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Saturday, August 20, 2011

PressTV - Spending for weapons make Americans 'prosperous'?

There are a lot of people in the United States that think spending money for military weapons makes them "prosperous", says James Bovard, a policy advisor to The Future of Freedom Foundation.

"So many liberals think of government [military] spending as a panacea, as something which will solve all of our problems" he told Press TV's U.S. Desk on Tuesday. Bovard criticized such liberals for ignoring the inevitable costs of starting wars in other countries.

Critics say the U.S. is taking advantage of a war policy to keep the nation's economy running.

A New York Times writer, Paul Krugman, has recently called on the U.S. government to manufacture war to save economy.

“If we discovered that space aliens were planning to attack and we needed a massive buildup to counter the space alien threat and really inflation and budget deficits took secondary place to that, this slump would be over in 18 months. And then if we discovered, oops, we made a mistake, there aren’t any aliens, we’d be better” said Krugman to CNN. prisonplanet.com


Click to listen to the one minute and 40 second commentary by Jim Bovard.
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Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database

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Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

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