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Law Enforcement’s War On American Insurgents

June 27, 2012 by  

Law Enforcement’s War On American Insurgents
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Lebanon, Tenn., Special Response Team officers pose in military-style uniforms and show off equipment acquired from the military.

In the small rural town of Mayberry, Sheriff Andy Taylor didn’t even see a reason to carry a gun while he policed the townspeople in the iconic American television program The Andy Griffith Show.

Of course, that was a television show, and it aired during what some people may argue was a simpler time in America’s modern history — a time when a small-town sheriff in a town like Mayberry would not need a gun except in the most extraordinary circumstances. Others have argued that Taylor didn’t carry a gun in the show because its producers were pushing an anti-gun Communist message.

Whatever the reason, reports of how many small-town law enforcement agencies have now become armed to the teeth with military-grade weaponry make it certain that an unarmed sheriff like Taylor would not make a believable character today.

Personal Liberty Digest™ has run a number of stories in recent months that describe increasingly militaristic tactics and armament among local police departments. With the help of organizations like the CATO Institute and its police misconduct website, there have also been stories about law enforcement officers who have fallen short of their promise to “serve and protect” and have abused authority and committed crimes both against individuals and the Constitution.

WIRED’s “Danger Room” blog, in a post yesterday, pointed out that over the past five years through the “Department of Defense Excess Property Program,” small-town law enforcement agencies have increasingly been the biggest beneficiaries of surplus military gear.

Here’s some of what is revealed:

  • A 50-officer police department in Oxford, Ala., a town of 20,000 people, has received about $3 million worth of military equipment including M-16s, helmet-mounted infrared goggles and a tank-like armored vehicle called a Puma.
  • The Nebraska State Patrol has three amphibious eight-wheeled tanks.
  • Police in Lebanon, Tenn., where fewer than 30,000 people live, have acquired $4 million worth of military equipment, including weapons and heavy equipment like bulldozers and truck loaders, as well as an LAV 150 armored car.
  • The Fairmont Police Department in northern Georgia, a department that serves about 7,000 residents, received 17,145 items from the military in the past five years.
  • Police in Issaquah, Wash., a town of 30,000 people, acquired more than 37,000 pieces of gear.

Two concerns have been raised by critics of the military arming of community police departments:

  1. Even though this equipment is bought on the cheap, officers in such small communities — much like Sheriff Taylor — seldom find use for tanks and assault rifles that have to be stored and maintained at a cost to the taxpayer.
  2. Often, the officers who will be operating this equipment once it has been acquired are poorly trained and are sometimes overly eager to use such military weaponry in situations when it could cause more harm than good.

The Defense surplus program was partially suspended in May, when it was revealed that an Arizona police department was caught selling some of the equipment it acquired to non-law enforcement agencies to pad its budget. However, departments still can get grants for military equipment through a Federal anti-terror initiative put in place after the 9/11 attacks. Since its inception, the grant program has racked up nearly $34 billion, according to the Center for Investigative Reporting.

Whether Americans think military equipment in the hands of law enforcement is good or bad, it appears to be here to stay. One increasingly popular military-turned-law-enforcement piece of equipment is the drone. Most of the drones that American law enforcement agencies employ are small and resemble remote control helicopters more than military equipment.

But last year, police in Lakota, N.D., used a Predator drone owned by the Department of Homeland security to conduct the first drone-assisted arrest in the Nation. Rodney Brossart and his family face a number of criminal charges related to a conflict they got into with law enforcement officers after six cows from a neighboring farm wandered onto their 3,000-acre ranch. After refusing to return the cows and a subsequent standoff with police, the drone was launched to watch the movements of Brossart and his family while a SWAT team rushed in to arrest the bunch.

Brossart’s lawyer Bruce Quick argued in court earlier in the month that “the warrantless use of unmanned surveillance aircraft” was unlawful on 4th Amendment grounds. Citing “outrageous governmental conduct, unlawful surveillance, illegal seizures and searches, unconstitutional application of North Dakota law, vindictive prosecution, and other statutory and constitutional injury” the attorney has asked a judge to dismiss charges in the (as far as law enforcement drones are concerned) possibly precedent-setting case. A ruling on whether the charges will be dismissed is expected within the next few days.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • braindeadUS

    Hell we have to arm ourself because we have a dictator as a president.

