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SOP for SWAT teams: Shoot the Dogs!

Posted in Civil liberties with tags , , , , , on 7 August 2008 by Doc Tourneau

From the Stumbled Across This While Looking for Something Else, and It Really Chapped My Ass department:

The Cato Institute website is carrying a reprint of an article by policy analyst Radley Balko (a specialist in “nanny state” issues and author of the forthcoming study “Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Drug Raids in America,”) about the growing propensity of killing dogs in the commission of drug raids. And we’re not talking about savage Rottweilers or Pit Bulls guarding the premises of ruthless drug dealers here — we’re talking about family dogs; household pets of the families whose homes are mistakenly targeted for paramilitary assault.

Perhaps a hatred for animals, or at least dogs, is a prerequisite for SWAT police work. Balko’s article lists numerous examples of the offhanded (or, maybe, just-for-fun) shootings up dogs, including frightened animals simply trying to run away from all the ruckus. Describing a 2004 raid in a Phoenix suburb, in which the suspects house was actually BURNED DOWN , the author comments “the image that sticks in your head, as described by John Dougherty in the alternative weekly Phoenix New Times, is that of a puppy trying to escape the fire and a SWAT officer chasing him back into the burning building with puffs from a fire extinguisher. The dog burned to death.” That’s some good police work, Lou.

The piece originally ran April 5, 2006 on Reason Online; it’s entitled THE DRUG WAR GOES TO THE DOGS, and, if you have any soul at all, you’ll be enraged. Now that the DEA is using Blackwater mercenaries in their raiding parties (see the post below), one can only imagine the animal slaughter rate climbing even higher.

DEA uses Blackwater to roust medical marijuana dispensary (?)

Posted in Civil liberties, Politics with tags , , , on 4 August 2008 by Doc Tourneau

Last Saturday, I stumbled across a story on the Los Angeles Times website about a Drug Enforcement Administration raid on a medical marijuana dispensary in Culver City, California. Think what you will about the efficacy of medical marijuana, or about marijuana laws in general, but only a draconian asshole of the highest order would applaud the seeming prioritization of cracking down on these types of operations. By “draconian asshole,” of course, I mean the Bush administration and the current group of gangsters running the quote-unquote US Department of Justice. Or maybe it’s just that the dispensaries, basically mom-and-pop perations run by people whose raison d’ĂȘtre is to help the sick, are the low hanging fruit of the DEA’s identified targets.

You can read three Times story for yourself, but it’s the usual horror story of black-clad shock troops smashing down the doors, terrorizing the personnel and clientele, ripping the place to shit, and seizing all its assets. An added bonus this time around was the breaking-into of an Automated Teller Machine and confiscation of its contents, i.e. money. Wergelt, I guess…