Private Police: Mercenaries For The American Police State

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by John Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute,

Corporate America is using police forces as their mercenaries.”—Ray Lewis, Retired Philadelphia Police Captain

It’s one thing to know and exercise your rights when a police officer pulls you over, but what rights do you have when a private cop—entrusted with all of the powers of a government cop but not held to the same legal standards—pulls you over and subjects you to a stop-and-frisk or, worse, causes you to “disappear” into a Gitmo-esque detention center not unlike the one employed by Chicago police at Homan Square?

For that matter, how do you even begin to know who you’re dealing with, given that these private cops often wear police uniforms, carry police-grade weapons, and perform many of the same duties as public cops, including carrying out SWAT team raids, issuing tickets and firing their weapons.

This is the growing dilemma we now face as private police officers outnumber public officers (more than two to one), and the corporate elite transforms the face of policing in America into a privatized affair that operates beyond the reach of the Fourth Amendment.

Mind you, it’s not as if we had many rights to speak of, anyhow.

Owing to the general complacency of the courts and legislatures, the Fourth Amendment has already been so watered down, battered and bruised as to provide little practical protection against police abuses. Indeed, as I make clear in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, we’re already operating in a police state in which police have carte blanche authority to probe, poke, pinch, taser, search, seize, strip and generally manhandle anyone they see fit in almost any circumstance. Expanding on these police powers, the U.S. Supreme Court recently gave law enforcement officials tacit approval to collect DNA from any person, at any time.

However, whatever scant protection the weakened Fourth Amendment provides us dissipates in the face of privatized police, who are paid by corporations working in partnership with the government. Talk about a diabolical end run around the Constitution.

We’ve been so busy worrying about militarized police, police who shoot citizens first and ask questions later, police who shoot unarmed people, etc., that we failed to take notice of the corporate army that was being assembled under our very noses. Looks like we’ve been outfoxed, outmaneuvered and we’re about to be out of luck.

Indeed, if militarized police have become the government’s standing army, privatized police are its private army—guns for hire, if you will. This phenomenon can be seen from California to New York, and in almost every state in between. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the private security industry is undergoing a boom right now, with most of the growth coming about due to private police doing the jobs once held by public police. For instance, Foley, Minnesota, population 2600, replaced its police force with private guards

Technically, a private police force is one that is owned or controlled by a non-governmental body such as a corporation. Those who advocate for privatized services and limited government hail the shift towards private police as a step in the right direction by getting the government out of the business of policing and allow market principles to dictate an officer’s success, i.e., if an officer abuses his authority, he can easily be fired.

Read the fine print, however, and you’ll find that these private police aka guns-for-hire a.k.a. private armies a.k.a. company police officers a.k.a. secret police a.k.a. conservators of the police a.k.a. rent-a-cops don’t exactly remove the government from the equation. Instead, they merely allow them to work behind the scenes, conveniently insulated from any accusations of wrongdoing or demands for transparency. Indeed, most private police officers are either working for private security firms that are contracted by the government or are government workers moonlighting on their time off.

What began as a job detail for wealthy communities and businesses looking to discourage burglaries has snowballed into a lucrative enterprise for private corporations. Today these private police can be found wherever extra security is “needed”: at hospitals, universities, banks, shopping malls, gated communities, you name it.

As historian Heather Ann Thompson notes, “private security firms have come substantially to supplement, if not completely to replace, the publicly-funded public safety presence of troubled inner cities ranging from Oakland, to New Orleans, to small towns in states such Minnesota, to entire neighborhoods—sometimes extremely rich, sometimes desperately poor—in urban centers such as Atlanta and Baltimore.”

For example, in New Orleans, a 50-person private police squad funded by a “voluntary” hotel tax is being charged with enforcing traffic, zoning and other non-emergency laws in the French Quarter.

In Seattle, off-duty Seattle Police officers moonlighting as a private security force patrol wealthy neighborhoods “approximately six nights/days a week for five hours each shift. Officers are in uniform, carry police radios and their police firearms and drive unmarked personal vehicles.”

