As long as law enforcement leadership primarily focuses on the “war on drugs” and the “war on terror,” with all of the goodies and cash that comes along with it, and insists on supporting the federal government in its unconstitutional actions, the institution will remain deeply flawed, and quite frankly – dangerous.Details
Local police recently conducted a serious anti-terror training exercise in Massachusetts at the State House in Boston. Armed law enforcement donned their military-style hardware and hit the streets in full force.
But are these measures congruent with a free society?Details
Our thoughts on Barack Obama’s Ferguson “plan”: (more federal funding, more federal involvement in local police, another federal task force)
The feds know how to do one thing – and they do it well. They break your leg, then come in with a so-called solution to fix it.
John Taylor (1753-1824) argues that the American Revolution would have been in vain if the Americans replicated the British system of government privilege and favors to special economic interests:Details
Ferguson, Missouri should serve as a wake up call relating to the evolution of our local police departments into extensions of the federal government. Once agencies primarily tasked with protecting the community, they have intertwined with and become increasingly dependent on the federal government, getting funding and equipment through asset forfeiture, gifts and grants from the federal government.Details
It’s not just the Defense Department that is passing out free military equipment to local police. Since the early 1990s, the Justice Department has worked with the Pentagon to fund military technology for police departments. And then there are the billions of dollars’ worth of federal grants distributed by the Department of Homeland Security, enabling police departments to go on a veritable buying spree for highly questionable military-grade supplies better suited to the battlefield.Details
As the number of troop-heavy foreign interventions decreases, the warcraft and weaponry used in battle are now being deployed in neighborhoods as members and machines of law enforcement become increasingly indistinguishable from those of the military.Details
federal agencies are helping accelerate the arming of local police with military-grade materiel.Details
Yet more evidence that we cannot count on the federal government to rein in its own power.
Just before Thanksgiving, the Republican controlled House Intelligence Committee said no to telling Americans how many people drone strikes kill overseas every year.Details