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DHS Ransacks couple's home without explanation, strips woman naked
Police State UsA ^ | June 20, 2014 | Site Staff

Posted on 06/26/2014 9:43:47 AM PDT by Altariel

HOMESTEAD, FL — EXCLUSIVE — A Florida couple was traumatized after a dozen heavily armed SWAT agents crashed through their front door, flash-banged their cat, aimed rifles at them and searched their home without explanation.

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The raid took place in the pre-dawn hours of June 10th, 2014. At approximately 6:16 a.m., Kari Edwards and her live-in boyfriend were intruded upon by men dressed in full SWAT gear and wielding rifles. After smashing down the couple’s front door, agents tossed concussion grenades and proceeded into the home.

“They busted in like I was a terrorist or something,” said Ms. Edwards.

SWAT enters Kari Edwards’ residence with rifles drawn. HOMESTEAD, FL — EXCLUSIVE — A Florida couple was traumatized after a dozen heavily armed SWAT agents crashed through their front door, flash-banged their cat, aimed rifles at them and searched their home without explanation.

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The raid took place in the pre-dawn hours of June 10th, 2014. At approximately 6:16 a.m., Kari Edwards and her live-in boyfriend were intruded upon by men dressed in full SWAT gear and wielding rifles. After smashing down the couple’s front door, agents tossed concussion grenades and proceeded into the home.

“They busted in like I was a terrorist or something,” said Ms. Edwards.

Broken door. (Source: Kari Edwards) Personal belongings tossed everywhere. (Source: Kari Edwards) “[An officer] demanded that I drop the towel I was covering my naked body with,” Ms. Edwards said, “before snatching it off me physically and throwing me to the ground.”

“While I lay naked, I was cuffed so tightly I could not feel my hands. For no reason, at gunpoint,” Edwards said. “[Agents] refused to cover me, no matter how many times I asked.”

Ms. Edwards said her boyfriend told her that an agent holding an assault rifle to her back was gawking at her exposed body. “Eying me up and down like I was eye candy,” she said.

The house was equipped with a surveillance system, which captured video of the agents from a couple different angles. Here is the first angle of the exterior of the property:

“I have never been in any trouble before,” Ms. Edwards told Police State USA. “Haven’t even had a traffic ticket in over ten years.”

In fact, she said she used to work for the Department of Homeland Security, but became disabled from an on-the-job injury in 2006. She identified the raid as a DHS operation.

“I know I saw ‘ICE’ on one shirt and my boyfriend saw ‘Gang Task Force’ on another,” she told Police State USA. “Someone’s just said, ‘Special Agent.’”

Edwards requested to see the agents’ identification but was not obliged. One officer pointed to his uniform that read ‘POLICE’ and allegedly said, “Isn’t this enough ID for you?”

“When I told him that I could buy that [uniform] up in Miami, he called me ‘retarded’ and ‘f***ing stupid,’” Edwards recalled.

Shattered shower door. (Source: Kari Edwards) A scorch-mark from the flashbang. (Source: Kari Edwards) Edwards said that the SWAT team threw a flashbang at her cat, Dusty. She says that Dusty normally had a friendly personality and greets everyone, but now is “fearful and hard of hearing.”

When agents discovered that they were being recorded by home surveillance cameras, they forcefully twisted the cameras, saying that they “can’t be recorded.”

In the below clip, a flashbang was detected and an agent is seen spotting the camera and jarring it so it faced a wall.

“My boyfriend, who is asthmatic, started having trouble breathing from the lingering smoke created by the flashbang grenade, and asked for his inhaler. The agent said, ‘Do I need to call paramedics?’ My boyfriend said, ‘No, I just need my inhaler, can someone to get it for me?’ Again he was answered with the paramedic offer,” Edwards said. Finally another officer gave him his inhaler.

The agents “trashed the house,” and reportedly smashed some clear glass shower doors and broke a vintage statue.

Broken door jam. (Source: Kari Edwards) Broken door jam. (Source: Kari Edwards) A broken statue. (Source: Kari Edwards) Ms. Edwards said a warrant was finally given to them after 2 hours. She said it lists her address and was signed by Jonathan Goodman, a federal magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. The warrant says the agents were authorized to look for computers & electronic media.

Curiously, Ms. Edwards said the agents ignored most of the electronics in the home. “They didn’t take any and didn’t even look at most of it,” she said. “We have a lot [of electronics] because my boyfriend fixes up broken computers to resell.”

