We are told by the London Telegraph that the resources of the "LAPD (are) stretched to limit as hunt for Christopher Dorner enters fifth day."
The Los Angeles Police Department has been stretched to the limit after five days hunting for Christopher Dorner, America's most wanted man, as he seemingly vanishes into thin air.
It is important, up front, to remind ourselves of what we don't know at this stage about Christopher Dorner's one-man guerrilla war against the LAPD. He may be lying dead, frozen up in the mountains. He may be lying low in a hideaway in South Central, awaiting his next chance to strike. It is this "ghost in the machine" that has gripped the imaginations of the LAPD and motivated them to shoot up innocent newspaper delivery ladies and make other panicky moves that telegraph just how shaken they are by the fact that one of their "Only Ones" is doing this to them. The law enforcement bureaucracy likes to believe that they, personally, are untouchable. Dorner has proven the lie and it scares the bejeezus out of them.
Not that I have any sympathy for Dorner. Based upon what I can tell from his unredacted "manifesto" he is a gun-control advocate and one seriously ill and confused human being. Based upon his apparent targeting of innocents (the daughter of his representative in the LAPD grievance process) he is not only a madman but a vicious animal. All of his blather in the "manifesto" is as nothing compared to that bestial act. Indeed, if Dorner had been guided by 4th generation warfare principles, he would have restricted his target list to more difficult-to-target people in the LAPD chain of command, beginning with the Chief and working his way down.
Or, if he was a normal human being who was really as principled as he claimed, he would have chalked up his firing to life lessons learned, left California and made a new life for himself somewhere else. But he didn't.
But forget about Dorner and look at the lessons his personal war teaches. One man -- ONE MAN -- has for almost a week frightened and tied up the law enforcement resources of an entire state (and I'm sure the Feds are making their contributions behind the scenes too). This is a cautionary tale for any citizen disarmament advocate who blithely assumes (as stupidly as the LAPD was last week) that the "authorities" are up the challenges of the 4GW civil war that their appetites seem bent upon creating.
If the ghost in the LAPD machine teaches anything, it is that the resources of the modern surveillance police state are not even up to the challenge of one madman, let alone a determined, thinking minority.
A cautionary tale, indeed.