Friday, April 19, 2013
This should satisfy everyone! (Warning: Lew Rockwell Fever Swamp Alert!)
Oh, I suppose blaming the NRA might seem a stretch, but no evidence or connection at all is necessary if that's your goal. Note that the brothers Tsarnaev were violent. What more evidence do you need?
Of course, not everyone believes that the Tsarnaevs were responsible. Alex Jones on Info Wars calls them "patsies" and says the whole thing "stinks to high heaven." I won't bother linking to Jones' stuff; it would only be surprising if he said there wasn't a conspiracy.
But the "libertarians" of LewRockwell.com are having fits as well. They, like Jones, are absolutely convinced that the government has done this and that the Tsarnaevs are patsies, set up to take the fall. It's all "false flag," you know. I reproduce some of their posts here for readers' edification, with my own commentary following each post. They've really outdone themselves this time. Study these carefully and you too can learn to be an expert at making anything at all that you observe into "evidence" for your preconceived political fantasies. Wow! Enjoy!
Steele's comment: The New York Post seems to be the only member of the "corporate print media" to have claimed the two high school track runners were suspects. The Post also claimed that 12 people had been killed in the bombing and all sorts of other nonsense, and was quickly called on it by the rest of the corporate media. Most of the hysteria over people spotted in various photos seems to have been amateur "sleuths" posting on social media. However, Alex Jones' Info Wars very quickly ID'd the two high school track stars as the likely culprits. I hope these kids sue Jones and the Post. Then Walter Block can come to the defense of Jones and the Post, since he and Lew et al. believe that libel and slander laws are among the worst crimes of statism. There would be so many delicious ironies in the ensuing circus.
It only adds to the delightfulness of Dan's post that after excoriating the media for sensationally pointing to suspects simply because they supposedly look suspicious, he does exactly the same thing himself. (Alex Jones also highlighted these guys as suspects.) Brilliant insight, Dan! Original LRC post here.
Steele's comment: Let's see... there was a bombing at the Boston Marathon that killed or maimed nearly 200 innocent people, and then the apparent culprits begin hijacking citizen vehicles and engaging in running gun and grenade battles with the police. Obviously this is the fruit of Waco, Iraq, and Afghanistan, all of which were designed to lead up to this. And reporting on it is simply agitprop. Brilliant insight, Karen! Original post here.
Steele's comment: Let's see... there was a bombing at the Boston Marathon that killed or maimed nearly 200 innocent people, and then the apparent culprits begin hijacking citizen vehicles and engaging in running gun and grenade battles with the police. At least one of these guys remains on the loose, and police urge citizens to stay inside. Obviously this is "enhanced martial law," done at the behest of the crony capitalists who are giving the orders. Brilliant insight, Lew! (Now please explain what "enhanced martial law" is.) Original post here.
Original post here.
Dear readers, if you like this stuff, you'll also enjoy the dissection of the Boston conspiracy theories of Comrade Lew and Commander Alex by Skeptical Libertarian. They have a very nice analysis of specific arguments, plus an exceptionally clear explanation of how conspiracy theorists can twist anything at all to fit their fantasies. Highly recommended!
Update: (23:58 EDT) Predictably, Lew Rockwell is bitterly upset that Dzhokar Tsarnaev has been caught. So he's projected his own paranoid fantasies in a made-up "FIB (sic) Press Conference." It's bizarre stuff, but that's Rockwell... a nasty, dishonest, lunatic. Just wait. I predict that before this is done Lew will be condemning everyone who rejoiced that the Tsarnaevs were caught, and claiming the Tsarnaevs are the real victims.
There is something scary about the militarization of policing, the race to build a surveillance state, and the onging attempts to disarm the citizens. But that's quite different from the paranoid luncay spouted by Rockwellites and Alex Jones (I haven't documented this, but Rockwell and Co. are now linking to Info Wars. Their insistence that anyone in uniform is a part of the "NWO conspiracy" is both wrong and vile. I also note they regularly counsel cowardice -- they regularly emphasize the importance of fleeing the U.S.
I wish they would.
To what are you referring when you say "the nature of the threat has changed?" Violent crime, and especially shooting, has declined rather dramatically in the U.S., and while there's debate as to why it isn't because of more aggressive police raids.
Neither this nor my reference to the surveillance state have anything to do with the Rockwellites' conspiracy theory insanity. These are serious problems and it is easy to show these are really happening.
