“He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.” ― Immanuel KantYet another dog is murdered by cops. A service dog, no less. The advent of film and video footage has revolutionized the ability of the general public to see how the police behave in real life and not the sanitized Disney version that Hollywood and its sycophants in the mainstream media have portrayed. Sir Robert Peele’s principles are long dead and buried in US law enforcement. This particular one is indeed extinct: “The police should use physical force to the extent necessary to secure observance of the law or to restore order only when the exercise of persuasion, advice and warning is found to be insufficient to achieve police objectives; and police should use only the minimum degree of physical force which is necessary on any particular occasion for achieving a police objective.” The American law enforcement community has experienced a sea change in the last half century that has made the police the greatest threat to individual subjects in North America. In the end, liberty and freedom can only be taken if the enforcement mechanism of bad laws and totalitarian edicts is active and engaged. The risk of death by cop is far greater than any foreign-borne terrorist threat or most natural disasters and ironically, 2013 is one of the safest years for cops themselves in decades despite the silly “hero” rhetoric drummed in by the government media complex. Will Grigg has written eloquently and extensively on startling detailed anecdotes of the police state in action throughout the fetid plain. I have contributed some observations on the state of police misbehavior on a grand scale but not so much as other observers. Something strikes me about the spate of dog murders by cops that have emerged in the media in the last decade. The officer safety madness is a large part of the reason for the devastation and lethal effects of modern policing and the trail of tears of the maimed and murdered bodies stacked up by the badged bullies. As we have become accustomed to the double standard, the epidemic of police shootings of dogs stands in stark contract to the injury and killing of “police dogs” as assaults on an officer and treated as such. Again, ensuring that mundane being drained by taxes to pay the salaries of the statist police are always treated as second-class citizens even to dogs (if badged). Some observers have suggested a linkage of animal abuse into adulthood: “Douglas, Burgess, and Ressler looked at the lives of 36 serial killers to determine whether they shared any behavioral or psychological traits. They found that 46 percent of the serial killers in their sample had demonstrated cruelty to animals as children, while 36 percent demonstrated similar cruelty during adulthood.” Ask yourself this: if you have serial killer tendencies, how do you hide in plain sight and quite literally get a state-granted hunting license? Become a cop.
“The Institute also said it has determined how, after an officer uses lethal force, "investigators can best ‘mine’ officers’ memories and avoid interviewing mistakes that can put the officer, the investigator and the entire department in jeopardy."The ironic revelation of this mission statement appears lost on the staff at the Force Institute. These are incredibly dangerous times for normal citizens to have the most banal contact with cops or even be near the scene of their actual work. Police in America are the single greatest threat to human liberty and become more lethal day by day. The brutality is bad enough but then there are well-funded tax-gorging entities like the Force Institute in Minnesota that use junk science and violence rationalization to buttress the worst behavior of the authoritarian trade. The Internet, blogosphere and video sites are packed full of brutality stories and visceral filmed evidence of daily misbehavior and malfeasance on the part of police. As anyone who has ever been ensnared in the legal system knows, the defendant’s deck is stacked against them in ways that quickly outstrip their capacity to get any kind of justice. Once you are standing in that courtroom, hopefully with your privately retained attorney, government bureaucrats whose sole function is to act as the gateway for draining your financial resources through fines or seizure or the possibility of being caged for a period of time determined by a robed government employee surround you. The higher the jurisdictional level the better the chances of having all the charges piled on in a fashion in which your salvation is doubtful at best. Most sober residents of the US can acknowledge that something rotten is going on in the legal system. With a mere five percent of the world population, the American prison complex has twenty-five percent of the planet’s prisoners behind bars. This does not count the “peripheral prisoners” living at the King’s pleasure on probation or parole. This does not account for the tens of millions of family and friends who are directly affected by this mass incarceration.
"You only have power over people so long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power - he's free again." - Aleksandr SolzhenitsynAll the conditions for civil war in the United States are coming to a boil. Many revisionist observers of the American Cold War period are discovering that it was simply a continuation of the war on the world the US has been waging since 1893 after the bloody conclusion of the genocidal campaigns against American aboriginals in the nineteenth century and the brief interregnum to consolidate the Federal monopoly stranglehold from 1861-65 when Lincoln nobly swam in oceans of blood to prevent the country from abandoning slavery. The Grand Old Politburo did not free the black man so much as switch out the manacles so he could join his white Helots on the national plantation. The recipe for upheaval is peppering the country. A large part of the population has, through voting, made it crystal clear that an entitlement culture is not only desired but imperative to providing for all aspects of living. Hence, democracy in America has become a circus and a spoils system in which the candidates compete to see who can advance Mencken’s characterization of all voting as an “advance auction on stolen goods”. The post WWII warfare-welfare state has metastasized at the Federal level and unmasked itself since 9/11 to be an unbridled and unapologetic gangster state that takes whatever it wants. It demands total transparency of the taxed citizenry while playing the national security state card to shroud itself in deceit and misdirection at every turn. The behavior of cops in the last generation has been the primary marker of the shift in attitude of the state in its relationship with its charges in the land of the free and the home of the brave. Not only has militarization been the harbinger of the worst behavior of police in history in the country but the evil triumvirate of police unions, qualified immunity and the de facto Federalization of all 19,000 police departments polluting the American landscape is quickly bringing the entire sorry enterprise to a head and a boil.
This is the first in an itinerant series of essays to put practical effects to resistance in the coming bad times. Reader contributions welcome. -BB [Great note from Ben Stone, the Bad Quaker: One of my listeners has an off shore company that runs a private network. I have a device (Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6) that is incapable of being used as a traditional cell phone. It will play MP3s, surf the net, and allow me to connect to the private network mentioned above. Once connected to that network, I can "call" anyone else on the network, so long as I know their code. This code is not saved by the device. The call is mil-grade encrypted. The service for this network runs about the price of a traditional cell service when spread over the course of a year. It's my understanding that using this network, in conjunction with a VPN like Cryptohippie (run by Paul Rosenburg, another friend), a call through a Verizon hot spot cannot be tapped, recorded, or traced. Here is their web site, but keep in mind, the site doesn't tell the whole story. [https://libertyprivate.net/] “Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance.”So reads the text sent to thousands of protesters in Ukraine located via cell phones (most likely to within five meters of their location with phone on hip). The usual suspects in the government immediately passed new laws on various behaviors now prohibited as a result of the violent protests that have...