5 Tools the Police Are Using in Their War Against Activists

Source: Michael Gould-Wartofsky, The Nation, May 5, 2015

From Ferguson to Baltimore, the message is clear: protest at your peril. …

…. It is, in fact, no longer unusual but predictable for peacefully protesting citizens to face military-grade weaponry and paramilitary-style tactics, as the counterinsurgency school of protest policing has become the new normal in our homeland security state. Its techniques and technologies have come a long way in the years since Occupy Wall Street (and even in the months since the first protests kicked off in response to the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri). Here, then, is a step-by-step guide, based on the latest developments in the security sector, on how to police a protest movement in the new age of domestic counterinsurgency.
1. Equate Dissidents With Domestic Terrorists. ….
2. Arm the Police With “Less-Lethal” Weapons (Which Can Actually Create More Lethal Situations). ….
3. Wage Wave Warfare. ….
4. Replace Humans with Robots and Predictive Technology. ….
5. Make “Friends” and “Follow” People. ….