[ExI] The Total State

Henrique Moraes Machado (CI) cetico.iconoclasta at gmail.com
Mon Jun 2 12:18:44 UTC 2008

Gary> The obvious answer based upon media events and my talking to coworkers 
> come from Latin America and third world countries is:
> Unless you are rich, powerful, or know exactly who the perpetrator is it 
> is
> difficult to get any kind of investigation much less justice in these
> countries.
> No investigation means no arrest, no conviction no incarceration, not even 
> a
> crime occurrence recorded for statistic sake.
> Also many criminals can make more money by joining the local police force,
> or local warlord's militia accepting bribes, extorting money from people
> running illegal businesses, and selling illegal drugs, money and 
> merchandise
> confiscated as part of their official duties.
> Of course if they keep the evidence and sell it they can't arrest the
> prisoner and have them convicted for lack of evidence.  No arrest no
> incarceration.  Of course they could kill the suspect but then wouldn't be
> able to repeat the
> confiscation of contraband next time. And in that case they still don't 
> show
> up as an incarceration.
> Also honest cops do not have a very long life expectency in these 
> countries.
> In Mexico right being an honest law enforcement officer is like having a
> bullseye on your back.

>From Brasil here. Every word of this post is true. Unfortunately. 

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