Tuesday, April 12, 2005

21 Jump Street

I have been absent from the blogsphere for way too long. Time to get back into the swing of things. I have spent some time wrapping my mind around just what exactly is going on our little world, am refreshed and ready to go. I'll just dip my toe back in with this little item:
Fascist 'public-private' narc op busts high schoolers

This is really outrageous. "Private-sector" intelligence agents hired by local police to spy on schoolkids. Source link has video, etc.

From WPCO-TV Cincinnati 4/5/2005:
9News is learning new information about the drug bust at Milford High School that ended with the arrests of 16 students.

The bust came after the school district along with the police department hired an undercover agent from a private company based in Dayton to pose as a student.

For seven months, a 23-year-old female college graduate posed as a Milford High School student.

As a result of her work, police say she was able to buy drugs from students including ecstasy, mushrooms, and marijuana. [...]
This little incident reminded me of a Fox television show:
21 Jump Street was about a group of under-age looking cops
who went undercover on high schools to catch young criminals before they become older, more dangerous criminals. In later seasons, the team went less and less undercover on high schools, and the plots focused more on the cops' personal lives.

21 Jump Street was FOX'S first most serious drama and also its first hit series. It strove to be a better show than average. Especially in the first two seasons, the plots were very tightly written and the internal continuity puts a whole lot of today's shows to shame. It dipped a bit after the departure of Patrick Hasburgh at the end of the 2nd season and became somewhat of a showcase to show pretty faces.
We should all be worried when reality is mirrored by Fox TV.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Back in the late 70's it was a reality at some high schools (mine included) to have undercover operatives posing as students in order to discover who sold the grass, pills, and powders. So 21 Jump Street wasn't exactly an original idea.

Anyway, this reminds me that far too many rules are made to be broken. I don't mean that in the rebelious sense. Quite the opposite: Ruling making results in a billion dollar, possibly a trillion dollar industry.

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