August 24, 2019

Creating a Police State and Then Not Liking It

Yesterday I laughed! But then again most everyday I laugh; sometimes laughing a lot and sometimes not so much. I laughed at blind ignorance.

I read an article, the bulk of which was whining about people whining. I don’t understand. But that isn’t what I laughed at. I laughed at the lack of understanding that we, in our eagerness to love government and trust in their criminal ways, lined up after 9/11 to give government more control over us and empower law enforcement to ultimately bring this here United States into a full scale police state – all by design of course.

The article in question is an ongoing debate in Maine about the tactics employed by the Maine Warden Service, and probably all Maine law enforcement agencies, used in undercover operations – essentially whether or not law enforcement should be allowed to break the laws the rest of us are expected to uphold in order to entice a would-be criminal and make an arrest. The second issue in this debate is whether or not the same Warden Service is deliberately withholding FOIA documents requested by a leading Maine media company.

Most of the discussions have centered around these two topics but some writers have jumped on this event to try to tie together other issues and connect them with this current one in hopes to further expose the Warden Service of all its shortcomings.

According to information provide in the linked-to article above, the author states that in a survey he conducted, 778 out of 832 people who answered his survey question – “Should Maine game wardens be allowed to break the law and to encourage others to break the law, in order to arrest law breakers? – said that Maine game wardens should not be allowed to break the law in order to arrest someone. (Note – I doubt that the survey is “scientific” and thus may not be a representation of the overall population of Maine residents.)

It made me laugh. It still makes me laugh.

Consider the events of 9/11. I’ll use this as a beginning point because I’m not sure exactly where it all began. However, 9/11 is as good a place as any to start. After 9/11, cops and firefighters were put into a status of “hero.” From that point on, our society has devoted countless hours to putting law enforcement into a category that dangerously gives them powers they should not have. It seems that regardless of what they do or don’t do, they are never wrong and anyone caught criticizing their actions is “unpatriotic.”

This power enabling has gone unchecked for so long now that unbeknownst to the masses, we have willingly offered up our society to a police state. This is exemplified on a regular basis but due to the propagandizing of the hero status, nobody sees or wants to see the reality of what has been created…well, until that reality begins to hit close to home.

This brings us back to the events in Maine where 93.51% of the people taking the survey didn’t think law enforcement should be able to break the law in hopes of making an arrest. Really? Evidently it was okay for law enforcement to break the law when, after the so-called Boston Marathon Bombing, armed police with heavy weaponry and armored vehicles drove down the street illegally busting down doors and intruding into the privacy of people, as police searched for what we have been told were the perpetrators of the bombing. Evidently we have become blinded to think a suspension of the Constitution is in order when a crime rises to a certain level? How many of these same people stood up at that time protesting that law enforcement shouldn’t be allowed to break the laws to catch a criminal?

Oh, but that’s different, I hear often. When asked specifically how it is different, I seldom get an answer. Once upon a time, there was taught in schools and at home that people are innocent until proven guilty; that our laws were made to protect the innocent; that our court system was designed to protect the innocent while prosecuting the accused. Sometimes this process seemed to fail but the good far outweighed bad results.

Not anymore!

It’s easy when sitting at home, comfortable, and knowing that what goes on in Boston or Baltimore, really doesn’t effect you and demand that law enforcement does “whatever is necessary” to “lock them bastards up.” But when law enforcement does what they think is “necessary” to catch a thief in your backyard, things don’t look the same.

Our actions have given police departments of all levels empowerment to often do just as they well please, with the notion that the ends justifies the means. It should never be that way. What enjoyment is there in life, when you see a police car and immediately you fear what they might do to you?

You can continue to call cops heroes if you must but giving them powers to commit crimes in hopes of stopping crime is asinine.

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