Promised myself that I would do a follow-up to You Are Now Dumber TV™ post that I did here regarding shows related to law enforcement and intelligence as opposed to ghosts and aliens. Having done a little of the research, I can now state that it is almost impossible. Not even years of harassment and torture lite can prepare you for enduring hours and hours of bullshit like that. Apparently there are limits to my masochism. Who knew?
It’s not that I hate or distrust cops automatically as many people I like and agree with on many things do. As far as the real world goes, I think I get it. It’s not always about the guy who felt powerless in high school becoming the bully with the badge. It’s not always about KKK members infiltrating the sheriff’s office.
What it is always about, though, is being a tool of power. Almost all of the time, when there’s a problem, it can be traced to power, at least when the source of the problem is people. And how dumb do you have to be to continue to unquestioningly follow the orders of people who are ripping you off? Do African-Americans have power? What about your average Muslim?
What about cops? A little. But it pales in comparison to what you can accomplish as governor, prosecutor, senator, CEO, president. You’re just one soldier in a massive army.
But what I can is point out what the real world counterparts have been up to as means of comparison.
Jonathan Turley, “Cold Injustice? TNT Star Kelly Siegler Accused of a Pattern Of Prosecutorial Misconduct,” 22 July 2015:
Judge Larry Gist noted that “Of enormous significance was the prosecutor’s testimony at the habeas hearing that apparently favorable evidence did not need to be disclosed if the state did not believe it was true.” Thus, Siegler asserted that she would only reveal evidence if she was convinced that it was not just exculpatory but true — a very dangerous standard that would allow the withholding of a wide array of evidence.
Gist detailed an astonishing 36 instances of unethical conduct by Siegler.
That was just one of her cases.
John Whitehead, “The American Nightmare: The Tyranny of the Criminal Justice System,” 21 July 2015:
As I document in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, we’re operating in a new paradigm where the citizenry are presumed guilty and treated as suspects, our movements tracked, our communications monitored, our property seized and searched, our bodily integrity disregarded, and our inalienable rights to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” rendered insignificant when measured against the government’s priorities.
This kind of thing gets poopoohed by some media. I think this is because Obama is President and you would see the opposite if the other tribe, exactly like that one apart from rhetoric and privatization of Social Security *, were in charge.
Spencer S. Hsu, “FBI admits flaws in hair analysis over decades,” Washington Post, 18 April 2015:
The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000.
You won’t see these kinds of truths represented with any frequency on TV or coming out of Hollywood. Surveillance state spending is too precious to too many powerful criminals to allow questioning abuse of power, unless that can be leveraged towards…
Now for the catch-22. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. All of this is happening in the hopes of privatizating all of it. If you think you’ve got problems with a Grand Dragon behind a badge, just wait until Globochem needs a few “volunteers” for research and also, by the way, provides law enforcement services for your town which the also own most of through that reverse mortgage you had to get in order to eat. The Libertarians are correct that there’s something wrong; they are delusional if they think the problems will get better in a corporatocracy–which is in part what we have now.
* The Democrats will reverse on this issue as well, and I’ll guess within the next eight years.
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