Police Propaganda In Modern TV Shows

Some time ago I watched an episode of the TV series The Mentalist. There was a short dialogue between an FBI agent and a potential witness of a crime, which got my attention. The dialogue turned out to be part of season 7, episode 1 and goes like this:

Agent Kimball Cho, FBI: I understand you were working security here last night.
You mind answering a few questions?

Witness:


Agent Kimball Cho of the FBI, know that I am a sovereign citizen of the state of Texas and do not recognize the legitimacy of the federal government or any police authority you may claim to possess.
Nonetheless, I will answer your questions voluntarily.

Agent Kimball Cho, FBI: Great.

So, you might be wondering what’s the problem here. Basically, being sovereign means that you are not a slave to anybody else. You are a completely independent human being that makes personal decisions instead of following orders.

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What the witness was trying to say is that as a sovereign (free) human being he refuses to accept the authority of the police or in this case FBI. How is that even possible? Well…

It has been accepted that the police and it’s branches have the right to literally enforce the laws of a specific state. Therefore, they have the freedom to do many things normal citizen cannot get away with.

Let’s say that you decide to use police methods to catch a bad guy on your own. You go from house to house asking questions. Most people will refuse to give you answers because you are not a copper or detective. However, when a real police officer does the same thing, it is accepted that you must answer all questions. Isn’t that what all people do in the movies? The cops just flash the badge and everybody starts singing.

In this world there are two main types of laws – man made and natural laws. Obviously, many of the laws that the police follows are man made. In Amsterdam you can smoke weed while in some countries you will go in jail for it. This and many other examples prove that the system is subjective. In such situations we are talking about man made laws which are subject to questioning if you are a sovereign human being.

As a free human being you have the right to reject the authority of the police. I know that it may sound funny to you, but this is exactly what the guy in the video did.

I remember the look on the face of the FBI agent. It was basically saying: “Nice try smart head.” In my eyes, that made the witness appear naive, stupid and one of those crazy conspiracy theorists. You can see the scene for yourself, if you want.

I know very well that if you refuse to obey the police in many cases you will suffer terrible consequences. However, that does not change the fact that you have the right to reject their authority as a free human being running in the wild. It can go pretty bad for you, but you have the right to do so.

Many people like to argue over the presented idea by saying that if all people are sovereign and refuse to follow the man made laws, we will return to the Wild Wild West when people were shooting each other for cheating at cards. Well, the truth is that during those times people were actually more sovereign than we are today.

Sadly, quite often the police authority is achieved through force. I had similar experiences in my past. When I was in high school I used to be a skater, as most of you are already tired of hearing about. Anyway, skaters are basically known to be weed mules and there’s even a saying: ask a skater where to find “it”. {at least there used to be such in the past}

One time I was just passing through a local skating spot when out of nowhere I heard somebody screaming. He said something like: “Police. Come here, NOW! Ironically, I was not even with my skateboard.

There were three people – two men and one woman. One of them who was without a uniform, but showed his police identification and asked me for ID. I felt something weird was going on. Why were detectives after me?

I gave him my ID card and he started the usual small talk. Who are you? How old are you? Where are you going?…etc.

At one point they asked me to empty my pockets and wanted to see what was in my backpack. Where I lived at the time the law stated that the police has the right to go through your things only if you don’t have a legal ID or they have suspicion you might cause harm or participate in illegal activities. So, I decided to ask.

“Why do you want to pocket me? I showed you my ID.”

“Do you want me to take you to the district and detain you for 24 hours,” said one of the men and scared the hell out of me.

“No. You have no right to do such things. I am not a criminal,” I replied.

Then the detective grabbed one of my non-existing traps and squeezed me so hard that I performed a quarter squat because my knees went weak. Then they took my backpack and started going through it. It was full of old books I was trying to sell to second hand book stores.

“What are those books for,” asked the woman.

“I am selling some old books. Those are the ones they didn’t buy”

One of the books was Captain Nemo. She grabbed it and asked me with a very suspicious voice:

“You are telling me they didn’t buy this classic. Are you sure that’s what you are doing”, she said.

At this point I felt like a driver transporting Trinitrotoluene in a truck without breaks or something.

“I don’t know why they didn’t take it. Maybe they had too many copies already,” I replied.

They went through every single book, my pockets and even shoes. I was 100% clean. Then they contacted somebody and checked my name and finally let me go. I felt kinda sorry for those guys and humiliated at the same time. Three cops against a sixteen year old weiging the epic 135 pounds.

Years later I realized that this location was used by cops to unoffcially train how to question people and skinny weaklings like me were used as an exercise. I don’t know whether this info was 100% legit, but it makes sense to me.

I can only imagine what would have happened if I had played the sovereign card. Not that I knew about similar ideas at the time. They don’t teach you stuff like that in school, at least not in mine. Ironically, I was a good student. Never been high, drugged or drunk to this very day. Never.

Anyway, the police propaganda in movies is basically endless. The last few weeks I watched some episodes of another police TV series called Rookie Blue which show the lives of rookie police officers. Of course, as always the police officers are presented as good guys who always want to help you and risk their lives every single day for you.

What I hate the most about cop movies is how normal people are portrayed as defenseless little insects who should always lean on the police instead of protect themselves. This projects the idea that we have given our right to defend ourselves to somebody else. We have outsourced it to the police.

In the particular movie, all officers and detectives are good, honest, pretty and more or less angels who can’t do no wrong. This makes for a great movie, but reality is much different. First, most female officers are not as pretty as the actresses in Rookie Blue and second too many positive things create unrealistic expectations which harm both – the ordinary person and the police.

People who accept similar movies as 100% truth tend to either become cops because they want to feel like superman or expect way too much from the police, which is harmful to the officers as well. They are humans like us, not Batmen. Many ordinary people believe that cops are ninjas who can arrive in 3 minutes out of nowhere and protect the hell out of you. This is obviously not true and impossible. It only happens in the movies.

One of the phrases that is used quite frequently in those PR cop movies is: “I am just doing my job.” as a way to explain your actions. This simple phrase contains so much that I could potentially write 5 more pages about it.

The individual using this statement is trying to explain his actions by giving up responsibility and playing the victim card. That’s why the word “just” and “job” are used. The truth is that just because something is your job, it does not mean that it is the right thing to do. Criminals are also “just doing their job” when they get paid to do something illegal. “Just doing your job” is not really the brightest excuse.

Bottom line: be careful when you are watching TV and never forget that we are all born sovereign human beings.

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