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?
I found this appropriate graphic at Conservative Hideout 2.0