Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Obama Pondering National Police Force ... Again?

The Daily Bell

The United States is probably the only nation that does not have national police. In the 1960s and 1970s, the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA) was created to achieve this goal. A counter move by concerned citizens was the "support your local police and keep them independent" movement. Older citizens may recall seeing bumper stickers and other advertising to that effect. The LEAA was abolished in 1982. Today, a new movement is afoot to nationalize our local police by stealth. In the [2009] campaign, Barack Obama advocated "a civilian police to match the size and power of our armed forces." More recently, Obama advocated enlarging the U.S. Marshal's Service into a "stability police." He is being assisted by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The group has convinced many local police and sheriff's officials that conservatives are the enemy. – CJOnline

Dominant Social Theme: What the US needs is more law and order.

Free-Market Analysis: We have been commenting on the growing wave of "law and order" in the United States. And this letter to the editor, excerpted above, is surely another sign of it. There is so much ruin in the country (and the West) now that the powers-that-be are likely growing increasingly worried about civilian unrest.

They are, in our view, actively encouraging such unrest (so as to be able to shape it) but also, at the same time, they are suppressing unrest and seek to create further law enforcement bodies and quasi-military groups to ensure that civil unrest does not spread unchecked. One such group – in the US, anyway – would be a national police force...[Full Article]

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