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Texas Parks and Wildlife Now Has a SWAT Team (Is the militarization of police finally complete?)
The Dallas Observer's Unfair Park Blog ^ | January 10, 2014 | Brantley Hargrove

Posted on 01/11/2014 5:20:35 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

The man in the photo to the left isn't a Ranger in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. He's a Texas game warden, kitted out to check your deer tags or lead a paramilitary, kick-the-door-in assault on your tent. The militarization of every possible law enforcement entity in America is complete: Texas Parks and Wildlife now has a SWAT team.

The 25-man unit can deploy anywhere in the state within four hours, TPWD boasts, and is modeled after what military types call a "force multiplier," which basically means that these guys can shoot a bunch of bullets. At what, you ask? In this Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine story, they list potential missions like "border operations, dignitary protection or any sort of high-risk law enforcement, such as serving felony arrest warrants or hostage situations.

Stuff can get real down in the dusty arroyos of Big Bend Ranch State Park. Hell, a Mexican man on a burro might try to sell you a carved statuette. In fairness, a game warden's average suspect is usually carrying a high-powered rifle. But something tells me some of these guys couldn't wait to shuck those slacks and Stetsons and put on a fresh pair of BDU pants and a Kevlar helmet.

"We're steeped in tradition and very mindful of our past," said special ops chief Grahame Jones. "It's an important part of who we are, but we have to look to the future."

And the future is a camo AR. Now, if Texas truly intends to secede, it's got its own military force ready and waiting. We've even got a Navy! TPWD has 564 vessels, including a 65-foot gulf patrol ship, and gunboats mounted with .30 cal machine guns.


TOPICS: Conspiracy; Government; Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: gamewarden; lawenforcement; militarization; police; swat; swatteams; texas
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1 posted on 01/11/2014 5:20:35 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Shooting dogs.


2 posted on 01/11/2014 5:22:43 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

             

3 posted on 01/11/2014 5:25:02 PM PST by tomkat
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Navy SEAL wannabes. Everybody is a “hero” these days and want to act and dress the part. Even the green eye shade government bureaucrats want to tell their girlfriends/boyfriends that they are “snipers”. Public servants all have turned into The Village People.


4 posted on 01/11/2014 5:27:15 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Where are Holder's "po folks" getting the I.D.s to sign up for ObamaCare?)
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To: tomkat

Traps are disgusting. And, they often catch collateral victims such as dogs or cats.


5 posted on 01/11/2014 5:31:21 PM PST by EinNYC
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To: EinNYC
Lighten up .. think 'context' .. think Sat.night FR banter .. or not .. whatever

cheers

6 posted on 01/11/2014 5:34:16 PM PST by tomkat
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To: FlingWingFlyer
No, The Village Idiots.


7 posted on 01/11/2014 5:34:37 PM PST by Viking2002
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Counter SWAT? At some point we’re going to have to make a decision about the kind of society we want to live in. I used to work in Berlin from time to time, and occasionally took those potemkin ‘Intourist’ tours into East Berlin. I never dreamed back then (early 80’s) that the STAZI and the Volkspolezei would become part of my country’s culture. How strange it is at this time in my life to find myself so uncomfortable around police in America.


8 posted on 01/11/2014 5:34:45 PM PST by VR-21 (Next Stop, Willoughby.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; VR-21

Police use to be good old boys on the beat.
Over the last ten years, American cops have morphed into jack booted thugs. I guess they have watched too much TV.


9 posted on 01/11/2014 5:42:49 PM PST by AlexW
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Park Rangers need a SWAT team? Why? Too much money in the budget? Maybe if they spent a lot of time down on the border and that might be the case. If they’re keeping the smugglers from camping on state park property without a permit I could see the body armor. Somehow I don’t think that’s it.


10 posted on 01/11/2014 5:43:44 PM PST by EandH Dad (sleeping giants wake up REALLY grumpy)
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To: VR-21

“How strange it is at this time in my life to find myself so uncomfortable around police in America.”

Especially since they view and treat the average American Joe as the enemy.


11 posted on 01/11/2014 5:44:03 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

In the defense of the Game Wardens, they have to go where the average LE can’t do the job. Here in Mississippi the Game Wardens found and cornered a killer that had kidnapped two girls. The Game Wardens in Texas confront drug dealers armed far better than the average Joe more often than LE because of the locations. Just remember, average LE confront citizens that most of the time are not armed. Game Wardens confront individuals that are armed most of the time. Game Wardens are in most instances, excellent trackers too.


