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Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids in America | Radley Balko | Cato Institute: White Paper
Americans have long maintained that a man's home is his castle and that he has the right to defend it from unlawful intruders. Unfortunately, that right may be disappearing. Over the last 25 years, America has seen a disturbing militarization of its civilian law enforcement, along with a dramatic and unsettling rise in the use of paramilitary police units (most commonly called Special Weapons and Tactics, or SWAT) for routine police work. The most common use of SWAT teams today is to serve narcotics warrants, usually with forced, unannounced entry into the home.
crime  justice  law  america  civil-liberties  freedom  libertarian  privacy  police  militarization  paramilitary 
july 2010 by tsuomela
The Great "Whither Libertarians" Debate | Politics | The American Scene
If what libertarians are interested in doing is shifting the national conversation, they could do the most good by organizing people who are not culturally liberal but who value freedom into opposition to military spending and the cult of national security. If Brink Lindsey and, say, Andrew Bacevich got together to say: listen: moving the national conversation on the security state security and our military posture matters more to freedom today than keeping taxes low, and matters more to each of us than stuff we disagree on like immigration and gay marriage – that would get noticed.
politics  military-indusrial-complex  libertarian  freedom  free-markets  ideology  priorities  civil-liberties 
july 2010 by tsuomela

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