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An Empire Strikes Home Part One

[EA note: This article was originally posted at Oath Keepers’ national website on May 16 2011. The link for this original article is no longer working. I am rebuilding the entire series of articles as closely to the original postings as I am able to do from my notes here. That will not happen very quickly, and I can only hope my notes will prove strong enough, and accurate enough, to mirror closely how each installment of this series existed originally. I may edit in some graphics if I can find the originals or good substitutes. I have left the “tense” of the writing as it was in the original series, so keep in mind that this story came in 2011.  This link is no good, and a number of other links in this article are no longer good, but are part of the record for this series. I will place the original link for each part in its appropriate posting.]

Forenote: This article focuses on the recent killing of a former U.S. Marine  veteran of the Iraq war in a military styled raid on his home by the Pima County, Arizona, Sheriff’s Department while allegedly attempting to serve a warrant.
However, there are two other striking stories which relate to this story. The three stories taken together create a yet larger story, and one with very serious implications. I will break the larger story into three sub-sections, parts one through three.  I will post two other parts as quickly as I can write each of them. Please check back at this site for the next installments, and do grant yourself permission to read part one in full.

An Empire Strikes Home

By Elias Alias, May 16, 2011




Let us examine some articles about a young husband and father, a war veteran with the U.S. Marines who served two tours in Iraq. The articles are about his being killed by the Pima County, Arizona, Sheriff’s Department while the Sheriff’s Department was serving a warrant at the former Marine’s house.

On May 05, 2011 KGUN9 in Tucson, Arizona, reported the following information to its audience:

PCSD ID’s man killed in morning SWAT situation

Posted: May 05, 2011 11:47 AM MDT Thursday, May 5, 2011 1:47 PM : Updated May 06, 2011 11:20 AM MDT

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) – The Pima County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed that a man is dead after a standoff and gun battle with deputies.

Jason Ogan, spokesperson with PCSD tells KGUN9 that 26-year-old Jose Huerena was the suspect killed this morning.According to Ogan, deputies were serving a warrant at a home near Valenica Road and Wade Road when the standoff started.  A woman and a child were also in the home with the suspect at the time the warrant was served.  Howeverm [sic] they were able to get out of the house before the SWAT team became involved.

When deputies fianlly entered the home, the Huerena started firing with a long rifle.  Deputies fired back, fatally shooting him.

That article is here – [EA Note: This link is no longer good.]

As I read the above article, I gather that the Pima County Sheriff’s Department was using “deputies” to serve a warrant.  At the home of the man for whom the alleged warrant was issued, a man ended up dead after “a standoff and gun battle with deputies”.  The “suspect” was, as I read this story, involved in a “standoff”. That means to me that he was barricaded inside his home and was keeping the officers outside his house by some means or other, with the most likely implied meaning being his brandishing of a long rifle.  We don’t know for sure at this point who “the Huerena” would be, but we figure that is actually Jose Guerena, the suspect for whom the warrant was issued, who fired on the deputies “with a long rifle”. At that point, after the suspect fired on them, they opened fire and killed him.

All in a day’s work, yes?

Before moving to the next news release about this shooting incident, in which fortunately no peace officers were harmed, let us recount that an armed suspect fired on the deputies who were there to serve a warrant, as told to the news journalist by … well, by whom?

We must presume that the report came from the Sheriff’s Department for Pima County, right? In fact, the article clearly states that one “Jason Ogan, spokesperson with PCSD” told KGUN9 that Jose Guerena was the suspect who was shot dead, and that deputies were serving a warrant at Huerena’s house when the standoff started.

We’ll bear that in mind.

But later and to our surprise, we’re to read a somewhat different account.  Let’s look at the subsequent report:

SWAT Officers kill armed suspect, neighbors shocked

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV)At around 9:45 Thursday morning, people living near Valencia and Ajo Highway heard sounds that they’ve never heard on their street before.

“Gunshots. Boom, boom boom. Screaming!” described a neighbor.  “It kind of looks like a scene from Law & Order.  To see all of this is just crazy!”

Pima County Sheriff’s deputies told KGUN9 News that the SWAT team showed up at the home to serve a search warrant, although they won’t say the reason for the warrant. Deputies said that when they went down the hallway, they were greeted by Jose Guerena, 26, who was armed with a rifle. Deputies said that he opened fire on the officers which forced them to fire back, killing Guerena. The bulletproof shield that officers were carrying took the brunt of the bullets. They were not hurt.

“We are trained to always be on alert because you never know when a scenario is going to change.  We don’t always know what the bad guy is going to do.”said Pima County Deputy, Jason Ogan.  “The SWAT team is used deliberately for high risk type warrants, this met that criteria and that’s why the SWAT team served the warrant.”

Ogan said that Guerena’s wife and four year old son were not hurt.

Neighbors who spoke to 9 On Your Side had no idea why the SWAT team was serving a warrant on the house.

“Being out here so close to the border, it could have been anything from drugs to human smuggling,” one neighbor said.  He added that the Guerena family was the “quiet family” on the street.

Guerena’s home was eventually searched, but deputies would not disclose what was found.

– end quoted passages –

Now we see it was not just any old run-of-the-mill Sheriff’s deputies who showed up to serve the warrant, but instead was a highly specialized sort of Sheriff’s deputies – the Pima County Sheriff’s S.W.A.T. team.

