Category Archives: Brian’s Blog

The Importance of the December 1914 Christmas Truce

In December 1914, an amazing outbreak of peace, though brief, occurred when as many as 100,000 of the million troops, or ten percent, stationed along the 500 mile Western Front in World War I, mutually, and spontaneously, stopped fighting for at least 24-36 hours, December 24-26. Isolated instances of local truces occurred at least as [...]

DOMESTIC SWAT (Special Weapons And Tactics) TEAMS

Los Angeles Creates First SWAT The first tactical, quasi-military domestic police team was formed in the Los Angeles Police Department in 1967 for special assignments as needed.  The concept was provoked by sniping incidents during and after the six day Watts Riot in 1965, when 34 people were officially reported killed, 1,100 injured, 4,000 arrested, [...]

The Gated Society

I just posted an essay “The Gated Society: The U.S. love affair with incarceration, solitary confinement and torture.” It’s filed under the date I originally authored it, May 29, 2013. You can find it by clicking on the link above.  

The Failure of Peace Treaties

8,400 Historical Treaties for Peace, 1500 BC to 2013 AD (over 3,500 years = average 2.4 treaties per year) Efforts to prevent and outlaw future wars are well established. Historical sociologist Jacques Novicow reported more than 8,000 treaties for peace between 1500 BC and 1860 AD (a 3,360-year period with an average of nearly 2.4 [...]

RE: FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force/JTTF

From the FBI’s origins it has been used primarily as an instrument to repress ideological enemies. In the late 1910s and 1920s, after collecting names of 150,000 US residents, it ravaged with jail, deportations, and killings, those labeled labor and immigrant “radicals” who were harshly condemning US entrance into World War I and intelligently critiquing [...]

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