For the past 20-30 years, the Pentagon has been making surplus military equipment available to local cop shops. Unfortunately, but unavoidably, the military baubles come with a mind-set attached. Not to mention the thousands of military vets the Cop shops around the country have hired.
You may have noticed that even our blessed, holy soldiers are not immune from atrocity-causing/making. It is in fact a part of the repertoire of the invader, the 'counter-insurgent,' because the cops are out-numbered. And now they have begun to view the civilians they are supposed to serve and protect as at least potentially as the 'enemy,' the insurgents.
So they treat us--US, the civilians--as the enemy.The military relies on terrorizing its opponents, to reduce their desire to resist. This attitude is growing more prevalent the more that local cops militarize their weapons, tactics, clothing, and equipment...
Discipline collar...(The New Yorker, natch)
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