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  • The Promiscuous Use of SWAT Teams Is a Bigger Problem Than Armored Vehicles on Our Streets

    08/27/2014 8:07:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies ^ | August 27, 2014 | Jacob Sullum
    Contrary to what you may have heard, the armored vehicles that appeared on the streets of Ferguson, Mo., during the unrest that followed the police shooting of Michael Brown did not come from the Pentagon. "Most of the stuff you are seeing in video coming out of Ferguson is not military," Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Defense Department's press secretary, told reporters last week. "The military is not the only source of tactical gear in this country." In other words: Don't blame the military for militarizing the police. Kirby has a point. Although the Pentagon has played a role by...
  • War on golf: Obama is escorted by SWAT team and two snipers..(shortened)

    08/10/2014 6:45:12 PM PDT · by Protect the Bill of Rights · 59 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 10 August 2014 | MailOnline Reporter
    As conflict continued in Iraq, President Barack Obama waged a different kind of war during his vacation at Martha's Vineyard - on the golf course. Obama was escorted to the Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, by a huge motorcade, which included a SWAT team and two snipers who peered out of an open trunk. Sporting a United States Secret Service baseball cap, Obama seemed reasonably relaxed despite the hefty protection, laughing and chatting with his golfing buddies in between holes. Obama fled Washington for his family's familiar vacation spot yesterday for a two-week summer break.
  • Policing America

    07/23/2014 4:20:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | July 23, 2014 | John Stossel
    I want the police to be better armed than the bad guys, but what exactly does that mean today? Apparently it means the Pentagon and Department of Homeland Security equip even the tiniest rural police departments with massive military vehicles, body armor and grenade launchers. The equipment is surplus from the long wars we fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. To a hammer, everything resembles a nail. SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) teams were once used only in emergencies such as riots or robberies where hostages were taken. But today there are more than 50,000 "no-knock raids" a year. It's...
  • Utah’s Stewart: BLM doesn’t need a ‘SWAT team’

    04/29/2014 4:25:46 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 21 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | April 29, 2014 | By Thomas Burr
    The Bureau of Land Management doesn’t need its own heavily armed police force, Rep. Chris Stewart said Tuesday, referencing the recent standoff between federal agents and a civilian militia siding with Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. Stewart, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, says he’s going to try and cut funding for any "paramilitary units" and require the BLM, Internal Revenue Service and other regulatory agencies to rely on local law enforcement rather than their own armed crews. "There are lots of people who are really concerned when the BLM shows up with its own SWAT team," the Utah Republican...
  • BEWARE: No-Knock SWAT Attacks

    03/24/2014 7:43:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 125 replies ^ | March 24, 2014 | Katie Kieffer
    Gun owners beware. Squirt gun owners, that includes you. If a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team SUSPECTS you of crime, you may receive a late-night visit from an armed SWAT team. That’s right, an armed and militant SWAT team could trot right through your front door as you slumber this summer. No-knock warrants are increasingly used by military-style police units, like SWAT teams for drug raids. Unfortunately, SWAT teams can obtain these warrants too easily from judges and consequently do not always perform sufficient due diligence. As a result, tens of thousands of decent, law-abiding American citizens are surprised...
  • HHS (Dept. of Ed.)Swat Team Raids Home Over Student Loans

    03/16/2014 8:58:56 AM PDT · by wildbill · 52 replies
    A father was dragged from his home and handcuffed in front of his children by a SWAT team looking for his estranged wife – to collect her unpaid student loans... Mr Wright was later told by Stockton police that the order to send in the SWAT team came from The U.S. Department of Education who were looking for his estranged wife to collect defaulted loan payments. 
  • Mississippi legislature votes to give attorney general his own “strike forces”

    02/28/2014 10:20:29 AM PST · by Altariel · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 27, 2014 | Radley Balko
    A troubling bill (PDF) that passed the Mississippi legislature last month would give the state’s attorney general three paramilitary-style “strike forces” to use around the state at his discretion. The bill is being pushed by Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, who told the Associated Press, “These elite forces will respond to a specific high-crime area and hit gangs and drug dealers where they live. Give law enforcement the authority and the resources they need, and they will get the job done.” But it’s far from clear that the state really needs more strike forces with which to hit people. Mississippi already...
  • Florida Woman Furious After SWAT Team Orders Her Out of Her Own Home During Standoff With Neighbor

    02/05/2014 1:28:03 PM PST · by Nachum · 63 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 2/5/2014 | Elizabeth Kreft
    A Jacksonville homeowner thought she may have been robbed Sunday, but realized instead her home had been altered by a SWAT team. Deborah Franz was told to leave her home by police during a standoff with her neighbor over the weekend. According to WTEV-TV, Franz overheard loud fighting next door, and then saw SWAT team members swarm the street. “The cop goes ‘You all need to leave, you can’t be in your house,’” Franz told the station.
  • Exclusive: Feds confiscate investigative reporter’s confidential files during raid

