Why indeed do military and police personnel wear combat fatigues during domestic protests in the U.S.? The familiar mottled green-and-brown camouflage is designed to help soldiers blend into a forest environment, not an urban environment. So the only reason they could wear forest camouflage in an urban setting is to stand out, not blend in—to say, in effect, “we are the military, and we are here.” It’s a flagrant insult to everything America is supposed to be about, a kick in the teeth to the founders. And we’re being trained to accept it.
It’s instructive to keep in mind that the U.S. Dept. of Defense now defines protest as “low-level terrorism.” A complaint from the American Civil Liberties Union about the matter may be read here.
“I’ve lived in the Washington, D.C., area for the better part of the last 10 years. So I’ve seen my share of demonstrations, although more often than not I just try to avoid the traffic nightmares they cause. Among the various classes of protests—pro-life, anti-war, environmental, and now tea parties—the most destructive are the anti-globalization marches. So when cops clashed with anti-globalization demonstrators at the Pittsburgh G-20 summit in September, it was easy to assume that most of the altercations represented justified police responses to overzealous protesters.
“But a number of disturbing photographs, videos, and witness accounts told a different story. Along with similar evidence from other recent high-stakes political events, they reveal an increasing, disquieting willingness to smother even peaceful dissent.”
Read more at Reason.com.