US (PT) – I drive through Indiana on business with some frequency. There is one thing I rarely and often see: Police cars.
Black, tinted, unmarked, supercharged cars typically intended for adult boys in midlife crises are the cruiser of choice for Indiana troopers. The only time they’re obvious is when they’re busy extorting someone.
That police must disguise themselves when operating in the name of public safety suggests that they do want to be recognized. This makes them the only emergency vehicles that are commonly disguised. Ambulances, firetrucks, and care-flight are never disguised. They desire to be seen and be public. Police camouflage themselves as members of the public to better extort their victims.
Corsairs in the age of sail “often flew false flag of some country in order to trick their victims just before they suddenly attacked.”In this case, the road pirates drive unmarked privateers (more accurately Chargers or the Crown Victoria) like wolves in sheep’s skin.
The same ruse applies to plainclothes officers. Duncan Chappell notes “feedback has found that the police uniform and accompanying tactical appointments (e.g., firearms) are perceived to intimidate and threaten…”
Why do they do this? To induce fear: Any car may be a cruiser, any person may be a cop, anybody may be an informant. These are literally secret police designed to induce compliance by terror. It’s the word terrorism’s original definition.
What can you do? Cherish your friends. Investigate the police. Learn the faces of your local gestapo so they can’t fool you.
The cops are your enemies, even when they’re pretending to be friends.