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Military Crowd Control Deployed in LA

by Orwell Warned Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2000 at 7:04 AM

Long before the RNC in the summer of 2000, police in Los Angeles worked closely with military officers on crowd control and situational handling. This document from the "Miltary Review" (aka "The Professional Journal of the United States Army") outlines the militarized tactics used on demonstrators in Los Angeles. It's author, a Lt. in the LA Sheriff's Department and USMC reservist, attempts to justify a militarized approach in dealing with citizens of a Democracy. You, the citizen and your right to assemble, are in the crosshairs.

45 Crowds, Mobs and Nonlethal Weapons

by CWO-5 Sid Heal, US Marine Corps Reserve

Peacemaking is neither

painless nor easy but fraught with danger, misperceptions and criticism.

According to one political leader, "Making peace, I have found, is much

harder than making war."1 To accomplish those difficult peace-keeping

missions, being considered just is more important than being considered

powerful. The payoff can be substantial, for "the greatest honor history

can bestow is that of peacemaker."2

Peacekeeping as Warfighting

An examination of peacekeeping and warfight-ing, despite their similarities,

is a study of contrasts. First, peacekeeping operations are highly sensitive

to political objectives and tend to cast the military in a supporting,

rather than a leading role. The military has developed doctrine and honed

procedures to prepare for and execute war. Peacekeeping operations, however,

present new problems for which there are few readily apparent solutions.

Second, adversaries during peacekeeping operations are often amorphous

and difficult to identify. Factions with shifting loyalties and alliances

can be friend one day and foe the next

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Hmm... Elysian Thursday, Dec. 28, 2000 at 10:13 PM
Militarization? Did you read this article? Fair Shake Friday, Dec. 29, 2000 at 6:10 PM
This isn't progress Mark De Martini Saturday, Dec. 30, 2000 at 2:17 PM
Authority is granted by the people.... Fair Shake Wednesday, Jan. 03, 2001 at 7:02 PM
ignorance is your bliss who wants to know Thursday, Jan. 04, 2001 at 8:28 PM
Peaceful Protest is a right! Fair Shake Sunday, Jan. 14, 2001 at 9:47 AM
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