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  •  Any argument that plain old police work has done (3+ / 0-)

    the vast majority of effective "terrorist act interdiction and prevention?" Trillions of dollars, thousands of "installations" across the planet, machinery and software that maps the whole world as just one Integrated Networkcentric Interoperable Global Battlespace, with infinite inputs of data (including our personal formerly private information) to do what, again? Interdict running shoes, crotch appliances and pressure cookers? FAIL after billions spent to be able to detect IEDs (often made with US-built and provided 500-lb bombs and 155mm artillery shells) reliably except by driving or walking over them, BOOOM? And of course there are the carefully framed "It is regretted if errors were made in the extraordinarily careful target selection process" statements when Oooops! it appears that more "bug splats" have appeared on the windscreen...

    Oooooh, and now there's some belated BS in the airwaves, from our President no less, about "reining in" the apparently runaway "Global War on Terror (GWOT)," a phrase and acronym that the Rulers were at least sharp enough to ban from official usage when its so obvious idiocy and inanity became glaringly apparent... or doingsomethingorother to parts of it.

    There's these observations:

    Police work key in war on terror

    He was mocked at the time, but presidential candidate John Kerry was right in 2004 when he said the most effective way to fight terrorism was with enhanced international police work, intelligence sharing and special operations.

    Read more here:

    And these, on the other hand:
    How the War on Terror Has Militarized the Police

    (Recitation of police SWAT murder of former Troop We Support during massive "warrant-serving" assault - same tacticsas the "takedown" of one Osama bin Laden)

    ...Sadly, the Guerenas are not alone; in recent years we have witnessed a proliferation in incidents of excessive, military-style force by police S.W.A.T. teams, which often make national headlines due to their sheer brutality. Why has it become routine for police departments to deploy black-garbed, body-armored S.W.A.T. teams for routine domestic police work? The answer to this question requires a closer examination of post-9/11 U.S. foreign policy and the War on Terror.

    Ever since September 14, 2001, when President Bush declared war on terrorism, there has been a crucial, yet often unrecognized, shift in United States policy. Before 9/11, law enforcement possessed the primary responsibility for combating terrorism in the United States. Today, the military is at the tip of the anti-terrorism spear. This shift appears to be permanent: in 2006, the White House's National Strategy for Combating Terrorism confidently announced that the United States had "broken old orthodoxies that once confined our counterterrorism efforts primarily to the criminal justice domain."

    It's not as sexy and fit for the cover pix on "Popular Mechanix" and you don't get that steady diet of new War Porn, e.g., "Where is the 'Taliban' in this scene, again," from the large library of "Taliban killing" on Youtube, but police work appears to actually work. With some notable exceptions, that are the result of the overlay of careerist bureaucracy and dysfunctional rulers on the footwork and field work of cops and agents, like, oh, that 9-11 thing.

    And once again US troops will be doing a "Vietnamization" thing and having discovered that kicking in doors, trolling for IED explosions, "lighting up" for fun, raping because that's what soldiers often do, assassinating village leaders and supposed "Talibans" -- or "Charlies," or "towelheads" or "hajjis" or whatever the pejorative of the day is (which mostly means "people who kill some of us because we kill some of them, after we invade their country"), whatever the Doctrine du Jour happens to say is the "serious" base of The Mission, sort of does not get us anywhere in the world but hated and ganged up on. But hey, the contractors who get paid to do the logistics will make a killing, transporting all that battered "materiel" back across the Khyber Pass or into the backs of chartered 747s hopefully to be better tied down next time, or whatever resulted in this:

    What are the functional missions of the military plexus and that Homeland Security thing? To make more of themselves, to eat up as much of the Real Wealth as they can get away with behind the smokescreen of "national security" and carefully cultivated and propagated fearfulness.

    Of course there is that extension of that old idiot joke about the guy with the elephant gun stalking around Times Square. Cop asks him "What the heck do you think you are doing with that huge rifle, buddy?"

    "I'm keeping the wild elephants away, obviously," the guy says.

    Cop says, "You freak -- there's not a wild elephant within 5,000 miles of here."

    Guy says, "See? It works! Now let me get back to my patrolling."

    "Is that all there is?" Peggy Lee.

    by jm214 on Fri May 24, 2013 at 05:18:48 AM PDT

    •  No question.... (1+ / 0-)
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      And to think, John Kerry wanted to take a similar tact back in 2004 towards terrorism and was vilified for it.

      Any argument that plain old police work has done (1+ / 0-)

      the vast majority of effective "terrorist act interdiction and prevention?"

      Republicans choose the wrong way to do things every time, whether it's war or the economy... or education... or energy... or...

      At least they're consistent.

      "Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone" - John Maynard Keynes

      by markthshark on Fri May 24, 2013 at 05:53:11 AM PDT

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      •  It ain't just Republicans. (2+ / 0-)

        This Vietvet can, from observation over many decades now, pretty confidently state that the diseases of petro-combusto-consumption and imperialism and state-security-ism do not know and are hardly constrained by meaningless political subdivisions, and are endemic to all of us.

        We could do better. We most likely won't.

        "Is that all there is?" Peggy Lee.

        by jm214 on Fri May 24, 2013 at 07:19:48 AM PDT

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