Do not talk to the police (important advice in New America)
Summary: Today’s post is a change of focus. Instead of discussing the evolution of the-America-that-once-was into NewAmerica, let’s talk about how to cope in it.
The evolution of the-America-that-once-was into NewAmerica has changed almost every aspect of our society. But one aspect more than most. “Law enforcement” agencies become the security services. Less responsive to the public, serving shadowy masters, larger and better funded, more focused on political concerns than crime, far better armed, and more willing (even eager) to use force.
Here is some advice on dealing with them, a presentation by James Duane (professor at Regent Law School and former defense attorney) explaining why you why you should never agree to be interviewed by the police in a criminal matter without your attorney present (transcript here):
One reason we’ve vulnerable: we’re all criminals
The Founders warned us:
It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is to-day, can guess what it will be to-morrow. Law is defined to be a rule of action; but how can that be a rule, which is little known, and less fixed?
— James Madison, The Federalist Papers #62
Madison’s fears have come true. See “Counting Regulations: An Overview of Rulemaking, Types of Federal Regulations, and Pages in the Federal Register“, Maeve P. Carey, Congressional Research Service, 1 May 2013 — Excerpt:
… the number of final rules published each year is generally in the range of 2,500 – 4,500 … The Federal Register provides documentation of the government’s regulatory and other actions, and some scholars, commentators, and public officials have used the total number of Federal Register pages each year as a measure for the total amount of regulatory activity.
Some articles about the million-regulation New America:
- “Rough justice in America“, The Economist, 22 July 2010 — “Too many laws, too many prisoners. Never in the civilised world have so many been locked up for so little”
- “One nation, under too many laws“, Philip K. Howard, Washington Post, 12 December 2010
- “Way Too Many Criminal Laws, Lawyers Tell Congress“, Blog of the Legal Times, 14 June 2013
Fear the security services: well-armed & eager to use violence
It’s no longer inner city minorities that need fear violence from the security police. During the past two decades they have become much better armed, and much more willing to use violence.
- Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids in America, Radley Balko, CATO White Paper. 17 July 2006
- Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids in America, Radley Baldo (2006)
- “Weaponizing the Body Politic” Nick Turse, TomDispatch, 4 March 2012
- Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces , Radley Balko (2013)
- See Radley Balko’s articles at Reason and the Huffington Post about militarized police, especially SWAT teams.
A historical note
A common rebuttal received when pointing to social trends is “such things are not new”. It’s a daft reply, but an effective means to minimize the cognitive dissonance of acknowledging unpleasant truths. Almost nothing is new in history.
Such as New America, which is a growth (perhaps cancerous) of traits deeply rooted in American history. Such as the law enforcement agencies, with their long history of defending us from minor or even imaginary threats — and reformers:
- union organizers
- civil rights activists
- peace movements
- satanic cults
- communists (even in the 1960s, when perhaps half of Party members wee FBI)
- fake child abuse “discovered” through recovered memories (which brough Janet Remo to fame & power)
- government-manufactured terrorist threats
For More Information
Posts about police in America:
- Fear the enemies within America more than those without, 21 December 2011
- How to Fund an American Police State (aka Weaponizing the Body Politic), 5 March 2012
- We are alone in the defense of the Republic, 5 July 2012
Hollywood teaches us to love the security services