Police Militarization Has Fostered a Culture that Sees Protesters as ‘The Enemy’ – Defense One

Actually the militarization of police began with the so called “War on Drugs” created during the Nixon Administration. Read “Rise of the Warrior Cop” by Radley Balko.

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https://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2020/06/police-militarization-has-fostered-culture-sees-protesters-enemy/165834/

I served 27 years as a police officer, I have observed this militarization firsthand, and studied how it affects confrontations.

The unrest sparked by the death of George Floyd after being pinned to the ground by the knee of a Minneapolis police officer has left parts of U.S. cities looking like a battle zone.

Night after night, angry protesters have taken to the street. So too have police officers dressed in full riot gear and backed by an arsenal that any small military force would be proud of: armored vehicles, military-grade aircraft, rubber and wooden bullets, stun grenades, sound cannons and tear gas canisters.

The militarization of police departments has been a feature of U.S. domestic law enforcement since the 9/11 attacks. What is clear from the latest round of protest and response, is that despite efforts to promote de-escalation as a policy, police culture appears to…

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How America Exports Police Violence Around the World – The New Republic

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Laura Weiss

As the protest movement responding to the police killing of George Floyd has erupted across the country in recent weeks, my now habitual encounters with police clad in full riot gear in my usually calm Brooklyn neighborhood have been a new and disconcerting experience. In certain moments, while listening to close-flying helicopters and begrudgingly following curfew mandates, as journalists are roughly arrested and beaten up by police, I’ve found myself responding to the surreal scenes with some familiar clichés. I’m not in Brooklyn anymore, Toto, “things” like this “don’t happen here.” Those of us who experience white privilege in the United States don’t typically encounter these sights. These police tactics are usually pushed out of the frame, beyond our sight lines, relegated only to poor minority neighborhoods in America as well as crisis-torn countries of the so-called “global south.”

In fact, the connections between my streets and…

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The Freedom To Pursue Happiness – LewRockwell

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Please don’t misunderstand me. I recognize the scientific value of personal efforts to control contagion. But under the Constitution, these social-distancing, wear-your-mask, shut-your-business, stay-at-home edicts constitute mere recommendations that should induce rational voluntary compliance, because the government in America is without lawful power to compel compliance.

The governors complain about resistance. They need to know that Americans will resist efforts to interfere in behavior that remains as moral, natural, lawful and constitutional as it was 60 days ago.

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2020/05/andrew-p-napolitano/the-freedom-to-pursue-happiness/

By Andrew P. Napolitano

The governors of all 50 states, and the mayors of many large cities, have assumed unto themselves the powers to restrict private personal choices and lawful public behavior in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

They have done so not by enforcing previously existing legislation but by crafting their own executive orders, styling those orders as if they were laws, using state and local police…

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Bear on an elephant. What is known about the magazine that published Putin’s article

Yet another reason to vote Libertarian.

Ukraine Today .org

Vladimir Putin’s article on the 75th anniversary of the World War II Victory Parade, published in the American magazine The National Interest, aroused the interest of politicians and experts around the world. What is this magazine, who is behind it and what ideas does it promote?

In the article, Putin sets out his vision of the causes of World War II, blaming Western countries that have refused to cooperate with the Soviet Union.Putin calls the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact by the USSR and Nazi Germany a forced step, which allegedly allowed him to prepare for war.Many Western experts have set out their views on the Russian president’s messages.And, for example, Ukrainian expert Oleksiy Melnykbelievesthat Putin isusing “historical truth” in today’s neo-imperial ideology of Russia to legitimize the regime’s aggressive actions in the foreign arena,

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the article Vladimir Putin “The real lessons of…

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Congress has no authority to confer statehood on the District of Columbia

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By Publius Huldah

Under Article IV, Sec. 3, US Constitution, Congress has the power to admit new States into the Union.

For a list of States and when admitted, see this wiki list.

Note that the new States were “colonies” or “territories” – or as with Vermont and Texas, “independent Republics” – before they were admitted into the Union as “States”.  That is highly significant.

