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And Your Little Dog, Too
National Review ^ | Feb 11, 2013 | Deroy Murdock

Posted on 02/11/2013 8:45:05 AM PST by KeyLargo

And Your Little Dog, Too

By Deroy Murdock

February 11, 2013 12:00 A.M.

As Washington politicians aim to restrict the Second Amendment, they should look in the mirror. The time to control government’s guns is now. Overarmed federal officials increasingly employ military tactics as a first resort in routine law enforcement. From food-safety cases to mundane financial matters, battle-ready public employees are turning America into the United States of SWAT.

FBI agents and U.S. marshals understandably are well fortified, given their frequent run-ins with ruthless bad guys. However — as my old friend and fellow columnist Quin Hillyer notes — armed officers, if not Special Weapons and Tactics crews, populate these federal agencies: the National Park Service; the Postal Inspection Service; the Departments of Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Labor, and Veterans Affairs; the Bureaus of Land Management and Indian Affairs; the Environmental Protection Agency; and the Fish and Wildlife Service. Even Small Business Administration and Railroad Retirement Board staffers pack heat!

These “ninja bureaucrats,” as Hillyer calls them, run rampant. They, and often their local-government counterparts, deploy weapons against harmless, frequently innocent, Americans who typically are accused of non-violent civil or administrative violations.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Conspiracy; Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: banglist; corruption; drugs; drugwar; guncontrol; guncontrolgavtabuse; obama; secondamendment; statesrights; teaparty; tyranny; warondrugs; wod; wodlist; wosd


1 posted on 02/11/2013 8:45:14 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

“As Washington politicians aim to restrict the Second Amendment, they should look in the mirror. The time to control government’s guns is now. Overarmed federal officials increasingly employ military tactics as a first resort in routine law enforcement. From food-safety cases to mundane financial matters, battle-ready public employees are turning America into the United States of SWAT.”

This is because they have SWAT teams. The SWAT teams get extra pay for going on SWAT “missions.” I’m also sure it’s great boyish fund.

Three Sherriff’s deputies were called for a domestic abuse case at a home I rent. The elderly and drunk man and woman were belligerent to each other, but not the deputies. According to the paper the deputies saw what were later counted as 48 pot plants. (All visible from the door where the deputies summoned by the woman would come. You can’t fix stupid.) But the deputies did nothing. Instead the house was raided by 12 men in paramilitary garb at midnight. (No history of anything other than drunken domestic abuse here.) It was a no-knock raid where they battered in the door. (My door, incidentally.) Why were not three deputies sufficient to arrest the couple then and there? My guess is the extra pay and the use of a new toy. They also brought along some sort of assault vehicle, according to the neighbors. I suppose I should be grateful they didn’t drive it into the house.

I think that no-knock raids should only be conducted if the state’s governor signs off on them. It would also be helpful if they always got the right address. So, perhaps some quality control should be used as well.

Why was it necessary to conduct a no-knock raid when all the evidence they needed was outside. Even if it had been flushed down the toilet, it would have ended up in the septic tank.


2 posted on 02/11/2013 8:55:49 AM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: KeyLargo

The whole point to disarming America is to allow the total militarization of the government - all agencies at every level - to proceed unopposed.


3 posted on 02/11/2013 9:06:22 AM PST by DPMD
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To: Gen.Blather
Once again, Ayn Rand was right:

"We're after power and we mean it. You fellows were pikers, but we know the real trick, and you'd better get wise to it. There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them...you create a nation of lawbreakers – and then you cash in on guilt. Now that's the system, Mr. Rearden."

(Dr. Floyd Ferris)

Rand's predictive powers were and are astounding.

4 posted on 02/11/2013 9:46:40 AM PST by freedumb2003 (I learned everything I needed to know about racism from Colin Powell)
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To: KeyLargo
From the article:

“The routine use of SWAT teams to serve thousands and thousands of drug-search warrants has resulted in unnecessary tragedies and fueled fears of government run wild, military raids of homes in the middle of the night based more upon secret suspicions than evidence, and not infrequently causing casualties to the totally innocent,” Hoover Institution research fellow Joe McNamara tells me. The 17-year NYPD veteran and former police chief of Kansas City and San Jose adds: “The SWAT raids certainly haven’t won the drug war, but have caused ‘collateral damage’ and fears that impair the police’s ability to gain citizen trust and cooperation against serious and violent crime.”

5 posted on 02/11/2013 11:09:59 AM PST by JustSayNoToNannies ("The Lord has removed His judgments against you" - Zep. 3:15)
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To: Gen.Blather

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6 posted on 02/11/2013 12:05:50 PM PST by NonLinear (Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.)
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