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Has the Dept. of Homeland Security Become America’s Standing Army?
The Rutherford Institute ^ | June 16, 2014 | John W. Whitehead

Posted on 06/16/2014 2:21:47 PM PDT by Perseverando

“A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty.”—James Madison

“Here [in New Mexico], we are moving more toward a national police force. Homeland Security is involved with a lot of little things around town. Somebody in Washington needs to call a timeout.”—Dan Klein, retired Albuquerque Police Department sergeant

If the United States is a police state, then the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is its national police force, with all the brutality, ineptitude and corruption such a role implies. In fact, although the DHS’ governmental bureaucracy may at times appear to be inept and bungling, it is ruthlessly efficient when it comes to building what the Founders feared most—a standing army on American soil.

The third largest federal agency behind the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense, the DHS—with its 240,000 full-time workers, $61 billion budget and sub-agencies that include the Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection, Secret Service, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)—has been aptly dubbed a “runaway train.”

In the 12 years since it was established to “prevent terrorist attacks within the United States,” the DHS has grown from a post-9/11 knee-jerk reaction to a leviathan with tentacles in every aspect of American life. With good reason, a bipartisan bill to provide greater oversight and accountability into the DHS’ purchasing process has been making its way through Congress.

A better plan would be to abolish the DHS altogether. In making the case for shutting down the de facto national police agency, analyst Charles Kenny offers the following six reasons: one, the agency lacks leadership; two, terrorism is far less of a threat than it is made out to be; three, the FBI has actually stopped more alleged terrorist attacks than DHS; four, the agency wastes exorbitant amounts of money with little to show for it; five, “An overweight DHS gets a free pass to infringe civil liberties without a shred of economic justification”; and six, the agency is just plain bloated.

To Kenny’s list, I will add the following: The menace of a national police force, a.k.a. a standing army, vested with so much power cannot be overstated, nor can its danger be ignored. Indeed, as the following list shows, just about every nefarious deed, tactic or thuggish policy advanced by the government today can be traced back to the DHS, its police state mindset, and the billions of dollars it distributes to police agencies in the form of grants.

Militarizing police and SWAT teams. The DHS routinely hands out six-figure grants to enable local municipalities to purchase military-style vehicles, as well as a veritable war chest of weaponry, ranging from tactical vests, bomb-disarming robots, assault weapons and combat uniforms. This rise in military equipment purchases funded by the DHS has, according to analysts Andrew Becker and G.W. Schulz, “paralleled an apparent increase in local SWAT teams.” The end result? An explosive growth in the use of SWAT teams for otherwise routine police matters, an increased tendency on the part of police to shoot first and ask questions later, and an overall mindset within police forces that they are at war—and the citizenry are the enemy combatants.

Spying on activists, dissidents and veterans. In 2009, DHS released three infamous reports on Rightwing and Leftwing “Extremism,” and another entitled Operation Vigilant Eagle, outlining a surveillance program targeting veterans. The reports collectively and broadly define extremists as individuals and groups “that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely.” In 2013, it was revealed that DHS, the FBI, state and local law enforcement agencies, and the private sector were working together to conduct nationwide surveillance on protesters’ First Amendment activities.

Stockpiling ammunition. DHS, along with other government agencies, has been stockpiling an alarming amount of ammunition in recent years, which only adds to the discomfort of those already leery of the government. As of 2013, DHS had 260 million rounds of ammo in stock, which averages out to between 1,300 to 1,600 rounds per officer. The US Army, in contrast, has roughly 350 rounds per soldier. DHS has since requisitioned more than 1.6 billion rounds of ammo, “enough,” concludes Forbes magazine, “to sustain a hot war for 20+ years.”

Distributing license plate readers. DHS has already distributed more than $50 million in grants to enable local police agencies to acquire license plate readers, which rely on mobile cameras to photograph and identify cars, match them against a national database, and track their movements. Relying on private contractors to maintain a license plate database allows the DHS and its affiliates to access millions of records without much in the way of oversight.

Contracting to build detention camps. In 2006, DHS awarded a $385 million contract to a Halliburton subsidiary to build detention centers on American soil. Although the government and Halliburton were not forthcoming about where or when these domestic detention centers would be built, they rationalized the need for them in case of “an emergency influx of immigrants, or to support the rapid development of new programs” in the event of other emergencies such as “natural disasters.” Viewed in conjunction with the NDAA provision allowing the military to arrest and indefinitely detain anyone, including American citizens, it would seem the building blocks are already in place for such an eventuality.

