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Why is DHS heavily fortifying our local police with military equipment?

In Uncategorized on September 21, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Why is DHS heavily fortifying our local police with military equipment?

9/21/14
0927 am

“If the United States is a police state, then the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is its national police force, with all the brutality, ineptitude and corruption such a role implies. In fact, although the DHS’ governmental bureaucracy may at times appear to be inept and bungling, it is ruthlessly efficient when it comes to building what the Founders feared most—a standing army on American soil.”

“The third largest federal agency behind the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense, the DHS—with its 240,000 full-time workers, $61 billion budget and sub-agencies that include the Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection, Secret Service, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)—has been aptly dubbed a “runaway train.”

“Militarizing police and SWAT teams. The DHS routinely hands out six-figure grants to enable local municipalities to purchase military-style vehicles, as well as a veritable war chest of weaponry, ranging from tactical vests, bomb-disarming robots, assault weapons and combat uniforms.”

“This rise in military equipment purchases funded by the DHS has, according to analysts Andrew Becker and G.W. Schulz, “paralleled an apparent increase in local SWAT teams.” The end result? An explosive growth in the use of SWAT teams for otherwise routine police matters, an increased tendency on the part of police to shoot first and ask questions later, and an overall mindset within police forces that they are at war—and the citizenry are the enemy combatants….”

Something is awry in the United States and sadly I believe we will find out why we are having this military build up against it’s citizens. What happened to police and their ability to protect and serve? 

Images of sharply dressed policemen  patrolling the streets used to be the norm. Now, the “military” is patrolling our communities. Why? This is the million dollar question. 

Does the police force/DHS know something we don’t? The current administration in DC planning something? Martial law and forced quarantine for something like Ebola? A suspected coup? A citizen uprising against the government? Protection against Civil War? Regardless of the reason and speculation, something is going down and it will require billions of rounds of hollow point ammo and various heavy duty military equipment to enforce whatever they are planning to stand against with a mighty hand. Think about it! What does the federal government and local police fear this much and why are they putting this army into place, so quickly?

I can hear the critics now. Why are you and others attacking the police? This is not an attack on police. It’s a forewarning of a military style takeover of our
local police departments by DHS. I have talked with some within law
enforcement. Some admittedly say they don’t know why but they are definitely seeing a militarization of our local police departments and it worries them some too. This will set new rules of engagement and it may require them turning a weapon on it’s
citizenry, perhaps on family and friends as commanded by higher
powers.

I doubt most of our local police would ever turn military style weapons on citizens. They are great guys, but I know a few or enough that would and thus the concern. We appreciate their duty and service. I just wander if they understand their role inside a
standing army run by the federal government via DHS?

We will not remain a  free country if our local police become a militarized  standing army. We remain free when the people assert freedom and are willing to stand against foreign aggressors to protect our homeland, not the other way around. 

Below is a local, state and national breakdown of the fortification of our local police departments that are turning into “platoons” or “companies” within a National standing army called the Department of Homeland Security, or a national police force.

Bradley County: Each:

1-MRAP or similar combat vehicle
105-.45 Cal. Auto pistols
36-5.56 Automatic rifles
6-7.63 mm rifle
1- Utility truck
1- Utility truck

Just in case you were wandering

Hamilton County:

4- Night vision goggles
4-5.56 mm automatic rifles 
17- 7.62 mm rifles
2- Utility trucks

Bledsoe:

5- 5.56 mm automatic rifles

Polk:

4- 7.62 rifles

Rhea:

3- 5.56 rifles
2- 7.62 rifles

All of TN

168 pages of equipment delivered to include Tanks, assorted rifles, boats,motor cycles, generators, underwear, vests, grenade launchers, ammo, foose and ping pong tables, assorted utility vehicles, ambulances, medical equipment, radios, radar jammers, motor cycles, Combat boots, Kevlar helmets,.38, .40, .45 and .50 cal weapons, sniper rifles, MRAPS, etc. 

By glancing over the county by county supply lists it appears each county and state has a specific duty or function that will come together pretty much army battalions come together in war time. Each having their specific duty and specialty. Each having a specific “sector or district” to protect or annihilate.

