this? It did not happen overnight, and this has been the result of decades of extreme-right-wing views of the role of “law-enforcement” polices throughout this country. The very first problem with the entire concept stems from the definition of “law•en•force•ment.” The term infers that there are laws that need to be enforced; but the fact is there are no longer any “laws” that govern the behavior of those in uniform.

This is how we have apparently become unwilling participants in this massive crime against the rights and responsibilities of everyone in this country; from the citizens that are the victims to the thugs that are illegally making these arrests; Tasering and sometimes torturing people-as well as those who are murdered by those same people that are armed, supposedly, to protect the same people that the uniformed law-enforcers are now making undeclared-war-upon.

When I was as consultant to the California Department of Justice in the late nineteen-seventies the mood among a great many “officers” was that police in California were being restricted far-too-much by having to Mirandize suspects: Because this limited what police could do to “catch-the-bad-guys.”

In fact these same lazy, bull-headed cops were adamant that there should be no restrictions upon whatever they might want to do to get “confessions” from those they had decided were criminals. In this process the first, fourth and fifth amendments were considered to be counter-productive to “good-police-work (i.e. cops needed a blank check, including beating confessions out of suspects). After Death-Squad-Reagan became president these efforts began to be seen as much more desirable than they ever-had been before. Of course after 911 these criminally open ended policing polices became defacto law. And the result of these miscarriages of actual justice are now the law of the land: All of which are heavily buried under many layers of false-flag national-security and STATE Security requirements which is how America has come to find itself in the crosshairs of police weapons for the slightest infractions on so very many different occasions.

This brings us to the latest version of lawless-behavior by a SWAT TEAM in Tucson, Arizona. This nameless and faceless “TEAM” murdered an ex-marine in his own home, with 71 shots which were fired at him without reason: and basically without warning. All the members of this TEAM should be profiled in the local papers, with their pictures and home addresses published, along with the records of their entire-service to the despicable Tucson Police Department that routinely utilizes their illegal-services (murder-for-hire). If Tucson cops were any-good at their so-called jobs then the number of home-invasions would not be the problem that they definitely are today!

May 12, 2011 “LR” — Jose Guerena survived two combat tours of Iraq, only to become a casualty of the Regime’s longest war – the one waged against its domestic subjects in the name of drug prohibition. The former Marine was slaughtered by a SWAT team during a May 5 assault on his home in Arizona.

Guerena’s wife, Vanessa, heard a noise outside the couple’s home near Tucson at about 9 a.m. Jose, who had just gone to bed after pulling a 12-hour shift at the Asarco Mine, suspected – correctly, as it turned out – that his family was threatened by an armed criminal gang. Grabbing his AR-15, Guerena instructed his wife and four-year-old son to hide in the closet while he confronted the intruders. According to Mrs. Guerena, the stormtroopers from the Pima County Regional SWAT team never identified themselves as police; they simply stormed into the home and started shooting.

“I saw this guy pointing me at the window, Vanessa recalled in a television interview. “So, I got scared. And, I got like, ‘Please don’t shoot, I have a baby.’ I put my baby [down]. [And I] put bag in window. And, I yell ‘Jose! Jose! Wake up!’”

“A deputy’s bullet struck the side of the doorway, causing chips of wood to fall on his shield,” recounts the Arizona Daily Star, paraphrasing an account provided by Pima County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) functionary Michael O’Connor. “That prompted some members of the team to think the deputy had been shot.” Guerena never fired a shot; the marauders who invaded his home fired no fewer than seventy-one. As is standard procedure in such events, the invaders claimed that Guerena had fired on the officers, as he had every moral and legal right to.