“I still don’t know why,” Ms. Edwards told Police State USA. “I called the judge’s chambers today and the secretary said he or someone else would get back to me.”


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KEYWORDS: abuseofpower; biggestgangintown; caffineabuse; cat; dhs; dhsoutofcontrol; donutwatch; fl; florida; floriduh; jbts; kariedwards; policestate; roidrage; stalinisttactics; swat; thugwithabadge
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....and grenades their cat for good measure.
1 posted on 06/26/2014 9:43:47 AM PDT by Altariel
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To: bamahead

Ping


2 posted on 06/26/2014 9:44:38 AM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel
"What difference does it make?"


3 posted on 06/26/2014 9:45:18 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: Slings and Arrows

Oh, look, those who are cruel to animals have no regard for their fellow man, case #658392....


4 posted on 06/26/2014 9:45:41 AM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel

....and grenades their cat for good measure.

I guess they did not have a dog to shoot. This was a pervert raid.


5 posted on 06/26/2014 9:46:49 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Altariel

If this was a raid at the wrong address, every agent involved should be jailed for a couple of years. This is unbelievable.


6 posted on 06/26/2014 9:46:51 AM PDT by dinodino
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To: Altariel

Obviously not registered Democrats...


7 posted on 06/26/2014 9:47:16 AM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: All
“I still don’t know why,” Ms. Edwards told Police State USA. “I called the judge’s chambers today and the secretary said he or someone else would get back to me.”
She needs to have an attorney call the Judge's office, and let them know they are filing a lawsuit. They will get a response.
8 posted on 06/26/2014 9:51:39 AM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: Altariel

Was there ever a reason given for the raid? The article doesn’t mention anything in this regard.


9 posted on 06/26/2014 9:54:23 AM PDT by fwdude (The last time the GOP ran an "extremist," Reagan won 44 states.)
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To: Altariel

These thugs need to me hunted down and dealt with individually.


10 posted on 06/26/2014 9:54:40 AM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Altariel
When agents discovered that they were being recorded by home surveillance cameras, they forcefully twisted the cameras, saying that they “can’t be recorded.”

Thus the need for obvious cameras for them to destroy and hidden cameras to record their actual activities.

“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?... The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin's thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If...if...We didn't love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation.... We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”

― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

11 posted on 06/26/2014 9:56:29 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (The IRS: either criminally irresponsible in backup procedures or criminally responsible of coverup.)
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To: fwdude

Because they felt like terrifying innocent people, ogling a naked woman and grenading the cat.

“but there must have been a reason” is an attempt to justify the unjustifiable.


12 posted on 06/26/2014 9:57:43 AM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: KarlInOhio

“When agents discovered that they were being recorded by home surveillance cameras, they forcefully twisted the cameras, saying that they “can’t be recorded.” “

Lawless thugs act this way. They should be fired, in prison and the couple should get a good payout.


13 posted on 06/26/2014 9:59:59 AM PDT by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: Altariel
Obama’s “civilian defense force just as powerful as the military” in action. The DOJ and DHS, along with all law enforcement agencies, are under command of the _resident. The pentagon may not go along with the _resident, but all of those military bases and assets are in the middle of the _resident’s territory. Get the idea? The _ resident doesn't have to go after the military, he'll go after all of their family, friends, and loved ones in their own backyard. This is what bloodthirsty tyrants do, and he is getting away with it!.
14 posted on 06/26/2014 10:00:32 AM PDT by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: Altariel

More complete coverage and more pics at
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2669254/DHS-forced-terrified-woman-strip-naked-gunpoint-ogled-dawn-raid.html

Naturally, you need to go to the Brit press to find these things out.


15 posted on 06/26/2014 10:00:47 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: Altariel

I don’t know exactly why, but “flashed banged the cat” made me laugh out loud. I can picture these government stooges lined up for their turn with the kitty. Oh, it was pyrotechnics? Well, that’s funny too. Surprized cat can do 50 feet in a single bound.


16 posted on 06/26/2014 10:01:29 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Altariel

If you aren’t guilty of anything why would you ever ask things like “what am I being accused of?” and “where’s your warrant?” and “who are you guys, anyway?”. It isn’t good to ask too many questions, citizen. There’s a List of people who ask too many questions. A police state is a safe state.


