The Emerging Police State in America
Evidence can be seen all around you of the security grid being
fortified as government tightens it's grip on its citizens. Some would point to
this and other evidence showing the preparation of a police state. But, I would
suggest the police state is not something in the future... we are now living in
a police state.
Since the passage of the 2001 Patriot Act,
your local police department, once used to defend and protect the citizens, has
been militarized and increasingly used to oppress the citizens. Nearly every
major police department now has military style strike teams dressed in ninja
style uniforms to enforce citizen compliance with a whole array of new
unconstitutional laws. At the same time,
police violence directed at unarmed citizens has soared as
they are provided with tasers and other sophisticated compliance weapons.
recently wrote, “Eighty thousand SWAT team raids across the country now,
with armed troopers going through doors, and these are called the police. They
have assault vehicles, helicopters,” he adds. “Soon they'll have
drones equipped with massive weapons, drones that'll have scanning devices they
can see in your home. So all the signs that I see are pointing to the fact that
a police state is emerging in this country.”
It's not only
police departments that are being militarized. The U.S. Department of
Agriculture is aquiring submachine guns. The Food and Drug Agency and the
Department of Education also have militarized teams to conduct raids.
In 2010, armed FDA officers raided a grocery store suspected of using raw milk.
In 2011, the Department of Education's OIG forcibly entered the home of a man
suspected of student aid fraud.
The 2012 passage of the
National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) allows the
military to detain indefinitely without trial any US citizen that the
government labels a terrorist or an accessary to terrorism.
Increasingly, Christians and conservatives
are being targeted as domestic terrorists. Documents from the Department of
Homeland Security, the FBI, the U.S. Army, the Missouri Information Analysis
Center (MIAC), and the Southern Poverty Law Center identify a wide swath of law
abiding Americans as likely terrorists that should be monitored.
IRS was exposed in 2013 as targeting Tea Party groups, Christian groups and
other conservative groups for increased scrutiny in tax matters.
Domestic Surveillance Grid
Prior to the post-9/11
War on Terror, the NSA had
every intention of ensnaring the phone conversations, e-mails, chat logs,
Internet search history, etc. of all Americans into their wide net of domestic
surveillance. A 42-page, declassified memo called
Transition 2001, published in December
2000 to brief newly elected President Bush on the National Security Agency,
declares that the agency’s mission demands “a powerful, permanent
presence on a global telecommunications network that will host
‘protected’ communications of Americans as well as the targeted
communications of adversaries.”
Predating the Transition 2001
memo by three months, and 9/11 by an entire year, a report entitled
America’s Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources for a New Century
calls for the U.S. Department of Defense to aggressively embrace
information technologies but warns of a slow implementation unless a “new
Pearl Harbor” ushers in an era of high-tech intelligence gathering.
In 2013, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed to the public a massive
NSA spy grid violating the 4th Amendment rights
targeting ALL Americans. The NSA’s vast wiretapping and surveillance
operation, in addition to the agency’s attempt to intimidate the media
and whistleblowers from releasing information about programs such as
PRISM, has virtually nothing to do with
catching terrorists and everything to do with creating a chilling effect that
dissuades the free press from exposing government corruption while making
Americans fearful of engaging in political free speech.
Michael Snyder has provided details on Main Core, a list of
some 8 million or more names compiled by the CIA and U.S. intelligence. The
individuals on the Main Core list, he writes, will be rounded up after the
Constitution is suspended and martial law imposed.
Main Core is the code name of a database maintained since the 1980s by the
federal government of the United States. Main Core contains personal and
financial data of millions of U.S. citizens believed to be threats to national
security. The data, which comes from the NSA, FBI, CIA, and other sources, is
collected and stored without warrants or court orders. The database's name
derives from the fact that it contains "copies of the 'main core' or essence of
each item of intelligence information on Americans produced by the FBI and the
other agencies of the U.S. intelligence community."
Rep. Mike Rogers and the apologists for high-tech tyranny insist the
NSA’s Prism and Boundless Informant are about protecting us from
terrorists. If you are a student of history, however, you will realize this is
nonsense. If you know anything about Continuity of Government measures
implemented following September 11, 2001 and earlier programs like
Rex 84 and
Operation Garden Plot, you already have a sneaking
suspicion the NSA’s massive surveillance operation has nothing to do with
al-Qaeda. It’s about collecting data on American citizens, specifically
the eight or so million compiled in the Main Core database.
NSA’s Prism and Boundless Informant represent only the latest details of
a story stretching back decades. The national security state has spent years
and expended billions of dollars in a coordinated effort to categorize and
monitor enemies of the state.
As Alex Jones exposed in the late 1990’s, U.S. troops
have been training for a considerable amount of time. During numerous urban
warfare drills that Jones attended and reported on, troops were trained to
raid, arrest and imprison U.S. citizens in detention camps as well as taking
over public buildings and running checkpoints. During role playing exercises,
actors playing prisoners would scream “I’m an American citizen, I
have rights” as they were being dragged away by troops.
Concentration style camps and
detention facilities have been constructed around the
country and bills are being introduced in Congress authorizing the Department
of Homeland Security to implement its network of FEMA camp facilities to house
U.S. citizens in the event of a national emergency or to “meet other
appropriate needs, as determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security.”
