Militarizing States: Its Armored, Heavy, Intimidating and Free as Governors are Threatened by White House

There can be no slicker way to violate your civil liberties and the lives of those you love, than arming local police with weapons of war, and telling you that it’s about protecting you and yours. You know the well-worn, but well-accepted practice of government giving the states ‘stuff’ beyond handouts to feed the needy — stuff like vehicles used for withstanding IEDs, battle gear for police worthy of Taliban territory, unprecedented quantities of ammo, and drones in the hands of police and sheriffs, already used to spy on Americans while on their own property. Without whistleblowers, we wouldn’t know half of what we know. By the way, whistleblowers need prayer for safety.

Salina, California Police

Salina, California Police

Note: I am not targeting the city of Salinas, California. I’m simply making a point that there may be numerous instances of heavily-armored law enforcement around the country, perhaps with tight allegiance to this administration.

A contact within the DHS claims that Obama’s administration has been working long and hard to finalize plans “to respond to a crisis of unprecedented magnitude.” Now when you hear something like this, you would think “shouldn’t the government be prepared for an incident like this?” And you are exactly right, but here’s the thing, the government is preparing for a dystopian future where the main cause of our current government’s falling is an act that they themselves set into place. Mr. Conservative, read more about government induced “catastrophe” here. January 28, 2014

At the National Governors Association meeting with Obama last weekend, rhetoric from the president that “chilled the room” set the tone, according to South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, threats and promises (translation: payback), telling governors not to complain about his proposed cuts to the National Guard, which also changes the Guard’s aviation abilities through changes of equipment, and a cut of 8 percent in that equipment.

While some states are attempting to militarize the National Guard which is unconstitutional and not acceptable, the National Guard has its place. It is meant to serve in times of need and emergency, as well as “to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress insurrections and repel invasion.” (Article I, Section 8, Clause 15) If you cut funding to the States’ National Guard forces, they become much weaker and it will be harder to protect the individual states….Americans should be getting very, very nervous over this. Source: RightWingNews

The New American:

This year alone [2013], over 150 so-called “mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles,” or MRAPs, used by U.S. forces in Iraq, were distributed by the administration to local police departments within the “Homeland.” The Department of Homeland Security, meanwhile, has been at the center of mounting controversy for over a year as it stockpiled the beastly military vehicles and massive quantities of ammunition for domestic use. At the same time, federal efforts to unconstitutionally commandeer state and local law enforcement are accelerating.

In New York State five sheriff’s departments and three police agencies received MRAPs from the DOD:

“It’s armored. It’s heavy. It’s intimidating. And it’s free,” said Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple, one of the officials whose department now has a federally provided MRAP beast of war. Source: see New American link above

Remember Homeland Security agents “posing as NATIONAL “police” across the country to monitor TEA Party activists?

From California to Florida and everywhere in between, armed DHS functionaries — part of the so-called “Federal Protective Service” (FPS) — intimidated and spied on peaceful activists, according to protesters in attendance. News reports were filled with pictures and videos of large Homeland Security trucks that said “police” in giant letters, along with armed DHS personnel dressed in “police” outfits. At a rally in Los Angeles, a DHS helicopter was even spotted flying overhead as federal “police” ordered protesters to get off of government property. Read more.

It is essential that our neighbors understand what Barack Obama and Eric Holder can accomplish together, while a Democrat Senate is on their knees. We have no protection inside the U.S. As Congressman Trey Gowdy said about Lois Lerner, the head of the IRS targeting snake, the House cannot indict her, cannot prosecute her, cannot put her in jail. The House is helpless unless the Department of Justice does the right thing, and the right thing hasn’t happened since January 2009. The right thing will not be, and is not now, afforded to gun-toting, constitution-carrying, Bible-clinging Americans.

In Montgomery County, Texas, the sheriff’s department owns a $300,000 pilotless surveillance drone, like those used to hunt down al Qaeda terrorists in the remote tribal regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

In Augusta, Maine, with fewer than 20,000 people and where an officer hasn’t died from gunfire in the line of duty in more than 125 years, police bought eight $1,500 tactical vests.

Police in Des Moines, Iowa, bought two $180,000 bomb-disarming robots, while an Arizona sheriff is now the proud owner of a surplus Army tank.

…police in Jefferson County, New York, Boise and Nampa, Idaho, as well as High Springs, Florida, have all acquired MRAPs. Police in West Lafayette, Indiana also have an MRAP, valued at half a million dollars.

Almost 13,000 agencies in all 50 states and four U.S. territories participate in the military “recycling” program, and the share of equipment and weaponry gifted each year continues to expand. In 2011, $500 million worth of military equipment was distributed to law enforcement agencies throughout the country. That number jumped to $546 million in 2012. Since 1990, $4.2 billion worth of equipment has been transferred from the Defense Department to domestic police agencies through the 1033 program, in addition to various other programs supposedly aimed at fighting the so-called War on Drugs and War on Terror. For example, the Department of Homeland Security has delivered roughly $34 billion to police departments throughout the country since 9/11, ostensibly to purchase more gear for their steady growing arsenals of military weapons and equipment. Source: Belgrade

Texas is a border state and I have no problem with drones in that area, but across our country, drones are being used for other than border crimes: one example in Texas. Montana is stopping it before it begins (until their state’s rights are slain).

The ACLU said the states won’t be able to stop federal agencies or border agents from using drones. But the Montana ban would not allow local police to use criminal information collected by federal drones that may be handed over in cooperative investigations.

Repeating: until Holder beheads Montana’s law.

We want our police and sheriff’s departments to do their sworn duty and protect citizens ably, but we don’t want them to be a small army, which will not resist, in many parts of the country, following an order from Washington to protect government before citizens.

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