All United States:

4,794 pages of assorted equipment delivered. Browse around, it will blow you away. (See link below)

http://www.shtfplan.com/militarization-by-county-via-the-law-enforcement-support-office?appSession=460123513190979

I dont know what you are thinking at this point, but do you see a standing army being created by the Department of Homeland Security within the United States, presumably  to be used on none other than We the People, the citizens of the United States. Question? Have you ever heard of DHS fighting overseas? Of course not! This is for use within the United States.

A standing army outside our military is highly unconstitutional and needs an explanation.
 
Data below reflects State, County,Item Name, Quantity, UI,Value, Ship Date of Items shipped
to Bradley County TN police by DHS. Other Counties and states follow.

COMBAT/ASSAULT/TACTICAL WHEELED VEHICLES 1 Each $150,000.00  6/28/2007

With the stated price tag, I am assuming this is an MRAP or similar  light or heavy duty military vehicle. Why a “street sweeper” and “snipers” for a local, rural police department? Why port holes for rifles with the ability to kill large amounts of people?
http://modernsurvivalblog.com/government-gone-wild/latest-homeland-security-vehicle-street-sweeper/

Detailed Inventory of supplied military equipment to Cleveland Tn, Bradley County over the last few years. I left the complete list intact for maximal impact so you can see the huge build up. (List courtesy of the Department of Homeland Security)

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71  4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

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TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

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TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each
$58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

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TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

TN BRADLEY PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC 1 Each $58.71 4/2/2011

