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Re: Am I an 'operator' at anchor?

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Well, that escalated quickly!
Sorry to reply to the comment...but the personal comments are not really germane to the issue.

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As stated most law enforcement officials as well as the CG do the best job possible I believe. In any organization you will have Wyatt Earps who abuse their authority and overstep their job descriptions. They should be dealt with in all cases as it gives a bad name to the majority who protect and rescue us and keep us safe.

Unfortunately the news media picks out the aberrant officials and sensationalizes it. It is up to us to put it into the proper perspective and insure it is not a trend or a culture, and once this is done treat it as it is...a singular incident not indicative of the whole organization. To cast blame on the whole group off the reporting's of a news article or story is not only unfair, its unsubstantiated.

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Re: Am I an 'operator' at anchor?

Thought of this thread when I saw this story.

Women subjected to roadside body cavity search on suspicion they might have been smoking marijuana.

Outrage over highway body cavity search - Video

Or this story from Florida
Woman told to lift bra at traffic stop - Video

Think for a minute about these incidents happening to your wife or daughter...

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The "War on Drugs" has been one of the biggest contributors to the schism between the police and the people.
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I'd have to think the image shift came in the late 60's when cops were being called up against hippies, druggies, anti-war demonstrators (or patriots, depending on which point of view you took).

That solidified "us vs them" and "pigs" pretty firmly. Shortly after came "the thin blue line" where cops always back up cops and they divide the world into brother officers and ****oles, and that's the exact term they use for anyone who isn't on the force.

The same thing could be said for both sides: It only takes one bad apple to spoil the reputation of the entire bunch. Cops *know* that only civilians kidnap kids. Civilians *know* that Serpico was real and corruption on the force is common.

So...why should watercops-vs-sailors be any different? Even the police psychologists will tell you that police entry tests & qualifications come within a very fine line as being the same as thugs and bullies. In theory, the USCG's orientation toward SAR instead of Enforcement made them different. Well...What's that dual mission called again? Jekyll & Hyde?
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