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Another ludicrous example of the S.W.A.T. craze, which has been well documented in Radley’s study “Overkill.” A better option, which is becoming more prevalent here in Central Illinois, is to have county or metropolitan units that respond to true emergencies, instead of using smaller teams that justify their existence by serving routine drug warrants. The people of Arcata are unlikely to buy into this idea. The town has become known for standing up to corporate domination of the local economy lately, and seems to lean left-libertarian. Arcata P.D. will face some tough questions at this meeting.
This is another example of how ,the powers that be, use any excuse to amp up the “war on anything”. TheWaronDrugs is always a good excuse for making this country into THE UNITED SECURITY POLICE STATES OF AMERICA…USPSA..coming to your town …soon. Just shut up and piss in the cup!
“The town has become known for standing up to corporate domination of the local economy lately”
Uh, what? What does that mean?
I live in Wichita and was having this SWAT conversation yesterday. I dont know that we have enough hostage crisis’s and bank robbers shooting up downtown to justify having one here and we have around 500,000 people in the area. I knew a guy when I was in the reserves around 20 years ago that went regular and then got on SWAT. He was about 2 years older than me and would talk about the combat he was involved in during viet nam. I was 12 when we stopped sending troups over there. It only took a couple of years before he got to kill someone. I hear he is working for blackwater now, and is in Iraq.
Buzz: The comment you asked about is a reference to a decision by the town council a few years ago to cap the number of chain restaurants in Arcata. For more on this, I recommend the documentary “The Corporation” (which featured CEO’s, activists such as Noam Chomsky and Naomi Klein, Milton Friedman and many others), which discusses this story and the growing movement to re-define corporate “persons” and their relationships with actual persons. I brought it up only to point out that Arcata is a relatively contrarian town and seems to show ample skepticism towards concentrated power, whether it is wielded by the state or business corporations (which are, of course, creations of the state).