A reblog from 12-24-13:
I just finished an article that states a person is 29 times more likely to be killed by the police than by a terrorist, it goes on to state that since 9/11 5000 people have been killed-more than the number of soldiers who have been killed in Iraq (4485). In the 1980’s there were 3000 swat raids in the U.S.- in 2012 the number had reached in excess of 50,000 with the DOJ reporting that 500 innocent people are shot and killed yearly in this country by authorities.
Shocking and sobering statistics to say the least, and certainly food for thought.
Of course there are valid reasons for calling out the swat team that aren’t mentioned-but there are none for the murder of innocents….not by the police, the military, or the American Indian Movement.
Snowden in this latest interview says “mission accomplished” as the information he leaked has changed the dynamics of public awareness and brought pressure to bear on an overreaching government agency, I couldn’t agree more.
Paul Revere is noted for his “midnight ride” warning that the British were coming- the British, who at that time sought to enslave and trample the rights of a people-in a way it can be said that Snowden warned of a similar threat, a threat I believe history will further clarify.
It’s become a pathetic game of dodge ball with both political parties attempting to affix blame to either the former Bush administration that instituted the various NSA programs or the current Obama administration that has perpetuated and ramped them up.
Partisans shouldn’t be so gullible, so aiding and abetting, as the blame belongs both to Bush and to Obama-apparently a bitter pill to swallow for either side-yet the cold hard reality of it.
Obama has said he will “consider” recommendations that would rein in such activities- probably little more than what was politically advantageous to speak at the moment-he also said as a part of the mea culpa that as president he “welcomed” the opportunity for “discussion” Snowden’s actions has created…sure he does.
And while Obama is considering whether the nation is a society of free people with an intact Constitutional right of privacy where neither the British or Big Brother are coming he might also consider making such deliberations of the open and “transparent” nature he has promised for years and failed to deliver.
Obama isn’t Opie of Mayberry, a small town boy grounded in the ethics of his community, he’s a politician holding the highest elective office in the country playing the same game his predecessor has- and the buck stops with whoever sits on the throne just as another president, Harry S. Truman said.
That or the next president can point to Bush and Obama to cover the multitude of sins they undoubtedly will commit.
LAW and ORDER- a premise I believe most would agree with as an essential element of stable communities, there is even a television show by that name.
IF this is to be a nation of law and order then the law must be just, equitable, and applied in an orderly and evenhanded manner with none being exempt or privileged-it must be a servant rather than a tyrant- an obvious and simple truth.
When an elected official does something right those who voted for them rejoice and revel in what they consider to be their own personal sagacity, their keen insight in having cast their ballot in such a way- but when the opposite is true the norm is to proffer inane defenses and excuses for fear of having their choice, their vote seen as being questionable.
They are “for” someone- a cult of personality come hell or high water-better I think to be for something than someone, and in doing so adhere to the principle.
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