MARYLAND’S BIT PART IN HOMELAND SECURITY THEATRE


Check out Maryland’s ‘Terror Billboards’  –

(Jack Mullen) – Driving around the State of Maryland (State slogan: “The Free State”) one could get the impression he or she has passed into an alternative universe where the State had morphed into a dystopic, Orwellian-Jumbo-Tron surveillance state complete with big screen outdoor billboards advising ‘citizens’ to be ever vigil of possible terrorist activities and encouraging ‘citizens’ to report any ‘suspicious’ activities they might observe.

Orwell’s “1984” can be viewed as the Bible of Tyranny, Mind Control, and Scientific Enslavement, the entire book is a explanation of today’s manufactured false reality, culture and expression of a totalitarian State supported on fear; a mind crushing, thought controlling, humanity limiting, IQ damaging, containment cube, squashing the life and potential out of the ‘citizen’ while confining the soul to a prison of impossible self-actualization.

The State of Maryland and other states now under the control of nationalist hating, Constitution ignoring, One World Government promoting, agents of a foreign occupation force are participating in a giant psychological operation (psy-op) trying to give credibility to the phony terrorism narrative being pushed on the public mind by the Usurped Federal Government.

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18May2015: Obama announces restrictions of military-style equipment to police


FOLLOWERS: This morning, the Obama administration has announced major restrictions on the distribution of military-style equipment to police in light of the Ferguson riots in Missouri. The public outcry has grown over the past couple of years to eliminate the local soviet-style gestapo growing like a plague on American soil. Unfortunately, mostly due to false scripts written to promote fear of the ‘terrorists’ hiding out in our local communities. However, as we have witnessed over the past few years, the police have and are being trained the ‘bad guys’ aka ‘terrorists’ have been aimed at the American Citizens.

The White House announced this morning, “Washington would no longer provide some military-style gear while putting stricter controls on other weapons and equipment distributed to law enforcement.” This is good news! However, it does not eliminate the unconstitutional training the police receive which lists various Americans as criminals and/or terrorists. See the Missouri MIAC report, as well as others.

A shoot-to-kill mindset has already been instilled through training programs designed to continue a ‘war-game’ type scenario within our communities. There are a number of implemented polices and procedures within local police departments designed to continue a growing police-state here in America. The outrage from Citizens have only put a minor dent in the fight to abolish this type of terrorist behavior inflicted upon the People from the police and sheriff’s departments.

Most police are hired directly from the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq and are given a false image of a super-soldier identity and are indoctrinated into beLIEving average Citizens are criminals. Most especially, those who operate a vehicle on the highways and local streets. Catch the bad guys… However, they are really just revenue collectors and don’t realize it. Some do, some do not. It is very hard to recognize officers as heroes anymore when the agenda is driven by treating the average Citizen like a criminal before a crime has even been committed.

The problem in this country is the Citizens have also fell victim to the indoctrination to call the police on every situation and have forgotten how to handle their own situations which arise in their daily lives. The insurance companies have embedded their control into the communities and have recruited the police departments into enforcing their financial control over the Citizens. For example, the war on drugs, the war on DUI’s, the war on texting while driving, the war on terrorism. All designed to keep the legal system, the city, and the third party contractors (prisons, probation offices, treatment centers, SATOP programs, etc) in business…. a sham, a scam, a sheep herding manufacturing line of continuous financial and legal control over the People. 911 has been hijacked and designed to control Americans and the People have fallen hard for it. Just ask most and you will receive a response similar to, “it’s for our safety…” beep…. “it’s for our safety…”

However, the announcement from the White House and spewed by the propaganda media FOX NEWS, targets racism and the killing of blacks as the reason for the restrictions. It seems racism is the target of recent divide and conquer of the nation. In reality, everyone has become a target.

Just because the recent announcement was made on restrictions on the distribution of military-style equipment to police does not mean we will see a change in the police-state in America. Consider the Jade Helm military style drills and other exercises designed to control Citizens. A true military style take-over, a hostile occupancy. Eliminating the revenue collector police from having the military style equipment and weapons does not eliminate the true military occupancy taking place…

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/05/18/obama-announces-restrictions-on-distribution-military-style-equipment-to-police/

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08May2015: Horrifying Botched Paramilitary Police Raid Map… Oh My…


Followers – this botched paramilitary police raid map is outrageous and unacceptable here on American soil! How long will the Citizens go on allowing this type of terrorism in America?

