O’Leary alleges a chief in the department called a closed-door, private meeting of captains in the investigative services division. The chief floated the idea of investigating Commissioner Sisolak—just days after the first time county commissioners rejected the “more cops tax” advanced by Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie.
“[Sisolak] was viewed as an obstacle to getting the ‘more cops tax’ and that was very contentious,” O’Leary says. “He’s not very well liked by the Police Department.”
The meeting’s purpose, O’Leary says, was “putting together a group of people who had the expertise of working organized crime to revisit and review some of the things about Commissioner Sisolak from his past.”
“You look at his business associations, his personal associations, his business practices…other sources of information. Are they digging? They’re digging. Yes.”
“Is that unusual? Very,” O’Leary says. “It’s something I’ve never heard we’ve done before; an act of desperation, resentment, anger.”
“There was no doubt in my mind that the inference was to try and bring discredit upon the county commissioner,” O’Leary adds.
Democracy is a word in the Western lexicon seemingly synonymous with good. This is because democracy is the status quo. Even when positions are different — as in the case of major political parties — an agreement on democracy as the form of government exists. The limitations and downfalls of democracy are rarely discussed. And when they are it is only in superficial ways.
A drawback of the representative democracy of the United States is susceptibility to manipulation by law enforcement. This may exist at the level of a rural police department, a metro area, or as high as quasi-military organizations such as the NSA. A small group, even an individual officer, is able to influence the tide of politics by directing his or her legal powers against someone seeking (or holding) government office. An arrest, or even the taint of corruption that comes with an investigation, could end a career.
Nancy Pelosi recently admitted that members of the US Congress were afraid of attempting to regulate the CIA, because the CIA will “come after you.” This is not just a corrupt department or a city. The same form of manipulation is happening at the highest levels of government. The law enforcement apparatus of the United States has grown to the point that it is no longer under the full control of the government, the democracy.
In addition to the 688,000 people released from prisons each year, almost 12 million people cycle through local jails each year.
One goal of propaganda is to derail or hijack public discourse on an unpopular policy. The conversation surrounding the troops detracts from the conversation on war policy. It is used to marginalize critics, because any criticism of US policy is taken to be an affront by proxy on the collective troops. This works because the American cultural mythos post-Vietnam War has shifted from perceiving soldiers as complicit in acts of war to viewing soldiers as brave, sympathetic and oft romantic figures.
Another goal of propaganda is to perpetuate a shared cultural belief. In this case it is that the US Armed Forces are fundamentally virtuous. The average soldier is depicted as someone serving the cause of freedom, protecting the homeland, making personal sacrifices, and living a generally clean life. This cultural mythos makes it a near-taboo to criticize soldiers as individuals.
Here are common pro-military propaganda slogans of the last two decades. If any others come to mind please leave a comment and share your knowledge.
Thank you for your service.
Thank you for your sacrifice.
Thank you for serving your country.
Formula Using “The Troops” as a Slogan
Thank the Troops.
Support the Troops
God Bless our Troops
Actual Bumper Stickers
Proud Air Force Grandfather
Proud Father of an American Soldier
If You Enjoy Your Freedom Thank A Vet
I Heart My Sailor
I love jet noise. The sound of freedom.
My son’s heart is purple. Support our troops.
God bless our troops. Especially the snipers.
My best friend is the US Army.
Land of the free because of the brave.
If you don’t stand behind our troops, please feel free to stand in front of them.
The Win/Gallup International End of Year Survey found that the United States of America is viewed overwhelmingly as the greatest threat to world peace. Almost a full quarter of respondents indicated that they viewed the USA as the world’s biggest threat. The sentiment is strong – Pakistan lagged at 8%, China at 6% and North Korea at 5%.
Among Americans surveyed, Iran was viewed as the greatest threat to world peace at 20%. Afghanistan came in at second place with 14%, but the United States of America still tied with North Korea for third place at 13%. Yes – as many Americans view their own country as the greatest threat to world peace as they do North Korea.
In response to the question, “If there were no barriers to living in any country of the world, which country would you like to live in?”only 46% of American respondents indicated that they are happy where they are and would prefer to live within the United States of America. To contrast, 70% of respondents in Morocco indicated that they are happy where they are and would prefer to stay in Morocco.
About the End of Year Survey:
The End of Year (EoY)™ survey is one of the longest standing traditions of our Association. This survey is compelling and is undisputedly the world’s first and longest global survey of its kind.
WIN/Gallup International Association’s End of Year survey is a global study that collects the public’s view on the challenges that the world faces today. Ongoing since 1977, WIN/Gallup International has always considered that giving a Voice to the People is one of the responsibilities of market researchers and at the core of the founding philosophy of our Association. The purpose of WIN/Gallup International’s End of Year is revealed in the own words of its founder, Dr. George H. Gallup:
‘If democracy is supposed to be based on the will of the people, then somebody should go out and find out what that will is. The right to speak out vigorously on governmental and corporate policies is one of the most staunchly defended freedoms of the World.’