12 posted on 01/11/2014 5:45:40 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

With half an open mind I can recall several stories of manhunts in the forests and parks, It seems to me that just a year or so ago, a house was burned down with fugitives in it. I’m not so sure this isn’t a prudent thing to do.


13 posted on 01/11/2014 5:47:28 PM PST by billhilly (Has Pelosi read it yet?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Never know when Bambi going to run amok......


14 posted on 01/11/2014 5:50:03 PM PST by njslim (St)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I worked in our national parks back in the 80’s and 90’s.

NPS has SWAT teams in our large parks.


15 posted on 01/11/2014 5:50:39 PM PST by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Question: How were they trained and who trained them? As Patton once said “They look good but can they fight?”


16 posted on 01/11/2014 5:51:07 PM PST by SkyDancer ("How Can People Ask Forgiveness If They Won't Forgive Others?")
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To: maine yankee

Pretty much EVERY federal agency has SWAT teams and their own version of the FBI and CIA.


17 posted on 01/11/2014 5:52:22 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: njslim

And after all - hasn’t there been a resurgence in Bigfoot sightings? who gonna save us?

/s


18 posted on 01/11/2014 5:53:29 PM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Truthfully, it is up to the individual states to demilitarize their paramilitary police. The first step is to take away any equipment they have that does not conform to state police standards, excepting special equipment that particular departments need, approved on a case-by-case basis.

Then prohibit all police in the state from directly receiving equipment, especially communications equipment, or funding from the federal government. It must flow through the state government.

The same applies to any monies, especially money given as part of a federal confiscation scheme such as RICO.

Finally, the states need to take control over their state police academy curriculum, to insure that even the federals say they can violate the constitution, they do not do so.


19 posted on 01/11/2014 5:57:40 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (There Is Still A Very Hot War On Terror, Just Not On The MSM. Rantburg.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Pretty much EVERY federal agency has SWAT teams and their own version of the FBI and CIA.”

For that matter so does NYPD (post 9-11)


20 posted on 01/11/2014 6:01:50 PM PST by TalBlack
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To: AlexW
There was a scene from Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange where Alex had been released from prison and encountered a couple of his old 'droogs' who were now police. I remember the line as one of them said to Alex while they were working him over..."And don't be calling me Dim no more...Officer call me!"
21 posted on 01/11/2014 6:02:04 PM PST by VR-21 (Next Stop, Willoughby.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

For use in border skirmishes and with drug cartels also?


22 posted on 01/11/2014 6:02:24 PM PST by bboop (does not suffer fools gladly)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Alex Jones was right.

As much as people think he is a nutcase, and most of the time he is, he does get it right once in a while.


23 posted on 01/11/2014 6:17:19 PM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
This is not the America we grew up in.


24 posted on 01/11/2014 6:45:47 PM PST by bgill
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Post GWB's war on terror how many sub-contractors are making all the gizmatchee's on this guys outfit?

Do they have K-Street Lobbyist and are their Democrats Congressman and Senators that have these manufacturers in their district and want the jobs as well as they sell to the Feds or the Fed's send "Grant" money so they can buy it at the State or Local Level?

I'd love to see who is employed by the manufacturers as well, any relatives of politicans?

I wonder if this is as much about pork as it is about law enforcement...

25 posted on 01/11/2014 6:46:12 PM PST by taildragger (The E-GOP won't know what hit them, The Party of Reagan is almost here, hang tight folks....)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
that light at the end of the tunnel, is a train...
26 posted on 01/11/2014 6:47:29 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: kiryandil

ping


27 posted on 01/11/2014 6:48:33 PM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: Fightin Whitey

That Texas State Flag he’s wearing on his battle uniform simply becomes a target for a shooter holding his sights on him. Our local small town pd officers wear black or dark blue tee shirts, so they don’t show a white v where their neck meets their chest. Against another shooter, the white v acts like a target. Same for the position of that flag. It is good to be proud of being a Texan. It is better to be wise and remain a live one.


28 posted on 01/11/2014 7:10:32 PM PST by Tudorfly
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To: tomkat
Lighten up .. think 'context' .. think Sat.night FR banter .. or not .. whatever cheers

OK, that's MUCH better. As has been obvious for a long time here, I am an animal lover. And, my cat was watching me as I typed that. She is a Supervisory Pussycat.

So what was the trap supposed to represent?

29 posted on 01/11/2014 7:21:02 PM PST by EinNYC
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To: EinNYC
blowback

Normally agree w/ya re those traps, btw.
The customized exception above was suggested for the article's referenced flavor of our metastasizing Sturmabteilung.