So I’ve got a question at this point. Why did Sheriff’s deputy Jason Ogan in the first article we read above say it was “deputies” when in fact it was S.W.A.T. team members? There is a difference.  S.W.A.T. is the elite of law enforcement. They are truly militarized, trained hard and intensely in “procedures” and “tactics” as if the American homes they’ll assault are battlegrounds. This mindset is perfected and driven home into their loyal brains by repeated training and indoctrination. It is a mindset which is viewed by the “authorities” to be vital and necessary for good men involved in bad work, such as assaulting the homes of American citizens. They are trained to obey all orders instantly, and to take it up with superiors later if they think they were given a bad order.

Perhaps in his role as “spokesman” for the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Ogan felt or intuited in his first report of the incident that “deputies” sounded more benign, somehow a bit more acceptable, than just blurting out that the S.W.A.T. team had stormed the house of a citizen and shot him dead.

But it would have been okay, even if he had told the full colorful version of the story, since the suspect had fired on the S.W.A.T. team as they were simply serving a warrant.  After all, we do know that law enforcement offices around the nation are given regular profile updates on “extremists” and “lone wolf radicals” and “anti-government” misfits of nefarious ilk. We also know that the Department of Homeland Security has published its opinion that returning veterans from America’s numerous foreign wars are primary objects for extra police scrutiny because they get kinky in their brains sometimes and think they’ve seen something wrong with how the Federal government administers itself upon the American people and especially how it administers itself upon foreign peoples in various countries. This of course would make our returning war vets highly susceptible to radical or extreme views. That, and of course the combat vets know damn well how to use firepower, same as or better than many cops who’ve not been in combat.

So we must ask, did the Pima County Sheriff’s Department pass this kind of government propaganda, which demonizes our war heroes, our veterans of foreign wars who served this nation by placing their lives on the line in combat zones around the world, on to the deputies and the S.W.A.T. unit members of the PCSD? We may never know, because DHS and the Fusion Centers prefer to keep these kinds of profiling of citizens secret. We can know that there are very solid grounds to ask that question, and I do not want that question to be lost in the shuffle of what’s to come later in this article.

In this second article, we learn more details, thanks to not only Deputy Ogan but also to other deputies. We learn that “the SWAT team showed up at the home to serve a search warrant, although they won’t say the reason for the warrant.” Of course everyone knows that the reason, the warrant, is only to be known by those with a need to know, and the public has no need to know, so the Sheriff’s Department hasn’t anything to tell us, in this second report,  about the warrant, about just what the warrant accused the dead man. The authorities know, but they had no interest in the public’s knowing the details of a warrant which warranted a freshly dead citizen. But my God, it could have been – DRUGS!

I’m supposing that it’s common practice to go about serving warrants with S.W.A.T. teams in Arizona.  That is probably a good thing, at least in this case, for the deputies have told KGUN9 tv news that when they “went down the hallway, they were greeted by Jose Guereno, 26, who was armed with a rifle. Deputies said that he opened fire on the officers which forced them to fire back, killing Guerena. The bulletproof shield that officers were carrying took the brunt of the bullets. They were not hurt.”

My goodness, he might have shot one of them. Thankfully, they had shields which “took the brunt of the bullets”.  Note that the deputies stated, or are quoted as saying, that the shields took the brunt of more than one bullet, for they used the word’s plural spelling, “bullets” with an “s”. The “s” is an embellishment, no? It lends yet more to the story. Here is a guy who has a long gun and is suddenly firing not just once but multiple times at the peace officers who had barged into his home.

But that’s okay, in a way, because S.W.A.T. trains for unexpected shifts in “scenarios”. Each new home invasion has its own unique set of circumstances, its own special challenges, its own list of variables which are to be accounted for in planning a S.W.A.T. operation. They call such raids “scenarios”.  Here is how Deputy Ogan put it, precisely –

“We are trained to always be on alert because you never know when a scenario is going to change.”

See? They’re trained to see home invasions as “scenarios”.  That is because they are specialists and because they have been militarized psychologically. I say that because in the S.W.A.T. team members’ heads, a home invasion is an “operation”.  That’s how soldiers see that kind of work.  (So here we have a case of cops thinking like soldiers.) And that is how an increasing number of our local peace officers across the nation are seeing it, because an increasing river of Federal funding continues to grow its way into our Counties, such as Pima County, Arizona.

Along with that funding comes training, courtesy of Federal programs. The local peace officer becomes psychologically cognizant of a more professional approach to law enforcement. He has, through Federal grace and Fusion Centers, a notion of interface with the U.S. military, which also is being schooled and trained to interface with local law enforcement.  So it’s obvious that a common perception of a common chain of command with a common set of tactics and training “scenarios” is called for. We are after all in modern times, and all that.

But Deputy Ogan was happy to say plenty to the news journalists. Look at what he said next –

We don’t always know what the bad guy is going to do”, said Pima County Deputy, Jason Ogan.

And that brings up an interesting point as well. The training S.W.A.T. team members receive seems to paint any citizen who is the object of a warrant-serving scenario as to be automatically seen as “the bad guy”. Pretty simple symbology, that.  If there is a warrant, the intended recipient of that warrant must be “the bad guy”. Case closed, no judge and jury required.  Were it not so, the system would not send a S.W.A.T. team to serve the warrant, right? Of course. Deputy Ogan spells that out for us too, in his following sentence –

“The SWAT team is used deliberately for high risk type warrants, this met that criteria and that’s why the SWAT team served the warrant.”

So we may deduce that a criteria was studied and the suspect was considered to be a “high risk type”. That does cause me to wonder how the warrant named his crime, and I wish the Sheriff would elucidate on the particulars of how this was viewed to be a “high risk type warrant”.

There is a reason why I wonder such things. It has to do with this – [EA Note: This link is also now removed from their site.]

