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Anarchy 101: Time to Begin Ignoring Law?Tim King Salem-News.com
Food for thought on our national military/legal industrial complex...
(SALEM, Ore.) - We have tried and failed as a nation. The voice of the American people has been reduced to the point of ridiculous exasperation. Support for the murderous politics of Israel, two poorly selected wars based on false flag information, stolen presidencies; laws designed to purely favor the insurance and pharmaceutical industries; endless greed- these things take their toll.
It is terrible when we start envisioning the end, purely out of spite, because we are so frustrated and terribly aware of our mistakes and question whether we actually deserve to go on. This has been in place for many of us since the invasion of Iraq in the most recent Bush war.
I've been to Iraq, and Afghanistan, and I can tell you clearly that nothing has been gained as a result of our military occupation there. The conflicts represent massive scale death and little else. The spirit of the tired American military is no match for these people, particularly in Afghanistan.
Talk about tough as nails; in certain Middle east countries people only know war and determination, and it is mostly thanks to western policy. On the other hand, most American soldiers don't even know why they are in places like Iraq and Afghanistan. They have been lied to and manipulated, but the military is a solid paycheck in an unstable economy so financially pillaged by the rich, and thanks to advertising, and Bush era rules that allow recruiters in high schools, it goes on signing fresh faces. It is a cruel, sad repetitive game.
Police state at home
As the military is killed and injured in a goalless Middle east war, the "boys in blue" are here to keep the civilian population in line, and most cops in this day and age are operating outside of the bounds of the law at least to some degree, on a daily basis. Considering how underpaid and heavily challenged as the military is, the police in America are living at the opposite end of the spectrum; huge benefit and retirement packages, great pay, union protection, etc. I challenge any cop out there to say otherwise.
And the worst thing, is that they are encouraged to only be true to each other, the same way a certain political group was instructed by its vaunted movie actor leader back in the 80's, to never speak out against or criticize another... Republican.
The notion that we need millions of city, county and state police on our roads hassling, fining and arresting, is equally ridiculous; a real American tragedy for millions. The news today that the nation's top law official; Attorney General Eric Holder, will maintain draconian laws against the simple plant marijuana, might as well serve as the final reminder that the current model is a total failure.
Of course the other news today, that a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer in Oregon was arrested on charges of possessing heroin near a school, really takes the cake. It defines the measurable integrity of the people who comprise the law enforcement side of the federal government as well as anything .
Cops versus Americans
The over structuring of law accomplishes one goal; that is to lock more Americans up in prison. This is a problem that affects the working class, particularly people of color.
A slave owner established nation, the United States always did operate with racism as an established program. But the idea that we're still wrestling with it in 2010 is astounding, and believe me it is the case, particularly here in Oregon which have mostly stayed off the national radar in this regard.
In places like Arizona, the philosophy is on the rise.
Cops as janitors
U.S. Marines are known as the most accomplished killers in the world, and they know how to scrub the decks.
Police in America are highly paid and heavily protected and pampered. They kill like Marines, but they don't scrub toilets in their off hours; I suggest that and far more. Other countries understand.
In April 2009, Ampontan - Japan from the inside out, published an article about a group of 19 police officers in Yonezawa, Yamagata, who brightened up the public toilets at the Matsugasaki Park on the banks of the Matsu River. They began the practice the year before, "to inculcate a sense of public service and to 'clean their spirit' (literally, polish their hearts)." 
If so many American officers were not on the road in their super expensive taxpayer funded big V8 cars, guzzling petrol and being paid more than almost anyone else, with endless benefits, all paid for by the taxpayer; they wouldn't need the revenue that is derived from writing traffic tickets.
The bottom line is that cops should be a responsive, reactionary group; they should not anticipate crime, but they do.
This is why your rights continue to fly out the window in America.
Perhaps it is possible to elect responsible leaders who will enact new programs that can make a real difference, though I suspect it is too late for that. No Utopian visions of America are likely to manifest. The nation struggles financially while maintaining military bases in all African nations except one, that is almost sixty countries. There is plenty of money in America, but the top 2% of the population absorbs 98% of the nation's wealth. Many believe it is time to end the charade and enact redistribution programs without government involvement. In case you forgot, Robin Hood was a hero.
A grateful nation?
Veterans are increasingly learning the reality of their existence. The government doesn't care, the Veterans Administration constantly fights its responsibility to those it serves, and most politicians don't care.
But even worse, the government doesn't stand behind the health issues it inflicts on those who serve. This ranges from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) prevalent in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), other combat related issues, and also includes the ungodly amounts of toxic contamination present at U.S. military bases all over the globe, and sometimes in our own backyards.
Every form of relief that a veteran ever sees represents a hard won battle; there are no rewards even for those who offer themselves fully in service of their country. Once a person signs their name on the dotted line, the fight begins and sometimes never ends.
So why bother? I would like to see a campaign that raises awareness of young people considering service. We need activists passing out information every day at every military recruiting station in America. We need them in our schools.
