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Militarization

Removing Military Weaponry From Our Streets

John Lindsay-Poland | Posted 08.06.2015 | Crime
John Lindsay-Poland

Ultimately, we must slow down and stop the accelerated arming of police and citizens with military weapons of war. We can begin by stopping the importation of foreign-produced assault weapons for the U.S. civilian market, and by removing assault weapons from ordinary police patrols.

Mission Creep: The Danger of Blurring Police Blue with Soldier Green (Part 3 of 3)

Arthur Rizer | Posted 06.04.2015 | Crime
Arthur Rizer

For all that we want police officers to do in our communities, we need to pay our police accordingly. It is a dangerous job and no amount of money can truly compensate for the risks police officers like Kerrie Orozco take.

Pave Paradise, Put Up a Naval Base: South Korean Activists' Extraordinary Struggle to Save Jeju Island

Medea Benjamin | Posted 05.29.2015 | World
Medea Benjamin

South Korea's Jeju Island is a popular tourist destination full of spas, resorts, golf courses, sandy beaches, waterfalls and hiking trails. But if you really want to get rejuvenated, skip the tourist hotspots and go directly to the village of Gangjeong to support the extraordinary community that has been opposing the building of a naval base since 2007.

The Militarized Mentality of the Police (Part 2 of 3)

Arthur Rizer | Posted 05.28.2015 | Crime
Arthur Rizer

Until thia mentality is addressed, too many civilians only suspected of a crime, or simply in the way, will continue to be bullied, beaten, or worse. America's current focus on this issue will likely limit the instances of brutality and misconduct in the near future.

The Militarization of the Police: Is It a Battle of Equipment or Mentality? (Part 1 of 3)

Arthur Rizer | Posted 06.04.2015 | Crime
Arthur Rizer

The culture of police departments in America today is far too often one that encourages aggressive responses to quell discontent. That culture may be allowed or encouraged because of the militarization of police forces, which the Obama administration is now trying to correct.

A New Dark Age

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Parenti's observation summed up a deep sense of puzzled frustration I've been feeling for a long time, which has been growing in intensity since the Reagan era and even more so since 9/11 and the unleashed Bush agenda.

Leaving Children Behind

John Lindsay-Poland | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
John Lindsay-Poland

Why do Washington policymakers frame the arrival of children and families fleeing organized violence in their countries as a threat to national security? Is it possible to restore compassion to our debate about this kind of immigration?

Gaza in Arizona

Todd Miller | Posted 03.27.2015 | Politics
Todd Miller

In Arizona, with up to a billion dollars potentially at its disposal, CBP has tasked Elbit with creating a "wall" of "integrated fixed towers" containing the latest in cameras, radar, motion sensors, and control rooms.

Cops and Courage

Ann Medlock | Posted 02.01.2015 | Crime
Ann Medlock

What's going on when some police officers escalate violence instead of calming it? Why would a professionally trained cop panic and kill when he could disable the person he sees as threatening? How are law-enforcement officers recruited?

Liberty, Racism and Police Militarization

Andrew Nathan Bartholomew | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics
Andrew Nathan Bartholomew

It is becoming evident that police agencies are implicitly prioritizing their own safety over that of the public. This reorganization of priorities is implied by a passive but evident willingness to increase their protection and firepower at the cost of civil liberty and comfort.

Do College Towns Really Need Tanks to Keep Them Safe?

Lev Raphael | Posted 11.13.2014 | Crime
Lev Raphael

The people of Davis, California don't think so, as The New York Times reports this week. Their police department is returning the Pentagon's gift of a "mine-resistant, ambush-protected" motorized tank (MRAP).

A Future That Values Everyone

Robert Koehler | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

"I think if we had a gun we would have been shot immediately." This is as good a place to start as any, at the logical limits of violent self-defense. The speaker is Andres Gutierrez of Nonviolent Peaceforce, a nonprofit organization that has engaged in peacekeeping work in troubled regions of the world for the last decade.

Beware of Exploding Gifts From Uncle Sam

Medea Benjamin | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

Our police departments should not become dumping grounds for weapons makers looking for new clients to replace sales for waning wars abroad. Nor should they be repressive agencies that treat the public, especially black men, like enemies.

What Ferguson and the Middle East Really Have in Common

Danielle Higgins | Posted 10.19.2014 | Media
Danielle Higgins

Ferguson and the Middle East do have one striking commonality, but it has less to do with armored vehicles in the streets than with the way in which the media assigns culpability to black and brown bodies for the violence perpetrated against them.

Friday Talking Points -- Dog Days

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Welcome to the 'Dog Days' of summer, at the height of the political Silly Season. This year, one dog did indeed have his day in August, as 7-year-old 'Duke' just won a rather bizarre election to become mayor of Cormorant, Minnesota.

Welcome to Fergustan

Mike Bonifer | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Mike Bonifer

When war comes home, we see pandemonium where deliberation might have saved innocent lives. Heightening the alarm in an already-alarming scene reduces the chances of a peaceful resolution.

Suddenly We're All Proportionalists?

Jonathan Russo | Posted 09.21.2014 | World
Jonathan Russo

The "proportionality" argument being used to singularly condemn Israel simply does not hold water. One only has to read a history book and take a hard look at the rest of the world to see why.

Don't Just Recycle, Do Something!

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 07.12.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

Two feet of rain fell in twenty-four hours in the panhandle of Florida a few days ago, sending many fleeing to the rafters and roofs of their homes. ...

America's Child Soldiers

Ann Jones | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics
Ann Jones

The JROTC program, still spreading in high schools across the country, costs U.S. taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars annually. It has cost some unknown number of taxpayers their children.

Pentagon's Militarization of Our Main Streets and Municipal Police

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 12.10.2013 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Between the Armored Personnel Carriers locking down main streets in major American cities or Special Weapons and Tactics and Special Forces units canvassing our country, if we're not careful, this militarization of our domestic policing will make-over America, and fast.

The Secret History of G.I. Joe

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 10.13.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Joe, like much else in his era, was hardly what he seemed. Launched the year Lyndon Johnson ran for president as a peace candidate against Barry Goldwater while his administration was secretly planning the large-scale bombing of North Vietnam, Joe, too, was involved in a cover-up.

Creating a Military-Industrial-Immigration Complex

Todd Miller | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics
Todd Miller

The $46 billion border security price tag in the immigration reform bill will simply expand on what has already been built. After all, $100 billion was spent on border "enforcement" in the first decade after 9/11.

The Pentagon as a Global NRA

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.16.2013 | World
Tom Engelhardt

While the administration is pledging to try to curb the wholesale spread of ever more powerful weaponry at home, what is it doing about the same issue abroad where it has so much more power to pursue the agenda it prefers?

The Terror-Fighting Boondoggle

Radley Balko | Posted 02.06.2013 | Politics
Radley Balko

A new report from Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) finds that--no surprise--there's lots of waste and excess in homeland security spending. An armored pers...

Tanks on Main Street: The Militarization of Local Police

John W. Whitehead | Posted 03.05.2012 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

The American police force is not supposed to be a branch of the military, nor is it a private security force for the reigning political faction.