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    Damnit Janet

    "If you trust you are not critical; if you are critical you do not trust" by our own Dauphin

    by gustynpip on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 05:36:38 AM PDT

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    •  Both sad & true (0+ / 0-)

      I understand what you have been seeing, gustynpip, because I've seen it my entire life.  When I was a very little girl (late 60s, early 70s) my grandfather opened a bail bond company.  I spent many, MANY hours sitting on the corner of the courtesy desk in the jailors' office of the county jail.  I played with paper, staplers, tape, stamp pads, and other office supplies while my grandfather wrote bail bonds.  It was no big deal that a bail agent and his granddaughter were hanging out in the jailors office.  

      Around 1980 everything changed-- new sheriff, a jail office remodel including new bullet-proof glass "public information" windows with an automated drawer like the drive up window at the bank, the glass enclosed office got "privacy" glass and they prohibited sharing the office (or even providing a workspace) with bondsmen out of professional courtesy.  After that agents had to fill out their dozen or so forms on the sides of their briefcases resting in their laps, while sitting on a narrow wood bench mounted right up against the concrete block wall.  Trust me when I say it was torture.  But the point is, I grew up listening to the office banter and then watched as the whole tone toward the public, and even bail agents-- officers of the court, turned around 180 degrees.  Suddenly everyone was a suspect and all the cops' conversations had to be held in secret behind locked doors, even if they were only talking about the weather, yet the waiting room was actually bugged.  So much for client confidentiality!  

      I can't help but notice that most, if not all, of these changes came to pass during the Reagan administration-- a time of great fortune for law enforcement.  Revenue was shifted directly from social programs to law enforcement, particularly all of their "special units" like SWAT teams and "war on drugs" teams of various stripes.  Worse, it's been tipping ever farther in that same direction in the 30 years since.  And now we wonder how law enforcement got to be so sideways!

      “The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations.” ~ Thomas Jefferson | My Political Compass Test Score -8.50, -5.33

      by caliblue on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 07:46:07 PM PDT

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