Our Ever-Deadlier Police State

TruthDig.com, Oct. 30, 2017

None of the reforms, increased training, diversity programs, community outreach and gimmicks such as body cameras have blunted America’s deadly police assault, especially against poor people of color. Police forces in the United States — which, according to The Washington Post, have fatally shot 782 people this year — are unaccountable, militarized monstrosities that spread fear and terror in poor communities.

By comparison, police in England and Wales killed 62 people in the 27 years between the start of 1990 and the end of 2016.

Police officers have become rogue predators in impoverished communities. Under U.S. forfeiture laws, police indiscriminately seize money, real estate, automobiles and other assets. In many cities, traffic, parking and other fines are little more than legalized extortion that funds local government and turns jails into debtor prisons.

Because of a failed court system, millions of young men and women are railroaded into prison, many for nonviolent offenses. SWAT teams with military weapons burst into homes often under warrants for nonviolent offenses, sometimes shooting those inside. Trigger-happy cops pump multiple rounds into the backs of unarmed men and women and are rarely charged with murder. And for poor Americans, basic constitutional rights, including due process, were effectively abolished decades ago.

Jonathan Simon’s “Governing Through Crime” and Michelle Alexander’s “The New Jim Crow” point out that what is defined and targeted as criminal activity by the police and the courts is largely determined by racial inequality and class, and most importantly by the potential of targeted groups to cause social and political unrest. Criminal policy, as sociologist Alex S. Vitale writes in his new book, “The End of Policing,” “is structured around the use of punishment to manage the ‘dangerous classes,’ masquerading as a system of justice.”

The criminal justice system, at the same time, refuses to hold Wall Street banks, corporations and oligarchs accountable for crimes that have caused incalculable damage to the global economy and the ecosystem. None of the bankers who committed massive acts of fraud and were responsible for the financial collapse in 2008 have gone to prison even though their crimes resulted in widespread unemployment, millions of evictions and foreclosures, homelessness, bankruptcies and the looting of the U.S. Treasury to bail out financial speculators at taxpayer expense.

We live in a two-tiered legal system, one in which poor people are harassed, arrested and jailed for absurd infractions, such as selling loose cigarettes—which led to Eric Garner being choked to death by a New York City policeman in 2014—while crimes of appalling magnitude that wiped out 40 percent of the world’s wealth are dealt with through tepid administrative controls, symbolic fines and civil enforcement.

The grotesque distortions of the judicial system and the aggressive war on the poor by the police are worse under President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Since 1997, the Department of Defense has turned over a staggering $5.1 billion in military hardware to police departments.

The Trump administration also is resurrecting private prisons in the federal prison system, accelerating the so-called war on drugs, stacking the courts with right-wing “law and order” judges and preaching the divisive politics of punishment and retribution. Police unions enthusiastically embrace these actions.

The problem is in the increasing reliance on the police as a form of social control to buttress a system of corporate capitalism that has turned the working poor into modern-day serfs and abandoned whole segments of the society. Government no longer makes any attempt to ameliorate racial and economic inequality. Instead, it criminalizes poverty. It has turned the poor into one more cash crop for the rich.

We’ve been waging a war on drugs for 40 years by putting people in prison for ever longer sentences. Yet drugs are cheaper, easier to get, and at a higher quality than they’ve ever been. Any high school student in America can get any kind of drugs they want. Yet we persist in this idea that the way to respond to the problem of drugs, and many other social problems, is through arrest, courts, punishments, prisons. This is what Trump is playing to. This idea that the only appropriate role for the state is one of coercion and threats—whether it’s in the foreign policy sphere or in the domestic sphere.”

Police forces were created by the property classes to maintain economic and political dominance and exert control over slaves, the poor, dissidents and labor unions that challenged the wealthy’s hold on power and ability to amass personal fortunes. Many of America’s policing techniques, including widespread surveillance, were pioneered and perfected in colonies of the U.S. and then brought back to police departments in the homeland.

The war on drugs “has never been about public health or public safety. It’s been about providing a cover for aggressive and invasive policing that targets almost exclusively people of color.