What has become of this country and most especially, what has become of the People of this land? This is true proof a paramilitary police force has risen and those that want to use the label ‘conspiracy theorists’ are guilty of aiding in the hostile takeover of this country.

It is a deep shame and embarrassment to watch the People of this country become enslaved and controlled to support communism and live everyday in a groggy mind set, while ignoring the faint snarl in the distance resembling another Red Terror creeping in…

“If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern.”  — Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006.

SEE MAP HERE>>>>   http://www.cato.org/raidmap

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14AUG2014: The Military Occupation Of Ferguson, Missouri Is Just A Preview Of What Is Coming To America


(The American Dream) – Let’s be honest – Ferguson, Missouri is under military occupation right now, and the entire world is watching in horror as militarized police fire tear gas and rubber bullets at unarmed protesters.  Yes, the rioting and looting in Ferguson needed to be stopped.  If order had not been restored, more stores and businesses would have been destroyed.  However, there is no excuse for the brutal tactics now being employed.  At one point, police snipers were even using laser scopes to target protesters that were obviously unarmed.  Sadly, this is just a preview of what is coming to America in the years ahead.  As the economy falls apart and people become even more angry and even more frustrated, there will be a lot more incidents of civil unrest like we have just witnessed in Ferguson.  And in response, the federal government and our overly militarized police will seek to crush those uprisings with overwhelming force.  How is it possible that our once very peaceful nation has fallen apart so dramatically?

What we just watched happen in Ferguson was truly bizarre.  If you didn’t know any better, you might have thought that you were looking at images from a really bad post-apocalyptic disaster movie.

The following is how the New Yorker described the scene…

Last night, as the images and stories from Ferguson, Missouri, joined the news churn, many who registered their thoughts via social media noted that what they were seeing—policemen with dogs and AR-15 assault rifles standing in a Stygian, blue-lit cloud of tear gas; crowds of protesters with their hands in the air, screaming “Hands up, don’t shoot”; members of the press being removed from the scene—did not look like America.

And I will certainly agree with that.

It did not look like America.  At least not the America that I grew up in.

In a WND article, one woman was quoted as saying that it looked “like something right off the streets of Iraq”…

Cheryl Chumley has been watching developments in Missouri, where Michael Brown was shot over the weekend, and just overnight two more people were shot, including one by police.

Armored vehicles on patrol, Kevlar-wearing, camouflage dressed officials carting high-powered rifles, tear gas wafting through the air – sounds like something right off the streets of Iraq. But it’s not. It’s actually the scene that’s playing out in Ferguson right now, with SWAT-type police taking to the residential streets for crowd control duties,” she said.

Was all of this really necessary?

The rioting and the looting had already ended.  Was there really a need to fire tear gas at unarmed people?

In the YouTube video posted below, you can see footage of some of the craziness that took place…

And in this next YouTube video, there is footage of one protester holding his head after being hit directly in the face with a rubber bullet by the police…

In this day and age, images like this spread like wildfire.  Thanks to social media, people all over the country and all over the planet will get a first-hand look at how brutal our militarized police have become.

And the more attention this gets, the more likely that it is that violence will spread to more cities.  Already, a major protest is being planned for Sunday directly in front of police headquarters in Los Angeles.  A man was shot and killed on Monday by the LAPD and people are upset about it.  They have seen what has been happening in Ferguson and now they want to take action.

But wherever civil unrest does erupt, our militarized police will certainly be there to quickly stamp it out.  As a recent Slate article detailed, the militarization of our police has reached unprecedented heights in recent years…

Since 2006, according to an analysis by the New York Times, police departments have acquired 435 armored vehicles, 533 planes, 93,763 machine guns, and 432 mine-resistant armored trucks. Overall, since Congress established its program to transfer military hardware, local and state police departments have received $4.3 billion worth of equipment. Accordingly, the value of military equipment used by these police agencies has increased from $1 million in 1990 to $324 million in 1995 (shortly after the program was established), to nearly $450 million in 2013.

