Skip to comments.DHS gears up for civil unrest prior to presidential elections
Posted on 07/29/2012 12:57:21 PM PDT by bimboeruption
The Department of Homeland Security has ordered masses of riot gear equipment to prepare for potential significant domestic riots at the Republican National Convention, Democratic National Convention and next years presidential inauguration.
The DHS submitted a rushed solicitation to the Federal Business Opportunities site on Wednesday, which is a portal for Federal government procurement requisitions over $25,000. The request gave the potential suppliers only one day to submit their proposals and a 15-day delivery requirement to Alexandria, Virginia.
As the brief explains, the objective of this effort is to procure riot gear to prepare for the 2012 Democratic and Republican National Conventions, the 2013 Presidential Inauguration and other future similar activities.
The total amount ordered is about 150 sets of riot helmets, thigh and groin protectors, hard-shell shin guards and other riot gear.
Specifically, DHS is looking to obtain:
- 147 riot helmets with adjustable tactical face shield with liquid seal
- 147 sets of upper body and shoulder protection
- 152 sets of thigh and groin protection
- 147 hard-shell shin guards with substantial protection from flying debris, non-ballistic weapons, and blows to the leg and optimized protective design for severe riot control or tactical situations.
- 156 forearm protectors
- 147 pairs of tactical gloves
The riot gear will be worn by Federal Protective Service agents who are tasked with protecting property, grounds and buildings owned by the federal government.
The urgency of the order can be explained by the fact that there is a growing anticipation that many demonstrators will travel to the Republican National Convention (RNC), scheduled for August 27-30 in Tampa Bay, Florida, and Democratic National Convention (DNC), planned for September 3-6 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The RNC itself, for example, will have free speech zones, which will serve as containment quarters for the protesters by not allowing them to leave the designated areas and cause trouble.
Another recent DHS move to gear up was back in March of this year, when it gave the defense contractor ATK a deal to provide the DHS with 450 million .40 caliber hollow-point ammunition over a five year period.
On top of that, the DHS has recently purchased a number of bullet-proof checkpoint booths and hired hundreds of new security guards to protect government buildings.
I don't think this is any big deal...do you?
It gives somebody a job.
More Gubmint money pissed away.
Maybe they learned something from that freak in Colorado.
Such a strange thing....like “build” it and they will come.
I’ve read and heard that obama is just itching to create social unrest so the election can’t happen. But what do I know.
Probably not... However, the Oliver Stone in me wonders what sort of contrived reuse they may be fixing to spring on conservative law-abiding American citizens...
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I’m guessing that those will be sent to the poor FPS saps that work at federal buildings in Tampa and Charlotte. They are going to need it when the professional protesters and Black Bloc freaks show up.
Was everything MADE IN AMERICA??
Yes, I do.
This is yet another step in creating and legitimizing a federal police force.
I try not to be paranoid or a conspiracy nut, but our government has grown so corrupt, who knows what the future holds?
I pray for Godly people to run for office in hopes of restoring the Constitution and morality, but it may be too late.
Maybe they should call in Joe Biden to “gird” everybody’s “loins”(?)
“The total amount ordered is about 150 sets of riot helmets, thigh and groin protectors, hard-shell shin guards and other riot gear.”
I don’t think this is any big deal...do you?
I do not think that will be enough if they fix the election.
The left off a few zeros or this article is an attempt to take some local procurement and make it a big headline.
It is not before the election they need be worried....they need be worried after the election when His Excellency decides the votes don’t count.
DHS gears up for civil unrest prior to presidential elections
To the Deonic Party “civil unrest” is defined as conservatives voting.
They are afraid the people will let them fly away if it gets windy, so they have to put all this gear on.
Can’t let the slave let go of the ropes holding their paychecks and be bothered by them owning guns and calling the shots.
“Civil Unrest” means government riot and looting of the tax payers being is being planned.
“Civil Unrest” means government riot and looting of the tax payers being is being planned.
Perception, folks, perception, it’s all their word game.
