In New York City does counterterroism mean threatening protesters with long rifles and mounted machine guns?
The answer is yes, except the New York Post story does not explicitly say “mounted” machine guns. It says the vehicles will come “equipped with” machine guns:
The NYPD will launch a unit of 350 cops to handle both counterterrorism and protests — riding vehicles equipped with machine guns and riot gear — under a re-engineering plan to be rolled out over the coming months.
The Post headline would lead readers to think this is about nothing but terrorism: “NYPD to launch a beefed-up counterterrorism squad.” But in the content of the story, while the Paris terrorist attacks are mentioned, the content indicates that they really want a way to intimidate (or just go ahead and kill) protestors.
The Strategic Response Group, or SRG, will be devoted to “advanced disorder control and counterterrorism protection,” responding to the sort of demonstrations that erupted after the Eric Garner grand jury decision and also events like the recent Paris terror attacks.
“It will be equipped and trained in ways that our normal patrol officers are not,” Commissioner Bill Bratton said Thursday.
“It will be equipped with all the extra heavy protective gear, with the long rifles and the machine guns that are unfortunately sometimes necessary in these instances.”
This is nonsense. A surprise attack on an office will not be affected by lethal batmobiles. The perps will be gone before the special military units are unleashed.
This is about protesters. In other words, all that noise about the militarization of the police in Ferguson never meant a thing. No one is going to remember the promises that were made.
I am not denying that lethal weapons may be necessary to deal with protests, but police are supposed to make arrests. Shotguns are perfectly appropriate (and deadly) tools for arresting protesters. Long-guns and armored cars with machine guns are a way of killing large numbers of people at one time from a distance.
As Bob Allen wrote in his post, “Ferguson Sniper Coming to Your Neighborhood Unless God Spares Us,”
Now that cooler heads have finally prevailed in Ferguson, Missouri, I want to step back a couple of weeks and address the Ferguson sniper pictured below. Imagine those who rationalized there was any possible excuse for this level of police response.
We should never… never… ever… see something like this in America again, unless we are under attack from a foreign power. Never. He is looking through the sight of a weapon-of-war at innocent American citizens.
What is wrong with him?
This officer should be fired for a total lack of appropriate moral reasoning. The employment of those who put him up there, with that gear, should also be terminated, and those individuals should not be allowed back into law enforcement.
Well, he was probably commended rather than fired. And he has set the precedent. NYPD thinks more cops need to be equipped for this kind of thing.
And they call it “counterterrorism.”
The unit, which will be operational by summer, will be assigned to the Counterterrorism Bureau.
Counterterrorism has been used to justify all sorts of unconstitutional usurpations. This shows the endgame. The goal is to define civil protest as “terrorism” and roll out more and more Constitution-free areas in law enforcement.