From there –

SWAT team fatal shooting update: Suspect did not fire weapon

Posted: May 09, 2011 5:12 PM MDT Monday, May 9, 2011 7:12 PM EST; Updated: May 09, 2011 5:13 PM MDT Monday, May 9, 2011 7:13 PM
Reporter: Jessica Chapin

TUCSON (KGUN9- TV)The Pima County Sheriff’s Department is releasing new information in the May 5 officer involved shooting case that resulted in 26-year-old Jose Guerena’s death.

Further investigation reveals Guerena did not shoot at the deputies before they returned fire.

The SWAT Team shot and killed Guerena Thursday morning after he pointed an assault rifle at officers who were trying to deliver a warrant.  The rifle had the safety on, but was loaded.

Guerena’s wife and 4-year-old son were also at home but they were not injured.

The sheriff’s department is still investigating.

– End quoted passages from article-

Vanessa Guerena
Vanessa Guerena

Well damn.

That sorta changes things, we reckon.

Let’s be clear, regarding one sentence above – one cannot “return fire” when one has not been fired upon. The truth here is that Guerena was first officially said to have fired “bullets” at the S.W.A.T. deputies, but now we’re told that he did not fire a shot.

We were told by the Sheriff’s Department that the S.W.A.T. shields deflected the shots so that no deputy was injured. Remember that? Now we’re told by that same Sheriff’s Department that the man did not fire a single round at the S.W.A.T. team. What can we make of that?

I imagine it’s just the fog of war. Another militarization of the local peace officer – when one screws up, one obfuscates, just like Deputy Ogan has done, on the record no less. A good question at this point would be from whom Deputy Ogan got his story’s details. Did he just make up those lies himself, or did someone tell him what the story would be? Caught in a total self-contradiction in the news media, on the record, is an automatic waiver of any immunity, especially when a citizen’s death hangs in the balance. Killing a U.S. Marine veteran and lying about it is a grave situation.

There is more.

Here is another revelation: [EA Note: Thankfully, the Arizona Daily Star has preserved the following link, still good as of March 10 2016.]

SWAT team fired 71 shots in raid

Fernanda Echavarri Arizona Daily Star | Posted: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 12:00 am
From the article –

The Pima County Regional SWAT team fired 71 shots in seven seconds at a Tucson man they say pointed a gun at officers serving a search warrant at his home.

Jose Guerena, 26, a former Marine who served in Iraq twice, was holding an AR-15 rifle when he was killed, but he never fired a shot, the Sheriff’s Department said Monday after initially saying he had fired on officers during last week’s raid. (snip) Now let’s look at this story from the perspective of the widow. Continuing from story linked above.

Vanessa Guerena says she heard noise outside their home about 9 a.m. Thursday and woke her husband who had just gone to bed after working a 12-hour shift at the Asarco Mine, she said. There were no sirens or shouts of “police,” she said.

Guerena told his wife and son to hide inside a closet and he grabbed the AR-15 rifle, his wife said.

The department says SWAT members were clear when identifying themselves while entering the home.

“Tucson is notorious for home invasions and we didn’t want to look like that,” said Lt. Michael O’Connor of the Pima County Sheriff’s Department. “We went lights and sirens and we absolutely did not do a ‘no-knock’ warrant.”

When five SWAT members broke through the front door Guerena was crouched down pointing the gun at them, said O’Connor.

“The suspect said, ‘I’ve got something for you,’ when he saw them,” O’Connor said. Guerena’s wife denied he said that.

Deputies began shooting.

A deputy’s bullet struck the side of the doorway, causing chips of wood to fall on his shield. That prompted some members of the team to think the deputy had been shot, O’Connor said.

The Sheriff’s Department put in a call to Drexel Heights fire at 9:43 a.m. requesting assistance with a shooting. But crews were told to hold off.

Guerena was dead by the time they were allowed in the house, fire officials said.
Vanessa Guerena vividly remembers seeing her wounded husband.

“When I came out the officers dragged me through the kitchen and took me outside, and that’s when I saw him laying there gasping for air,” Vanessa Guerena said. “I kept begging the officers to call an ambulance that maybe he could make it and that my baby was still inside.”

The little boy soon after walked out of the closet on his own. SWAT members took him outside to be with his mother.

“I never imagined I would lose him like that, he was badly injured but I never thought he could be killed by police after he served his country,” Vanessa Guerena said.
– End quoted passages –

Here is more – [EA Note: This link is also removed by KGUN9.]

From that link:
Former Marine killed by SWAT was acting in defense, family says
Posted: May 10, 2011 7:14 PM MDT Tuesday, May 10, 2011 9:14 PM; Updated: May 13, 2011 5:40 PM MDT
Reporter: Joel Waldman
Web Producer: Layla Tang

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV)New details are emerging about Jose Guerena, the man killed last Thursday in a SWAT incident at his Tucson home. He was gunned down by SWAT members while his wife and young child hid in a closet.
Now, the Pima County Sheriff’s Department has taken responsibility for the fatal shooting. The SWAT team said it was just executing a narcotics search warrant when Guerena threatened officers with a military rifle. But the Sheriff’s Department has changed its story on whether Guerena actually fired at anyone.

