23JUL2014: The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist


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( Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux) – The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document obtained by The Intercept.

The “March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance,” a 166-page document issued last year by the National Counterterrorism Center, spells out the government’s secret rules for putting individuals on its main terrorist database, as well as the no fly list and the selectee list, which triggers enhanced screening at airports and border crossings. The new guidelines allow individuals to be designated as representatives of terror organizations without any evidence they are actually connected to such organizations, and it gives a single White House official the unilateral authority to place “entire categories” of people the government is tracking onto the no fly and selectee lists. It broadens the authority of government officials to “nominate” people to the watchlists based on what is vaguely described as “fragmentary information.” It also allows for dead people to be watchlisted.

Over the years, the Obama and Bush Administrations have fiercely resisted disclosing the criteria for placing names on the databases—though the guidelines are officially labeled as unclassified. In May, Attorney General Eric Holder even invoked the state secrets privilege to prevent watchlisting guidelines from being disclosed in litigation launched by an American who was on the no fly list. In an affidavit, Holder called them a “clear roadmap” to the government’s terrorist-tracking apparatus, adding: “The Watchlisting Guidance, although unclassified, contains national security information that, if disclosed … could cause significant harm to national security.”

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In 2012 Tim Healy, the former director of the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center, described to CBS News how watchlists are used by police officers. “So if you are speeding, you get pulled over, they’ll query that name,” he said. “And if they are encountering a known or suspected terrorist, it will pop up and say call the Terrorist Screening Center…. So now the officer on the street knows he may be dealing with a known or suspected terrorist.” Of course, the problem is that the “known or suspected terrorist” might just be an ordinary citizen who should not be treated as a menace to public safety.

Until 2001, the government did not prioritize building a watchlist system. On 9/11, the government’s list of people barred from flying included just 16 names. Today, the no fly list has swelled to tens of thousands of “known or suspected terrorists” (the guidelines refer to them as KSTs). The selectee list subjects people to extra scrutiny and questioning at airports and border crossings. The government has created several other databases, too. The largest is the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment (TIDE), which gathers terrorism information from sensitive military and intelligence sources around the world. Because it contains classified information that cannot be widely distributed, there is yet another list, the Terrorist Screening Database, or TSDB, which has been stripped of TIDE’s classified data so that it can be shared. When government officials refer to “the watchlist,” they are typically referring to the TSDB. (TIDE is the responsibility of the National Counterterrorism Center; the TSDB is managed by the Terrorist Screening Center at the FBI.)

In a statement, a spokesman for the National Counterterrorism Center told The Intercept that “the watchlisting system is an important part of our layered defense to protect the United States against future terrorist attacks” and that “watchlisting continues to mature to meet an evolving, diffuse threat.” He added that U.S. citizens are afforded extra protections to guard against improper listing, and that no one can be placed on a list solely for activities protected by the First Amendment. A representative of the Terrorist Screening Center did not respond to a request for comment.

The system has been criticized for years. In 2004, Sen. Ted Kennedy complained that he was barred from boarding flights on five separate occasions because his name resembled the alias of a suspected terrorist. Two years later, CBS News obtained a copy of the no fly list and reported that it included Bolivian president Evo Morales and Lebanese parliament head Nabih Berri. One of the watchlists snared Mikey Hicks, a Cub Scout who got his first of many airport pat-downs at age two. In 2007, the Justice Department’s inspector general issued a scathing report identifying “significant weaknesses” in the system. And in 2009, after a Nigerian terrorist was able to board a passenger flight to Detroit and nearly detonated a bomb sewn into his underwear despite his name having been placed on the TIDE list, President Obama admitted that there had been a “systemic failure.”

Obama hoped that his response to the “underwear bomber” would be a turning point. In 2010, he gave increased powers and responsibilities to the agencies that nominate individuals to the lists, placing pressure on them to add names. His administration also issued a set of new guidelines for the watchlists. Problems persisted, however. In 2012, the U.S. Government Accountability Office published a report that bluntly noted there was no agency responsible for figuring out “whether watchlist-related screening or vetting is achieving intended results.” The guidelines were revised and expanded in 2013—and a source within the intelligence community subsequently provided a copy to The Intercept.

