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The Militarization of Law Enforcement and their Military Equipment

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Contrary to what you may have heard, the armored vehicles that appeared on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, during the unrest that followed the police shooting of Michael Brown did not come from the Pentagon. “Most of the stuff you are seeing in video coming out of Ferguson is not military,” Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Defense Department’s press secretary, told reporters last week. “The military is not the only source of tactical gear in this country.”

In other words: Don’t blame the military for militarizing the police. Kirby has a point. Although the Pentagon has played a role by distributing surplus gear to police departments, so have the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security by providing grants that can be used to buy military-style equipment. In any case, the real problem, more pervasive and insidious than BearCats or MRAPs on the streets of our cities, is the dangerously misguided urge to transform cops into soldiers, as reflected in the promiscuous use of SWAT teams.

As the acronym implies, SWAT teams originally wereintended for unusual threats requiring “special weapons and tactics,” threats such as rioters, shooters, barricaded suspects, and hostage takers. But what was once special is now routine. Today the most common use for SWAT teams, which are deployed something like 50,000 times a year in the U.S., is serving search warrants, typically in drug cases.

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Looking at a sample of more than 800 SWAT operations carried out by 20 law enforcement agencies in 11 states during the last three years, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) found that 79 percent involved search warrants. More than three-quarters of the searches were looking for drugs.

These raids tend to follow the same basic pattern: Heavily armed, black-clad men enter a home early in the morning, while the occupants are asleep. The police often break down the door with a battering ram, shatter windows, and toss in a flashbang grenade, an explosive device designed to discombobulate targets with a blinding light and deafening noise. If there is a dog in the home that barks at the invaders (as dogs tend to do), the police kill it.

The element of surprise and the overwhelming, terrifying show of force are supposed to minimize violence by forestalling any thought of resistance. It does not always work out that way.

Last December a Texas marijuana grower named Henry Magee shot and killed a Burleson County sheriff’s deputy who broke into his mobile home in the middle of the night along with eight other officers. Magee said he mistook Sgt. Adam Sowders for a burglar, and in February a grand jury declined to indict him in the deputy’s death.

Six months before Magee shot Sowders, a similar mistake resulted in the death of Eugene Mallory, an 80-year-old retired electrical engineer who was shot in his bed because he grabbed a gun when armed men stormed into his home early in the morning. They were Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies, looking for a nonexistent meth lab.

Last May police in Habersham County, Georgia, broke into a house in the middle of the night, looking for a meth dealer who no longer lived there. While attacking the house, the SWAT team tossed a flashbang grenade into a crib, severely burning a 19-month-old boy.

No drugs or weapons were found in that raid, which seems to be a pretty common outcome. In the ACLU study, records indicated that police found the drugs or guns they expected 35 percent of the time. The low rate of gun recovery is especially striking because the use of SWAT teams is supposedly justified by the prospect of facing armed and dangerous suspects.

The reckless use of paramilitary forces to attack the homes of unsuspecting civilians reflects a literalization of the war on drugs as well as the unseemly eagerness of many police officers to dress up and act like soldiers. Taking away their BearCats will not solve those problems.

 

Jacob Sullum is a senior editor at Reason magazine and a nationally syndicated columnist.

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Women Sue Over Public Body Cavity Searches | They Don’t Need a Reason to Molest You In Public

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Texas Department of “Justice” officers apparently don’t need a compelling reason to stick their hands down your pants or fingers in your private parts In full view of traffic beside the highway in broad daylight with cars full of random strangers zooming by.

If this sounds like possibly one of those urban legends that couldn’t have happened because it’s just too bizarre, ridiculous and over-the-top to have happened, then think again. It was all caught on the troopers dash-cam. And, actually, this wasn’t the first time that a body cavity search was done on two women with the same glove in Texas beside a busy highway. In that case it was due to suspicion of marijuana and none was found. This is obviously a flagrant disregard for constitutional rights, but it’s also bad policy that is going to cost taxpayers a bundle. It’s even more unnerving than forcing women to shake their bra out while lifting their shirt as reported recently.

So let’s get this straight… In the “land of the free”, if “they” say they found a small amount of marijuana (possibly dropped by your slacker brother or some acquaintance you gave a ride to the store or something), it’s a perfectly legitimate reason for someone with little to no medical training to use the same rubber glove to go in any and all orifices of your body at their discretion with no oversight from a superior or protocol (or sanitation)?

Uh… Sounds reasonable…

 

Women Sue Over Public Body Cavity Searches.

…And remember… “they hate us for our Freedom”…

BRAZORIA COUNTY, TX — Two women had the inside of their crotches (orifices)  searched on the side of the highway, thanks to the dutiful enforcement of tyrannical drug prohibition laws.

Officers pulled the women over for speeding on their way home from the beach. Of course, traffic stops are just the excuse a good enforcer needs to begin fishing for reasons to throw people in cages.