    • SJJolly

      Obama controls the worlds most powerful military. If he was a dictator — hyperbole on your part — you couldn’t arm yourself anywhere nearly enough to prevent him from turning you and your friends into greasespots. (Just ask Saddam Hussain’s former generals.)

  • David

    Gee, I quit playing Army when I was about 10 or 12. Must be fun as an “adult” to be able to play Army, and with real Army equipment too. I see dangerous times ahead. These bunches of immature boys still living the dream will cause a lot of trouble for themselves and the citizens of this country.

    • Robert Smith

      Kinda reminds me of those extreme right wing nuts who went into the woods and armed themselves… Oops, they are still out there.

      THEY concern me more than law enforcement.

      Rob

      • duane

        Take up the behind were the sun don’t shine commie pinko puke head

      • revnowwhilewecan

        Robert Smith,
        262,000,000 people died in the 20th century due to democide (death by government). That’s without the deaths caused by war. From pasts posts I thought you were more awake than that. I’ll take my chances with the guys in the woods.

      • http://www.facebook.com/robbie.borot Robbie Borot

        right wing is the lesser of two evil’s,the left wing nuts are attempting to take your freedom away so you can be their digital slave

    • larry moncier

      Well david I quit playin g army at 60. this weapon system, could be a bad thing. unless you know how to mix gas and oil. to make it go away! recon out

  • sabulaman

    Maybe the drones that Obama and Homeland Security want to use to spy on Americans are also surplus military equipment. I hope the ruling strikes down the use of drones, or at least gets the ball rolling in that direction before it gets too far out of control. What a bunch of ass wipes. What ever happened to dumping the surplus equipment in the ocean?

    • Robert Smith

      Drones are useful for monitoring crops, forest fires, flooding, quickly surveying damage from disasters…

      They do have positive uses. Let’s not presume them to be ALL bad.

      Just like guns it looks to me like; it’s not drones that spy, it’s people who spy.

      It’s people we need to worry about, not hardware.

      Rob

      • revnowwhilewecan

        Which “people” are you speaking of? The only people spying are the government. How many “spy’s” has the drone program put behind bars? 100′s of billions in contracts! Hello? If you don’t think that the drone contracts aren’t the main factor for deployment then you truly are asleep and you are not the Robert Smith that I thought I understood for the pasts few months. People don’t fear people, they fear governments.

      • http://www.a4dblwrldtrvladvntur.com Rev. Samuel M. Smith

        Robert is right about drones being useful for other things than spying on people. The same match you use to light a candle on a First Birthday cake could also be used to start a thousand acre forest fire or burn down a house. He is also right about drones not spying but people spying. It is the use to which people put those things. A ball-point stick pen or No. 2 pencil are great tools for writing and communicating, but I learned how in the Navy and while driving cab always kept my ball-point so I could easily have plunged it through someone’s eye into their brain if they attacked me. A carpenter’s level is a very useful tool but swung hard could smash someone’s skull — I know — one was used to attack me in my sleep 57 years ago and if someone hadn’t turned a light on at just the right moment for me to see it and duck I wouldn’t be writing this! I also had a steak knife, fine when used on your t-bone steak, stabbed in my back by someone I tried to help. So, revnowwhilewecan is only partly correct. the weapon is only the tool by which PEOPLE, whether individuals OR Wanna-be Dictators like Obama or corrupt Law Enforcement like Eric Holder, commit crimes against other people.

      • SJJolly

        Don’t forget pretty girls sunbathing in fenced-in back yards. (Gotta keep a watch for them!)

  • gunner48

    You only need equipment like thisONCE! In these times you have to practice the Six “P’s” Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Perfomance!!!!! Train,Train, Train, It the sign of the times….

  • cactusjoe

    could these weapons be used by the 6,000 people Obama hired as security forces under Obama care law?

    • Robert Smith

      I seem to have missed that “law.” Can you come up with a specific reference?

      Rob

  • Chester

    You people ought to take a good look at the provisions attached to any police or sheriff’s department receiving any of this surplussed military equipment. They are the only ones allowed to use it, and title to all the equipment, even what would normally be classed as expendables, remains with the US military. The various departments are not allowed to dispose of this equipment in any manner other than by returning to the issuing agency. Thus, if some sheriff’s department was selling off some of what they had been issued, they were violating the very laws that allowed them to have this stuff in the first place.