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“Concrete facts are not necessary”

The five chapters and 11 appendices of the “Watchlisting Guidance” are filled with acronyms, legal citations, and numbered paragraphs; it reads like an arcane textbook with a vocabulary all its own. Different types of data on suspected terrorists are referred to as “derogatory information,” “substantive derogatory information,” “extreme derogatory information” and “particularized derogatory information.” The names of suspected terrorists are passed along a bureaucratic ecosystem of “originators,” “nominators,” “aggregators,” “screeners,” and “encountering agencies.” And “upgrade,” usually a happy word for travellers, is repurposed to mean that an individual has been placed on a more restrictive list.

The heart of the document revolves around the rules for placing individuals on a watchlist. “All executive departments and agencies,” the document says, are responsible for collecting and sharing information on terrorist suspects with the National Counterterrorism Center. It sets a low standard—”reasonable suspicion“—for placing names on the watchlists, and offers a multitude of vague, confusing, or contradictory instructions for gauging it. In the chapter on “Minimum Substantive Derogatory Criteria”—even the title is hard to digest—the key sentence on reasonable suspicion offers little clarity:

“To meet the REASONABLE SUSPICION standard, the NOMINATOR, based on the totality of the circumstances, must rely upon articulable intelligence or information which, taken together with rational inferences from those facts, reasonably warrants a determination that an individual is known or suspected to be or has been knowingly engaged in conduct constituting, in preparation for, in aid of, or related to TERRORISM and/or TERRORIST ACTIVITIES.”

The rulebook makes no effort to define an essential phrase in the passage—”articulable intelligence or information.” After stressing that hunches are not reasonable suspicion and that “there must be an objective factual basis” for labeling someone a terrorist, it goes on to state that no actual facts are required:

“In determining whether a REASONABLE SUSPICION exists, due weight should be given to the specific reasonable inferences that a NOMINATOR is entitled to draw from the facts in light of his/her experience and not on unfounded suspicions or hunches. Although irrefutable evidence or concrete facts are not necessary, to be reasonable, suspicion should be as clear and as fully developed as circumstances permit.”

While the guidelines nominally prohibit nominations based on unreliable information, they explicitly regard “uncorroborated” Facebook or Twitter posts as sufficient grounds for putting an individual on one of the watchlists. “Single source information,” the guidelines state, “including but not limited to ‘walk-in,’ ‘write-in,’ or postings on social media sites, however, should not automatically be discounted … the NOMINATING AGENCY should evaluate the credibility of the source, as well as the nature and specificity of the information, and nominate even if that source is uncorroborated.”

There are a number of loopholes for putting people onto the watchlists even if reasonable suspicion cannot be met.

One is clearly defined: The immediate family of suspected terrorists—their spouses, children, parents, or siblings—may be watchlisted without any suspicion that they themselves are engaged in terrorist activity. But another loophole is quite broad—”associates” who have a defined relationship with a suspected terrorist, but whose involvement in terrorist activity is not known. A third loophole is broader still—individuals with “a possible nexus” to terrorism, but for whom there is not enough “derogatory information” to meet the reasonable suspicion standard.

Americans and foreigners can be nominated for the watchlists if they are associated with a terrorist group, even if that group has not been designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. government. They can also be treated as “representatives” of a terrorist group even if they have “neither membership in nor association with the organization.” The guidelines do helpfully note that certain associations, such as providing janitorial services or delivering packages, are not grounds for being watchlisted.

The nomination system appears to lack meaningful checks and balances. Although government officials have repeatedly said there is a rigorous process for making sure no one is unfairly placed in the databases, the guidelines acknowledge that all nominations of “known terrorists” are considered justified unless the National Counterterrorism Center has evidence to the contrary. In a recent court filing, the government disclosed that there were 468,749 KST nominations in 2013, of which only 4,915 were rejected–a rate of about one percent. The rulebook appears to invert the legal principle of due process, defining nominations as “presumptively valid.”

