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Sunday, November 10, 2013

The Drift Toward Despotism

Mark Steyn comments on the recent repeated anal rape (aka, cavity searches) of a man in New Mexico suspected of concealing drugs. (After "two abdominal X-rays, two rectal probes, three enemas, and defecat[ing] thrice in front of medical staff and representatives of two law-enforcement agencies, before being sedated and subjected to a colonoscopy," no drugs were found). Oh, and this was searched was allegedly justified because a police dog, "Leo," "alerted" to the guy's butt. I wonder how many dogs have been subject to anal probes because Leo "alerted" on their rear ends? Steyn moves on to Miriam Carey's death after becoming panicked when she mistakenly turned into the drive of the White House. Steyn notes:

In perhaps the most repugnant reaction to Ms. Carey’s death, the United States Congress expressed their “gratitude” to the officers who killed her and gave them a standing ovation. Back in the Eighties, the Queen woke up to find a confused young man at the end of her bed. She talked to him calmly until help arrived and he was led away. A few years later, Her Majesty’s Canadian prime minister, Jean Chr├ętien, was confronted by an aggrieved protester. As is his wont, he dealt with it somewhat more forcefully than his sovereign, throttling the guy, forcing him to the ground, and breaking his tooth, until the Mounties arrived to rescue the assailant from the prime minister. But, had the London and Ottawa intruders been gunned down by SWAT teams, I cannot imagine for a moment either the British or Canadian parliament rising to applaud such an outcome. This was a repulsive act by Congress.
He adds:

 Miriam Carey is already forgotten, and the lawyer her family hired has now, conveniently, been jailed for a bad debt. I am not one for cheap historical analogies: My mother spent four of her childhood years under Nazi occupation, and it is insulting to her and millions of others who know the real thing to bandy overheated comparisons. But there is a despotic trend in American government. Too many of our rulers and their enforcers reflexively see the citizenry primarily as a threat. Which is why the tautness of one’s buns is now probable cause, and why in Congress the so-called people’s representatives’ first instinct is to stand and cheer the death of a defenseless woman. 
In a similar vein, check out this article about a man killed by a SWAT team for refusing to leave his house:

 A paramilitary force was dispatched to a townhouse after a woman reported a domestic dispute between her and her boyfriend.  When her boyfriend stubbornly chose to stay inside his home, police shot him and drove an armored truck through his front door.
What was his capital offense? After his girlfriend broke up with him, he threw her possessions out onto the front lawn. He was unarmed.

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