Firing rubber bullets at unarmed protesters. Lobbing tear gas canisters at news trucks. Ordering no-fly zones over cities. This wasn't the scene in some war-torn country, but rather in Ferguson, Missouri last night. And while the situation may seem shocking, the truth is that it's nothing new in America.
What we saw in Ferguson last night — and are very likely to see again in the next few days — is the logical conclusion of a trend that has been happening for decades and escalated after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks: the militarization of local police departments.