    • Buster the Anatolian

      “Thus, if some sheriff’s department was selling off some of what they had been issued, they were violating the very laws that allowed them to have this stuff in the first place.”

      Chester, go back and re-read the article and this time pay attention. The article stated rather clearly that the departments were NOT supposed to dispose of the equipment by selling it.

  • Scott

    Does NO ONE on these various media sites, see that what (in the Ariz. case) was upheld IS the part that will be YOUR final nail in YOUR freedom? Who among you do not believe that ALL policing officers will NOT have reasonable suspensions abt. “every one”, including YOU, your SON, your DAUG., your WIFE, your GRANDS??? THIS is the gate that is now opened and this quote is the important one…. “the Supreme Court upheld the part of the law which allows law enforcement to perform immigration checks if the officer has reasonable suspicion that a person is in the country illegally”…. EVERY ONE NOW can be and will be stopped and asked for “their papers”. Sure it is 1st. your state issued ID or Drivers License, but the next step in what, days>weeks>months>one yr.?, will be YOUR NATIONAL FED ISSUED RFID CARD and if it does not contain your dan, your birth certf., & all info needed to ENSURE, INSURE that YOU and YOURS are a legal citizen. HA, we will need FEMA camps, private Prisons, to HOLD all of the folks who will NOT go along with a national ID card, or who don’t carry one, thinking I’ll be OK…… HA, back to the days of being “black or colored” in South Africa and being a russian citizen in the old SOVIET UNION, when YOU and YOURS could NOT even leave your town without YOUR PAPERS!!

    Don’t you FOOLS see that the part (that was upheld IS the part that the FED boys need to make POLICE POWER the MAJORITY POWER in the USA!!!! ??????? Geez, how blind are you folks on here and other media sites? You are truly being lead down the road to a POLICE STATE!!!!!!!!!

    • TIME

      Dear Scott,

      Thank you for not only one really Great post! But also – thank you for keeping your mind OPEN and looking at all the Political rhetoric for its real worth.

      Peace and Love

    • http://teamlaw.org Jazzabelle

      you might benefit from this site: teamlawforum.net

      • TIME

        Dear Jazz,

        Why is that again? Did I note before that I have a JD from Georgetown Law?
        I can assure you they sure don’t teach the Why’s, Whens’s, nor Where’s of what happened way back in the 1860′s – 1870′s when this nation lost its self to the Criminals who now run it.

        The Police are not here to protect YOU, they are only here to protect and SERVE thier Masters………; BTW – Thats not YOU!

        Just as the Political Class don’t work for you, YOU work for them and thier masters!

        Peace and Love

      • http://teamlaw.org Jazzabelle

        You are correct, TIME. But on the immigration issue, Team Law can help people learn how to travel freely without needing any “papers” … not even a driver’s license.

      • TIME

        Dear Jazz,

        I am there, I “travel” I don’t drive.. I also don’t pay a tribure anylonger to the UK Crown nor the bloody bank of Londons Vampires nor the imf’s UN fund. If you know about Travel, than I need not belabor what I just said.

        Peace and Love

  • http://personallibertyalert none381

    the true beginnings of obamas police united states…

  • http://www.survivingurbancrisis.com/ Silas Longshot

    The militarization of the police is just the first step towards crushing the civilian population when it ‘becomes time’ to do the deed when or if 0bama decrees martial law. Or the next moron in the WH. These programs for ‘surplus’ goodies that Barney Fife metality crossed with Al Capone morals type cops hunger for will come to no good end for America in the long run. Throw in the ‘cash based’ illegal serch of every vehicle stopped for minor traffic infractions to fund these little games and you have abuse of citizens and total corruption from top to bottom. The cops find any cash on you or in your car, they can arbitrarily decide if that cash is ‘drug money’ and seize it from you. No proof, no trial, just found $XX dollars in your posession. So, it ‘must be’ drug money, right? Why else would you have that much cash?

    • Silaxo1

      You are a bit over the top Silas.

