Paul Joseph Watson
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Authorities in Barrie, Ontario are considering a proposal to allow troops to patrol bar areas on weekends in a supposed attempt to prevent rowdiness, another example of the militarization of law enforcement and the public being conditioned to accept martial law.
“City police and Camp Borden officers are discussing using joint street patrols to help keep the peace in Barrie’s busy entertainment district on peak weekends,” reports the Toronto Star, as part of a move to “cement the base’s partnership with Barrie police” (police and military merging into one enforcement unit).
“Teaming up with military police to patrol the bar zone is a concept “we wouldn’t have any real problems with,” Barrie chief Wayne Frechette said in an interview. “Would extra bodies help us? Sure.”
The proposal is supposedly aimed at tackling the rowdy behavior of off duty soldiers from the nearby army base, despite Barrie chief Wayne Frechette admitting that the troops “don’t pose a big problem in Barrie bars and restaurants”.
In addition, Joshua Abel, a Barrie bartender told the Star that he had not heard any reports of military personnel starting trouble.
The troop patrols are purportedly only aimed at “their own personnel and not civilians in Barrie,” but since military personnel attending the bars will be in plain clothes, who is to know the difference?
Authorities say that the “sight of military police on foot patrol might help curb rowdyism,” but since all parties agree that there is little rowdyism anyway, what is the real purpose behind the move?
In case the authorities in Barrie are not to up on their history, here’s a reminder – troops patrolling the streets engaging in law enforcement duties in peace time is a scene more commonly associated with third world dictatorships, not with developed western free societies.