a police state

Mcget at aol.com Mcget at aol.com
Thu Aug 5 10:32:22 PDT 2004

Well, since the fastest growing black household in America is the
cellblock; since here in Philadelphia I still can hear cops step from
their cars asking, "Where'd the nigger go?" in front of black
onlookers; since Independence Hall now has a clearly visible
surveillance camera in its tower and visitors to the Liberty Bell are
searched and wanded multiple times; since the fastest growing group of
armed police in the US are private security and prison guard, since
without trying very hard, I can read more and more about police getting
no-knock powers, about prisoners held incommunicado, etc. -- I think we
shouldn't wait until we are all getting routinely Taser'd  for getting
smart at the latest "preventive" roadblock.

 It's enough like a police state--or a hall monitor's wet dream -- to
get me nervous.

 --Michael McGettigan

 One recent example -- a friend of mine who worked transmitters for
Motorola was sent to a crime-ridden North Philly high-rise project. His
mission -- inspect a repeater transmitter that was inside a
steel-doored room atop the building -- the transmitter's function was
to boost the signals of the various law enforcement/drug authorities
that raided it on a regular basis. They'd found that their hand radios
often didn't work well enough.  The idea that this high-rise should
maybe be razed rather than rigged for a permanent state of drug busts
didn't seem to occur to anyone.

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