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  • UNCLE BOB WAS A COP WHEN PROTECT AND SERVE MEANT JUST THAT!

    09/01/2016 8:36:30 AM PDT · by Dick Bachert · 4 replies
    Vanity ^ | 9/1/2016 | Dick Bachert
    Just to get on record that I am NOT a cop hater. What I DO hate is the POLICE STATE to which we are headed. I blame the cops less than I do the utopian control freaks who have tightened that noose around our necks with stupid and unnecessary "laws" they then send the cops out to ATTEMPT to enforce. And so should you! Ever since the so-called War On Drugs (WOD) and, now, the War On Terror (WOT) -- actually more like the War On The Bill of Rights) -- began, our civilian cops have been undergoing MILITARY training....
  • The FDA is stockpiling military weapons — and it’s not alone

    07/02/2016 2:10:05 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 63 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | June 26, 2016 | Jeff Jacoby
    The FDA is stockpiling military weapons — and it’s not alone AMERICA’S GUN CULTURE has been a subject of intense interest and controversy for years, with concerns frequently raised about shadowy militias, paramilitary extremists, and unstable zealots in possession of alarming quantities of explosives and firearms. Amid the current din over assault weapons and body armor, consider one domestic organization’s fearsome arsenal of military-style equipment. In the space of eight years, the group amassed a stockpile of pistols, shotguns, and semiautomatic rifles, along with ample supplies of ammunition, liquid explosives, gun scopes, and suppressors. In its cache as well are...
  • Why Did the Environmental Protection Agency Spend $1.4 Million on Guns?

    11/01/2015 7:40:24 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 62 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | October 30, 2015 | Ed Feulner
    Even those of us who have worked in Washington for many years and become accustomed to the inner workings of government can still be amazed by what lurks behind the curtain sometimes. Case in point: the Environmental Protection Agency.Most Americans have at least heard of the EPA, even if they have only a dim notion of what the agency actually does. It tends to skate along under the radar, unless something unusual happens, such as the toxic spill that turned the Colorado’s Animas River orange last August. Of course, what really made the spill unusual is that the EPA itself caused it.Otherwise, Americans don’t hear...
  • Why Utah Is The Only State Trying To Track And Limit SWAT-Style Tactics

    08/31/2015 6:42:42 PM PDT · by Theoria · 32 replies
    NPR ^ | 31 Aug 2015 | Martin Kaste
    The phrase "police militarization" conjures up an image of cops wrapped in Kevlar, barging into homes with semi-automatic weapons. But familiar as that image is, we don't know how common it is. There are simply no good statistics on police tactical operations in America. The federal government doesn't keep track, and neither do the states — with one exception: Utah. The pressure to start counting the operations there dates back to 2012, after a drug raid gone wrong in Ogden. A tactical team from the local drug task force had gone into a little house where marijuana was being grown....
  • Obama Usurps Local Police With Fake “Ban” on Militarization

    05/25/2015 6:16:01 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 21 replies
    The New American ^ | 25 May 2015 | Alex Newman
    While the widely reported de-militarization edicts were issued last week by the federal government, the real agenda surrounds empowering Washington, D.C. to have even more control over local police departments. ---- Obama Usurps Local Police With Fake “Ban” on Militarization The New American 25 May 2015 After having drastically accelerated the militarization of local police forces by the federal government, Obama is now having second thoughts about it — or so the administration and the establishment press would have you believe based on widely reported “de-militarization” edicts issued last week. But while the decrees were framed by virtually all of...
  • Militarization of Law Enforcement

    05/25/2015 9:44:36 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 20 replies
    American Cowboy Chronicles ^ | May 23, 2015 | Tom Correa
    Militarization of Law Enforcement These are not American Soldiers. They are Police Officers at the Ferguson Missouri protests. On May 18th, 2015, President Barack Obama announced that he was limiting the types of military equipment which can be transferred to police departments. He also announced the implementation of training programs to assure the appropriate use of other items. Because of his announcement, Homeland Security and the military can no longer transfer some weapons, such as grenade launchers, and IED resistant armored personnel carriers, other weaponized vehicles, and bayonets to police departments. Obama stated, "We’ve seen how militarized gear can...
  • Militarization Is More Than Tanks and Rifles: It’s a Cultural Disease