In California, private mercenaries—many of them ex-U.S. Special Forces, Army Rangers and other combat veterans—equipped with AR-15 rifles use unmarked helicopters to police cannabis farms and cut down private gardens without a warrant.

Yet while these private police firms enjoy the trappings of government agencies—the weaponry, the arrest and shoot authority, even the ability to ticket and frisk— they’re often poorly trained, inadequately screened, poorly regulated and heavily armed. Now if that sounds a lot like public police officers, you wouldn’t be far wrong.

First off, the label of “private” is dubious at best. Mind you, this is a far cry from a privatization of police. These are guns for hire, answerable to corporations who are already in bed with the government. They are extensions of the government without even the pretense of public accountability. One security consultant likened the relationship between public and private police to public healthcare: “It’s basically, the government provides a certain base level. If you want more than that, you pay for it yourself.”

 

The University of Chicago’s police department (UCPD) is a prime example of how private security firms are being entrusted with the legal status of private police forces (which sets them beyond the reach of the rule of law) and the powers of public ones. With a jurisdiction that covers a six-square-mile area and is home to 65,000 individuals, the majority of whom are not students, UCPD is one of the largest private security forces in America.

 

The private police agency, modeled after the tactics of NYPD chief William Bratton, criminalizes nonviolent activities such as loitering, vandalism, smoking marijuana, and ?dancing “reck?l?essly” and punishes minor infractions severely in order to “discourage” violent crime. To this end, the UCPD can search, ticket, arrest, and detain anyone they choose without being required to disclose to the public its reasons for doing so. Not surprisingly, the UCPD has been accused of using racial profiling to target individuals for stop-and-frisks.

 

Second, these private contractors are operating beyond the reach of the law. For example, although private police in Ohio are “authorized by the state to carry handguns, use deadly force and detain, search and arrest people,” they are permitted to keep their arrest and incident reports under wraps. Moreover, the public is not permitted to “check the officers’ background or conduct records, including their use-of-force and discipline histories.” As attorney Fred Gittes remarked, “There is no accountability. They have the greatest power that society can invest in people — the power to use deadly force and make arrests. Yet, the public and public entities have no practical access to information about their behavior, eluding the ability to hold anyone accountable.”

 

So what happens when the government hires out its dirty deeds to contractors who aren’t quite so discriminating about abiding by constitutional safeguards, especially as they relate to searches and heavy-handed tactics? If you think police abuses are worrisome, security expert Bruce Schneier warns that “abuses of power, brutality, and illegal behavior are much more common among private security guards than real police.”

 

As Schneier points out, “Many of the laws that protect us from police abuse do not apply to the private sector. Constitutional safeguards that regulate police conduct, interrogation and evidence collection do not apply to private individuals. Information that is illegal for the government to collect about you can be collected by commercial data brokers, then purchased by the police. We've all seen policemen ‘reading people their rights’ on television cop shows. If you're detained by a private security guard, you don't have nearly as many rights.”

 

Third, more often than not, the same individuals are serving in both capacities, first on the government payroll, then moonlighting for the corporations. Not surprisingly, given the demand for private police, you’ll find that police in most cities work privately while they are off-duty. Some private officers started off as public officers, then made the switch once they saw how lucrative the field could be.

 

This gives rise to another interesting phenomenon, a schism, if you will, between what is permissible in the private sector versus and what is allowed in the public sector, and how it affects those who travel between both worlds. We saw this played out in St. Louis, Missouri, when an off-duty police officer, working a secondary shift for a private security firm, shot and killed a teenager.

 

Fourth, what few realize is that these private police agencies are actually given their police powers by state courts and legislatures, which do not require them to act in accordance with the Constitution’s strictures or be accountable to “we the people.” As legal analyst Timothy Geigner observes, “They're hiding from public scrutiny behind the veil of incorporation, which may rank right up there among the most cynical things a government organization has ever done. It's a move one might find in the corporate republic of some dystopian novel. I say that because it's truly not as though the police departments in question are attempting to claim some kind of exemption within public records law. They're just putting up a stone wall.”

 

It’s not as if we have much in the way of local, publicly accountable police forces now; they all answer to the militarized agencies that provide their equipment and training. These private cops simply swell the government’s ranks and serve as the private arm of the law.

