August 15th, 2014

Mesmerized And Militarized


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Photo: Reuters/Philip Andrews

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Stewart Rhodes and I were talking this week about the militarization of police. As do all Oath Keepers, we firmly oppose the current morph from community policing to federally militarized and federally subsidized abduction of the people’s local protection. This is obviously being done by converting modern-day cops’ mentality via intensely regimented and combative perspectives, perceptions, and attitudes. All trainees are expected to believe and apply the mindset in their personal mentality. For job security and advancement, to pay the bills at home where the spouse is raising the kids, high pro and con marks on one’s record assure a government retirement on whatever highest level of advancement one’s career offers.

Even as Stewart and I were talking, St. Louis (Ferguson) Missouri was sending shockwaves across the nation. Stewart and I decided that Oath Keepers must get the word out to all current serving that a militarized police force is the antithesis to the free state envisioned by our founders. Within hours of that conversation I began to get links to articles which examine the problem of the militarization of our police. I’d like to share with readers here a couple of truly rewarding articles and link to them.

First I’d like to recommend the latest from Dr, Edwin Vieira, Jr. He seems to be saying that we now have a choice to make – do we want to live in a police state, or would we rather be our own police by reinstating the now-lost Constitutional “Militia of the several States” mandated by our founding documents? With his remarkably lucid and penetrating vision Dr. Vieira paints a detailed look in reality at the clear message in the Constitution. His work defies contradiction and is generously endowed with sourcing and documentation. I can’t say enough good about the man. Please enjoy -

The Bastardy of Martial Law

http://www.newswithviews.com/Vieira/edwin264.htm

Excerpts:

Now, people are becoming increasingly worried about the imposition of “martial law” in the course of some jury-rigged “national emergency”.They are being told by “the Powers That Be” that “martial law” is legitimate, and that sufficient steps are being taken to prepare for it—especially in the para-militarization of State and Local “law-enforcement” and “emergency-management” agencies…

No threat of “martial law” would exist if Americans were properly organized in “the Militia of the several States”, because any constitutionally valid form of “law” that needed enforcement by “martial” institutions against civilians would be the civil laws of the Union and of the several States executed by the Militia—that is, by WE THE PEOPLE themselves.

Even the half-witted rogues in the Disgrace of Columbia would think long and hard about the inadvisability of attempting to invoke “martial law” if WE THE PEOPLE awakened to their own constitutional authority in the Militia; refused to recognize the legitimacy of any form of “law” that needed “martial” enforcement against civilians, but was not executed by or under the control of the Militia; organized themselves for the purpose of revitalizing the Militia by means of State legislation under the States’ reserved constitutional authority in that respect; and through that effort prepared themselves to oppose “martial law” even if that legislation could not be enacted in time in every State.

It is worse than simplistic to dismiss the members of various “private militias” scattered across this country as mere rustic buffoons who stupidly imagine themselves capable of employing Eighteenth-Century tactics to save America from Twenty-first-Century tyranny. For they at least understand that it is more intelligent to put some extra lifeboats on the Titanic before she sails, than to attempt to cobble a few together from deck chairs as she is sinking. They at least comprehend that it is more prudent to organize their families, friends, and neighbors into what they mistakenly call “militia” before a nationwide crisis breaks out and “the Powers That Be” invoke “martial law”, rather than afterwards…

Nonetheless, the members of these “private militias” have grasped only the less important half of the right idea. In the final analysis, the organization of such groups is useless for restoring constitutional government, for the undeniable reason that, even if they are perfectly legal in all other respects, “private militia” by definition possess no governmental character. True constitutional “Militia” are governmental establishments of the several States, “well regulated” by statutes according to certain definite constitutional principles. In contrast, being the products of purely private action, no “private militias” can claim any governmental, let alone specifically constitutional, authority. And without such authority no “private militias” can assert the constitutional right, power, and duty to execute the laws of the Union and of the several States in a “martial” fashion against usurpers and tyrants who attempt to inflict “martial law” upon Americans anywhere within this country.

