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Weapons of War On Our Streets: A Guide to the Militarization of America’s Police

By Ammo.com

The claim often heard from those attempting to pass more gun control legislation is that all they’re trying to do is get the “weapons of war off our streets,” but it’s simply untrue that “weapons of war” are available to the general public. You’d last about three minutes in a conventional war with an AR-15, even with one of the most aggressive builds you can get your hands on (that doesn’t mean it’s impossible for guerilla uprisings to defeat powerful enemies). The truth is that the only people with “weapons of war” on America’s streets are, increasingly, the police.

Thanks primarily to the Pentagon’s 1033 program which allows law enforcement agencies to get their hands on Department of Defense technology and the Bush-era War on Terror, American police have received a startling amount of heavy-duty, military-grade hardware. Between 1998 and 2014, the dollar value of military hardware sent to police departments skyrocketed from $9.4 million to $796.8 million.

And just as when “all you’ve got is a hammer, then everything looks like a nail”, militarized police have become more willing to use their new weapons when carrying out law enforcement tasks. For example, the number of SWAT raids in the United States grew dramatically from about 3,000 in 1980, to a whopping 50,000 SWAT raids in 2014, according to The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander.

To say that the militarization of the police is nothing new is to ignore America’s recent history as well as the long-standing model of a peace officer. As the police have militarized and the Pentagon backs major players in Hollywood, the focus has shifted from one who keeps the peace to one who enforces the law – and that’s an important difference.

What Is the Difference Between a Law Enforcement Officer and a Peace Officer?

The model for police, and the constables and sheriffs before them prior to the late 20th Century, was that of a peace officer. In many states, it’s not even true that police are law enforcement officers – even though it’s a term frequently used by the police and their fans in the “Blue Lives Matter,” “Thin Blue Line,” and “Back the Blue” movements.

It’s a subtle, but important, distinction: Is the role of the police to enforce the law or to keep the peace? Consider the difference between the police force of a typical American city and the fictional Andy Taylor of The Andy Griffith Show. The former is concerned primarily with enforcing the law for its own sake and catching as many “lawbreakers” as possible. The latter, on the other hand, is primarily concerned with keeping the peace. Sometimes that means looking the other way when laws get broken.

This isn’t simply a matter of how pleasant or unpleasant it is to deal with the police. Law enforcement officers might be writing parking tickets in the middle of a burglary epidemic due to their need to enforce all the laws all the time. Conversely, a peace officer is going to ignore a lot of low-level, habitual crime – even when there are clear victims (for example, vandalism or loitering) – because he emphasizes going out and catching violent and dangerous criminals. There’s no impulse to arrest a guy who habitually smokes weed on a street corner if he’s providing the police with valuable information leading to the arrest of violent criminals.

Peace officers might have the need for a sidearm and a shotgun, but they have little or no need for, say, a tank, to say nothing of the variety of nasty DARPA weapons police departments are increasingly wanting and getting.

The Origins of Militarized Police

Weapons of War On Our Streets: A Guide to the Militarization of PoliceBefore we begin talking about the militarized American police, it’s worth mentioning that United States law specifically prohibits the military from enforcing the laws in the U.S. That’s why we don’t have the Army enforcing the law, and also why we don’t have a military-style gendarmerie as is common in Europe. This law, the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, was passed after the removal of federal troops from the Southern states following the end of Reconstruction. With rare exception, the federal government is not allowed to use the Army or the Air Force to enforce the law and the Navy has strict regulations for both the Navy and Marine Corps regarding the use of either for domestic law enforcement.

However, this law has been somewhat undermined due to police forces becoming so much like the military, which began during Prohibition in the 1920s. Organized crime got its first foothold in American life thanks to the lucrative black market in liquor. This was also the golden age of bank robbery with figures like Bonnie and Clyde, Pretty Boy Floyd and John Dillinger becoming folk heroes. The Thompson submachine gun and the Browning Automatic Rifle were increasingly used by organized crime and the “stars” of bank robbery.

The Prohibition Era saw domestic police departments wielding automatic weapons for the first time. There was nothing nefarious about this from the perspective of local police departments. In fact, it was the police departments most regularly in contact with vicious organized crime, such as Chicago and Kansas City, who led the way in arming their officers with automatic weapons and armored vehicles. At least two rounds of ammunition, the .38 Super and the .357 Magnum, were developed with the express purpose of being able to penetrate the early bulletproof vests worn by gangsters in the Prohibition Era.

