"We gassed non-threatening, non-violent protesters," replied the former Chief of Police.
Let's not kid ourselves anymore America. What we are calling the militarization of of police has already taken place, on a large scale. We are now seeing a domestic military, pretending to be a police force.
To help solidify this claim, we need only look at what went on in August in Ferguson, Missouri. The troops (police officers) landed (dispatched) in Ferguson to quell political dissent (keep the order).
The people of Ferguson Missouri were subject to martial law tactics as armored personnel carriers rolled down Main Street, USA firing tear gas at peaceful homeowners and journalists alike. The images that have come out of Ferguson, while some were inspiring, paint a vivid and ominous picture of what's in store for Police State USA.
These are not images indicative to the 'Land of the Free.' These are scenes from war torn countries under military rule.
Many people still remain oblivious to the standing army that occupies the US. Their obstinate tendencies coupled with apathetic rationalization of domestic military action based on 'those rabid dogs' rioting, has all but opened the flood gates for a military state in the US.
Free Thought Project journalist Jay Syrmopolous, published an online database that allows people to see what military gear their towns have been acquiring. The results of some of these searches are bone chilling.
The most disturbing search results that we've found so far have been the eight, $18 million, AIRCRAFT, ROTARY WING, purchases in Brevard County, FL. We were told from sources that these could be the AH-46 Apache attack choppers.
The Free Thought Project asked Sheriff Wayne Ivey of Brevard County why they would possibly need 8 Apache helicopters to which he responded, "The units they speak of are listed under Brevard County but are at Patrick (Airforce Base) and have nothing to do with us."
But when we asked why they were listed under Brevard County in the 1033 database search, we received no reply.
Eight of these helicopters could literally destroy a city in a few hours.
The Department of Defense’s 1033 program actually stipulates that the police departments must use this military equipment right away. There is actually a clause in the paperwork stating that the police department must use its equipment within one year of receiving it. If they do not use the equipment within one year they will be forced to return it.
So it's possible that Brevard County, much to their dismay, couldn't possibly figure out a way to use 8 attack helicopters in a police setting, so they were forced to give them over to the local Airforce base.
Either way, militarizing police makes the tax paying citizen less free.
Departments across the country are 'losing' their military gear in another way as well. Random tax-payer funded tyrant gear simply goes missing; dozens of departments have been suspended for these incompetent actions. This list of lost gear includes M14 and M16 assault rifles, .45-caliber pistols, shotguns, and even vehicles.
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Corruption and theft are the new norm in police state USA. Even retired police chiefs of large cities are watching from the sidelines with anxiety as they see their once, only slightly corrupt cities, turn into occupied militarized zones, ready to pounce on the first instance of civil opposition.
The most recent of former police chiefs coming to terms with the horrid consequences of their actions is Norm Stamper, former chief of the Seattle Police. Stamper was recently on the Colbert Report and Stephen Colbert asked him what happened during the infamous Seattle WTO protests in 1999 under his leadership. "Well we gassed non-threatening, non-violent protesters," replied the former Chief of police for Seattle Washington.
Of course while Norm Stamper was a cop, he didn't realize that his actions, no matter how "justified" by the state, would be contributing to a hellish future police state. Stamper, like myself a 4 year veteran of the USMC, and most of those who serve, or have served the state in some way, are unable to think outside of the paradigm while simultaneously supporting it.
"Like all members of the military profession I never had an original thought until I left the service." -Two time medal of honor recipient General Smedley Butler, USMC
Because Stamper is out of the paradigm, he can see clearer now. According to his website, he wants to:
End the Drug War… Drive Bigotry and Brutality Out of the Criminal Justice System… Honor the Constitution… Build Respect for Cops…
So far, Stamper has been quite outspoken against the police state of which he was once complicit in creating. In order to affect change more people like Stamper need to come out. If half of the officers that contacted the Free Thought Project spoke publicly about their concerns, we'd be in a much better place.
Unfortunately when officers do speak out against their own department they are met with horrid backlash from their peers; as was the scenario in the most recent case of an officer calling out the corruption in his department.
Detective Joe Crystal became a target of intimidation for his entire department after testifying against other officers in a misconduct case. Following his testimony, he received threats from other officers, and even found a dead rat on his car one day.
The Free Thought Project is contacted regularly by police officers who know the system they uphold is completely corrupt, but they find it nearly impossible to call out the corruption.
Most recently an officer in Texas contacted us, who wanted to help prevent brutality and corruption. When we told him that speaking out and refusing to enforce immoral laws is how to change things, he replied by stating that he does refuse to arrest people for marijuana possession, but that he "fear(s) the repercussions by speaking out, simply because I do need a paycheck."
When police fear the police, it is high time for change.
The overwhelming majority of police brutality cases stem from the war on drugs. When so many people are tasked with finding and prosecuting those in possession of a substance deemed illegal, the interactions become more frequent and less cordial. If we end that, we get the state out of the private lives of individuals. This will only serve to lessen the scope of police harassment, in turn lessening the instance of brutality.
The Free Thought Project is currently planning a world wide day of peaceful resistance to #End the Drug War.
We are also starting a Go Fund Me campaign to help support whistleblower police officers. With enough 'good cops' coming out against corruption in their departments, this would help to speed up the awakening process for Americans who still support the police state.
We've seen the change that one or two good cops can affect, imagine 100.
The time for peaceful action is now.