Private Dicks

Is there a rise in the number of deaths at the hands of police, especially of unarmed “suspects”? I’m using this last term loosely since in a few cases there doesn’t even seem to be have been probable cause for stop and search. We don’t know the answer because reporting has historically been so bad that there is no way to confirm it one way or the other. It is quite possible that this is what has been going on forever and we just didn’t know because of a horrible mainstream media and the assumption on the parts of many that a cop’s word is better than an alleged criminal’s.

But it does at least seem, feel, appear as though there is a rise? Yes. Why? It’s now getting a lot of press coverage.

Jeb Bush, when ambushed by Black Lives Matter protestors yesterday, said that “People don’t trust some institutions that they ought to be able to.” He was, at least in part, referring to police.

What then, is the neoconservative and neoliberal answer to this problem? It’s the one I’ve been suggesting–even though originally I only did so as thought experiment, back when drafting The Wisp–for years. Privatization.

Blackwater’s original plan was to begin by providing police departments with shooting ranges. There, they hoped to expand to providing other services and to essentially infiltrate police departments on the march toward stealing even more tax dollars. Erik Prince’s partner and co-founder left the company because he said Prince was more concerned with profits than service.

Another mercenary corporation offered to provide armed guards at polling places for the state of Oregon during the 2010 midterms, which grew out of the FOX News and radical RW propaganda regarding people voting repeatedly. * What they didn’t know and were embarrassed by, Oregon does all of it’s voting without polling places online and with absentee ballots.

The privatization of NASA and the Post Office is old news. Approximately 70% of the intelligence community is private. Our communications, which wind up on NSA’s servers anyway, all privately owned and controlled.

What is the through-line here? Like the war in Vietnam, this has become a huge cash cow for Congress, people in the Executive branch, people at CIA via In-Q-Tel, etc. They are constantly looking for new “markets” and are determined to create them even if they don’t already exist. ** Controlling the narrative is how you get groups to react, to move in one direction or another, in order to serve your needs. We think something is true so we fight to fix it.

But we don’t actually control the fix. Congress does. The White House does. Wall Street and lobbyists do. Generals and spies, attorneys and top cops do.

And that is why, even though we clearly need more accountability and better training–most likely a lot of this can be traced back to cheap labor, ie, cops don’t make enough so we get bad actors instead of professionals–we will instead wind up with the “charter school” solution to law enforcement. Corporate control of the government is fascism. Start calling it what it is. We pretend the low pay is because of austerity when clearly, when CEOs make 3,000 times what their employees do, there’s something else wrong.

If you want to know just one of many reasons why this would be a bad thing, may I suggest reading as much as you can about the Nisour Square Massacre? Then remember that we got all airports ready for drones and that some presidential candidates are leaving the door open for more torture.

This privatization is what is going to happen no matter who gets elected in all likelihood. Hillary’s biggest donors so far are private prison companies. Clinton supporter Wesley Clark has called for prison camps to detain Americans indefinitely. These things are not coincidence.

You’ll read that some union bosses have thrown in behind Clinton as well. This should come as no surprise. FBI’s primary purpose has been and continues to be to disrupt organized labor and hand the reins over to powerful people, such as Senators, all the while appearing to be “cleaning up” crime.

You can also read her public opposition to the TPP, which Obama has been trying to ramrod through Congress. Then you can read her private emails as they become available, where, as Secretary of State, she tried to sell it.

This place is a cesspool that Scarface could only have dreamed of. Just look at Holder, and I think it all becomes clear.

The Republicans consistently come to the Democrats’ rescue and vice versa. The attacks on reproductive rights, which are safe no matter who gets elected, will drive people to HRC even though on damn near every other issue these two parties agree. It’s one that they can play, push our buttons, in order to pretend there is some significant difference. There isn’t if you look at what they actually do as opposed to what they say and how they say it. These two parties define themselves in two ways. First, not being the other party. Secondly, handing anything and everything over to oligarchs and multinationals.

1996, 2000, 2004, and 2008, I fell for it too. I voted for Democrats because, “What if the Republicans get in?”

Things will never change if we don’t stop voting for these competing criminal cabals whose only real difference is which organization gets the most loot. We have to start somewhere, some time. 2016 is as good as any {I started in 2012}.

In so far as voting matters at all, that is.

* Even though the actual evidence is that there have been multiple cases of voter fraud performed electronically by the corporations hired by the states, especially swing state Ohio.

** This is a large part of the back story to my autobiographical Wicked Game draft book. They wanted to remove a witness to illegal domestic black op programs, yes, but they wanted to do so in a way that would provide them with additional opportunities for government contracts, ie, painting LGBTQetc as more prone to violence, terrorism, crime. Since I know this to be true–I lived through it–there is no reason to think they aren’t doing similar with other minority groups, other situations.


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