We are on a bad path and we need to stop before it goes too far. Our government agencies have become rogue governments-within-a-government, they are now arming themselves and our domestic police forces. At the same time, Mr. Obama is decimating the military.
Armored vehicle owned by a small town police force SWAT team.
Using heavily armored vehicles and putting law enforcement into military gear keeps them safer but at the same time, it sends the message that they are our domestic military as opposed to a peace keeping force.
Ferguson was recently dubbed a war zone because of the way the police controlled the protesters and rioters- more like a military than a police force.
Since I wasn’t there, I can’t say if it was warranted.
I do remember the insane military presence on the streets of Boston as they hunted for the 19-year old Boston bomber. That and the martial law might have been overkill.
SWAT is being used to confiscate guns from gun owners who have fallen from grace, illegal renters, and innocent people. It’s becoming a concern. There seems to be little oversight.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., in a Time magazine column, said big government’s to blame for this trend.
“Washington has incentivized the militarization of local police precincts by using federal dollars to help municipal governments build what are essentially small armies—where police departments compete to acquire military gear that goes far beyond what most of Americans think of as law enforcement.”
The Business Insider reported that …we produce so much military equipment that inventories of military robots, M-16 assault rifles, helicopters, armored vehicles, and grenade launchers eventually start to pile up and it turns out a lot of these weapons are going straight to American police forces to be used against US citizens.
The program Paul is talking about is the Pentagon’s little known 1033 program authorized under section 1033 of the 1997 National Defense Authorization Act.
The pentagon program has already given more than $500 million in military gear to U.S. police forces in 2011 alone.
Some of this equipment was used against the occupiers. I know the OWS are annoying, but do we really need to use military equipment against them?
More of a concern is the militarization of government agencies. They all have SWAT teams that operate lawlessly as in the case of the Bundy assault, the raid on the Gibson Guitar factory, raids on gun dealers throughout the nation. We’ve even militarized the Library of Congress and Department of Education.
Why does the U.S.D.A. have submachine guns? Why do government agencies need heavy-handed, para-military capability?
These 40 agencies have more than 120,000 full-time officers with guns and it’s not just DHS or the FBI, it includes the Library of Congress, the Department of Education, the Federal Reserve Board, the Post Office, and other unlikely departments.
The EPA descended on Chicken, Alaska with more than 70 federal agents in full body armor carrying M-16s and “assault shotguns.”
“Imagine coming up to your diggings, only to see agents swarming over it like ants, wearing full body armor, with jackets that say “POLICE” emblazoned on them, and all packing side arms,” gold miner C.R. Hammond told the Alaska Dispatch.
I can imagine it because I’ve been to Third World nations.
The other federal agencies participating in the operation were the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Coast Guard, the National Oceanic and the Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Park Service.
The EPA denied it was a raid though it was impossible to deny the armor and M-16s.
Government agencies are responsible only to the Executive and they circumvent Congress. We are not only giving tremendous power to the Executive, we’re arming every agency, some of which are known to target Americans.
Congress gave up their power over the agencies a hundred years ago. Government agencies are essentially enforcement arms of the president and now they are heavily armed. Does that sound like a burgeoning dictatorship?
As the power of agencies and regulations grows, they will need more and more fire power which they will one day need to use against us to control us.