When Did Fear Take the Driver’s Seat in Amerika?

I have Chris’s feed in my google reader, so I was led to this story in Boing Boing expecting a horror story about a school suspension.  No.  It was worse.  The police were called and a case was opened.  Because of an evil fourth grade super-villian with a broken pencil sharpener.

But then, at the bottom of that Boing Boing entry was another post that led to this interview with a man and his family terrorized and gunpoint by intruders who shot and killed their family pets.  Of course, they were police.

In America, we enjoy incredible health and prosperity (even in the middle of an economic slowdown).  Does anyone really think that this use of police power contributes an iota to this?  Why is paranoia about worst case scenarios (school violence/ drugs) allowed to justify such insane and dangerous terror tactics? (Yes, putting a fourth grader in front of an officer of the law counts.)

The quest for absolute safety means no one is.

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