1) The police can shoot you and kill you because of the idea of a weapon. Emphasis on idea.
2) There is this weird penchant where our armed and dangerous branches believe addressing a problem is the same as addressing a symptom.
3) Can someone tell me how equipping police to have a, far and away, superior tactical advantage over the policed does not threaten human and civil rights at every imaginable level at any imaginable moment? I can't legally purchase the same level of protection. As a bonus, these guys are practically immune to the legal system. They think they are the system.
4) Why do police believe themselves to be bosses? Non-compliance seems to be roughly equivalent to a death sentence. Or justification for near-death beatings, in the very least.
5) Empowering the powerful can only end badly. Empowering arrogant authority only hastens us towards that ending.
6) elif: From whence does this "authority" come?
7) True policemen are rare. Too rare.
I've always been afraid of the police, always. I think it's innate. I think we're doing it wrong. I think it's getting worse. And please, for fuck's sake, try not to fire until you can at least see a gun. Stop using the pussy excuse for being a thug criminal - equal, in every way, to any other.
I'm all but completely convinced our "choice" of president has become a joke on us.
National Security means You get the government we say you'll get and it matters fuck-all who happens to be president.
Those executive departments that are armed and informed rule. That threshold has been crossed. Accountability? Accounted for. Status: none.
The Constitution is effectively trumped - why not the rest of us?
100 mile borders. Secret law. Unjust mass incarceration. Bullshit wars. Secret lists. Corporate financed law. Order by intimidation, threat and ignorance. Our "moral high ground" is an inverted hole filled with a mix of mud, salt, blood and shit.
Election.. pfft. whatthefuckever.
Oh, I know, lets marginalize everyone holding up two, big, fuck you fingers, one each for blue and red.
Like our presidential candidates represent a choice, or something.
Not for nothing but I'm kind of a fan of that Baidu slingshot action. "You have 75 minutes of web search freedom. You find your wildest dream and desire to know curious things with no threat of beating or jail or missing family member for your curiosity. 75 minutes! Go search Baidu now!" (godzilla screeches in background)
yeah, yeah, Japan, I get it, but he was always a secret Chinese project.
That's probably because they've been, or are being, bootstrapped to the logic of tyranny. This would be readily accomplished via interactions, influence and advisors of the military and defense establishment - these are not democratic. It's the natural and frighteningly logical progression of laws and enforcement. Sight begets power and unnatural sight begets unnatural cravings for yet more power.
As we are seeing play out in front of us - tyranny can easily and readily take hold beneath the appearance of, or perhaps even true, democracy. The onion is rotting.
You all realize that when the regime realized that the military had tapped the planet that they wanted in, right? Enter the Patriot Act. Enter LEAs. Enter equipment grants. Enter parallel construction. Exit stage left.
Can we just dispense with the formalities and call this duck a duck yet? When law enforcement gets unfettered, or barely fettered, access to each and every digital print you lay down then that's called tyranny, by default. And fuck-all any good intentions.
I'm not sure what they mean by hybrid. It might be a reference to events on the Crimea where the appearance of the people voting to separate from the Ukraine. From reports there did seem to be some level of the Crimean population in support of that move. If you can intercept the communications of the people then the more likely another event such as that can transpire.
For me it seems plain that Poland is the match to the powder and any attempt on Putin's part to strike that match would be disastrous, proverbial great Russian bear or not.
From the looks of it - threats or not - the people living in Poland are a lot less free today and tomorrow will never repay that particular debt.