After finding a small amount of forbidden plants in the vehicle, officer Nathaniel Turner, wasn’t satisfied. He wanted more. The two women, dressed only in bikinis, were told they were going to get an internal body cavity search. He called a female trooper to search their genitalia for drugs on the side of Highway 288 in Brazoria County

“Are you serious,” Brandy Hamilton asked the trooper.

“If you hid something in there, we’re going to find it,” said the trooper.

“You’re going to go up my private parts?!” Hamilton said.

“Yes ma’am.”

The women say that the same glove was used to violate all of their orifices.

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Women Sue Over Body Cavity Searches Beside Highway In Daylight

There are truly no limits to the amount of terror and tyranny that are created by the fascist Drug War that plagues the country.

“These police officers are here to protect and serve,” said Hamilton. “They did not protect me at all. Not one of them, and it was three officers out there.”

Brandy Hamilton and Alexandria Randle are suing the officers involved.

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If you enjoy knowing what’s going on in the world, please defend the First Amendment that 41 Democrats and 1 Socialist in the senate have voted to repeal. 

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Police set up roadblocks to ‘voluntarily’ collect DNA, blood samples from innocent Americans

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Police set up roadblocks to ‘voluntarily’ collect DNA, blood samples from innocent Americans

(NaturalNews) When a group of uniformed men wearing guns sets up a road block then ask you to “volunteer” a DNA sample and blood sample, it stretches the definition of “volunteer.” But that’s what happened in Alabama yesterday as off-duty cops in two counties set up DNA collection roadblocks and stopped cars to ask if drivers wanted to “volunteer” DNA swabs and blood samples.

It was all part of a study being conducted by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, which is probably studying what percentage of the sheeple population will allow the government to swipe their DNA and archive it in a database for a measly ten bucks.

According to a story published in the Daily Caller, “drivers were asked to voluntarily offer samples of their saliva and blood.”

Just one county in Alabama had set up five roadblocks in one day, and more are being rolled out nationwide. The explanation behind all this is that it’s for a “medical study” to see how much alcohol drivers have in their blood.

If this is a “medical” study, then why not have scientists in lab coats stopping cars to collect blood?

So here’s the real problem with all this: when police carrying guns walk up to your car at a roadblock and ask if you will “volunteer” some samples of your blood and DNA, that’s more than a bit coercive. If this is truly supposed to be a scientific study of the blood alcohol levels of anonymous drivers, then why not have scientists in lab coats on the streets collecting the blood?

Answer: Because no one would give it to them. The police are there to make sure the “volunteer requests” are backed up by the implied threat of force. A roadblock staffed by men with guns is going to get a lot more “compliance” than a roadside volunteer booth staffed by a bunch of lab geeks.

And that’s why this little police state experiment is a gross abuse of police power and a violation of the civil rights of those targeted in the study. Besides, since when did scientists have to use police to collect data for their studies, anyway?

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If the real purpose of the roadblocks is to collect blood samples for a study documenting alcohol levels of random drivers — as it claimed by the study organizers — then they need to go back to school and learn about scientific methods. Because all you’re going to get in this study is a self-selected sample of blood and DNAfrom the most timid, easy-to-dominate sheeple of society… or people who live on such low incomes that $10 seems to be fair compensation for allowing the government to swipe their DNA and archive it in a database.

In other words, you’re going to end up studying the blood and DNA of society’s total morons and dumbed-down sheeple, many of whom are physiological anomalies to begin with because they all have no spine, no guts and no balls, either.

Thus, the entire stated purpose of the study is hogwash. There is no scientific validity to any data set of human DNA generated from roadblocks staffed by police. The study is invalid at the outset because, by design, it fails to test the blood of those who prefer NOT to interact with police — i.e. people who have probably been drinking.

This is why I don’t believe for a minute that this is some sort of public safety study. It’s far more likely to be a police state test run just to see how many idiots in American society will let some government goon swab their DNA when commanded to do so. And that number is shockingly high. We now live in the United States of Apathy, where the sheeple are far more interested in their late-night television, Happy Meals and on-screen celebrities than protecting their rights from an ever-expanding surveillance police state.

Don’t you find it amazing, though, to realize all the police state contradictions now in place? Consider:

• At a police DNA swab checkpoint, you’re supposed to open your mouth. But at a TSA checkpoint if you open your mouth, you’re detained as a possible terrorist.

• At the TSA checkpoint, though, you’re supposed to remove your belt and drop your pants. But at a police DNA checkpoint, if you drop your pants, you’re arrested for indecent exposure.

• In America, a “terrorist” is a citizen who forgets at which checkpoint he’s supposed to drop his pants vs. open his mouth. And if all this talk about pants dropping and mouths opening gets you excited, Janet Napolitano has a job waiting for you at DHS.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/040726_DNA_swabs_roadblocks_police_state.html#ixzz2VygRGLUw

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