America Moves One Step Closer To Being Militarized _ Updated

I urge each of you, my dear friends, to read this article at The New American. I find it very disturbing. I would go so far as to call it chilling. It seems that on Monday the Pentagon quietly gave themselves the power to decide to take over civilian police activates whenever they decide it is necessary.

In the wake of the Boston marathon bombings, residents of Watertown were ordered by police to stay inside and then subjected to involuntary searches of their homes. Besides the obvious violations of the Fourth Amendment’s guarantee of the “right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, Watertown citizens were eyewitnesses to SWAT officers dressed in combat gear using weapons and riding in vehicles more at home in the battlefield than suburbia.

The militarization of local and state law enforcement didn’t make its debut in the Watertown lockdown, however. For decades, police have received millions in grants from the federal government. Cash-strapped police departments and sheriffs’ offices have traded local control for new technology and martial materiel.

The blurring of the lines between armed forces and police forces has accelerated quickly, resulting in a situation where “it would be difficult to discern fully outfitted police SWAT teams and the military.”

Another significant step in fully federalizing and militarizing local law enforcement was taken earlier this week when the Pentagon published amendments to the Federal Register affecting key sections that control civilian and military cooperation in law enforcement.

Under Section 32 CFR Part 182 — Defense Support of Civilian Law Enforcement Agencies — critical and constitutionally suspect changes were made that permit units of the U.S. armed forces to “engage temporarily in activities that are necessary to quell large-scale, unexpected civil disturbances.”

Please read the rest of this article. 

Where are our conservative Congressmen and Senators? When will the American people stand up and say enough already? It seems that every time we turn around our government is taking another inch in their goal to take a mile. We have a War on Drugs, a War on Terror, a militarized Homeland Security, a militarized emergency response group called FEMA, we have unexplained FEMA camps, we have DHS stockpiling billions of rounds of ammunition, soon we will have our skies full of drones and cameras on every corner, and, of course, we have NDAA, which allows a President to decide to have the military arrest Americans without due process.

Friends, I already live in a country where the military has police powers. Trust me. You are not going to like it! Giving up your freedoms for a false sense of  security is not a fair trade. Not even close!

It is well past the time to MAKE YOU VOICES HEARD! Do not wait for your elected officials to speak up for you.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

Update

I found this appropriate graphic at Conservative Hideout 2.0

 

jarrett pure evil

 

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9 thoughts on “America Moves One Step Closer To Being Militarized _ Updated

  1. Reblogged this on NOW BLOG THIS! ~ GUNNY.G: AMERICAN ! and commented:

    I urge each of you, my dear friends, to read this article at The New American. I find it very disturbing. I would go so far as to call it chilling. It seems that on Monday the Pentagon quietly gave themselves the power to decide to take over civilian police activates whenever they decide it is necessary.

    In the wake of the Boston marathon bombings, residents of Watertown were ordered by police to stay inside and then subjected to involuntary searches of their homes. Besides the obvious violations of the Fourth Amendment’s guarantee of the “right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, Watertown citizens were eyewitnesses to SWAT officers dressed in combat gear using weapons and riding in vehicles more at home in the battlefield than suburbia.

    The militarization of local and state law enforcement didn’t make its debut in the Watertown lockdown, however. For decades, police have received millions in grants from the federal government. Cash-strapped police departments and sheriffs’ offices have traded local control for new technology and martial materiel.

    The blurring of the lines between armed forces and police forces has accelerated quickly, resulting in a situation where “it would be difficult to discern fully outfitted police SWAT teams and the military.”

    Another significant step

  2. China–waits in the wings.

    An Historical Inevitability.

    America is about to topple off into the financial abyss–we have nothing to offer but ignorant, stupid and incompetent young people who want to be paid $100/hr. to make hamburgers.
    Who do you think will win this war–the ones who made your big LCD TV cost almost nothing–or the Progeny from the Projects?

    Laughable.

    America is coming to a sad end.
    And–it will strike at lightning-speed–without a shot being fired.

    Better have plans to skip out when the SHTF.

  3. I found the militarization of the search for the marathon bomber to be quite disturbing but what I found even more disturbing is the fact that more people did not find it disturbing, A dangerous precedent was set in Watertown and the surrounding cities and I believe it was a trial run and I expect more of it in the future,

  4. I think it all started when George Washington put down the Whiskey Rebellion with Federal militia. We all know that he was the largest distiller of whiskey in the colonies, err, United States. I think he just found a way to eliminate competition.

    President Eisenhower sent the 101st Airborne Regiment to Little Rock Arkansas in 1957 to quell racial riots caused by 9 black students registering at Little Rock’s Central High School. From what I understand, that was a particularly illegal according to the Posse Comitatus Act.

    As to the Boston terrorist manhunt, I think the following applies: “against unreasonable searches”. I think it is certainly reasonable that the police can search anyone’s house when looking for a terrorist. Perhaps they should get some sort of blanket warrant, but this particular case seems OK to me.

    I don’t know why the Pentagon would want more power to “assist” local law enforcement. It seems that they have enough power, now.

    1. Oh, I forgot about Patton leading a troup of Federal soldiers on horseback to break up the Bonus Marchers in Washington, DC after World War I veterans who had been promised bonuses, were denied those bonuses. Certainly, this is a case of government promising what it cannot deliver, and then punishing those who demand that promises be kept.

      As I said elsewhere Big Government comes with Big Corruption. It is unavoidable.

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