The attack on the Army officer -- I've read about this on half a dozen news sites; it's unclear what motivated the maniac who attacked the officer. He's facing criminal charges, and should.
At any rate, I heard about the capture of murderer D. Tsarnaev while listening to Mark Levine. He was probably the first to announce it (he was repeating what was coming over his police scanner). Levine immediately followed by saying we all should thank the police and firefighters who were responding to the crisis. I agree. They were defending people from terrorists.
With regard to the equipment of the law enforcement, there has been a change as well. The urban guerilla war tactics used by the terrorists demand that Law enforcement be prepared to face random and massive attacks, bombings in very densely populated and built space etc etc... This explains the armored vehicles and the massive deployment on the ground of highly modern equipment to secure an area "house by house" for instance. Ultimately, no one was sure that the Tsarnaevs were isolated cases. They could have been backed by another cell. No one was sure that the younger Tsarnaev did not have the means to detonate another bomb or was carrying one on his body himself. This is what I mean by nature of the threats has changed. It has vast implications which elude most of the critics of the law enforcement, especially when they judge a situation without knowledge and from abroad. NV
The CATO article uses many of the same scare tactics as the anti-gun crowd. The H&K MP5 fires the 9mm pistol round, hence the "sub" part of "submachinegun." The Colt 1911 .45ACP round is more-lethal, as is the Colt 45 single-action pistol.
Yes, the MP5 is full-auto, but they are rarely used for more than burst fire. They're used by US Military Special Operations forces like the Navy SEALs, but that's because SpecOps teams are often required to use the minimum amount of force; policing also requires using the minimum amount of force, hence the similarity in weapons requirements.
The same goes for AR-15s used by police; the .223 round is preferred because it is accurate, unlikely to over-penetrate, & the AR-15 has low recoil. It was specifically developed to be LESS lethal than its predecessor military cartridges (e.g., the 30-06 or .308), because wounding the enemy incapacitated both the wounded and those caring for the wounded, while killing the enemy merely incapacitated the dead. AR-15s are less-lethal than the Winchester lever-action 30-30 carried by cowboys in the Old West.
Much the same goes for the flash-bang grenades used by police. These are used to disorient, not to kill. While you wouldn't want to let one go off in your hand, they're far less dangerous than the standard anti-personnel grenade carried by US infantrymen.
The rest of the equipment described in such scary terms by the author is entirely defensive in nature, such as armored vehicles, helmets, body armor, etc.
If US police really were being militarized, they'd be carrying SAWs, anti-personnel grenades, driving M1 Abrams tanks, using .50BMG tripod-mounted full-auto machineguns like the Ma Deuce or the 30mm full-auto guns mounted on the Abrams, those choppers would be Apaches armed w/ mini-guns, etc. They wouldn't be using battery rams to open doors, they'd be using tank rounds or explosives to blow their own doors, followed up by anti-personnel grenades tossed into each room they cleared before entry. Nothing of the kind is happening in America today.
First, I have a great deal of respect for your knowledge & experience in these matters, and if I disagree with you on anything, I do so with a fair amount of caution. So I proceed...
Regarding your "changing nature of the threat" 8:15 post -- it's important to note that what I am calling "militarization" certainly predates 9-11. This is not something that was done in response to threats by jihadists.
You refer to "the urban guerilla war tactics used by the terrorists..." Can you give an example of terrorists using these tactics in the U.S.? In Germany, for that matter?
As for "no one was sure that the Tsarnaevs were isolated cases. They could have been backed by another cell," well, no one was sure that any given person in Boston (or elsewhere) was not a mujahid working with the Tsarnaevs. That sort of uncertainty is not even vaguely close to probable cause. The idea that every home in multiple Boston neighborhoods had to be searched, at gunpoint and w/o warrants, seems like a military operation from Viet Nam or Afghanistan, not police work. I have not posted on the police activity is Boston save for this comment, BTW. I will do so at some point. I would welcome a guest post from you as well.
But that's not the point -- no-knock raids, warrantless searches (apparently done en masse in Boston) with armored cars in support -- if that's not called "militarization," then what word would be preferable? Cato called it "paramilitary," but I'm not sure that's more precise.
I don't much care what we call it, though -- it does not look like the rule of civilian law. One doesn't have to be a Rockwellite kook to find it disturbing.