Tracking cell-phones with Stingray devices. Distributed to local police agencies as a result of grants from the DHS, these Stingray devices enable police to track individuals’ cell phones—and their owners—without a court warrant or court order. The amount of information conveyed by these devices about one’s activities, whereabouts and interactions is considerable. As one attorney explained: “Because we carry our cellphones with us virtually everywhere we go, stingrays can paint a precise picture of where we are and who we spend time with, including our location in a lover’s house, in a psychologist’s office or at a political protest.”

Carrying out military drills and lockdowns in American cities. Each year, DHS funds military-style training drills in cities across the country. These Urban Shield exercises, elaborately staged with their own set of professionally trained Crisis Actors playing the parts of shooters, bystanders and victims, fool law enforcement officials, students, teachers, bystanders and the media into thinking it’s a real crisis.

Using the TSA as an advance guard. The TSA now searches a variety of government and private databases, including things like car registrations and employment information, in order to track travelers’ before they ever get near an airport. Other information collected includes “tax identification number, past travel itineraries, property records, physical characteristics, and law enforcement or intelligence information.”

Conducting virtual strip searches with full-body scanners. Under the direction of the TSA, American travelers have been subjected to all manner of searches ranging from whole-body scanners and enhanced patdowns at airports to bag searches in train stations. In response to public outrage over what amounted to a virtual strip search, the TSA has begun replacing the scanners with equally costly yet less detailed models. The old scanners will be used by prisons for now.

Carrying out soft target checkpoints. VIPR task forces, comprised of federal air marshals, surface transportation security inspectors, transportation security officers, behavior detection officers and explosive detection canine teams have laid the groundwork for the government’s effort to secure so-called “soft” targets such as malls, stadiums, bridges, etc. Some security experts predict that checkpoints and screening stations will eventually be established at all soft targets, such as department stores, restaurants, and schools. DHS’ Operation Shield, a program which seeks to check up on security protocols around the country with unannounced visits, conducted a surprise security exercise at the Social Security Administration building in Leesburg, Fla., when they subjected people who went to pick up their checks to random ID checks by federal agents armed with semi-automatic weapons.

Directing government workers to spy on Americans. Terrorism Liaison Officers are firefighters, police officers, and even corporate employees who have received training to spy on and report back to government entities on the day-to-day activities of their fellow citizens. These individuals are authorized to report “suspicious activity” which can include such innocuous activities as taking pictures with no apparent aesthetic value, making measurements and drawings, taking notes, conversing in code, espousing radical beliefs, and buying items in bulk.

Conducting widespread spying networks using fusion centers. Data collecting agencies spread throughout the country, aided by the National Security Agency, fusions centers—of which there are at least 78 scattered around the U.S.— constantly monitor our communications, collecting and cataloguing everything from our internet activity and web searches to text messages, phone calls and emails. This data is then fed to government agencies, which are now interconnected: the CIA to the FBI, the FBI to local police. Despite a budget estimated to be somewhere between $289 million and $1.4 billion, these fusion centers have proven to be exercises in incompetence, often producing irrelevant, useless or inappropriate intelligence, while spending millions of dollars on “flat-screen televisions, sport utility vehicles, hidden cameras and other gadgets.”

Carrying out Constitution-free border control searches. On orders from the DHS, the government’s efforts along the border have become little more than an exercise in police state power, ranging from aggressive checkpoints to the widespread use of drone technology, often used against American citizens traveling within the country. Border patrol operations occur within 100 miles of an international crossing, putting some 200 million Americans within the bounds of aggressive border patrol searches and seizures, as well as increasingly expansive drone surveillance. With 71 checkpoints found along the southwest border of the United States alone, suspicionless search and seizures on the border are rampant. Border patrol agents also search the personal electronic devices of people crossing the border without a warrant.

Funding city-wide surveillance cameras. As Charlie Savage reports for the Boston Globe, the DHS has funneled “millions of dollars to local governments nationwide for purchasing high-tech video camera networks, accelerating the rise of a ‘surveillance society’ in which the sense of freedom that stems from being anonymous in public will be lost.” These camera systems, installed on city streets, in parks and transit systems, operating in conjunction with sophisticated computer systems that boast intelligent video analytics, digital biometric identification, military-pedigree software for analyzing and predicting crime and facial recognition software, create a vast surveillance network that can target millions of innocent individuals.