 

In fact, the Department of Justice has been one of the most vocal advocates for the benefits that private security—which has twice the budget and manpower as their government counterparts—can provide in partnership with public police. These so-called “benefits” are outlined in the DOJ’s guidebook entitled “Operation Partnership: Practices and Trends in Law Enforcement and Private Security Collaborations,” which focuses on how both sectors can share cutting-edge technology, information, and personnel resources. Sounds cozy, doesn’t it?

As history shows, we’re not forging a new path with these private police agencies, either. In fact, we’re simply following a model established long ago, not only by Hitler and Mussolini, who relied on private guards to do their bidding, but also by the likes of Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller, who relied on their own private police force, the Pinkertons, who had broad authority to “harass or hurt anyone their employers deemed a threat—be they a worker trying to get a fair wage or a poor person begging near the doorstep of a mansion.”

Nevertheless as historian Heather Ann Thompson points out, “despite countless historical accounts of why private policing of public spaces is a bad idea in a democracy, ordinary Americans have raised little ruckus today when, once again, only those Americans with money are assured access to security and protection.” Thompson continues:

Worse, astonishing faith has been expressed in the much-touted proposition that private police forces, in fact, act in the best interests of the public. Where is the concern, if not the outrage, that there is virtually no regulation when it comes to private policing in America's inner cities? Not only can individuals with little if any training police public spaces, but in various locales they are even authorized to make arrests and wield firearms. What is more, unlike public police, private security officers are not required by law to read a suspect his or her Miranda Rights and, more incredibly, they are allowed to use force, in some circumstances even deadly force, if they deem it necessary to do so.

What we’re finding ourselves faced with is a government of mercenaries, bought and paid for with our tax dollars, all the while claiming to be beyond the reach of the Constitution’s dictates.

When all is said and done, privatization in the American police state amounts to little more than the corporate elite providing cover for government wrong-doing.

Either way, the American citizen loses.

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Manthong's picture

If you can move all of your ammo on a two wheel dolly
you don’t have enough.

NidStyles's picture

The real question should be: "How many of you own a sword like edged weapon, and how many of you are actually fit enough to use one if you need to?"

 

This fight might be long enough to burn out all resources of ammo. In which case, a hand and a half is a great tool for any aspiring survivalist.  Even a gladius would be a worthwhile investment. Getting in shape should have already been a priority.

 

Getting junked by fat bodied idiots I bet.

Overfed's picture

A quality katana or tachi is the way to go.

Skateboarder's picture

Rent-a-thugs.

edit: When will Google Police be real?

Monetas's picture
Monetas (not verified) Skateboarder Mar 5, 2015 11:41 PM

The "Public Thugs" cost too much .... it's all about economics !

Anusocracy's picture

I hope the robocops are more human than the ones we have now.

Skateboarder's picture

They'll let you say last words before shooting?

Manthong's picture

For some people, being in the thick of things is only having to compensate for 50 feet of drop.

El Vaquero's picture

At least in most states, EVERYBODY has arrest powers and if you're in a public space and some private security guard tries to arrest you for some bullshit, you should probably be ready to put a bullet in them.

BLOTTO's picture

I remember that poster from a couple of years back.

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Why is there a Serbian crest?

XitSam's picture

If you're talking about citizen's arrest, you never want to do that. Waaay to easy to make a mistake, and then the guy you're arresting will sue for false arrest, denial of civil rights, etc.

TeethVillage88s's picture

Holy Shit man we have to think this out.

Ignatius's picture

"In Seattle, off-duty Seattle Police officers moonlighting as a private security force patrol wealthy neighborhoods “approximately six nights/days a week for five hours each shift. Officers are in uniform, carry police radios and their police firearms and drive unmarked personal vehicles.”

Where I worked if I used company tools ("...uniform, carry police radios and their police firearms...") I would be fired for theft.

California Nightmares's picture

In the Bay Area all of the Whole Food Markets I frequent now have ARMED GUARDS roaming the stores..

WTF????  Whole Food Fucking Market needs armed guards?

These dudes are all black. Yes, black.

