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  • Homeland Security making plans to deploy some 150 agents in Chicago this week, with scope of duty unknown

    07/20/2020 1:45:09 PM PDT · by little jeremiah · 15 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | JUL 20, 2020 | GREGORY PRATT and JEREMY GORNER
    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is crafting plans to deploy about 150 federal agents to Chicago this week, the Chicago Tribune has learned, a move that would come amid growing controversy nationally about federal force being used in American cities. The Homeland Security Investigations, or HSI, agents are set to assist other federal law enforcement and Chicago police in crime-fighting efforts, according to sources familiar with the matter, though a specific plan on what the agents will be doing had not been made public. One city official said the city was aware of the plan but not any specifics....
  • Americans Killed by Cops [in ten years] Now Outnumber Americans Killed in Iraq War

    08/07/2014 10:33:58 PM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 61 replies
    The Free Thought Project ^ | August 7, 2014 | Matt Savoy
    The increase in police brutality in this country is a frightening reality. In the last decade alone the number of people murdered by police has reached 5,000. The number of soldiers killed since the inception of the Iraq war, 4489. What went wrong? In the 19070’s SWAT teams were estimated to be used just a few hundred times per year, now we are looking at over 40,000 military style “knock and announce” police raids a year. The police presence in this country is being turned into a military with a clearly defined enemy, anyone who questions the establishment. If we...
  • Ferguson As America: "There Is A Brewing Problem... And It's Extremely Dangerous"

    08/12/2014 12:41:22 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 96 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 8/12/14 | Martin Armstrong
    Ever since 911, there has been a trend moving toward much harsher local police. Here is a photo of how the Boston Police have militarized to the point it looks like war against the people. Even small towns are geared up for war. The small town of Medford, Oregon with a population of 76,462 has spent millions of dollars to militarize their police. They have their own Swat Teams, yet no incident in history of some major shooting of such a nature to warrant a Swat Team. The entire reason where there was the Second Amendment was to eliminate this...
  • Reading the Tea Leaves in Johnson County

    04/20/2014 7:33:14 AM PDT · by wildbill · 32 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | March 27 2014 | Mark Steyn
    ~On the other hand, tea-wise, the Johnson County Sheriff's Department is taking it to a whole other level. Two years ago, at 7.30 one April morning, a sleepy Bob Harte staggered to the front door of his home in Leawood, Kansas to answer a knock and found a fully-armed SWAT team outside preparing to use the battering ram. They shoved him to the floor, surrounded him with pointing rifles, and the whole rigmarole began... On the other hand, at least the Hartes and their kids are still alive. I've written often about the increasing tendency of American cops to police...
  • America’s police more likely to Menace and Intimidate than Protect and Serve

    03/02/2014 8:26:06 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 53 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/2/14 | Doug Book
    “In the military mind set, the “drug war” has moved from metaphor to real life, with American streets as the “front,” American citizens as the “enemy” and law enforcement officers as the warriors. At the direction of Congress, the Pentagon has spent the past 20 years providing military hardware free of charge to police departments throughout the nation, all for the stated purpose of fighting the War on Drugs. Billions of dollars worth of “surplus” military grade equipment has been transferred, literally enabling law enforcement in towns both large and small to serve warrants, control crowds and “keep the peace”...
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Now Has a SWAT Team (Is the militarization of police finally complete?)

    01/11/2014 5:20:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    The Dallas Observer's Unfair Park Blog ^ | January 10, 2014 | Brantley Hargrove
    The man in the photo to the left isn't a Ranger in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. He's a Texas game warden, kitted out to check your deer tags or lead a paramilitary, kick-the-door-in assault on your tent. The militarization of every possible law enforcement entity in America is complete: Texas Parks and Wildlife now has a SWAT team. The 25-man unit can deploy anywhere in the state within four hours, TPWD boasts, and is modeled after what military types call a "force multiplier," which basically means that these guys can shoot a bunch of bullets. At what, you ask? In this...
  • Conservative reporter has home raided, private notes confiscated in pre-dawn assault by feds

    10/30/2013 11:06:49 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 7 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/30/13 | Doug Book
    Conservative reporter Audrey Hudson was awakened by federal officers acting on a warrant for a toy potato gun. She is convinced they were acting on orders from the Regime in response to her criticism of Barack Obama. One of Hudson’s main concerns involves her sources. What might the Regime do to them? How will they be punished? Click on the link to Coach is Right for Hudson's interview with FOX News reporter Gretchen Carlson.
  • 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...
  • Does the police state really need more practice?

    09/28/2013 12:23:12 PM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 1 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/28/13 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Overnight my computer blew up with E-mails decrying the destruction and torment done by Homeland Security, Emergency Response Teams and Florida State Police goons, especially from Broward and So Fla, to the once quiet Florida Everglades. So let’s get this dam ( to avoid print style book standards) straight as Rush likes to say. While erstwhile print outlets in our So Fla regions team with the Martin County Rino’s to get our Florida Legislature to give even more land over to the federal government in the form of emergency relief declarations that look to stop estuary blooms by the Army...
  • Paramilitary Police in America: How Did It Happen?

