As Commander William Adama (Battlestar Galactica, 2004–2009) said: "There’s a reason you separate military and the police. One fights the enemies of the state, the other serves and protects the people. When the military becomes both, then the enemies of the state tend to become the people."
The above rephrased slightly: "When the police want to become both, then the enemies of the state tend to become the people."
The following comes from Mustang. Excellent thoughts on the subject... as usual.
I am not able to generate much enthusiasm for this weapon, and here’s why: if the US military develops an effective weapon, it is only a matter of time before that weapon is also allocated for use by federal, state, or local police agencies.
While it is true that there are “bad men” in America, we have arrived at a point in time when the definition of “bad man” only depends on how the federal and state governments choose to define it. A bad man today could even be someone who worships God, or one who openly admits that he or she is a Christian, or anyone who refuses to bow down to a Mohammedan. A bad man today is one who refuses to do what his government masters tell him that he or she must do.
In my view, local law enforcement is already “militarized” enough.
They have not hardened themselves in order to “take down” black thugs in Chicago, or Hispanic gangsters in Los Angeles. No, they have developed militarized weapons and tactics in order to keep the rest of us in line. Black and Hispanic thugs are only a convenient justification for spending so much money to purchase military hardware. No, the real reason for acquiring all of this battlefield equipment is that they intend to suppress a free people; you know — as in 1984. The Clive Bundy event tends to illustrate what happens whenever, or should ever, any American refuse to do what they are told to do and I will bet dollars to donuts that when the Bundy incident was over, someone sat down to include in their next budget, armored vehicles. You know, for the next time someone out west talks back. The only reason that event did not erupt into an all out shooting match was because the Bureau of Land Management saw, from TV cameras, that they were “out gunned.” To my knowledge, no one has yet asked the question, “Why does the Bureau of Land Management have armed police?”
My response to this video, and in particular this topic, reflects that I no longer trust the federal government. I place no confidence in anyone, whether a badge-carrying brown shirt or a bureaucrat appointee to an Obama Death Panel, to keep their oath of office, to wit: to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. We the people are not the enemy, except when the president stands up to explain away our legitimate concerns by referring to us as right-wing extremists, or gun-toting, bible carrying “simple folk.” No, government employees at every level have sold us out in exchange for a nice income and a perfectly acceptable retirement program.
Give police war toys and they become hyper-violent war departments. The Albuquerque Police kill mentally ill people for fun these days... as do other departments as they work their badge-heavy, lethal tactics on women, children and 90 year-old senior citizens who may be armed with a knife or yard stick. Having carried a badge and weapon for my police and the sheriff's department for seven-plus years, I believe I'm entitled to say, "If a person in law enforcement can't disarm a majority of the women, children and 90 year-old senior citizens who may be armed with a knife or yard stick, that person really needs to get in another line of work." The Lamestream Media is always looking for a few good idiots; I think they'd fit right in.This is a fact: DHS today more closely resembles the SS than any organization dedicated to a secure America. I do not know why they need hardened vehicles; I do not know why sheriffs departments need armored tanks. In my view, the right to bear arms is no longer a sufficient safeguard to a totalitarian government. By acquiring such weapons as shown in this video, the federal government has already “disarmed” the American people. Next up: robo-cops.
What the hell about Benghazi, Bucket Butt?!!