The Psychotic Militarization of Law Enforcement

by Sartre

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17 Responses to "The Psychotic Militarization of Law Enforcement"

  1. taosword  July 16, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    According to the book “On Killing” there are between 1 and 2 percent sociopaths in the military. I don’t know if it is across the board or top heavy with the officers. We may be talking about 50 or 60 thousand people who are potentially dangerous when given authority and weaponsin the military. However to label most everyone in the military or law enforcement as psychopatic or sociopathic is not accurate. We really have no way of knowing how many of that number has entered law enforcement after war deployments in Afganistan or Iraq. PTSD is much different than psychopathology. PTSD is an anxiety problem. One of the issues that happens to a non-sociopath who has PTSD from combat is the brainwashing they get in training and numbing out in the war zone and being angry for fighting wars for no good reasons. Once the brainwashing starts to unravel and the numbing doesn’t work anymore the cop/soldier/veteran tries to numb out with alcohol and other drugs and adrenaline. They are hard to live with in a family situation. In the more severe cases they have a hard time differentiating between what is a threat, or who is a threat and who isn’t since their nervous system is in overload from the past combat trauma. This can cause inappropriate overkill or inappropriate retreat. They also have guilt and remorse and nightmares based on these emotions. Sociopaths don’t have these issues of guilt or remorse and probably don’t get PTSD like most others. So there can be problems with combat vets from these 2 wars being in law enforcement without having had alot of healing from intelligent compassionate sources who understand this. The sociopaths are usually not interested in such things and don’t respond well to therapy and compassionate interventions. After the Vietnam War we had plenty of vets joining law enforcement who had PTSD and should not have been allowed in. Screening is hard but possible. The other thing is that law enforcement have been given alot of military surplus over the last 5 to 10 years and may be wanting training and may be tempted to use the stuff. Our communities need to know what they are storing. They should not be into this secret homeland security bullshit and be thinking that they are military. This needs to come from the top. I don’t know what kind of brainwashing law enforcement are getting lately so that needs to be exposed also. And I don’t want to hear the local, state, and federal governments saying they can’t disclose those things because its like giving the enemy our position. And who the hell is the enemy?

  2. Chandler  July 16, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Once a policeman was your friend. He was there to help, not ticket, not punish, not berate, not to humiliate someone.
    Today, as the clones colonize they lie more blatantly than ever, abuse their legal authority to the point of putting the innocent behind bars, as well as planting evidence and harassment.
    Not only is the police but district attorneys, judges, attorneys and etc.:
    Police departments have realized they are also revenue generating. The quota system is an unwritten rule placed upon these armed “clonees” to meet their monthly amounts by any method they choose.
    And so, the new world odor P.D.’s incarcerate commoners at record pace to fill the over built prison systems, satisfy an over aggressive district attorney, judges of the clique who serve their own greed, and life or marital frustrations.
    We are supposed to rely on these tax supported cloned departments for protection?
    Today it is a suspicious person sitting at the light in the car next to you who is untrustworthy and potentially threatening. Yesterday it was a friendly neighbor who wore a smile, and offered a wave. He was kind, courteous, and respectful. There are a few decent policemen who care, and will never advance.
    Then, there are those who will always remain cops with holier than thou attitudes.
    Right on Mr. Batr.

  3. mevashir  July 16, 2013 at 12:47 am

    Good article, but I think that World Net Daily is no friend of this cause.

    WND’s chairman Joseph Farrah is a Lebanese Christian and rabid Christian Zionist and friend of hate mongers like Walid Shoebat Brigitte Gabriel etc.

    WND has never once run an article critical of the 9-11 coverup (what I call the 9-11 Zionist Terror Charade).

    WND is responsible for fomenting massive levels of Islamophobia.

    It is an Israeli firster organization par excellence.

    They are the reason for the militarization of our society, because bags of WiND is obsessed with chimerical foreign enemies and is prepared to sacrifice every domestic liberty on the altar of Judeophilia and Islamophobia.

    Please keep bags of WiND out of VT!!!

    • SARTRE  July 16, 2013 at 1:22 am

      mevashir,

      No doubt that WND is a NeoCon publication. However, when less than friendly sources make a valid point, is it not encouraging that attitudes MIGHT be changing to accept their own shortcomings.

      I have noticed a theme that many VT supporters are hesitant to directly engage NeoCon sites.

      Suggest we both should post comments on NeoCon sites and point out where they are wrong.

      SARTRE

    • mevashir  July 16, 2013 at 8:25 am

      Thanks for this observation. Actually I have tried many times to post on WND. I am blocked by them. Also I was shocked to discover that in my area of Denver Colorado, which has a very high number of radical Messianic Christian Zionist congregations, Joe Farrah used to belong to one such group when he lived here. Apparently he was nurtured by these people and then sent on his merry way to do his duties as a mass media disinformation officer.

      I hope you are right about Farrah, but I just dont trust him at all. He repeatedly attacks Obama for perpetuating the same Bush policies that Farrah wholeheartedly supported. I dont think he is capable of critical thinking skills that Kevin Barrett speaks about.