My hunch is that the top managers suppose the general public will cut these guys some slack if they shoot someone.

Afterall, they're black. They don't know no better, poor fuckers.

I do hope Whole Foods gets its ass  sued for millions and millions. Fuck 'em!

NidStyles's picture

Better that they be Black than a Zionist.

TeethVillage88s's picture

dafuq! You don't think they are British Colonial Tools??

newdoobie's picture

What! The departments rent out the cops. (didn't you know) I worked with cops as security guards all the time. My company rents them out from the local police dept. they cost more than a security company but they are better trained. In fact the cost was almost double a private company. (more if you want them to drive a cop car to work)

Alvin Fernald's picture

That is because you don't have a monopoly on violence, theft, coercion and fraud.

Cadavre's picture

Omni Corp - but take heart - Robocop stormed the Bastille-ish bastions with the commons and the public service police and razed Omni Corp down to the ground like a blowup clown blowout.

Think positive - the private guys - they can be turned - and - they are also a readily available supply of high band digital com gear, front line weapons and ammo tanks - field rations  - shit - drones can be commandeered, if push come to shove, and put to use by the commons. That shit is the property of the commons anyway.

Push comes to shove - there be juz too many of us - one of their gestapo does harm to someone in the commons could risk a less than comfortable 187 of every living member of their immediate family.

Ask - If the outcome is for, all practical purposes, assured, then why risk injury or life?  The commons owns the USA, not those so-n-soze employed by the commons gad-flying on CSPAN openingly admitting criminal disregard for the rule of law, and istead seek protect through illegal fiat or edit,s signed by the a-wipes we are told we voted to employ to manage our authorizations and assets (remember: this is our land) in the chief executive officer's role, conspring to enrich themselves and masters by destroying the constitution and extorting those who see the truth and wisdom our founders's pen's wording the terms underlying "rule of law", aka us, the American commons.

America's commons best smarty pants-ed 'rule of law' faithful should see what we're up against. The common's will prevail, by orders, regardless of the path forced upon them, to restore the "rule of law". Why fight if ya know ya who gonna win anywaze. Both the commons and War Exchange Nobilities' survival consultants need to look at prospects. We own this place. We own every building in DC. Every publicly funded project, Every bride road pipe and wire of the infrastructure of thiis country is ours. The guns, rockets, jets, GI's - they're ours - we own or employ or contract our authorizations to maintain the "rule of law".

So if we know we'll kick their ass, why not come up with a plan - a manifest. We'll even abolish the death penalty - but a lot of our political class employees and as well as the dukes and lord and princesses of Hazard that are wiggly shit tendril-ing out of the War Exchange's (aka, top Dynasty - The Queen - our dear King FED) pleasure organ, they gonna have to give it up - fess up - surrender to house arrest and be subjects of a criminal fact finding and possibly having to defend themselves in a court that embraces the "rule" of law.

Simple shit. What do we want - what do they want to avoid. Why burn maim or kill stuff and resources we own or pay for? And, most hopefully prayed for, is that War Exchange's staff of survival skills counselors will help the delusion  plagued self anoints, both blood klan and/or inservice to the War Exchange, understand the loose loose situation confronting all Dynastic  Dominion Heretics - choose to be smushed or choose to return what you've stolen and re-education for a period to determined by a finder of facts per "rule of law". Simple. 

But everything is starting to crash ... thats what happens when drag overtakes lift ... for example ...

Recent revelations published on the Press TV website, the New York Post and Veterans Today have changed history.

The story was simple, two American congressional representatives were allowed to read the Congressional 9/11 Investigation Report, this time including the areas President Bush had ordered removed. Both congressmen clearly state that the redacted pages of the report place full responsibility for the planning and execution of 9/11 on one or more foreign intelligence agencies, not “terrorists.”

