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MILLER: Iraq vet brutalized over guns in D.C.
The Washington Times ^ | 23 May, 2012 | Emily Miller

Posted on 05/25/2012 5:44:35 AM PDT by marktwain

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) seems to have it out for our military. The department is using the city’s pointless firearm registration mandate to harass, arrest and jail servicemen.

Army 1st Sergeant Matt Corrigan was woken in the middle of the night, forced out of his home, arrested, had his home ransacked, had his guns seized and was thrown in jail -- where he was lost in the prison system for two weeks -- all because the District refuses to recognize the meaning of the Second Amendment. This week, the city dropped all charges against Sgt. Corrigan, but the damage done to this reservist cannot be so easily erased.

This story will describe how Sgt. Corrigan went from sleeping at home at night to arrested. Subsequent installments of the series will cover the home raid without a warrant, the long-term imprisonment and the coverup by MPD.

Sgt. Corrigan, 35, and his attorney Richard Gardiner appeared before Judge Michael Ryan at D.C. Superior Court on Monday. The District’s assistant attorney general moved to dismiss all ten charges against him - three for unregistered firearms and seven for possession of ammunition in different calibers.

Wearing a blue suit and black-rimmed glasses, Sgt. Corrigan looked unemotional after the hearing that ended his two-year ordeal. Outside the courtroom, I asked him how he felt. I expected some vindication or, at least, relief. Instead, he was weighed down by the losses and trauma of the experience. “For court, I put on a face showing I’m okay,” he said. “Overall, this has broken me.”

Nighttime Raid

Sgt. Corrigan was asleep in rented apartment on North Capitol Street in the Stonghold neighborhood at 4am on Feb. 3, 2010, when he heard his name being called on a bullhorn from outside.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia
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This is likely to have a chilling effect on veterans using the hotline.
1 posted on 05/25/2012 5:44:43 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain
But they're from the government and they're here to help you...

Seems like the person on the other end of the phone had her mind made up and wouldn't listen to him in the first place, likely tipping off the police with what her preconceived notions were of the situation.

That is the situation everyone would want to avoid, and it isn't very likely that someone who isn't listening in the first place is going to be a lot of help.

2 posted on 05/25/2012 6:06:04 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: marktwain

10+ years ago, terrorists attacked America. Now the government does the terrorist’s work, so they don’t have to.


3 posted on 05/25/2012 6:23:31 AM PDT by 6SJ7 (Meh.)
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To: marktwain

Pure evil.

I have to quit thinking in terms of “coming police state” and accept we are in the “present police state”. I don’t know if Waco was the start of it or long before, but we live in a police state that would make the founders disband organized police nationwide and go back to volunteers.

Evil. Criminal. Despicable. I have always been pro LEO, but the constant reminders of night time no-knock raids, dog shootings, DUI checkpoints, the TSA and other police oppression has me wondering how soon the LEO community will become an enemy of the state, if it isn’t already.

Nothing but family is as important as my freedom and I don’t feel very free.


4 posted on 05/25/2012 6:25:50 AM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free
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To: marktwain

if you hear your name shouted on a bullhorn at 4 AM, detonate the outward facing Claymores hidden in your bushes, then retreat to your bunker and fight to the death.

Or call your lawyer and don’t let them in until he arrives, I can’t decide which!


5 posted on 05/25/2012 6:27:43 AM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: 6SJ7

Shades of kristallnacht


6 posted on 05/25/2012 6:28:37 AM PDT by ThomasMore (Islam is the Whore of Babylon!)
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To: Freedom_Is_Not_Free
...how soon the LEO community will become an enemy of the state, if it isn’t already.

The LEO community is just an arm of the state; the state has become an enemy of the people.

7 posted on 05/25/2012 6:30:52 AM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: marktwain
This is likely to have a chilling effect on veterans using the hotline.

There is no situation so bad, that it cannot be made worse by involving a government employee.

I've had two situations, one involving my mom when she was getting senile, and one involving my daughter when she had an anxiety attack. Once you are in their system, they will be relentless in involving you deeper and deeper. Never, EVER, communicate any issues to a governmental, or government-financed, organization if there is a private or church-related organization that you can go to instead.

8 posted on 05/25/2012 6:47:12 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (If I can't be persuasive, I at least hope to be fun.)
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To: marktwain

I guess HIPPA doesn’t apply to the VA.


9 posted on 05/25/2012 7:04:01 AM PDT by jimmango
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To: Freedom_Is_Not_Free
I have to quit thinking in terms of “coming police state” and accept we are in the “present police state”.
Agreed. Freedom isn't free! This vet paid a high price, luckily not the ultimate price, will the rest of us take note and action?

10 posted on 05/25/2012 7:11:48 AM PDT by An American! (Proud To Be An American!)
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To: marktwain
...for possession of ammunition in different calibers.

huh ?
11 posted on 05/25/2012 7:12:11 AM PDT by stylin19a (Obama - The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance)
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To: stylin19a; All
...for possession of ammunition in different calibers.

It is a separate offense in D.C. to possess ammunition in caliber different from that of guns that you have registered.