Total .45 Cal. Automatic pistols= 105

TN BRADLEY RIFLE,5.56 MILLIMETER 1 Each $499.00 8/7/2006

TN BRADLEY RIFLE,5.56 MILLIMETER 1 Each $499.00 8/7/2006

TN BRADLEY RIFLE,5.56 MILLIMETER 1 Each $499.00 8/7/2006

TN BRADLEY RIFLE,5.56 MILLIMETER 1 Each $499.00 8/7/2006

TN BRADLEY RIFLE,5.56 MILLIMETER 1 Each $499.00 8/7/2006

TN BRADLEY RIFLE,5.56 MILLIMETER 1 Each $499.00 8/7/2006

TN BRADLEY RIFLE,5.56 MILLIMETER 1 Each $499.00 8/7/2006

TN BRADLEY RIFLE,5.56 MILLIMETER 1 Each
$499.00 8/7/2006

TN BRADLEY RIFLE,5.56 MILLIMETER 1 Each $499.00 8/7/2006

TN BRADLEY RIFLE,5.56 MILLIMETER 1 Each $499.00 8/7/2006

TN BRADLEY RIFLE,5.56 MILLIMETER 1 Each $499.00 8/7/2006

TN BRADLEY RIFLE,5.56 MILLIMETER 1 Each $499.00 8/7/2006

TN BRADLEY RIFLE,5.56 MILLIMETER 1 Each $499.00 8/7/2006

TN BRADLEY RIFLE,5.56 MILLIMETER 1 Each $499.00 8/7/2006

TN BRADLEY RIFLE,5.56 MILLIMETER 1 Each $499.00 8/7/2006

TN BRADLEY RIFLE,5.56 MILLIMETER 1 Each $499.00 8/7/2006

TN BRADLEY RIFLE,5.56 MILLIMETER 1 Each $499.00 8/7/2006

TN BRADLEY RIFLE,5.56 MILLIMETER 1 Each $499.00 8/7/2006

TN BRADLEY RIFLE,5.56 MILLIMETER 1 Each $499.00 8/7/2006

TN BRADLEY RIFLE,5.56 MILLIMETER 1 Each $499.00 8/7/2006

TN BRADLEY RIFLE,5.56 MILLIMETER 1 Each $499.00 8/7/2006

TN BRADLEY RIFLE,5.56 MILLIMETER 1 Each $499.00 8/7/2006

TN BRADLEY RIFLE,5.56 MILLIMETER 1 Each $499.00 8/7/2006

TN BRADLEY RIFLE,5.56 MILLIMETER 1 Each $499.00 8/7/2006

TN BRADLEY RIFLE,5.56 MILLIMETER 1 Each $499.00 8/7/2006

TN BRADLEY RIFLE,5.56 MILLIMETER 1 Each $499.00 8/7/2006

TN BRADLEY RIFLE,5.56 MILLIMETER 1 Each $499.00 8/7/2006

TN BRADLEY RIFLE,5.56 MILLIMETER 1 Each $499.00 8/7/2006

TN BRADLEY RIFLE,5.56 MILLIMETER 1 Each $499.00 8/7/2006

TN BRADLEY RIFLE,5.56 MILLIMETER 1 Each $499.00 8/7/2006

TN BRADLEY RIFLE,5.56 MILLIMETER 1 Each $499.00 10/3/2008

TN BRADLEY RIFLE,5.56 MILLIMETER 1 Each $499.00 10/3/2008

TN BRADLEY RIFLE,5.56 MILLIMETER 1 Each $499.00 10/3/2008

TN BRADLEY RIFLE,5.56 MILLIMETER 1 Each $499.00 10/3/2008

TN BRADLEY RIFLE,5.56 MILLIMETER 1 Each $499.00 10/3/2008

TN BRADLEY RIFLE,5.56 MILLIMETER 1 Each $499.00 10/3/2008

Total 5.56 Automatic rifles = 36

TN BRADLEY RIFLE,7.62 MILLIMETER 1 Each $138.00 10/3/2008

TN BRADLEY RIFLE,7.62 MILLIMETER 1 Each $138.00 10/3/2008

TN BRADLEY RIFLE,7.62 MILLIMETER 1 Each $138.00 10/3/2008

TN BRADLEY RIFLE,7.62 MILLIMETER 1 Each $138.00 10/3/2008

TN BRADLEY RIFLE,7.62 MILLIMETER 1 Each $138.00 10/3/2008

TN BRADLEY RIFLE,7.62 MILLIMETER 1 Each $138.00 10/3/2008

7.62 mm rifle= 6

TN BRADLEY TRUCK,UTILITY  
1 Each $25,000.00 3/12/2013
 
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TN BRADLEY TRUCK,UTILITY1 Unknown $39,158.00 12/13/2013

Utility truck different varieties= 2

Folks we must ask questions. Call your local police departments and ask them to explain the huge military build up. Any feedback to this site would be appreciated.

Other interesting articles:

DHS orders 1,000s of NATO personal defense weapon, ie, 5.56 mm assault rifles and billions of rounds of ammo.
http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2012/06/dhs-agencies-to-buy-up-to-7000-new-5-56x45mm-nato-personal-defense-weapons-2252261.html

Source of info:

http://m.yourhoustonnews.com/friendswood/opinion/whitehead-has-the-dept-of-homeland-security-become-america-s/article_81acf508-4660-5e0a-87fc-fee9c447f61f.html?mode=jqm

http://www.shtfplan.com/militarization-by-county-via-the-law-enforcement-support-office?appSession=390119045294779

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NIXLE, NLETS, INTERPOL, UN- America’s Growing Surveillance Society

In Agenda 21 on December 7, 2011 at 8:27 AM

BCN NOTE- Before you jump off the chair you are sitting on and think that the current implementation of NIXLE in our community is completely benign, please read on!

NIXLE is part of a bigger picture and will be revealed to you through a series of articles within the BRADLEY COUNTY NEWS (BCN) blog site!

In short, NIXLE is a program that will eventually rely on NLETS (a program once purchased by our county will be the implementation module that supports NIXLE) which will link in to INTERPOL (the international police) which partnered with the UNITED NATIONS , using your data, everything from driver licenses to facial imagery to your DNA to promote “world peace” of course!

We are not being fooled by this program being introduced into our community! BCN has once again provided to you completely “free of charge” the other news that did not make it to the front pages! Our local papers did a very good job of “notifying the public” but failed to simply investigate it further and see down the road what this means to you! I call this lazy reporting meaning that someone reported the info , but no follow up or investigation was done into the “real” story! This is such a disservice to you and I have taken it on in this venue to once again do the extensive research needed to make sure the truth is revealed!

This is a little lengthy but is well worth your time and will set the stage to fully understand the intent of NIXEL on our community! Note that below you will read that this article by a Pennsylvania Representative that the NLET it speaks of is the program that we will be needed to fully implement NIXEL on a larger scale! The initial “free” NIXEL is only the beginning!

Real ID and the PASS Act
America’s Growing Surveillance Society

Address to the 10th Annual Freedom21 Conference –
August 14, 2009

By PA State Representative Sam Rohrer

Since I addressed this convention last year about the same topic, much has changed while much has also remained the same. First, let me offer my congratulations and thanks to so many of you who have faithfully fought the good fight for freedom and against the dangerous provisions of REAL ID.

