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Yes, I understand; it's going to be hard for some people to wrap their heads around the title of of this diary, and around its content.  Cognitively, I'm leapfrogging a bit over the vast gulf between what is typically a general understanding by the population that they may be living in a police state and the actual imposition of it.  Hell, some people are just now becoming aware of ALEC, the Koch Brothers, and Pete Peterson.

But just like at some point we have to learn that there is no Santa Claus (and worst, that he actually does not come down the chimney on Christmas eve), one day it will be necessary for people to understand that we already lost the last remnants of democracy, and that we are in the middle of an imposition of a corporatist police state.

Please, for those "good citizens" who are going to exhibit the typical knee-jerk reaction to this type of criticism of the police, like "How dare you impugn police officers; they put their lives on the line every day; most of them are decent, law abiding, and take their oath to protect and serve very seriously," I ask you to first read this diary carefully before you react in such a fashion.

It all starts at the top.  Equal justice under the law does not exist in this country.  In reality, the concept has always been kind of a farce, but it has never been this grotesque, this in-your-face.

We have a two-tiered justice system.  One overtly lenient and convenient for the top 1 percent, and one increasingly punishing and draconian for the rest of us.

This is why during the last several years we've seen massive war crimes committed by our leaders (with total impunity), massive looting and pillaging by Wall Street and war profiteers, all done with total impunity.

This is why income inequality and poverty are increasing at a faster and faster rate, mainly caused by the imposition of policies specifically design for that outcome, by a system of government on the take, who answers to their corporatist cartels paymasters.

This is why you are being subjected to mind-numbing corporate propaganda 24/7, mainly designed to manipulate you, and to keep you from realizing the true nature of what's going on...

And this is why this criminal ruling elite has carefully built a total-information-awareness police state, and it has chipped away at our constitutional protections.

This fascistic infrastructure is already in place, and now of course, it will be deployed for the benefit of the criminal Junta that has taken over the country.

As the war on the middle class, and the workers continues unabated, this situation is going to create crushing pressure on the population, starting at the lower rungs.

Inevitably, this pressure is going to manifest itself in many ways, including all kinds of violent acts, like suicides, robberies, mass shootings, kidnappings, etc.

But if you pay close attention, you will notice that the victims of this violence are usually average folks.  The rich and powerful are already taking the necessary steps to protect themselves from the mayhem they are causing.  Their kids don't go to war; they don't suffer the consequences of violence in the ghetto; they don't get car-jacked; their properties don't get burglarized, by and large.

It is within this context that the ruling elite is flooding the country with guns.  Think about it; you create the conditions that bring about crushing pressure on a population, and then give them guns...

This works perfectly for the criminal ruling elite.  The pressure they cause becomes so great, that it starts affecting some people more than others; it creates all kinds of dysfunction, psychological afflictions, stress, etc., and it is only logical (to be expected) that some people will use the guns to kill their families and themselves, or go on shooting rampages.

The people that planned this situation, anticipating the stages we would go through, put together the current surveillance police state.

That's why you also see the fast militarization of police forces...

When random acts of violence occur (which again, given the conditions, are to be expected), then the police state comes alive, parading thousands of security personnel in full military gear, armored vehicles, automatic weapons, etc.

Purportedly, they are doing it to "protect you," taking advantage of your fear (which is whipped up by their propaganda arm, the corporate media).

With every act of random violence, and the accompanied (disproportionate) militarized police response, the fascist police state entrenches itself even more.

In the meantime, the real terrorizing, the real crime (at a massive, massive level) is being committed by the criminal ruling elite.  But because they are doing it piecemeal, slowly, deliberately, the populace can't grasp the depths of the depravity and predation behind it.

It is within this context that police forces around the country routinely kill and torture innocent people, with total impunity.  And it is within this context that police officers lie routinely, and stand in fascist formation behind the thin blue line.

Does that mean that all police officers are torturers, and killers of innocent people?  That would be an absurd assertion, of course.  One thing doesn't negate the other.

This is a fact, provable, unavoidable, clear as day: Across this country (some) police officers routinely kill and torture innocent people, with total impunity.

It is also true that police officers serve honorably... But this diary is not about the good police officers.  That's not where the problem is.

How did this situation came about?  As more and more people realize the true nature of our system of government, and start to understand the real consequences of having a cabal of corporatist cartels running things, the possibility for uprising in peaceful protests will increase, as people take to the streets to demand redress.

By having set up all the infrastructure, both physical and legal, for a repressive police state, the criminal ruling elite can then use the police (and security forces) as basically corporate goons to protect them from an awakened (and angry) populace.

So ask yourself one simple question... Next time you see or hear about ten police officers beating a man to death in front of an entire neighborhood, as the man clamors for help, do you think there is any more clear example of killing and torturing by the police?