If you have a .38, and you possess .22 ammunition, you have committed a crime. If you have no firearms registered, and possess any ammunition, you have committed a crime.

D.C. still does not have enough restrictions to meet the anti-gun crowd definition of "common sense gun laws".

12 posted on 05/25/2012 7:17:09 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: PapaBear3625

Another branch of the Obama-friendly SS in waiting.


13 posted on 05/25/2012 7:23:44 AM PDT by Surrounded_too
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To: marktwain

This story is a disgrace. This country is a disgrace. I have overeducated public health relatives who would hang the 1st Sgt on a PC noose.

Like I said. This country is a disgrace. Not worth saving. In my youth I joined the Army to defend the free world. This was a mistake my children won’t make. I won’t lift a finger or shed a drop of blood to defend this Empire.

I would die to defend our Constitution. The Constitution is dead. USA is not worth saving.


14 posted on 05/25/2012 7:30:03 AM PDT by DariusBane (People are like sheep and have two speeds: grazing and stampede)
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To: marktwain

Read the whole story.

Chilling is just the start.


15 posted on 05/25/2012 7:34:28 AM PDT by Texas resident (November 6 - Vote Against obama)
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To: DariusBane

I personally take offence at your last sentence!

As long as any one of us draws a breath, the USA will be worth saving at whatever cost.

DC is not the USA and I too would not lift a finger to save it.


16 posted on 05/25/2012 7:55:27 AM PDT by X-spurt (Its time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: X-spurt

United States of America is predicated on the social contract of the Constitution. Without the Constitution no United States exists.

My public health relatives live and work in Texas. They too, like the VA hot line operator will “burn down the village to save it”. My relatives work in a school district and will bring down the hot holy hell of Texas officialdom if they think you are in need of saving.

The Byzantine Empire finally collapsed after the citizens decided it just wasn’t worth saving. We are reaching that point here. We are a confederation of people at odds with each other. It won’t last.


17 posted on 05/25/2012 8:19:58 AM PDT by DariusBane (People are like sheep and have two speeds: grazing and stampede)
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To: JimRed; Chode; Travis McGee; Jack Black
I can’t decide which!

Both!

CWII ping?

18 posted on 05/25/2012 9:32:19 AM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: An American!

Thank you for your service. I haven’t done much in the fight for freedom but talk. You walked.

Thanks.


19 posted on 05/25/2012 12:18:27 PM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free
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To: JimRed

True. Our masters are our enemies. They sure aren’t looking out for our welfare anymore, if they ever did. But yes, it is getting bad. They are really destroying our liberty and prosperity.


20 posted on 05/25/2012 12:21:35 PM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free
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To: marktwain

From the article:

“Matt Corrigan, We’re here to help you, Matt,” the voice said in the darkness.

It reads like poorly written horror fiction, but it is non-fiction so it’s that much scarier.


21 posted on 05/25/2012 12:53:56 PM PDT by Kevmo (SUCINOFRAGOPWIASS: Shut Up, CINOs; Free Republic Aint a GOP Website. It's A Socon Site.)
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To: DTogo
i guess raiding in the middle of the night is now standard practice where it used to be illegal...
22 posted on 05/25/2012 2:36:01 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: JimRed
The LEO community is just an arm of the state; the state has become an enemy of the people.

Just? Without enforcers, there could be no police state.

23 posted on 05/25/2012 4:14:23 PM PDT by Ken H (Austerity is the irresistible force. Entitlements are the immovable object.)
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To: DariusBane

Agreed. I served in a combat specialty (reserve component) and have seen generally what you’ve seen: criminality where it shouldn’t be.


24 posted on 05/25/2012 4:30:19 PM PDT by familyop ("Wanna cigarette? You're never too young to start." --Deacon, "Waterworld")
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To: Kevmo

Idiotocracy


25 posted on 05/25/2012 6:20:42 PM PDT by DariusBane (People are like sheep and have two speeds: grazing and stampede)
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To: JimRed

Send lawyers, guns and money.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwXMkfeH95k


26 posted on 05/25/2012 9:17:35 PM PDT by Redcitizen (New Mexico green chili is the best.)
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To: marktwain; Travis McGee

We’re from the government, and we’re here to help. /s

I wonder if this the national policy of the VA?


27 posted on 05/25/2012 9:22:46 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: Freedom_Is_Not_Free

“True. Our masters are our enemies. They sure aren’t looking out for our welfare anymore, if they ever did. But yes, it is getting bad. They are really destroying our liberty and prosperity.”

George Washington got it right.


28 posted on 05/25/2012 10:08:07 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Chode

It appears so, sadly enough.

We need more peace officers. Sadly, they are ever decreasing. .


29 posted on 05/25/2012 10:16:14 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel
so right...
30 posted on 05/26/2012 5:57:22 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: 6SJ7

The government is treating military heroes worse than it treats the real terrorists.


31 posted on 05/26/2012 12:03:50 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: marktwain

The Veterans Crisis Hotline

and the National Suicide Prevention Hotline use the same phone number

800-273-8255


32 posted on 05/26/2012 9:04:14 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: 6SJ7
10+ years ago, terrorists attacked America. Now the government does the terrorist’s work, so they don’t have to.