    10/25/2013 11:38:53 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 89 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | October 25 2013 | daily caller
    A veteran Washington D.C. investigative journalist says the Department of Homeland Security confiscated a stack of her confidential files during a raid of her home in August — leading her to fear that a number of her sources inside the federal government have now been exposed. In an interview with The Daily Caller, journalist Audrey Hudson revealed that the Department of Homeland Security and Maryland State Police were involved in a predawn raid of her Shady Side, Md. home on Aug. 6. Hudson is a former Washington Times reporter and current freelance reporter. A search warrant obtained by TheDC indicates...
  • Absurd Government Law Enforcement: The Great Organic Blackberry Raid

    08/19/2013 8:18:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | August 19, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Government officials do some really crazy things in the name of law enforcement.I recently wrote about an armed raid on an animal shelter in order to execute a baby deer.That was paramilitary overkill (pun intended), though it probably didn’t waste as many tax dollars as the regulatory overkill of the year-long sting operation by the Food and Drug Administration against an Amish farm for the horrible crime of selling unpasteurized milk to consenting adults who prefer unpasteurized milk.And let’s not forget Robert Norlander, the thuggish, dumpster-diving IRS agent, who sought to ruin the life of an innocent man because…well, for...
  • SWAT team's shooting of Marine causes outrage

    11/27/2011 6:10:03 PM PST · by Carbonsteel · 27 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11-27-2011 | By AMANDA LEE MYERS
    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Jose Guerena Ortiz was sleeping after an exhausting 12-hour night shift at a copper mine. His wife, Vanessa, had begun breakfast. Their 4-year-old son, Joel, asked to watch cartoons.
  • SWAT team's shooting of Marine causes outrage [Jose Guerena Ortiz]

    11/27/2011 2:17:58 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 42 replies
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 11/27/11 | AMANDA LEE MYERS
    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Jose Guerena Ortiz was sleeping after an exhausting 12-hour night shift at a copper mine. His wife, Vanessa, had begun breakfast. Their 4-year-old son, Joel, asked to watch cartoons. An ordinary morning was unfolding in the middle-class Tucson neighborhood — until an armored vehicle pulled into the family's driveway and men wearing heavy body armor and helmets climbed out, weapons ready. They were a sheriff's department SWAT team who had come to execute a search warrant. But Vanessa Guerena insisted she had no idea, when she heard a "boom" and saw a dark-suited man pass by...
  • Michael Silence: Raid over loan chided

    06/16/2011 8:44:51 AM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 20 replies
    Knox News ^ | June 12, 2011 | Michael Silence
    Sometimes big deals get little play, unless you follow social media. It seems some federal agents last week broke down a California man's door and removed him and his three children, ages 3, 7 and 11. According to News10/KXTV in Stockton, Calif., a SWAT team around 6 a.m. Tuesday broke down Kenneth Wright's door, removed him and his children, and searched the house. As it turns out, according to the report, they were from the U.S. Department of Education attempting to collect on his wife's defaulted student loan. "The U.S. Department of Education issued the search and called in the...
  • SWAT team launch dawn raid on family home to collect unpaid student loans [O's Dept of Education]

    06/08/2011 4:35:31 PM PDT · by grundle · 78 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | June 8, 2011
    A father was dragged from his home and handcuffed in front of his children by a SWAT team looking for his estranged wife - to collect her unpaid student loans. A stunned Kenneth Wright had his front door kicked in by the raiding party at 6 am yesterday before being dragged onto his front porch, handcuffed and led to a police car with his three children. He says he was then detained for six hours while officers looked for his wife - who no longer lives at the house. Mr Wright was later told by Stockton police that the order...
  • title:Video: SWAT team raids house over … unpaid student loans

    06/08/2011 10:52:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies · 1+ views
    Hotair ^ | 06/08/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Via JWF and Reason, we now present this instructional video from the Department of Education. Now that the government has for all practical pruposes nationalized the student-loan industry, the DoE would like to educate recipients on new loan-collection processes. The banks used to send bill collectors and file claims in court, but the Obama administration doesn’t like those kind of harsh private-sector measures to retrieve lost capital. Instead, they’ll send a SWAT team to kick in your door and frighten your children — even if you don’t live with them anymore: CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Kenneth Wright does...
  • Tucson SWAT Team Defends Shooting Iraq Vet 60 Times

    05/20/2011 5:55:31 PM PDT · by Graneros · 99 replies · 1+ views
    ABC News ^ | May 20, 2011 | ELLEN TUMPOSKY
    A Tucson, Ariz., SWAT team defends shooting an Iraq War veteran 60 times during a drug raid, although it declines to say whether it found any drugs in the house and has had to retract its claim that the veteran shot first. And the Pima County sheriff scolded the media for "questioning the legality" of the shooting. Jose Guerena, 26, died the morning of May 5. He was asleep in his Tucson home after working a night shift at the Asarco copper mine when his wife, Vanessa, saw the armed SWAT team outside her youngest son's bedroom window. "She saw...

