When I read about hyper-militarized fascist bullshit like this
, it makes me despair for this once-compassionate and humane country, putting ideas in my head that would, in this Fuck the 4th Amendment, We're the NSA, Bitch! day and age would make me a victim and not just a mere commentator on said fascism. I'll just let the Daily Kos blogger editorialize in their own words to start:
In a case that highlights absolutely everything wrong with this country, Wisconsin state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) agents and sheriff's deputies "armed to the teeth" raided a non-profit no kill shelter based on multiple anonymous tips of a deer on the premises. Aerial photos were taken, warrant issued, and the raid ensued by heavily armed agents. The staff was corralled, not permitted to make calls and a cellphone was confiscated to delete pictures of the raid. A baby deer (named Giggles by the staff) was indeed seized and stuffed into a body bag...and then promptly killed by the agents. The presiding warden compared it to a drug raid to justify the SWAT-like tactics.
At some point, every rational-thinking person with even just a baseline of compassion has to wonder how the fuck we turned from a nation renowned for its national parks and animal cruelty laws to a collaboration of Alice's Resatuarant
between Leni Riefenstahl and Sam Pekinpah and all within our lifetimes. Fucking seriously? Aerial photographs were taken? Were they 27 8×10 color glossy pictures with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one explaining what each one was to be used as evidence against them?
And why would these fascist twats think they needed to be armed to the teeth? Because they were expecting bin Laden and his merry band of cave-dwelling terrorists fresh from Tora Bora instead of the mostly teenaged volunteers? And all because some anonymous, do-gooder, "Teacher, teacher, you forgot to assign us homework!" tipster called in that the no kill shelter was harboring an illegal fawn? Why didn't they call Ted fucking Nugent over so they could have a barbeque, maybe invite Bush over for some tender venison and hold a Republican fundraiser over the tiny, half-eaten carcass, for fuck's sake?
Better minds than mine have gone over and over at how much our police have been flooded with federal Daddy war bucks ever since 911 and how our local constabularies mostly made up of people we knew and grew up as kids now treat the citizenry they're mandated to protect as if we're 300,000,000 potential criminals and terrorists. Whereas SWAT teams weren't created until after the Charles Whitman mass shooting at the University of Texas in the late 60's, police now have tanks, helicopters, SUVs with battering rams, mortars and all sorts of ungodly ordnance, grenades, and, as Occupy showed us, even sonic disruptors (LRADs) that would cripple the Hulk. And, of course, your local constabularies are now coordinating with federal agencies, some say as many as 52, starting with the FBI and Homeland Security.
And any second amendment foam finger-waver who would tell you that we're not living in a fascist police state seriously needs to have a head-out-of-the-ass-ectomy.
It would be very easy to lay this at Scott Walker's doorstep at the Governor's mansion in Madison but this isn't something for which we can blame a single Governor or even a single administration or session of Congress. This is some serous mission creep we're talking about here. Now that al Qaeda is all but crippled and bin Laden allegedly dead, anxious, trigger-happy cops who dearly miss the 60's are just itching for an excuse to pull the trigger, even getting throbbing, oozing hardons at the thought of murdering a defenseless fawn shoved into a body bag and searching the rest of the shelter for what other incriminating evidence they could find, even destroying evidence to cover up their allegedly legal police action.
I'd like to close by saying that I wish every cop who was involved in this Wisconsin raid would die of cancer but I have to stop short and say that such a fate, dying in a nice clean hospice bed, is simply too good, too sedate and not exciting enough for them. People who have such a complete, sociopathic disregard for even the most harmless forms of life simply have no socially redeeming assets and therefore have no place upon this planet.