On Tuesday, candles and tributes to Guerena could be seen outside his home.  Family members said the 26-year-old former Marine served two tours of duty in Iraq.  A smashed window and a barrage of bullet holes might be the type of scene a battle-hardened Marine would find in a war zone but not the Tucson home he shared with his two children and wife.  Guerena’s wife, Vanessa, said her husband died thinking he was protecting his family from an invasion.
“I saw this guy pointing me at the window.  So, I got scared.  And, I got like, ‘Please don’t shoot, I have a baby.’ I put my baby (down). (And I) put bag in window. And, I yell ‘Jose! Jose! Wake up!’” she explained.
Jose had just come home from working at the mine.  Vanessa said he had fallen asleep two hours before, only to wake up to chaos in his house. It was Pima County SWAT executing a narcotics conspiracy search warrant, but according to her, neither she nor her husband knew it was the authorities until it was too late.
“You’re saying only (they) yelled SWAT after the shootout?” asked KGUN9 reporter Joel Waldman.
“Oh, yes! Yes,” said Guerena.

[Elias note: Let’s break in this story right here long enough to note something significant. The wife of the dead Marine veteran is saying that the invading S.W.A.T. deputies did not yell their identity until after the shooting began. So this aspect of the case is in contest. That is not good for the Sheriff’s Department, because the Sheriff’s Department has already demonstrated that it will state false information as if it were truth. The Sheriff’s Department is the only side of this argument which has already established itself as being capable of lying. Thus far, Mrs. Huerena has not had to retract any of her statements, while the Sheriff’s Department has.]

(continuing from article) Vanessa said Jose grabbed a gun to protect himself from what he thought were home invaders.
The Pima County Sheriff’s Office denies that officers failed to identify themselves.  Lt. Michael O’Connor told KGUN9’s Joel Waldman that the SWAT team has a standard procedure when serving high-risk search warrants of this nature designed to prevent the suspect from confusing officers with criminal home invaders.   “We will have a lot police vehicles there, with their lights and their sirens on.  In this case… because it was a narcotics high risk type of a search warrant, we had our large armored vehicle there with the markings on it.  It also has lights and sirens, it was going.  So we do everything we can to portray the image that we are law enforcement, we are not home invaders.”
O’Connor also said emphatically that this was not a “no knock” raid.  “This case was, we came in very high profile, lights and sirens.  We go to the door, we pound on the door.  We wait approximately 15 seconds.  If no one answers the door, we breach the door with a heavy tool and open the door.”
The officer said that when the SWAT team got the door open, they found Guerena crouched in the hall pointing an assault rifle at them.   According to O’Connor, Guerena said, “”I have something for you!”  He said that Guerena “brought this all on himself by presenting himself the way he did.”
Guerena’s relatives disagree.  “Now, they’re saying this now that they admitted for him not shooting back (SIC). They want to throw more dirt on him,” said cousin Oscar Garcia.
Garcia is referring to the issue [ of ] the change [ in the ] story about whether Guerena fired his gun.  Initially investigators reported that he had, but then later, they corrected that statement and said that Guerena had not gotten off a shot.  Deputies confirmed that Guerena’s safety was still on when his gun was recovered. Also, officials said that reports that some SWAT officers’ shields were riddled with bullets are also untrue. (snip)
– end quoted passages –

Additional reading: [EA Note: This link is still good as of March 10 2016.]

What can we say about all of this? I think, personally, that someone somewhere might see good cause to establish a fund for Mrs. Guerena’s two children, who now have been deprived of a father by the government.

We have learned, if we are to believe everything we read, that Mr. Huerena’s warrant was related to “conspiracy” and to “narcotics”.  We wonder if the people will be able to see that warrant. We wonder if the others supposedly involved in that conspiracy will be named. We wonder if they will be giving statements, whether coerced or volunteered. We wonder how many years it shall take the S.W.A.T. team members to mature in their personal wisdom, each of them who pulled a trigger in this home invasion, enough to realize that the war on drugs is not lawful and cannot be justified in the U.S. Constitution, and that what they did the day they killed this young father, young husband, young new-home owner, young war veteran, they violated something very sacred, something which is supposed to be protected by our women and men who wear the uniforms, badges, and guns of law enforcement.

Their training produces a mind-set which is so intense, so reinforced, so strongly structured that some of them may never become human again. Perhaps a few will sober up in later years, come down from their perpetual adrenalin high, and realize that they were duped into being strong-arms for a corrupt government program which is working to destroy the U.S. Constitution which they swore to uphold and protect.

While this incident is very damning, we must recall that this incident is but a tiny fraction of the great number of S.W.A.T. team mis-applications in this nation. Innocent citizens have been brutalized, tormented, and even shot to death by government agents acting like storm troopers in the so-called war on drugs. And I’m guessing that hardly a one of the guys with the guns who are conducting such assaults ever looks into the Constitutionality of this kind of thing. I’m guessing that they will be old men and women before they realize that in enforcing anti-drug laws they are assisting the government in its claim to own the citizen.

How can I say that? Easy. A free American citizen has full Constitutional rights, including an unalienable right to complete ownership of one’s body and one’s mind. It has to be that way, and the government has to admit it ultimately, because it is written into our nation’s founding legal documents. It is amplified in the letters and writings of this nation’s founders. It is enshrined in numerous Supreme Court rulings. And it is simple common sense. If government can own one’s body, one is not free. This nation’s government declares incessantly that Americans are “free”. To be free, one must accept full ownership of, and responsibility for, one’s body and one’s mind.

When government would tell anyone what one may or may not put into one’s body, government has at that point exceeded its authority and violated its own founding legal charter and nullified the compact between the several sovereign States of the compact. There is no authority for the government to own anyone’s body, nor to dictate what one may or may not ingest into one’s body. Self ownership is an unalienable right. Government is wrong about the war on drugs.