Originally posted to Ray Pensador on Sun May 12, 2013 at 09:38 PM PDT.

Also republished by Police Accountability Group.

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  •  I suggest re-posting this mid-morning on Monday (1+ / 0-)
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    Please, for those "good citizens" who are going to exhibit the typical knee-jerk reaction to this type of criticism of the police, like "How dare you impugn police officers; they put their lives on the line every day; most of them are decent, law abiding, and take their oath to protect and serve very seriously," I ask you to first read this diary carefully before you react in such a fashion.
    What you could have done, Ray (and still can!), is started the diary with "most police officers are decent, law abiding, and take their oath to protect and serve very seriously - but that does not mean we do not have a serious problem with police culture in this country that needs honest addressing."

    Honestly - if you're not just looking for trouble, espeically in the environment her on DKos today regarding this subject - you could have done (still can!) better.

  •  You know, rather than trying to be (4+ / 0-)
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    a rabble-rousing pamphleteer leading the proletariat as

    the possibility for uprising in peaceful protests will increase, as people take to the streets to demand redress.
    you might consider a career change.

    You have a future as a writer of dystopian fiction. It's a lousy future, granted, but a future none the less. Embrace your Inner Screed.

    There was only one joker in L.A. sensitive enough to wear that scent...and I had to find out who he was!

    by virginislandsguy on Sun May 12, 2013 at 10:01:45 PM PDT

  •  There have always been abusive cops. (2+ / 0-)
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    So, since there have always been abusive cops, and you say abusive cops are a sign of a "corporatist police state," you're saying the country has always been a "corporatist police state" ?

    "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

    by Bush Bites on Sun May 12, 2013 at 10:01:57 PM PDT

  •  I don't like the title of this post Ray, it's (1+ / 0-)
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    over stated.  However as long as we see this:  the gulf or pay between the CEO's of the country and their workers widen, it is now at a ratio of 380 to 1,  used to be 40-1 not long ago, we are on the road to Ray's assessment.  So I can take issue with the title, but the content is right on.  I don't care to make cops the boogymen that Ray does, however.

    •  Police brutality is a very real consequence of (4+ / 0-)
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      the ascendancy of the corporate state (or fascism).

      •  So what you think is the more corporate greed (0+ / 0-)

        moves capital up to the financial elites the more brutal the cops must be to maintain this system and some social order?  What facts support the ascendancy of police brutality.  Is it actually worse now than in the Great Depression of the 30s, 40s. for example or in the 50s before the civil rights movements.  I just don't know about this got any facts?  Haven't rich corporatists always controlled America?  Is it  worse now?

  •  We could cure this problem by not letting (0+ / 0-)

    human beings be policemen (or policepersons, for the PC crowd).

  •  There are bad police and there are good police. (3+ / 0-)
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    As in every walk of life.

    Boehner Just Wants Wife To Listen, Not Come Up With Alternative Debt-Reduction Ideas

    by dov12348 on Sun May 12, 2013 at 11:06:05 PM PDT

    •  I agree with that. The problem I'm focusing on (2+ / 0-)
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      is how police forces are (mis)used by power elites, and how that situation leads to increased police brutality.

    •  and unfortunately, (1+ / 0-)
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      too many of the good police look the other way when their colleagues abuse their powers.

      hope springs eternal and DAMN is she getting tired!

      by alguien on Mon May 13, 2013 at 12:37:49 AM PDT

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      •  It's two pronged from where I sit. (4+ / 0-)

        I am married to someone who has been in law enforcement and firefighting.

        First is that there is an incredible degree of bonding between cops. You see something similar in the military and for firefighters. This guy owes you his life; tomorrow he may save yours, and you don't know what tomorrow will bring.  This bond can be abused to cause good cops to overlook actions by bad cops. Further, one potent deterrence to talking about things is that as in street gangs, the cop who talks is going to be the one who has backup that "can't quite make out" that radio call for assistance.

        BUT ALSO.....

        My husband says that now there are guys joining the police force cause they can carry a gun and be a badass. No serve and protect here. They're fantasizing about breaking down doors and shooting people. They are not like the older generation of cops he trained with, who knew that sometimes just putting your hand on your gun would escalate things in the wrong direction and really did community interaction and policing. Nowadays they look paramilitary and act like it.

        When you come to find how essential the comfort of a well-kept home is to the bodily strength and good conditions, to a sound mind and spirit, and useful days, you will reverence the good housekeeper as I do above artist or poet, beauty or genius.

        by Alexandra Lynch on Mon May 13, 2013 at 08:31:49 AM PDT

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  •  Looks like it is time to stay away (5+ / 0-)

    for a while again. When diaries like this climb the rec list it's embarrassing to be affiliated with dKos. If ray lived in the country he has been describing for the past number of months he would have been disappeared a long time ago.

