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Tag: police militarization
  • Constitution Week(s) at USC!

    We at Young Americans for Liberty at the University of Southern California (YAL @ USC) continued our Constitution Week activism with a focus on free speech and police brutality. We started the morning with a Free Speech Ball, made possible with an activism grant from the national office. Thank you donors for making this happen! …

  • 5 reasons the police brutality in Ferguson is just the tip of the iceberg

    As the police use of tear gas and First Amendment limitations continue in Ferguson, Missouri—the small town wracked by protests following the still murky police killing of an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown—there are a number of reasons to believe this story is just the tip of the iceberg. Here are 5. 1. Because we only care about policy brutality …

  • Predator Drones Used against Civilians in America

    The United States turns its weapons of war against its own citizens: Janke knew the gunmen could be anywhere on the 3,000-acre spread in eastern North Dakota. Fearful of an armed standoff, he called in reinforcements from the state Highway Patrol, a regional SWAT team, a bomb squad, ambulances and deputy sheriffs from three other …

  • Militarize Everything

    The New York Times recently observed that United States police forces are becoming more and more militarized. Al Baker reports: The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 generally bars the military from law enforcement activities within the United States. But today, some local and city police forces have rendered the law rather moot. They have tanks …

  • Blast from the Past

    Remember the days when drones were only used to bomb Muslims in far and distant lands? The Great Imperium then decided that its own subjects were fit to be monitored and surveilled by drones resembling a ‘Bird of Prey,’ ‘Spy Pigeon,’ ‘Flying Pizza Box’ and ‘Wasp.’ Fortunately, the joystick operators cannot yet take us out …

  • Tanks in Horse Country

    The header of the website for Lenco Armored Vehicles features two waving American flags and the slogan “Protecting our nation’s defenders.”  A little lower down the page, we learn the Lenco is the country’s top manufacturer of “tactical armored security vehicles.”  A quick glance at the product pictures offers clarification:  They basically make tanks, but …

  • Operation Psycho Pig Rampage

    The sad thing is that The Onion often seems to be closer to the truth than the mainstream media on these kinds of issues. Radley Balko’s coverage of the fallout from this recently released video of a SWAT raid gone wrong is available here. 

  • Police Brutality Headlines Philadelphia News

    Originally posted for the Philadelphia Libertarian Examiner found here. This past week, I was shocked to see so many articles and news stories about police brutality in Philadelphia.  (Note: I was not shocked because it is happening, but shocked that it is finally being made public!) In this week’s Citypaper, author Andrew Thompson writes about …