And that is where we should close part one of this article. There is another very interesting story just out, and that story involves the same scenario – a police raid on a citizen’s home and whether or not the home owner has lawful right to defend himself against an unlawful assault by law enforcement. Seems the Indiana Supreme Court has ruled that the cops can do as they wish, make any mistake on a warrant or an address, and the home-owner is liable if he tries to defend his home against an unlawful attack by the cops.

Elias Alias note: I will post part Four and part Five as quickly as possible. Thank you for reading. Additionally, I must thank “Mark” for giving me the idea of adding a video to this first part of the story.  (See two videos Mark filmed at the Guerena residence in his comment below this article.) The original article as posted in May of 2011 did not feature a video.

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Part One  *  Part Two  *  Part Three  *  Part Four  *  Part Five



Elias Alias

Editor in Chief for Oath Keepers; Unemployed poet; Lover of Nature and Nature's beauty. Slave to all cats. Reading interests include study of hidden history, classical literature. Concerned Constitutional American. Honorably discharged USMC Viet Nam Veteran. Founder, TheMentalMilitia.Net



  1. I am happy to be remaking this series of articles on the SWAT murder of Jose Guerena in Tucson, Arizona in 2011, because the advancement of the very “policy” which this series will expose has marked its ongoing development with peak events since 2011, and at present time any Constitutionalist is now much more likely to witness this very “scenario” at his own doorstep. The fraudulent, so-called “War on Drugs” has graduated, transformed itself, grown fat off by ruining the lives of millions of Americans over malum prohibitum quote-unquote “laws”, and has expanded as some of us have predicted for many years, to include now, in addition to war on millions of innocent pot smokers to an all out war on the Constitution and anyone who would dare stand to uphold that Constitution as the highest law of the land. The Chrstian Right is now faced with undebatable proof that their own naive support of the so-called “War on Drugs” implicates them as complicit in empowering the monstrous mechanism of governance which now is destroying the one nation which once shielded Christianity. I’ve not asked him, but will next time I think of it — ask our national Chaplain, Chuck Baldwin, whether he can agree with me on this. I’ll bet he will, because this fact is just as true as his exposure of the government’s enslaving trap of the 501-C-3 tax status for churches. Middle America has been deceived for a very long time.
    I will add more to this comment later.
    Elias Alias, editor

    1. The “drug strike force” who illegally entered my son Matthew David Stewart home were not so lucky. They killed one of their own and wounded several other [word changed by Elias Alias, edtor] officers because of their incompetent leaders. Over a few cannabis plants he grew to treat his PTSD. They got what they weren’t expected because they didn’t do any prper investigation or follow their own protocal. Then they tried to demonize him with lies. They lost that battle.

    2. Thanks for reposting this. I have been sharing this story with people I know for a long time. As we see, there is a lot of apathy with many….until it happens to them.

      When it comes to media and saving “stuff” we see from this story how important it is to save web site articles in pdf and using the snipping tool. As example with the History Channel’s “The Men Who Killed Kennedy” I have the entire series on DVD. I share it with folks because it is historically important. The History Channel only showed the “Final Chapter” once, then the “establishment” cut them off from any further telecast. The murder of Kennedy and how militarizing Peace Officers are done today are directly connected.

  2. quote from the article…”Seems the Indiana Supreme Court has ruled that the cops can do as they wish, make any mistake on a warrant or an address, and the home-owner is liable if he tries to defend his home against an unlawful attack by the cops”

    Uh, NO. Not in my book. Not in my mind. Not in my home. I do not consent. They work for us. They are public servants. We pay their salaries. They must obey the laws in accordance with the Constitution. They are not to play God with Americans’ lives. Shame on those that think and behave otherwise.

    1. Oh my U R SOOOO RIGHT! So how do Americans put a STOP to these swat teams!!!! It’s like the more swat they look the more power that goes to their heads and they DO NOT THINK THEY WORK FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

    2. I agree with you 100%… these people think they can just burst into your home at anytime of the day without notice and have you follow order’s like a slave. If they would mistake my house with someone else’s warrant I promise you It wouldn’t go down well. Let’s just leave It at that! We the PEOPLE need to rise up,wake up!

    1. Thanks Bro. You cause me to think about including a video from our YouTube channel, of which there are several that need to be inserted into this series as we go. Yes, I think I’ll go ahead and do that. Thank you.
      Elias Alias, editor

  3. Elias,
    Thank you for recovering this “article.” One suggestion change “kinky” for “hinky”. We all do not return wanting to wear leather and latex…

  4. I still remember this, and I am still angry at “law enforcement” who is supposed to be the replacements for we the people as the Militia REFUSING to KEEP the lawfully required Oath to “support and defend” the US Constitution – which puts into writing the DEFENSE of the peoples freedoms from governmental tyranny. They still refuse to KEEP the supreme LAW of our land that they are sworn to – which is at least one felony (depending on the state one lives in) and the crime of Perjury.

    Any force, threat of force, etc ratchets those action up to *Terrorism, and quite possibly Treason against the American people (here in America Treason is always against the American people, and if one knew the US Constitution as required of all of us would know this).

    All law enforcement (military, politicians, those who serve in any aspect/position of our governments – state and general – at the very least learn the US Constitution. Why? Because if you are going to allow yourself to be used as a *Terrorist, a Traitor against Americans/our country; instead of becoming one by “just following orders” or “just doing your job” make it YOUR choice. The penalty is the same, so make it YOUR knowing and willing choice.

    28 C.F.R. Section 0.85 Terrorism is defined as “the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives”.

    It is important to realize that the US Constitution is our government plus the supreme LAW; that IT is supreme in ITS powers over any person who serves within any of our governments.

