September 26, 2013
If we’re not living in a militarized police state, then please explain what Ohio State University could possibly need with one of these.
Gary Lewis, a senior director of media relations at OSU, told The Daily Caller via email that the “unique, special-purpose vehicle is a replacement” for the “police fleet.” He called the armored jalopy “an all-hazard, all-purpose, public safety-response vehicle” with “obviously enhanced capabilities.”
He noted that the vehicle was “acquired at no cost from Military Surplus.” He also bragged that it has “extremely low miles and is in nearly new condition” but elaborated no further concerning the acquisition.
“We are in the process of making it usable for our needs in an urban campus environment,” Lewis explained. “Specifically we are removing the top turret and repainting.”
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By Lyn Leahz on June 6, 2013
If this doesn’t wake you up, I don’t know what will.
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Commentary By: Gordon King
It’s happening folks! We are now witnessing the beginning actions of the “Police State”. Our rights as citizens are diminishing before our eyes. California seems to be one of the forerunners in violating the Constitution. This couple has done nothing wrong. In fact, they are very polite to the police. Notice the man’s wife standing innocently with her hands held up in the air. She doesn’t even say a word and they taze her. Unbelievable! Don’t think that this is just an isolated incident. This is only the beginning. Things are going to get much worse, I believe real soon! God Bless.
Homeowner to cops: “Martial law has not been established in this country”
Paul Joseph Watson
May 15, 2013
In perhaps one of the most shocking police brutality videos of recent years, police in Cotati, California respond to a call about “domestic violence” by kicking down the door of a man’s home before tazing him and his wife as they scream in agony.
The video begins with the cops standing on the man’s front lawn looking in through the window having responded to a report of a noise disturbance called in by neighbors. Despite the fact that the couple are obviously not at loggerheads and no harm is coming to anybody, the police announce that they are going to break into the house without a warrant.
“Why are you guys not coming out?,” asks one of the officers, bemused at the fact that someone wouldn’t follow orders.
“Because we don’t live in a police state, sir. Martial law has not been established in this country,” responds the homeowner.
The officer then orders the couple to get down on the ground and put their hands behind their backs, adding, “We’re gonna kick in the door.”
The cops kick down the door and enter the home with guns drawn as the homeowner exclaims, “You have no right to be in here!”
Despite the fact that the woman clearly has her hands in the air, a cop tazes her as she screams out in pain. The man is then also tazed.
The video clip has caused shockwaves across the Internet and has already gone viral along with an outpouring of support for the family.
However, others have expressed support for the police, claiming that the cops couldn’t see the children at the home and therefore didn’t know that they weren’t in danger. Under this scenario, the 4th amendment and probable cause are non-existent and the police can just break into your house and attack you in the name of “protecting the children” at any time.
“The police are allowed to kick in your door when they request you come outside to talk and you refuse and they were called to the residence because of domestic abuse,” wrote one respondent.
In reality, under Florida v. J.L. (March 28, 2000), “the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed that anonymous tips are not sufficient grounds to constitute probable cause for a search. Judge Ginsburg, writing for the Supreme Court, stated, “Such an exception would enable any person seeking to harass another to set in motion an intrusive, embarrassing police search of the targeted person simply by placing an anonymous call.…”
“Who is the victim in this case? It’s not the children, who were peacefully playing in the front yard and in the home. And neither homeowner had raised a hand to the other,” writes Mac Slavo.
“In fact, the victims were the residents of the home, whose private property had been violated. The individual recording the video was reportedly tazed, detained and then arrested by police. For what?”
J. D. Heyes
April 29, 2013
Apparently Americans who employ hydroponics are the newest targets in an insane “drug war” that has gone from bad to ludicrous since it was first “declared” in the early 1980s.
Consider this case in point: A couple of years ago, narcotics officers knocked on the door at the home of a man who had just purchased a seed starter kit from a local gardening shop. The police officers were demanding to know just what it was he was planning to grow.
“Tomatoes,” he told them, and the officers finally left – but only after they were convinced he was not growing marijuana.
Since that day the gardener, who asked the Kansas City Star not to identify him over fears he would once again be hassled by police, began parking a block away from that same garden center, in order to avoid police stakeouts.
The harassment of hydroponic gardeners has only gotten worse since them.
In fact, owners of garden centers are increasingly complaining that police surveillance and stakeouts are hurting their businesses – sometimes even driving smaller garden centers out of business. Few people, it seems, are comfortable shopping under the watchful eyes of the Police State.
A number of customers, the paper said, have reported being followed home by police after making their purchases, regardless of what they were growing.
‘You don’t hear about when there is no case’
As is always the case, cops are defending this horrendous abuse of the public trust by saying, you know, such surveillance is necessary and prudent because it is keeping marijuana off the streets. To even believe such nonsense makes you wonder if the narcotics officers making that claim are smoking dope themselves.
