I don't know how this was marked "insightful". It's a rant pure and simple. Has nothing to do at all with the article and is mostly off topic. I don't believe anyone is espousing deferring to the law enforcement or military. Although, the characterization that it's somehow "un-American" is disingenuous at best. The military has been played an important part in the U.S. from the very start. I'm guessing the author of this "insightful" rant has never been in the military or even personally knows anyone who is a member of a police force. I do agree that the military and police forces need to have civilian oversight. However, instead of blaming the military for "invading some shithole halfway around the world", place the blame where it really belongs - on the President. The military doesn't decide to go to war by itself. They can only do that on orders of Congress or the President. Military actions are the manifestation of foreign policy - right or wrong. So, if you're going to sling your hate at someone, place it on the right people and not the members of the military. I highly doubt, also, that the reason that most people don't become cops or soldiers has anything to do with some sort of misguided sense of civil duty. It more likely has to do with circumstance and upbringing. The truth is that only a small percentage of American citizens end up in the military or as a member of law enforcement. In any case, it can probably be stated that there's a good reason why most people don't want to become . Goes without saying. But, aside from political partisan rants, the only way to change what our military and police force do is through political channels. I completely agree that police have no expectation of privacy because they are public servants paid through public funds. Citizens should exercise their rights, and duty, to maintain vigilance over those who are suppose to be protecting us and not threatening us. We should never feel threatened by those who are suppose to be upholding the law when we do choose to exercise our right to maintain vigilance over those who are sworn in to protect and defend.