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  • ***[YOU MUST SEE THIS PHOTO]*** Suspect in Northern Calif. standoff surrenders

    10/28/2013 8:59:38 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 288 replies
    KNOX ^ | Oct 26, 2013
  • Column: The militarization of U.S. police forces

    10/23/2013 1:36:15 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 80 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/22/2013 | Michael Shank and Elizabeth Beavers
    This month, more Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicles (MRAPs) have found their way from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to the Main Streets of America. These are just the latest acquisitions in a growing practice by Pentagon that's militarizing America's municipal police forces. Police departments in Boise and Nampa, Idaho, each acquired an MRAP, as did the force in High Springs, Florida. The offer of war-ready machinery, at practically no cost, has proven hard to resist for local police departments. Increasingly, they are looking like soldiers equipped for battle. The growing similarity between our domestic police forces and the U.S. military...
  • Is America Inching Toward a Police State?

    08/23/2013 9:40:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 23, 2013 | Rodrigo Sermiño
    Stronger police forces and a more robust surveillance apparatus are blurring the lines between law enforcement and military. WASHINGTON – The recent revelations about the federal government’s surveillance programs underscore a subtle trend in the U.S. that should raise some concerns about personal freedoms in America.According to John W. Whitehead – founder of the Rutherford Institute, a nonprofit civil liberties and human rights organization – more Americans might find themselves in increasingly dangerous situations as SWAT teams and SWAT-team tactics are used more frequently in routine law enforcement activities. Violent crime in America has been on a steady decline since...
  • Beware Of The Police's Increasing Militarization

    09/30/2013 4:34:31 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 59 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | September 30, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Policing: The Dallas County Sheriff's Office gets an MRAP tactical military vehicle, used for counterinsurgency fighting in Iraq, as law enforcement becomes a collection of SWAT teams pursuing not-always-guilty Americans. In early August, a SWAT team broke through the gates of a 3.5-acre farm in Arlington, Texas, that promotes a sustainable lifestyle and did a 10-hour search of the property. Residents were handcuffed and held at gunpoint as police looked for nonexistent marijuana plants and various city code violations. As the owners watched, 10 tons of their private property was hauled off in trucks — dangerous items such as blackberry...
  • How did America’s police become a military force on the streets?

    08/28/2013 10:59:26 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 17 replies
    ABA Journal ^ | 1JUL2013 | Radley Balko
    Are cops constitutional? In a 2001 article for the Seton Hall Constitutional Law Journal, the legal scholar and civil liberties activist Roger Roots posed just that question. Roots, a fairly radical libertarian, believes that the U.S. Constitution doesn’t allow for police as they exist today. At the very least, he argues, police departments, powers and practices today violate the document’s spirit and intent. “Under the criminal justice model known to the framers, professional police officers were unknown,” Roots writes.
  • Beware warrior cops

    08/28/2013 3:02:44 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 24 replies
    Human Events ^ | August 21, 2013 | John Stossel
    We need police to catch murderers, thieves and con men, and so we give them special power — the power to use force on others. Sadly, today’s police use that power to invade people’s homes over accusations of trivial, nonviolent offenses — and often do it with tanks, battering rams and armor you’d expect on battlefields. In his book “Rise of the Warrior Cop,” Radley Balko recounts the rise of police SWAT teams (SWAT stands for Special Weapons And Tactics) armed with heavy military equipment. SWAT raids began as rarely used methods of dealing with violent situations, like hostage-takings. But...
  • Retired Marine Issues Dire Warning About U.S. ‘Building a Domestic Army’

    08/17/2013 7:26:01 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 50 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | August 15, 2013 | Mike Opelka
    A former member of the United States Marine Corps on Monday night voiced his serious concerns about the U.S. “building a domestic Army” during a local city council meeting in Concord, N.H. In his impassioned testimony, the retired Marine said he believes that the recent push for local police forces to bulk up on military-grade equipment is disturbing and represents a very real threat to Americans.
  • Former Marine Colonel To Town Council: 'You're Building A Domestic Army; Are You Blind?'

    08/15/2013 10:31:47 AM PDT · by Nachum · 73 replies
    Patriots for America ^ | 8/15/13 | Twana Blevins
    Every day it seems more like the "war on terror" is at home in the U.S. rather than abroad in a foreign country. Whether it's the NSA denying they scoop domestic communications while their chief tells hackers "we're looking for the terrorist among us," or it's the growing militarization and equipping of domestic police forces, it seems more and more crows keep coming home to roost. Well, one former Marine colonel has had about enough. In a rousing confrontation at a local council meeting in Concord, NH, he calls out his government for facilitating what he feels is a needless...