Sunday, February 1, 2009

Our government's War on Dogs

Nope. That's not a misprint. The Post today covers an incident of police incompetance, ineffectiveness, and lies in todays Magazine. It's just one example. The overuse of paramilitary forces occurs regularly in the US and our own neighborhoods - 16 botched raids in VA, 8 in MD, and 2 in DC.

In this case, the government lied about having a no-knock warrant.

They lied about having any warrant at all.

They lied about killing the beloved pets that were running away from them. One of the two dead dogs was shot in the back.

According to the report "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids in America," US police squads do this all the time, to people who are less photogenic, less rich, and less connected than the Mayor of Berwyn Heights. See how many raids went wrong in your neighborhood on this interactive map.

In addition learning how to use their weapoons of destruction, officers of the law must also learn when to use them. Yes, drug dealers are bad. They are domestic terrorists. And while we stand for liberty against terrorists, white and non-white, domestic and foreign, the founding fathers knew full well some bad people might elude the law. In a famous exchange by Sir Thomas More:

More: And go he should, if he were the Devil himself, until he broke the law!
Roper: So, now you give the Devil the benefit of law!
More: Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?
Roper: Yes, I'd cut down every law in England to do that!
More: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned 'round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat?
This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man's laws, not God's! And if you cut them down (and you're just the man to do it!), do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then?
Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake!

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