Land Of The Free? 1 In 3 Americans Are On File With The FBI In The US Police State

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

The sickening transformation of these United States into an authoritarian police state with an incarceration rate that would make Joseph Stalin blush, has been a key theme of my writing since well before the launch of Liberty Blitzkrieg. One of the posts that shocked and disturbed readers most, was published a little over a year ago titled: American Police Make an Arrest Every 2 Seconds in 2012. In the event you never read it, I suggest taking a look before tackling the rest of this piece.

Fast forward to fall 2014, and the Wall Street Journal has a powerful article about how children in schools systems across the U.S. are being arrested or turned over to police custody for doing things that children have always done since the beginning of time. Things such as wearing too much perfume, sharing a classmates’ chicken nuggets, throwing an eraser or chewing gum.

As a result of our insane societal obsession with authority and disproportionate punishment, the WSJ reports that “nearly one out of every three American adults are on file in the FBI’s master criminal database.” 

USA! USA!

From the Wall Street Journal:

A generation ago, schoolchildren caught fighting in the corridors, sassing a teacher or skipping class might have ended up in detention. Today, there’s a good chance they will end up in police custody.

 

In Texas, a student got a misdemeanor ticket for wearing too much perfume. In Wisconsin, a teen was charged with theft after sharing the chicken nuggets from a classmate’s meal—the classmate was on lunch assistance and sharing it meant the teen had violated the law, authorities said. In Florida, a student conducted a science experiment before the authorization of her teacher; when it went awry she received a felony weapons charge.

 

Over the past 20 years, prompted by changing police tactics and a zero-tolerance attitude toward small crimes, authorities have made more than a quarter of a billion arrests, the Federal Bureau of Investigation estimates. Nearly one out of every three American adults are on file in the FBI’s master criminal database.

Did you catch that too? “Zero-tolerance attitude toward small crimes.” Indeed, the big criminals go to Wall Street, crash the economy and then receive trillions in taxpayer bailouts. Or they get a top job in the Obama Administration, such as Jedi-master of cronyism, Tim Geithner, being chosen as Treasury Secretary.

Back to the WSJ…

At school, talking back or disrupting class can be called disorderly conduct, and a fight can lead to assault and battery charges, said Judith Browne Dianis, executive director of the Advancement Project, a national civil-rights group examining discipline procedures around the country. 

If these rules were in place in my day, I would have been arrested about 150 times.

“We’re not talking about criminal behavior,” said Texas State Sen. John Whitmire, the Democratic chair of the senate’s Criminal Justice Committee, who helped pass a new law last year that limits how police officers can ticket students. “I’m talking about school disciplinary issues, throwing an eraser, chewing gum, too much perfume, unbelievable violations” that were resulting in misdemeanor charges.

 

According to the U.S. Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights, 260,000 students were reported, or “referred” in the official language, to law enforcement by schools in 2012, the most-recent available data.

 

The number of school police officers rose 55% to about 19,000 in the 10 years to 2007, the last year for which numbers were available, according to a 2013 study from the Congressional Research Service.

 

The schools crackdown has had its intended effect. Victims’ surveys compiled by the Education Department show that there is a lower rate of violent crime committed in schools, falling to 52 incidents per 100,000 students in 2012 from 181 incidents per 100,000 in 1992.Supporters say that alone proves the worth of aggressive policing.

Well yeah, and pigs in a pen are easily controlled too, but are these the types of children we want to raise?

And what about the downside, such as:

Brushes with the criminal justice system go hand in hand with other negative factors. A study last year of Chicago public schools by a University of Texas and a Harvard researcher found the high-school graduation rate for children with arrest records was 26%, compared with 64% for those without. The study estimated about one-quarter of the juveniles arrested in Chicago annually were arrested in school.