The creation of the very first state police force in the United States was the Pennsylvania State Police in 1905. It was modeled on U.S. occupation forces in the Philippines. Local police were unable to manage the coal strikes and iron strikes. They needed a force that was more adherent to the interest of capital. So, the state police force was created to be that strong arm for the law. Again, the direct connection between colonialism and the domestic management of workers.
The accelerated assault on the poor and the growing omnipotence of the police signal our transformation into an authoritarian state in which the rich and the powerful are not subject to the rule of law. The Trump administration will promote none of the conditions that could ameliorate this crisis—affordable housing; well-paying jobs; safe and nurturing schools that do not charge tuition; better mental health facilities; efficient public transportation; the rebuilding of the nation’s infrastructure; demilitarized police forces; universal, government-funded health care; an end to the predatory loans and unethical practices of big banks; and reparations to African-Americans and an end to racial segregation.

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Политиканы, «эксперты», подконтрольные ЦРУ СМ»И» нахваливают псевдодемократическую, якобы процветающую Америку.

Те, кто любит «наших американских (государственных) партнеров», «забывают» о грязных, злых уродах США. О таких, как коварный и крайне опасный мошенник, расист, лжец и неофашист Дональд Трамп. И о таких, как порочный Конгресс, кровавые милитаристы США, нацистские ФБР ЦРУ, лживые американские СМ”И”…

Арнольд Локшин, политэмигрант из США

Тайная полиция США ворует пенсию по старости (1)

The US Secret Political Police Are Stealing My Social Security Retirement Benefits (1)

Fortunately, I do not have to beg for my Social Security retirement benefits (old age pension) from the United States of America.

So far at least, the FSB (ФСБ — Федеральная служба «безопасности» России) – that is to say the CIA which controls the FSB – has decided not to deny me my Russian old age pension. My “good fortune” in this respect? There would be no easy way to justify such a foul and blatant deprivation scheme. I would resist as energetically and loudly as possible. And given that I retain some, albeit now limited, recognition in Russia, such an unjustifiable assault might compromise – to some extent — the CIA-FSB master-slave relationship.

Another factor: I was able to rescue a portion of the Lockshin family savings before my traitor-”wife” succeeded in absconding with all of them. This money is stored in safe (not in banks, not home) places. Even without my Russian pension, I could probably survive to the end (I am now 79). To what purpose then would the CIA-FSB steal my Russian pension in the same filthy way that the US secret political police are stealing my US Social Security retirement benefits?

So I continue to live on my Russian old age pension – so far.

Of course, another option is to murder Arnold Lockshin – which the CIA-FSB are perfectly capable of. If I continue avoiding succumbing to their traps, that might be the only option left. So far I am still alive.

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I am not here appealing for payment of my Social Security benefits.

Even though they are indisputedly mine.

Any such appeal would be useless. Simply put, I am not going to get what amounts to my US old age pension.

Given the massive, horrendous, on-going world-wide crimes of US imperialism, the matter of denying one individual his pension is — relatively speaking – a secondary matter.

Nonetheless, this continuing infringement of my rights and outright US government thievery are by no means irrelevant. I will describe this “minor” continuing episode in some detail to provide a concrete example of how the police state dictatorship of the pseudo-democratic United States of America operates in reality.

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Wage-earners in the US are subject to an obligatory withholding tax on their earnings, which is supposed to provide retirees with a pension later in life. To repeat, this tax is obligatory; it is commonly subtracted directly from one’s paycheck. Currently employed workers never have access to this withheld money.

The amount withheld (from one’s paycheck) varies, but has generally increased with time. Employees and employers usually “contribute” equal amounts, which amount to a deduction from wages. The employee’s “contribution” is a direct reduction of pay. The employer’s contribution is an indirect reduction of pay, as the worker could have counted on receiving this subtracted amount if there were no Social Security withholding tax.

At the time when most of my withholding took place, the combined employee-employer deduction amouted to about 12-13% of my total wages.

