A lie is a lie is a lie…

Except when it’s a “noble lie”?

For Police, it’s not “Perjury” — it’s a “Noble Lie”

Many police officers differentiate between “noble cause corruption” and “bad corruption.” “Bad corruption” would be something like taking a bribe or robbing a drug dealer, and they would not hesitate to report such criminal behavior. The line gets blurry when dealing with so-called “noble cause corruption” — the idea that police are at war and the ends justify the means, i.e., raiding a drug house without having probable cause to do so or roughing up a gang member. It’s in those cases that officers suddenly get the “I didn’t see or hear anything” syndrome.

What this means is that “noble cause corruption” is another facet of the martial law mind-set that has become so commonplace in domestic law enforcement: Since the police are “at war,” the only thing that really matters is “victory,” even if that means covering up some “collateral damage” on occasion.

And it should be remembered that “noble cause corruption” is more dangerous than the relatively petty variety, since the former involves the abuse of power at the expense of what are supposed to be our constitutionally protected liberties.

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One Response

  1. In his new book “Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto”, Mark Levin quotes C.S. Lewis:

    “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

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