17 posted on 06/26/2014 10:01:59 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Altariel
Hire a lawyer, call the Police (yea I know, do it anyway so there is a record), call your congressman, SUE!
Every network should report every event like this.
This has to stop.

18 posted on 06/26/2014 10:02:53 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: Altariel

“flash-banged their cat”

that’s just.... really odd.


19 posted on 06/26/2014 10:03:09 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Altariel

“For scientists, the outgoing of animal cruelty fascination draws a thread through the lives of serial rapists and killers.”

http://www.examiner.com/article/animal-abuse-indicates-high-risk-of-psychopathic-disorder


20 posted on 06/26/2014 10:03:24 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Altariel
I've been thinking that a way to put the fear of God in jackboots in a situation like this is to, at an appropriate moment, look into the eyes of one them and very calmly and deliberately say "Smile, you're on candid camera."

Say it once, and don't say another word.

21 posted on 06/26/2014 10:04:15 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: DonaldC

We all have to remember....keep the cameras as hidden as possible in order to successfully record the horrendous actions of the jack booted thugs.


22 posted on 06/26/2014 10:07:37 AM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (I don't want to feel "safe." I want to feel FREE!)
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To: Altariel
agents tossed concussion grenades

That is SOP these days for police but I read an article the other day by someone in the military who said that simply tossing concussion grenades to clear an area is not the right procedure and is reckless. He said its fairly easy to get a line of sight to see what you are tossing the grenades into, and if the room is empty, you don't toss them simply to "clear the area." It sounds like our militarized police are acting recklessly with the military toys they've been getting over the past decade.

23 posted on 06/26/2014 10:09:06 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Altariel

:: they forcefully twisted the cameras, saying that they “can’t be recorded.” ::

But, they had a warant signed by a judge to do this...everything was being done according to the 4th Amendment.
Why would the SWAT-team think that recording their perfectly legal acitvities...so as to prove their activities were perfectly legal...would be a difficulty?
You would surmise that the SWAT-team would welcome such an “unbiased” view of their activities in serving a warrant...yes?


24 posted on 06/26/2014 10:10:07 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alteration: The acronym explains the science.)
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To: july4thfreedomfoundation

And have a set of “throwdown cameras” the thugs can find and remove, so they feel comfortable.


25 posted on 06/26/2014 10:10:32 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Altariel

I am of the opinion that the execution of any search warrant should be accompanied by a surety bond or insurance, where the searched will have means of recovering the cost of damages.


26 posted on 06/26/2014 10:12:07 AM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: DonaldC

If they weren’t planning on doing anything wrong they wouldn’t have minded the comeras.


27 posted on 06/26/2014 10:12:15 AM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: Cboldt

30 minute loop, load to cloud.


28 posted on 06/26/2014 10:12:39 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alteration: The acronym explains the science.)
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To: Altariel; null and void

May G-d grant them justice.


30 posted on 06/26/2014 10:14:32 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I find it ODD that her front door opened INWARD.

This is South FLORIDA. Hurricane codes require the door to open OUTWARD. Makes me wonder, I have a steel front door that opens OUTWARD. How much more difficult would it be to “kick in” an outward opening door. Plus I have the security doo-dads around the lock holes etc. I think I would hear them trying to break in my front door. Enough time to get the 12 ga.


31 posted on 06/26/2014 10:17:56 AM PDT by bicyclerepair (The zombies here elected alcee hastings. TERM LIMITS ... TERM LIMITS)
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To: taxcontrol
Any search warrant issued to be enforced during the middle of the night should require the judge who signed it to be on site. These no-knock smash-n-threaten, dog killing, cat flash banging raids are not what America is supposed to be.

No APC's, no battering rams, no grenades, no AR-15 assault rifles, no dog shooting, no foul language (which by the way is a crime in most states), no killing grandpa when he reaches for his teeth by the bed.

Keep it up and a whole lotta folks will bite back. It's just a matter of time.

32 posted on 06/26/2014 10:19:46 AM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: DonaldC

Any agent of the government acting this way should spend 20 years in a federal penitentiary.


33 posted on 06/26/2014 10:21:08 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Lurker

We are on the same wave length. Get their names and form up a posse of your own. Deal with these cretins.


34 posted on 06/26/2014 10:30:00 AM PDT by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: dinodino

Not likely the wrong address. She did say she used to work for Homeland Security. Could be a starting point.


