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Friday, September 01, 2006

Nazi Storm Troopers In Albany?

local0831swatCopyright 2006 Times Union.

There is something eerie about this photo that appeared on the Times Union’s web site yesterday. It shows an Albany SWAT team looking for a gunman who fired some shots on Madison Avenue.

If you removed the SWAT and police signs from the uniforms, this photo could be of a group of Nazi storm troopers looking for Jews in some European city. The color of the uniforms and style of the helmets especially make these guys look like storm troopers instead of cops.

That’s not to say that I equate these guys with Nazi storm troopers. But if the current expansion of government and clamp down on civil liberties continue in our country, I wouldn’t be surprised to see storm troopers on our streets in my lifetime.


  • To me they look like brave men willing to risk their lives protecting us from criminals.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:49 AM  

  • Anonymouse, you are confusing what they look like with what they are. I have no doubt that they are brave men willing to risk their lives to protect us from criminals. The point of the post is not what they are, but what they look like. They may be brave cops, but their appearance is still that of storm troopers.

    By Blogger Dan Weaver, at 7:09 AM  

  • they may look a little overly decked-out in protective gear, but i'm sure you would be writing an article about lack of adequate protection if one of those guys were shot and killed.

    as for the drab/fascist-remeniscient uniforms? slap some rainbow stickers on those helmets and call it a day ;o)


    By Blogger York Staters, at 9:22 AM  

  • Maybe you missed this article

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:18 AM  

  • Natalie, I am not sure why you are referencing protective gear, as I did not reference it in my post. I believe that cops should have all the protective gear they need. As I said in an earlier post, my uncle was a cop and was shot back in the 1960s when police did not have the protective gear that they have now. Rainbow stickers on their helmets would not change the point of my post. And what’s up with your poor grammatical and spelling skills lately when you make comments? They are not worthy of someone who puts out a quality blog like Yorkstaters.

    Anonymouse, Thanks for the link, but I had already read the story. Are you implying that I want to see cops wounded or killed? You, like so many people who have read this post, seem to miss the point. When I saw the above photo, I was simply struck by the similarity between it and the many photos I have seen in the many World War II books I have read. If you had read the first sentence of the last paragraph, you might not have jumped to conclusions. You prove the point I have made several times--the ability to read does not necessarily translate into the ability to comprehend. Literacy is only a step on the road to comprehension. Hopefully, you will take that next step soon.

    Joe (not fxrsjoe), I did not publish your two comments because it was apparent to me that you, like anonymouse, failed to comprehend what you were reading and rushed to judgment. Furthermore, if you want your comments posted, avoid the same crudities that would keep a newspaper from publishing your letters.

    By Blogger Dan Weaver, at 6:29 AM  

  • Dan, you have a very good point. I fully agree with you. Partially because of the horrendous "education" kids get in government schools these days, Americans have no idea that the people who founded our country told us to be ever vigilant in defending our inalienable rights from the tyranny of power-hungry government. People seem so very willing to excuse tyrannical behavior-- like Ben Franklin said, "Those who are willing to sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither liberty nor security."

    By Blogger Sunny Mecomber, at 7:30 AM  

  • Sunny, you are the first person to pick up on what I believe was the most important part of my post--the last line. It's not that we have storm troopers now. Indeed, we have many good cops in our country, but if trends continue, then I believe we will have them. Thankfully, there are enough people left in this country who believe that protecting the U.S. Constitution is the surest way to protect both our liberty and our safety, that maybe we can reverse the trend.

    By Blogger Dan Weaver, at 9:28 AM  

  • What color do you want them to wear and what style of helmet do you suggest. I am really curious on these questions.

    By Blogger theMezz, at 11:35 PM  

  • I would think the answer to your question would be obvious. They should wear whatever is best suited for their protection. (By the way, questions normally end with a question mark not a period.)

    By Blogger Dan Weaver, at 6:46 AM  

  • The issue of security vs. liberty has been on my mind lately, spurred by the increased "security" measures at airports. It seems that most people accept the line that we are fed -- that we are safer due to the proliferation of security and surveillance measures -- but I certainly don't buy that.

    I've been trying to determine how much liberty we should relinquish in exchange for safety, but I haven't found a satisfactory answer. After reading Sunny's Ben Franklin quote, I realize that the question is probably wrong!

    I'm reminded that Microsoft releases patches for Windows when a security flaw is discovered, but the "bad guys" take advantage of that information in the patches. It seems that our ramped-up security may provide similar opportunities for would-be bombers.

    Yes, we have come to accept security -- metal detectors, searches of our purses, removing our shoes, etc. -- and I believe we will slowly become acclimated to the presence of storm troopers. Sad.

    By Anonymous NumberWise, at 8:20 PM  

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