And when police get all of this equipment, it is inevitable that they are going to use it.  One result of this has been the astounding increase in the number of SWAT team raids in America.  The following numbers come from my previous article entitled “10 Facts About The SWATification Of America That Everyone Should Know“…

#1 In 1980, there were approximately 3,000 SWAT raids in the United States.  Now, there are more than 80,000 SWAT raids per year in this country.

#2 79 percent of the time, SWAT teams are deployed to private homes.

#3 50 percent of the victims of SWAT raids are either black or Latino.

#4 In 65 percent of SWAT deployments, “a battering ram, boot, or some sort of explosive device” is used to gain forced entry to a home.

#5 62 percent of all SWAT raids involve a search for drugs.

#6 In at least 36 percent of all SWAT raids, “no contraband of any kind” is found by the police.

#7 In cases where it is suspected that there is a weapon in the home, police only find a weapon 35 percent of the time.

#8 More than 100 American families have their homes raided by SWAT teamsevery single day.

#9 Only 7 percent of all SWAT deployments are for “hostage, barricade or active-shooter scenarios”.

#10 Even small towns are getting SWAT teams now.  30 years ago, only 25.6 percent of communities with populations between 25,000 and 50,000 people had a SWAT team.  Now, that number has increased to 80 percent.

And of course African-American communities receive a greatly disproportionate amount of attention from our militarized police.  Just imagine how you would feel if every time you saw a police officer you cringed in fear because you might be about to get searched again.  The following is how author Michelle Alexander put it in her book “The New Jim Crow“…

Ultimately, these stop-and-frisk operations amount to much more than humiliating, demeaning rituals for young men of color, who must raise their arms and spread their legs, always careful not to make a sudden move or gesture that could provide an excuse for brutal — even lethal — force.

Like the days when black men were expected to step off the sidewalk and cast their eyes downward when a white woman passed, young black men know the drill when they see the police crossing the street toward them; it is a ritual of dominance and submission played out hundreds of thousands of times each year.

So what can we do about this?

How can we change the system?

How can we reverse this alarming militarization of our police?

Unfortunately, our system has become so corrupt that there is very little that we can do.  In fact, one newly released study discovered that average Americans have a “near-zero” statistical impact on public policy…

A startling new political science study concludes that corporate interests and mega wealthy individuals control U.S. policy to such a degree that “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.”

The startling study, titled “Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens,” is slated to appear in an upcoming issue of Perspectives on Politics and was authored by Princeton University Professor Martin Gilens and Northwestern University Professor Benjamin Page. An early draft can be found here.

Noted American University Historian Allan J. Lichtman, who highlighted the piece in a Tuesday article published in The Hill, calls Gilens and Page’s research “shattering” and says their scholarship “should be a loud wake-up call to the vast majority of Americans who are bypassed by their government.”

 

Read original here: http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/the-military-occupation-of-ferguson-missouri-is-just-a-preview-of-what-is-coming-to-america

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10JULY2014: Why Are Armed “International Security” Personnel Now Arresting American Citizens?


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Editorial comment – That is the BIG QUESTION!! America is occupied and your sleeping and drinking the tainted beer… 

(Bernie Suarez) – Very recently I came across a scenario in the streets of Hollywood, California. The big scene seemed a bit striking to the average person walking by as it was the middle of the day in a crowded busy Hollywood street. A closer look caused me to be even more intrigued – there was a gentleman being arrested. He was in handcuffs and surrounded by three or four armed officers. Or were they really officers?

A closer look surprised me even more. The “officers” were not police. They were not Sheriffs department or California Highway Patrol (CHP). They all wore a logo on their sleeves and a logo on an otherwise unmarked car that read “Andrews International Security Services” nothing else. They otherwise had all black uniforms and all were armed like police officers, looking scary and aggressive.

After getting a photograph of their logo (which earned me a dirty look from them) and investigating them with the LAPD, I was told by an LAPD officer that this private security company is part of a program called “Business Improvement District” (BID). The officer explained that they’ve been putting these security entities on the streets for at least a few years to his knowledge. Ultimately, the officer agreed with me that this was a very serious situation saying it was a “very interesting” concept in light of the Constitutionality and legality of it.

