The statue of Lady Justice wears a blindfold over her eyes, carries a balanced scale in one hand, and bears a sword in the other.
Why is this symbolism relevant to the subject at hand? We’ll get to that after this…
In 2014, we wrote:
There is a reason for the militarization of law enforcement in cutesy little idyllic lakeside towns like Neenah, Wisconsin, where a Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected armored vehicle arrived. There is a reason for Washington, Iowa, with just 8 officers to its police department, also receiving one of those war machines, despite both towns barely registering serious violent crime in the years prior. (As of the original date of this writing, we could only find crime rates for 2012. In both Washington, Iowa, and Neenah, Wisconsin, there were zero murders and zero instances of arson in 2012. As of Sep 2014, there was 1 registered sex offender living in Neenah — perhaps the 20 tons of armor and firepower was to keep him — and any extension of him — contained.)
In Morgan County, Indiana, a police official echoed a soundbite suggested by Homeland Security that its MRAP could come in useful in the event U.S. soldiers, returning to their families after service to their country abroad, took up arms against their own country at home. “You have a lot of people who are coming out of the military that have the ability and knowledge to build I.E.D.’s and defeat law enforcement techniques,” said Sgt. Dan Downing of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department.
There’s a reason for mine-resistant 39,850-pounders even going to campus police at universities — New Mexico State University campus PD and Ohio State University campus PD, to name just two — because students do form the most concentrated hotbeds for dissent, historically. (Although, in fairness to them, they aren’t typically known to mine campus grounds in protest.)
There is a reason for the Minerva Research Initiative “to uncover the conditions under which political movements aimed at large-scale political and economic change originate” that The Guardian described in the following terms in 2014: “Pentagon preparing for mass civil breakdown” … “Social Science is being militarized to develop operational tools to target peaceful activists and protest movements”.
There is a reason for the Directorate of Military Support for Domestic Operations, or DOMS, and for Presidential Directive 3025.18: “Support provided by U.S. Federal military forces, National Guard, Department of Defense civilians, DoD contract personnel, and DoD component assets, in response to requests or assistance from civil authorities…” signed in Dec 2010, around the time euro-area banks were loaded up on Greece, and Greece was burning and threatening to set off a banking crisis that could transmit transatlantic across the collateral interconnect and derivative daisy chain.
Even the U.S. Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute has called for readiness on the part of the U.S. military for a “violent, strategic dislocation inside the United States” incited by “unforeseen economic collapse.” The Institute’s report has talked about a “loss of functioning political and legal order” and a “rapid dissolution of public order in all or significant parts of the U.S.” in the aftermath of such an economic collapse. The study spoke of“purposeful domestic resistance” and considered the possibility that “widespread civil violence would force the defense establishment to reorient priorities, in extremis, to defend basic domestic order.”
In 2014, we also wrote:
September 2008 was the front-end of a Category 5 hurricane. The blue sky of the eye of the hurricane followed, an eye distended by global central bank intervention designed to band-aid bank balance sheets in tatters and lift banker bonuses in freefall.
As for the root cause of that banking crisis — that being accounting & securities fraud, committed by bankers at the uppermost echelons of the systemic banks — none of that was fixed. Instead, it got swept under the rug, and was left to fester. And fester, it has, for years, to where the infestation will again strike in 2018, except with exponentially more consequential force.
All powerful hurricanes have a back-end to them, and the back-end tends to be far more destructive than the front-end. And, by all our measures, there’s much more to the wrath of the coming storm, than the one that passed.
At the outset, we said the statue of Lady Justice wears a blindfold over her eyes, carries a balanced scale in one hand, and bears a sword in the other. While the administration of justice is not the business of law enforcement but the domain of the judiciary, law enforcement is still an appendage of the justice system. So, perhaps, we can apply an analogy to the appendage. A law enforcement official has a sword in the form of his or her service weapon. A law enforcement official has a scale in the form of his or her evaluation of the veracity of statements by witnesses to an alleged or purported crime. THE BLINDFOLD MUST BE A BODY CAMERA.
All law enforcement officers should be required to have one on, recording, whenever in public, because it protects good cops from civilians who break the law and then claim police brutality, and because it protects civilians who conduct themselves peacefully, and lawfully, from rogue cops who cross the line.
We see escalating social unrest up ahead. We see tremendous turbulence in 2018 through 2020. The police must gear-up for that encounter to keep it both peaceful and lawful.
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