Utilizing drones and other spybots. The DHS has been at the forefront of funding and deploying surveillance robots and drones for land, sea and air, including robots that resemble fish and tunnel-bots that can travel underground. Despite repeated concerns over the danger surveillance drones used domestically pose to Americans’ privacy rights, the DHS has continued to expand its fleet of Predator drones, which come equipped with video cameras, infrared cameras, heat sensors, and radar. DHS also loans its drones out to local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies for a variety of tasks, although the agency refuses to divulge any details as to how, why and in what capacity these drones are being used by police. Incredibly, the DHS has also been handing out millions of dollars in grants to local police agencies to “accelerate the adoption” of drones in their localities.

It’s not difficult to see why the DHS has been described as a “wasteful, growing, fear-mongering beast.” If it is a beast, however, it is a beast that is accelerating our nation’s transformation into a police state through its establishment of a standing army, a.k.a. national police force.

This, too, is nothing new. Historically, as I show in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, the establishment of a national police force has served as a fundamental and final building block for every totalitarian regime that has ever wreaked havoc on humanity, from Hitler’s all-too-real Nazi Germany to George Orwell’s fictional Oceania. Whether fictional or historical, however, the calling cards of these national police agencies remain the same: brutality, inhumanity, corruption, intolerance, rigidity, and bureaucracy—in other words, evil.

WC: 2019


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: banglist; cnsf; dhs; efad; homelandsecurity; policestate; styg; swat; tsa; tyranny; wolverines
Welcome to the Obamanation, comrade!

Are the drug gang members getting DHS uniforms as they cross the border into the USA (yet)?

And you think we're not in "the last days?"

1 posted on 06/16/2014 2:21:47 PM PDT by Perseverando
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To: All; Perseverando

What Good Can a Handgun Do Against An Army?
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-backroom/2312894/posts


2 posted on 06/16/2014 2:23:35 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
DEMOCIDE: Socialism, Tyranny, Guns And Freedom
3 posted on 06/16/2014 2:25:44 PM PDT by Perseverando (Obamanation: It's ALL about PEOPLE CONTROL!)
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To: Perseverando

A huge duh for this one, for those who haven’t figured out how USG/Obama are fullfilling their goal to create a homeland force as powerful as the US military, to control USA. All those MRAP Armored Cars and SWAT teams _are_ it; militarized police, Federally funded and overseen.


4 posted on 06/16/2014 2:29:30 PM PDT by veracious
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To: Perseverando
A better plan would be to abolish the DHS altogether.

In making the case for shutting down the de facto national police agency, analyst Charles Kenny offers the following six reasons: one, the agency lacks leadership; two, terrorism is far less of a threat than it is made out to be; three, the FBI has actually stopped more alleged terrorist attacks than DHS; four, the agency wastes exorbitant amounts of money with little to show for it; five, “An overweight DHS gets a free pass to infringe civil liberties without a shred of economic justification”; and six, the agency is just plain bloated.

It's difficult to stop a police state once incentives and personnel are in place. But, God Willing, there's still time to stop this one...

5 posted on 06/16/2014 2:30:41 PM PDT by GOPJ (#2 reply spot RESERVED for Tokyo Rose comments: "nothing works - give up - it's all hopeless".)
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To: All

Forgot to add shrinking US Military, growing USG/police changes the ratio towards USG/police > US/military, day by day.


6 posted on 06/16/2014 2:32:33 PM PDT by veracious
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To: Perseverando
Obama promised it... and he's getting what he wants. I can't but help think that Bush is a part of the plot since he started the DHS, or am I being too paranoid? Is it a case of good intention that was taken over and perverted? Did DHS REALLY need to exist in the first place?
7 posted on 06/16/2014 2:33:40 PM PDT by Thorliveshere (Minnesota Survivor)
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To: Perseverando
Has the Dept. of Homeland Security Become America’s Standing Army?

Yes, as it was always intended to be since the day it was conceived.

8 posted on 06/16/2014 2:34:49 PM PDT by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: Perseverando

This was one of several areas I was totally opposed to bush for doing. there was absolutely no good that was going to come from it and I am vindicated.


9 posted on 06/16/2014 2:35:47 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: veracious
I wonder how many "undocumented" illegals arriving in Amerikka and being rapidly dispersed around the country are ISIS militants with US passports?