Neither Jose nor his wife had a criminal history of any kind. The attack on their home was described as a narcotics enforcement operation, but there are no reports that narcotics were found at the residence – - even though the invaders reportedly “seized” (that is, stole) something that belonged to the victim.” (1)

Whatever garbage was ‘gleaned’ from this attack that involved victims from four different homes that morning; must become public knowledge; so that the public can determine if this death sentence was warranted. As the “officers” were invading this man’s home; the burden of PROOF that apparently justified this callous MURDER needs to be proven, beyond the shadow of any doubt! The “officers-involved” need to be immediately suspended and their pay frozen pending a full and open public-investigation of everyone from the Commander of that unit all the way down to and including whatever supposed “intelligence” there might have been that justified this irreversible action that resulted in the DEATH of the “SUSPECT.” The judges that issued the warrants, the departments of the government that were behind the orders issued to the SWAT TEAM; in sum everyone and everything involved here ought to become part of this public-investigation. If there were any “justice” these so-called “officers” would be FIRED immediately and then investigated: IF that is, they were being judged the same way that their VICTIM was treated in this instance!

The Pima County Regional SWAT team fired 71 shots in seven seconds at a Tucson man they say pointed a gun at officers serving a search warrant at his home.

Jose Guerena, 26, a former Marine who served in Iraq twice, was holding an AR-15 rifle when he was killed, but he never fired a shot, the Sheriff’s Department said Monday after initially saying he had fired on officers during last week’s raid. Six days after Guerena was shot, few details about the investigation that brought the SWAT team to the southwest-side home Guerena shared with his wife and their two young sons are known. Guerena’s role in the narcotics investigation is unclear and deputies would not comment on what was seized from his home. Three other homes within a quarter of a mile from Guerena’s house, were served search warrants related to the investigation that morning. The addresses and the names of people who live in the other homes have not been made public.” (2)

Is the USA now nothing but a holding-pen for unnamed suspects that can be murdered at random; if so, then we need to know that! That is what ‘we have all been’ since George W. Bush began spying on US citizens seven months before 911 happened. We have no rights, and we have now way to question, to challenge or to confront these animals in uniform: And everyday our ability to deal legally with these out-of-control-uniformed-outlaws is diminished. It is amazing that most of these creatures probably need to use their own fingers to be able to count to ten; and anything over that presents a problem. The US is drafting troops from our wars overseas, straight into police-departments here, without any police-training and putting them in the field as if the people they confront here are no different than those they were murdering routinely overseas. Maybe that’s why this RAID looked more like a night-raid in Baghdad than a SWAT-TEAM ‘action’ in Tucson? This is producing time-bombs that cannot continue in a holding pattern for much longer. . .

If this situation is not directly and publicly addressed then things like Vigilantism could well begin to make a comeback among the population. Because no people can be targeted as we have been TARGETED, for very long without producing an equal and opposite REACTION to these illegal and outrageous behaviors by those that are supposed to protect the public and not simply brutalize and murder us. Apparently no response to these POLICE-STATE tactics was ever contemplated by those dark-forces that have instituted these illegal polices: However there will be a spontaneous public BACKLASH, and the only questions will be When and Where: NOT IF.

Seventy-one shots and although ‘The TARGET” was armed, and combat-trained, his weapon while fully loaded was still on SAFETY, and he did not fire a single shot! He had just gone to sleep after working a twelve-hour shift overnight, and he was suddenly awakened to this nightmare. The house was darkened (that helps if you’re trying to sleep) but to the invaders this was suspicious, and just seemed to confirm that something illegal was going on). No one in this criminal murder has even asked things like:

What happened to ‘the presumption of INNOCENCE?”

So Jose Guerena was murdered at home, in front of his wife and one of their children. (His wife was never referred to as his wife officially – she was just the unidentified woman). So, unless you like living in Baghdad or Kabul, you need to begin to DEMAND ANSWERS to the questions that at this moment, WE, as American-Victims of POLICE-STATE-INSECURITY are not allowed to ever-ask!

Whatever else happened in Tucson, Arizona these uniformed thugs MURDERED Jose Guerena; and his murderers MUST be TRIED in Open Court!