    Most of the people taking a hard line against us are firmly convinced that they are the last defenders of civilization... The last stronghold of mother, God, home and apple pie and they're full of shit! David Crosby, Journey Thru the Past.

    by Mike S on Sun May 12, 2013 at 11:23:01 PM PDT

    •  That is absurd. Disappeared? OMG! That's the (4+ / 0-)

      problem with this type ignorance.  For some people, until they start seeing jackbooted thugs breaking doors in the middle of the night and dragging people to be tortured, that's when it may cross their minds that fascism has arrived.

      Think about that!  That's absurd.  By the time that happens, it's too late to even talk about it.

      •  Your so cute. (0+ / 0-)

        In your teabaggeresqe mind this is a fascist state, just without the actual fascism.

        Most of the people taking a hard line against us are firmly convinced that they are the last defenders of civilization... The last stronghold of mother, God, home and apple pie and they're full of shit! David Crosby, Journey Thru the Past.

        by Mike S on Mon May 13, 2013 at 10:11:01 AM PDT

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  •  Nice title, Ray. Trying to garner attention much? (4+ / 0-)

    Or just piss off as many people as you can?

  •  This makes me think of J.K. Gibson-Graham's (3+ / 0-)
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    brilliant The End of Capitalism (As We Knew It).  Specifically, when they write:

    When theorists depict patricarchy, or racism, or compulsory heterosexuality, or capitalist hegemony, they are not only delineating a formation they hope to see destabilized or replaced. They are also generating a representation of the social world and endowing it with performative force. To the extent that this representation becomes influential it may contribute to the hegemony of a "hegemonic formation"; and it will undoubtedly influence people's ideas about the possibilities of difference and change, including the potential for sucessful political interventions.
    And later:
    Why might it seem problematic to say that the United States is a Christian nation, or a heterosexual one, despite the widespread belief that Christianity and heterosexuality are dominant or majority practices in their respective domains, while at the same time is seems legitimate and indeed "accurate" to say that the US is a capitalist country?
    I share the fears that you've outlined here but I wonder about claims that the state has "total information awareness".  Despite your disclaimer near the end of the diary, I don't think your description leaves much room at all for "uprising".  Rather, it makes the situation sound postively hopeless.  How does one combat a foe that is omniscient and all-powerful? Consequently, I have couple of issues with the picture of total fascist repression you've painted here:

    First, I'm not sure it's all that accurate.  There are all sorts of spaces outside the view of the State, and beyond it's understanding.  Anti-capitalist and revolutionary moments happen all the time on a small scale, and I would argue that the State often does a pretty poor job of managing them.

    More importantly, as Gibson-Graham point out, recognizing the limits of the State is the first step in dismantling the unwanted power that it does have.   Like Foucault's Panopticon, it's not the reality of surveillance, but the belief in surveillance that holds the real power.  

    In any case, I'm kind of rambling here.  What you've written is certainly food for thought.  Thank you for that.  I just think it's important to realize that the State is not all-powerful, and that we should be careful to recognize resistance and the spaces beyond its control, and not endow it with a power it does not have.

    To believe that markets determine value is to believe that milk comes from plastic bottles. Bromley (1985)

    by sneakers563 on Sun May 12, 2013 at 11:54:38 PM PDT

  •  A polemic extrapolating generalities about a group (1+ / 0-)
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    isn't as effective as just sticking to the facts.

    Most people have joined a consensus to be law abiding without understanding much about how institutionalized  law and order translate the norms, mores, conventions that there is consensus on into the positive and negative sanctions that there may be less desire to encounter.

    Seductive or positive sanctions include you working for a living because you get paid. Seductive sanctions are viewed as better than coercive sanctions because you get to choose a course of action.

    With seductive sanctions you don't labor under intolerable conditions for a marginal subsistence because if you don't you will be whipped by the taskmasters and overseers, you do it because your wife and children expect you to be a breadwinner and your religion which comforts you promises things will be better in the next life.

    Your ability to choose a course of action is what differentiates a feudal serfdom where you provide service in return for sustenance, from a Democracy where you can be all you can be.

    Sometimes the consensus doesn't work for everybody, but the idea is you either go along to get along or you decide that you don't like the status quo so much that you go rogue and become an outlaw.

    In particular business doesn't like things like taxes and regulations that serve and protect the community at the expense of "tax payers" and "job creators", so some self actualizing individuals, CEO's like the Koch brothers, Somali Pirates stealing supertankers full of oil on the high seas or gangs like the one that robbed the Amsterdam diamond market attempt to circumvent the rules or present new coercive sanctions that come from the barrel of a gun

    People without strong religious convictions don't like having institutionalized morality make the rules regarding the individuals right to determine for themselves what is right and wrong regarding their own body.

