and Gullible Conservatives
By Paul Craig Roberts
September 02, 2014 "ICH"
as this one,
are routine occurrences that happen many times each
day. Gratuitous police violence in America is
totally out of control. Every day police murder 1.4
Americans, and beat, taser, body slam, and break
into the homes of many others. Ferguson made it into
the news, but Americans suffer police violence every
In response to the killing of Michael Brown in
Ferguson, apologists for police brutality concocted
every possible excuse imaginable in order to justify
Brown’s killing. Yet, we know for a fact that
unprovoked police violence is routine and apparently
unavoidable. The willingness of “law and order
conservatives” to give the police the benefit of the
doubt in the face of all evidence to the contrary is
story reported in the above link, a 68-year old
woman and her adopted daughter were attacked in
their home by a goon thug SWAT team that destroyed
their unlocked front door, threw stun grenades into
the home blowing out the windows, ordered the women
to the floor with rifles pointed at their heads,
handcuffed them and paraded them out of the house in
front of neighbors.
What was it
all about? More stupid incompetence and outrageous
behavior by our goon thugs.
wireless internet signal was not protected by a
password, and a neighbor used it to post a silly
message that read as a threat to the Evansville
police. The police followed the IP address to the
women’s home and terrorized them.
police were militarized, detectives would have
arrived at the house with a search warrant to
inspect cell phones and computers for evidence of
the threatening message. None would have been found,
and the detectives would have realized that someone
nearby was operating on the women’s wireless signal.
The search would have been expanded and the matter
resolved without violence.
violence inflicted on the women and their home was
totally unnecessary and totally unjustified.
Luckily, the women did not have a pet dog or it
would have been shot by the goon thugs. The trauma
gratuitously inflicted on the two women is
experienced by Americans many times each day. Our
taxes are used not to protect us but to traumatize
us and to inflict property damage on us. The Federal
Reserve reports that 52% of American households
cannot raise $400 in cash, which is about the cost
of replacing a shattered door and door frame.
the endless wars cooked up in Washington by the
neoconservative warmongers, the police are the
greatest threat that Americans face. The police do
not protect anyone. They get their jollies
murdering, beating, and tasering American citizens.
We would be much safer without the police.
team assault on the women’s home demonstrates that
police lack sufficient judgment and humanity to be
trusted with weapons and authority of any kind. The
police behave in brutally mindless ways for which no
justification exists. Moreover, they seldom tell the
truth about their brutal encounters with the public.
Nevertheless, the “law and order” conservatives can
always be counted on to believe whatever tale the
goon thugs tell and, indeed, to add to the
exculpatory tale themselves.
It has long
been known that power attracts bullies and
psychopaths and that the less accountable power is
the more unrestrained its use will be. Given this
fact, it is impossible to comprehend the stupidity
of government that gave the go ahead to the
militarization of the police. The police are taught
that their lives are so important–exceptional
lives–that no risk whatsoever must be taken with
them, even when confronting elderly women and
consequence of this training is to elevate the role
of violence in police encounters. The police are
trained to ensure that the citizen bears all the
risks of a police confrontation even in instances in
which citizens are incapable of harming the police.
opinion, it was a felony to train police to abuse
their authority and the public. We need to find out
who is responsible and to bring class action suits
seeking restitution against the criminals who
trained the police to become a deadly threat to the
Dr. Paul 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.
Roberts' latest books are
The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic
Dissolution of the West and
How America Was Lost.