Indeed, if the misplaced enthusiasm for “private militias” did not derive originally from the machinations of agents provocateurs and agents of influence despatched by the CIA, the FBI, or the BATF, it ought to have. For nothing could be more useful to “the Powers That Be” than: (i) to goad patriots into expending their energies on purely private and uncoordinated activities, rather than on efforts to revitalize the constitutional establishments which embody and empower popular sovereignty; (ii) to deceive patriots into becoming suspicious of and antagonistic to “government” in general, so that they will disdain seeking the specifically governmental authority which the Constitution offers them (indeed, requires them to exercise) through the Militia; and (iii) to mislead patriots into disarming themselves of such a status, so that, in a crisis, when they are asked “What is your constitutional authority?” the honest answer must be “We have none.”

[end quoted passages from Dr. Vieira's article. Enjoy some pure Constitutional writing - read the article here:

http://www.newswithviews.com/Vieira/edwin264.htm ]

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Next let’s venture over to a Left Gatekeeper site to see what a writer for the ACLU has to say about the militarization of local police across America. This article is packed with details and facts which reveal the horrible mindset as it is injected by Wall Street, Washington D.C., and the Military-Industrial complex into the mind of today’s rookie police trainee by a “power elite” which uses government assets to control the society which funds their power. Since our founding Oath Keepers has lamented the great travesty called the “war on drugs”.  That did more than any other single factor to create the militarization of police. I recommend highly this article from Tom’s Dispatch as presented at Salon Magazine, here -

One nation under SWAT: How America’s police became an occupying force

August 14 2014 by Matthew Harwood for TomDispatch.com

http://www.salon.com/2014/08/14/one_nation_under_swat_how_americas_police_became_an_occupying_force_partner/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

Excerpts:

As Karl Bickel, a senior policy analyst with the Justice Department’s Community Policing Services office, observes, police across America are being trained in a way that emphasizes force and aggression. He notes that recruit training favors a stress-based regimen that’s modeled on military boot camp rather than on the more relaxed academic setting a minority of police departments still employ. The result, he suggests, is young officers who believe policing is about kicking ass rather than working with the community to make neighborhoods safer. Or as comedian Bill Maher reminded officers recently: “The words on your car, ‘protect and serve,’ refer to us, not you.”

This authoritarian streak runs counter to the core philosophy that supposedly dominates twenty-first-century American thinking:community policing.  Its emphasis is on a mission of “keeping the peace” by creating and maintaining partnerships of trust with and in the communities served. Under the community model, which happens to be the official policing philosophy of the U.S. government, officers are protectors but also problem solvers who are supposed to care, first and foremost, about how their communities see them. They don’t command respect, the theory goes: they earn it. Fear isn’t supposed to be their currency. Trust is.

Nevertheless, police recruiting videos, as in those from California’s Newport Beach Police Department and New Mexico’s Hobbs Police Department, actively play up not the community angle but militarization as a way of attracting young men with the promise of Army-style adventure and high-tech toys. Policing, according to recruiting videos like these, isn’t about calmly solving problems; it’s about you and your boys breaking down doors in the middle of the night.

SWAT’s influence reaches well beyond that.  Take the increasing adoption of battle-dress uniforms (BDUs) for patrol officers. These militaristic, often black, jumpsuits, Bickel fears, make them less approachable and possibly also more aggressive in their interactions with the citizens they’re supposed to protect…

Take the 1033 program. The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) may be an obscure agency within the Department of Defense, but through the 1033 program, which it oversees, it’s one of the core enablers of American policing’s excessive militarization. Beginning in 1990, Congress authorized the Pentagon to transfer its surplus property free of charge to federal, state, and local police departments to wage the war on drugs. In 1997, Congress expanded the purpose of the program to include counterterrorism in section 1033 of the defense authorization bill. In one single page of a 450-page law, Congress helped sow the seeds of today’s warrior cops.

The amount of military hardware transferred through the program has grown astronomically over the years. In 1990, the Pentagon gave $1 million worth of equipment to U.S. law enforcement. That number had jumped to nearly $450 million in 2013. Overall, the program has shipped off more than $4.3 billion worth of materiel to state and local cops, according to the DLA.