    The consensus to be law abiding very quickly breaks down into factions trying to advantage their own special interests over the special interests of other groups.

    Its possible to describe all of those who join the great refusal to be law abiding as terrorists, rebels, bandits, pirates or outlaws, but not all of them end up arrested for stealing a crust of bread.

    For most of us its apparent that lobbyists advocating for special interests control the legislative process, and as for the competent administration of the law by lawyers and judges, that tends to be controlled by professional politicians, corporate lawyers on retainer, and their ability to use a paid police force to enforce their views over those of community organizers and unions that may take to the streets protesting and petitioning for redress. Those outlaws generally wield enough power to make their own rules regardless of what the rest of us think about them.

    In courts, the general rule now is to plea bargain, to go to alternative dispute resolution for civil matters and to discourage "pro-se" complaints, claims and causes of action. Big corporations and banks plea bargain for fines that are a slap on the wrist and never do jail time. Lawyers and judges leave no room for individuals to have their day in court because frankly the courts and prisons are too overcrowded to function

    Internationally the paid police force becomes the military.
    Demonstrations sometimes turn violent and terrorists go to extremes to be heard because to be honest we turn deaf ears to everything else.

    The military and the police have as their first level of service to the consensus to be law abiding, negative rather than positive sanctions.

    The brutal suppression of dissent is their job. If you disturb the peace they are there to shut you up by whatever means necessary and then to drag you out of sight and keep you out of sight long enough for the peace to be restored.

    A step up from groups with a consensus not to be law abiding, are the self actualizing outlaws who scoff at laws and as scofflaws are incarcerated for as long as possible.

    Eventually even the outlaws seem to find the need to organize as special interests, prison and street gangs, and to resort to their own devices for law enforcement.

    All of the groups clamoring for their country back, all of them from corporations wanting an end to environmental regulations and evangelicals wanting to prevent a woman's right to choose and to enforce their beliefs about institutionalized morality, and gun nuts clinging to the 2nd amendment want their minority position to have more input into the decision making process.

    It would perhaps be possible to have smaller more homogeneous groups make their own laws but this would not be supportive of nation building and the pursuit of a more perfect union and consequently the formation of state and local militias never comes to much.

    Federal laws are thus sovereign over states rights.

    Coming down specifically to the Police State paranoia are our observations that we are no longer free to dissent, secure from unreasonable search and seizure, able to depend on the power of the voting booth to build a new consensus as to what it means to be law abiding.

    We the people simply aren't well enough organized to improvise, adapt and overcome in the face of the well institutionalized system we have paid to put in place.

    That's where the Republican and Independent desire to drown government in a bathtub is coming from and may be attractive to some of the third party greens and libertarians.

    We all really do want smaller institutions where we have a larger share of the decision making process even as we clamor for more universal action to make us safe from terrorism, climate change, big corporations, gun violence, rape, and negative sanctions to include police beatings and imprisonment for doing things we approve of such as resisting institutionalized morality.

    Maybe its time to have laws that it doesn't take a lawyer to understand. It would seem that if the rules that govern our law and order are too complicated for an individual to get their day in court and prevail, they are too complicated for there to be a true consensus to abide.

    If an ordinary law abiding citizen let alone a defendant in a criminal complaint can be beaten or shot by the police before ever being found guilty of a crime or subject to indefinite detention or assassinated simply for having been accused of a crime with no trial and no opportunity to hear the charges against them and respond as is the case with some of the detainees in GITMO, does that reach a high enough level of outrage to justify nullification of the laws we don't like and abandoning the consensus to be law abiding in order to form a more perfect union?

    Maybe not, but If not what does?

    Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

    by rktect on Mon May 13, 2013 at 03:42:27 AM PDT

  •  With you except on this: (4+ / 0-)
    But this diary is not about the good police officers.  That's not where the problem is.
    The good police officers is exactly where the problem is. That there are (numerous) rogue officers is undeniable and obvious to all. In any large organization there will always be rogues. However, what enables the problems you describe is the "good police officers" who routinely turn a blind eye to their behavior. Heck, in Boston police revised to testify and prosecute when they nearly beat to death a fellow officer.

    If they won't stand up for one of their own, what chance do the rest of us have?

    I won't believe corporations are people until Texas executes one. Leo Gerard.

    by tgrshark13 on Mon May 13, 2013 at 09:49:06 AM PDT

  •  Always been a question of mine... why isn't there (0+ / 0-)

    a rash of people shooting the Filthy Rich (tm)?

    It's a weird thing in human nature, that somehow the very people responsible for the ills that drive someone to violence or despair, never seem to pay the price.

    There should be a study, but Congress has forbidden us to do any studies involving gun violence, so I guess we'll never know. Because if we knew.....

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