Never mind, just keep all eyes focused on granny and grandpa. They are members of the most vicious terrorist organization ever to walk the face of the earth - THE TEA PARTY! </sarc>

10 posted on 06/16/2014 2:38:02 PM PDT by Perseverando (Obamanation: It's ALL about PEOPLE CONTROL!)
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To: Thorliveshere
I'm being too paranoid?

The question is are you paranoid ENOUGH? And just because you are paranoid does not mean no one is out do get you.

Seriously, though, the men that created the DHS knew exactly what they were doing. For Gods sake, they brought in Markus Wolfe, the former head of the East German STASI, to help design the damn thing.

11 posted on 06/16/2014 2:41:02 PM PDT by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: Perseverando

And people wonder why the rapid rise in fatalities among LEOs. I certainly don’t condone violence against those sworn to protect us against the worst element of society, but I do understand a citizenry that increasingly refuses to accept police thuggery as the lesser of two evils.


12 posted on 06/16/2014 2:41:45 PM PDT by jimbug
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To: Perseverando

The Standing army is the large U.S. Army standing sense world War 2.

The Department of Homeland Security would be more accurately described as an occupying army. They do not simply stand ready to assault our rights, they actively do so.


13 posted on 06/16/2014 2:43:30 PM PDT by Monorprise
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To: Perseverando
And you think we're not in "the last days?"

Yup. Been preaching this for years now and it is amazing how ignorant so many Americans are. As long a the Feds fed and give them money to play with we never recover. Remember Romney's 47 percent?

By the way, miss Romney yet? Come on hard noses, pass along some more of your horse stuff.

14 posted on 06/16/2014 2:44:25 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: Perseverando

No it’s nothing of the sort. It is a massive welfare program populated by useful idiots that can produce some of the most mind blowing cluster f***so you have ever seen.


15 posted on 06/16/2014 2:47:38 PM PDT by Ajnin (Wolves don't lose sleep over the opinion of sheep.)
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To: Perseverando

This article was written by an ignoramus.


16 posted on 06/16/2014 2:49:51 PM PDT by Ajnin (Wolves don't lose sleep over the opinion of sheep.)
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To: Count of Monte Fisto

Obama's "Civilian National Security Force"

“We cannot continue to rely only 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, Colorado Springs, CO 7/2/2008

17 posted on 06/16/2014 2:51:36 PM PDT by Perseverando (Obamanation: It's ALL about PEOPLE CONTROL!)
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To: Logical me

“By the way, miss Romney yet?”

No.


18 posted on 06/16/2014 2:52:56 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (FIGHT! FIGHT! SEVERE CONSERVATIVE AND THE WILD RIGHT!)
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To: Ajnin
This article was written by an ignoramus.

Please elaborate. (I'll be out of the CP for awhile while you collect your thoughts.)

19 posted on 06/16/2014 2:55:25 PM PDT by Perseverando (Obamanation: It's ALL about PEOPLE CONTROL!)
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To: Perseverando

I’ll provide a response in just a bit


20 posted on 06/16/2014 3:03:14 PM PDT by Ajnin (Wolves don't lose sleep over the opinion of sheep.)
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To: Perseverando
It was inevitable when the states left the senate. The republic composed of republics was over and a centralize power in DC. The wonder is that it took almost a hundred years for an Obama to appear. He won't be the last tyrant, and no election alone can alter our headlong dive into despotism. Obama will hopefully be gone in 2017, but the tyranny will remain.
21 posted on 06/16/2014 3:04:38 PM PDT by Jacquerie (To restore the 10th Amendment, repeal the 17th. Article V.)
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To: Perseverando

They’ll run like the Iraqis when they are faced with millions of patriotic citizens armed to the teeth.


22 posted on 06/16/2014 3:04:38 PM PDT by macglencoe (You see what the left hand is doing, but you should be watching the right hand.)
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To: Count of Monte Fisto
"....they brought in Markus Wolfe, the former head of the East German STASI, to help design the damn thing."

Wow! Never heard that before. Can you cite your source? I couldn't find anything in a brief on-line check.. Thanks, Count.

23 posted on 06/16/2014 3:05:33 PM PDT by Reo (the 4th Estate is a 5th Column)
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To: Perseverando
Is fine with me.
I would have trouble pulling the trigger on a uniformed member of our armed forces...

DHS, not so much.

24 posted on 06/16/2014 3:13:59 PM PDT by grobdriver (Where is Wilson Blair when you need him?)
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To: Perseverando

Well I think Bam thinks they are his Civilian National Defense Force. But look how well the BLM performed agains’t some combat vets at the Bundy Ranch. They are not military and all the tactical gear in the world won’t make them military.


