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America's overreaction syndrome. The events of Jan. 6, 2021 — a president using a series of lies to incite a violent insurrection against Congress as it was attempting to certify the results of a free and fair presidential election — were a very big deal.

America's overreaction syndrome

This includes the failure of security measures on Capitol Hill to protect the building and its occupants from the attack. All of it calls out for a serious response. Precisely what that response should be is a matter for democratic deliberation and debate, informed by input from experts as part of a thorough investigation. But you know what is not a serious response? A proposal, made last week by the acting chief of the U.S. The reaction of lawmakers from both parties, as well as that of Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser, was quite negative. Yet the sad fact is that this is exactly the kind of response one might expect from the government of the United States, which has a record by now of wild and irrational overreaction to getting caught with its pants down.

Your-Rights-Rules-on-Board. Greyhound tells passengers how to push back when Border Patrol comes on board. Splinternews. Obama AG nominee Loretta Lynch quietly dropped $450,000 civil forfeiture case a week before hearings. Loretta Lynch, nominee for US Attorney General, attends a meeting with US Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, December 2, 2014.

Obama AG nominee Loretta Lynch quietly dropped $450,000 civil forfeiture case a week before hearings

(SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images) Lynch’s office described as ‘major forfeiture operation;’ seized $113 million in two years When Long Island businessman Jeff Hirsch stepped up to the bank window to make a deposit one morning in May, 2012, the teller shot him a worried look. “You know, your account has been frozen,” she told Hirsch. “I’m not sure you want to put any money in there this morning.” In fact, the disbelieving Hirsch soon learned, the office of the U.S. For Hirsch, it was one of those petrifying moments that could only elicit an incredulous, “This can’t be true!”

But it was true. The subject is likely to come up at U.S. Since 2008, police agencies have seized cash and property worth $3 billion, making more than 55,000 seizures, according to the Washington Post. The U.S. America's Decay Into a Violent, Cruel Place. December 17, 2014 | Like this article?

America's Decay Into a Violent, Cruel Place

Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. It seems police can get away with anything: choking men who have surrendered; shooting unarmed teens; knocking pregnant women to the ground. While the issues involving race, civil rights and the relationship between law enforcement and communities are essential for examination and correction, few are talking about how all of this fits into the larger pattern of America’s cultural decline and decay. Critics are right to condemn the criminal justice system for its embedded inequities and injustices, but they are hesitant to condemn the actual jurors giving killer cops get-out-of-jail-free cards. Have they been programmed into cruelty and apathy by American schools, churches, families, politics, and pop culture? There are practical demands that the sane minority of Americans can make as they march the streets of Ferguson, New York and Chicago.

Noam Chomsky and Edward S. Revolution vs. Rationalization: The Militarization of the Police and The Death of Rebellion. DonkeyHotey (CC by-sa 2.0) [Editor's note: For future reference, Willis Gordon will be running a column on "Photobombing Salman Rushdie.

Revolution vs. Rationalization: The Militarization of the Police and The Death of Rebellion

"] I initially wrote this to be presented to a crowd of highbrow poets and writers in the aftermath of the Brooklyn Book Festival. Considering my audience, I started reading up on classic poets and philosophers and found myself revisiting some of my favorite English Philosophers to get a handle on America’s current events. One of these sages, the Philosopher Jagger once said in 1968 that “in sleepy London town there’s just no place for a street fighting man.” That was 44 years ago. The most visceral evidence of this has been the aggressive, blatant, and mostly unnoticed Militarization of the Police. “Those people need to stop making trouble.” “Why would you loot from your own community? “How come when a white person gets killed by the cops it never makes the news?” From Imperial Presidency to Double Government. In the wake of US attacks on ISIS elements in Syria, the continuity in US national security policy has become ever more apparent.

From Imperial Presidency to Double Government

American presidents, whatever their politics or campaign rhetoric, over and over stick with essentially the same security programs as their predecessors. President Obama is but the most recent example. He has continued or even expanded numerous Bush administration policies including rendition to third countries, military detention without trial, denial of legal counsel to prisoners, drone strikes, offensive cyber-weapons, and whistleblower prosecutions. Minneapolis Military Drills Based Around “Confrontation Scenarios” : DHS and DARPA to Work on New Generation of Airport Security Technology : Armored Military Vehicles To Patrol Wisconsin Neighborhoods :