    04/28/2010 4:33:32 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 122 replies · 3,092+ views ^ | April 28, 2010 | Jim Hoft
    The SWAT Team was called in today at the Quincy Tea Party Rally. Obama was speaking at the convention center this afternoon. Unreal.
  • Cardboard figure at bank triggers SWAT team action

    11/28/2008 10:36:22 PM PST · by Coleus · 7 replies · 820+ views ^ | November 29, 2008
    MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP — A standoff at a Somerset County bank ended when police learned a "person" seen inside was actually a life-size cardboard figure. Officers went to the PNC Bank in Montgomery Township after an alarm sounded there at about 8:40 p.m. Thursday. Upon arrival, they saw what they thought was at least one person through the windows of the bank, which had its blinds drawn. The area was sealed off and three nearby apartment buildings were evacuated as a precaution. Meanwhile, authorities used bullhorns and made phone calls in a bid to make contact with whoever might be in...
  • SWAT Teams Swarm Your Black Muslim Bakery Yusef Bey IV Among Detained

    08/03/2007 10:33:27 AM PDT · by CHEE · 20 replies · 1,297+ views ^ | UPDATED: 10:13 am PDT August 3, 2007 |
    EMERYVILLE, Calif. -- Oakland and Fremont police have surrounded the Your Black Muslim Bakery in Oakland. NBC11 News has learned that SWAT team negotiators and various high-ranking police officials are at the scene.
  • SWAT Teams Enforcing Copyright

    01/23/2007 8:31:59 AM PST · by traviskicks · 90 replies · 1,628+ views
    techliberation ^ | 1/17/07 | Tim Lee
    Radley Balko, who has tirelessly publicized the problems created by the promiscuous use of SWAT teams, reports that federal police in Atlanta have used a SWAT team to help the recording industry enforce copyright law. Even worse, the target wasn't even a commercial piracy operation: Last night, a federal SWAT team assisted the RIAA in a raid on the studio of Atlanta musician DJ Drama. This local news report says the locally famous mixtape DJ is under investigation for piracy. But Drama's supporters say the DJ is a mix artist, not a bootlegger. They say news footage of the raid...
  • SWAT Team Shoots Suicidal Fla. Student

    01/13/2006 10:01:35 AM PST · by kiriath_jearim · 15 replies · 659+ views
    AP ^ | 1/13/06 | n/a
    LONGWOOD, Fla. - A suicidal eighth grader who pulled a handgun in class and briefly took another child hostage was shot by a SWAT team member Friday when he threatened deputies, Seminole County officials said. Sheriff Don Eslinger said the 15-year-old boy brought the gun to Milwee Middle School in his backpack and briefly took a fellow student hostage during a classroom scuffle. He then ran from the classroom and "traveled with this firearm throughout the campus," Eslinger said. He was pursued by deputies into a restroom, and the school was evacuated. Eslinger said the boy was suicidal. "At one...
  • Man killed by Sunrise police in drug raid had 2 ounces of marijuana

    08/11/2005 1:12:44 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 516 replies · 7,099+ views ^ | August 10, 2005 | Brian Haas & Kevin Smith
    SUNRISE -- Police seized 2 ounces of marijuana at the home of Anthony Diotaiuto after shooting him 10 times, according to information on the drug raid released Tuesday. Also Tuesday, while many friends and relatives of the 23-year-old bartender and student mourned him at a Davie funeral home, others appeared at a Sunrise City Commission meeting to demand an explanation for the fatal raid "Do 2 ounces of marijuana constitute a death warrant?" asked Sunrise resident William de Larm, a friend of Diotaiuto's.
  • "Hostage Hoaxers" Arrested

    03/25/2005 6:30:04 AM PST · by genefromjersey · 10 replies · 681+ views
    The Star Ledger ^ | 03/25/05 | vanity
  • SWAT team kills gunman

    08/18/2003 10:27:46 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 3 replies · 145+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, August 19, 2003
    <p>LITHONIA, Ga. (AP) &#8212; A man robbed a bank yesterday, carjacked an automobile and then fled to a house several miles away, where he was shot to death after an hourlong standoff with police, authorities said.</p> <p>James T. Williams, 29, taunted police by patting his chest and saying "shoot me" as he waved a handgun toward them from the steps of the house, said Sgt. Pat White of DeKalb County Police.</p>
  • Manhunt proves to be gopher hunt (MN)

    05/12/2003 9:31:24 AM PDT · by cibco · 16 replies · 360+ views
    The Mankato Free Press ^ | Wednesday May 7, 2003 | By Tom Lawrence
    Manhunt proves to be gopher hunt SWAT teams called out after report of man firing gun south of Waseca Pat Christman A special weapons and tactics (SWAT) team was deployed during the search for an armed man south of Waseca Tuesday. By Tom Lawrence Free Press Regional Editor WASECA — Call it a wild gopher chase. Numerous area law enforcement agencies were involved in a search for an armed man who was observed firing shots south of Waseca Tuesday afternoon but in the end, according to Waseca County Sheriff Timothy J. Dann, it was all for naught. Witnesses who reported...