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An America drowning in red ink is the land of the free no more
Topic - cheye calvo
@-Text.rag.dropcap:At 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 5, just three days before Jared Lee Loughner opened fire at a Tucson gathering hosted by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Arizona Democrat, a SWAT team in Framingham, Mass., con- ducted a drug raid on the home of 68-year-old Eurie Stamps. The unarmed Mr. Stamps wasn't the target of the raid. In fact, police already had found and arrested their suspects outside the home. Police went ahead with the raid anyway. Mr. Stamps' death was the result.
Within hours of the Tucson massacre, pundits and politicians were denouncing anti-government rhetoric, falsely suggesting that the use of terms such as "targets," "cross hairs" and other gun imagery in political campaigning, along with strong denunciations of public officials, mostly on the Tea Party right, were responsible for the tragedy. Yet before, during and after the massacre, they remained oblivious to the violent imagery deployed to back the "war on drugs" and to the significant increase in the government's use of violent tactics against its own citizens.
Just over four years ago, Salvatore J. Culosi was gunned down by a Fairfax County, Va., SWAT team member who suspected the 37-year-old optometrist of wagering on football games. County officials insist that it was an accident when Officer Devall Bullock squeezed the trigger of his .45-caliber pistol, sending a bullet into the chest of the unarmed man. In 2007, the Culosi family sued Mr. Bullock and the county for financial and punitive damages related to the incident.