Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Friday, August 15, 2014

Glenn Greenwald: The harrowing events of the last week in Ferguson, Missouri -- the fatal police shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager, Mike Brown, and the blatantly excessive and thuggish response to ensuing community protests from a police force that resembles an occupying army -- have shocked the U.S. media class and millions of Americans. But none of this is aberrational. It is the destructive by-product of several decades of deliberate militarization of American policing, a trend that received a sustained (and ongoing) steroid injection in the form of a still-flowing, post-9/11 federal funding bonanza, all justified in the name of "homeland security." This has resulted in a domestic police force that looks, thinks, and acts more like an invading and occupying military than a community-based force to protect the public.


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As part of America's posture of Endless War, Americans have been trained to believe that everything is justified on the "battlefield" (now defined to mean "the whole world"): imprisonment without charges, kidnapping, torture, even assassination of U.S. citizens without trials. It is not hard to predict the results of importing this battlefield mentality onto American soil, aimed at American citizens: "From Warfighter to Crimefighter." The results have been clear for those who have looked -- or those who have been subject to this -- for years. The events in Ferguson are, finally, forcing all Americans to watch the outcome of this process.


Fascist terrorism.


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Well, it was evident years ago when public service announcements advised folks to spy on & report their neighbors for suspicious activities. We are ultimately ALL terrorists deserving to be shot down in the street, and this is not hyperbole. All part of the mind-ef of 9/11.

#1 | Posted by kenx at 2014-08-14 06:58 PM | Reply | Flag:

"obsessions that grew out of the social instability of the 1960s, the War on Drugs that has made law enforcement agencies view Americans as an enemy population, the Reagan-era "War on Poverty" (which was more aptly described as a war on America's poor), the aggressive Clinton-era expansions of domestic policing, all topped off by the massively funded, rights-destroying, post-9/11 security state of the Bush and Obama years. All of this, he documents, has infused America's police forces with "a creeping battlefield mentality."


#2 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2014-08-14 11:13 PM | Reply | Flag:

Wow, excellent article! I think both the left and right could agree with its main points to.
good read it should be on the front page.

#3 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2014-08-14 11:25 PM | Reply | Flag:

I didn't know it was such an organized ramp-up. Are they afraid of a revolt here? They are certainly training these guys to hate and fear the citizens.

#4 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2014-08-15 01:01 PM | Reply | Flag:

Combine the military equipment with the fact that many of our current officers were sent to iraq by dubya to kick in doors, shoot first, and ask questions later, with very little accountability.

What did you think would happen when they came home?

#5 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2014-08-15 01:15 PM | Reply | Flag:

A lot more of this can be laid at bush's.

In response to 9/11, he threw the nation into a frenzy, attacking a non-agressive nation, spying on amerians, basically saying "anything goes, if you can say it's to fight terrorism".

The proper response to 9/11 would have been to live with MORE freedom, not less. Go after al quaeda, but not to start this paranoid frenzied "war on terror" that wasn't even able to stop the bostom bombers. YOu're more likely to get hit by lightning than hurt by terrorists in american, yet look at all we've done to prevent it.

#6 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2014-08-15 01:20 PM | Reply | Flag:

I also blame the "drug war". Billions to militarize the DEA and local law enforcement agencies so they can monitor, overpower and kick in the doors of citizens instead of billions to educate and treat drug addicts has permanently changed our relationship with law enforcement.

#7 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-08-15 01:47 PM | Reply | Flag:

Ok let's accept that everything bad in America comes from George Bush. Is the reason that Obama can't make things better a sign of Bush's godlike power or Obama's incompetence?

#8 | Posted by visitor_ at 2014-08-15 02:19 PM | Reply | Flag:

"he threw the nation into a frenzy"

bush's crime is that he carried out mass murder in the name of liberation and freedom.

the nation's crime is that they were gullible enough to believe most of what he said, despite very sane voices coming out at the time predicting what was to follow for the next 10 years.

the american homeland has many chickens, and many fences upon which they can come back to roost.

#9 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2014-08-15 02:39 PM | Reply | Flag:

Ok let's accept that everything bad in America comes from George Bush. Is the reason that Obama can't make things better a sign of Bush's godlike power or Obama's incompetence?

#8 | Posted by visitor_

It's a sign of the evils of private campaign funding. When people are getting rich off the status quo, they run candidates to keep things that way.

#10 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2014-08-15 02:41 PM | Reply | Flag:

Is the reason that Obama can't make things better a sign of...(his)incompetence?

#8 | Posted by visitor_

Yes to an extent, it's also a sign of just how deeply Bush ------ things up. Who really knows who really could have fixed that?

#11 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2014-08-15 02:44 PM | Reply | Flag:

It still seems folks are viewing this as an unexpected side-effect to ill-advised policy/cies. This is all orchestrated: every potential conflict in the world is being exacerbated, not assuaged, by the powers that be. These cops that are glorying in the power they feel they have over the rabble, will be eliminated (murdered) when submission of the world's population is irreversible; they will be replaced by robots programmed to have no moral compass whatsoever. (No mind control / microchip process is foolproof.)

The US government is doing nothing (but cosmetic PR) for our benefit. The Posse Comitatus Act (police not to be militarized / the military not to be law enforcement) was designed to prevent what is now occurring. The intimidation of militarized police used against political dissension is clearly, alarmingly unconstitutional; and as the article points out, will be ramped up when [intentional] shortages of food & water emerge.

Dissension will indeed disappear after the detection of thought crime, a capital offense, is effectively universal.

#12 | Posted by kenx at 2014-08-17 02:54 AM | Reply | Flag:


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