Thursday, September 11, 2014

American Terrorism on 9-11

AMERICAN POLICE have shot and killed more un-armed American civilians on U.S. soil than TERRORISTS have killed on U.S. soil over that same period.
In fact, Americans are EIGHT TIMES more likely to be killed by the police than by a terrorist.

The Houston Chronicle notes that "Houston police fired their guns at civilians more than 100 times in the last five years, resulting in numerous injuries and deaths, but never in charges against the officers."

The Washington Post notes that police across the nation have stolen billions of dollars, with complete impunity and without a warrant or charges.

Fight ISIS?  

Let the Saudis, the Turks, the United Arab Emirates, the Syrians, the Egyptians, the Israeli's, the Armenians, the Iranians, and the Kuwaitis fight them. Not our problem. Lord knows these countries have the weapons -- we either sold them to them or gave them to them!

Our terrorist problem, right here at home, is a militarized police force that is racist, violent, authoritarian, and too often not trustworthy. This is a SERIOUS problem and we need to get hold of it NOW. Job one is to take away the storm trooper uniforms, the heavy military equipment, and the bayonets. Make every police officer wear a chest camera at all times and make it a firing offense to ever "lose" the incident tape.


5string said...

And prison to "lose" the emails!

jeffrey thurston said...

Yes- I love the idea of getting arms to the "moderate" Syrian rebels so they can give them to IS so we can fight against crazies armed by ourselves. And I agree that there is no situation that can't be made worse by the involvement of the police- armed to the teeth and empowered by the COWARDLY notion that their bloated hides are the most precious things on earth. "Officer safety" indeed! Here in the Bay Area recently cops have killed a woman brandishing what was OBVIOUSLY a Makita power drill, an old lady with a potato peeler and a kid wih what was OBVIOUSLY a busted-up old BB gun. With no consequences....