Read rest of article here: https://firstlook.org/theintercept/article/2014/07/23/blacklisted/

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11JUN2014 – Indiana sheriff wants military vehicles because “the USA has become a war zone”


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(PoliceStateUSA) – PULASKI COUNTY, IN — As the Department of Defense continues to flood America’s local police departments with military equipment, some cops are letting the propaganda and the free toys go to their heads.  One sheriff in Indiana let out a disturbing admission that he views America as a battlefield — making it imperative, in his opinion, to equip his deputies with gear fresh out of the hands of U.S. soldiers fighting overseas.

“The United States of America has become a war zone,” said Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer in an interview with the Indianapolis Star.

His department has received attention after it sought out and acquired a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle through the Pentagon’s police militarization program.

Pulaski County (Indiana) Sheriff Michael Gayer (Source: WKVI)

Sheriff Gayer remarked about the MRAP, “It’s a lot more intimidating than a Dodge.”

Pulaski County is extremely rural, containing only 13,124 residents.  In 2012, Pulaski County only 11 theft (or larceny) incidents, 1 murder and a grand total of 17 property crimes.  Despite this, sprawling farm county has procured hundreds of military items, valued at over $5,000,000.00, under Sheriff Gayer’s leadership.  The items, listed in a databaseat the Indy Star, range from dozens of vehicles, weapons, tactical equipment, bayonets, tools, and more.

Gayer defends the lucrative federal handouts by spreading paranoia about crime in America.

“There’s violence in the workplace, there’s violence in schools and there’s violence in the streets,” said Gayer.  “You are seeing police departments going to a semi-military format because of the threats we have to counteract. If driving a military vehicle is going to protect officers, then that’s what I’m going to do.”

Sheriff Gayer elaborates about the perceived battlefronts he faces on the department website: “With the threat of homeland terrorism, rising violence in our schools, drug and alcohol abuse, our society and freedoms that we so dearly cherish are being challenged,” Gayer wrote.

So there we have it.  The enemies Pulaski County faces are terrorists, unruly students, and prohibition violators.

“I will do this to the best of my ability and will not allow The Thin Blue Line to weaken by those who would do us harm,” Gayer added on the website.



Larry Thomas, a Hoosier, veteran police officer, and past contributor to Police State USA, wrote the following in response to Sheriff Gayer’s statements:

As a retired law enforcement command officer I was dismayed to read the remarks of Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer, who said, “The United States of America has become a war zone. There’s violence in the workplace, there’s violence in schools and there’s violence in the streets.”

During my tenure in law enforcement there was violence in those places too. But it did not motivate us to transform from public servants and peacekeepers into warriors, taking weapons that were designed for foreign battlefields and turning them on the American people.

We were reluctant to deploy SWAT teams, fully realizing the violent response that such a display could provoke and employing such tactics only in the most extreme circumstances. Law enforcement agencies are now eager to deploy such teams even in a total absence of demonstrated need.

Here in my own city of Carmel, an incident occurred, reported in these pages, wherein a SWAT team deployed and terrorized a local family, jamming guns in their faces and dragging them away in handcuffs, based on nothing more than a single, unverified, uncorroborated phone call that a shooting had taken place. The report proved to be false.

This would have been simply impossible in my day. When we received such a phone call we sent officers to the location, and we knocked on the door! Wow! What a revolutionary concept!

No, Sheriff Gayer…The United States of America is NOT a war zone. It is the place where Americans work, live and play. Law enforcement officers who are trained that America is a war zone do not regard citizens as individuals with rights to be protected, but as an enemy to be subjugated. And if the law enforcement profession does not wake up and change this attitude, we, the people, will be forced to call on our legislators to rein you in.

Lieutenant Harry Thomas

 

Read original: http://www.policestateusa.com/2014/indiana-sheriff-usa-become-war-zone/
ALSO READ: DEESCALATING THE POLICE by JACK MULLEN
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09JUN2014: New NDAA Bolsters Guantanamo-style Indefinite Detention for Americans


(Activist Post) – Top senators thought you wouldn’t notice. Behind closed doors, they wrote up new indefinite detention and Guantánamo provisions in the annual defense policy bill, and then waited 11 days to quietly file the bill.