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1) He Served the Empire Abroad: The Regime Killed Him in His Home

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article28089.htm

2) SWAT Team Fired 71 shots in Raid

http://azstarnet.com/news/local/crime/article_d7d979d4-f4fb-5603-af76-0bef206f8301.html

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Faux “War On Drugs” Corrupting America’s Cops

WW~Notes:  In today’s America the police are as corrupt, maybe even more so, than their nemeses – real criminals.  Always be on guard and extremely cautious around any kind of law enforcement officer/official.  No longer do they protect and serve, now they are our enemy due to their indoctrination especially with so many new officers being sent to Israel for training.  Like the “War on Terrorism” the War on Drugs is another greedy agenda to weaken society so the people cannot resist the enemies in our midst and for the Jewish Elite to profit greatly by importing the drugs into the country.  There are more drugs on America’s streets now than at any other time in the last 30 years.  So, is it any wonder that morally weak police officers are succumbing to easy money.

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War on Drugs Corrupting America’s Cops

If you browse the website of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), you will notice a conspicuous theme: The war on drugs is corrupting America’s cops.

LEAP, a group of current and former cops, prosecutors, and judges who oppose the drug war, lists “police corruption and misconduct” as one of the four main topics covered by its speakers. The profile of former Portland, Oregon, Det. Donald Dupay, for example, says he “witnessed the unintended consequences of the war on drugs that caused some of the officers in his department to become corrupt.” The profile of former Oakland, California, prosecutor James Anthony says his opposition to drug prohibition stems in part from observing “the negative impact of the ‘War on Drugs’ on the integrity of the police force.” The profile of Fred Martens, a former undercover narcotics cop with the New Jersey State Police, says he saw the drug war “corrupt innumerable law enforcement officials.”

The list of law enforcement officials corrupted by the drug war is a long one. Here are some stories from just the last few weeks:

• Two Philadelphia cops pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from their plan to steal heroin from a suspected drug dealer.

• A former deputy with the Harris County, Texas, Sheriff’s Department pleaded guilty to extortion charges after stealing two kilograms of fake cocaine during a federal sting operation.

• A New York City detective was convicted in state court of conspiring to pay off police informants with illegal drugs.

• Six San Francisco narcotics cops were accused of performing illegal searches, then covering them up with perjured testimony.

• The head of the Mesquite, Texas, anti-narcotics unit was arrested and charged with theft of government money after reports that he was stealing cash seized during drug raids.

• The head of the Contra Costa County, California, Narcotics Enforcement Team was charged with leading a conspiracy in which he and other law enforcement officials stole illicit drugs from evidence lockers and sold them on the street.

• A second police officer agreed to testify for the prosecution in the state trial of a retired judge and former prosecutor in Wayne County, Michigan, who is charged with suborning and knowingly allowing perjury by cops in drug cases.

• A former Texas district attorney, Joe Frank Garza, pleaded guilty in state court to misappropriating $200,000 in drug forfeiture funds.

Some of these stories involve public officials on the take; others are stories of cops, prosecutors, and judges who crossed a line in their zeal to fight the drug war. But I’m not sure there’s much difference. In fact, one reason drug cops may be so susceptible to corruption is that the legal tactics they use to enforce the drug laws are so ethically dubious.

Morally, it is not much of a leap from legal asset forfeiture—in which cops take property from people who have never been charged with a crime, sell it, and use the proceeds for their department’s budget—to simply pocketing money from suspected drug dealers. Consider what was happening in Tenaha, Texas, until recently. Cops would pull over motorists, accuse them of drug activity with little or no evidence, and give them a choice: They could sign the cash, jewelry, and other property in their possession over to the police department and be on their way. Or they could fight the charges, risk a felony conviction, spend one or more nights in a jail cell, and possibly pay more in legal fees than their property was worth.