Nine eleven was a coup against the constitution. Additional reports released this week make clear some of the reasons Bush lied to the American people, to congress, our military and our allies, “Obama’s Director for National Intelligence, James Clapper, has declassified new documents that reveal how the NSA was first given the green light to start collecting bulk communication data in the hunt for Al-Qaeda terrorists after 9/11. President Barack Obama’s administration has for the first time publicly confirmed ‘the existence of collection activities authorized by President George W. Bush,’ such as bulk amounts of Internet and phone metadata, as part of the ‘Terrorist Surveillance Program’ (TSP). The disclosures are part of Washington's campaign to justify the NSA’s surveillance activities, following massive leaks to the media about the classified programs by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

The real report, called “shocking” by the legislators, who have called for President Obama to declassify the entire report, proves that there was no al-Qaeda involvement, no reason to invade Afghanistan or Iraq and no reason to hunt CIA operative, Colonel Tim Osman, also known as “Osama bin Laden.”

In fact, Ambassador Lee Wanta, a former White House Intelligence Chief and Inspector General of the Department of Defense under Reagan, has cited meetings between key government officials and “bin Laden” that he attended, meetings held in both Los Angeles and Washington DC while the US was supposedly hunting him.

There is a lot more detail in the article -It blames bush and Israel (symbolic - maybe)- not Mossad and not the Saudis not the genocide counter at the War Exchange, unless Israel and Dubby's are symbolic references to the perps collective responsible . We are the responsible party -We let it happen - so did the rest of our brothers and sisters in the commons. It's our fault.

How to right an obligation avoided, a responsibility not attended to, may, just may be a better question.

As for Dubby - he was just a 'last' name. a cnvient idiot, a simple guy - not jaded to anything like greed - just a dumb mislead guy with a "recognizable" name - a front - a puppet - not enough twixt the head sets - he could easily demonstrate incompetence - he is a child - EASY TO CONVINCE SOMETHING WRONG IS, instead, RIGHT. And Israel, if we look at the facts we have - appears to be nothing more than a cheap loss leader to keep the registers ringing in the "Forever War" store -but our brothers in Israel, the Israeli commons, are media-d as a raving sadistic spell bound collective of 'ignorant' dominion heretic conformists, as, sad to say, are many of our brothers and sisters in the American commons.

Allow a suggestion - instead of of actually bleeding the gadfly crowd white shoe prancers on CSPAN and every member of their family and the entire portion of the tree of assets and individuals that resolved to the bagmen that paid em to break ignore the rule of law. that we, commons, instead, attempt to implore those members of the commons outside the arena of our federal public servicet employees, figure out, through convention and dialog with lay members of the commons, to resolve this without gutting rich peoples children.

Think of it in a "Terms of Surrender" posture. We want them out - to surrender and return - and they - hopefully through consultation with the War Exchanges Survival Skill Experts - will figure out that there was no heroics. t'at all, in the way Mussolini had to public service.

Are all Israelis as narrowly competent as the one presented by their public services big cheese employee. Mommy always told `em, "They hate you cause you're better than they are - in fact shit shit head  - you're one of god's fucking chosen people - so shut up - slow down on your fucking masturbation an enjoy being in Israel, the reincarnation of Masada - go drink some sterno and throw stones at Palestinian babies."

Why would someone bait and eat the hate for a load of crap like that - a chimp wouldn't fall for that snake oil - but a lot of our brothers and sisters in the commons have - remove the false logic of fear - their lethal desire to conform - and the widsom of humanity will deliver them back to the world of light and the rule of law.

... err - you guys taking notes ... you DID bring a pencil this time - right?

Four words, "This is our land" - tink a`bout it!

e_goldstein's picture

You should really stop huffing paint.

Cadavre's picture

Picked the wrong day to stop huff'n paint - all I see now is dat poor lil' monkey trying to put the cork back in de fat lady-ess-'s non-stopping explosive chunk chumming asshole  - ya had ta know it'd be so.

pods's picture

Oh FFS, LEO WANTA?

Same LEO WANTA that is trustee of that $27 Trillion booty from the Cold War?

I'll pass on that thanks.

pods

RaceToTheBottom's picture

Words should be conserved....

MilwaukeeMark's picture

@ Cadaver

I celebrated two birthdays and an anniversary while reading your post. The beauty of Mozart was that he required so few notes to create something meaningful. After this I'm ready for Tolstoy's War and Peace.

Cadavre's picture

You still apperar the same young-ish zappy-go-lucky-me-luv-you-long-time fellow you presented as before you suffered the "read". 