 

A science experiment that went awry turned into a 17-month battle for Kiera Wilmot and her mother as they tried to clear the honor student’s arrest record. According to the police report, she was on school grounds outside the classroom trying out an experiment that hadn’t been authorized by her teacher. Ms. Wilmot, now 18, said she put a piece of aluminum inside a bottle with two ounces of toilet cleaner to see what would happen. The teen’s mother said she was trying to simulate a volcanic eruption.

 

“It popped,” blowing the top off the bottle, she said. She was handcuffed by the school-resource office, escorted out of the Bartow, Fla., school and taken to a juvenile facility where she was charged with possessing or discharging firearms or weapons at school and making, throwing, possessing, projecting, placing or discharging a destructive device.

Think about what sorts of lessons we are teaching talented students about experimenting and being creative. A modern Benjamin Franklin would most likely be rotting away in solitary right now.

So as we militarize the police, we police the schools. See the direction this is all headed in?

Keep chanting muppets.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
observer007's picture

Your PRIVATE Reuters Newsticker for free:

http://tersee.com/#!q=reuters&t=text

economics9698's picture

1.  Increase welfare benifits 4x, 1965.  No fathers in home.
2.  War on drugs.  1971.

Worked pretty darn well, we are the USSR x4.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P08B_lBUL0E

12ToothAssassin's picture

Wonder if I can file a FOIA for all the files the FBI has on me?

ZerOhead's picture

That's probably just as well... if you submit a FOIA request on yourself it likely triggers an immediate FBI investigation...

12ToothAssassin's picture

Check that, found the real process:

 

Privacy Act Request

The Privacy Act allows U.S. citizens and lawfully admitted aliens to request information on themselves or another living person.

If you are requesting information about yourself, you must use one of the following options:

Option 1: Use the U.S. Department of Justice Certification of Identity Form DOJ-361. You may submit an attachment listing additional information that may aid in locating responsive records. Please place your name and contact information on the attachment.

Option 2: Following the instructions in U.S. Department of Justice Certification of Identity Form DOJ-361, submit a letter to the FBI, sign your request, and have it notarized or state, “Under penalty of perjury, I hereby declare that I am the person named above and I understand that any falsification of this statement is punishable under the provisions of Title 18, United States Code (U.S.C.), Section 1001 by a fine of not more than $10,000 or by imprisonment of not more than five years, or both; and that requesting or obtaining any record(s) under false pretenses is punishable under the provisions of Title 5, U. S. C., Section 552a(i)(3) as a misdemeanor and by a fine of not more than $5,000.”  

Mail, fax, or e-mail this letter to the following:

Federal Bureau of Investigation
Attn: FOI/PA Request
Record/Information Dissemination Section
170 Marcel Drive
Winchester, VA 22602-4843
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997
E-mail (scanned copy): foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov

For more information:

Identification Record Request

Frank N. Beans's picture

nice work, but I wonder how much will be redacted.

bunzbunzbunz's picture

Depends on what they know about you.

Liberal's picture

As a staunch liberal, I just want you all to know that this sort of thing is ALL OKAY just as long as Obama's in the White House and you have nothing to hide.  This is for your own good, people.  This is for your own good.

Save_America1st's picture

and 9 out of 10 ZH'ers have a file as well.

So, FUCK YOU, FBI!!! ;-)

It had to be said...

Rememberweimar's picture

The FBI ARE the master criminals...

johngaltfla's picture

I know I'm in that file. Oh, by the way: FUCK YOU FBI and DHS!

Bangalore Equity Trader's picture

Listen Select Zero's.

Chumbawamba is a "KNOWN" Mossad agent.

And quite often he leaves confusing comments. Don't pay attention to him!

zerozulu's picture

This is the path people have chosen for themself. can't complain.

Socratic Dog's picture

I didn't fucking choose it!  I'm complaining.

I guess that's the difference between democracy and a constitutional republic.  In our democracy, it got chosen for me.

Fuck off police state and FBI.  Fuck off democracy.  Give me back my constitutional republic.

Richard Chesler's picture

Land of the fleeced, home of the slave.

