Showing posts with label SWAT. Show all posts
Showing posts with label SWAT. Show all posts

The Profit Incentives Driving The Police State

by John W. Whitehead. If there is an absolute maxim by which the federal government seems to operate, it is that the American taxpayer always gets ripped off. Not only are American taxpayers forced to “spend more on state, municipal, and federal taxes than the annual financial burdens of food, clothing, and housing combined,” but we’re  ... MORE

DC Cop Raids Are Undeterred By Lack Of Probable Cause

from the Washington Post. Government's domestic terrorists. Sallie Taylor was sitting in her apartment in Northeast Washington one evening in January 2015 watching “Bible Talk” when her clock fell off the wall and broke. She turned and looked up. Nine D.C. police officers smashed through her door, a shotgun was pointed at her face and she   ... MORE

Debt Collection, At The End Of A Gun (Update)

by Scott Greenfield.     A good friend came to me decades ago with a problem. He received a letter from the Department of Education informing him that he had to repay his student loans that had been incurred decades earlier. He did repay them, he told me. “You have proof?” I asked. Are you kidding? It was 25 years ago. I threw the checks away decades  ... MORE

John W. Whitehead: Television, Football & Politics: Gaming Spectacles Designed To Keep The Police State In Power

Freedom is an action word.    When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk;    ... MORE

Should Used Tea Leaves Be Probable Cause For Drug Raids?

by Justin Monticello.    Former CIA employees Robert and Adlynn Harte, along with their 7- and 13-year-old children, were held at gunpoint by sheriff's deputies for several hours as a search for drugs was conducted in their home. The probable cause that led to the raid? A visit to a hydroponics store for a horticultural project and wet tea     ... MORE

John W. Whitehead: Playing The Government's Game

When it comes to violence, we all lose.      Yes, the government is corrupt. Yes, the system is broken. By broken, I mean it’s “dysfunctional, gridlocked, and, in general, incapable of doing what needs to be done.” Yes, the government is out of control and overreaching on almost every front. Yes, the government’s excesses—pork barrel spending,   ... MORE

John W. Whitehead: What’s In Store For Freedom In 2016?

You might want to sit down for this.       As I illustrate in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, we in the emerging American police state find ourselves reliving the same set of circumstances over and over again: egregious surveillance, strip searches, police shootings of unarmed citizens, government spying,        ... MORE

Stephen Moore: Does EPA Need Guns, Ammo And Armor?

Government's environmental SWAT teams.  The Environmental Protection Agency spent millions of dollars over the last decade on guns, ammo, body armor, camouflage equipment, unmanned aircraft, amphibious assault ships, radar and night-vision gear and other military-style weaponry and surveillance activities, according to a new   ... MORE

John W Whitehead: The Real Issues You Won't Hear From The 2016 Presidential Candidates This Election Year

The tyranny behind the curtain.   We now have less than one year until the 2016 presidential election.  Despite the dire state of our nation, however, you can rest assured that none of the problems that continue to undermine our freedoms will be addressed in any credible way by the presidential candidates—certainly not if doing so might      ... MORE

Do Badges Grant Special Rights? Cop Shoots Unarmed Marijuana Dealer in Face and Kills Him, Walks Free

by Matt Agorist.    Derek Cruice was a kind and loving young man who was murdered in cold blood by state agents because he allegedly sold a plant that is legal in five states. In March, a heavily militarized police SWAT team, knowing that Cruice had never been convicted of a crime, descended on his home on Maybrook Drive in Deltona. Police  ... MORE

Woman Flips Off Mayor, So He Sends SWAT Team After Her

by John Vibes.   Cops deployed as tools for politician. Tina Warren has been fighting her local government over rising water bills, leaving her at odds with the town’s mayor, Bill Kirkpatrick. Warren has been running a number of campaigns against his policies, and she has even been flipping the mayor the middle finger every time she sees him. Tina’s     ... MORE

John W. Whitehead: ‘Minority Report’ Is 40 Years Ahead Of Schedule: The Fictional World Has Become Today's Reality

Examples abound.     We are a scant 40 years away from the futuristic world that science fiction author Philip K. Dick envisioned for Minority Report in which the government is all-seeing, all-knowing and all-powerful, and if you dare to step out of line, dark-clad police SWAT teams will crack a few skulls to bring the populace under control. Unfortunately,  ... MORE

John W. Whitehead: ‘Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death’ - The Loss Of Our Freedoms In The Wake Of 9/11

To comply or to resist?   What began with the passage of the USA Patriot Act in October 2001 has snowballed into the eradication of every vital safeguard against government overreach, corruption and abuse. Since then, we have been terrorized, traumatized, and acclimated to life in the American Surveillance State. The bogeyman’s names and faces    ... MORE

Mark Meckler: The Overarmed And Dangerous Police State

More guns than brains makes for a bad combo. Imagine waking up at 5:30 a.m. in your third-floor apartment to a SWAT team raiding your family with guns drawn. You’re barely clothed, but you immediately grab your seven-year-old and 18-month-old daughters. You begin praying, hoping that everything will be okay and you will all survive.     ... MORE

Martin Kaste: Police State America - Why Utah Is The Only State Trying To Track And Limit SWAT-Style Raiding Tactics

It's about fighting the drug war 80 percent of the time.  The phrase police militarization conjures up an image of cops wrapped in Kevlar, barging into homes with semi-automatic weapons. But familiar as that image is, we don't know how common it is. There are simply no good statistics on police tactical operations in America. The federal    ... MORE