Militarisation

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"War on Terror"

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The coverpage of UK's Daily Express from 23 July, 2005, the day after de Menezes was killed by the Metropolitan Police. The Express labelled him a "terrorist".

The "War on Terror" official narrative has seen a huge militarisation of civil society globally, but particularly in the US. Surplus military equipment has been passed on to schools and other institutions where previously no such need was perceived.

Increasing violence by governments

An increase in the use of (sometimes fatal) violence by government agencies such as the police. In the early 2010s, the US Department of Homeland Security ordered billions of rounds of hollow point ammunition, claiming that this was an effort to economise.

SWAT teams

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SWAT teams were first created in the US[citation needed] in the 1960s, to handle riot control or violent confrontations with criminals, the number and usage of SWAT teams increased in the 1980s and 1990s during the "War on Drugs".

Mass shootings

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Mass shootings have become an increasingly common is US, almost always my men or boys. Perpetrators are often users of drugs such as SSRIs.

In the USA, churches have been arming and training members of their congregationd in response to mass shootings.[1]


 

Related Quotations

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Hypocricy“At the same time that the US is equipping nearly half the world with deadly weapons, profiting to the tune of $36.2 billion, its leaders have also been lecturing American citizens on the dangers of gun violence and working to enact measures that would make it more difficult for Americans to acquire certain weapons.”John Whitehead12 August 2019
US/Deep state<nowiki>“I join with those who assess the decay of the so-called Pax Americana into ever widening arms build-ups and military violence, in the light of the very similar decay a century ago of the so-called Pax Brittanica. We need to rescind policies that are as visibly detrimental to America and the world today as they were to Britain then. The problem is that Amnerican institutions are again in the grip of collective mania, as they were in the Palmer raids of 1919 and the McCarthy persecutions of the early 1950s. People outside government must work for a redirection of the U.S. government away from mania and illegality, like the awakening that ends the McCarthy era. But to regain control of politics, Americans must learn to understand and cope with the dark forces of the deep state.

America, I try to suggest at the end [of The American Deep State] has like Britain far more to contribute to the world than violent power.”</nowiki>
Peter Dale Scott2015
US/Deep state“When Eisenhower warned against the military-industrial complex, the values, institutions, and resources that comprised it were still subordinate elements in American society. Today it not only dominates both parties, but it is also financing threats to both of these parties from even further to the right.”Peter Dale Scott2015

 

Related Document

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:War and Peace - The Lost Principles of Science and Valuearticle17 June 2015John McMurtryA wide-ranging critique of the techniques of globalisation and the way in which apparently otherwise well-meaning western NGOs frame the worlds problems in US war propaganda terms


References

  1. Churches arm, train congregants in wake of mass shootings