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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Police as soldiers and Americans detained without trial ....

“With local law enforcement, their mission is to solve crimes after they’ve happened, and to ensure that people’s constitutional rights are protected in the process,” says Jesselyn McCurdy, senior legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union. “The military obviously has a mission where they are fighting an enemy. When you use military tactics in the context of law enforcement, the missions don’t match, and that’s when you see trouble with the overmilitarization of police.” 
Americans can also now be detained as enemies in military custody indefinitely without trial as long as there is a war on terror. Something is wrong with our country.  

Yes, it's been in the news. But for some reason, we just don't seem concerned at all. Even though on the campaign trail in 2007, now President Obama said "We're not a nation that locks people up without charging them." Except now we are. Because he signed the bill into law.

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