These “Business Improvement Districts” go by many other names which all interestingly happen to have three letter representations (like government agencies making them sound official) including the Business Improvement Area (BIA), the Business Revitalization Zone (BRZ), Community Improvement District (CID), Special Services Area (SSA), and the Special Improvement District (SID). All of these groups are similar types of BIDs operating nationwide.

Upon further research on this matter I discovered that this is a business model that first began in 1970 in Toronto where the first Business Improvement District (BID) was created in the “Bloor West Village.” Here in the U.S. the first BID appeared New Orleans in 1974 touting themselves as the “Downtown Development District.”

How are BIDs formed? According to Wikipedia:

business improvement district (BID) is a defined area within which businesses pay an additional tax (or levy) in order to fund projects within the district’s boundaries. The BID is often funded primarily through the levy but can also draw on other public and private funding streams… BIDs provide services, such as cleaning streets, providing security, making capital improvements, construction of pedestrian and streetscape enhancements, and marketing the area.

Apparently the richest business owners in the neighborhood can collude together to form a private group which donates money to provide whatever “services” they agree is to their best interest. Funding can come from both public or private entities and local government needs to determine that the majority of businesses want the BID before they enact legislation to create the BID. Local government does not consult with the community but instead with the business owners who are able to influence legislation to ensure the establishment of the BID. In fact, most people don’t know that BIDs have become a powerful lobby group pushing municipalities for certain services that they then select private companies to cash in on when the job is contracted to them. In other words, business owners have gotten together and formed yet another product that they are selling to the municipalities. That’s right, your freedom to walk down the streets is being sold to private entities.

What am I talking about? Or, so what, you might say, what’s the big deal?

As the document source states above, BIDs are providing “services” such as street cleaning, making capital improvements, construction of pedestrian and streetscape enhancements, and marketing capital improvements. In addition to these services of “improvements,” “enhancements” that serve corporate interest, they are also providing “security” because security is part of the “improvement“.

As I recently found out, this includes “International” private armed security companies who are being given the power to arrest people in the streets. When the state municipalities begin to sell the “service” of policing the people, funded by programs that were not approved by the people but instead by a small group of business owners, we are walking down a slippery road to corporate tyranny.

With the number of BIDs in American now increased from a small handful in the 1970s-80s we now have over 1000-1200 BIDs in the United States alone operating in cities throughout the United States without the approval of the people. The corporations are using this program to arm themselves against the people. This represents a large civilian army whose numbers are growing with no end in sight; this should concern all Americans who care about freedom, liberty and the Constitution. These private (PRO-Corporation) illegal “security” personnel are posing as officers and police and are spreading in the United States, and that is a direct threat to the people who have no say in who these people are and why they are roaming around in our streets.

We are now approaching a time when these private security gangs or pseudo-police are looking to intimidate and bully Americans (which is exactly what I witnessed on the streets of Hollywood) who are walking the streets enforcing their own private set of rules, independent of the basic laws of the local government. Their private rules are based on whether you the pedestrian are interfering with the “improvement” or the “enhancement” or even the “marketing” of the general area where the private business cabal who formed the Business Improvement District (BID) to begin with, is conducting their business.

This intriguing development is very much a part of the globalist restructuring of our world in the name of private profit and corporate despotism. This is another way in which private corporations are working hand in hand with local government to enslave the people and remove, arrest, charge and perhaps even beat or kill anyone who gets in the way of private profit.

Let’s not be fooled by back stage formations of these private business coalitions that are forming in our own towns while we work every day and do our own thing. They are catching on with these models and using them to take away your freedom, while they profit even more. If you see or learn of one of these organizations in your local community confront it. Find out everything you can about them and try to have a voice in what they are doing. Tell others about these programs and help inform voters from the perspective of the U.S. Constitution so that people can have a voice in this issue. Let your local government know that armed civilians enforcing security in the name of corporate profit is not what America is about and does not serve the interest of Americans. Big business owners are not America, they do not represent the interest of the we-the-people and their private security forces need to be dismantled immediately.