Thank you Obongo!

 

12ToothAssassin's picture

When that 400lb fat fuck was sucking me off while gurgling verses from the Protocols of the Elders of Zion I knew something was wrong!

BigJim's picture

 Listen Select Zero's.

Chumbawamba is a "KNOWN" Mossad agent.

And quite often he leaves confusing comments. Don't pay attention

JFC, why are you such a doofus?

McMolotov's picture

This is proof that J. Edgar Hoover's ghost still runs the joint. On quiet nights, you can probably hear his high heels clicking down the hallways.

pavman's picture

Thought that title was exclusively reserved for Goldman Sachs.

ZerOhead's picture

Wow... 5 years in jail for putting false information on a mere request for information...

Could you imagine what the penalties must be like for those in the financial industry who commited hundreds of billions in mortgage application fraud and robosignings?

( I'll bet those guys are laughing on a beach somewhere... )

shovelhead's picture

About the same time you would get for that ripped copy of 'The Patriot,' with the FBI warning on it, sitting on your DVD shelf.

Why are there no FBI warnings on bags of potato chips?

Steal billions, life at the beach.

Copy a movie, 5 in the slammer.

Ness.'s picture

Can you imagine the fury the FBI would bring upon a US citizen if they knowingly sold weapons to known Mexican drug cartels?  Holy shit.  But what if those same weapons were used to kill US customs agents!!?!?!?!?

I can't go on.  I must be craaazy, right?  No one would do something so heinous.  

 

juangrande's picture

Man,  that is nothing compared to the decades old link between cartels and certain shadowy aspects of our government! In fact, it's a fine line between the two....

sun tzu's picture

The FBI are a bunch of corrupt shitheads no different from the Gestapo or KGB. They exist to protect TPTB, not you and I.

XitSam's picture

It would be a darn shame if Jon Corzine, or some other upstanding citizen, made a false request.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Well said e

Speaking of which this guy foretold our future in 1983 and it's everything the "Great Society" that L.B.J. ushered in that has metastasized ever since.

Just a footnote.  I saw this as a freshman in college and as soon as the words ex-KGB was uttered on his profile I completely shut down.

What a naive fool I was then.  And unfortunately for the ones that are still "wrapped in a flag"?... How can anybody be this fucking stupid after what has happened to us in the past 13 years alone?!!!  They deserve Ebola or being cremated by the biggest SS18 the Russians have if we start the next one -which we most assuredly will!

 

metastar's picture

I knew in college back in 1984 that we (and our descendants) were part of the "pay for it all" generation, but I never imagined it would be this insane.

Bangalore Equity Trader's picture

Listen Rates.

When you butcher the "SPIRIT" of the constitution, you butcher the "SPIRIT" of the people whom you seek to inspire.

angel_of_joy's picture

True, but other than that the country looks just peachy...

http://kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/omenland/

 

Save_America1st's picture

dude, that Reuter's link if just a bunch of garbage...who wants to look at that???  Half of the crap on it is constantly repeated over and over again. 

Let it go man...it's just not cool. ;-)

CASTBOUND's picture

my neighbor's half-sister makes $71 hourly on the laptop . She has been fired from work for 9 months but last month her paycheck was $17975 just working on the laptop for a few hours. look at this site... www.job-reports.com

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

paranoia?...

Be proud son if you are on that list, it simply means you did something positive in defending the Republic for a change.  If you're not on the list it means you didn't try hard enough!  That's pride talking!!!

I have a welcome mat at my door for these cocksuckers when it comes time for "inventory check"...