Police say that local narcotics officers have been watching hydroponics shops – which sell equipment for growing produce indoors – for years. They write down license plate numbers of customers and then follow up with search warrants after first looking through their garbage for any evidence of drug use. They say all of this is justified because marijuana growers shop at hydroponic shops too – in addition to the vast majority of customers who grow flowers and crops inside their homes.
Sometimes such arrests become high-profile events. Many times, however, there are no cases to make.
“[What y]ou don’t hear about are the cases where there is no case,” attorney Cheryl Pilate told the Star. She added that she wonders how often innocent people are questioned by police just for shopping at a hydroponics gardening store.
She knows of what she speaks. She is currently representing a Leawood, Kan., family that was the target of an April 20, 2012 drug raid in which officers turned up no evidence – zero – of illegal substances. That family, Robert and Adlynn Harte, were raising tomatoes and other veggies that grow under lights.
They were never even told why they were targeted, so they have filed a suit against the Johnson County, Kan., Sheriff’s Department “to gain access to records that would reveal why they were initially under suspicion,” the Star reported.
The couple, and their attorney, believe that they were suspected of growing illicit drugs in part because they shopped at Green Circle Hydroponics, one of three local stores that specialize in indoor gardening supplies.
The Police State is bad for business
That explanation would not surprise Jeffrey Hawkins, owner of a similar gardening center called Hooked On Ponics. His place, too, is under constant police surveillance; he knows this because his customers have told him of being questioned after they have shopped there, including one woman who grows orchids.
“What they do is target all the grow shops,” Hawkins, who said he closed his original store in Liberty, Kan., after business dropped off due to police scrutiny, told the paper. He said he now operates on weekends at a northeast Kansas City flea market.
“It’s a serious problem,” he said. “They profile people.”
The surveillance and harassment of customers “is getting more serious,” said Sam Williams, the owner of Grow Your Own Hydroponics in Independence, Mo.
“It’s not right. They’re driving business away from me,” he said.
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April 21, 2013
Apologists for the police state say we needed all those combat troops – er, excuse me, policemen – because there was a terrorist on the loose. It was necessary to violate the Fourth Amendment and search all those homes without court-issued search warrants.
But imagine if half the people in the neighborhood pictured below owned an AR-15 or some other suitable firearm. Militarized cops going house-to-house would not have been necessary. No self-respecting terrorist would force his way into a house where the owner has a firearm and is trained in its proper use. If he had, we wouldn’t have had to put up with so many hours of hysterical drama on Fox, CNN, MSNBC, etc.
But then this is Watertown, a suburb of Boston, in the liberal state of Massachusetts. Liberals fear and hate guns. Because of this they have to put up with cops pointing automatic weapons at them and screaming for them to put up their hands. They are as defenseless as a herd of sheep.
Liberalism is like some kind of disease. It may be fatal.
Note the cop drawing a bead on the photographer. Photo: Tarrin Lupo.
This article was posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 8:14 pm
March 6, 2013
The Military is out directing traffic during public events, armed drones are set to fly over America with direction to track and trace law abiding gun owning citizens. The globalist police state grid has been slowly tighten its grip around the American public for decades. Now, as the control grid reaches its final stages and with the Bill of Rights almost completely destroyed, the globalists are playing the same card that mass murdering tyrants have always played: disarming the public.
This article was posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 9:25 pm
- How America Is Becoming a Police State (endtimebibleprophecy.wordpress.com)
News reports that the federal Department of Homeland Security is stockpiling billions of rounds of ammunition have prompted many Americans to ask: Just who is the government preparing to go to war with?
To radio talker Mark Levin, the answer is that “our society is unraveling” and DHS is preparing for “the collapse of our financial system, the collapse of our society and the potential for widespread violence, looting, killing in the streets, because that’s what happens when an economy collapses.” Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin agrees, saying, “We’re going to default eventually and that’s why the feds are stockpiling bullets in case of civil unrest.”
The signs are everywhere:
Drones are flying overhead – not in Yemen, but here in the U.S., above your house, perhaps photographing you. The FAA anticipates 10,000 domestic drones in the next few years, and at least one police chief has publicly announced he wants to arm his drones with tear gas and rubber bullets.
Meanwhile, the Transportation Security Administration, having traumatized countless air travelers with its signature nude X-ray imaging and invasive pat-downs of ailing grandmothers and crying 3-year-old handicapped children in wheelchairs, is now expanding from airports to bus terminals and subways.
Even local police forces increasingly resemble an occupying army, especially in the big cities – thanks in part to a federal program that supplies police departments with military equipment, everything from surveillance drones to machine-gun-equipped armored personnel carriers.
Although few Americans realize it, police have already gone door to door and confiscated citizens’ legally owned firearms (in New Orleans after Katrina), and right now politicians in certain areas are trying to pass legislation to make gun confiscation official policy – but only in the event of an “emergency,” of course.