Overall crime increased by 24 percent during the first two years of Prohibition. This included a nine-percent increase in theft and burglary, a 13-percent increase in homicides, and a 13-percent increase in assault and battery. Overall, police department costs increased by 11.4 percent. However, because the police were busy fighting the scourge of demon alcohol, it was difficult for them to target crimes unrelated to this. In fact, a study of South Carolina counties that enforced Prohibition versus those who didn’t found a whopping 30- to 60-percent increase in homicides in the counties who enforced the law. All of this is according to Charles Hanson Towne in The Rise and Fall of Prohibition: The Human Side of What the Eighteenth Amendment Has Done to the United States.

This era of militarization drew to a close with the end of Prohibition itself. However, the militarization of police would resume again a few decades down the line.

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Dr Barrie Trower On 5G: There Will Be No Safe Place, No Where To Go

For local NZ information on 5G & what it will mean for you go to 5g.org.nz

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Published on Feb 4, 2018

Dr Barry Trower, former UK Royal Navy microwave weapons expert, lectures around the world on the dangers of microwave technologies – wifi, cell phones, cell towers, smart meters, baby monitors, and now 5G technology. Educate yourself.

How could 11 guns have been stolen from a NZ Police Station? Some surprising info on the state of licensing in NZ (update included)

Yes from the Police Station …. you read that right.

You can read that article from newshub at this link:

https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2019/04/manhunt-after-eleven-firearms-stolen-from-palmerston-north-police-station.html?fbclid=IwAR1jzc93VkpWkSQ4hJh3k4Ci4-Hp3QqzS0U21CgsTb2iNqS2xWXEObAnjYk

Which brings to mind the post I’ve been meaning to do for a while featuring Mike Loder’s submission with regard to gun confiscations that followed on the heels of the Christchurch incident in March. Mike is a campaigner for harsher penalties for firearm offenders. He is a keen shooter himself & wishes to protect shooting as a sport … he states that he is not pro gun, he is pro logic (here more in the interview). He would like to see firearms licensing handled by an alternative party to the police.

Quote: “A gaping hole in the Arms Act in NZ allowed an Australian man with 53 firearms convictions to obtain a gun license …”

You can listen below here. Very enlightening about, among other things, the state of gun licensing & its handling by the Police in NZ:

And further below is a video by Vinny Eastwood interviewing Mike Loder in greater depth. A very worthwhile & informative watch.

You can listen at this link here.

Here is the most recent update to this fiasco:

Rushed gun laws meant police station safety not properly checked before gun thefts – MPs (27/4/2019)

Door-to-door gun confiscations have already begun in New Zealand; home visits by armed law enforcement personnel

As I wrote this, I heard from the Kapiti region that two people have recently been visited by NZ law enforcement personnel in bullet proof vests carrying guns and wanting names of ‘right wing extremists’ they knew.  The following article is from NaturalNews.com which hails as some will know, from the US. News about the event in Christchurch on March 15th is now of course global with much discussion & dissection (& censorship) going on regarding the whys and wherefores.  The result of it all has been a change to the gun laws in this country. Interesting isn’t it that NZ spends $100 million a year on the five eyes spy program to protect its citizens. It doesn’t appear to be working does it? Indeed it’s been environmentalists who’ve been spied on instead. People who just want clean non poisoned waterways, clean food sources, free from contamination by toxic substances … conservation of all resources. It’s they who have been treated like criminals. All the while a real criminal has flown right under their radar. While they twiddle their thumbs? Seems like it. And submissions from the public on the proposed gun control were heard this week gone over a two day period. Looks kind of done & dusted really. And DoC’s now set to poison the South Island again & environmentalists are still the criminals.  EWR


(Natural News) If you want to know what tyranny looks like in a “democracy,” turn your gaze towards New Zealand, where liberal tolerance and acceptance has been replaced by anti-gun zealotry and authoritarianism, thanks to a single act of violence by a man who wasn’t even born on the island.

Following Brenton Tarrant’s terrorist attack on a pair of mosques earlier this month, the New Zealand prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, and her government wasted no time in declaring that an entire class of firearms that were previously legal to own were suddenly illegal to own.