Thousands of hours have been spent resisting REAL ID and all it represents, and I stand before you now to say that those hours have not been spent in vain.

In all, legislative bodies in twenty-six states have spoken out against this government power grab.

Such a stunning reaction against federal legislation would not have been possible without the hard work of many in this room and many at this conference. Yet, while battles have been won, the war has not.

Today I’d like to provide an overview of where the REAL ID issue stands currently. Most of you probably know the problems associated with REAL ID and may have even heard my speech on this topic last year. (The DeWeese Report, Volume 14, Issue 9 – September 2008) My presentation this year has been geared as a continuation of what I presented last year.

First, I will set the philosophical stage that underlies much of the thinking behind REAL ID and similar ideas.

Next, I will briefly discuss fusion centers and their role in the coming American surveillance society.

From that point, I will focus on the 2009 version of REAL ID and discuss a range of related issues, pointing out significant threats to our personal privacy and security along the way.

I will close by offering my thoughts about the next steps we should each take in resisting REAL ID.

Preventive Detention

Let me start with this question, “Why is it that honest, law-abiding civilians are so worried about the federal government increasing its knowledge of citizens and their activities?”

After all, if you’ve done nothing wrong, you’ve nothing to worry about, right? – WRONG!

Under true justice, this statement would be fairly accurate, but it no longer is. A basic reason is that the law enforcement and the terrorism fighting community have whole heartedly embraced a new and dangerous operating philosophy. Now the focus of the law enforcement community has changed to crime and terrorism prevention through the use of massive amounts of intelligence.

In fact, on May 21 of this year, a New York Times story noted, “President Obama told human rights advocates at the White House . . . that he was mulling the need for a ‘preventive detention’ system that would establish a legal basis for the United States to incarcerate terrorism suspects who are deemed a threat to national security but cannot be tried.” This startling statement should stop us in our tracks – preventive detention? What happened to the Constitution and its protections? You mean looking inside someone’s head or heart and incarcerating him because someone thinks he might commit a crime in the future? Would this “preventive detention” apply to Americans accused of being right-wing extremists?

This emerging philosophy is known as “Intelligence-led Policing.” Most proponents of this philosophy have come to believe that the more that is known about all people in general, the greater the chance to catch the criminal or terrorist at large in the community before he commits his act of terrorism or crime. In essence, cast the net broadly. Let me clearly state that I believe the causes of crime and terrorism should be a matter of focus.

However, I equally – and just as strongly – believe that law enforcement and intelligence goals must be balanced with the Constitutional rights of American citizens.

Granting government in any form including police too much authority will turn America into a police state where citizens are stripped of their constitutional rights and a presumption of guilt is established.

Focusing on the principle of individual autonomy derived from God-given rights, our Founders and subsequent court decisions established and confirmed this historic balance by agreeing that citizens must be presumed innocent until proven guilty “beyond reasonable doubt.” The danger with the “Intelligence-led Policing” view is that, without the protection of this proper balance, the basic right of the presumption of innocence is
destroyed, and with it our Freedom.

Because, once this foundational concept is discarded, like falling dominoes in a row, other major changes begin. The entire mindset in Washington has developed into a philosophy which advocates nearly total government knowledge of all citizens’ information.

Fusion Centers and the Web of Intimidation

Such a transformation has been crystallized within the law enforcement community in the form of “fusion centers” and how they have operated in the years following 9/11. These amorphous institutions were created to simplify information transfer between local, state, and federal officials. In fact, the official Fusion Center Guidelines state: “The principal role of the fusion center is to compile, analyze, and disseminate criminal/terrorist information and intelligence . . . to support efforts to anticipate, identify, prevent, and/or monitor criminal/ terrorist activity.

You can easily spot the “Intelligence-led Policing” and “preventive detention” philosophies underpinning those guidelines, but more to my point is what these fusion centers have produced.

The Missouri Information and Analysis Fusion Center produced a document with which you may be familiar in February of this year called “The Modern Militia Movement.”

This report, allegedly aimed to inform law enforcement officials throughout Missouri, actually linked militia members with supporters of third party political candidates Ron Paul, Bob Barr, and others. This document smeared all supporters of those candidates as potentially dangerous militia members who might incite violence against law enforcement officers or government officials.

