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Comment Re:Their Overarching Motivation Vanished (Score 1) 225

If anyone worked in that agency with a sincere desire to protect the American people and inform their national leaders of threats against the country, then that person's motivation is going to evaporate. When your leader has basically announced that he won't extend any consideration or trust to your organization, is there any value to your work? At the end of the day, what will all of your efforts accomplish?

And that's the problem: The pay is *not bad* though less than private for some folks. So what's the motivation to stay? Serving your country and all that. When the President starts bad-mouthing what you do, why you do it, and calling into question your patriotic motivations, YES, it's no longer worth it.

This is why I've just left Federal servoce.

Comment Re:Please, no... (Score 2, Insightful) 318

Police represent the State.
Police/State under threat.
SMS invokes a well regulated militia to come to the State's aid.

In the event that our Law Enforcement ever needs a "well regulated" militia, they're not going to find it by alerting a bunch of fat red-necks in tactical vest with AR-15's and such. What is meant by "well regulated militia" is called the National Guard .

For example when Katrina went down and the National Guard was called out.

Or that big earth quake in California. The National Guard was called out.

Or the situation with wild fires. The National Guard is helping on that one, too.

Or massive flooding in the Mississippi River drainage - I believe the National Guard helped out on that one.

Or back on 9/11, the National Guard was called out to secure airports...

See the trend in these examples?

Comment Please, no... (Score 5, Insightful) 318

Yes, this is a good idea, let's all converge on the scene of a shootout... Or whatever.

On the one hand, with typical "police behavior", often we are lucky when there are "citizen" observers.

On ywt another hand, this presents a safety danger with unknown consistences many of which are not good.

Another aspect that comes to mind is that this is just one more step in the direction of a "Police State" where our Law Enforcement are seen as some holy religious order, our Priests in Blue... We've all seen these 200 car processions when a police officer is killed in the line of duty...

I don't think this is a well thought-out idea.

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