The manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects offered the nation a window into the stunning military-style capabilities of our local law enforcement agencies.
For the past 30 years, police departments throughout the United States have benefitted from the government’s largesse in the form of military weaponry and training, incentives offered in the ongoing “War on Drugs.” For the average citizen watching events such as the intense pursuit of the Tsarnaev brothers on television, it would be difficult to discern between fully outfitted police SWAT teams and the military.
The lines blurred even further Monday as a new dynamic was introduced to the militarization of domestic law enforcement. By making a few subtle changes to a regulation in the U.S. Code titled“Defense Support of Civilian Law Enforcement Agencies” the military has quietly granted itself the ability to police the streets without obtaining prior local or state consent, upending a precedent that has been in place for more than two centuries. …
When will the military start protecting the people from the criminals and foreign agents who have infiltrated the civilian government, who carry out mass murder, domestic terrorism and economic sabotage with impunity while hiding behind the flimsiest facade of legitimacy? Can the enemies among us be more obvious? Is it really necessary to lobotomize one’s ability to think in order to be an honorable military officer? How will they explain their cowardice and stupidity to their children when they’re old enough to understand what has been done in the name of protecting them?