Legal niceties are often the only distinction between civil asset forfeiture and a shakedown. It is not hard to see how cops who routinely engage in the former might grow morally complacent enough to contemplate the latter. Audio from a 2008 raid on the home of Monroe County, Michigan, resident Rudy Simpson, which hit the Internet last month, catches two state police officers deciding whether to take his recording equipment, flat-screen TV, and computers. Simpson says they also took DVDs, a camera, a gold ring, and $400 in cash. The raid, justified by an “anonymous tip” that Simpson was selling pot, netted a small bag of marijuana and half a pain pill.

Not only was the seizure of Simpson’s property perfectly legal under Michigan’s asset forfeiture laws; this sort of  confiscation is encouraged. In 2009 The Detroit News reported that forfeitures in some Michigan jurisdictions had jumped 100 percent or more in recent years, as police departments used the procedure to supplement budgets strained by the bad economy and government debt. Police need not charge someone with a crime to take his property, and it can cost thousands of dollars to get it back. One former prosecutor told The Detroit News: “Forfeiture laws are being abused by police and prosecutors who see only dollar signs. It’s a money grab, pure and simple—a sneaky way of getting a penalty on something prosecutors can’t prove. It’s like shooting fish in a barrel.” It is not terribly surprising, then, to read that the same Lt. Luke Davis who oversaw the raid on Rudy Simpson’s home was later arrested because, as the local news station WXYZ reported, “he and…others sold off drugs and confiscated goods for their own profit.”

Abuse of the drug war’s informant system is not hard to understand either. Informants are often drug dealers, who benefit from ratting on the competition, or addicts who tip off police in exchange for money, which they then use to purchase drugs. It is not at all uncommon for police to overlook an informant’s own drug activity. In cases where the same drug informant whom police have described on search warrant affidavits as honest and trustworthy later comes forward with allegations of police corruption, the public is quickly made aware of that informant’s shady history as well as the slippery nature of drug informants in general.

The Goldwater Institute, a libertarian think tank in Phoenix, recently published a report on “reverse stings” by police in Chandler, Arizona. Unlike traditional stings, in which undercover cops bring money to make a drug buy, reverse stings involve cops who arrange to sell drugs. Reverse stings are a lot more dangerous for everyone involved because police have an incentive to negotiate the largest deal possible, increasing the likelihood that their targets will come heavily armed. One Chandler bust last July ended with a dead cop, two more seriously injured, and two dead suspects. Reverse stings are trickier from an evidentiary perspective as well. Although it is clearly illegal to show up at a standard sting with a couple kilos of cocaine, it isn’t necessarily illegal to be carrying a large amount of cash. But reverse stings are also more lucrative. Instead of seizing a couple hundred pounds of pot, which has no value to them, cops get to seize millions of dollars, which then flows into the police department’s budget.

In a 1994 study published in Justice Quarterly, University of Tennessee criminologist J. Mitchell Miller and Middle Tennessee State University criminologist Lance H. Selva observed several police agencies that would delay making drug busts to maximize the cash they could seize, since seized cash is more lucrative for police departments than seized drugs. In the process, of course, police allowed untold amounts of illicit drugs to be sold on the streets, which seems contrary to the stated mission of the drug war.

Even day-to-day enforcement of the drug laws is rife with moral ambiguity. In New York state, for example, marijuana possession has been decriminalized. You might therefore think that a New Yorker should be able to possess a small amount of pot for his own use without fear of criminal charges. The problem is that it’s still a criminal offense to display pot in public. New York City cops, in the course of “stop and frisk” pat-downs ostensibly aimed at people carrying weapons who may pose a threat, commonly ask people to empty their pockets or bags and then arrest those who, in the process of following a police officer’s order, “display” the pot in their possession. Despite the decriminalization policy, the city has made some 536,000 arrests for marijuana possession, at a cost to taxpayers of at least $500 million, since 1997.

