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Drew: The FBI, CBP, ICE, etc -- the Cops Who Wear Suits agencies -- are far more worrisome than the military.

Especially considering this:

FBI investigated white supremacists infiltrating law enforcement agencies: Report

According to a classified FBI counterterrorism policy guide obtained by The Intercept, "white supremacists and other domestic extremists" have been joining law enforcement agencies across the United States.

"Domestic terrorism investigations focused on militia extremists, white supremacist extremists, and sovereign citizen extremists often have identified active links to law enforcement officers," the FBI's guide states. Detailing the ways the FBI places individuals on a terrorism watch list, the Known or Suspected Terrorism File.

Despite the evident threat posed by these right-wing extremists, law enforcement has failed to acknowledge proper ways to combat, or even address the systemic issue.

by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Feb 4th, 2017 at 05:40:21 PM EST
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Connects fairly well with the old report DHS put out about a month or so into Obama's tenure back in 2009 about the new rise of the militias and other right-wing extremists.

Report was put together by the Bush administration folks but came out right after Obama took office.  The GOPers lost their shit over it.

Think the Southern Poverty Law Center put a similar report out around the same time as they were seeing the same thing.

I'm hesitant to take it too seriously for fear of veering into hyperbole, but it wouldn't be shocking.  In many places, it'd be very easy for white supremacists to slither into law enforcement in a cultural sense.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sat Feb 4th, 2017 at 09:51:57 PM EST
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American law enforcement has always been centered on abusing brown bodies and protecting private property. In my opinion the only variable over time has been the level of public violence. In the modern era a lot of the violence is done behind closed doors in prisons so as to not draw attention from the liberal white public. Obviously the social media era shines a dark light on how much violence is still done publicly, which has a polarizing effect on the public depending on the individual's pre-existing views.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Sat Feb 4th, 2017 at 10:12:50 PM EST
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As someone noted on Twitter a year or two ago -- it's amazing how the rise of high-quality cameras on smartphones has resulted in a rapid increase in the knowledge of police brutality and a collapse in UFO sightings.

And, yep, you're right about the violence in the prisons.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sat Feb 4th, 2017 at 11:11:28 PM EST
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In a lot of smaller places the challenge is having many available candidates who are not of the far right sort.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Feb 8th, 2017 at 03:25:42 PM EST
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