Thursday, May 11, 2006

Enforcement boondoggles...

That's how they get "sucked back in"--holding still for and participating in all manner of civil rights violations in return for Fed dollars in their discredited "enforcement initiatives". It's an unusually tough, brave, and ethical local copo who will turn down balancing his budget if all he has to do for it is invade a few citizens' privacy:

little attention has been focused on the role of state and local authorities in the war on terrorism. A U.S. News inquiry found that federal officials have funneled hundreds of millions of dollars into once discredited state and local police intelligence operations.

D.A.R.E., in particular, has been pretty conclusively shown to be remarkably ineffective at preventing children's drug use, and remarkably effective at funnelling millions to local police departments. Kinda like "faith-based initiatives."

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