But we now have the bill, and everyone can read it. And everyone should understand what is in this new National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) before the full Senate makes a big mistake and paves the way for Guantánamo-style indefinite detention being brought to the United States itself.

The new Senate NDAA:

Brings Indefinite Detention to the U.S. Itself: The bill now says that detainees may be brought to the United States for “detention pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force” (AUMF). In plain English, that means the policy of indefinite detention by the military, without charge or trial, could be carried out here at home. Right now, the number of people in the U.S. in military indefinite detention is zero. If the bill is enacted, that number could immediately jump to 100 or more.
Bolsters Claims of NDAA and AUMF Indefinite Detention Authority: The AUMF is the basis for the indefinite detention authority included in the NDAA that Congress passed nearly three years ago. Indefinite detention is wrong today and certainly cannot be sustained past the end of U.S. combat in the Afghan war. But passing a new Senate NDAA that relies on detention authority based on the AUMF, just as the U.S. combat role in the war is winding down, could be used by the government to bolster its claim that indefinite detention can just keep on going. Even when any actual U.S. combat is over.

Requires Report on Even More NDAA and AUMF Indefinite Detention Authority: As if the government didn’t already have enough claims of indefinite detention authority, the Senate NDAA asks the administration to let Congress know what more indefinite detention authority it wants.

Tries to Strip Federal Courts of Ability to Decide Challenges to Harmful Conditions: In a stunning provision, the Senate NDAA tries to strip federal courts of their ability to “hear or consider” any challenge related to harmful treatment or conditions by detainees brought to the United States. This provision tries to gut our system of checks and balances by cutting out the courts.

Violates Supreme Court Decision by Stripping Habeas Rights from Detainees Left at Guantánamo: In a classic example of why it is never a good idea for a committee to legislate behind closed doors, the Senate NDAA includes language inadvertently stripping habeas rights from any Guantánamo detainee who is not moved to the United States. Habeas is the very fundamental protection of being able to have a judge decide whether it is legal or illegal to hold someone in prison. While this is almost certainly the product of sloppy drafting, the result squarely contradicts the Supreme Court’s decision in Boumediene v. Bush, in which the Court said Guantanamo detainees have a constitutional right to habeas.

Blocks Most Cleared Detainees from Going Home: The Senate NDAA would block the transferhome of the vast majority of cleared detainees by imposing a blanket ban on transfers to Yemen, instead of continuing to allow the secretary of defense to make decisions on an individual basis. That would mean dozens of detainees cleared for transfer would remain trapped in limbo.

There is a right way and a wrong way to close Guantánamo. Charging and trying in court anyone who committed a crime – and sending anyone who isn’t charged with a crime back home or to another country – is the right way to close Guantánamo. Simply moving all of the bad Guantánamo policies to the U.S. itself is the wrong way.

The Senate NDAA gets it very wrong. We urge all senators to say “NO” to these provisions.

Read Original: http://www.activistpost.com/2014/06/new-ndaa-bolsters-guantanamo-style.html

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02Jun2014: CA STUDENTS IN LOCKDOWN, FORCED TO URINATE IN CLASSROOMS OVER IMAGINARY WEAPONS THREAT


(Stephanie Sledge) – We are currently living in a state of paranoia where a rise of hostility is within our own neighborhoods and schools. The SWAT weapons search that took place in California at the Dana Point High School is yet another example of how tyranny is taking over the public school systems, incorporating the para-military police, and leaving questions in the minds of Americans as to the real justification for this pathetic and distressing behavior displayed by the Sheriff’s department and school administrators.

The security disturbance by the Orange County Weapons SWAT took place on Thursday, May 29th at the Dana Hills High School after someone found a carrying case for a firearm in the parking lot. Around 11:45 am, the Sheriff’s Department was summoned by panicked and paranoid school administrators.

