THE SURGE: U.S. DOJ AND TRUMP TO FURTHER MILITARIZE POLICE -- $600 BILLION IN EQUIPMENT | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

THE SURGE: U.S. DOJ AND TRUMP TO FURTHER MILITARIZE POLICE -- $600 BILLION IN EQUIPMENT

BY AARON KESEL
U.S. President Donald Trump is using his executive order signed in 2017 to expand the militarized police forces across the nation in preparation to launch a sweeping crackdown on crime that Trump referenced was “the surge” according to a press event at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference and Exposition.

“In the coming weeks, Attorney General Barr will announce a new crackdown on violent crime — which I think is so important — targeting gangs and drug traffickers in high crime cities and dangerous rural areas,” Trump said during the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Chicago. “Let’s call it the surge,” the White House press release reads.

The President didn’t provide any details on the plan but he stated that the actions would be “very dramatic.”

Trump further expressed his administration’s “achievements” like putting military equipment into the hands of U.S. police officers, as Activist Post reported.

Trump then claimed “Afghanistan is a safe place” compared to Chicago and these actions would help to “keep you safe, I’ve made $600 million-worth of surplus military equipment available to local law enforcement,” Trump told the audience of police chiefs. “If you remember, the previous administration didn’t want to do that… They didn’t want to make you look so tough. They didn’t want to make you look like you’re a threat.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, a word, please; there are many cops who do their jobs excellently well; many of us have police who are in our own families, either on active duty, or retired.

And the police, in these various scenarios, are not the bad guys; it is how drug laws are written in this country which is creating problems; and those who cannot learn from history are, unfortunately, doomed to repeat it.

I think that most of us, with some degree of mental clarity, can agree that what the passage of Prohibition did in this country, by making alcohol illegal, was to create a criminal class and led to the organisational development of early gangs which controlled it, and defended their turf, or territory, to the death, and forced many municipalities to surrender control of many American streets to the most vicious, "money junkies" one could possibly imagine.

Is this having a very "contemporary ring" to it?!? Because, Mr. President, it should.

I don't know if anyone in your "Inner Circle has" mentioned the example of Portugal, and how it got drug use down, particularly among impressionable young people. This article comes to us from theguardian.com, from 2017:

Portugal's radical drug policy is working; why hasn't the world copied it?

Close to the conclusion of this article, is the following, thoughtful paragraph:

"Massive international cultural shifts in thinking about drugs and addiction are needed to make way for decriminalisation and legalisation globally. In the US, the White House has remained reluctant to address what drug policy reform advocates have termed an “addiction to punishment”.

But if conservative, isolationist, Catholic Portugal could transform into a country where same-sex marriage and abortion are legal, and where drug use is decriminalised, a broader shift in attitudes seems possible elsewhere. But, as the harm-reduction adage goes: one has to want the change in order to make it."

If this country would take the money out of this trade, by decriminalizing drugs, and by encouraging people to get social/psychological care to help them get off the drugs, that would be an immense start.

But of course, that would wreak financial havoc from all those who profit from the sale of these drugs, and I am not just talking about the cartel bigwigs; you have to imagine that some of this money may well go to political candidates hell-bent on keeping drugs illegal, and therefore, more profitable to those very cartels.

We also have to include those executives at major banks who sign off on laundering drug money; and then, there are those very financially lucrative private prisons which run what can only be described as state-sponsored slave labor camps for those who get caught selling or using, where the levels of recidivism is horrific.

Mr. President, we, as Americans, are better, brighter, and more imaginative than to be sticking with drug policies which are engineered to fail, ultimately for private profit; you have a background as a business person, and you - of all people - should understand this.

So please, President Trump, let us continue to support this Country's police departments, by giving them laws and policies which they, and the citizens they protect and serve, can live with; and that, sir, could become one of your most sterling accomplishments to date, as this country's President.

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