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Since it’s all ninja, all the time day

David Rittgers: How police are turning military

I think he means have turned.

And a look at a term I hate: operators.

13 Responses to “Since it’s all ninja, all the time day”

  1. Chas Says:

  2. D2k Says:

    FN did a poster about the scar that contained the word operator prominently and someone photoshopped it to just be the word operator repeated endlessly.
    It became a meme and there may be some uh internet culture forums out there named for it.

    http://www.defensereview.com/1_31_2004/FN%20SCAR.jpg
    http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/3787/1224960897832iq2.jpg

  3. alan Says:

    I think we can safely say that anyone that calls themselves an operator, isn’t. (Unless you work for AT&T and answer the phone all day.)

  4. hellferbreakfast Says:

    Having been in LE, I can say that most of the “operators” I’ve known were loudmouth, bungling, braggarts, chosen for sheer human mass rather than brains.

  5. Bubblehead Les Says:

    Once again, a word has been misused. “Operator” was taken over by the Secret Squirrels so they could get around the U.N./Geneva Convention/Soviet Union-designed Rules that were passed during the Carter Days against Mercenaries, hopefully allowing them a small chance of Survival if they were caught behind Enemy Lines. But since every “Mall Cop Wannabe” who wants to belong to the “Pima County Death Squad” says they are an “Operator”….

  6. Rivrdog Says:

    I use the word on it’s face value. If I can run a piece of equipment, I am an “operator” of that equipment. The etymology of the word has zero to do with claims of professionalism, etc, it’s ONLY about being able to make a machine work as designed. So, I am a computer operator, a LIMITED gun operator (I can’t run artillery), an automobile operator, etc.

  7. Jake Says:

    One ringey-dingey, two ringey-dingey…

  8. Les Says:

    Operators who operate operationally…

  9. JKB Says:

    Operator – in Special Forces has meaning.

    In police work, compensating for something

  10. Divemedic Says:

    It is a shame that our military, operating in a war zone, has stricter rules of engagement than the police departments here on the home front.

  11. Josh G Says:

    @Divemedic, you’re absolutely right!

  12. mariner Says:

    I believe the term originated with Delta Force.

    Eric Haney explained why they settled on “operator” as a term of art in his book Inside Delta Force.

  13. Name Redacted Says:

    Police are inherently military. Our founding fathers would have seen the modern police system as a standing army.