Protection of the Citizen

Published on ZNet, by Nikos Raptis, February 21, 2013.

To really appreciate this article the reader is entreated to honestly perform an “experiment” in his or her mind. Will the reader apply for a job that includes the following:

  • “The infliction of physical punishment is not every man’s job, and naturally we were only too glad to recruit men who were prepared to show no squeamishness at their task. Unfortunately we knew nothing about the Freudian side of the business, and it was only after a number of instances of unnecessary flogging and meaningless cruelty that I stumbled to the fact that my organization had been attracting all the sadists in Germany and Austria without my knowledge …” [Erik Larson, "In the Garden of the Beasts", Random House, 2011, page 370. The verbatim words belong to Rudolf Diels, the creator of the most "effective" police force in world history; the "Gestapo".]  
  • The man has earned: A Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, the Vietnamese Cross Of Gallantry and two Army Commendation Medals for Valor and was honorably discharged from the US Army. For 20 years, as a policeman, he had been torturing people in Chicago. Today he is serving a four and a half year sentence, instead of a 30 year one. His name: Jon Graham Burge. He will be released on February 14, 2015
  • “In 8/07 I reported an officer (Ofcr. Teresa Evans/now a Sergeant), for kicking a suspect … once in the face. The kick in the face left a visible injury …” There is no normal human that doubts the veracity of the words of Chris Dorner, formerly of the LAPD.

My feeling is that most readers of this article would answer that the original question, about the application for a job, is redundant. Because, most people show “squeamishness” about “inflicting physical punishment” … //

… The Greek case:

  • In 2012 the Greek Ministry of the Police, a.k.a the Ministry of Public Order, was renamed to the “Ministry for the Protection of the Citizen”. Inevitably, the word that comes to mind is: “Orwellian”. But, there is more from Orwell, than the adjective. Here it is:
  • George Orwell was born in 1903. In 1922, at the age of 19, he joined the Indian Imperial Police and was sent by the British to Burma (now Myanmar). He writes: “Theoretically-and secretly, of course-I was for the Burmese and all against their oppressors, the British. As for the job I was doing, I hated it more bitterly than I can perhaps make clear. In a job like that you see the dirty work of Empire at close quarters… all these oppressed me with an intolerable sense of guilt. But I could get nothing into perspective. I was young and ill-educated… “["The Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters of George Orwell", Vol. 1, p. 236].

So, what about the Greek policemen?

  • They still do “the dirty work of the Empire”. This time the Empire being the US.
  • Their voting record, during the last parliamentary election shows that around 45% of them voted for the Nazis.
  • Of course, for a person of my age this is not “news”. In 1947, only two years after the “defeat” of the Nazis during the Second World War, the British and the Americans, the “victors”, built a concentration camp on the Greek island of Yaros , in the Aegean, and filled it with Greek leftists. Probably it was the first concentration camp after Auschwitz and the other Nazi camps. The dominant feature of the Yaros camp: torture; brutal torture. That was almost two thirds of a century before 2013 and before the “intellectual” discussion in the US of the Hollywoodian-type of torture by the US elites. As for the British, Orwell’s words render any comment superfluous.
  • A few decades after the closing of the camp, I visited the island of Yaros. As I was wondering around the camp, I entered into one of the wooden sentry boxes of the camp. On the wooden planks of the sentry box there were the usual graffiti “created” by the bored policemen guarding the camp. Prominent among the graffiti, the swastika. Again, this happened a couple of years after the 1945 death of Hitler.
  • Besides the wickedness of the sadistic rank and file of the police, of paramount importance is the choice of the top dog of the police.
  • It is quite instructive to search the personality traits of the various police top dogs through history, worldwide. These individuals are chosen because they have attributes useful to their “masters”. They are vicious, cruel, ruthless, brutish and cowardly. Also, politically, if such a person can have a political ideology, they gravitate towards rightist extremism of any color, with Nazism or crypto-Nazism as the ultimate stage.

