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Anonymous asked in Social ScienceGender & Women's Studies · 1 decade ago

What do you think about increasing trend of "police state" in Western Democracy?

Excerpt from this article:

http://reason.com/archives/2010/03/01/45-swat-raid...

"...Over the last six months of 2009, SWAT teams were deployed 804 times in the state of Maryland, or about 4.5 times per day. In Prince George's County alone, with its 850,000 residents, a SWAT team was deployed about once per day. According to a Baltimore Sun analysis, 94 percent of the state's SWAT deployments were used to serve search or arrest warrants, leaving just 6 percent in response to the kinds of barricades, bank robberies, hostage takings, and emergency situations for which SWAT teams were originally intended.

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These outrageous numbers should provide a long-overdue wake-up call to public officials about how far the pendulum has swung toward institutionalized police brutality against its citizens."

Update:

@Rebecca W: You are indeed one of the most intelligent women I've ever met.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    As a society we have been son inundated with laegislation that people have no idea what is legal and illegal anymore. Put that with the barrage fear tactics used by the media and the government and you have a perfect opportunity to take peoples rights away from them either with their consent or without them even being aware that it is happening.

    For example, it is no longer necessary to have a warrant to search your home. All the police have to do is say that you are a suspected terrorist. We allowed this. Why? because giving up that right made us feel safer after 9/11. Did you know that the 1965 miranda rights ruling has been changed by our current supreme court? The police can now question you every two weeks whether you have a lawyer present or not. Why? Because we are afraid that too many criminals might get off on a technicality.

    I could go on but the use of SWAT teams is the tip of the iceberg. Everyday we lose more and more of our civil rights which we allow in order to maintain the status quo and in order to feel "safe". It will continue as long as we as a society allow it to. Unfortunately since our justice system now has nothing to do with justice and everything to do with business, it will cost much more than an average citizen has to fight for our rights. It costs hundreds of thousands of dollars to take a case to the supreme court.

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  • tabor
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    4 years ago

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    what exactly are you upset about. Yea of course swat responds to far more search/arrest warrants. Most of them are for drug busts. are you saying that there shouldnt have been so many deployments, are you saying that it should be a higher percentage for "hostage takings" and "bank robberies" because those things dont happen that often. what exactly are you saying here.

    Good job posting some vague statistics and then sorta kinda asking a vague question about those vague statistics which are taken completely out of context. GG

    Source(s): smarter than you
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    not to mention that the government blows up our own buildings when our leaders feel the need to ram through legislation that would have the founders of this country calling for a new revolution faster than they are spinning in their graves.

    You think we couldn't find Bin Laden and whack him if we wanted to? Sheeyit. He's still on our payroll.

    The worst you can imagine is likely true.

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  • 1 decade ago

    'ell yea!! Tell the State of Maryland to kick @$$!!! It's about time those liberals got off their tail and actually fought crime!

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  • NXXN
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    1 decade ago

    Don't think people in western democracies really understand what a "police state" is......

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  • 1 decade ago

    It's abominable.

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  • 1 decade ago

    i like yer new look.

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