Saturday, February 02, 2008
Vigilantes are a dirty business. In "the Old West", they were a way for the people to enforce order when the authorities either lacked the means or the will to do so. In the early 21st Century, "the courts" so restricted law enforcement that criminals were acting ever more boldly. The not unexpected reaction was the formation of "death squads" and "sniper teams". These vigilantes knew that law enforcement would treat them more harshly than they treated criminals. One of the first sniper teams formed with the objective of "taking out" a crew of bank robbers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Let us just say that they succeeded. A feature of these sort of operations is that the vigilantes operate as "judges, jury, and executioners". It "works" but is a dangerous precedent.