Sometimes words  can be so too condensed that the essential information aludes the reader untile the entire context is fully retained in the membrane.Example.  Ya wanna bleed while you read, try to get through one sentenced of an IEEE standdards documenet, like the run time model description for the so called Sharable Content Object Reference Model, aka SCORM. The information is so condensed that one must read the entire 3000 pages of specifications 10 times before one can even begin to understand that sentence in that paragraph. Now that's pain. (ps i only had to read dat shit 8 times) - reduced it down z'nuff (Word DOC) soze a team of engineers could build it.

Point is - sometimes too few words don't present the entire context of their intent.

I was off my game - lazy - sleepy - missed the bus - had a flat tire - didn't have juice to properly edit to the pentameter - maybe lazy - and besides, and also, anyway, at least one third of the post, the paragraphs in italics, are from a article attributed to other sources. 

I'll try to do better in the future. And beisides, again, the speller object is sometimes iffy-ish - maybe it's because I blocked the MIB snoop sites on my router or group policy table or hosts file.

MEAN BUSINESS's picture

Yeah, Cadavre, I was just reading your post and upvoted it. Why I was having that conversation about account holders failing to locate the complaint department here at Zero Hedge just the other day! They don't knOw it's on the eighth floor...

So are you recommending a 'truth and reconciliation' approach? I ask because not facing more radical truths is driving us over the cliff and likely taking all life with us. Thing is it doesn't look like we have much time left. A commission on 9/11 could get the ball rolling? Dreamy ; )

great comments, thanks!

TeethVillage88s's picture

Cadavre started a thread as a man/woman who gets things done.

Take note ZH.

I don't know how to keep this alive. But it should be kept alive.

Government is a terrible human resource manager and it dehumanizes when it is told to prosecute a group or country or class.

True.

Balance is taught through religion, but not so much now through US Christianity.

Think upon this.

Too much regulation, too many young men going to prison, too expensive education, too expensive health care, too much expensive Federal Government seduced by Money and resulting in huge $18 Trillion dollar Federal Deficit.

You want to Bomb Iran? You think the US Federal Budget is unlimited? Don't think Israel wants the USA to go Bankrupt? What do you think will happen if the USA with $18 Trillion Budget Deficit goes to WW III or war with Iran???

Stupid fucks.

Cadavre's picture

So are you recommending a 'truth and reconciliation' approach?

Trying to if "reconciliation" means forefiture of assets and time when found uilty of a crime. 86 capital punishment. Abolish life sentences. Beleive it or not, people can change. There are two fronts, our political class empyees and those of us in the commons that have shed so much self esteme that they really beleive they need to be lead, and fell victim instutionally conditioned xenophobia to more importance on some CSAPAN a-wipe gadfly-ing neo-noble self annoint, who, by law, and given weight by the individual at the center of christianity, is not a "king", but instead, and simply, just an administrave employee of the commons, despite the fact their employment opportunity was rigged by the Diebold selection machine. Condiditioned conformity makes it difficult for some of us to accept uncompfortable truths based on facts, we ain't disavowing it, just avoiding it. With compassion and undertanding and clarity, those of us blinded by fear will eventually ]see the criminality as easily as any salt of the earth American.

Those of us lost in a myth, can, with patience undertanding and love, be brought back into the light.

The Iraq War was not a "war" to defend the constitution, it was a genocide undertaken to enrich money changers. When congress passed the authiorization dor Dubby;s John Hancock, there was a signing sheet attched. Dubby, by lawm had to report, within 24 hours the confirmed location of Iraq's alledged WMD stockpiles. The shame of Colon Bowell in the Sercurity Council lying through his teeth with a fancy smancy AV presentaion, claiming that what were nothing more than Iraqi weather balloon trucks, were, instead WMD gas disbursal transport systems (here and here and here). Bowell also found it neccessary to order the UN SC chamber maintenance to cover a mural by Picasso, the “Guernica”, a depiction of German and Italian Air Forces dive bombing Spain, be covered, hidden during his presentation.  by Italiy and Germany.

