There is a time and place for SWAT tactics. Increasingly, however, such tactics are being used where they are entirely unnecessary. In a number of cases, these tactics are being used where the person being sought does not even live at the address under scrutiny. Herschel Smith details one such event and makes the following observations:
[H]ere is the impeccable and tightly woven logic of the evening. The syllogism goes something like this. The person whom we are after at one time lived in a specific location. We have never met this person and don’t know him to be a threat of any kind. Therefore, since people never move and always live at the same address their entire lives, and since people are known to go crazy if you talk calmly to them, we will send in an armed team in the middle of the night to point rifles at the people in this home, who must be our target because, after all, people never move.
Behavior like this from the legal authorities undergirds the growing understanding of the population that we do not have a government of, by and for the people.
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