In its recent report, the ACLU found a disturbing range of military gear being transferred to civilian police departments nationwide. Police in North Little Rock, Arkansas, for instance, received 34 automatic and semi-automatic rifles, two robots that can be armed, military helmets, and a Mamba tactical vehicle. Police in Gwinnet County, Georgia, received 57 semi-automatic rifles, mostly M-16s and M-14s. The Utah Highway Patrol, according to a Salt Lake City Tribune investigation, got an MRAP from the 1033 program, and Utah police received 1,230 rifles and four grenade launchers. After South Carolina’s Columbia Police Department received its very own MRAP worth $658,000, its SWAT Commander Captain E.M. Marsh noted that 500 similar vehicles had been distributed to law enforcement organizations across the country.

Astoundingly, one-third of all war materiel parceled out to state, local, and tribal police agencies is brand new. This raises further disconcerting questions: Is the Pentagon simply wasteful when it purchases military weapons and equipment with taxpayer dollars? Or could this be another downstream, subsidized market for defense contractors? Whatever the answer, the Pentagon is actively distributing weaponry and equipment made for U.S. counterinsurgency campaigns abroad to police who patrol American streets and this is considered sound policy in Washington. The message seems striking enough: what might be necessary for Kabul might also be necessary for DeKalb County.

In other words, the twenty-first-century war on terror has melded thoroughly with the twentieth-century war on drugs, and the result couldn’t be anymore disturbing: police forces that increasingly look and act like occupying armies…

[End excerpts. Read the whole article here: http://www.salon.com/2014/08/14/one_nation_under_swat_how_americas_police_became_an_occupying_force_partner/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=socialflow ]

Oath Keepers cops are the finest in the world. We lament that they are, however, a mere fraction of the total number of police in America, and our great concern is that our current-serving cops who will honor their Oath to the Constitution may be in coming times, or even already today, penalized for doing so. What we saw in Pittsburgh in 2009 and in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014 are signs of the times. As Dr. Vieira points out, perhaps we’d be wise to reinstate the Constitutional “Militia of the several States“, just as the Constitution requires.

But along those lines, one of our readers has brought forward the question of whether a standing police force is or is not a Constitutionally lawful entity, and I will soon share that essay with our readers here, just after discussing it with my favorite scholars of the Constitution. The direction being achieved by militarizing our cops is to train them to be an occupying force under the control of the Federal government and its minions instead of being our friendly public servant  whose job was once to “serve and protect”. One thing I can say right now is that if the police were not being militarized and Feducated, the people themselves would not be predisposed to ask that question. The fact that the question has come up is a sign. Be aware – we may have slid further away from our Founders’ intent than we think.

Salute!

Elias Alias, editor




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7 Responses to “Mesmerized And Militarized”

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    Cal Says:

    Dr. Vieira is 100% correct, there is no authorization for “emergency powers” given to those that serve within any or all three branches together of the federal or state governments. It is the exact opposite of the US Constitution, and those that serve have no lawful authorization to distort or do away with any of the Bill of Rights or the US Constitution as a whole.

    “The Constitution of the United States is a law for rulers and people, equally in war and peace, and covers with the shield of its protection all classes of men, at all times, and under all circumstances. No doctrine involving more pernicious consequences was ever invented by the wit of man than that any of its provisions can be suspended during any of the great exigencies of government. Such a doctrine leads directly to anarchy or despotism.” The Supreme Court of the United States, 1866. That has not changed.

    James Madison: “Because if . . . [An Unalienable Natural Right of Free Men] . . . be exempt from the authority of the Society at large, still less can it be subject to that of the Legislative Body. The latter are but the creatures and vicegerents of the former. Their jurisdiction is both derivative and limited: It is limited with regard to the coordinate departments, more necessarily is it limited with regard to the constituents. The preservation of a free Government requires, not merely, that the metes and bounds which separate each department of power be invariably maintained: but more especially that neither of them be suffered to overleap the greater Barrier which defends the rights of the people. The Rulers who are guilty of such an encroachment, exceed the commission from which they derive their authority, and are Tyrants. The people who submit to it are governed by laws made neither by themselves nor by an authority derived from them, and are Slaves.”

