Government Schools And Government Prisons: Not All That Different
Compelling post at Lew Rockwell about the creep of the police state.
William Grigg writes:
Warrantless "drug sweeps" in government-run schools have become routine in recent years. So have "lock-down" drills in which SWAT teams conduct training exercises involving hostage or terrorism scenarios. In some lock-down drills,
studentsinmates have been kept in the dark about the fact that the incident is a training exercise, rather than a genuine crisis.
Vista Grande High School in Casa Grande, Arizona, held a lock-down drug sweep on October 31.
StudentsInmates were confined to their classrooms, then led in small groups to another room where they were forced to line up against a wall and be searched with the help of drug-sniffing dogs. This exercise introduced a new element: Among the four law enforcement agencies involved in the search was a group of prison guards employed by the Corrections Corporation of America, the nation's largest for-profit prison contractor.
Notes Caroline Isaacs of the Tucson office of the American Friends Service Committee: "To invite for-profit prison guards to conduct law enforcement actions in a high school is perhaps the most direct expression of the `schools-to-prison pipeline' I've ever seen."