Before we get started on this subject,
it is essential for you to know who Paul Craig Roberts is:
Roberts is a conservative; he was Assistant Secretary of the
Treasury in the Reagan administration. He was Associate Editor
of the Wall Street Journal editorial page and Contributing
Editor of National Review. He is author or coauthor
of eight books, including The Supply-Side Revolution
(Harvard University Press). He has held numerous academic
appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair in Political
Economy, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown
University and Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution,
Stanford University. He has contributed to numerous scholarly
journals and testified before Congress on 30 occasions. He
has been awarded the U.S. Treasury's Meritorious Service Award
and the French Legion of Honor. He was a reviewer for the
Journal of Political Economy under editor Robert Mundell.
He is the co-author of The Tyranny of Good Intentions.
He is also coauthor with Karen Araujo of Chile: Dos Visiones
– La Era Allende-Pinochet (Santiago: Universidad Andres
In other words, Roberts is no "wimpy
liberal." One would do well to hear what he has to say insofar
as the police brutality pandemic that is now sweeping the
nation – a pandemic that has been purposefully unleashed on
the American public by the elites in their war to maintain
control over the economy.
THE KIND OF POLICE BRUTALITY DEPICTED
IN THIS ARTICLE IS EXACTLY THE KIND OF POLICE BRUTALITY THAT
CAUSED COUNTLESS NUMBERS OF GERMAN CHRISTIANS TO "GO OVER
TO HITLER." AGAIN, IT'S NOT SO MUCH THAT CHRISTIANS WILL BE
PERSECUTED BY THE PANDEMIC OF POLICE BRUTALITY THAT IS NOW
SWEEPING THE NATION, BUT THAT THEY WILL BE SUBSUMED BY IT
JUST AS GERMAN CHRISTIANS WERE SIXTY YEARS AGO.
America's "war on terror" quickly became America's
war on Iraqi civilians. So far over one million Iraqi civilians
have lost their lives because of America's invasion, and four
million have been displaced. Iraq's infrastructure is in ruins.
Disease is rampart. Normal life has disappeared.
Self-righteous Americans justify these monstrous crimes as
necessary to ensure their own safety from terrorist attack.
Yet, Americans are in far greater danger from their own police
forces than they are from foreign terrorists. Ironically,
America's "war on terror" has made Americans less
safe at home by diminishing US civil liberty and turning an
epidemic of US police brutality into a pandemic.
Protest against police brutality in
The only terrorist most Americans will ever encounter is a
policeman with a badge, nightstick, mace and Taser. A Google
search for "police brutality videos" turns up 2,210,000
entries. Some entries are foreign and some are probably duplications,
but the number is so large that a person could do nothing but
watch police brutality videos for the rest of his life. A search
on "You Tube" alone turned up 2,280 police brutality
Police brutality has crossed the line from using excessive
force against a resisting Rodney King to unprovoked gratuitous
violence against persons offering no resistance, such as the
elderly, women, students, and elected officials. Americans are
not safe anywhere from police. Police attack Americans in university
libraries, in public meetings, and in their own homes.
Recently we had the case of a University of Florida student
who was repeatedly Tasered without cause for asking Senator
Kerry some good questions in the question and answer period
following Kerry's speech. Two days after the Florida student
was gratuitously brutalized, Senate Republicans defeated Vermont
Democrat Patrick Leahy's bill to restore habeas corpus
A UCLA student was Tasered by police without cause for studying
in the university library without having his student ID on his
person. Following police orders to leave, the student was walking
toward the door when police grabbed him and repeatedly Tasered
On September 19, 2007 a young woman was repeatedly Tasered
without cause by a large brutal cop in a parking lot outside
a night club in Warren Ohio.
On September 14, 2007, Roseland, Indiana, city council member
David Snyder was ejected from a council meeting by dictatorial
council chairman Charlie Shields. Snyder had protested being
limited to one minute to speak. Police goon Jack Tiller escorted
Snyder out, and as Snyder exited the building, Tiller, following
behind, pushed Snyder to the ground and without cause began
beating Snyder in the head with a nightstick. Snyder was hospitalized.
POLICE BEATING OF DAVID SNYDER PLEASE SEE VIDEO
Local TV news stations throughout the US offer an endless stream
of police brutality videos, which are then posted on the stations'
web sites, often with an opportunity for citizens to express
their opinion of the incidents.
disturbing aspect is that no one tells the police to stop
the brutality. "Free" Americans are so intimidated by
police that on February 19 of this year male customers
in a Chicago bar stood aside while a drunk cop weighing
251 pounds beat a 115 pound barmaid, knocking her to the
floor with his fists and repeatedly kicking her, for obeying
the bar rules and not serving him more drinks.
There are many disturbing aspects to police brutality cases.
One disturbing aspect is that the police always arrest the
people that they have gratuitously brutalized. There was no
justification whatsoever to arrest councilman Snyder, or the
UCLA student, or the University of Florida student. The cops
committed assault against innocent citizens. The cops should
have been arrested for their criminal acts. Instead, the
cops cover up their own crimes by arresting their victims on
false charges that are invented to justify the unprovoked police
violence against citizens.
