What else is there for a genuine, honest to God-Fearin', Warfare State? Once you've militarized your economy, militarized your foreign policy, militarized your society with M-16s under every other bed, why would you not militarize your law enforcement agencies? What is that beyond a sign of progress toward the evolution of illiberal democracy, nascent oligarchy as prescribed by the ascent of corporatist rule?
Ferguson, Missouri is not an aberration. It's no fluke. That's what they tell you but it's not true. It's a calculated atrocity that lies in wait in any number of hot spots across modern America. There's a reason why America's national security apparatus, in collaboration with the private sector, spies on ordinary citizens, evaluates them via algorithms as either complacent stooges or potential resistors, threats. It's the same reason why the Pentagon gives IED-resistant armoured vehicles and oodles of combat gear to the country's police departments. This is a nation that has lost its moorings; a country that takes to itself the right to execute its own citizens abroad without due process, a state that believes it has an inherent right to imprison and torture individuals permanently without charge or trial. With that in mind, how can anyone get all queasy about cops reprising the role of storm troopers, a 21st century Waffen SS for unruly street corners?
|No, That's Not a Soldier and He's Not in Afghanistan Either.|
We got a glimpse at what we were never supposed to see. The optics were terrible. The mistake must never be repeated - until the next time.
Americans are brought up believing that United States citizenship is a blessing, a precious gift. It is - until the day the state turns on its people, monitors their activities for signs of anything unusual, keeps lists.
Roxane Gay, writing in The Guardian, says that Ferguson has been a demonstration of an "occupation ...in plain sight."
An alderman was arrested. Reporters from the Washington Post and Huffington Post were arrested. An Al Jazeera America news crew was attacked with tear gas and had their equipment dismantled. Nonviolent protestors were confronted by a police department that is, in fact, an armed militia. The crowd stood before armored personnel carriers and men wearing Swat gear. There were snipers, aiming their rifles at unarmed, nonviolent citizens.
According to The New Republic, not all Americans were horrified at the outrages in Ferguson, including some of the residents of nearby, largely white community of Olivette.
|We're Going to Missouri. Some Place Called Ferguson.|