reply to post by Bedlam
Glad you mentioned S.W.A.T. People have such short memories...
These teams came about to provide muscle and firepower when required, even on the streets, unless the prevalence of 'gangsta' weaponry has passed you
You can't have the citizens laying lead down range on the streets, it tends to kill people, especially the innocent as the 'gangsta' creeps don't have
the training that the good guys have. Check the history of drive-by shootings and you will begin to understand part of the need for specialist teams.
Street cops don't have that sort of weaponry in the cars they drive as a rule, although some may have had additional training to carry AR15 type
weapons in certain circumstances.
Then there is the sheer size of your country and the opportunities it provides for extremist training in the boondocks. Just for perspective consider
the UK, a much smaller and more crowded country with far less available land etc. for the bad guys to train in. Here we have recorded instances of
extremist training camps and ordnance testing areas from Scotland to Wales. So, what do you think your good guys might just be training for, hunt the
In the UK organised crime has been hiding cannabis factories and commercial fuel laundering plants underground in shipping containers.
With regard to riot police looking like Robocop, what do you think the body armour and flameproof, urine and acid proof gear is actually for,
fashion?! Face cover (masks) do cover the face, strangely, they also protect the face and prevent fluids, burning or otherwise dripping down your
Don't want to get hit in the face by a baton round or CS canister then stay the heck away from rioting crowds of anarchists and criminals throwing
rocks and petrol bombs at police or even worse shooting at them!
Paranoia seems prevalent when it comes to seeing boogie men behind every shaking bush, sometimes the reality is scarier than the fiction. At least on
ATS the spectrum of views is as broad as anywhere else on the internet and folks can make their own minds up, preferably based on FACTS not
speculation and fiction.
If it comes down to your thin blue line breaking though, Posse Comitatus will go out of the window along with enshrined Constitutional rights. TBTB,
whoever they are at any given point in time are not going to allow a decent into anarchy.
There is usually a factual explanation for everything that happens, when those facts are not available to us, for whatever reason, out come the wild
theories. Said it before, we don't need or should know the reasons for some things, but that's for Them to know and us to theorise...
edit on 22-1-2014 by Shuftystick because: Sake of clarity and spelling