Martial Law in America
President Barack Obama’s signing of the
National Defense Resources Preparedness Executive Order has
authorized widespread federal and military control of the national economy and
resources during “emergency and non-emergency conditions.”
The US Army announced in 2008, the First Brigade Combat Team of the Third
Division was placed under the command of US Army North, the Army’s
component of the Pentagon’s Northern Command (NorthCom), which was
created in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks with the stated
mission of defending the US “homeland” and aiding federal, state
and local authorities. This marks first time ever, the US military is deploying
an active duty regular Army combat unit for full-time use inside the United
States to deal with emergencies, including potential civil unrest.
Washington Post reported on plans to station 20,000 more
U.S. troops inside America for purposes of “domestic security”, an
expansion of Northcom’s militarization of the country in preparation for
potential civil unrest following a total economic collapse or a mass terror
attack. “The U.S. military expects to have 20,000 uniformed troops inside
the United States by 2011 trained to help state and local officials respond to
a nuclear terrorist attack or other domestic catastrophe, according to Pentagon
officials,” reports the Post.
The contention that the troops
will merely help “recovery efforts” after a major catastrophe is
contradicted by the fact that Northcom itself, in a September 8 Army Times
article, said the first wave of the deployment, which was put in place on
October 1st at Fort Stewart and at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs,
would be aimed at tackling “civil unrest and crowd control”.
controversy arose surrounding the admissions made in the Army Times article,
Northcom retracted the claim but conceded that both lethal and non-lethal
weaponry traditionally used in crowd control and riot situations would still be
used in the field.
In the short term, the domestic deployment of troops is likely
aimed at combating likely civil unrest that will ensue after a complete
economic collapse followed by a devastating period of hyperinflation expected
to occur in 2009-2010..
This warning was again echoed a few days ago
in a leaked internal
memo from Citibank.
“The world is not going back to normal
after the magnitude of what they have done. When the dust settles this will
either work, and the money they have pushed into the system will feed through
into an inflation shock,” wrote Tom Fitzpatrick, Citibank’s chief
The memo predicts “depression, civil
disorder and possibly wars” as a fallout from an economic collapse that
many say is on the horizon.
Naturally, the claim that such troop
deployments are merely to aid in disaster relief efforts is a thin veil aimed
at distracting from the real goal. Should a real tragedy occur, volunteers and
already existing civil aid organizations are fully capable of dealing with such
events, as we witnessed on 9/11.
The military are primarily trained
to kill people and break things, and their role during the Hurricane Katrina
relief efforts was mainly focused on detaining people in sports stadiums,
shooting alleged looters and seizing guns from wealthy home owners in the high
and dry areas, while real recovery measures were left to volunteers and local
The open admission that U.S. troops will be involved in law
enforcement operations as well as potentially using non-lethal weapons against
American citizens is a complete violation of the Posse Comitatus Act and the
Insurrection Act, which substantially limit the powers of the federal
government to use the military for law enforcement unless under precise and
Section 1385 of the
Posse Comitatus Act states, “Whoever, except in cases
and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of
Congress, willfully uses any part of the Army or the Air Force as a posse
comitatus or otherwise to execute the laws shall be fined under this title or
imprisoned not more than two years, or both.”
Under the John Warner Defense Authorization Act, signed by
President Bush on October 17, 2006, the law was changed to state, “The
President may employ the armed forces to restore public order in any State of
the United States the President determines hinders the execution of laws or
deprives people of a right, privilege, immunity, or protection named in the
Constitution and secured by law or opposes or obstructs the execution of the
laws of the United States or impedes the course of justice under those
However, these changes were repealed in their entirety by
HR 4986: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year
2008, reverting back to the original state of the
Insurrection Act of 1807. Despite this repeal, President
Bush attached a signing statement saying that he did not feel bound by the
repeal. It remains to be seen whether President elect Obama will reverse
Bush’s signing statement.
The original text of the Insurrection
Act severely limits the power of the President to deploy troops within the
For troops to be deployed, a condition has to exist
that, “(1) So hinders the execution of the laws of that State, and of the
United States within the State, that any part or class of its people is
deprived of a right, privilege, immunity, or protection named in the
Constitution and secured by law, and the constituted authorities of that State
are unable, fail, or refuse to protect that right, privilege, or immunity, or
to give that protection; or (2) opposes or obstructs the execution of the laws
of the United States or impedes the course of justice under those laws. In any
situation covered by clause (1), the State shall be considered to have denied
the equal protection of the laws secured by the Constitution.”
Is the incoming Obama administration and Northcom waiting for such a scenario
to unfold, an event that completely overwhelms state authorities, before
unleashing the might of the U.S. Army against the American people?
The deployment of National Guard troops to aid law enforcement or for disaster
relief purposes is legal under the authority of the governor of a state, but
using active duty U.S. Army in law enforcement operations inside America absent
the conditions described in the Insurrection Act is completely illegal.
The political left and right need to join forces and denounce
this plan for what it is - another unconstitutional step towards the
incremental implementation of martial law and the militarization of
[Paul Joseph Watson,
December 1, 2008]
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