Another report issued by a Virginia Fusion Center noted that dangerous student radicalization could occur at colleges and universities, specifically two “Historically Black Colleges” and “Regent University, a private, evangelical Christian institution.”

Both of these fusion center reports illustrate the danger of unbalanced “Intelligence-led Policing” and show more importantly why even those who do nothing wrong should be very worried when government has expansive knowledge and control. Should your daughter or granddaughter attending law school at Regent University have fewer rights because she chose a school based on its conservative religious beliefs? A centralized and top-heavy drive to prevent crime can easily result in such Constitutional violations.

Once these fundamental changes from assumed innocence to assumed guilt and law enforcement to preventative detention occur, freedom gives way to a surveillance society mentality, and the operational problems of fusion centers. But significant changes have occurred in other federal government initiatives which advance the surveillance society in America.

Keep Smiling or You May Be Locked Up

The first of these initiatives is nicknamed FAST (Future Attribute Screening Technology).

This technology uses an array of sensors to measure physiological characteristics such as heart rate, breathing rate, facial expressions, and pupil dilation to determine whether or not a person intends to
commit a crime.

The Department of Homeland Security plans to implement this technology in airports and at major event locations. Again, you can see the emphasis on prevention underlying this massive privacy violation. People’s heart rates climb and pupils dilate for a multitude of reasons. The real effect will be a massive loss of freedom as innocent Americans are detained for wearing the wrong facial expressions or showing nervousness about flying.

A second initiative is Enhanced Driver’s Licenses (or EDLs). This is another portion of the federal government initiative built on Real ID which drastically increases federal government knowledge of everyday life.

These new licenses double as a passport with Mexico and Canada and contain an RFID chip that is read when any border is crossed. However, the significant convenience for the consumer is more than outweighed by the resulting privacy concerns.

As a recent Associated Press article noted, the RFID chips in Enhanced Driver’s Licenses can be easily skimmed by someone holding a reader within thirty feet or more of the license.

As technology improves, these licenses will be readable from a much greater distance. Currently four states and two Canadian provinces issue these licenses, but more states and provinces will likely do so in the future. Enhanced driver’s licenses are another topic entirely, but they serve to show increasing breadth of government knowledge and control over American citizens.

PASS Act – Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

Now let me turn to the key federal government initiative which drastically increases government knowledge and control – the “Providing for Additional Security in States’ Identification Act” (PASS ID). Influential players in the federal government have switched horses and begun promoting this act. Introduced June 15th and now out of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, this alternative allegedly corrects the abuses of REAL ID while still improving overall security.

Be assured that this switch does not take me or anyone else who has studied this issue by surprise. REAL ID was a poorly conceived and hastily passed bill – for months we have known that it would be scrapped in favor of PASS ID. Accordingly, I have studied PASS ID and determined that it is no improvement. The tactics have changed, even as the administration has changed, but the end result remains the same. Through PASS ID, the leaders of the federal government will accrue to themselves unprecedented knowledge about and control over the American people.

This license will enroll Americans in a global system of biometric identification.

Predictably, the tactics have not changed. Senator Joseph Lieberman, chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, exercises vast control over hearings in that committee, including the committee hearing about PASS ID.

When determining which experts would be allowed to testify in committee about PASS ID, just recently on July 15th, he refused to allow anyone opposed to PASS ID to testify.

All those testifying represented organizations which supported either PASS ID or REAL ID.

There was no debate on whether the federal government should mandate regulations for state’s driver’s licenses – that premise was a foregone conclusion. The main question was what those regulations should look like. PASS ID was written to eliminate enough objections from opponents of REAL ID to ensure that federal regulations would be imposed on the states.

Not surprisingly, PASS ID was just recently voted out of committee.

We also learn that both the National Governors Association (NGA) and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) both support PASS ID. Those organizations, which were opposed to REAL ID and should defend state constitutions and individual freedom, now support PASS ID because some cost concerns have been eliminated from the legislation, as if cost were the primary concern. In fact, the more important privacy and Constitutional concerns remain.

