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Police Departments Losing Humvees And Military Weapons

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Ben Swann Carries Fusion Story:

Police Departments Losing Humvees And Military Weapons

This article was written by: Annabelle Bamforth Aug 30, 2014

Please read entire article at Ben Swann: http://benswann.com/police-departments-losing-humvees-and-military-weapons/

Also read a more expansive version at Ben Swann’s source, Fusion http://fusion.net/leadership/story/americas-police-departments-lose-loads-military-issued-weapons-984250

(Snippets)

A Fusion investigation of the Pentagon’s “1033 Program” has uncovered a disturbing pattern of misplaced military-issued weaponry within local and state police agencies.

Program 1033 is formerly known as Program 1208; when Congress enacted the National Defense Authorization Act in 1990, section 1208 authorized the Secretary of Defense to transfer “to Federal and State agencies personal property of the Department of Defense, including small arms and ammunition”. In 1996, Section 1208 was replaced by Section 1033.

A Pentagon spokeswoman told Fusion that “Congress’ intent with the program is to enhance public safety and improve homeland security by leveraging taxpayer investments in defense technology and equipment.”

Fusion’s investigation discovered that 184 state and local police agencies have been suspended from Program 1033 because the agencies have lost track of the weapons they were given. The media outlet found that there is an outstanding pattern of missing M14 and M16 rifles throughout the United States. Missing pistols, shotguns and Humvees were also noted.

States including Mississippi, California, Georgia, Arizona and Arkansas have been found to be missing various weapons allocated by the program.

(End snippets from source article. Please read entire article at:

Ben Swann: http://benswann.com/police-departments-losing-humvees-and-military-weapons/

…or at Fusion’s original article: http://fusion.net/leadership/story/americas-police-departments-lose-loads-military-issued-weapons-984250

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  1. “National Defense Authorization Act in 1990, section 1208 authorized the Secretary of Defense to transfer “to Federal and State agencies personal property of the Department of Defense, including small arms and ammunition”. In 1996, Section 1208 was replaced by Section 1033.”

    What this all comes down to is that the NDAA is not a lawful action on the part of those who serve within our government.

    What makes it much worse is that the US Constitution flat out says EXACTLY where military weapons must go for any action on that part to be lawful, and it is NOT to LEA’s, foreign terrorist groups still fighting our US military, nor to foreign nations or entities:

    US Constitution, Article I, Section. 8, Clause 16: “To provide for organizing, ARMING, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress”.

    Who are the Militia of the several states?

    Tench Coxe: “Who are the militia? ARE THEY NOT OURSELVES. Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom. CONGRESS HAVE NO POWER TO DISARM THE MILITIA. THEIR SWORDS, AND EVERY OTHER TERRIBLE IMPLEMENT OF THE SOLDIER, ARE THE BIRTH-RIGHT OF AN AMERICAN
    … THE UNLIMITED POWER OF THE SWORD IS NOT IN THE HANDS OF EITHER THE FEDERAL OR STATE GOVERNMENTS BUT, where I trust in God it will ever remain, IN THE HANDS OF THE PEOPLE.” (caps are mine)

    Tench Coxe asserted that it’s the people with arms, who serve as the ultimate check on government:
    “As civil rulers, not having their duty to the people duly before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow-citizens, the people are confirmed by the next article in their right to keep and bear their private arms”.

    James Madison, Federalist 46 wrote: “Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation…”

    Alexander Hamilton, Federalist 28: “ there exists a right of self-defense against a tyrannical government, and it includes the people with their own arms”

    James Madison: “… large and permanent military establishments … are forbidden by the principles of free government, and against the necessity of which the militia were meant to be a constitutional bulwark.”

    Joel Barlow, Revolutionary War veteran said of the US Constitution: “… not only permitting every man to arm, but obliging him to arm.”

    Bliss v. Commonwealth: “Arms restrictions – even concealed weapons bans – are unconstitutional, since arms bearing is an individual right and the legislature may not restrict any aspect of such a right.”

    Cockrum v. State: “The right of a citizen to bear arms, in lawful defense of himself or the State, is absolute. He does not derive it from the State government. It is one of the high powers delegated directly to the citizen, and is excepted out of the general powers of government. A law cannot be passed to infringe upon or impair it, because it is above the law, and independent of the lawmaking power”.

    Andrews v. State explains, this “passage from Story, shows clearly that this right was intended, as we have maintained in this opinion, and was guaranteed to, and to be exercised and enjoyed by the citizen as such, and not by him as a soldier, or in defense solely of his political rights.”

    Nunn vs. State:’The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.’ The right of the whole people, old and young, men, women and boys, and not militia only, to keep and bear arms of every description, and not such merely as are used by the milita, shall not be infringed, curtailed, or broken in upon, in the smallest degree; and all this for the important end to be attained: the rearing up and qualifying a well-regulated militia, so vitally necessary to the security of a free State. Our opinion is that any law, State or Federal, is repugnant to the Constitution, and void, which contravenes this right”.

    Black’s Law Dictionary, 3rd Edition: “The body of citizens in a state, enrolled for discipline as a military force, but not engaged in actual service except in emergencies, as distinguished from regular troops or a standing army.”

    Thomas Jefferson:“Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state.”

    Richard Henry Lee: “The constitution ought to secure a genuine militia and guard against a select militia. …. all regulations tending to render this general militia useless and defenseless, by establishing select corps of militia, or distinct bodies of military men, not having permanent interests and attachments to the community ought to be avoided”.

    James Madison: “An efficient militia is authorized and contemplated by the Constitution and required by the spirit and safety of free government.”

    Noah Webster: Another source of power in government is a military force. But this, to be efficient, must be superior to any force that exists among the people, or which they can command; for otherwise this force would be annihilated, on the first exercise of acts of oppression. Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe…”

    Our legitimate government(s) requires a Militia in every state, citizens that are trained
    and armed, and trained to use military arms, and as George Washington himself said able to create our own military supplies so that those traitors within government could not disarm us by cutting us off from weapons:

    “A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite; and their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories as tend to render them independent of others for essential, particularly military, supplies.” George Washington

    Richard Henry Lee: “A MILITIA, when properly formed, ARE IN FACT THE PEOPLE THEMSELVES…”e Mason, Co-author of the Second Amendment: “I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few public officials. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.”

    St. George Tucker, a lawyer, Revolutionary War militia officer, legal scholar, and later a U.S. District Court Judge, wrote of the Second Amendment: “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, and this without any qualification as to their condition or degree, as is the case in the British government.” (The Supreme Court has cited Tucker in over forty cases, in the major cases of virtually every Supreme Court era.)

    Samuel Adams: “It is always dangerous to the liberties of the people to have an army stationed among them, over which they have no control … The MILITIA IS COMPOSED OF FREE CITIZENS. There is therefore no danger of their making use of their Power to the destruction of their own Rights, or suffering others to invade them..”

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