A jillion rationalizations notwithstanding, most of 'em are choosing 30 pieces over honor, and they're scum.

g'night & FReep tight    d:^)

30 posted on 01/11/2014 7:59:42 PM PST by tomkat
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; COUNTrecount; Nowhere Man; FightThePower!; C. Edmund Wright; jacob allen; ...

Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping!

To get onto The Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping List you must threaten to report me to the Mods if I don't add you to the list...

31 posted on 01/11/2014 8:16:57 PM PST by null and void (It is as if they all had one head. Too bad they don't all have one neck.)
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To: Chode
that light at the end of the tunnel, is a train...

Or a procotoscope.

32 posted on 01/11/2014 8:19:43 PM PST by null and void (It is as if they all had one head. Too bad they don't all have one neck.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I knew we were doomed when NOAA, the weather people, raised a SWAT team about ten years ago.


33 posted on 01/11/2014 8:20:10 PM PST by CodeToad (When ignorance rules a person's decision they are resorting to superstition.)
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To: null and void

O is building his own army


34 posted on 01/11/2014 8:20:32 PM PST by Nifster
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To: Nifster
O is building his own army

As promised.

“We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.” Barack Hussein Obama, 7/2/2008
They don’t call it a Civil Defense force, that would imply we need (or perhaps that we deserve) defense. The official name is National Civilian Community Corps.

I think of it as the NATCCC, or more simply as the NATCs...

35 posted on 01/11/2014 8:23:34 PM PST by null and void (It is as if they all had one head. Too bad they don't all have one neck.)
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To: Tudorfly

I would hope that is just velcro’d on and would be pulled before going on a real mission.


36 posted on 01/11/2014 8:24:50 PM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: null and void
100%
37 posted on 01/11/2014 8:32:16 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Chode

Wow. Things are getting crazier and crazier


38 posted on 01/11/2014 8:32:45 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: njslim
Need to send in the SWAT team to take down Fenton - The deer-chasing Lab
39 posted on 01/11/2014 8:36:08 PM PST by Rodamala
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To: GeronL
prolly got trail-cams and everything
40 posted on 01/11/2014 8:38:46 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Tudorfly
That Texas State Flag he’s wearing on his battle uniform simply becomes a target

Here ya go... you know, so they can just get home to their family safe at the end of a long day stepping on our necks.

41 posted on 01/11/2014 8:47:00 PM PST by Rodamala
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Is it for fly, gnat and mosquito control???


43 posted on 01/11/2014 9:19:30 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Gee, they protect Bambi and kin a lot more forcefully than they do the People via the borders. I’d guess that if they kill a few dozen hunters, the penalty will be much lighter than if the Border Patrol detains and inconveniences a few mules/return murders.


44 posted on 01/12/2014 4:28:49 AM PST by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If it was up to me, all SWAT teams would be disbanded.


45 posted on 01/12/2014 9:16:36 AM PST by Nowhere Man (Mom I miss you! (8-20-1938 to 11-18-2013) Cancer sucks)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; 3D-JOY; abner; Abundy; AGreatPer; Albion Wilde; AliVeritas; alisasny; ...
Texas Parks and Wildlife now has a SWAT team.

Yeah, those squirrels and armadillos have gotten really dangerous as of late . . .

46 posted on 01/12/2014 11:32:24 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (...)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Do you folks realize what a problem we are having with illegals here?

They are hiding out in our parks—and from what I’m hearing, they’re leaving one heck of a mess behind them.

We have some beautiful state parks in Texas, that I have visited from my childhood, and still would love to visit—but am not sure it would be a safe thing to do these days.

I’m all for a SWAT team or anything else that would make our parks safe again.


47 posted on 01/12/2014 1:36:41 PM PST by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Also—does anyone remember the wild fires that struck our state parks last year?

Although one woman was guilty or starting a couple of them, the rest were started by illegals hiding out in our forests. We are still in the midst of a terrible drought here, and our forests are still tinder boxes.

I’ll take swat teams or whatever it takes to try to save us from more destruction.

The little town of Bastrop was virtually destroyed.


48 posted on 01/12/2014 2:19:41 PM PST by basil (2ASisters.org)
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Bad armadillo. Bad armadillo.


49 posted on 01/12/2014 2:23:20 PM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

All the more reason to sell off Federal lands.


50 posted on 01/12/2014 3:15:47 PM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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