Source: Concord, NH, City Council Meeting
I’ve been saying this since September, 2005, when I was a New Orleans Police Officer. I saw the incrementalism then and spoke out against it, and I now see it moving full steam ahead eight years later.
In several phone conversations with readers, friends, and like-minded thinkers, I explained, in detail, how the Federal Government was using New Orleans as a “test bed” for militarization of domestic law enforcement. After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, I pointed out that the Feds were coaxing local, county, and state governments into getting in lock-step. They offered millions of dollars for departments to purchase new uniforms – but only in midnight navy blue – as well as offering fleets of new vehicles, as long as they followed Fed guidelines for certain markings and lights, as well as massive caches of new weapons and Homeland Security-approved radios. Sure, it’s great for interoperability… but with that carrot on the stick comes a price. It comes attached with a new attitude, a new perspective, and a new master.
Armored vehicles were being handed out like candy on Halloween, and only now are people beginning to understand the ramifications of this action.
Here, we see a US Marine Corps Colonel speaking out against this very thing, comparing it to his time in Fallujah. I touched on the Waterstown, MA, event where we witnessed 9,000 heavily armored law enforcement agents descend upon a small suburb and effectively render it under the control of martial law while searching door-to-door for a single teenager… and after it was all over, the citizenry nearly gave them a ticker-tape parade, wildly waving flags and gracing them with the title of “heroes…”
Make no mistake about it – Homeland Security IS the new domestic, citizen security force that Term One Obama promised he would usher in. Welcome to the Police State.
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