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    •  Not at all. It is the jack-booted thuggism (16+ / 0-)

      of the nation's police that is too heavy-handed.

      There are still individual police officers who are true public servants, who do act ethically and professionally. But the increasing militarism of police forces nationwide - sparked by the "fear porn" that has pretty much infected every political decision our "leaders" make and has been initiated by self-serving politicians at all levels - has turned local law enforcement into just another corrupt institution designed to "keep the little people in line".

      "Bernie Madoff's mistake was stealing from the rich. If he'd stolen from the poor he'd have a cabinet position." -OPOL

      by blue in NC on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 04:43:59 AM PDT

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      •  It all started with the war on drugs (3+ / 0-)

        The mind set was changed then, to see all citizens as criminals until proven not to be.

        Combine that with all the surplus war items that have been brought back and distributed, along with the appalling number of guns that people have making the police more fearful, and you have a perfect storm creating a more police state atmosphere.

        The arms manufacturers and dealers have been having a field day!



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        by splashy on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 08:31:08 AM PDT

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      •  yes, the police spoke to him harshly = (0+ / 0-)

        jack booted thugism now

        •  Glad to see you enjoy living in our (1+ / 0-)
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          evolving police state.

          Well, "devolving" is probably a better choice of words.

          Sorry, but in my world there's more to freedom and liberty than simply not having one's mouth punched in or not being gratuitously shot by police. I guess my bar for "free society" is to high for the hacks in today's American "leadership" to reach. Sigh.

          "Bernie Madoff's mistake was stealing from the rich. If he'd stolen from the poor he'd have a cabinet position." -OPOL

          by blue in NC on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 01:20:12 PM PDT

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          •  No one had their mouth punched in or (0+ / 0-)

            was gratuitously shot in this story. The diarist had his feelings hurt because the policeman spoke to him harshly - which is probably exaggeration anyway.

            •  ...and "WHOOOOOOOOOSH!" went the point (1+ / 0-)
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              sailing right over your head.

              Please read more carefully before responding.

              You've made it clear that you think that not being punched in the mouth or gratuitously shot is sufficient to define a free society. Lots of arbitrary restrictions on freedom of movement and conduct are evidently fine with you.

              I believe that not being subjected to ridiculous restrictions on, say, the taking of pictures in public places, and not being accosted and threatened by police for doing so are also necessary to define a free society. I guess I have an impossibly high bar for a "free society", at least in your mind. But, you see, I never did drink the "9-11 changed everything" Kool-Aid, and I never did settle for elimination of civil liberties in the name of the "War on Terra".

              Obviously you disagree. That's fine, but at least understand what it is you disagree with before hitting "Post".

              "Bernie Madoff's mistake was stealing from the rich. If he'd stolen from the poor he'd have a cabinet position." -OPOL

              by blue in NC on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 02:06:08 PM PDT

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