Sadly, many people will see these corporate takeovers of our local municipal towns and streets as innocent, maybe even a good idea, and they won’t think twice about the dangers this represents. To those people, I will remind them of the words outlined in our Declaration of Independence which states:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life,     Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,

Let this be a reminder that we truly are all created equal, and it is the greed and arrogance that is often related to the pursuit of riches, power and control, that give men the delusion that he is greater than another just because he has more money and riches. This is all part of the superiority complex psychosis known as eugenics, which is ultimately driving the effort to create a one world government. Those that suffer from this mental disease truly believe they are superior to the average person, and this psychosis is at the heart of this entire issue. Without this eugenic superiority mentality we would not be seeing what we are seeing in the streets of America. The eugenicists who are running many of the successful businesses today really believe it is up to them to control society and impose their personal wishes on the general public. Call it what you will, this has to stop and we must expose these programs.

The officer I spoke with never did tell me why or how the private security company known as Andrews International Security Services is granted the authority to arrest Americans, and I’m still investigating to see if they have been officially granted such authority, but either way this is a red flag for all Americans to start sounding the alarm. As I mentioned before, the officer I spoke with seemed to agree that this was at the very least an issue of interest and concern, especially for anyone who truly understands the Constitution. I believe we will hear more of this issue as we continue to march toward global tyranny and we continue to witness the presence of these mysterious “International” and private security corporations, donning the role of police and attempting to police a sovereign nation full of millions of Veterans and active and retired Officers who themselves swore an oath to defend the Constitution.

These are signs of the times and I urge readers to take a stand against tyranny and the corporate-government funded new world order. If you don’t take a stand now, you may not have a chance to take a stand tomorrow, for by then it will be too late.

Read Original: http://www.activistpost.com/2014/07/why-are-armed-international-security.html

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30JUN2014: ‘Sneak and peek’ warrants allow police to secretly enter homes without notice


(Police State USA) – Covert tactics have become legally accepted and increasingly popular.

Peeking burglar.

A little-known police tactic allows cops to covertly enter private residences, perform searches, seize property, and then leave quietly without notifying the homeowner. These searches, affectionately known as “sneak and peek” warrants, have been performed at a rapidly rising rate since 9/11.

Covert Tactics

Sneak and Peek warrants in actuality a more extreme version of the over-used “no-knock” raids that we cover so often. After seeking out a judge’s authorization, police are allowed to secretly break into private property without first announcing themselves or presenting the subject of the search with a signed warrant. Using this variety of warrant, officers intentionally wait until the subject is not present. The operations are performed covertly, and with the intention of masking the fact that any police activity took place.

The entire premise encourages government agents to adopt the tactics of criminals in order to gain access to property: breaking and entering, sneaking around, stealing, and risking a surprise confrontation with an unsuspecting civilian.

Burglar with a crowbar.

Often, the investigators leave the property undisturbed to avoid detection. After taking what they want and/or leaving wiretaps, cameras, or other planted devices, they exit quietly so as not to raise suspicions.

Sometimes, however, the agents literally stage the scenes to resemble robberies — sneak and stealoperations. In one 2010 case, federal investigators broke into an Cleveland apartment, collected evidence, and then “trashed the place to make it look like a burglary.”

The feds have used similar tactics when searching vehicles. According to a Department of Justice document, DEA agents used a delayed-notice warrant to literally steal a suspect’s car in March 2004. After following the suspect to a restaurant in Buffalo, NY, one agent “used a duplicate key to enter the vehicle and drive away while other agents spread broken glass in the parking space to create the impression that the vehicle had been stolen.” [1]

The government is supposed to eventually tell the subject that a warrant had been served on them, but that may not happen for months or sometimes more than a year. A report by the Director Director of the Administrative Office (AO) of U.S. Courts found that the period of delay in telling the suspect they had been served a warrant ranged from 1 to 455 days. The most common length of delay was 90 days [2].

Terminology and History

Officially, the government has termed these warrants innocuously as “Delayed-Notice Search Warrants.” Calling the tactics what they are — covert home invasions or “Sneak and Peek” searches — would not be helpful for public relations.