25 posted on 06/16/2014 3:25:14 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Reo

This was awhile ago. Wolf died in 2006. I couldn’t find any links to a Corporate Media source and you know that they would never coverup anything.


26 posted on 06/16/2014 3:39:58 PM PDT by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: Perseverando

Wait tell you run into one of these ass hats on personal level. Had a talk with one a year and half ago and it was a hoot. They don’t like being told go away and leave you alone and you won’t tell them a thing. Kind of looked like that puffer fish you see on N.G. show. Turned red in the face and threated all kinds of bad stuff would happen to me. I just walked away laughing and that was the last I seen of that fool.


27 posted on 06/16/2014 3:42:12 PM PDT by lostboy61 (Lock and Load and stand your ground!)
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To: Count of Monte Fisto

“For Gods sake, they brought in Markus Wolfe, the former head of the East German STASI, to help design the damn thing. “

They also brought in a KGB general. I stated that several times here but no one seemed to be alarmed.


28 posted on 06/16/2014 3:48:47 PM PDT by dljordan (WhoVoltaire: "To find out who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.")
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To: Count of Monte Fisto
‘they brought in Markus Wolfe, the former head of the East German STASI, to help design the damn thing. ‘

Please provide bona fides on this. link is to canned Wikipedia bio of Wolfe.

29 posted on 06/16/2014 4:03:34 PM PDT by robowombat
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To: macglencoe
They’ll run like the Iraqis when they are faced with millions of patriotic citizens armed to the teeth.

Speaking of "running" and can you say? - "Welcome to America, comrade!"


30 posted on 06/16/2014 4:24:05 PM PDT by Perseverando (Obamanation: It's ALL about PEOPLE CONTROL!)
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To: Perseverando

To kill a snake you take off its head!


31 posted on 06/16/2014 4:29:53 PM PDT by Renegade
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To: Count of Monte Fisto
I'm getting even more paranoid with a crop of illegal immigrant "kids" planted nearby at Ft.Sill. Everything is very hush-hush. We know some have arrived (apparently by plane; more flights landing on post than usual)....but how do we know who is really out there? No photos released. For all we know they could be trained insurgents waiting to be released to wreak havoc.

I never thought I'd be reduced to tin-foil hat thinking, but here I am.

32 posted on 06/16/2014 4:30:40 PM PDT by Lacey
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To: robowombat
Please provide bona fides on this.

I don't have a Corporate Media source but if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and looks like a duck, its a duck.

33 posted on 06/16/2014 5:18:53 PM PDT by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Perseverando.


34 posted on 06/16/2014 5:36:52 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Perseverando
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35 posted on 06/16/2014 6:10:15 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: dljordan

Google DHS “Marcus Wolf” and see for yourself


36 posted on 06/16/2014 6:19:09 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: Perseverando

We were warned of the formation of a National Police Force back in 1970.

Those who warned us were considered right wing “nuts”.

They were right after all.


37 posted on 06/16/2014 6:49:09 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need more than seven rounds, Much more.)
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To: Perseverando

Take a walk through any DHS office. Then ask yourself this: If I were a general, would I want to lead these fat, 70 IQ slobs onto a battlefield?


38 posted on 06/16/2014 7:10:06 PM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: Count of Monte Fisto

They did? I don’t see that in the Wiki bio...(something which they would have LOVED to point out there).

But, you’re probably right, I’m not paranoid enough.... time to stock up more “provisions”....


39 posted on 06/16/2014 9:26:01 PM PDT by Thorliveshere (Minnesota Survivor)
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To: Perseverando

An army, at least how I am familiar with the term is an entity that forces it’s will upon others through enough violence to break the enemies will.
DHS is largely a welfare program whose members are allowed by a compliant and submissive populace to violate the constitution.


40 posted on 06/17/2014 7:24:20 AM PDT by Ajnin (Wolves don't lose sleep over the opinion of sheep.)
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To: Logical me
By the way, miss Romney yet?

Why would I miss that political-clone of Obama?
Seriously, he's indistinguishable from Obama and there's absolutely no proof that the congress would hold his feet to the fire like the Romneyites suggest.

41 posted on 06/17/2014 8:28:45 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2
Well I think Bam thinks they are his Civilian National Defense Force. But look how well the BLM performed agains’t some combat vets at the Bundy Ranch. They are not military and all the tactical gear in the world won’t make them military.

