Blog Credo

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Police State

A California cop blasts crowd control pepper spray into a woman's face, blinding her.  He gets a hung jury.

In Chicago, cops raiding a salon on suspicion that there's some prostitution going on, decide to issue slurs and threaten to tase a woman ten times.

Meanwhile, an Occupy protester gets grabbed by the breast from behind, elbows the cop and gets three months in prison.

Greenwald has promised us his bestest, most awesomest revelation about the NSA for this June.  While I agree that the NSA is gathering too much data and needs more oversight, every day in America, the police are violating the rights of Americans in very real and tangible ways.  Not a hypothetical violation like the NSA could maybe, possibly illegally listen in on your phone sex, but physically beating people, shooting people's dogs and harassing people because they can.

I also realize that the police spend all day dealing with the worse segments of humanity, and that is bound to effect how they interact with everyone else.

But the problem is not meta-data, the problem is cops who abuse their privileges.

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