"government almost indistinguishable from the evil it claims to be fighting" - [PEACE]

Zenaan Harkness zen at freedbms.net
Fri Jul 26 01:06:50 PDT 2019

The Tyranny Of The Police-State Disguised As Law-And-Order

John Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute

  … our power as a citizenry comes from our ability to agree and
  stand united on certain principles that should be non-negotiable

  … No matter how we might differ about where to draw that blue line
  of allegiance to the police state, surely we can agree that police
  shouldn’t go around terrorizing and shooting innocent, unarmed
  children and adults or be absolved of wrongdoing for doing so.

  Nor can we turn a blind eye to the transformation of America’s
  penal system from one aimed at protecting society from dangerous
  criminals to a profit-driven system that dehumanizes and strips
  prisoners of every vestige of their humanity. For example, in
  Illinois, as part of a “training exercise” for incoming cadets,
  prison guards armed with batons and shields rounded up 200
  handcuffed female inmates, marched them to the gymnasium, then
  forced them to strip naked (including removing their tampons and
  pads), “bend over and spread open their vaginal and anal cavities,”
  while male prison guards promenaded past or stood staring. The 7th
  Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the entire dehumanizing,
  demoralizing mass body cavity strip search—orchestrated not for
  security purposes but as an exercise in humiliation—was legal. Be
  warned, however: this treatment will not be limited to those behind
  bars. In our present carceral state, there is no difference between
  the treatment meted out to a law-abiding citizen and a convicted
  felon: both are equally suspect and treated as criminals, without
  any of the special rights and privileges reserved for the governing
  elite. In a carceral state, there are only two kinds of people: the
  prisoners and the prison guards.

  No matter how we might differ about where to draw the line when it
  comes to prisoners’ rights, surely we can agree that no one—woman,
  man or child—should be subjected to such degrading treatment in the
  name of law and order.

  … the unavoidable truth is that the government has become almost
  indistinguishable from the evil it claims to be fighting, whether
  that evil takes the form of terrorism, torture, drug trafficking,
  sex trafficking, murder, violence, theft, pornography, scientific
  experimentations or some other diabolical means of inflicting pain,
  suffering and servitude on humanity

  … “Don’t sit around waiting for the two corrupted established
  parties to restore the Constitution or the Republic,” Naomi Wolf
  once warned. Waiting and watching will get us nowhere fast.

  … As British statesman Edmund Burke warned, “The only thing
  necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men [and women] to do

Peace, yo!

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