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Originally posted by Dbriefed
This American patriotic citizen was recently in 'oppressive Communist' China.
In the US there is a police presence everywhere and in various uniforms. In China, hardly a policeman in sight. In Tienanmen square there was a handful of plain clothes police, and some police and military. But nothing like the overwhelming numbers there are in the US.
While in China, I was told the top income tax rate is 20% - Compare that with adding up your federal and state income taxes here in the land of the free.
In China you drive as you feel like, but there was no road rage anywhere. In the US any infraction could result in facing the end of a barrel, or at least someone who approaches you with a hand on their weapon as if you were a gangster.
Anyway. My soapbox for a few seconds.
I'm disgusted with the USA turning into a police state.
Originally posted by m khan
This is amazing. A straight faced no tongue in cheek description of the super mafia enforcer Nazi SS that the govt is pushing on us all over the country. Some immature bully louts that have been raised on kill-em video games, hand them weapons and tasers and tell them to kill your grandmothers. This is nothing futuristic. This is what we've got.
Originally posted by Drunkenshrew
Don't be surprised, if they ignore the Posse Comitatus Act. Once established, such a police force would make a formidable hammer. Tax revolts, riots, general strikes, massive demonstrations – all these “problems” would likely be considered as nails.
In January, without any recognizable corporate media coverage, Rep. Bob Filner, a California Democrat, introduced H.R. 675. The bill would amend title 10 of the United States Code and extend to civilian employees of the Department of Defense the authority to execute warrants, make arrests, and carry firearms. The bill was referred to the Armed Services Committee on January 26, 2009.
Filner’s bill would amend the United States code with the following: “Sec. 1585b. Law enforcement officers of the Department of Defense: authority to execute warrants, make arrests, and carry firearms… for any offense against the United States.” (Emphasis added.)
The Posse Comitatus Act, passed on June 18, 1878 after the end of Reconstruction, limits the powers of the federal government to use the military for law enforcement. The Act prohibits members of the federal uniformed services from exercising nominally state law enforcement, police, or peace officer powers that maintain “law and order” on non-federal property within the United States.
H.R. 675 sidesteps Posse Comitatus by defining “law enforcement officer of the Department of Defense” as “a civilian employee of the Department of Defense,” including federal police officers, detectives, criminal investigators, special agents, and game law enforcement officers classified by the Office of Personnel Management Occupational Series 0083 (the United States Office of Personnel Management is described as an “independent agency” of the U.S. government that manages the civil service of the federal government).
In 2005, the Office of Personnel Management partnered with the Department of Homeland Security to create a “21st century human resources management system that fully supports the Department’s vital mission,” according to then Office of Personnel Management Associate Director for Strategic Human Resources Policy Ron Sanders.
Apparently, what the US needs is more police.