The District of Columbia has an existing constitutional status as “the Seat of the Government of the United States” – see Article I, Section 8, next to last clause, US Constitution.

In order to change the constitutional status of the District of Columbia from the “seat of government of the United States” to a “State”, Article I, Section 8, next to last clause, must be amended pursuant to Article V, U.S. Constitution.

Any pretended Act of Congress which purports to confer statehood on the…

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Ikea uses timber illegally harvested in Ukrainian Carpathians for its production

Ukraine Today .org

The illegal timber in Ikea’s beech chairs has FSC certificate

Ikea company sales beech chairs made of the timber received from illegal logging of the forests in the Ukrainian Carpathians, where endangered species of lynx and bear live as the 18-month investigation of the British non-governmental organization Earthsight states.

The illegal lumber was used during the production of the number of well-known goods, particularly, its legendary folding chairs, folding chairs Terje and popular diner chairs Ingolf.

Annually, dozen of thousands of chairs made from the illegal timber are sold in the Ikea shops all over the world, including in the U.S., the UK and Germany.

It is noted that such logging is possible due to the corruption of the public forest enterprises.

“Continued illegal logging to supply Ikea’s beech chairs was even detected by Earthsight during the worldwide Coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown of April 2020,” the message said.

Many Ikea’s…

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A Founders Foresight.

from George Washington’s farewell Address, September 17, 1796. “…..The unity of government, which constitutes you one people is also now dear to you. It is justly so, for it is a main pillar in the edifice of your real independence, the support of your tranquility at home; your peace abroad; of your safety; of your prosperity; of that very Liberty which you so highly prize. But as it is easy to foresee, that from different causes and from different quarters, much pains will be taken, many artifices employed, to weaken in your minds the conviction of this truth; as this is the point in your political fortress against which the batteries of internal and external enemies will be most constantly and actively (though often covertly and insidiously) directed, it is of infinite moment, that you should properly estimate the immense value of your national union to your collective and individual happiness; that you should cherish a cordial, habitual, and immovable attachment to it; accustoming yourselves to think and speak of it as of the Palladium (safeguard) of your political safety and prosperity; watching for its preservation with jealous anxiety; discountenancing whatever may suggest even a suspicion, that it can in any event be abandoned, and indignantly frowning upon the first dawning of every attempt to alienate any portion of our country from the rest, or to enfeeble the sacred ties which now link together the various parts. …”

Senator Rand Paul Proposes National Ban on No-Knock Police Raids | The Libertarian Institute

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Across the country—largely due to the failed drug war—police conduct more than 20,000 no-knock raids a year.

Breonna was murdered during one of them. Countless others are beaten, terrorized, and killed as well, and just like Breonna, cops often act on bad information.

“In theory, no-knock raids are supposed to be used in only the most dangerous situations … In reality, though, no-knock raids are a common tactic, even in less-than-dangerous circumstances,” Vox wrote in an revealing investigation in 2015. Case in point, Breonna Taylor.

https://libertarianinstitute.org/articles/senator-rand-paul-proposes-national-ban-on-no-knock-police-raids/

by Matt Agorist

On Thursday, in a historical move, all 26 members of the Louisville, Kentucky Metro Council voted to pass a ban on no-knock warrants, a measure known as “Breonna’s Law.” The law was named after the former EMT who was gunned down as she slept in her bed by cops raiding the wrong home. The move still needs to be approved by the…

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The Tarantulas

A warning to us all, from long ago.

J.R. Nyquist Blog

Lo, this is the tarantula’s den! Would’st thou see the tarantula itself? Here hangeth it’s web: touch this, so that it may tremble.

Friedrich Nietzsche
Thus Spake Zarathustra, 29

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Nietzsche wrote to the tarantulas: “Revenge is in thy soul; wherever thou bitest, there ariseth black scab….” The tarantulas of Nietzsche’s parable preach equality. But their preaching is not honest.


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