I listened to a harrowing story from a relative whose house was ransacked by a SWAT team when it was suspected to be the haven of an anti-governent family plotting to overthrow the government. Militia stuff. Of course, this was prompted when one of them had made the stupid mistake of getting into the company of other government-ranters who all then went on a ride with someone who wanted to sell bombs. Not really any takers, though a lot of talk. The bomb sellers turned out to be undercover agents. Baiting. The person in charge was reassigned to a desk.So who is right? Who is stupid? I’d say they all are. Stupid agents for trying to bait people and then ransacking their house, and the stupid family that riles up fears of the worst and talks about arming to the teeth in defiance of the eventual standoff. Their thinking brought them together with such stupid results. Just stupid fear-based thinking.
Stuart Carlson and Jerry Resler