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Truth is in favor of you and me; for the truth of our enemies whom we have been serving here in the U.S.A. for over 400 years (whom we did not know to be our enemies by nature) is the truth that the Black Man must have knowledge of to be able to keep from falling into the deceiving traps that are being laid by our enemies to catch us in their way which is opposed to the way of righteous of whom we are members. ~ The Honorable Elijah Muhammad

Friday, March 28, 2014

Coming Home to Roost: American Militarism, War Culture, and Police Brutality

The Evolution of Domestic Militarism

The militarization of America's police forces has been a gradual process which began as blowback from the cultural revolution of the 1960s. Radley Balko, an investigative journalist for the Huffington Post, has spent much of the past decade following this alarmingly fascistic development. What Matt Taibbi is to the  mortgage banking scandal, and Jeremy Scahill is to US imperialism, Balko is to the militarization of domestic law enforcement agencies. Likening modern police forces to a "standing army," Balko has made compelling arguments – using constitutional law and the 13th amendment, a  well as deploying an historical analysis extending back to old English law – that the mere existence of these forces are unconstitutional.[49]

"We got here by way of a number of political decisions and policies passed over 40 years," explains Balko. "There was never a single law or policy that militarized our police departments - so there was never really a public debate over whether this was a good or bad thing."[50] Over the course of several decades, Balko points to three main developments that have led to this massive domestic militarization:  |Read more @ Black Agenda Report



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