These activists need to pass out photos of slaughtered Iraqi children, eradicated villages in Afghanistan, widows crying at their lost loved one's graveside, soldiers with their limbs blown off, Marine male breast cancer survivors at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The list is long, almost endless.
They should pass out stories about combat veterans battling to "prove" their injuries with the VA. They should distribute material about what police do to combat veterans who come home from war suffering from PTSD.
Perhaps also, they should show young people photos of Vietnam Veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange, and the babies in Vietnam born with two heads thanks to our integrity and ingenuity. The endless birth defects now taking place in several nations, all have a red, white and blue signature.
Drug Dealer Uncle Sam
Look around and see what is taking place, examine the inner turmoil that defines American culture. When it comes to our 'drug problem', which has nothing to do with pot, blame the United States government itself for ruining this nation. One of the worst aspects of U.S. history is the government's supplying of deadly white drugs to our streets.
That's right; the Iran-Contra connection. Right wing Republican funding efforts for a clandestine war against poor people Thank the movie actor Ronald Reagan for it. The same year Nancy R. launched 'The Drug War' - undocumented aircraft began delivering cocaine from Nicaragua, 'dope' traded for U.S. weapons, sold on America's streets, in order to suppress the popular uprising of the Sandinistas.
So when Holder and his array of American cops arrest people for marijuana use, it is the worst hypocrisy they could deliver. It's a damned plant the God put on this earth. Trust me, this government is as dishonest and corrupt as any that has ever existed.
Movements are underway in the United States, particularly in inner urban areas, to remove police from the mix by simply refusing all contact and services.
Whosarat.com claimed in May 2007, that it has identified 4,300 informants and 400 undercover agents since 2004. Surely the number has grown significantly since then. While police in the U.S. like to offer rewards for those who "rat out" drug users, we have to admit that it is a practice uncomfortably close to Hitler's protocol in the 1930's in Germany. He had children turning their parents in for befriending Jews. Today the D.A.R.E. program encourages kids to snitch on their parents.
When police snatch kids out of a functioning home over drug use allegations, they don't just break up an American family, they set the kids up for harm and abuse in the unregulated and shoddily executed foster care system.
Then the courts levy fines, forcing people to enter treatment programs operated by for profit agencies, that are often owned by the judges who send people there.
The 'suspects' are almost always financially challenged, so it leads to disastrous realities.
The government is far too incompetent to effectively carry out such practices. Interestingly, the educated mother of Malcolm X- had her children seized by state officials. You want to build animosity in Americans, just keep these practices in place.
Accomplishments and goals
The Internet is today's police. It allows the crimes of law enforcement officials to be aired in front of massive audiences. It has the potential to unite people at a new level that dismisses the law and sets real morality into place. Today's police by and large have absolutely nothing to do with morality.
All I can say is that we are constantly emerged in the wrongdoings of today's American society. Salem-News.com views people of all backgrounds, regardless of who they are, their affiliations, or what religion they are, as the same. We center on the most unfortunate and deprived.
Salem-News.com has reported honestly and positively about the progress of medical marijuana for years, working with the legendary doctor who helped establish the law over a decade ago; the honorable Phillip Leveque.
We have written numerous articles about the intense and well known levels of corruption in Oregon's law enforcement, judicial and corrections communities. The prisons here are rampant with illegal activity, and it is the law enforcement officials who are behind it. We will continue to report about this until the federal government does something about it.
We advocate for veterans of all nations, knowing that those who have experienced the military and war are advanced individuals in their own rite; with far more general knowledge about life and death than the average civilian. Salem-News.com has numerous military veteran writers and they are the most capable and qualified people for this role, particularly when the nation is at war.
We are against police taser use and believe that each time a cop uses one, they need to undergo the exact scrutiny that they do when they shoot somebody. Tasers are lethal; I blame no one who evades or flees police, since they have shown us that they will continue to employ these weapons that are allegedly "less than lethal" by nature, in deadly ways.
We busted the conversion of the toxic El Toro Marine base in California; slated to become a park and housing community in spite of its lethal tendencies toward half a century of Marines. This ongoing wrestling match between Marine veteran/journalists of good will and a small number of politicians, against the city of Irvine, California, continues to rage. Our Environmental Reporter in Laguna Beach, Roger Butow, is simply smarter and more connected than the powers to be, and that fight; to keep Irvine from putting homes and a park on a contaminated deadly piece of ground, will only end with our victory.
The one subject that possibly receives the most 'ink' around here, is Israel's occupation of Palestine. The fact that Americans are squarely behind the genocide of an entire culture, both spiritually and financially, is the last chapter in the temporary lifespan of a place called the U.S.A.
The clock is ticking, this is a nation founded on the concept of a government by and for the people. We do not have that. It is time for people to figure it out and to take bold, positive positions.
There is nothing to fear but fear itself.
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