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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/17874/after-so-many-you-cant-call-them-botched-anymore/

After so many, you can’t call them botched anymore

July 26, 2011 by

As Clarence Darrow argued (in the book that every libertarian absolutely must read), these aren’t really mistakes. This is the business of government.

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Cory Brickner July 26, 2011 at 3:52 pm

While this may be shocking to some, I’m sure most of us here are not surprised that we live in a Police State. When you are at war with other countries, how could you not be at war within your country?

“There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.” — Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Part 2, Ch. III, White Blackmail”

J. Murray July 26, 2011 at 4:05 pm

It’s also clear what the main driver behind this all is – the War on Drugs. None of these instances involve breaking into a home of a suspected murderer or other violent felon. There are even a few paramilitary raids because of, get this, failing to pay back student loans to the Department of Education. Since when did the Department of Education turn into a military organization?

The Guerra video is the worst. A whole two second siren and that’s it. How could anyone not confuse that with a car just driving by?

El Tonno July 26, 2011 at 6:10 pm

“Since when did the Department of Education turn into a military organization?”

Similarly, since when did the Depratment of Homeland Security turn into an IP-enforcing organization? It’s in the nature of bureaucracies.

SWAT incidents are just going to get worse with toughened veterans hitting the force recruitment centers.

Horst Muhlmann July 27, 2011 at 12:45 pm


“We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.” — Barack Hitler Obama

Brian Lawson July 26, 2011 at 6:21 pm

No surprise. If you haven’t noticed the cops aren’t here to stop crime, catch criminals, retrieve stolen property. They’re here to oppress, and collect revenue from, the citizenry. That’s why there are so many futile (and fraudulent), counter productive make work projects for the cops eg drug war, anti-raw milk, drunk driving counterattack etc, which we get told are for own good but in reality are nothing more than mechanisms for taking our freedom and dignity from us and in some cases our health and our lives

newson July 27, 2011 at 2:39 am
mikey July 27, 2011 at 12:00 pm
Nate July 28, 2011 at 12:23 pm

One of the worst trends I see, reading through the various descriptions; is that when the property owner shoots at the police, who he believes to be intruders, he is charged with a serious crime such as attempted murder, yet when police fatally shoot an innocent person, rarely are they charged with anything serious.

mikey July 28, 2011 at 1:14 pm

so it’ll be intresting to see what happens here

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