It's like Dad said, "the terrorists have won." (and more, IMHO). America is a lot different from what I remember from 1975 or 1985, heck, even 1995.
33 posted on 05/26/2012 11:02:27 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (General James Mattoon Scott, where are you when we need you? We need a regime change.)
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To: Freedom_Is_Not_Free
Pure evil.

I have to quit thinking in terms of “coming police state” and accept we are in the “present police state”. I don’t know if Waco was the start of it or long before, but we live in a police state that would make the founders disband organized police nationwide and go back to volunteers.


Maybe I'm radical, so were the Founding Fathers, but if I was president, I'd disband the FBI (maybe to the point where they run crime labs only), BATF and the Secret Service would only protect the President and other politicians. I'd shut down SWAT teams, I just fear the militarization of the police forces. Most police would carry a revolver, a 1970's era walkie-talkie and a backup shotgun and/or .30-30 rifle.

Evil. Criminal. Despicable. I have always been pro LEO, but the constant reminders of night time no-knock raids, dog shootings, DUI checkpoints, the TSA and other police oppression has me wondering how soon the LEO community will become an enemy of the state, if it isn’t already.

To be fair, I think most local LEO's are OK, but I fear they are being pushed to be more military-like and this does not bode well. I don't like the idea of no-knock raids.

I'm reminded on an episode of "Picket Fences" back in the mid 1990's, where Sherriff Tom Skerrit was on a jury judging a drug dealer who shot 2 or 3 cops dead during a no-knock raid with his Uzi. The defense put up the motion that since it was a no-knock raid, the perp claimed self-defense for fear of his life since he did not know it was the police. Skerrit's character agreed with that idea. I did some thinking and I would have to say that logic applies since the police did not identify themselves and show proof. I often wonder if something like that happened again, they could use that as a defense. BTW, the defendant walked IIRC.

Nothing but family is as important as my freedom and I don’t feel very free.

Yeah, I know. As I said in a previous post, if I compare today to the America or 1975 or 1985 or even 1995, we have lost a lot, I don't recognize my country anymore.

I kind of like your volunteer police idea, buy a 1965 Ford Galaxie, drop in a CB and/or VHF radio and off we go. We have strayed so far.
34 posted on 05/26/2012 11:15:41 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (General James Mattoon Scott, where are you when we need you? We need a regime change.)
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To: DariusBane
The Byzantine Empire finally collapsed after the citizens decided it just wasn’t worth saving. We are reaching that point here. We are a confederation of people at odds with each other. It won’t last.

Well, we are worth saving, but we need to work on a way on how it can be done. I do understand your frustration, I've said much the same as you. You're right, we are a gaggle of people who are at odds with each other, well, really you have two basic groups, one is for freedom and the Constitution, the other is for womb to the tomb government control. These two basic views are 180 degrees out of phase. You know what happens when you tie two alternators together that are 180 degrees out of phase? They work against each other and they burn up, even causing a huge fire. We are almost there now.

I'll be truthful, I would not want any of my kids (if I had any) or young person to join the armed forces now, unfortunately, they are being used as tools. I still admire our people in uniform but still with this crowd in office, they are just pawns on the chessboard. Instead, I'd rather see them enter the unorganized militias.

What does the future hold, well, I don't know, if we do break up as a country, perhaps we can keep the ideals of the Constitution in the few "rump" States that come out of it and we can rejoin again over time. We live in trying times.
35 posted on 05/26/2012 11:27:52 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (General James Mattoon Scott, where are you when we need you? We need a regime change.)
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To: Nowhere Man

I think most old school LEOs are OK. I’m think most of the younger cops have bought into the militarization and the idea that they are foot soldiers in the army against crime. Cops used to understand they are just law and order keepers among the people. The young generation takes their para-military status very very seriously.

Like you, I don’t recognize this country anymore at all and I’m only 53 years old, so it is not as if I am comparing the USA to the WWII era. I don’t remember anything much before the 1970s and this America is just stifling in its bureaucratic, regulatory, no-knock raid, TSA strip search tyranny. It’s really bad. Young people will never know honest liberty.


36 posted on 05/26/2012 11:55:37 PM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free
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To: marktwain

bump


37 posted on 05/27/2012 12:20:48 AM PDT by XHogPilot
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To: Freedom_Is_Not_Free

Yeah, I’ll be 46 in July and like you, I think America has really changed and for the worse, IMHO.


38 posted on 05/27/2012 9:48:02 AM PDT by Nowhere Man (General James Mattoon Scott, where are you when we need you? We need a regime change.)
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To: marktwain

don’t make any sense to me.

thanks for the explanation.


39 posted on 05/28/2012 12:39:29 PM PDT by stylin19a (Obama - The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance)
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To: Altariel
The Veterans Crisis Hotline and the National Suicide Prevention Hotline use the same phone number

And I doubt those at the latter have the training to deal effectively with the former.

40 posted on 05/29/2012 5:36:21 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Elizabeth Warren, 1st Cherokee on the Mayflower?)
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