    Color of law. The appearance or semblance, without the substance, of legal right. Misuse of power, possessed by virtue of state law and made possible only because wrongdoer is clothed with authority of state, is action taken under “color of law.” Black’s Law Dictionary, Fifth Edition, page 241.

    The US Constitution tells you the ONLY LAWFUL way here in the USA that anyone who serves within our government is ALLOWED to serve a warrant or enter into an Americans home/property.

    Michael LeMieux explains this well here when he states that “The Constitution has very little to do with the American citizen. It was written to establish a Federal Government and to place the boundaries by which that government would operate. The constitution was never designed to provide or enumerate the rights of the citizens but to RESTRAIN the federal government from meddling in state and ultimately citizen affairs.”

    Once again, what happens to our nation, to the American people is up to us. Our choices, if we bother to make them, is the ONE thing we all can do to defend our nation, our way of life. Remember, that if we lose, not one person, regardless of the position they occupy, will own anything at all again. This is a fight for our natural rights at all levels.

    If you do not like that you, and me, and others own them/our selves, their/our property, etc and have the right to defend all I just listed from anyone who is willing to try and take them from them, even law enforcement, military, mercenaries, etc then instead of being a TRAITOR to the USA, move to a nation that holds your views, live there a bit and see if that is really the life you want for yourself and those you love. Because when America is gone, YOU will have no recourse but to live with the nightmare you will have assisted in creating.

    The choice is, as it always has been, up to you, to me, to her, to him, to us. Learn the consequences and then make a choice. I made mine.

    God Bless!


    If there were never intended to be action to defend the Constitution from those who are domestically attempting to destroy its power and authority, why would each Oath require it of those who take the Oaths?

    Chief Tecumseh: “When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.”

  5. Elias, you may want to back up this rebuild and all your current work for future reference in case something like this happens again. You can use the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.

    “Capture a web page as it appears now for use as a trusted citation in the future”

    1. Thank you Phillip Ranke;
      I went over there and did that. Copied the link they assigned it, so now it’s available.
      Next payday, I’m going to donate to their project. I copied their snail mail address so I can mail them a money order.
      Thanks for sending me over there.

  6. along this line of information of wrongful death by government, you need to read William Norman Grigg’s last 2 articles, yesterday and today at First one is “titled”, “From Showdown to Show Trial’ and today’s is, Finicum Wake…it has the latest video out that shows the video Shauna Cox made inside the truck, running in sync with the video the ‘authorities” released… he has quite a bit of interesting information on “asset forfeiture” done in Oregon..

    Both articles are on the Oregon happenings…

  7. The attached video appears to contradict the victim’s wife’s account. If the PCSO’s latest account is accurate, then the trip by SWAT upon entering the door inadvertently escalated the situation and PCSO is liable and they must change tactics. Why Mr. Guerena would choose to point a weapon at LEOs, him knowing them to be so and knowing there were no drugs in the house, is not addressed. Further I would think at least one of the SWAT team members would have been wearing a recording device which would help put to rest what actually happened.

    1. Perhaps a background investigation has to be done on the victim, and the people and process that ordered this hit. That is, if the “authorities” will allow it. There is also the possibility that a drug investigation was used as cover to eliminate someone who knew too much or stepped on someone’s toes. It would be a way to sully the mans reputation, and we all know that swat teams hate with a passion all drug dealers, and get very itchy fingers when approaching. They assume the info is correct and don’t look into the truth of the matter before pulling the trigger. It seems in this case there was a race to land the first fatal shot.

    2. The government had been watching Jose for quite some time before this. They knew he worked at the mind on the night shift. They knew when he got off work each day, and where he lived. They knew he was a young homeowner working his butt off to pay for the house he bought for his family. They knew he would be asleep by the time they hit his house. He was.
      When Vanessa screamed to wake him up, he jumped up and did what you or I or any other combat Veteran would do in the “fog of war” — he grabbed his gun, dashed through the kitchen, and just as he stepped into the hall, having not even removed the safety from his rifle, in came the glorious good guys guns blazing. He was not pointing his rifle at the cops, did not even have time to raise it. Cops saw gun in hand, and in about seven seconds pumped over seventy rounds down the hallway at the poor guy. Then lied through their teeth about it.
      The siren which played for a few seconds before they busted in his door went silent, but was not likely to have been heard by Jose or Vanessa inside the house, as she had just turned on the TV for the kid.
      There is a lot more to this story, which will be unveiled in subsequent installments. I would recommend readers do not form conclusions until having read at least through part three. When I first published this, several SWAT members in Oath Keepers posted some very significant points regarding this one botched invasion. The Oath Keepers SWAT members were not too kind to the active shooters on PCSD SWAT team. But as I said, there’s much more to this story, and it is only part of a much larger portrayal which it took me five installments to present in full.
      Thanks for reading and posting here.
      Elias Alias, editor

  8. Just too much to read. Simple observations.
    1. They lied in the worst ways to start with to defuse the reaction to the murder.
    2. They SHOULD be required to say what the warrant was for.
    3. It is obvious that they went in with the intent to kill
    4. I understand from other sources that he was not even guilty of anything but being the victim of a confidential informant who also lied.
    5. Everyone of these SWAT team member should be jailed. It is time to send a message. [Two sentences edited out by Elias Alias, editor]
    6. It would appear that the government has declared war on its citizens. And with the way they respond to phoned in “SWATTING” calls, it is to be assumed that when the cops show up, they will try to kill you.