The blatant bias for PASS ID during the Senate committee hearings exhibits the increasingly arrogant approach of many in the federal government. They exercise extraordinary faith in the laws and regulations passed by Congress to remedy security problems in each of the fifty states. As a seventeen-year state legislator, believe me, I know the consequences of the federal government forcing solutions to complex problems upon the states. The solution will always be too “broad-brushed” to be either effective or workable and will also violate some aspect of the Constitution. The best solution to problems including state-issued drivers’ licenses simply must come from the states.

As I mentioned previously, PASS ID fails to improve REAL ID. In fact, it keeps the most egregious portions of REAL ID intact.

First, PASS ID allows the federal government to regulate a traditionally state-determined process, in violation of the Ninth and Tenth Amendments
to the US Constitution.

Second, Section 242 of PASS ID requires each state to, “subject each person who submits an application for a driver’s license or identification card to mandatory facial image capture.”

Third, PASS ID gives enormous power to the Secretary of Homeland Security. The language reads, “All authority to issue regulations, set standards, and issue grants under this subtitle shall be carried out by the Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of Transportation and the States.”

These regulations, which should be granted a lengthy comment period during which time groups can point out problems with PASS ID, are supposed to be finalized only nine months after the date the legislation passes. Additionally, the traditional rule-making process will likely be circumvented, allowing for no public comment about PASS ID regulations.

Fourth, six years after PASS ID regulations are issued, federal agencies will be prohibited from allowing citizens to use non-compliant licenses for official purposes. This is the same REAL ID tactic to force states into compliance.

If you read through PASS ID, you will note toward the end the following provision, “Nothing in this section may be construed to—(1) authorize the
creation of a national database of driver’s license information; or (2) authorize States direct access to the motor vehicle database of another State.”

This portion of the legislation is often trumpeted as an important privacy protection but it offers nothing of the sort. The truth is, massive datasharing goes on between states and the federal government on a daily basis already, whether or not direct access is statutorily allowed. In fact fusion centers were created for the purpose of facilitating information transfer between state, local, and federal government agencies. Creating a new national database would be superfluous since in reality it already exists.

In an excellent article opposing PASS ID, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) lists several further problems which bear repeating now.

First, the data collection and retention requirements raise significant privacy concerns. These requirements are nearly indistinguishable from the data requirements of the REAL ID Act. As with REAL ID, the PASS ID data requirements will encourage and simplify the identity theft process.

Second, PASS ID requires no physical security protections for the machine readable zone (MRZ) on the back of the license, only the promise of prosecution after someone steals that information. This machinereadable zone will provide identity thieves with a barcode scanner easy access to your personal data.

Cameras, Cameras Everywhere

Finally, the massive amount of information collected and stored as a result of PASS ID will provide government with the use of large amounts of personal data – “achieving the effect of a national database.”

Of major impact is that facial recognition technology, the biometric portion of REAL ID also mandated by PASS ID, can be used to track people in real time, through networks of surveillance cameras linked to databases containing facial recognition templates. Proof for that statement comes from a 2003 Carnegie- Mellon University study, the introduction of which declares, “In the context of sharing video surveillance data, a significant threat to privacy is face recognition software, which can automatically identify known people, such as from a database of drivers’ license photos, and thereby track people regardless of suspicion.”

The private commercial sector is already using facial recognition technology in conjunction with surveillance cameras.

3VR is a leading company which markets such technology. According to the 3VR website, this technology can: “capture, index and catalog Facial Images; track suspects using face similarity search; build, manage and share watch lists of faces; receive notifications when the system recognizes a watch list individual; and maximize hard drive space by saving video and images associated with face events for longer.”

According to a January 2008 Popular Mechanics article, “Twelve bank companies employ 3VR systems at numerous locations, which build a facial template for every single person that enters any branch.”

Few people probably realize what is happening when they enter a bank with such a system in place. But such a system controlled by governments and potentially operating world-wide is the direction this technology is headed.

An extensive surveillance camera network capable of tracking people has already spread across the country.

According to the same Popular Mechanics article, an estimated 30 million surveillance cameras pepper areas across the nation, from tiny Dillingham, Alaska (population 2,400) to New York City with its multiple thousands of cameras. A few cities – like Brookline, NH – have refused the cameras, but most areas of the country have installed them.

Exactly how advanced are these surveillance cameras?

Well, according to a Chicago Sun-Times article, new cameras being installed in Chicago are so advanced they can rotate independently and “pick up a face in a crowd six blocks away.”