Highlights of “HOW AMERICA IS BECOMING A POLICE STATE” include:
- “Cops and robbers: The problems of policing America when the federal government is the biggest thief” by David Kupelian
- “Obama’s troubling track record on civil liberties” by John W. Whitehead, who documents how, with each passing year, Americans’ basic freedoms have come under increasing attack under Obama
- “Why is the government stockpiling guns and ammo?” by Joseph Farah, who revisits Obama’s mysterious call for a “civilian national security force”
- “Immigration cops: Feds are making us the ‘enemy’” by Taylor Rose
- “Tanks on Main Street” by John W. Whitehead, on the increasing militarization of local police throughout America
- “Black helicopters? Army says don’t worry” by Bob Unruh, on the military’s explanation as to why Special Ops units are conducting “urban training” in U.S. cities
- “Department of Homeland Security urged to patrol Chicago streets”
- “Sliding toward a police state” by Steven Greenhut, on the consequences of making security more important than freedom since 9/11
- “TSA expands its invasive grief beyond airports” by Art Moore, on casualties of the federal government’s security scheme, including one father of a crippled 3-year-old who says: “They treated her like a criminal”
- “States pile on against federal detention plan” by Alyssa Farah, on how the left and right have joined together in opposing the federal law’s “terrifying implications”
- “Stop it here, stop it now” by Bob Unruh, on Pulitzer-winning commentator Charles Krauthammer’s prediction of “rifles aimed at the sky all across America” in response to domestic surveillance drones
- “Feds: 10,000 drones to fly the friendly skies”
- “Is there a drone in your backyard?” by Andrew Napolitano, in which “the judge” warns invasion of privacy is just the beginning
- “Armed domestic drones?!”
- “It’s official: Obama can bomb you if he thinks you’re a terrorist”
- “Washington state residents say ‘No!’ to police surveillance drones” by David DiSalvo
- “Police state – we’re almost there” by Jeff Knox, on how massive raids on a family-owned gun shop illustrate dangers of “standing army” of federal cops
- “Ready, print, fire”– on how 3-D printing is foiling laws banning high-capacity magazines
- “Gun-owner home searches ‘Orwellian’” by Art Moore, on the provision of Washington state’s gun control law that would allow police to come into your home to check on your semiautomatic firearms
- “New Justice Department report concedes gun laws won’t slow crime”
- “Hundreds of sheriffs tell Obama: We’re not confiscating guns” by Drew Zahn, on law enforcement officials who say, “We are prepared to trade our lives” to defend the Constitution
- “How Rodney King spawned Christopher Dorner” by Jack Cashill, on what happens when the “mainstream press” constantly pushes the narrative of “evil white racists” oppressing minorities
- “Immigration ‘reform’ will turn the U.S. into a police state” by Rep. Ron Paul, who says: “Imagine what’s left of the Fourth Amendment completely tossed into the trashcan”
- “‘Big Brother is watching’ in ways you can’t even imagine” by Steve Elwart, on a new artificial intelligence surveillance system more outlandish than sci-fi scripts.
“It’s not quite accurate to say the Obama administration is trying to disarm Americans,” said Whistleblower Editor David Kupelian. “The government is attempting to progressively disarm one segment of the population – law-abiding, private citizens – while simultaneously arming to the teeth millions of Americans who work for, and are beholden to, government at all levels. This is not exactly what the Founding Fathers had in mind when they gave us the Second Amendment.”
Guntersville authorities would confiscate guns of “unruly” individuals during disasters
Guntersville (Ala.) Mayor Leigh Dollar is working with city officials to pass an ordinance that would give police the power to “disarm individuals” during a disaster, a chilling example of how the second amendment is being assaulted via the back door.
The new rule would allow authorities to confiscate guns of “unruly” people during an extreme weather event such as the April 2011 tornadoes or any other emergency.
“The ordinance states officers could disarm individuals, if necessary, reports ABC 31. “Dollar says the proposal is just way to give officers more authority to protect themselves.”
Dollar denied that the ordinance would be used to take away constitutional rights, but residents questioned why authorities would need to pass a new ordinance given that police already have the power to arrest citizens who are being “unruly,” whether armed or not.
“Well, it seems like an infringement on the 2nd Amendment and that’s the biggest problem I have with it,” said Guntersville Music Academy teacher Paul Landry.
Authorities are seemingly attempting to mirror unconstitutional gun grab powers that were enacted in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
In the aftermath of Katrina, the New Orleans Police, National Guard troops, and U.S. Marshals confiscated firearms. “Guns will be taken. Only law enforcement will be allowed to have guns,” New Orleans Police Superintendent Eddie Compass declared as he prepared to violate the Second Amendment.
The National Guard conducted warrantless house-to-house searches, targeting not just Hurricane-hit areas under the pretext of stopping violent looters, but also high and dry homes that were not even affected by the storm.
Authorities even confiscated pistols from old ladies, as documented in the video below.
The Guntersville gun grab ordinance will be on the city council agenda at their meeting on March 4th.