Are More Dangerous To The Public Than Are Criminals
By Paul Craig Roberts
16, 2013 "Information
Clearing House -
The goon thug psychopaths
no longer only brutalize minorities--it is open season on all of
the latest victim is a
petite young white mother of two small children.
threat every American faces comes from his/her own government.
At the federal level the threat is a seventh war (Syria) in 12
years, leading on to the eighth and ninth (Iran and Lebanon) and
then on to nuclear war with Russia and China.
The criminal psychopaths in Washington have squandered trillions
of dollars on their wars, killing and dispossessing millions of
Muslims while millions of American citizens have been
dispossessed of their homes and careers. Now the entire social
safety net is on the chopping bloc so that Washington can
finance more wars.
At the state and local level every American faces brutal, armed
psychopaths known as the police. The “law and order”
conservatives and the “compassionate” liberals stand silent
while police psychopaths brutalize children and grandmothers,
murder double amputees in wheel chairs, break into the wrong
homes, murder the family dogs, and terrify the occupants,
pointing their automatic assault weapons in the faces of small
The American police perform no positive function. They pose a
much larger threat to citizens than do the criminals who operate
without a police badge. Americans would be safer if the police
forces were abolished.
The police have been militarized and largely federalized by the
Pentagon and the gestapo Homeland Security. The role of the
federal government in equipping state and local police with
military weapons, including tanks, and training in their use has
essentially removed the police from state and local control. No
matter how brutal any police officer, it is rare that any suffer
more than a few months suspension, usually with full pay, while
a report is concocted that clears them of any wrong doing.
In America today, police murder with impunity. All the
psychopaths have to say is, “I thought his wallet was a gun,” or
“we had to taser the unconscious guy we found lying on the
ground, because he wouldn’t obey our commands to get up.”
There are innumerable cases of 240 pound cop psychopaths beating
a 115 pound woman black and blue. Or handcuffing and carting off
to jail 6 and 7 year old boys for having a dispute on the school
Many Americans take solace in their erroneous belief that this
only happens to minorities who they believe deserve it, but
psychopaths use their unaccountable power against everyone. The
American police are a brutal criminal gang free of civilian
Unaccountable power, which the police have, always attracts
psychopaths. You are lucky if you only get bullies, but mainly
police forces attract people who enjoy hurting people and
tyrannizing them. To inflict harm on the public is why
psychopaths join police forces.
Calling the police is a risky thing to do. Often it is the
person who calls for help or some innocent person who ends up
brutalized or murdered by the police. For example, on September
15 CNN reported a case of a young man who wrecked his car and
went to a nearby house for help. The woman, made paranoid by the
“war on crime,” imagined that she was in danger and called
police. When the police arrived, the young man ran up to them,
and the police shot him dead.
People who say the solution is better police training are
unaware of how the police are trained. Police are trained to
perceive the public as the enemy and to use maximum force. I
have watched local police forces train. Two or three dozen
officers will simultaneously empty their high-capacity magazines
at the same target, a minimum of 300 bullets fired at one
target. The purpose is to completely destroy whatever is on the
receiving end of police fire.
US prosecutors seem to be the equal to police in terms of the
psychopaths in their ranks. The United States, “the light unto
the world,” not only has the highest percentage of its
population in prison of every other country in the world, but
also has the largest absolute number of people in prison. The US
prison population is much larger in absolute numbers that the
prison populations of China and India, countries with four times
the US population.
Just try to find a prosecutor who gives a hoot about the
innocence or guilt of the accused who is in his clutches. All
the prosecutor cares about is his conviction rate. The higher
his conviction rate, the greater his success even if every
person convicted is innocent. The higher his conviction rate,
the more likely he can run for public office.
Many prosecutors, such as Rudy Giuliani, target well known
people so that they can gain name recognition via the names of
The American justice (sic) system serves the political ambitions
of prosecutors and the murderous lusts of police psychopaths. It
serves the profit motives of the privatized prisons who need
high occupancy rates for their balance sheets.
But you can bet your life that the American justice (sic) system
does not serve justice.
While writing this article, I googled “police brutality,” and
google delivered 4,100,000 results. If a person googles “police
brutality videos,” he will discover that there are more videos
than could be watched in a lifetime. And these are only those
acts of police brutality that are witnessed and caught on
It would take thousands of pages just to compile the information
The facts seem to support the case that police in the US commit
more crimes and acts of violence against the public than do the
criminals who do not wear badges. According to the FBI crime
in 2010 there were 1,246,248 violent crimes committed by people
without police badges. Keep in mind that the definition of
violent crime can be an expansive definition. For example,
simply to push someone is considered assault. If two people come
to blows in an argument, both have committed assault. However,
even with this expansive definition of violent crimes, police
assaults are both more numerous and more dangerous, as it is
usually a half dozen overweight goon thugs beating and tasering
Reports of police brutality are commonplace, but hardly anything
is ever done about them. For example, on September 10,
AlterNet reported that
Houston, Texas, police routinely beat and murder local citizens.