    1. Well, it would seem that you’re over-reacting by thinking that gunplay would help the matter. I do not recommend armed combat with militarized police. We have to stop them by using our minds. As the subsequent parts of this series is posted you’ll see what I’m trying to say much better than I can say in one comment here. And I don’t want to spoil the ending by saying too much up front, right?
      Thanks for reading and sharing your comment.
      Elias Alias, editor

      1. You mean the same way that Lavoy Finicum was able to stop them with his hands in the air while they gunned him down? So, you don’t recommend engaging in armed combat with someone who is there to kill you anyway. That is very interesting. Well, I have a bit oif news for you, sports fan. They will keep on doing things the way they are right now until it becomes too costly in the lives of their fellow officers to continue doing so. Then maybe they will get back to surrounding a place, knocking on the door, and presenting the warrant when it is answered like civilized people. Waiting 15 whole seconds is not long enough. Break down my door, and i will not be looking for a peaceful end to the warrant either. If armed men violently enter my home, wearing crap available on EBay, then I will defend my home, and not by just thinking nice and positive thoughts either. Anyone who does less than that is not much of a man.

      2. Well, I’m sure you’re a lot smarter than am I, since you sport a “Dr.” in front of your name and I can’t rightly do so. (I’m only a highschool graduate, and just barely made it that far.)
        Therefore, I have nothing to say which would be of interest to you.

        Elias Alias, editor

  9. Just one more thought. It is time to REQUIRE that all SWAT teams wear cameras – every member. Maybe if they know they are being recorded, they will not abuse their power. Oh, and one more thing. If they should find a way to make sure that their camera is NOT working, you know, to keep from being watched. they should lose their jobs immediately and spend some time in jail for the actions. Make it a crIme to be a criminal.

    1. Reply Green Giant…yes, and they should be required to pee in a cup while on the ride over to the hit. Too many of these folks are on steroids or other substances that make them a menace to society. They need to be held accountable. And it needs to be discernible if they are foreign agents who could care less about Americans. Due to our humongous national debt, vast swaths of mineral rights have been sold to foreign nations by our trusted leaders. Their agents may well be infiltrating armed organizations, such as the BLM, and the FBI. (Cough cough). We the People need a way to readily identify the actors when a death occurs, or when obvious outlandish illegal activity occurred. These people have to be accountable ! We have to be able to indict them and have them answer in court.

  10. Elias, thanks for sharing this again. Makes me so F’n angry while reading and watching the video at the end. I have always been pro LEO, but this is a perfect story to show how poorly untrained most are (60 is a large enough number for that statement) causing the life of a Marine brother who was killed because of their POOR training and mistake by ALL involved from the start of the issue of the Search Warrant!!! #SemperFi

    1. It was not that the Pima County SWAT team was poorly trained — it is that they were trained to see anyone on a warrant as the “bad guy”, i.e., as in their military counterparts’ lingo – “the enemy”. They are hyped up psychologically and blindly absorb the programming, training, conditioning, and Feducation, then they are shown that how they respond to the militarized training and brainwashing will reflect on their upward mobility in their LE careers. Family budget problems, stresses of family responsibilities, other concerns plus the need to relax after their adrenal addiction plays down enough — they’re young carbon copies, custom made by the training programs they’re forced through. They do not know the first thing about unalienable rights, or the Bill of Rights, or whom they’re really serving. The damned government backs up their ego-ridden mindsets wrapped in the damn flag and awards for valor. The force of government authority is their unconscious god, and after all, the government is good, and is there to protect the people against people who dare question authority, so people who don’t get along with Fedgov’s program become the “bad guy”, the “enemy”, and that is all the average SWATTer with a badge sees these days. The older, more experienced cops can see this, and some of them tell me so, but they can’t really turn the tide for young gung-ho zealots who want to prove their manhood and get “blooded” in a dynamic entry with the hot shit flying in the air. Yeah, they live for those moments, the dumb bastards.
      How do I know that? I was a Marine in Viet Nam, and I know damn well about brainwashing fighting men to carry Caesar’s sword. For military Vets, there is this old favorite line I like to trot out now and then. It’s by a dead dude, a ‘Nam Vet who died of Agent Orange, but who was the Vietnam Veterans of America poet laureate while he was still alive. Name is Steve Mason. He said,

      Old soldiers with bad gums find out too late whom they really served.

      That says it all for me.

      [Edited to remove some inconsiderate rhetoric.]

      1. Quote: “They do not know the first thing about unalienable rights, or the Bill of Rights,”

        I would add, nor do they care. They care only about how much power they can wield and how much the Supreme Court says they can get away with.

        Dudley Do-right is a fictitious character.

  11. Many thanks for beginning the repeat of this series. The dumbed down youth of todays government schools who choose LE too often resemble the Taliban of the Afghans (poor youth who are given their cause by teachers of Jihad, and of the Janissaries of Ottoman Turkey where Balkan Christian youth were pressed into service, required conversion to Islam and became an elite fighting force of “New Soldiers” (Yeniceri) for the Caliphate.

  12. I’ve always suspected the DHS was whispering in the ear of the local police, telling them Andrew Stigliano wanted to kill cops. They murdered him while he was trying to surrender for the false charges they had imposed on him. The DA ordered an information blackout until they could get their fake story strait. They falsified medical examiner reports, police logs, exc. That was in Ashland Massachusetts.