    05/21/2015 8:41:58 AM PDT · by all the best · 22 replies
    The Rutherford Institute ^ | May 19, 2015 | John W. Whitehead
    “If we’re training cops as soldiers, giving them equipment like soldiers, dressing them up as soldiers, when are they going to pick up the mentality of soldiers? If you look at the police department, their creed is to protect and to serve. A soldier’s mission is to engage his enemy in close combat and kill him. Do we want police officers to have that mentality? Of course not.”— Arthur Rizer, former civilian police officer and member of the military Only now—after the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security (DHS) and Defense have passed off billions of dollars worth of military equipment...
  • Family sues Sonoma County over standoff that ended in suicide

    02/27/2015 2:20:25 PM PST · by rey · 29 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 27 Feb 2015 | PAUL PAYNE
    The family of a Santa Rosa man who killed himself during an armed standoff last year with Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies sued the county Friday in federal court, alleging an unwarranted, militarized assault on his home forced him to take his own life Dozens of deputies, including a SWAT team with an armored vehicle, descended on Swindell’s home and remained for hours after he released the kids and refused to come out. He committed suicide sometime the next morning when deputies filled the attic he was hiding in with tear gas and other chemical irritants, causing him extreme suffering, the...
  • NYPD to launch a beefed-up counterterrorism squad

    02/01/2015 1:04:28 PM PST · by JOAT · 8 replies
    New York Post ^ | 30 January 2015 | Shawn Cohen
    <p>The NYPD will launch a unit of 350 cops to handle both counterterrorism and protests — riding vehicles equipped with machine guns and riot gear — under a re-engineering plan to be rolled out over the coming months.</p> <p>The Strategic Response Group, or SRG, will be devoted to “advanced disorder control and counterterrorism protection,” responding to the sort of demonstrations that erupted after the Eric Garner grand jury decision and also events like the recent Paris terror attacks.</p>
  • Feds Sent Almost As Much Military Hardware to Local Cops After Ferguson Protests [Obama's Hypocrisy]

    12/31/2014 11:15:04 AM PST · by Altariel · 10 replies
    Reason.com ^ | December 31, 2014 | Ed Krayewski
    The police response to protests in Ferguso[n] over the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown brought the issue of militarized police into the forefront of national dialogue.  The fight against police militarization became a sort of culture war thing. Eager to show that he sympathized with protesters and to distance himself from the actions and consequences of a federal government he's indisputably at the head of, President Obama ordered a review of the Pentagon's 1033 program, under which military surplus is sent to local law enforcement. Demilitarizing our cities and communities was always going to be an uphill battle;...
  • It’s Time to Demilitarize the Police

    12/26/2014 11:53:02 AM PST · by lifeofgrace · 46 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 12/26/14 | Steve Berman
    Habersham County, Georgia is nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, just south of stunning Tallulah Gorge.  The biggest city in the county is Cornelia, with 4,160 residents.  The entire population of Habersham County would fill slightly more than half the seats in the Georgia Dome. Yet Habersham County Sheriff’s Department has a SWAT team, complete with flash-bang grenades, one of which exploded in a 19-month-old’s crib on May 28, 2014.  A drug raid gone wrong.  In fact, gone so wrong that there wasn’t even a hint of a drug dealer at the home, just a sleeping family. [WSB-TV]...
  • Spokane Deputy Promotes MRAP For Constitutionalists, Gun Owners: Full Clip

    12/20/2014 6:14:55 AM PST · by Altariel · 26 replies
    "So I'm thinking that is totally appropriate in Iraq, but where-what kind of situation in the U.S. would you see that happening?" "I mean, we've got a lot of constitutionalists, a lot of people that stockpile weapons, a lot of ammunition. You know, they have weapons here locally." (2:50-3:10)
  • Obama Planning To Increase Funding For The Militarization Of America's Police Force

    12/01/2014 5:11:25 PM PST · by Altariel · 28 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | December 1, 2014 | Tyler Durden
    Since 2006,MRAPs, helicopters, machine guns, and night-vision-goggle have been increasingly evident across America as the good ol' yankee copper morphs into a full-metal-jacket-looking killer (even as the FBI admits the threats to police have not escalated as much as the media would like). So it isjust 'lucky' that Ferguson has reignited a narrative that enables President Obama "to discuss federal programs and funding that provide equipment to the state and local enforcement agencies," in a series of meetings today at The White House. We suspect funding will increase (for your own protection) and a new SWATification Tzar will be unveiled....
  • S.D. SCHOOLS GET ARMORED VEHICLE FOR EMERGENCIES