Certain ultra-long range surveillance cameras are advertised online as being able to precisely identify a human more than 3.5 miles away!

Government By Intimidation

Again, many people assume that as long as they are not criminals, they have nothing to fear. Again, not true – as I have said, the whole mindset in Washington has changed. Just watch as more of these privacy invading, freedom destroying programs are pushed through in the future. Imagine the consequences of a police force using real time surveillance cameras to determine the identity of participants at a rally opposing some government policy. Imagine being questioned for completely legal behavior that only looked suspicious on the surveillance camera. As American citizens, we have been guaranteed the First Amendment “right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” I believe that such knowledge and power already infringe on this basic right. American citizens also have a clear expectation of privacy implicit in the Fourth Amendment – “The right of the people to be secure in their persons . . . shall not be violated.” Surveillance cameras operated by law enforcement officials have already been documented abusing certain persons’ right to privacy and security of person. Also concerning, a Privacy International report ranking privacy protections of countries around the world listed the US in the worst group – among the United Kingdom, China, and Russia.

International Databanks

You may wonder how the federal government could gain access to driver’s license photos to make tracking people by surveillance camera possible. Currently, the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) makes information in state DMV databases available to law enforcement and federal agencies. The network which facilitates this transfer of information is NLETS, the International Justice and Public Safety Network, a not-forprofit organization owned and run by the states.

According to the NLETS website, this information exchange system links 30,000 agencies, nearly 700,000 terminals, and over 1 million users.

Additionally, NLETS “will soon allow users in the US to electronically access INTERPOL files in Lyon, France.”

In all, roughly 90 million messages are transacted each month.

A new NLETS initiative called the NLETS Interstate Sharing of Photos, or NISP, allows all participating states to access driver’s license photographs from other states. This massive data-sharing between states and countries could easily provide the infrastructure to allow the federal government to link the facial recognition photo found in your state DMV database to a government-sponsored surveillance camera network. Having INTERPOL connected to the system opens the door to international surveillance.

You Are The Target

This developing surveillance society received a major push under the previous administration. During those years, the National Security Administration was given broad access to massive amounts of private telecommunications information via AT&T for the purpose of fighting the war on terror. Fighting terrorists is a good thing, but using an unconstitutional and invasive means to do so, when it spreads the net to innocent citizens, certainly is not. This action, however well-intentioned, left the door wide open for abuse of whomever the current President deems a threat against the United States.

It seems like nearly every piece of legislation that comes out of Washington these days involves some sort of information gathering on Americans. Even the seemingly innocuous “Cash for Clunkers” program authorized the Federal Government to take certain information from computers which logged on to the Cars.gov website.

And, lest we forget, combine all these dangers with the recent positions taken by the United States Department of Homeland Security. That government agency issued two startling documents earlier this year which you probably remember.

The first was called, “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment.” That DHS report noted, “The possible passage of new restrictions on firearms and the return of military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists.”

Notice how military veterans and those who oppose further firearm restrictions are singled out as potential threats to the US.

Also notice how this DHS document defines “right-wing extremism:” “Rightwing extremism in the United States can be broadly divided into those groups, movements, and adherents that are primarily hateoriented. . . and those that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely. It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration.”

The second report issued by DHS was called the Domestic Extremism Lexicon.

This lexicon used a very broad brush to paint numerous groups as extremist.

These groups include not only abortion opponents, but also such liberal groups as animal rights activists, anti-war protestors, and environmental activists. Even the White House has begun calling those in opposition to the President’s socialized medicine agenda “mobs” who use “scare tactics.” These dangerous definitions point out the increasing danger to both the left and right of a government that is growing ever larger and more intrusive.

Fighting Back

Even to the more casual observer, it is increasingly easy to see the direction in which America is headed. Many people believe that more knowledge, control, and surveillance equals more safety. They blindly assume that as long as they do nothing wrong, they have nothing to fear. The tradeoff that many do not consider, and that is the reason I oppose REAL ID and PASS ID is the resulting loss of freedom inherent in these ideas. Make no mistake, PASS ID is an attack on freedom. It keeps the most onerous provisions of REAL ID and is a major component of the massive surveillance society being set up in America and around the world. So what can be done about it?