    05/23/2013 7:24:22 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 11 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | May 23, 2013 | Fred DeRuvo
    It is clear that things have changed in America and much of it is due to two wars: the War on Drugs and the War on Terror. These ongoing conflicts have brought about major changes in the way law enforcement does business with Americans every day. Because of the so-called war on drugs, SWAT teams began springing up across the land, tactically armed and ready to do whatever became necessary to overcome the drug problem that this country faces. The fight against terrorism has also been added to the picture and because of it, the same SWAT teams can be...
  • “America Has Become A Piñata…”

    05/07/2012 8:15:25 PM PDT · by blam · 2 replies
    The Daily Reckoning ^ | 5-7-2012 | Addison Wiggin
    “America Has Become A Piñata…” By Addison WigginMay 7, 2012 Baltimore, Maryland – “America’s national government has moved way beyond a political spoils system,” wrote Charles Goyette in his book The Dollar Meltdown. “A spoils system leaves the host alive so that a politician’s occasional ne’er-do-well brother-in-law can be put on the payroll.” In contrast, Goyette suggested, “America has become a piñata: Everybody gets a crack at it. Presidents and other elected officials pass the big stick around as a reward to those who help keep them in charge of the piñata party.” Goyette’s book came out in 2009. Since...
  • The Government's tactical assault on our liberty

    10/16/2011 11:23:47 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 23 replies
    Coachis Right ^ | 10/16/2011 | Doug Book
    Two centuries ago the Founders feared a strong, centralized federal government would establish a standing army, an irresistible force capable of crushing those rights of individual liberty which had been so carefully and deliberately crafted into the Constitution. Today that fear has been realized, not with the American military, but in the increasingly disturbing form of paramilitary units and heavily equipped tactical assault teams which exist in even small town police departments and bureaucracies within the federal government. In Waco, 80 lives were taken by masked SWAT team members driving armored vehicles in what one writer properly called an “…ATF...
  • Your Black Muslim Bakery [Newspaper Editor Reportedly Threatened Before Ambush, Fatal Shooting]

    08/03/2007 10:09:12 AM PDT · by KayEyeDoubleDee · 32 replies · 1,729+ views
    Fox News & The Associated Press ^ | Friday, August 03, 2007 | Unattributed
    OAKLAND, Calif. — A veteran journalist and newspaper editor who was shot to death on his way to work reportedly received threats before he was murdered in what police are calling a premeditated hit, according to The Oakland Tribune. Chauncey Bailey, 57, editor of the Oakland Post and a former reporter for The Oakland Tribune, was shot about 7:30 a.m., police said... Oakland Police spokesman Roland Holmgren said police don't have a motive for the killing, but it did not appear to be random. He also said it's not clear whether the attack had anything to do with Bailey's journalism...
  • Unreasonable Searches and Seizures

    12/14/2006 9:48:41 PM PST · by neverdem · 67 replies · 2,107+ views
    Reason ^ | December 13, 2006 | Radley Balko
    The rising use of SWAT teams is bad, but it's about to get worse.Radley Balko on botched SWAT raids in the November 2006 issue of Playboy.
  • LA Gun Task Force Serves another Search Warrant

    09/24/2006 9:09:43 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 80 replies · 2,656+ views ^ | 9 24 06 | John Burtt
    The LA County Gun Task Force has served another search warrant on the home of another member of the fifty caliber community. On Monday September 18th, eighteen police cars swarmed the neighborhood where the FCSA member lives and served a search warrant signed by Judge Steven Kleifield of the LA County Superior Court. The officers were at the residence for several hours and confiscated all semi-automatic firearms belonging to the victim. The probable cause for issuing the search warrant was not available in the body of the affidavit so the reason for the search is unknown at this time. It...
  • Death raises concern at police tactics

    03/21/2006 5:52:09 AM PST · by Carbonsteel · 62 replies · 1,353+ views
    BBC News ^ | Tuesday, 21 March 2006 | Matthew Davis
    The recent killing of an unarmed Virginia doctor has raised concerns about what some say is an explosion in the use of military-style police Swat teams in the United States. Armed with assault rifles, stun grenades - even armoured personnel carriers - units once used only in highly volatile situations are increasingly being deployed on more routine police missions. Dr Salvatore Culosi Jr had come out of his townhouse to meet an undercover policeman when he was shot through the chest by a Special Weapons and Tactics force. It was about 2135 on a chilly January evening. The 37-year-old optometrist...
  • 144 Arrested At Huge Cockfight

    06/12/2005 11:48:24 PM PDT · by seacapn · 77 replies · 2,064+ views
    CBS News ^ | June 13, 2005 | AP Staff
    (AP) At least twelve dozen people were arrested Saturday as about a hundred federal agents and other law enforcement officers raided what they said may have been the largest cockfight in the country. Several SWAT teams, helicopters and dozens of state troopers participated in the raid Saturday on the sprawling Del Rio Cockfight Pit in Cocke County, Tennessee. They seized about $40,000 in cash and killed more than 300 roosters. "Reputedly, this was the largest cockfight in the United States," said District Attorney Al Schmutzer Jr. "It was becoming open and notorious, and you just can't stand back and let...

    08/07/2004 9:37:20 AM PDT · by TERMINATTOR · 53 replies · 1,882+ views
    Jews For The Preservation of Firearms Ownership ^ | August 5, 2004 | The Liberty Crew (JPFO)
    On Saturday, July 17, an unknown shooter wounded an Oshkosh, Wisconsin, police officer, then faded into the night. Was the shot fired by a partying teenager? Was it an accidental discharge from another officer's gun? Was it a mistake or an intentional assault? No one knows. What happened next is unclear; everyone gives a different version of the events. According to the most credible reports, the Oshkosh PD evacuated a several block area. Without warrants in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, SWAT teams and police dogs descended on the neighborhood. Officers got consent to search homes. (It's logical to...