Within minutes, according to Police State USA,  “Dozens of officers arrived and brought their $250,000 armored Lenco Bearcat vehicle.  Deputies could be seen suiting up for battle before entering the school.” Immediately the students were placed on lock-down, barricaded, and detained in their classrooms.

Guard dogs were brought on-site and the students were held in captivity in a prison-like environment for over four long hours. However, will there be an outrage from the parents who sent their children to school on this day or will the parents submit, like so many, and continue to buy the propaganda these SWATS are justified?

Is your child in more danger of being assassinated by the SWAT teams under a predictive programming mentality and the current teachings of the flawed ’cause and effect’ situations where everyone is considered a threat? The mentality of these SWAT raids upon our children, treating them like hardened criminals, detaining them inside a locked school, and making them urinate in the classrooms is downright outrageous, foolish, and disheartening.

The idea that ‘if’ a particular object is found, then, violence must follow. It is broken thinking in the minds of the script writers in government pursuing a vision of this nation that includes incorporating SWAT teams to be deployed upon our communities to keep us safe from imaginary threats using ‘weapons’ as a way to justify the deployment. We have clearly become a paranoid nation after the alleged Sandy Hook school shooting. School administrators carry forth this flawed thinking when no real threat was ever identified.

The policy writers are intertwined through the educational systems, the police and Sheriff’s departments, and the mental health industry. It appears they have successfully transformed the minds of blind parents. Most will now just foolishly fall to their knees and praise the system for their heroism and contributions to the community believing that their child was protected from a real threat that day. Additionally, parents quickly forget the threat was all made up… not real… an act of trickery to justify more police state in a newly reformatted educational system. The schools have become a new test pilot for the lovers of tyranny and resembles characteristics of re-education camps for the youth (of course, during the hours of…).

It would seem more appropriate to allow the teachers and administers to be armed in all schools to handle any threats which may arise and/or considered life-threatening to the students and/or faculty. Of course, the gun-grabbers do not agree and continue to lobby for more secretive gun control, which, is creating more para-military SWAT justifications within our communities – a type of hostile-takeover from within.  Missouri lawmakers seem to understand this concept when they recently passed SB656, which allows for teachers to carry guns on campus. Armed faculty is naturally more appropriate than waiting on a weapons SWAT that holds everyone hostage to search the entire premises. Again, there was no real threat here in this situation. It was only a carrying case identified and reported.

Dramatic measures were taken when no crime had been committed and there were no acts of violence. The school was searched for hours and the SWAT enforcers rummaged through students cars, lockers, backpacks, and classrooms looking for weapons. As you can see in the photos below, the SWAT showed up with their own weapons to defuse a situation that never existed. A paranoid and disturbing trend manifesting within the educational system.

(Source: CBS Los Angeles)
(Source: CBS Los Angeles)

(Source: Nick Argo, Orange County Register) (Source: CBS Los Angeles)It is also reported by the Laguna Niguel-Dana Point Patch, “desks were being converted into urinals to accommodate students who were not allowed to leave the classroom to use the bathroom.”

 

No weapons were found at the scene. By reviewing and analyzing the photos and information released to the public, it clearly shows this act of so-called heroism, is really a ploy to have total control over our children, public schools, and our communities. Just look for yourself, it is really a war zone against the American Citizens.

At approximately 4:00 pm, the lock-down and detainment of the students was lifted and the children exited the schools exhausted and confused about the SWAT search. No suspect was ever arrested and no crime had been committed. All for the children’s safety of an imaginary threat. The student’s rights appear to have been violated during the weapons search. One could even argue that their safety was jeopardized when the school summoned the SWAT to the premises to defuse a situation that was not really a threat. Owning a firearm case is not a crime and this is a clear example of how predictive programming in the gun confiscation movement and creation of the weapons paramilitary SWAT are seriously flawed.

Is it even safe to send your child to school these days?

