Only 18/21 on that thing... The uniforms were the biggest giveaway. Also, little things like the way the Marines are wearing their hats in #14. Although there was one where the guy was using an MP5 with a built in silencer (#5), which was indicative of a soldier.
Originally Posted by burningbright
Good find, Harvey, that's it.
Yeah, I just don't understand why Main Street America needs tanks, BearCats and fully automatic assault rifles. Top this off with things like NSA surveillance, and police trampling over your constitutional rights (even the obscure 3rd Amendment) and it really doesn't look too good or make me feel very safe. Frankly, it very much makes me feel quite the opposite and reminds me of several pages from the playbooks of these guys:
“The best way to take control over a people and control them utterly is to take a little of their freedom at a time, to erode rights by a thousand tiny and almost imperceptible reductions. In this way the people will not see those rights and freedoms being removed until past the point at which these changes cannot be reversed.” - Adolf Hitler
“The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.” - Hermann Goering, standing trial at Nuremburg, 1946.
Why shouldn't people be allowed to have tanks or fully automatic "assault" rifles? I don't see what the big deal is. We've already seen what people can do with knives and semi-automatic weapons, and explosives. People with household chemicals can do far more damage than someone with a fully-automatic weapon, and it would be easier to get away with it.
As for, tanks, the only people able to afford them would be the ultra-wealthy. A battle tank, such as an M1 Abrams, costs ~$8.5 million new. Even an older tank is going to cost hundreds of thousands, I imagine. That isn't even considering the fact that people already own such vehicles and they charge people to come to their property and drive around in them -- they don't have working cannons, but that's about the only difference.
Originally Posted by Xiaogou
If you are referring to Saylor, police gave him lawful commands to leave. If you are talking about that video of that kid in the car at the checkpoint, instructing him to roll his window all the way is a lawful command.
A little off topic...we have county judges at all checkpoints that will sign a search warrant on the spot, that includes taking someone for a blood test.
Personally, I think DUI checkpoints are awful. For police to be allowed to sit in a spot and just search/examine people for passing a certain coordinate is inane. What's worse is the slippery slope of Bloomberg stop-and-frisk policies it enables.