There was some speculation that the BLM forces were there to be sacrificial pawns — I don't put it past the government to "set up" an incident; in fact, I would place money on a false-flag coming up.

42 posted on 06/17/2014 8:31:30 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: OneWingedShark

Yes I agree.

One of the militia leaders posted a youtube video where he said that at the last minute they realized the govt had deliberately left those 20 BLM guys cowering behing their SUV’s as pawns to be slaughtered. He also said you could tell that they realized it and they were terrified. The BLM guys were surrounded by about 500 militia in a kill zone. That’s why they turned tail and ran as fast as their legs would carry them when they got the chance.

OStumbles was praying for a blood bath so he could start CWII and try to take over.


43 posted on 06/17/2014 8:42:10 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Thorliveshere

people have got to start drawing lines where bad ideas turn into monstrous ones....Bush may have thought a DHS was a good idea....bammey has made it into a total dictatorial Nazi organization....


44 posted on 06/18/2014 4:39:53 PM PDT by cherry
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To: Perseverando; All

http://www.alternet.org/environment/pentagon-preparing-mass-civil-unrest?akid=11920.1151017.ibIDFF&rd=1&src=newsletter1003144&t=9

Pentagon Preparing for Mass Civil Unrest

The Pentagon is pictured December 26, 2011

A US Department of Defense (DoD) research programme is funding universities to model the dynamics, risks and tipping points for large-scale civil unrest across the world, under the supervision of various US military agencies. The multi-million dollar programme is designed to develop immediate and long-term “warfighter-relevant insights” for senior officials and decision makers in “the defense policy community,” and to inform policy implemented by “combatant commands.”

Launched in 2008 – the year of the global banking crisis – the DoD ‘Minerva Research Initiative’ partners with universities “to improve DoD’s basic understanding of the social, cultural, behavioral, and political forces that shape regions of the world of strategic importance to the US.”

Among the projects awarded for the period 2014-2017 is a Cornell University-led study managed by the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research which aims to develop an empirical model “of the dynamics of social movement mobilisation and contagions.” The project will determine the “critical mass (tipping point)” of social contagions by studying their “digital traces” in the cases of “the 2011 Egyptian revolution, the 2011 Russian Duma elections, the 2012 Nigerian fuel subsidy crisis and the 2013 Gazi park protests in Turkey.”

Twitter posts and conversations will be examined “to identify individuals mobilised in a social contagion and when they become mobilised.”

Another project awarded this year to the University of Washington “seeks to uncover the conditions under which political movements aimed at large-scale political and economic change originate,” along with their “characteristics and consequences.” The project, managed by the US Army Research Office, focuses on “large-scale movements involving more than 1,000 participants in enduring activity,” and will cover 58 countries in total.

Last year, the DoD’s Minerva Initiative funded a project to determine ‘Who Does Not Become a Terrorist, and Why?’ which, however, conflates peaceful activists with “supporters of political violence” who are different from terrorists only in that they do not embark on “armed militancy” themselves. The project explicitly sets out to study non-violent activists:

“In every context we find many individuals who share the demographic, family, cultural, and/or socioeconomic background of those who decided to engage in terrorism, and yet refrained themselves from taking up armed militancy, even though they were sympathetic to the end goals of armed groups. The field of terrorism studies has not, until recently, attempted to look at this control group. This project is not about terrorists, but about supporters of political violence.”

The project’s 14 case studies each “involve extensive interviews with ten or more activists and militants in parties and NGOs who, though sympathetic to radical causes, have chosen a path of non-violence.”

I contacted the project’s principal investigator, Prof Maria Rasmussen of the US Naval Postgraduate School, asking why non-violent activists working for NGOs should be equated to supporters of political violence – and which “parties and NGOs” were being investigated – but received no response.

Similarly, Minerva programme staff refused to answer a series of similar questions I put to them, including asking how “radical causes” promoted by peaceful NGOs constituted a potential national security threat of interest to the DoD.

Among my questions, I asked:

“Does the US Department of Defense see protest movements and social activism in different parts of the world as a threat to US national security? If so, why? Does the US Department of Defense consider political movements aiming for large scale political and economic change as a national security matter? If so, why? Activism, protest, ‘political movements’ and of course NGOs are a vital element of a healthy civil society and democracy - why is it that the DoD is funding research to investigate such issues?”


45 posted on 06/18/2014 5:36:42 PM PDT by robowombat
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