[Parenthesis:  Bulletin from Athens for today, Thursday, February 14, 2013:

  • Two days ago a Greek took his very sick mother, an intensive care case, to a hospital. He was informed that there was no bed for her and was shown a very long waiting list of people waiting for an intensive care bed. The mother of the Greek died a few hours later. He wondered, when interviewed by a journalist, as to what happened to the other people on the list. The Greek(?) Minister of Health announced that he will hire medical personnel for the intensive care units that he has closed after firing the previous medical personnel.
  • Three days ago, the general secretary of the Greek Finance Ministry, a certain George Mergos, while speaking at a conference of insurers, said that the minimum wage of Euros 586 (or US $ 780) for the Greeks is too high. Master Mergos, a rather mature yuppyish Greek gentleman and an Oxonian, got his degree in economics from the University of Athens, his Master of Science from Oxford University and his Ph. D from Stanford; an interesting case.

People like Mergos are planted in every square mile of this planet. The seed originates from the illustrious Institutions mentioned above, but the approval for planting and the planting itself originates with “benevolent” people at other parts of the universe of the US elite. Compared to the effectiveness of these institutions for “running” the US Empire, through these plants, the US Marines or by now the Navy SEALS are simply auxiliary personnel … //

The US case:

  • The ultimate virtue for the Anglo-Saxon societies is discipline. Discipline, in essence, is fear. Fear of any authority and obedience to it. This is instilled to people since childhood starting with the family, the elementary school, etc. Therefore, in these societies fear ends up being a “family value”.
  • On the contrary, for societies at the rim of the Mediterranean, the cradle of civilized humanity, the ultimate virtue is support by the family to its members, a value with a history of more than seven thousand years. That the Greek society today is still resisting the unraveling imposed on it by the Empire, is due to this family value of support.
  • In a society as the US, where discipline-fear family value rules, it is easy to create a monstrous police system; the FBI, the CIA and the “ordinary” police. All three use the same tools: the ratfink, torture, and assassination.
  • Here again, the choice of the top dog is very important. Take the “legendary” J.Edgar Hoover of the FBI. Why was he chosen? Because, he would not “show any squeamishness at his task”, whichever that task might be. This applies even down to the lowly top dog of the infamous Arizona sheriff.
  • Today, it is necessary to insist that the case of “Ofcr. Teresa Evans” of the Dorner case, the lady who kicked the suspect in the face, as mentioned above, is equally important to that of J. Edgar Hoover, as there are hundreds of thousands of female and male “Teresas” in the streets of the world and there was only one Dorner to report her. That they burned even Dorner’s corpse, if he committed suicide, could be considered as fear on the part of the police. What were they afraid of?

To close: Is there a solution to the problem of the policeman, or of what is, usually, called the “police brutality” problem? No, if there is no worldwide solution of the brutality of the Empire and its proxies. Then, people will be able to rationally solve the problem of the policeman, for future societies.
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Links:

Test for NATO: US Plans Mini-Force in Post-2014 Afghanistan, on Spiegel Online International, by Matthias Gebauer and Christoph Schult, February 21, 2013: Officially, the West plans to continue helping Afghanistan beyond the conclusion of the NATO mission at the end of 2014. But the US is planning a massive withdrawal, leaving behind a skeletal force of only 10,000 troops. Washington’s allies will have to fill the gaps that result …;

Abyss of Uncertainty: Germany’s Homemade Nuclear Waste Disaster, on Spiegel Online International, by Michael Fröhlingsdorf, Udo Ludwig and Alfred Weinzierl, Feb 21, 2013  (Photo Gallery): Some 126,000 barrels of nuclear waste have been dumped in the Asse II salt mine over the last 50 years. German politicians are pushing for a law promising their removal. But the safety, technical and financial hurdles are enormous, and experts warn that removal is more dangerous than leaving them put …;

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