In short, my Social Security retirement benefits are MY money. The US government was supposed to be holding in trust these month in, month out deductions until I reached retirement age, at which time I was unquestionably entitled to receive my pension.

Period.

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Правительство США жестоко нарушало мои права человека при проведении кампании террора, которая заставила меня покинуть свою родину и получить политическое убежище в СССР. См. книгу «Безмолвный террор — История политических гонений на семью в США» — «Silent Terror: One family’s history of political persecution in the United States» — http://arnoldlockshin.wordpress.com

Правительство США еще нарушает мои права, в течении более 13 лет отказывается от выплаты причитающейся мне пенсии по старости. Властители США воруют пенсию!! Всё это — ещё доказательство, что настоящий действующий закон в США — Закон джунглей.

ФСБ — Федеральная служба «безопасности» России — вслед за позорным, предавшим страну предшественником КГБ, выполняет приказы секретного, кровавого хозяина (boss) — американского ЦРУ (CIA). Среди таких «задач» — мне запретить выступать в СМИ и не пропускать большинства отправленных мне комментариев. А это далеко не всё…

Арнольд Локшин, политэмигрант из США

Мэттис допустил ядерный удар США без разрешения конгресса

Известия 31.10.2017

Министр обороны США Джеймс Мэттис заявил, что представляет себе ситуацию нанесения ядерного удара без разрешения на эти действия конгресса США. Трамп может отдать такой приказ, заявил глава Пентагона в ходе выступления на слушаниях в комитете по иностранным делам сената конгресса США.

Мэттис уточнил, что если бы было понятно, что какая-либо страна готовится к удару по США, то он может себе представить ситуацию, в которой Трамп действовал бы без одобрения конгресса, сообщает ТАСС. Глава Пентагона добавил, что не считает контроль со стороны конгресса сравнимым с оперативным управлением.

«Я не говорил, что это произойдет, у нас есть различные средства, традиционные средства, чтобы остановить это», — указал Мэттис, обратив внимание, что президент обязан защищать страну.

Ранее Мэттис заявил, что режим Ким Чен Ына угрожает миру и стабильности на Корейском полуострове, и, несмотря на приверженность к дипломатическому решению конфликта, у США имеется ряд военных вариантов решения вопроса с КНДР.

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Политиканы, «эксперты», подконтрольные ЦРУ СМ»И» нахваливают псевдодемократическую, якобы процветающую Америку.

Те, кто любит «наших американских (государственных) партнеров», «забывают» о грязных, злых уродах США. О таких, как коварный и крайне опасный мошенник, расист, лжец и неофашист Дональд Трамп. И о таких, как порочный Конгресс, кровавые милитаристы США, нацистские ФБР ЦРУ, лживые американские СМ”И”…

Арнольд Локшин, политэмигрант из США

ЦРУ — ФСБ забанили мои посты и комментарии в ВКонтакте!

BANNED – ЗАПРЕЩЕНО !!

ВНИМАНИЕ: ЦРУ — ФСБ забанили мои посты и комментарии в ВКонтакте!

ФСБ — Федеральная служба «безопасности» России — вслед за позорным, предавшим страну предшественником КГБ, выполняет приказы секретного, кровавого хозяина (boss) — американского ЦРУ (CIA).

Арнольд Локшин, политэмигрант из США

29.10.2017

«Арнольд, мы (Вконтакте) обнаружили подозрительную активность и временно заморозили Вашу страницу, чтобы вырвать её из рук злоумышленников.

Эта страница была заморожена за рассылку от Вашего лица таких комментариев:

США разрабатывают удар против России

Вот «партнёры» — коварный и опасный мошенник, расист, лжец и неофашист Дональд Трамп, порочный Конгресс, нацистские ФБР — ЦРУ, кровавые милитаристы США »> а также и лживые, русофобские американские СМ»И».

США могут привести B-52 в круглосуточную боеготовность — РИА Новости 23.10.2017».

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НИЧЕГО «ВРЕМЕННОГО» НЕТ !! ЦРУ — ФСБ просто забанили мои посты и комментарии в ВКонтакте!