(Source: CBS Los Angeles) (Source: LagunaNiguel-DanaPoint Patch)

http://www.policestateusa.com/2014/dana-point-high-school-swat-lockdown/

http://lagunaniguel-danapoint.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/dana-hills-high-school-on-lock-down-after-empty-gun-case-found-in-parking-lot

http://www.thegovernmentrag.com/elite-swat-teams-from-within.html

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/05/17/Missouri-Lawmakers-Pass-Bill-To-Arm-Teachers-Lowers-Carry-Age-From-21-to-19

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EXCLUSIVE: ELITE SWAT TEAMS AND THE DISCOVERY OF A HOSTILE TAKE-OVER FROM WITHIN


EXCLUSIVE: ELITE SWAT TEAMS AND THE DISCOVERY OF A HOSTILE TAKE-OVER FROM WITHIN.

13FEB2013: The Civil War of 2016 U.S. Military Officers Are Told to Plan To Fight Americans


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Editorial comment – This article was originally published a few months back but has a significant impact on tying the military/police-state occupation we are seeing in America. With the recent exposure to the Ohio National Guard Training Envisions Right-Wing Terrorism, it is important to understand how the US ARMY is also training for so-called extremism and preparing for a civil war. Who are the bad guys? When the military thinks one way and the Citizens think another… who will rise above and clarify the  ‘Change’ we can believe in….?

(TheLastGreatStand) – Wow – this article back on February 8th titled: 160 Armed Citizens Confront Town Council and Say: “Stand Down!” sounds like its exactly what the military is training for… so the U.S. Army could be ordered in to “take care of them” if needed. My God the country is becoming a scary place. This isn’t some fringe paper this article was in. This comes right out of the Washington Times and talks about the U.S. Army killing Tee Party folks. Make no mistake – all those articles I’ve been posting for a year and a half, they are now making their way into mainstream media, and no one will say a word about it, mark my words. People should read this and scream bloody murder. ThereSHOULD be a run a depends diapers Instead, Americans will watch American Idol and be able to recite what each Kardashian wore today. Most, even if they read this article will gloss over it. Pretend for e minute i am SCREAMING IN YOUR EAR! This article talks about he U.S. military exterminating Americans. Judge, Jury, and Executioners…. that really ought to make you begin to pay attention to all I’ve been telling you. Revisit the following links:

Imagine Tea Party extremists seizing control of a South Carolina town and the Army being sent in to crush the rebellion. This farcical vision is now part of the discussion in professional military circles. At issue is an article in the respected Small Wars Journal titled “Full Spectrum Operations in the Homeland: A ‘Vision’ of the Future.” It was written by retired Army Col. Kevin Benson of the Army’s University of Foreign Military and Cultural Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and Jennifer Weber, a Civil War expert at the University of Kansas. It posits an “extremist militia motivated by the goals of the ‘tea party’ movement” seizing control of Darlington, S.C., in 2016, “occupying City Hall, disbanding the city council and placing the mayor under house arrest.” The rebels set up checkpoints on Interstate 95 and Interstate 20 looking for illegal aliens. It’s a cartoonish and needlessly provocative scenario. The article is a choppy patchwork of doctrinal jargon and liberal nightmare. The authors make a quasi-legal case for military action and then apply the Army’s Operating Concept 2016-2028 to the situation. They write bloodlessly that “once it is put into play, Americans will expect the military to execute without pause and as professionally as if it were acting overseas.” They claim that “the Army cannot disappoint the American people, especially in such a moment,” not pausing to consider that using such efficient, deadly force against U.S. citizens would create a monumental political backlash and severely erode government legitimacy. The vision is hard to take seriously. As retired ArmyBrig. Gen. Russell D. Howard, a former professor at West Point, observed earlier in his career, “I am a colonel, colonels write a lot of crazy stuff, but no one listens to colonels, so I don’t see the problem.” Twenty years ago, then-Air Force Lt. Col. Charles J. Dunlap Jr. created a stir with an article in Parameters titled “The Origins of the American Military Coup of 2012.” It carried a disclaimer that the coup scenario was “purely a literary device intended to dramatize my concern over certain contemporary developments affecting the armed forces, and is emphatically not a prediction.” The scenario presented in Small Wars Journal isn’t a literary device but an operational lay-down intended to present the rationale and mechanisms for Americans to fight Americans. Col. Benson and Ms. Weber contend, “Army officers are professionally obligated to consider the conduct of operations on U.S. soil.” This is a dark, pessimistic and wrongheaded view of what military leaders should spend their time studying. A professor at the Joint Forces Staff College was relieved of duty in June for uttering the heresy that the United States is at war with Islam. The Obama administration contended the professor had to be relieved because what he was teaching was not U.S. policy. Because there is no disclaimer attached to the Small Wars piece, it is fair to ask, at least in Col. Benson’s case, whether his views reflect official policy regarding the use of U.S. military force against American citizens.

