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Radley Balko: “Once a town gets a SWAT team you want to use it”

Radley Balko: “Once a town gets a SWAT team you want to use it”
Radley Balko’s new book, “Rise of the Warrior Cop,” details how America’s police forces have grown to look and behave more like soldiers than neighborly Officer Krupkes walking the beat. This new breed of police, frequently equipped with military weapons and decked out in enough armor to satisfy a storm trooper, are redefining law enforcement. How did this happen? For decades, the war on drugs has empowered police to act aggressively. More recently, 9/11 and school shootings enforced the notion that there’s no such thing as too much security. Since 9/11, the newly formed Department of Homeland Security has distributed billions in grants, enabling even some small town police departments to buy armored personnel carriers and field their own SWAT teams. Once you have a SWAT team the only thing to do is kick some ass. This problem defies the usual conservative vs. liberal calculus. Few of us encounter the warrior cop phenomenon. There are several levels of militarization. It’s tough. Related:  Normal Everyday Protection & Service & Bad Apple-ing

The Great American Genocide | We’ve reached the point that any person with critical thinking skills can no longer deny that we are being deliberately poisoned. Nearly everything that is reasonably priced to eat or drink is actually toxic. The glowing health claims and the stamps of approval from the EPA, the FDA, and USDA, are fraudulent smoke and mirrors – people are actually being deceived into spending money to purchase the substances that will lead to disease and demise. A chemical warfare has been declared on us. The battlefields are our homes, the grocery stores, the pharmacies. Turning on the tap in many places releases a toxic stream into your glass or your shower. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. Chlorine: This removes disease-causing bacteria, which is great, but it also creates numerous toxic by-products, like chloroform and trihalomethanes. According to Dr. Ammonia: Fluoride: The consumption of fluoride lowers IQs, causes infertility, has been linked to cancer and causes hardening of the arteries.

Second Video Of Dog Shooting Exonerates Police, Department Says, Lawyers Disagree In the wake of a shocking video that showed Hawthorne police officers fatally shooting a dog, the department has released a second video that it says exonerates the officers. After the original cell phone video of the incident was posted to YouTube a week ago, the Southern California police department was bombarded with angry calls and emails, including death threats that prompted the department to take the three officers involved off street duty. But the video below, taken on a cell phone by a second witness at the scene, shows more of the interactions the dog owner, Leon Rosby, had with police before the shooting. It also more clearly shows the officers' actions before shooting the dog, a large Rottweiler. WARNING: THE FOLLOWING VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC CONTENT. "This video will help us tremendously regarding [Rosby's] actions prior to his arrest," said public information officer Lt. "We're not trained to shoot one shot or to shoot in the leg. Earlier on HuffPost:

How To Turn A Match Into A Tiny Rocket The swift strike of a match on July 4 typically precedes sky-high spectacles. But matches themselves can be fireworks. When ignited, the bulb of fuel on a match's tip combusts into space-hogging gases. Materials MatchesSewing pin or needlePaper clipsAluminum foil Instructions 1. Time: 10 minutesCost: About $3Difficulty: Easy WARNING: Kids, you need adult supervision. This article originally appeared in the July 2013 issue of Popular Science. Obama Admin Faces Diplomatic Uproar as Massive Surveillance of EU Governments, Citizens Exposed This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!,, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman, with Aaron Maté. Over the weekend, the German magazine Der Spiegel revealed the NSA spied on European Union offices in Brussels, Washington and at the United Nations. To talk about these NSA spying revelations in Europe, we’re joined by Malte Spitz. Malte, welcome to Democracy Now! MALTE SPITZ: Yes. AARON MATÉ: Speaking on Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry echoed President Obama’s comments downplaying reports of U.S. spying on the EU. SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY: I will say that every country in the world that is engaged in international affairs of national security undertakes lots of activities to protect its national security, and all kinds of information contributes to that. AARON MATÉ: That’s Secretary of State John Kerry. MALTE SPITZ: Yeah. AMY GOODMAN: Malte, if you could talk about this map that you made? SEN. SEN.

Caught On Camera: Police In Texas Violated Young Girls During Routine Traffic Stop This video of Texas troopers cavity searching women with no warrant after a traffic stop should be considered rape. Photo courtesy of Egberto Willies. Has Texas become a police state? If anyone doubts there is a War On Women in Texas, this is proof positive. It is evident from the videos that the police officers think this is standard procedure as they acknowledge they are on video. They do not believe they are doing anything wrong. In a state where a Congressperson believes a rape kit can be used to clean out a woman after a rape when passing a draconian anti-women, anti-abortion, anti-contraception, anti-family planning bill, this should be expected. In the above video near Dallas, the two young women are cavity searched while not under arrest and there was no change of latex gloves between women. This has been an eye-opening experience for me OK. The officer implied that this was done because of the smell of marijuana? According to the Daily News

Space Pictures This Week: Starburst Aurora, Milky Way Portraits Photograph by Jeff Wallace , National Geographic Your Shot A colorful starburst-shaped aurora blankets the entire sky above Morinville, Alberta (map), on the night of June 29. "It was very strong and seemed to [be] surrounded by an umbrella of light, almost reaching the horizon. Humbling," said photographer Jeff Wallace. Two days before a large solar storm had erupted on the surface of the sun, sending a massive cloud of charged particles into space toward Earth. The sun is currently entering peak activity levels in its 11-year cycle . —Andrew Fazekas

33 Conspiracy Theories That Turned Out To Be True Most people can’t resist getting the details on the latest conspiracy theories, no matter how far-fetched they may seem. At the same time, many people quickly denounce any conspiracy theory as untrue … and sometimes as unpatriotic or just plain ridiculous. Lets not forget all of the thousands of conspiracies out of Wall Street like Bernie Madoff and many others to commit fraud and extortion, among many crimes of conspiracy. USA Today reports that over 75% of personal ads in the paper and on craigslist are married couples posing as single for a one night affair. When someone knocks on your door to sell you a set of knives or phone cards, anything for that matter, do they have a profit motive? What is conspiracy other than just a scary way of saying “alternative agenda”? Conspiracy theory is a term that originally was a neutral descriptor for any claim of civil, criminal or political conspiracy. To many, conspiracy theories are just human nature. The Dreyfus Affair: The Mafia: Asbestos:

Insecure, Frustrated Bully With Something To Prove Considering Career In Law Enforcement RALEIGH, NC—Calling it his lifelong dream, local man Brendan Lockhart, an insecure and perpetually frustrated bully who believes he has something to prove to the world, told reporters Thursday that he is seriously considering a career in law enforcement. Lockhart, a recent high-school graduate who sources confirmed is plagued by resentment, self-doubt, unexpected fits of rage, and has always had a penchant for tormenting those who are smaller and weaker than him, explained that he feels he is well suited to serve as a police officer. “I’ve always wanted to be a cop,” said Lockhart, whose paranoia and inferiority complex constantly haunt him, leading him to lash out at others in order to convince them he is in control. “I know it’s a tough line of work, but I think I’ve got what it takes to earn my shield and get out there and keep the peace.” “This is the job I was born to do,” continued the man whose main goal in life is to prove to others that he is strong, confident, and not afraid.