Another disturbing aspect is that no one tells the police to
stop the brutality. "Free" Americans are so intimidated
by police that on February 19 of this year male customers in
a Chicago bar stood aside while a drunk cop weighing 251 pounds
beat a 115 pound barmaid, knocking her to the floor with his
fists and repeatedly kicking her, for obeying the bar rules
and not serving him more drinks.
Yet another disturbing aspect is that a minority of citizens
will justify each act of police brutality no matter how brutal
and how unprovoked. For example, WNDU.com's poll of its viewers
found that 64.2% agreed that Snyder was a victim of police brutality,
but 27.8% thought that Snyder got what was coming to him. "Law
and order conservatives" and other authoritarian personalities
invariably defend acts of police brutality. Perhaps the
police brutality pandemic will bring the day when we will be
able to say that a civil libertarian is a law and order conservative
who has been brutalized by police.
The most disturbing aspect is that the police usually get away
I remember decades ago when civil libertarians in New York
City tried to stop police brutality by establishing civilian
review boards to introduce some accountability into the police's
interaction with civilians. Law and order conservatives at William
F. Buckley's National Review went berserk. Accountability
was "second-guessing" the police. The result would
be a crime wave. And so on.
America's police forces are being militarized in much the same fashion as were Germany's police forces under Hitler.
Police forces have always attracted bullies with authoritative
personalities who desire to beat senseless anyone who does not
quake in their presence. In the past police could get away with
brutalizing blacks but not whites. Today white citizens are
as likely as racial minorities to be victims of police brutality.
The police are supreme. The militarization of the police, armed
now with military weapons and trained to view the general public
as the enemy, against whom "pain compliance" must
be used, has placed every American at risk of personal injury
and false arrest from our "public protectors."
In "free and democratic America," citizens are in
such great danger from police that there are websites devoted
to police brutality with online forms to report the brutality.
Nine years ago Human Rights Watch published a report entitled,
"Shielded from Justice: Police Brutality and Accountability
in the United States." The report stated:
"Police abuse remains one of the most serious and divisive
human rights violations in the United States. The excessive
use of force by police officers, including unjustified shootings,
severe beatings, fatal chokings, and rough treatment, persists
because overwhelming barriers to accountability make it possible
for officers who commit human rights violations to escape
due punishment and often to repeat their offenses. Police
or public officials greet each new report of brutality with
denials or explain that the act was an aberration, while the
administrative and criminal systems that should deter these
abuses by holding officers accountable instead virtually guarantee
"This report examines common obstacles to accountability
for police abuse in fourteen large cities representing most
regions of the nation. The cities examined are: Atlanta, Boston,
Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Minneapolis,
New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, Portland, Providence,
San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Research for this report
was conducted over two and a half years, from late 1995 through
"The brutality cases examined, which are set out in
detail in chapters on each city, are similar to cases that
continue to emerge in headlines and in survivors' complaints.
It is important to note, however, that because it is difficult
to obtain case information except where there is public scandal
and/or prosecution, this report relies heavily on cases that
have reached public attention; disciplinary action and criminal
prosecution are even less common than the cases set out below
There is no way to hold police accountable when the government
maintains that the civil liberties and the separation of powers
mandated by the US Constitution must be abandoned in order that
the executive branch can keep Americans safe from terrorists.
Even before the "war on terror," federal police murdered
100 people in the Branch Davidian compound at Waco, and no one
was held accountable.
Who is a terrorist? If the police and the US government have
the mentality of airport security, they cannot tell a terrorist
from an 86-year old Marine general on his way to give a speech
at West Point. Retired Marine Corps General Joseph J. Foss was
delayed and nearly had his Medal of Honor confiscated. Airport
security regarded the pin on the metal as a weapon that the
86-year old Marine general and former governor of South Dakota
could use to hijack an airliner and commit a terrorist deed.
In America today, every citizen is a potential terrorist in
the eyes of the authorities. Airport security makes this clear
every minute of every day, as do the FBI and NSA with warrantless
spying on our emails, postal mail, telephone calls, and every
possible invasion of our privacy. We are all recipients of abuse
of our constitutional rights whether or not we suffer beatings,
Taserings, and false arrests.
The law makes it impossible for Americans to defend themselves
from police brutality. Law and order conservatives have made
it a felony with a long prison sentence to "assault a police
officer." Assaulting a police officer means that if a police
thug intends to beat your brains out with his nightstick and
you disarm your assailant, you have "assaulted a police
officer." If you are not shot on the spot by his backup,
you will be convicted by a "law and order" jury and
sent to prison.
No matter how gratuitous and violent the police brutality,
a "free" American citizen can defend himself only
at the expense, if not of his life, of a long stay in prison.
Osama bin Laden must wish that he had such power over Americans.
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