“Assault” weapons of the type used by Tarrant during his attack have no place in a civil society, you see, even if 99.999 percent of them are owned by law-abiding people and used responsibly.

As such, they must all be confiscated because getting rid of them will also stop future acts of violence and terrorism. Or so New Zealanders have been told.

But what if the act of getting rid of these guns actually causes more violence and death?

The Truth About Guns is reporting that, according to the country’s biggest firearms forum, Kiwi cops are now going door-to-door to gun owners’ places of business, their homes, and even gun ranges “in an attempt to gather information and get gun owners to relinquish their firearms.”

Pay attention, Americans — because even if you don’t own a gun, these are tactics tyrannical Left-wing Democrats will employ to force us all to live a certain way if they are ever empowered enough.

According to screenshots of the firearms forum, one gun owner is already dead.

One poster noted:

Got suggested I pop this up but whilst at work this morning, I hear a voice ask for me by name. I turn around and there’s 2 police officers.

Needless to say workmates were shocked too [sic] see me taken into a room for a chat and these guys were quite nice about it but wanted to know what [guns] my partner and I have.

Police were tipped off

The poster went on to note that a gun safe in their residence was “installed and floor plated as per the recommendations (So stored legally in an odd stock of luck),” and that they hadn’t used any of their guns because they’re “not allowed” at the moment.

“I didn’t put any paperwork or forms in yet so was a little shocked to see [the police] come out of nowhere. Anyone else get this yet?” the poster noted.

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https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-03-28-door-to-door-gun-confiscations-begin-in-new-zealand-armed-government-thugs.html

 

The yellow vests protest – raw footage of police brutality

Two videos from YT on the ongoing yellow vest protests in France. The first one gives a graphic view of the force of the police there (80K of them, and previous reports say they are believed to have been infiltrated by EU German forces) & the second a glimpse into the very brutal police retaliation, rubber bullets at close very range, (dropping tear gas from helicopters in other videos), also graphic footage of outright beating of innocent by standers, one an elderly man at a bus stop with his wife that has gone viral. Disturbing times. Just watching this situation.

Published on Jan 14, 2019

The ninth consecutive week of yellow vest protests in Paris drew tens of thousands to the streets. Police responded with tear gas and water canons. For licensing info contact momes@pm.me

Streamed live on Jan 15, 2019

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80K French Police dressed in riot gear to control Yellow Vest crowds protesting austerity measures, employing tear gas dispersed from land and air
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80K French Police dressed in riot gear to control Yellow Vest crowds protesting austerity measures, some armed with weapons that fire rubber bullets

“Anybody’s Son (or daughter) will do”: as we reflect on WAR & our loved ones again, a doco from 1983

If you think that those who foment wars care about your kids you birthed and raised, think again. As we approach another Anzac Day and we do indeed remember our loved ones (my Papa & all of his four brothers who went faithfully to WW2 ‘for their country’ and fortunately for us returned, unlike many families, torn apart forever) …. let’s spread the word that wars are only necessary for the bankers and the corporations that make the weapons. PEACE.  EnvirowatchRangitikei

Published on Aug 28, 2012

 

The following video illustrates how the young are targeted for recruitment…

Published on Aug 12, 2011

***ORIGINAL UPLOAD BY RTAmerica*** Permission to repost granted. Aug 11, 2011 As the U.S. economy remains on a consistent downward spiral, one thing the U.S. Government is never shy to invest endless cash in is the Pentagon. Which – on its end — is pumping millions of dollars into luring in the young population of America into enrolling into the military. RT’s Anastasia Churkina looks at some of those mesmerizing techniques, and what kind of effect they have had on those fit to serve. http://www.ratical.org/ratville/CAH/w… “WAR is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small “inside” group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.” – Major General Smedley Butler (“War Is A Racket”) “I spent 33 years in active military service as a member of the Marine Corps. I served from 2nd Lt. to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle-man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism… Looking back, I might have given Al Capone a few hints….” – Major General Smedley Butler (“War Is A Racket”)

Beyond Treason: The true & shocking story of Depleted Uranium

A must watch. This is shocking beyond belief. Thousands of gulf war victims (soldiers) and civilians, left disabled & dying, the deformed babies, the war zones/countries contaminated literally forever because of this chemical weapon that is illegal yet is still being used by the US. Truly beyond treason.

