Before floating off on cloud nine for the night, I decided to check the TT for any newsworthy items. COA power plant up and running again….good, good. Hopefully that does not mean bigger utility bills. Obama and Jindal…no one likes what they are saying and doing this week….not surprising….then I ran across this:
Recently there was another crime sweep in Alexandria accompanied by a military helicopter. It flew over my house for two days. Military activity on our streets is forbidden by the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 which says that it is unlawful to “employ any part of the Army of the United States, as a posse comitatus, or otherwise, for the purpose of executing the laws …” We do not need to become accustomed to troops on the streets. This is not normal and sets a dangerous precedence.
I feel these operations are to acclimate us to a police state. AN applicable saying comes to mind, “Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants: it is the creed of slaves.”
Our problem is not with our neighbors’ vices but with tyranny in the form of bankers and politicians. I find it sick that ordinary citizens are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for non-victim crimes, but bankers, who have stolen trillions of dollars, go unopposed by the law.
Thomas Jefferson said, “If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of currency, the banks and corporations that grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.”
Is she for real? Or is that, fo’ real? I would like to know where she lives and whether or not she is on drugs! Are we talking about drugs and a crime sweep? Or are we talking about banking? I am confused.
The two days the helicopter flew over my house I cheered! I am glad that the city is taking the drug problem seriously and conducting crime sweeps. We need more of them! I guess I am whacky but my favorite sounds are: The crime sweep helicopter flying overhead at all hours of the evening. The “whirr-whirr” of the street cleaner in the morning (and I mean early in the morning). The “Crchank….rrrrrrrrrrrr” of the machine picking up limbs I piled up on the curb. The “whop, whop, whop” of the dumpster being dumped at 5:00 a.m. every Friday. To me, these are sounds of progress. I am thankful for the services the city provides and am thankful that these services are carried out. Bankers stealing trillions of dollars? Are you really bothered by that Ms. Wilson? The City of Alexandria is not responsible for crooked out of state bankers but they are responsible for taking care of business on the home front. Yes, it is sad that these astronomical crimes were committed elsewhere and a lot of people suffered from it but that should not deter the COA from cleaning up the streets. It is interesting that in one sentence Ms. Wilson is arguing that using military power is against the law and in another sentence she is belittling non-victim crimes (which are against the law). Also, the egregious claim that bankers who have broken the law are not being prosecuted…can that claim be substantiated please? The “Posse Comitatus Act of 1878” was quoted to justify the claim that using military force is improper. This seems to be a lopsided letter with a lopsided complaint.
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Spot on, Mrs. Warren, spot on!
I am another C. Wilson and having lived through the Katrina nightmare in New Orleans, I can remember cheering when friends of mine in the Texas National Guard told me they were being sent to my poor city to help. I also recall cheering a year later when the Mayor announced the National Guard would be on the streets of our city enforcing curfews and tracking down criminal activity.
I seem to recall this irrational fear of a police state is one of the reasons the National response to Katrina was so slow: Former Gov. Blanco was reticent about signing documents that would give the Federal government the power they needed to send in Non Louisiana National Guardsmen.
The other C. Wilson should consider that we give up our “rights” to the criminals and drug dealers when someone does not do the job of standing ready to “protect us against all enemies both foreign and domestic.”
Well said!!!!! Bravo!
“We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.” – Winston Churchill (miscellaneous quotation, no date)
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