  13. Thank you Elias, for not letting this fade into the memory-hole. It is simply horrific that they thought giving a piece of paper to somebody, even if it were about a substance that they disapproved of, was worth taking his life, and traumatizing his family over. It sounds like they allowed that baby to view his father’s bleeding body as he exited the house–I’d gladly throttle In my opinion, the “War on Drugs” has been far bloodier and more violent than Prohibition ever thought about being–there’s another little jewel we can thank the “Social Justice Warriors” for (self-righteous ^(@!# all) At any rate, I’m not surprised the articles have disappeared from the websites, but I hear the Wayback Machine is a handy little gadget! 🙂 Anyway, I hope somebody seized on this detail: It sounds like the neighbors heard what was happening; if so, surely if the SWAT team came in with sirens wailing, the entire neighborhood (at 9:00 am, should have been fairly quiet that time of day) would have heard it. Eagerly awaiting the next article, thanks again, Elias.

  14. You’re welcome, FormerWAC;
    In part two we’ll “Profile the Policy” which set up this whole scenario in which cops are morphed into combat troops committing upwards of seventy thousand SWAT raids in America each year. We will look at the methodical process in which our police were militarized. We will look into how the National Institute of Justice worked with DARPA to interface the Department of Justice (DOJ) with the Pentagon (DOD) to merge the two — one, a civilian agency/department allegedly under the Judicial branch, the other a military department under the Executive branch. We will look at a 1997 paper, an MOU, produced which explains why some genius in WDC decided that the military and our police should become one and the same force on behalf of the ever-lovin’ Federal government. We will look into OOTW – “Operations Other Than War”, and how that concept was announced to the sleepy public in 1999 by then-Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen as he explained in the Washington Post why the military and police must ever more work hand in hand on U.S soil to save America. (That was two years before 9/11/2001.)

    In part three we’ll look into Unconventional Warfare, Psychological Warfare, and OOTW.

    In part four we’ll look into the Propaganda tool of statism and the relationship between SPLC and DHS, among other synapses in the brain of centralized government.

    Part five will tie all the above together while at the same time rendering a entertaining character analysis of the idiot who wrote the DHS secret document which was leaked in April of 2009 and showed that DHS was secretly urging cops across the nation to use extra scrutiny of returning military war Veterans, lest they become “radicalized” upon re-entering society.

    So all in all, we’re looking at how we got from a once honorable American culture to the debauchery of centralized police-state tyranny in which the damned Federal government now claims ownership of public lands within the States, asserts ownership over a citizen’s physical body (war on drugs reduces to exactly that premise), thrives on perpetual war for perpetual peace in its Pax-Americana drive to own the whole planet’s resources and economic forces.

    Thank you muchly for reading, and thank you for your service.

  15. This stuff was all started because of the “war on drugs,” that the “suspects” could flush the “evidence” down the toilet before they could retrieve it, remember that? Suppose these “officers” have to break in like this, so they could retrieve the small amount that could be “flushed” down the toilet? Somehow that is more important then the lives of the officers, or the citizens?

    They go after the small time “end users,” so as to keep the price up, because we know the government is in the business that imports this commodity. You never hear of the locals hitting a big CIA distribution center where there is enough that couldn’t possibly be flushed down the toilet.
    The Feds even supply weapons to the cartel to aid them in bringing this commodity to our land.

    I say we should send the local “swats” after the Feds to stop it at the source !!

  16. Elias, I see this trend in SWAT TEAM policing as the end game result of GLADIO PART B. My reasoning is simple, our nation has been conquered by off shore globalist interests directly commanded by United Nations leadership with designs on our mineral resources and workforce, (citizens) and every other treasure that this country has.

    The end result is the militarization of our once valued and loved peace officer organizations that were designed to be protectors who served the people. Now they have been re-designed to be the muscle for the tyrants that wish to subjugate the people of America and plunder her riches.

    While there are still many good and honorable men and women in these formations who deplore the military training and obvious treason being taught in the academies throughout the nation. A new breed of people are being recruited for the what was once the thin blue line of sheepdog protectors, now is the ever growing overwhelming formation of green body armored clad hoard of government enforcers with a training conditioned instilled mindset of US AGAINST THEM, hence the shoot first and investigate/cover up later MO of the leadership of these formations of enforcers.

    While practically every combat veteran will agree with me that a peaceful means of righting these wrongs is preferable to a violent recourse. The inevitable result of this treason and war making against the people of this country made by collaborators who do not know any better, will sadly be sooner or later a 4GW scenario directed toward the policy makers of the captured government that America has presently.

    When peaceful protest is made illegal, which is rapidly being done under color of law made by the policy makers and their bureaucratic minions. Then violent revolution will inevitably be enabled.

    That is why building a local CPT and redoubling efforts of RTI is imperative for all members of Oath Keepers to further shape the future battlefield that we ultimately will be faced with.

  17. some of them may even have been part of Obama’s private FORIEGN-BORN army. They would find it easy to KILL American veterans, especially Marines.

  18. this type situation is becoming all to prevelant in the mind set of certain areas of law encroachment, I’m sorry I meant law enforcement I believe. Feb 2015 during a removal of children from his home in Michigan William Redding was shot and killed because he brandished a knife he was killed by the intervening officers during the removal of his son, he was accused of drugs in the home, autopsy report shows MR. William Redding was clean of alcohol and of any drugs before he was shot and killed in the presence of his son and in his own home without a warrant. Soldiers are not the only targets of these failures of American Law Enforcement , its for sure they want these cases closed and covered up with revelation to public and any times the media does cover these incidents to help the big brother stay clean and his leaders stay sanctified. It about time for them to be exposedand dealt with

  19. These Police State murders need to stop. We the People are responsible for the tyranny that has come upon America. Texians are doing something about it. Texas CCACUS begins next Monday night, July 25, 2016. Contact me through my “Landholt for Congress” page on Facebook. If there are any Christian men left who want to help my congressional campaign to give back political control to the good People.

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