There has been a rather disturbing trend of bureaucracies becoming ever more militarized. Does the Treasury really need a paramilitary force? Prohibition is over, so I’m going to go with “no” on this one.
Even scarier is when semi-trained paramilitaries act. You end up with a Mexican execution squad joke (with very un-funny consequences, including the deaths of unarmed, presumably-innocent individuals) or shooting up cars because they might look superfacially similar to a dangerous person’s vehicle. Read the Schneier blog post’s comments for a lot of interesting (and some not-so-interesting) discussion, but check out Bear’s comment in particular.
It seems to be time to do a militarization walkback.