The man that President Obama chose to head the FBI, James Comey, once explained the etymological spin used by the government to present the tactics in a positive light:   “We in law enforcement do not call them [sneak and peek warrants]… because it conveys this image that we are looking through your sock drawer while you are taking a nap.” [3]

In private, the government once used a more honest description of the tactic — back when it was not legally recognized. They were quite literally referred to as “black bag jobs” within the FBI, as Bureau domestic intelligence head William Sullivan revealed in a declassified memo dated July 19, 1966:

“We do not obtain authorization for ‘black bag’ jobs from outside the Bureau. Such a technique involves trespass and is clearly illegal; therefore, it would be impossible to obtain any legal sanction for it. Despite this, ‘black bag’ jobs have been used because they represent an invaluable technique in combating subversive activities of a clandestine nature aimed directly at undermining and destroying our nation.” [4]

Mr. Sullivan was clearly aware that the actions were illegal, yet his memo went on to proudly admit that the tactics have been used to destroy political groups operating within the United States.

Governments have certainly been covertly sneaking and spying on their own citizens for all of history. The legal acceptance is the newer, more concerning development.

As law professor Jonathan Witmer-Rich points out, “There is no evidence of judicially-authorized covert searching, through a delayed notice warrant or any similar mechanism, in the history of search and seizure through 1791 [the drafting of the Fourth Amendment].” [6]

The professor also revealed that the first reference to a “Delayed-Notice Search Warrant” did not occur in U.S. case law until 1985 in United States v. Frietas [6].

The constitutionality of covert searches has been challenged in court several times in the modern era, and the searches were always upheld. In Dalia v. United States (1979), the U.S. Supreme Court called the 4th Amendment challenge “frivolous.” Modern courts have followed suit, holding that the tactics pose no Fourth Amendment concerns. And thus signaled the beginning to an era when “black bag” tactics became legitimate.

Although the courts had condoned the formerly dubious warrants, their issuance remained relatively low (at least searches performed on the record). The rarity of the searches changed after the attacks of September 11, 2001. The USA PATRIOT Act laid out a national standard for using Sneak & Peek tactics, and the floodgates began to open for their widespread usage.

Before the USA PATRIOT Act, only two federal circuits had ever acknowledged the practice of Delayed-Notice Search Warrants [6].

Title 18, Section 3103a provides that for any federal search warrant, “any notice required… may be delayed if… the court finds reasonable cause to believe that providing immediate notification of the execution of the warrant may have an adverse result.”

According to research done by Professor Witmer-Rich, there were only 25 DSW’s issued in 2002, and in a decade, that number had grown to 5,601 DSW’s issued in 2012 [6]. In fact, sneak and peek search warrants now constitute about 10% of all warrants served by the federal government [5].

Evidence shows that judges are rarely rejecting these warrants. Data in a U.S. Courts Administrative Office report shows that there was a 0.7% chance of a judge denying a request for a sneak and peek warrant in 2010. Out of 2,395 total DSW requests, only 16 were rejected [2].

Institutionalized Injustice

The use of these tactics opens the doors for numerous problems, corruption, and unintended consequences.

Secret searches not only reduce/eliminate the privacy and freedom of those targeted in the investigation — who are legally innocent until proven guilty — but also spurs an insecurity within the entire community. As Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor noted in a 2012 case regarding secret GPS tracking, “awareness that the Government may be watching chills associational and expressive freedoms.”

Another glaring problem is the risk of having police officers barging in on unsuspecting people. Despite investigators’ best efforts to avoid contact, a sneak and peek search could easily be performed while a subject or family member is still present in the house. When the police enter without notice, they will appear indistinguishable from criminal home invaders. Violent confrontations may arise, as they often do with the use of standard “no-knock” warrants.

It is also worth noting that clandestine “black bag jobs” are a perfect working environment for corrupt government agents. If their objective is to stage a robbery, they can quite literally steal property for their own benefit and never report it to the courts. Pocketing cash and valuables would be quite easy for state-sanctioned burglars operating without any witnesses. Officers also have a practically unchecked ability to plant evidence and incriminate the subject.

Indeed, the secrecy and lack of witnesses in these situations makes it incredibly difficult to hold the police accountable for any wrongdoing that might occur.

The problem of Sneak and Peek warrants has been institutionalized by the legislature, and it must be reversed there as well. The courts are unlikely to go against the precedents that have already been established. If clandestine police tactics are of concern to the public, the people must spur a legal change and push back on these advanced state powers.

Read Original with Sources: http://www.policestateusa.com/2014/sneak-and-peek-warrants/

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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/
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