Police likewise manufacture crimes when they set up drug deals. The routine deception and betrayal involved in befriending someone, asking him for a favor, and then punishing him for helping you out would be recognized as outrageous in almost any other context. This habit of tricking people into committing drug offenses breeds an ends-justifies-the-means mentality that can lead to more brazen, less legal ethical shortcuts.

Critics of prohibition often argue that drug cops are especially susceptible to corruption because their jobs regularly bring them into contact with black-market cash and large quantities of illicit substances worth more than the average police officer makes in a year. There is something to that, but I think the problem runs deeper. Drug crimes are consensual crimes, which means there are no aggrieved victims to file a complaint. The only way to fight consensual crimes is with surveillance, informants, or undercover cops. Surveillance requires a warrant, which requires some evidence of criminal activity. The latter two options are far more common, but they require the police to break the very laws they are enforcing—or encourage someone else to do so. That creates a moral disconnect right off the bat.

Then there is the term drug war, which implies an existential struggle. In light of such rhetoric, it is not difficult to see how law enforcement officials might be led astray not by greed but by their eagerness to prosecute and imprison drug offenders. If we are indeed fighting a war, why quibble over a white lie on the witness stand or some planted evidence that helps defeat the enemy?

None of this is meant to excuse the behavior of cops gone bad. Even within the context of an unjust prohibition system, there are cops who do their jobs by the letter of the law. But we should not be surprised when some of the police officers we ask to enforce morally suspect laws day after day, year after year, eventually cross the line from actions that are unethical but legal to acts that are both unethical and illegal.

Radley Balko is a senior editor at Reason magazine.

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Got OnStar – Trade it in!

Don’t think for one second that this neat ‘police state’ device won’t be used against dissidents or subversives of the Neocon Jewish-Zionist United States government in the near future – because it will be. The fact that it can be used to stop ordinary car thieves in their tracks is just a smokescreen for its eventual intended purpose.

Stolen OnStar Cars Stop In The Name Of The Law

Published: June 11, 2008

Updated:

TAMPA – General Motors says it has developed a technology to put the brakes on car thieves and came to Tampa on Tuesday to prove it.

Representatives from the automaker demonstrated their Stolen Vehicle Slowdown technology before the media, police and fire department officials. The system is designed to let an operator with the company’s OnStar service send a signal to a stolen vehicle to restrict the fuel flow and slow the car, truck or SUV to 3 to 5 mph.

Police and fire-rescue personnel took turns behind the wheel of two Chevrolet Tahoes equipped with the technology. When activated, the system sent a message to a screen that said, “Engine power is reduced,” then the vehicle coasted to a near standstill.

“Anything that will help us respond better is worth it,” said Hillsborough Fire Rescue spokesman Capt. Bruce Delk. “I’ve seen what can happen” at accidents.

Three hundred people are killed in 30,000 police chases each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

GM officials said the company came up with the technology after surveying OnStar subscribers and finding most wanted the theft-prevention technology. OnStar already offers GPS navigation to allow police to track stolen vehicles. The company gets about 700 stolen vehicle reports monthly.

“No system is bulletproof … but this is a huge stride,” said George Baker, manager for public policy at OnStar.

The automaker has talked about stolen-vehicle technology since late last year. Now, it’s going on the road to 25 U.S. cities to demonstrate to police and fire-rescue personnel how it works.

After receiving a stolen vehicle report, an OnStar operator can communicate with police about the vehicle’s location. To help identify the stolen vehicle to police on the street, OnStar can activate the flashers for 30 seconds.

In the case of a fleeing vehicle, when police say it’s safe, OnStar sends an electronic command to restrict the fuel flow. The brakes and steering will still work.

“It just seems like the car lost power,” OnStar spokeswoman Kameya Shows said.

The demonstration at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa came after stops in Miami and Orlando.

Reporter Rich Shopes can be reached at (813) 259-7633 or rshopes@tampatrib.com.

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