    Because there’s no “emergency powers” given within the US Constitution to any or all of the branches of the federal government; or any powers that are not defined and remedies allowed put forth, Anything done in the name of “emergency powers” is criminal in action. Worse, those unlawful enforcement actions makes them criminals though they might have done this misdeed with no knowledge that they were committing criminal acts. Yet, they still must be held accountable for those actions because they were REQUIRED to take this Oath and keep it, or one similar to it, usually swearing to also support then state that they are located within:

    “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”

    All that has changed is that we have domestic enemies and traitors to the USA occupying positions within our governments and using the cartel media to lie and distort. They know that the only way to destroy the USA is from within, so that is exactly what they are doing. If you are a LE, all you need to do is READ and think about your Oath. It is YOUR LAWFUL authority, not the badge, the uniform, the orders of superiors, etc.

    The ONLY lawful authority the governmental professional law enforcement – federal and state – have is when they keep the Oath as there is NO constitutional allowance for them anywhere within the US Constitution. Those in government created them to (key word here) REPLACE the Militia of the several states, and to be the foot soldiers to destroying our nation from within. But the Oath, and the word “REPLACE” the Militia means that they take ON the duties of the Militia and MUST keep the Oath to have any valid lawful authority other then force (as gangs within America use to enforce their will upon the people).

    Take a look at the governmental professional law enforcement agencies and their “supporting” agencies, what are their policies?
    - Starting out with lying as a matter of policy should raise a red flag in anyone’s mind. There is a very good reason that we teach (or try to teach, and were taught) our children lying is bad and they get some form of punishment for doing so. So what makes it a “good thing” in a legal entity? Nothing.
    - Then lets go to using 3rd party unverified charges or “tips” used against people. Where in the US Constitution does it allow unfounded charges to be brought against Americans? No Where. It actually does the opposite and REQUIRES proof. It actually forbids those actions. “Amendment I
    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” “Congress shall make no law” is forbidding them from taking action regarding those circumstances (ONLY congress can lawfully make laws, etc).
    — “Amendment IV: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” AGAIN these actions are forbidden from actions taken from ANY governmental agency with these words “… shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

    There is NO LAWFUL AUTHORITY for any governmental professional law enforcement or any other governmental agency to do those things for ANY reason ever.

    James Madison: “That all power is originally vested in, and consequently derived from the people. That government is instituted and ought to be exercised for the benefit of the people; which consists in the enjoyment of life and liberty and the right of acquiring property, and generally of pursing and obtaining happiness and safety. That the people have an indubitable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to reform or change their government whenever it be found adverse or inadequate to the purpose of its institution.”

    And that: “The civil rights of none shall be abridged on account of religious belief or worship…The people shall not be deprived or abridged of their right to speak, to write, or to publish their sentiments; and the freedom of the press, as one of the great bulwarks of liberty, shall be inviolable. The people shall not be restrained from peaceably assembling and consulting for their common good; nor for applying to the legislature by petitions or remonstrances for redress of their grievances…The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

    Plus: “The rights of the people to be secured in their persons, their houses, their papers, and their other property from all unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated by warrants issued without probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, or not particularly describing the places to be searched, or the persons or things to be seized.”

    He also said: “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial to be informed of the cause and nature of the accusation, to be confronted with his accusers and the witnesses against him; to have a compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor; and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.”

    This shows that the Patriot Act, NDAA, etc, and what “law” enforcement are doing currently are criminal in action HERE IN AMERICA. These are FORBIDDEN to any governmental agency to do ever for any reason whatsoever.

    Alexander Hamilton: “Every act of a delegated authority, contrary to the tenor of the commission under which it is exercised, is void. No legislative act, therefore, contrary to the Constitution, can be valid. To deny this, would be to affirm, that the deputy is greater than his principal; that the servant is above his master; that the representatives of the people are superior to the people themselves; that men acting by virtue of powers, may do not only what their powers do not authorize, BUT WHAT THEY FORBID.”

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    Remember the Alamo Says:

    There are individuals throughout history who will oppress, brutalize, enslave, and murder their fellow man. There never has been any shortage of them, and they are here among us and always have been. –That is what the Second Amendment is all about.

    A nation that will tolerate the yearly out of sight and out of sound “butchering” of 1,000,000 plus unborn infants in their mothers’ wombs is capable of producing “any” mentality. –Unfortunately those unborn infants do not have Second Amendment rights.

    –The picture above does not begin to describe the real oppression and evil that is occurring daily in America, no matter how many “intellects” try to “rationalize” it.

