To my countrymen:
The video below is not pleasant. If it were shown on night time television it would likely to be cut into a 20 second made-for-TV clip with the label "viewer discretion advised" tacked onto the front. It is coarse. It is violent. It is real.
My countrymen – watch this. Watch this now. And in doing so know that what you see has been done in your name.
Mark Thompson, of the League of Ordinary Gentleman, had this to say on the matter:
Mark Thompson. League of Ordinary Gentleman. 5 May 2010.
What is so remarkable about this video is precisely that it is so unremarkable, depicting something that happens up to 40,000 times a year. Indeed, perhaps nothing proves how common this is more than the calm, cool, and thoroughly routine manner in which the agents of tyranny carry out their task, quickly disposing of the family dogs (one of which was a corgi) and filling the victim’s home with bullets within, literally, moments. All in front of what looks to be the victim’s six or seven year old son.
The cops did recover a “small” amount of marijuana though, which was apparently enough to charge the parents with child endangerment. Somehow, the people who riddled that child’s home with bullets, killed that child’s pets, and forcibly removed that child’s father – all while the child was looking – were not charged with child endangerment.
When the government has the right to bust into tens of thousands of homes in the middle of the night, unannounced, with guns drawn and in full military armor, to take the life of beloved family members, and to menace 6-year old children, all because the homeowner is believed to possess a few grams of a plant or a non-explosive substance, tyranny cannot be said to be on the way. It’s already here. And President Obama wasn’t the one who created it, either.
This is tyranny. Our tyranny. It is a sickening mess of imperious power being brandished against our fellow citizens every night.
And all of this because of our tacit and unspeaking consent.
Do you still give it?
ADDENDUM (5/5/10): The folks at Threesources rightly point out that this video has been posted bereft of its context. To that end:
Brennan David. Columbia Daily Tribune. 23 February 2010.
Police arrested Jonathan E. Whitworth, 25, of 1501 Kinloch Court on Feb. 11 on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and second-degree child endangerment.
A police SWAT team entered Whitworth’s residence around 8:30 p.m. suspecting a large amount of marijuana at the location, police spokeswoman Officer Jessie Haden said. SWAT members encountered a pit bull upon entry, held back and then fatally shot the dog, which officers said was acting in an uncontrollably aggressive manner
This is the context of the raid seen above. Do my readers now find it more excusable?
Radley Baklo. Cato Institute White Papers. 17 June 2006.
An in depth look (170 pages, including citations) of this problem. Full of informative statistics and disturbing case stories.