The threat posed to the public by police psychopaths is growing
rapidly. Last July 19 the Wall Street Journal reported: “Driven
by martial rhetoric and the availability of military-style
equipment--from bayonets and M-16 rifles to armored personnel
carriers--American police forces have often adopted a mind-set
previously reserved for the battlefield. The war on drugs and,
more recently, post-9/11 antiterrorism efforts have created a
new figure on the US scene: the warrior cop--armed to the teeth,
ready to deal harshly with targeted wrongdoers, and a growing
threat to familiar American liberties.”
The Wall Street Journal, being an establishment newspaper, has
to put it as nicely as possible. The bald fact is that today’s
cop in body armor with assault weapons, grenades, and tanks is
not there to make arrests of suspected criminals. He is there in
anticipation of protests to beat down the public for exercising
To suppress public protests is also the purpose of the
Department of Homeland Security Police, a federal para-military
police force that is a new development for the United States. No
one in their right mind could possibly think that the vast
militarized police have been created because of “the terrorist
threat.” Terrorists are so rare that the FBI has to round up
demented people and talk them into a plot so that the “terrorist
threat” can be kept alive in the public’s mind.
The American public is too brainwashed to be able to defend
itself. Consider the factthat cops seldom face any consequence
when they murder citizens. We never hear cops called “citizen
killer.” But if a citizen kills some overbearing cop bully, the
media go ballistic: “Cop killer, cop killer.” The screaming
doesn’t stop until the cop killer is executed.
As long as a brainwashed public continues to accept that cop
lives are more precious than their own, citizens will continue
to be brutalized and murdered by police psychopaths.
I can remember when the police were different. If there was a
fight, the police broke it up. If it was a case of people coming
to blows over a dispute, charges were not filed. If it was a
clear case of assault, unless it was brutal or done with use of
a weapon, the police usually left it up to the victim to file
When I lived in England, the police walked their beats armed
only with their billysticks.
When and why did it all go wrong? Among the collection of
probable causes are the growth or urban populations, the
onslaught of heavy immigration on formerly stable and
predictable neighborhoods, the war on drugs, and management
consultants called in to improve efficiency who focused police
on quantitative results, such as the number of arrests, and away
from such traditional goals as keeping the peace and
investigating reported crimes.
Each step of the way accountability was removed in order to more
easily apprehend criminals and drug dealers. The “war on terror”
was another step, resulting in the militarization of the police.
The replacement of jury trials with plea bargains meant that
police investigations ceased to be tested in court or even to
support the plea, usually a fictitious crime reached by
negotiation in order to obtain a guilty plea. Police learned
that all prosecutors needed was a charge and that little
depended on police investigations. Police work became sloppy. It
was easier simply to pick up a suspect who had a record of
having committed a similar crime.
As justice receded as the goal, the quality of people drawn into
police work changed. Idealistic people found that their
motivations were not compatible with the process, while bullies
and psychopaths were attracted by largely unaccountable power.
Much of the blame can be attributed to “law and order”
conservatives. Years ago when New York liberals began to observe
the growing high-handed behavior of police, they called for
civilian police review boards. Conservatives, such as National
Review’s William F. Buckley, went berserk, claiming that any
oversight over the police would hamstring the police and cause
crime to explode.
The conservatives could see no threat in the police, only in an
effort to hold police accountable. As far as I can tell, this is
still the mindset.
What we observed in the police response to the Boston Marathon
bombing suggests that the situation is irretrievable. One of the
country’s largest cities and its suburbs--100 square miles--was
tightly locked down with no one permitted to leave their homes,
while 10,000 heavily armed police, essentially combat soldiers
armed with tanks, forced their way into people’s homes, ordering
them out at gunpoint. The excuse given for this unprecedented
gestapo police action was a search for one wounded 19-year old
That such a completely unnecessary and unconstitutional event
could occur in Boston without the responsible officials being
removed from office indicates that “the land of the free” no
longer exists. The American population of the past, suspicious
of government and jealous of its liberty, has been replaced by a
brainwashed and fearful people, who are increasingly referred to
as “the sheeple.”
Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for
Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal.
He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service,
and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments.
His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. His
The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution
of the West is now available.
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