  3. 3
    Gary Says:

    Cal,

    One of the significant problems the oath as provided is troubled by is, God is steadily being challenged as the Supreme Authority, indeed, if there be a God at all by our detractors.
    If a man may not be proven by oath before a Superior against whom no power may be exercised, then oaths mean nothing, and the man himself becomes his own law, irrespective should God have interest or not in the actions of that man.
    I reflect often on the words of Christ, “Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh , shall he find faith on the earth?
    I cannot imagine there shall not be faithful men and women but the numbers may be diminishing daily.
    The solid rock of our Republic is being challenged more and more everyday in the public square (another Ten Commandments Monument has fallen at the hands of a Federal District Court Judge in New Mexico).
    At the same time our people are becoming more disassociated, we are seeing a more militarized citizen police force “Just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded, as the military that Obama is decimating. Obama is purging career officers of inestimateable talent, up to 550 Majors in the Army. 8000 Naval Chiefs are to be dismissed should a recent report be true.
    Then too, there is the Army Manual for response to anticipated uprisings as reported at Infowars.
    http://www.infowars.com/document-army-preparing-to-use-lethal-force-against-unarmed-americans-during-full-scale-riots-in-u-s/
    We are facing dark times indeed.

  4. 4
    Gary Says:

    I am not saying there is no God. I am saying the detractors mock us for confidence in God. Obama mocked the very Word of God at the podium bearing the seal of the President of the united States.

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    Remember the Alamo Says:

    I am reminded of a verse:

    “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.”
    James 2:19

    For me there is no argument. But the First Amendment says: Take your choice.

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    Casey Says:

    Yeah how dare these riot gear clad cops oppress my right to riot, loot, steal, and pillage. If you think America is a “police state” I suggest you do some traveling and go visit a REAL POLICE STATE. Just remember to take your tin foil hat off before you reach TSA.

    [Editor's Note: Casey, there is a slight problem with your opening sentence, as relates to this discussion and Ferguson, Missouri. I have learned that the police at Ferguson were told to "stand down" whenever they encountered rioters and looters. You may not want to believe that, and I will not go into it further in this comment section under this article because Oath Keepers is preparing to divulge it formally. What has happened at Ferguson is two-fold. First, the police were directed to allow the looting; Secondly, instead of arresting the looters, they gassed the peaceful demonstrators, as they were told to do. That is the short of it, and when we publish the fullness of it, I think you may want to reconsider your opening sentence.

    Additionally, I experienced first hand a military-police state when I served with the U.S. Marines in Vietnam. I can assure you that the American people neither want nor deserve a police state. Many Veterans have seen how a police state operates when they served in any of the endless wars sponsored by the United Nations (UN) starting with Korea and carried forward from the 1950s into today's debacles in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Please note, while we're at it, that none of the UN wars were "won", none were designed to produce victory for our forces, and the Congress did not, in any one of them, declare war as required by the Constitution, since WWII, which itself was not a UN war, but which was used to establish the UN. Roosevelt sat down with Churchill and Stalin in 1945 and created the UN.) But back to my point. I have traced the interface between our military and our local police in an older article which you should really afford yourself time to read. There is much more going on behind the scenes than one might think, and yes, it's "tin foil hat" stuff to be sure. Yet it's true. See for yourself. This article was posted three years ago in five parts. Parts two through five are linked at the top and bottom of each page. If you can fault anything I've written in either of those five parts, please advise me, 'k? Thank you.

    http://oathkeepers.org/oath/2011/05/16/an-empire-strikes-home-_-part-one/

    Salute!
    Elias Alias, editor]

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    R.E.Massey (GoldenBB) Says:

    It’s sad that you always have to cross intellectual swords with mindless beings Elias.
    The poser that believes that a militarized police force is a good thing and that this country is turning into, check that, has turned into a police state obviousely does not know what the heck he is talking about and shows his utter contempt for our constitution and our organization. I have no use for collaberators and this person just sounds like one to me. If you are a sock puppet buddy and you relish the idea of strapping on full battle rattle then why don’t you join the Army or Marines and spend some time deployed fighting people who really want you dead and I might add do a pretty good job at making it so too. Better yet go to Furgason and stand up in the front of that battle line that the militarized police are showing and see what it feels like to get hit by a rubber bullet or breath in CS which is not even allowed to be used in the battle space. Idiots like yourself make me sick!

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