    09/10/2014 9:29:26 AM PDT · by Defiant · 39 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | September 10, 2014 | Kristina Davis
    City schools police have obtained their own military-grade Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle through a federal grant. Known as an MRAP, the armored vehicle will be converted into a victim rescue vehicle that will be stocked with thousands of dollars in advanced medical supplies and be able to take heavy fire in case of an attack on campus, the San Diego Unified School District Police Department said Tuesday. The MRAP, valued at more than $700,000, was acquired at no cost to the district. The vehicle is expected to be operational in October.
  • Pentagon Fires Back At Critics of 'Police Militarization' Program

    08/21/2014 6:59:06 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 39 replies
    The Wire via Yahoo news ^ | August 19, 2014 | Russell Berman
    ~ snip ~ Despite the move, however, Kirby insisted the Defense Department was not "militarizing" police departments and that the program as a whole was "useful" and "served a purpose." "Let’s be careful not to throw the baby out with the bathwater here," Kirby said.
  • Militarization By County Via The Law Enforcement Support Office (look up your state/county)

    08/20/2014 3:16:17 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 36 replies
    shtfplan.com ^ | 8-20-14 | SHTF
    The following database has been made available by the Law Enforcement Support Office of the Defense Logistics Agency and shows armaments and equipment obtained by local law enforcement officials from the U.S. Military and Department of Homeland Security. Simply choose your State and your County and you'll have complete access to see how well militarized your local and county police departments are.
  • Shocking SWAT raid captured on helmet cam raises questions (Video)

    08/17/2014 9:56:45 AM PDT · by HammerT · 85 replies
    Liberty unyielding ^ | August 15, 2014 | Michael Dorstewitz
    A terrifying helmet cam video, released to the public Wednesday, depicts a SWAT team executing a search warrant on the home of a 68-year-old woman and her 18-year-old adopted daughter. The video is raising questions of privacy, reasonable force and police due diligence. They had the wrong place. The raid of Louise Milan and daughter Stephanie Milan’s Evansville, Ind. home was accompanied by the sound of shattering glass and multiple flash-bang grenades. It was all due to the Milan’s non-password protected Internet router, according to the Evansville Courier & Press. The raid was prompted by a series of threatening posts...
  • The Rand Paul Ferguson Time Article And The Senator’s 2010 Speech That Contradicts It [VIDEO]

    08/14/2014 9:56:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    International Business Times ^ | August 14, 2014 | Anthony B. Smith
    Rand Paul may be gaining measurable traction among young, liberal voters for his clear admonition of the “militarization of local police precincts” in Ferguson, Missouri, and around the nation, but International Business Times has surfaced a video of him at a 2010 rally that tells a different story: one that tempers his scathing criticism of growing, public armies with his fervent support of private ones. “There’s a fellow in the White House who says you’re clinging to your religion and your guns,” began the Kentucky junior senator to a gathered crowd at an Open Carry rally in Frankfort, Ohio, on...
  • Times Square Shut Down By Thousands Marching As Ferguson Protests Spin-Off Across The Country

    08/14/2014 7:34:00 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 180 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 14 August 2014 | By Josh Gardner For Mailonline and Louise Boyle For Mailonline
    The fifth night of demonstrations in support of gunned down Ferguson, Missouri teen Michael Brown saw scores of protesters marching through the streets of New York in a vigil that culminated in Times Square Thursday night. Tensions flared as some protestors attempted to shove their way through a police barricade set up in their path toward the beating heart of the city. Police held their own and tempers soon calmed, but as night gripped New York, the already congested Times Square ground to a halt as thousands flowed into the streets to demand an end to police brutality and militarization...
  • Ferguson violence: Police slammed for 'escalating the situation'

    08/14/2014 4:03:16 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 36 replies
    cnn.com ^ | August 14, 2014 | Josh Levs
    To people on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, and many around the world who watched Wednesday night's violence unfold, it seemed like a scene out of another country. (snip) Some in the military community say the problem is that police are getting the equipment without the same training and rules. "To call this militarization doesn't characterize the military very well," said Josh Weinberg, an Army veteran who focuses on security issues for the Truman Project. "We always were trained in escalation of force." To call this militarization doesn't characterize the military very well. The police apparently "had their weapons up...