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NOTICE ARCHIVE - 17/06/2019

If the police don’t protect the public, what are we paying them for? And who exactly do they serve if not you and me? Why do we have to pay taxes for police whose jobs do not entail protecting our safety, maintaining the peace in our communities, but more restrict and obstruct our liberties?
Which government is not fast becoming a government “of the rich, by the elite, for the corporations,” and its rise to power is predicated on shackling the taxpayer to a life of indentured servitude ?Cops may get paid by the citizenry, but they don’t work for us.


They don’t answer to us. They’re not loyal to us.That “thin, blue line” of loyalty to one’s fellow cops has become a self-serving apparatus that sees nothing wrong with advancing the notion that the lives—and rights—of police should be valued more than citizens.


Protect and Serve are the real police tasks and is the motto of most police forces. The words define the mission of the police, which is to ‘protect’ citizens and ‘serve’ the public. However, it has become increasingly clear that in far too many police forces those words have been twisted beyond recognition. Too often they appear to mean, ‘to protect officers and serve the police force.’ ‘Force Protection’ has become the primary motivating force for many in the Police.


Cops are no more noble, no more self-sacrificing, no braver and certainly no more deserving of special attention or treatment than any other citizen. This misplaced patriotism about police and, by extension, the military—a dangerous re-shifting of the national priorities paves the way for even more instability in the nation.


There are real-world harms that follow from the myths perpetuated by police unions. Arguments about the dangerous nature of police work drive the increasing militarization of police departments. The life-and-death nature of the job is used to push for extremely generous medical leave, overtime, and pay packages, the exaggerated danger suffuses contemporary big-city policing and bleeds into the criminal justice system, causes systemic imbalances that chronically favor the police over citizens.


For years now, we’ve been told that cops need military weapons to wage the government’s wars on drugs, crime and terror. For nations which not yet have experienced this, they will soon be told that cops need to be able to crash through doors, search vehicles, carry out roadside strip searches, shoot anyone they perceive to be a threat, and generally disregard the law whenever it suits them because they’re doing it to protect their fellow citizens from danger.


Many governments has been amassing an arsenal of military weapons for use domestically and equipping and training their “troops” for war. Rounding out this profit-driven campaign to turn citizens into enemy combatants (and the homeland into a battlefield) is a technology sector that has been colluding with the government to create a Big Brother that is all-knowing, all-seeing and inescapable. It’s not just the drones, fusion centers, license plate readers, stingray devices and your nations intelligence service that you have to worry about. You’re also being tracked by the black boxes in your cars, your cell phone, smart devices in your home, grocery loyalty cards, social media accounts, credit cards, streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon, and e-book reader accounts.


All of this has taken place right under our noses, funded with our taxes and carried out in broad daylight without so much as a general outcry from the citizenry. It’s astounding how convenient we’ve made it for the government to lock down the nation. This is the hidden face of a government that has no respect for the freedom of its citizenry.

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