35 posted on 06/26/2014 10:30:13 AM PDT by smalltownslick
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

” That is SOP these days for police but I
read an article the other day by someone
in the military who said that simply
tossing concussion grenades to clear an
area is not the right procedure and is
reckless. He said its fairly easy to get a
line of sight to see what you are tossing
the grenades into, and if the room is
empty, you don’t toss them simply to
“clear the area.” It sounds like our
militarized police are acting recklessly
with the military toys they’ve been getting
over the past decade.”

For these guys, it is just a toy. Like giving a gun to a 10yo. The 10yo will likely be more responsible.


36 posted on 06/26/2014 10:30:54 AM PDT by LevinFan
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To: Lurker

If it comes to a real us vs them fight, people are going to have to adopt different tactics than they’ve been talking about.

You don’t stand and fight on their terms.
Keep stuff stashed somewhere and plan to escape when they attack.
Your only chance of “victory” is engaging them on your terms with your numbers and not theirs.


37 posted on 06/26/2014 10:36:16 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Very very good. They would go crazy looking for the camera. But they would likely temper their actions. Mind games...


38 posted on 06/26/2014 10:41:21 AM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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...a dozen heavily armed SWAT agents crashed through their front door, flash-banged their cat...
39 posted on 06/26/2014 10:42:11 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: Altariel
There have been too many gestapo type raids. If these retarded are members of any law agency they should be fired and prosecuted as a criminal act and must get jail time. If they are not law enforcement they should get many years in jail to think this over.
40 posted on 06/26/2014 10:45:24 AM PDT by Logical me
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To: Ghost of SVR4
I have a neighbor who is a county sheriff. He has been for 20 plus years. He is terrified of what they have become. There is a real old guard / new guard division in Copland. This was accomplished by DHS and federal grants to cop school training. They provided all the toys too. Remember Clinton's 100,000 new cops program? That was the camel's nose. That whole Ellian Gonzalez, Waco, and Ruby Ridge thing was just so cop-sexy.
41 posted on 06/26/2014 10:46:20 AM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: smalltownslick

Certainly the Department of Homeland Security doesn’t have time to be checking the illegals flooding into our southern border because they need to use all this paid-time and weaponry to visually rape somebody who for all appearances seems to be minding her own business...

Priorities, people!


42 posted on 06/26/2014 10:50:06 AM PDT by butterdezillion (Note to self : put this between arrow keys: img src=""/)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

They’d probably drag you off site and torture you until you told them where the camera was.


43 posted on 06/26/2014 10:51:32 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: MrB

I’d tell them that it was streaming to a remote server and everything they were doing would become public, even if they killed me.


44 posted on 06/26/2014 10:57:29 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

Here is one outcome of this recklessness. I hope these parents get justice

http://abcnews.go.com/News/baby-in-coma-after-police-grenade-dropped-in-crib-during-drug-raid/blogEntry?id=23935036&ref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F


45 posted on 06/26/2014 10:57:42 AM PDT by rightthinkingwoman
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To: rightthinkingwoman

Yep,

And the cops charged the parents. Because it was their fault the cops tossed a flash bang into the crib.


46 posted on 06/26/2014 11:02:32 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: bicyclerepair

Outward swinging door is a lot more difficult to kick in. It would take something like a Halligan tool to pry it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halligan_bar


47 posted on 06/26/2014 11:04:12 AM PDT by Clay Moore (Free Laz!)
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To: blackdog
Keep it up and a whole lotta folks will bite back. It's just a matter of time.

That is why now is the time to start identifying THOSE WHO GIVE THE ORDERS. Learn who they are, where they live and work, their travel habits, their recreation. They should be the primary targets if they force us to defend ourselves. They must have "accidents" or simply disappear.

48 posted on 06/26/2014 11:06:05 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: dinodino

Every agent AND HIS FAMILY should be put through the same thing. If this crap doesn’t stop people are going to start fighting back. Personally, I hope everyone of them .... in the so called line of duty.

When are cops going to be trained on the constitution and trained to follow it? When is a politician going to start making noise?


49 posted on 06/26/2014 11:06:16 AM PDT by VerySadAmerican (Liberals were raised by women or wimps.)
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To: dinodino

way more than a couple years. higher standards for those with more power that abuse it.


50 posted on 06/26/2014 11:06:20 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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