With all the focus surrounding Ferguson, MO being racially charged, it’s nice to finally see how the actions in Ferguson, MO have resulted in Obama promising to investigate the usefulness of the militarization of our police. While I don’t always agree with the President’s policy, the news surrounding his decision to take a second look is quite welcome.
But, are we to believe government officials when they say they’ll “check in to it?” I recall the 9/11 commission was tasked with searching for the truth regarding the 9/11 terrorist attacks. For example, in David Ray Griffin’s book The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions, it says the commission failed to even mention that several of the alleged hijackers are actually still alive. The book also mentions how the commission never mentioned the collapse of WTC 7; this was a building that was never hit by a plane (only debris), yet collapsed at near free-fall speed. How about the collapse of the WTC 1 & 2? Read this:
The omission of the fact that
fire has never, before or after 9/11,
caused steel-frame buildings to collapse.
The commission didn’t think it was necessary to bring up and question why, before 9/11, no other steel-framed buildings had ever collapsed because of fire. I think it would be an important aspect of any investigation. But, that’s what happens when we expect the government to investigate itself.
Admittedly, this isn’t evidence of wrongdoing, but it is evidence of total incompetence. Does it surprise us that expecting the government to investigate itself (for something like this) results in a huge report full of lies by omission? I don’t think so. Think about it – look at how the Ferguson PD handled the “investigation”; they called in numerous other law enforcement agencies to conduct the investigation. Calling on a neutral third-party isn’t abnormal by any standard – when applying for social security benefits, multiple doctors are used, not just the SS doctor. I is incompetence to expect a group of people to investigate themselves. Not just incompetence, but downright criminal in my view.
So when Obama comes out to say he will launch an investigation into how militarizing the police force is affecting citizens, I say “oh, okay. . . sure.” It sounds great and I appreciate the acknowledgment, but I have to point out that the same government that will be conducting the investigation is the one shipping the equipment off to these small law enforcement agencies. Are they really going to tattle on themselves? I think not. If they do say something is wrong with it, I’m sure they will blame it on the DLA Disposition Services wing of the DoD.
I am making a prediction right now. The government will either come out and say there is no problem with the distribution and/or sale of military equipment to local law enforcement; or they will say there is a problem with only certain bits and pieces of the equipment. So, the cops will keep their grenade launchers, armored vehicles, assault rifles, gas masks, full body armor, etc.
The point here is that the government can’t really be trusted when it says they will investigate themselves. These investigations almost never turn up any wrongdoing and if they do, it hardly ever results in change or action. Hopefully I’m wrong, though. Hopefully, Barack Obama will eventually order every law enforcement agency across the country to turn over all the military equipment for recycling. Hopefully the government does something right for a change. But, we all know where hoping gets us.