Doug hit one out of the park with this entry
at GraniteGrok in 2008 about a suspicious and disturbing incident in Bristol, NH.
NH must consider doing what Maryland does with that state's recent passage of SB 447
in response to the summary execution of the Labrador retrievers: require detailed statements by all SWAT organizations every six months to the governor's office of crime control and prevention
. As I currently understand it, Maryland is the first state in the union to have this level of oversight.
These paramilitary units need oversight. It's common sense. Their ability to inflict death, destruction, turmoil, and psychological terror is unprecedented. Second only to the
IRS. And I doubt the latter does the 3:43 am wake-up by the muzzles of M-4 carbines by men in combat gear. Some bullies grow up to be police officers and are too cowardly to face the enemy in real combat with the Army or Marines. It's much easier to take on civilians, even though they sometimes reach for a gun. In that case it's legit to riddle their bodies with bullets. After the dogs, presumably.
LONG, LONG OVERDUE, PEOPLE. Meanwhile, you can join the Facebook page
of the mayor of the small town in Maryland who suffered the hideous execution of his dogs because of a botched
SWAT raid. It's so easy for the testosterone-laden authorities to rain devastation on hearth and home
and the peace in a way that lasts forever. I'm sorry for Cheye Calvo. What he had to endure is completely unacceptable in the United States. And it could happen to you.