First, understand that these issues we’re discussing in this conference are issues that stem from anti-freedom philosophies. Many promoters of these philosophies are aggressively pushing this nation toward fascism. We must be just as committed and aggressive – the stakes are high.

Secondly, continue to educate yourself. Spend the time necessary to find and read good, credible resources and always think for yourself rather than accepting the opinion of another.

Thirdly, pass on what you learn to others. In this way, you can duplicate your efforts, getting greater “return” on the time you have invested to stay up-to date and factual about current events.

Also, continue to support organizations such as the Stop REAL ID Coalition as they serve to enlarge our efforts by spending time we don’t have and using expertise we don’t possess to achieve that common goal of defending our liberties.

When our freedoms are at stake, inaction is the worst course of action. To win this fight, we need each person to do as much as possible. The cameras of a total surveillance society are moving ever closer. Without the American people pushing back against these encroaching efforts of the federal government, we will wake up one day, in the not too distant future, wondering what happened to the “land of the free and the home of the brave.”

Allow me to close with a quote from one of our Founding Fathers, Samuel Adams. “The liberties of our country, the freedoms of our civil Constitution are worth defending at all hazards; it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors. They purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood. It will bring a mark of everlasting infamy on the present generation – enlightened as it is – if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of designing men.” -Samuel Adams

Again, thank you for inviting me to speak here. May God yet choose to bless America!

Representative Samuel E. Rohrer is a Pennsylvania State Representative from the 128th district in Berks County. For more info visit – http://samrohrer.com

NIXLE: GOVERNMENT INTIMIDATION DESTROYS A FREE SOCIETY

In Uncategorized on December 6, 2011 at 6:02 AM

GOVERNMENT INTIMIDATION DESTROYS A FREE SOCIETY

Bradley County News- If for a moment you think that our leaders are the least bit concerned about your constitutional rights and well being in Bradley County, please think again!

Our elected leaders, currently our City and County Mayors are using lofty positions within “federal organizations” such as the Department of Homeland Security and Southeast Economic Development Council to give away your rights for grant money! As witnessed in this weeks Cleveland Daily Banner and the recent implementation of NIXLE policing systems into our community, we once again see the international connection to the United Nations and no one, I repeat and no one is alarmed by it or are simply too lazy and complacent to investigate it!

As soon as I heard “free NIXLE service” to our area, sirens and flashing lights went off! This is often the lure of grant money in the millions as in the case of the implementation of NIXLE!

Please stay tuned to the next few articles as my research has revealed a very sinister plan again for the lure of grant money, your tax dollars that every one in government thinks is their money and somehow it is free!

Below my buddy Tom Deweese, a friend and email consultant of mine on issues that relate to agenda 21 and the United nations. I have let him kind of break the ice and I will follow up with some of my own research and share on this venue in the next coming days! Please stay tuned the reveal will astound you and make you wonder “what the heck is going on in Bradley County?”

By Tom DeWees

For years I have been issuing warnings about the growing government surveillance state. REAL ID and E-Verify have been sold as weapons necessary to stop illegal immigration and the threat of terrorism. Now, Congress says it has improved those weapons by creating the PASS Act.

Yet, while insisting these straight jackets for all citizens are needed to protect us, the government has refused to do the one thing that would actually reduce these threats – secure the borders. Homelandsecuritynewswire.com reports that the government has set a goal of capturing only 29% of people and goods entering our borders illegally. That’s it. As I have warned, the mindset of the government is that it’s much more efficient to put us all in chains than to try to actually catch the bad guys.

And so, the government is spending its resources (your money) spying on Americans, from monitoring our Face book pages to our credit card purchases. To make its intentions even clearer, The Department of Homeland Security has issued reports profiling nearly all Americans as potential domestic terrorists. And now, Barack Obama says he is considering “preventive detention” for those the government deems dangerous but are not yet ready to arrest. The government is now using biometric identification to monitor those who attend TEA Parties and other protests. Our right to object is being destroyed. This is government by intimidation. No free society can withstand it.

Yet, still, many Americans who profess to support limited government and individual liberty, allow themselves to be pulled in by those who tell you REAL ID, E-Verify and (NIXLE) will make us safer and freer. They refuse to understand that THEY are the target – not illegals. What will it take America, to finally convince you? When will you begin to understand you are not being protected – YOU ARE BEING HUNTED!

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