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Правительство США жестоко нарушало мои права человека при проведении кампании террора, которая заставила меня покинуть свою родину и получить политическое убежище в СССР. См. книгу «Безмолвный террор — История политических гонений на семью в США» — «Silent Terror: One family’s history of political persecution in the United States» — http://arnoldlockshin.wordpress.com

Правительство США еще нарушает мои права, в течении более 13 лет отказывается от выплаты причитающейся мне пенсии по старости. Властители США воруют пенсию!! Всё это — ещё доказательство, что настоящий действующий закон в США — Закон джунглей.

ФСБ — Федеральная служба «безопасности» России — вслед за позорным, предавшим страну предшественником КГБ, выполняет приказы секретного, кровавого хозяина (boss) — американского ЦРУ (CIA). Среди таких «задач» — мне запретить выступать в СМИ и не пропускать большинства отправленных мне комментариев. А это далеко не всё…

Арнольд Локшин, политэмигрант из США

Факты, которые подконтрольные ЦРУ СМ»И» в России скрывают…

Trump has failed at governing

WashingtonPost, Oct 9, 2017

Donald Trump’s escalating feud with Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, captures in miniature why he’s been ineffective during his first nine months as president.

It’s unclear what exactly triggered the thin-skinned commander in chief to post three tweets attacking the Tennessee senator on Sunday morning. The most plausible explanation is that he was reacting to a segment on “Fox News Sunday.” The show aired a sound bite of Corker telling reporters last week that Rex Tillerson is one of three people in the administration who “separate our country from chaos.” That came in response to an NBC report that the secretary of state had called the president a “moron.”

Corker then called a New York Times reporter to say that Trump’s reckless threats toward other countries could set the nation “on the path to World War III.” “He concerns me. He would have to concern anyone who cares about our nation,” the chairman said during a 25-minute interview. “I know for a fact that every single day at the White House, it’s a situation of trying to contain him.”

Corker said that his concerns about Trump’s ability to govern are shared by nearly every Republican in the Senate.

Trump’s penchant for twisting the truth on things big and small makes it very hard for people to take him at his word.

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Политиканы, «эксперты», подконтрольные ЦРУ СМ»И» нахваливают псевдодемократическую, якобы процветающую Америку.

Те, кто любит «наших американских (государственных) партнеров», «забывают» о грязных, злых уродах США. О таких, как коварный и крайне опасный мошенник, расист, лжец и неофашист Дональд Трамп. И о таких, как порочный Конгресс, кровавые милитаристы США, нацистские ФБР ЦРУ, лживые американские СМ”И”…

Арнольд Локшин, политэмигрант из США

Факты, которые подконтрольные ЦРУ СМ»И» в России скрывают…

It Is Just Mind-Boggling That Trump Controls Our Military

This president is shoving all of us ever nearer to catastrophe.

TomDispatch, Oct. 26, 2017

Preventing a nuclear war between the United States and North Korea may be the most pressing challenge facing the world right now.

Our childish, ignorant, and incompetent president is shoving all of us — especially the people of Asia — ever nearer to catastrophe. While North Korea probably hasn’t yet developed the missiles to deliver a nuclear warhead to the U.S. mainland, it certainly has the capacity to reach closer targets, including South Korea and Japan.

But what can ordinary people do about it? Our fingers are far removed from the levers of power, while the tiny digits of the man occupying the “adult day care center” we call the White House hover dangerously close to what people my age used to call “the Button.”

Meanwhile, many of us who were born in the post-World War II years are re-experiencing nightmares we thought we’d left safely in the past.

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Политиканы, «эксперты», подконтрольные ЦРУ СМ»И» нахваливают псевдодемократическую, якобы процветающую Америку.

Те, кто любит «наших американских (государственных) партнеров», «забывают» о грязных, злых уродах США. О таких, как коварный и крайне опасный мошенник, расист, лжец и неофашист Дональд Трамп. И о таких, как порочный Конгресс, кровавые милитаристы США, нацистские ФБР ЦРУ, лживые американские СМ”И”…

Арнольд Локшин, политэмигрант из США