  • ONE WHO CARES

    Things are truly getting out of hand, when local police departments are being armed with heavy military ammo, equipment, survallience, and a mindset that it is proper and alright to use theses type of tactics on ordinary citizens!! This is a replay of the early days of the Nazi regime! Why do small town police departments need such heavy equipment?! Wake up America! We are heading for a Police State and our rights as American Citizens have been eroded away. I had a drone flying over my house 2 years ago! It stayed over my house for a good 5 minutes. My neighbor and I weren’t sure what it was at the time, but now I know!! No wonder so many American have become ex-patriots – they have the foresight to see what is coming. SCARRY TIMES!!

  • Jimmy The Greek

    If and when the time comes to have to fight to keep our freedom , the police well be the first ones we well have to fight !

  • Dave

    311 MILLION People in the united states of America today..Approx. 200 MILLION firearms in the hands of the citizens…If just a quarter of the people stood up that would be what. 75 MILLION plus…That’s a big ass militia…Doesn’t matter what equipment law enforcement has. What matters is how many are F*****g stupid enough to turn them on American citizens…Guns fire both ways…and they are not defeating 75 MILLION man militia….Liberty or Death…Don’t Tread ON ME

    • Jimmy The Greek

      Not only that , police tend to be cowards when outnumbered remember the riots in LA look at how they would not go in until they had the numbers in there favor , back in the early 70s i lived in Newark n j and the police would never come into the projects until half the police dept. got there .

  • Dave

    I want Obama out just as bad as any conservative..Independent in my case. But we need to face the truth here. Most of the messed up legislation which strips us of our rights even though is signed into law by Obama, look who put ink to paper…No difference between parties today except a letter after the name..End game result both exact same. They just seem to be competing on how they get us there…You can vote for who you think will be better but come on do you really believe our elections are legit??Hell NO.. We have crossed over a plain that there is only one solution. And it should of been done long ago..Our founders knew this and gave us the rights…

    What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.
    Thomas Jefferson

    • Jimmy The Greek

      So true !

  • Carl Manning

    Here’s something to think about. Have the powers that be planned something for October that will require massive militarized police force??? Could there be an economic and/or currency collapse??? Will Obama be making good on his offer of War with Iran by Fall, which we all know will be World War III???

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wALNWwzERQ4&feature=player_embedded

  • Carl Manning

    The Chief of Staff of the US Army, General Raymond T. Odierno, has made statements to a globalist CFR publication, “Foreign Affairs”, that he supports transitioning the military to routinely violating the Posse Comitatus Act.

    “In a recent “Foreign Affairs” piece, a publication of the Council on Foreign Relations, Odierno suggested that the army be “transitioned” into a more “flexible force” by deploying in situations normally reserved for domestic law enforcement officials.”

    http://www.infowars.com/u-s-army-admits-troops-conducting-law-enforcement-is-illegal/

    This militarization of police forces is preparation for martial law just as are the FEMA Camps. The FEMA Camps were designed by satanists who infiltrated the CIA. They are equipped with guillotines for the eventuial mass-murder of Christians. Railcars have been built specifically for the federal government that are equipped with custom-built shackles. Could Obama be planning to use these after he facilitates a Russian invasion after initiating WWIII with Iran in order to kill off his opposition??? Such is the predicament we find ourselves in when the GOP decides to avoid the Constitutional Birther issue. Obama is a Marxist KGB plant working under instructions from Putin for the eventual conversion of the US to the USSA.

  • T. Jefferson

    Welcome to 1984, This is why Indiana passed the law they did.

  • rkz777

    There is most certainly a reason Law Enforcement Agencies have received military equipment and weapons. First it was encouraged, and once hooked onto the idea and offer (Just like highway grant monies), it sky rocketed. Now guess who will be the first to respond when marshal law is enacted and a force is needed to “quell” the American people who are standing up for their RIGHTS and FREEDOM under The Constitution of The United States. You guessed it, nothing more to say. But then all Law Enforcement Officers are not like what I just related to. Protect and Serve and Defend the Constitution of The United States! GOD PROTECT OUR PEOPLE and GIVE US STRENGTH TO SUCCEED AGAINST THE enemies of AMERICA!

  • http://www.facebook.com/sirwilliambolton William Wiley Bolton

    As a member of the American Legion I know that the local Law Enforcement will call on us civilian types with military training if they encounter something too big for their group. Get to know your Law Enforcement and support their efforts to rid your community of crime and gain their trust as you give yours.

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