Iraq was no war, it was wholesale industrial genocide to enrich the money changers and dispose of evidence.

Recall the incident during the Iran Irag war provoked by the US? Recall the Iraqi MIG that almost sunk a US carrier escort with an exocet missile? That was not a mistake. It was in intional act designed to blame Iran for the attack. Only problem was the destroyer escort didn't sink and the logs of the conversations between the Iraqi pilot and air control and the escort with it's command structure are public record. That intentional attempt to sink one of "our" assets was the work product of some of our political employees the we entrusted as custodians of our asset and our rank in file uniformed services employees lives. Sadam had to be in on the discussions. That "accident" could not have happened without his involvement. Saddam was hung for gassing fewr people than our Federalis did ro Waco's Koresh's commune. Less than the number of people Bush authorized to be put to death in Texas prisons as governor of Texas.

Congress passes edicts that violate the rule of law without a blink of eye all the time - so they should find it quite unremarkable to pass something along these lines in sequence:

1. A law requiring our rank and file civil and uniformed services employees to vote in a temporary leadership structure from non political rank and file workers, to manage their department or agency and serve as laisons with our trading partners and debt holders. This would extend to all branches, agencies, and departments we employ in our stuctures of governments in our institutions using the assets we own and maintain for our employees to work in.

2) A law describing, a temporary provisional government officed by rank and file of affiliated agencies, the start date of a provisional governing body, a requirement to determine through dialog with the commons a date to end the provisional government after a reformed balloting sytem enables the commons to vote in single term political class employees to restart a constitutional deomocracy. The commons should have the right to determine every line of every bill or authorization that would be signed into law by the common's executive employee, the president.

3) A law that will set a date that all of the commons currently "selected" and/or politically appointed employees to resign, surrender their accounts, assets,passports. licenceses to the provisional authority for safekeeping, and submitt to house arrest and a fact finding inquiry  until such time as constitutional rule of law is restored and charges are brought, or dismissed, by a court under rule of law

It will be  a revolution by the only constitutionaly reconized leaders and only producers (not consumers) value, the American commons. Some call it a leaderless revolution. Some say all participating revolutionaries should be considere leaders. Same thing either way.

Take the ball - pass it around - get it infront of someone with the expertise, an understanding of the required arcane minutia and word smithing skills to formalize it for presentation on the hill while the rest of us in the commons work towards a collective solidarity - and by all counts we might just be lucky enough not to be forced to barbequeue the tenderloins of the dandies and their families and the banksters comping the CSPAN crooners' nooner quickies inside the K-Street Kiddie Brothels - we could just maybe and quite possibly have a bloodless, well almost, bloodless and leaderless revolution that will restore the constitutional republic of the united states. 

So get the F with it - the clock go tick tock and my incisors sharpen by the minute in anticipation of baby bankster or baby politician tenderloin smoked medium rare to perfection on the tip of my spit to eat dat sweet right off de bone.

Word to your mother - anybody that wants to work as an elected public servant should not be allowed on the ballot - use a jury system that oblidges any memeber of the commons to set their personal life aside and oblidged to serve when their number is pulled out of the hat. 

Now for the chorus, follow de bouncing ball ..

O dat hole

So empty

So cold

Cold like a grave

It call to me

Dat hole call to me

It call to me 

It say to me

Jump on in sucka,

   and I'll set you free!

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Clearly the "Good Old Days" of Aristocrats are back, complete with their own "ARRESTOCRATS".

Cadavre's picture

Clearly the "Good Old Days" of Aristocrats are back

Exacto-Fucking-Mundo!

The symbiology we were taught, ie; that our democracy, was a bloodless continuation of the American Revolution, to be faught at the polls and not in trenches - has ended - and we, our freedoms, our rule of law,  despite the hopes, blood, sweat, prayers and sacrifice our ancestors put on the table and trusted us to protect and pass down to our descendants, has ended. We, for all intensive purposes, have just lost the American Revolution. Lost it like a drunk loses a set of keys.

