April 24, 2008
CBS News, a complaisant propaganda arm in the neocon arsenal, reports the following:
More protection against terrorists is coming to a subway station near you. Starting Thursday, special bomb teams — “Torch Teams” — will be toting submachine guns and bringing bomb-sniffing dogs onto the platforms and into the trains. CBS 2 was out first thing Thursday morning on the lookout for these significant security measure improvements.
Of course, there are no terrorists the harried residents of New York need to be protected against. Not that “special bomb teams” and cops “toting submachine guns and bringing bomb-sniffing dogs onto the platforms and into the trains” has anything to do with terrorism, or not cave dwelling Muslim terrorism, anyway.
It is all about teaching commoners they live in a police state. It is all about getting them acclimated to black-clad thugs going through their personal belongings, once protected under the Fourth Amendment.
It’s a first for mass transit in the United States. NYPD officers, armed with rifles, submachine guns, body armor and bomb sniffing dogs will begin patrolling the city’s subway system thanks to a 50 percent increase in a homeland security grant.
It will not be the last. If the Ministry has its way, every police force of significance in the country will fall under the spell of DHS grants and encroaching militarization. It is all about installing a control grid piece by piece. If you complain about the loss of Posse Comitatus, you’re with al-Qaeda.
CBS probably didn’t have much trouble finding people who agree we need to live in a militarized police state. “It’s a very good idea. It’s like a deterrent. It’s going to make me feel safer, much safer, yes it will. It’s a good idea,” said commuter Patricia Knight Williams.
It’s a good idea since “war is the health of the state,” as Randolph Bourne once noted, and the military-security complex has declared war on the American people, as all military dictatorships inevitably declare war on the people.
Sad thing is, far too many of us do not realize the government has declared war on us, not some distant and illusory al-Qaeda. Cops in subways dressed up like Star Wars storm troopers is simply the most obvious indicator. Patricia Knight Williams may “feel safer, much safer,” but how will she feel when her brother, cousin, or neighbor is disappeared into a FEMA internment camp?
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