Do The Freakin Math

Liberals and conservatives alike frequently rely on limited evidence, personal experience, religious beliefs or gut emotions to determine solutions for complex problems. From immigration to global warming - taxes to terrorism - or health care to free trade - analytical study is rare. Science based policy making isn’t the way of Washington. And the consequences are catastrophic. Change is urgently needed. Just do the freakin’ math.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Militerized local police vs extremist US citizens

The FBI considers “sovereign-citizen extremists” to be a “domestic terrorist movement…”.    (think Timothy McVeigh...) Many rational Americans are concerned regarding the militarization of local police departments that are increasingly use armored vehicles and SWAT teams to abduct individuals suspected of violating petty laws.   Reading city news report one can find that occasionally innocent civilians are killed in crossfires or their private property unreasonably damaged without reimbursement by these 'law enforcement' operators. 

How are these two trends related?  Is the fear of citizen extremists pushing law enforcement toward a military mindset where justice and the rule of law are secondary to police short or long term missions and their individual security? Or, are citizens increasingly angered by overzealous police tactics and unreasonable laws working together to diminish cherished American freedoms and risk the security and property of innocent civilian?


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