Read original: http://thelastgreatstand.com/lgs/2013/09/27/editorial-the-civil-war-of-2016-u-s-military-officers-are-told-to-plan-to-fight-americans/

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06FEB2014: U.S. Postal Service Announces Giant Ammo Purchase – Expecting the bad guys?


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Editorial Comment – Get a stamp and a bullet at the same time? Will the nation be subjected to armed security at the post offices around the country soon? Why? Will the bad guys be waiting at the USPS doors…? or… are Americans the bad guys? You tell me… more agenda to be revealed… 

Post Office joins other federal agencies stockpiling over two billion rounds of ammo

(Kit Daniels) – The U.S. Postal Service is currently seeking companies that can provide “assorted small arms ammunition” in the near future.

The U.S. Postal Service joins the long list of non-military federal agencies purchasing large amounts of ammunition.On Jan. 31, the USPS Supplies and Services Purchasing Office posted a notice on the Federal Business Opportunities website asking contractors to register with USPS as potential ammunition suppliers for a variety of cartridges.

“The United States Postal Service intends to solicit proposals for assorted small arms ammunition,” the notice reads, which also mentioned a deadline of Feb. 10.

The Post Office published the notice just two days after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) announced his proposal to remove a federal gun ban that prevents lawful concealed carry holders from carrying handguns inside post offices across the country.

Ironically the Postal Service isn’t the first non-law enforcement agency seeking firearms and ammunition.

Since 2001, the U.S. Dept. of Education has been building a massive arsenal through purchases orchestrated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

The Education Dept. has spent over $80,000 so far on Glock pistols and over $17,000 on Remington shotguns.

Back in July, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration also purchased 72,000 rounds of .40 Smith & Wesson, following a 2012 purchase for 46,000 rounds of .40 S&W jacketed hollow point by the National Weather Service.

NOAA spokesperson Scott Smullen responded to concerns over the weather service purchase by stating that it was meant for the NOAA Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement for its bi-annual “target qualifications and training.”

That seems excessive considering that JHP ammunition is typically several times more expensive than practice rounds, which can usually be found in equivalent power loadings and thus offer similar recoil characteristics as duty rounds.

Including mass purchases by the Dept. of Homeland Security, non-military federal agencies combined have purchased an estimated amount of over two billion rounds of ammunition in the past two years.

Additionally, the U.S. Army bought almost 600,000 Soviet AK-47 magazines last fall, enough to hold nearly 18,000,000 rounds of 7.62x39mm ammo which is not standard-issue for either the U.S. military or even NATO.

It would take a Lockheed Martin C-5 Galaxy, one of the largest cargo aircraft in the world, two trips to haul that many magazines.

A month prior, the army purchased nearly 3,000,000 rounds of 7.62x39mm ammo, a huge amount but still only 1/6th of what the magazines purchased can hold in total.

The Feds have also spent millions on riot control measures in addition to the ammo acquisitions.

Earlier this month, Homeland Security spent over $58 million on hiring security details for just two Social Security offices in Maryland.

DHS also spent $80 million on armed guards to protect government buildings in New York and sought even more guards for federal facilities in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

While the government gears up for civil unrest and stockpiles ammo without limit, private gun owners on the other hand are finding ammunition shelves empty at gun stores across America,including shortages of once-common cartridges such as .22 Long Rifle.

Read Original: http://www.infowars.com/u-s-postal-service-announces-giant-ammo-purchase/

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