Sure hope they enjoy their gift!

blindman's picture

any body that needs to make a list of 100 million
people or more that threaten their "existence",
way of life or whatever it is they fear losing,
is extremely paranoid. the fbi appears to be paranoid.
i guess that is their job? so , they should get to
work and complete the list by including the remaining
2/3 rds of the population, then their work will be
complete and true to their cause, supreme paranoia.
it works best when everyone dances to the same tune.
so we all dance .......

blindman's picture

paranoia is like bacteria
it replicates via binary fission.
.
the strategy of bacteria.
look out. we have not evolved
passed it.
perhaps we actually have evolved
passed it but then, for political
purposes, devolved back to it?
the parasites have more complex
strategies.

blindman's picture

and this too. if they did their job in the
first place and controlled the damned financial
criminals, they could have saved themselves the
trouble of being the morons listing everyone
in the country as a suspected terrorist or
whatever disparaging classification into which they lump
the population of mirror fogging people. (taxpaying
victims)

blindman's picture

yes, paranoia. it is multiplying, like
bacteria, through a process akin to binary fusion.
ideas are like that.

blindman's picture

Microbiology - Bacteria Growth, Reproduction, Classification
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Lh-M-rX86Q
.
Dean Friedman - Ariel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGFW9jCFml4

blindman's picture

finally,
How Bacteria Cause Disease
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNaAisFiPdU
.
what they always miss is that there are
more bacteria in and on the human body than
cells that compose the body.
they never talk about the beneficial and
essential bacteria, the ones that give
life to human life.
so it goes ....

Dakota Kid's picture

Is Obola on the top of the list? ....

Oops, I forgot, he is not an American, he's a Kenyan.

Zirpedge's picture

I for one am releived in knowing that the FBI is keeping files on all manner of foreign and DOMESTIC extremist and malcontent. Keep fighting the good fight boys, we are going to win the war on terror and renew the American dream of global conquest. All these stories of kids being charged as criminals is because kids are criminals. Knowing everything we know about 9/11, how could a parent in their right mind let their child build and active volcano with baking soda and vinegar?

ebworthen's picture

Some people's sarcasm detectors are off I think.

And how could a Parent let their Child whittle a stick with a sharp knife of death, or sharpen Popsicle sticks on the pavement (it's a shiv!), or learn how to cook their own meals (they might get salmonella!).

Zirpedge's picture

EB, 

Don't sweat the negative nellies. They likely missed todays market rally and are venting frustration.

RE: sharpened sticks, children learn these behaviors at home and further surveilance of the parentals is for the greater good.

Socratic Dog's picture

You're sounding a little subversive there Zirp.  Whatever happened to your "if the messiah did it it must be good" view of the kenyan?  You might get yourself into a bit of trouble over on the Huffington Post if this continues.

BeanusCountus's picture

Too funny. Loved the "because they are criminals". Not sure what everyone was doing in your day, but that "experiment" in my day was water, drano crystals and aluminum foil in a sealed container. Unbelievable force generated by the chem reaction, exploded the sealed container if it was anything less than fortified aluminum. And here is the kicker: they tought us that in..... Science Class! Strange, but none of my classmates went on to join Al Quaida. We were all too busy just growing up.

Parrotile's picture

80% of my current lifespan ago, I "discovered" the interesting qualities of Sodium Chlorate (available over the counter from ALL Hardware Stores / Garden Centres - even off the shelf in Tesco!). Mix with granular sugar - and you have a very explosive cocktail. Mix with icing sugar (greater specific surface) and you've got a real explosive.

"Everyone" doing A-Level chemistry knew this, (as did a lot of the non-A-level stream). Sodium chlorate, Sodium nitrite (Saltpetre), Potassium permanganate ("Condy's Crystals") - all potent oxidisers, all available with ZERO (0) restriction on sales.

Grandfather used to buy 56lb (= approx. 25kg) SACKS of Ammonium Nitrate "for the garden". Fortuately for me I had a "sheltered" rural upbringing, so the likes of ANFO were not in my lexicon. Fortunately - since the farm next door had a lot of diesel in drums (leaky drums too), and with my penchant for "things that went bang" I'd probably be reading ZH from the Afterlife!

Fast forward to nowadays? I'd be doing "life" without parole in Parkhurst (or maybe in Rampton or Broadmoor)