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  •  Here we have another clear sign (6+ / 0-)

    of the advancing police state. And another instance where not nearly enough people seem to care. We will soon wish we had cared, and we will desperately wish we had done something about it while we still had some minimal theoretical constitutional control. That control is fading fast.

    This undercover cop sent over fifty text messages to a minor who is clearly part of a vulnerable population and very much susceptible to manipulation and harm. What was the cop trying to get him to do? Score drugs? At any rate, manipulation of such a child in that way is unforgivable. If they were trying to make him find drugs for them, then it is high time we reconsider the legal concept of entrapment, which 30 years ago could have been applied in any case where a police officers hounded somebody (calling them 50 times, say) to get drugs.  Although the concept of entrapment has been eviscerated by the reactionary conservative courts, there would be no better case to show that it should still be considered.

    Other government or nongovernmental agencies would never consider including such persons as special needs children in any type of official activity which places them at risk. To the police, though, they are fair game -- just another day in paradise for a law enforcement industry out of control, obscenely over-funded, and absent any sense of duty or accountability to the public. After all, the police have become accustomed to being above the rules -- all the rules. Under the newer forms of reasoning, they are the rules!

    The American public has glorified this kind of stuff for way too long. It is close to becoming a very real threat to our freedom. Of course, it is pleasant surprise to get another point of view, but we must remember this view comes from the parent. My suspicion is most every other account launches directly into emphasizing concern for the police who did this. Were they safe? Were they ever in danger? Oh, such bravery. I hope they are safe.

    Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't.
    Mark Twain

    by phaktor on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 04:22:07 AM PST

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