Military stands ready if needed at RNC, other conventions
The 1968 Democratic convention was indeed riotous, but nobody took over the Army installation. More than four decades later, the idea that the military would be called in to help police a political convention seems drastic.
That doesn’t mean plans aren’t still in place, though.
Over the past 44 years, Operation Garden Plot has evolved and been superseded by U.S. Northern Command plans created specifically for major public events including the 2012 political conventions in Tampa and Charlotte.
“During the Democratic/Republican National Conventions, Department of Defense personnel will support the U.S. Secret Service,” a Northern Command spokesman said in an email.
“For operational security reasons we do not discuss the numbers of military personnel and resources that are involved,” U.S. Navy Lt. Cdr. William G. Lewis said. “Additionally, we do not share our operational plans.”
The secretary of Defense would have to approve any request for military assistance, Lewis said.
“...The RNC itself, for example, will have free speech zones...”
I don’t think that there is anything to be concerned about in planning for contingencies.
I’m more worried about how many unhappy people there are going to be when they are weaned off the government teat in the next four years. And no, I don’t mean people who actually worked for it and deserve it.
I’m sorry the whole concept of free speech zones is total orwellian bullsh1t. I don’t care who employs them.
Free speech is free speech. If they are disruptive fight them back, crack some heads, haul people away for disruption and disturbing the peace. Plenty of nuisance codes and crap that can be used already. Not this Big Brother free speech in your little caged area bullcrap.
This is what they do to conservatives in NYC and San Fran during their pervert parades.
They should just give everyone back what they’ve had confiscated from them for SS and tell them here’s what we took from you, you’re on your own and end it. If they’ve already burned through what they paid in, they’re done.
That’s kind of our superiors to let us talk out loud...
DHS...Who was it who created this anti citizen agency?
It shows we’re nearing the end when there are FEDERAL PROTECTIVE AGENTS to protect the government from the governed.
If Obama loses, I wouldn’t want to be near any “urban” area. Hopefully nothing will happen, but I sure wouldn’t bet on it.
Why would this sort of info make its way to the public in the first place? Psy-ops?
Unless DHS keeps watch on the ghetto, they’re just spinning their wheels.
I don't see that happening.
I don’t think 150-will be enough after election day. They may need some army.
Free speech for thee, but not for me?
Got it. Amerika is f******.
I reviewed the solicitation and the thing that sticks out is it is an urgent request in “support” of the convention is late august. We have been doing this for about 200 years, why is this all of a sudden “urgent”. We have known about these conventions for years. Giving companies time to submit proposals is to ensure that the selection can be across ALL who offer the products commercially for best product/price, not just those that have high paid lobbyists so this was rigged for someone in the know.
The secdef is a hack and will approve anything BO tells him to.
Suiting up 150 guys in gear doesn’t seem like a big deal to me.
If it were 15,000 then I’d be on heightened alert.
150 sets doesn’t sound like anything.
They needed more than that when the gays raided Fredericks of Hollywood in Hollywood a few Halloweens ago.
OK, I am as unhappy about this administration as anybody else here, but this article from RT is really scare-mongering. 150 riot suits? Come on, Putin has twenty times that number in each of his former KGB neighborhood depots.
Sometimes it’s scary that RT/Pravda is actually more truthful than our Obama media sycophants. This article is not one of those times. This is pure propaganda designed sow division and to appeal to us as conservatives. We conservatives have legitimate concerns about the direction of this country, but we have to recognize attempts by outsiders to exploit this sentiment.
This gives me the creeps. You may be right, I hope not, but you have an interesting theory I had not even considered.
If it were 15,000 then Id be on heightened alert.
Makes me think of IRS agents, 16,000, who carry guns now.
Why would IRS need to be packing? 16,000 IRS..........
Can you imagine wearing all of that gear in August.....in Tampa? The Dem convention starts on Labor Day.
My bet it they’re headed to Grayling Michigan.
The largest Nat Guard facility in the nation.
I’ve been seeing that migration north this time of year since the 1960s.