so very, very frightening
I remember being stationed at 1960's Clark AB in the Phillipines. Locals climbing over the perimeter fence at night to burgle homes and warehouses on base was of epidemic proportions. There were all sorts of politically correct actions that didn't work in the slightest. Finally, one Colonel who knew absolutely that his chances of being a general were zero was assigned as the Base Commander. It was a terminal assignment......no matter what he did. So....he wandered over to the Negrito village.....a tribe given lifetime base residency and quasi-US citizenship status by Gen MacArthur.....and asked them to help. Well....overnight the fence climbing ceased.....and for several weeks...the base drove around with a flatbed truck to haul the lifeless bodies of crooks off of the fence. Word got out. Nobody came any more.
so i'm scratching my head, considering the picture of dead philipinos, shot without process, due or otherwise, and recalling a time back in 1983 when i took a week to honor my nation and its history in washington dc. it was, coincidentally, immediately after the bombing of the marine barracks in beirut, and being possessed of dark hair and a beard, (i hadn't otherwise thought of myself as appearing middle eastern, but go figure), i found myself detained and questioned at each and every national monument.
personally, not being in the habit of carrying my birth certificate or my passport while out and about in MY country, i should say i would prefer NOT to be found shot dead on a fence somewhere. the problem with bad laws, as is the AZ anti-illegal-immigration statute, is that they confer upon the state powers that have the potential for abuse. the state *says* they aren't going to shoot anyone who doesn't deserve it, but, seriously, randy weaver's wife didn't think they would, either..
the greatest irony is that, in the same breath as these anti-illegal-immigration folks are baying for the state to be given further power to abuse individuals, they are complaining about the very same government and the people who are making a colossal clusterfuck of running it.
do people not listen to themselves at all???