The defeat took 240 years. We surrendered because a meaninless life seems a lot easier live than a responsible one. We have become civic sloaths and accepted slavery and servitude. We confuse democracy with slavery. We confuse polititions and others we employ in the structures of our gorvenment as 'our' leaders. We forgot that we, and only we, were tapped to lead the "idea", the "dream" that America is supposed to be.

We quit. Gave it up. Became iBling addicts. A cast of empty characters in reruns of meaningless and unsubstantial edpisodes of "House wives of the Idiocracy".

We lost the greatest gift ancestors could ever pass to their descendants, and yet, we neither feel nor express remorse for the most shameful act ever committed by a culture.

One can almost hear the minions of preachers in service to the future neo-nobility sermonizing in the camps now ... "You're in a FEMA camp because the Lord wants you to be in a FEMA camp".

And so the story ends ... our history was for nothing.

 

TeethVillage88s's picture

No the story end w Military officers supporting & sanctioning all .gov actions.

Treason, Betrayal, RICO.

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- It is 1 Minute to Midnight: Neo-Feudal Debt Slavery & nuke war
- Problem is Bankers, Politicians, Lawyers & Judges
- Failure of Self Regulation of Bankers, Politicians, Lawyers & Judges
- US Constitution is Usurped, Gone are Budget Powers, Legislative Powers, War Powers
- Money has taken over the Government, Banking, Universities, Science
- American Dream is over, Corruption is the same in all Countries now
- Old American Dream may serve as basis for new Country someday

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venturen's picture

Google is basically the NSA....with accompanying thugs from various alphabet organizations supplying fire power.

SilverRhino's picture

Sure, if you're an amateur.

Real warriors / soldiers use(d) sabers for a very good reason.

 

Ever wonder why western militaries didn't switch to a katana?  [because it's not the best weapon]

 

NidStyles's picture

I prefer a hand and a half. I want something that can cleave a threat in two and mitigate it. It also has that fear factor of making anyone that sees you do it scared of confronting you in a violent fashion. You just need to make sure you're fit enough to use it. The modern ones may not weigh much, but having to lift them up and push through the force of impact repeatedly will certainly wear an unfit person out quickly.

 

Then it becomes a numbers game.

Grinder74's picture

My double lightsaber is pretty handy.

winchester's picture
winchester (not verified) Overfed Mar 6, 2015 3:07 AM

look too much hollywood...

 

anything longer than 15cm is totally pointess.

 

serotonindumptruck's picture

Agree. An ice-pick can be absolutely brutal if used appropriately. Easily concealable also.

drdolittle's picture

I got a ditch bank blade, war hammer, axe and kukri. I work out 3-6 days per week. I think I'm good. Check out the ditch bank blade. Eats brush and cuts through 2-3" trees and arms as well.

joego1's picture

Everything around you is a weapon grasshopper.

zhandax's picture

Excellent point; with a bit of research, I discovered that the bag of potash in the garage I have been sprinkling on the lawn the last couple of years melts ice quite nicely (no one had salt for the second ice storm in three weeks down south).

NidStyles's picture

I was speaking for everyone else. I already know my best weapon is my mind. Not everyone is that lucky.

Cadavre's picture

Coffee just blasted out both my nostrils - there oughta be a law - don't drink when reading ZH posts.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Indeed. It is one thing to be able to push a button and exterminate a target from even 100 yards

To make another living being assume room temp, at arms' length is beyond the capacity of 90% of those who assume they have calculated the odds. Let's hope it doesn't come to that, but prepare for he eventuality (si vis pacem para bellum). Either way, we are in for a stinky planet, within 1-2 generations.

Prepare your demon spawn accordingly. The pen at your desk is a weapon.

NidStyles's picture

The best weapon truly is your mind, but not all people are equally equipped.

stant's picture

A couple black powder weapons with stores might be a good idea too

KnightTakesKing's picture

Superb advice. I have a high quality sword from ZombieTools (google them) and am about to order a second (lighter in weight) sword.

I could be in better shape however... And folks really should try to learn how to use a sword. It's not as easy as folks might think.

Alvin Fernald's picture

nice tools. thanks for the link.

Self-enslavement's picture
Self-enslavement (not verified) Manthong Mar 5, 2015 11:08 PM

This fits right in one with "the Protocalls"