Just yesterday I made the argument that the U.S. is not a totalitarian police state. Well, this morning, Radley Balko posted a terrifying video. This is really hard to watch, but I strongly urge you to do so. A SWAT team found it necessary to break into a home in the middle of the night, and shoot and kill two dogs in front of a seven-year-old child. Who is the hardened criminal that the SWAT team is after? Is he a suspected international crime kingpin? Is he a suspected terrorist planning a bombing? Of course not; the police only turned up a misdemeanor’s worth of marijuana, and that’s really enough to justify tactics that were typical of the Stasi.
Anyone who’s been following the libertarian scene for a while should be familiar Radley’s work on the sheer horror of the war on drugs. It’s a huge national problem. The U.S. is not a totalitarian police state, but the recent trend towards police militarization is deeply disturbing.