      He might be a Lebanese Phalangist like Brigitte, who seem to have an incredible hatred from Islam and Moslems, and so he has hitched his wagon to the Zionist military machine.

      By the way, please see my comment at another VT article on the disturbing implications of the word “Zionism”: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2013/07/16/the-zionist-regime-and-the-israeli-run-nsa-busted-again/comment-page-1/#comment-492487

  4. Worker Bee  July 15, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    The graphic at the top would be more effective if posted in a high enough resolution that the words would be legible instead of pixelated when zoomed in.

  5. Martin Maloney  July 15, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    In the late 60s, billboards popped up all over the country, which urged:

    SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL POLICE

    They disappeared decades ago, Starting with Carter’s “revenue sharing,” money increasingly flowed from the central (I refuse to call it “federal”) government to local governments.

    What used to be local police departments are now funded by, trained by and provided high-end weaponry by the central government.

    In an end run around Posse Comitatus, what used to be police departments have been transformed into paramilitary units.

    That was the thrust of Sartre’s article. So, other than Grampah, why am I the only one to post an on-topic comment?

    Trolls, please hold your convention elewhere.

    • SARTRE  July 15, 2013 at 5:29 pm

      Martin,

      The unfortunate risk with public forums is that defending the meaning of a column often becomes a full time function. Recently I was banned from two different forums for responding to posts by someone else that featured one of my essays. Often I reply with the url from an old article, since many of them already deal with issues that relate to the criticism. The supposed reason for termination, (self promotion).

      Appreciate the use of the term troll, which certainly applies to such bastions of Free Speech as Free Republic or Above Top Secret. I keep a response from the founder (Jim Robinson) of Free Republic to an article of mine, about 911 on the BATR Forum page, http://batr.org/forum.html

      The NeoCons over on FF might be more unfriendly to many of the contributors to Veterans Today.

      All the best,

      SARTRE

  6. Grampah  July 15, 2013 at 9:38 am

    The article is simply 100 per cent truthful. Having been in police work in the 70’s I’ve seen the militarization progress as well as the influence of Israeli training. A police academy in Missouri in the 90’s was teaching to “drop any subject” in so many seconds.

  7. SARTRE  July 15, 2013 at 4:31 am

    Chris,

    BATR advocates a paleo-conservative position that is based upon America First Populism. Whatever you think of Kokesh, he still sits in jail. I trust you may feel different if you were the one in a cell.

    SARTRE

    • Chris  July 15, 2013 at 5:01 am

      Do yourself a favor and do deeper research into Kokesh and his background. He is not what he’s selling himself as. Check his father out too(not that we own our fathers sins but it is relevant here).

    • SARTRE  July 15, 2013 at 5:46 am

      Chris,

      The article is NOT about Kokesh, and whether he is a fraud or not. The fact is that he is a political prisoner. Just because you dislike him, surely, you cannot be implying that he has no right to bail.

      The essay is about the way law enforcement is aiding the police state. Do you also disagree with that conclusion?

      SARTRE

    • Chris  July 15, 2013 at 5:53 am

      I think an otherwise good article was hurt by your usual partisan jabs(ACLU shot is typical of you) and the need to include OBVIOUS TOOL Kokesh. I laugh at you calling him a “political prisoner”. Do your homework please.

    • SARTRE  July 15, 2013 at 6:58 am

      Chris,

      My experience and contact with the local chapter of the ACLU in the 60’s was cordial with their anti Viet Nam objectives. However, the membership and certainly the leadership was all pro Israel. Over the decades this flaw only multiplied. The point is that real civil liberties advocacy need to be based upon sound American Revolution principles.

      It is better to drop the label game and stress the true reasons why this country was born out of revolt.

      Sure, Kokesh wanted to draw attention and must have expected the gov’t response. Yet, don’t you think that when his charges gets to court (assuming he stays healthy) the DC gun issue will have another round back at the Supreme Court.

      I will conclude, a good article (my opinion) gets folks to do more than just think. Often the objective is to re-evaluate and change one own bias.

      SARTRE

    • SARTRE  July 15, 2013 at 11:49 am

      Pro-Second Amendment activist Adam Kokesh has been released from jail following his arrest during a raid on his Virginia home last week.

      Kokesh was granted bond Monday and is expected to be released this afternoon, according to a report by local ABC News affiliate WJLA.

      The bond has been set at $5,000, with a Fairfax County judge ordering that Kokesh be prohibited from possessing firearms until his case goes to trial and is completed.

      Read more http://www.infowars.com/kokesh-to-be-released-no-guns-allowed-until-trial/

    • SARTRE  July 16, 2013 at 2:58 am

      I did not delete any posts. Suggest you contact VT editor.

      SARTRE

  8. Chris  July 15, 2013 at 4:17 am

    Typical cheap shot the ACLU from “rightwing Libertarian” tool Sartre. Shocking.

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