 

Published on Aug 24, 2011

How Queen Elizabeth II profits from the arms trade

Published on Jul 30, 2013

TEXT BY HEATHCOTE WILLIAMS. EDITING AND NARRATION BY ALAN COX.http://www.youtube.com/user/Babylonroyal

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is one of the world’s richest women. Her investments in the arms trade include firms that produce the uranium used in depleted uranium (DU) shells. The deployment of these shells by the US military in its attack on the Iraqi city of Fallujah in 2004 is believed to be the cause of a huge increase in cases of cancer and birth defects.


For a more in depth view of the history of the Royals and weapons trade within that context the following video is a must watch. Don’t be put off by the Sex Pistols’ image of the Queen. The doco is actually factual & detailed tracing back hundreds of years. See what the royal family is really about and how much wealth the Queen really owns, it is far more than the info in the first video states. For instance, three of Prince Phillip’s sisters married Nazis. Not what we are generally told about. And there’s more that will surprize you.  EnvirowatchRangitikei

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Grooming our kids for war? … the NZ Army takes guns into a PRIMARY school

I would say this must take the moron award for the year quite frankly. We know how in the US pocket (see here also) our government/corporation is witness the recent goings on with the weapons giants (known more popularly and respectably as ‘defense’ corporations) like the one that is financially partnering with the rocket base operation in Mahia, also funded with $15 mill of your tax dollars). Then we had war celebrations last year that pretty much buried our nuclear free status. All advertised with a touch of bling. Follow the money trail. Our esteemed leaders recently gave $20 billion to the ‘defense’ industry, whilst ignoring 41K homeless & our new status on the UNICEF’s child poverty index. No shame whatsoever.

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Advertisement for the ‘weapons fest’ held last year for the ‘defense’ industry at $10K+ per ticket depending on your budget
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More advertising ‘bling’ from the ‘defense’ website’s video presentation for the event last year … all about buying weapons under the banner of defense … wars make money

So why are they taking weapons to primary school children? What springs to mind for me is preparing the young mind (early) for recruitment although that is quickly dismissed as the motive in the news item. Part of a leadership course they say. Sure, teach kids to lead … with GUNS? Really? Why is the military teaching leadership & why

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Children are the innocent victims of war

with guns? Hasn’t there been enough strife in schools with guns? Who needs them? Watch the video and see the kids’ reactions. “Amazing and cool” (to hold the weapons). Very young and impressionable minds. Note they are not being shown images of bloody children and their families from war torn countries. Or told (presumably) of the remote killing done by drones … from an armchair. Just the glitzy, amazing, cool weapons … for now.

The other rationale for this that occurs is ‘normalizing’ and ‘glorifying’ the presence of guns and military. We’ve seen this in recent years more and more with the many drills we have going on with troops from all over the planet (the new global village – interdependence it’s called) playing out war games right in our midst. The new global village is simply the new world order announced publicly by US president Bush Snr after the Gulf War, and other world leaders since then. This new presence of the military in the public’s midst is totally unnecessary. We can be defended quite adequately without all of that publicity. I recall as a child passing through the Desert Road occasionally, when we looked out excitedly for the possible (and rare) sighting of a tank doing war practice. Now they are venturing into our towns with their war ‘games’, making it look like fun. We need to be asking ourselves ‘why?’ Our esteemed Police have morphed from the friendly country constable to something out of star wars, storm troopers with flak jackets and weapons. Witness the Tuhoe raids in 2007 where these characters not only stopped and entered school buses frightening the life out of little school kids, they also escorted young children outside with guns to their heads and detained them in their garage without food or water for nine hours. (Note though, they did bring in a van load of provisions but only for themselves. Great leadership skills guys). Watch the video at the link. Far from the public eye they were basically traumatizing and ill treating young impressionable kids. A far cry from the so-called ‘leadership training’ touted as the rationale for handing guns out at primary schools. Okay this was the Police and not the military but you would have to be blind not to see the blurring of lines occurring.

 

Our esteemed Police have morphed from the friendly country constable to something out of star wars

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‘Interdependence’, from Defense’s blingy advertisement, the new ‘global village’ concept

So … guns in primary schools? Not a good sign in my opinion. Call me paranoid if you will but I see it as very sinister. They might have squeaked by in upper level high school but primary? Not good & I’m pleased to hear they’re nipping it in the bud. Read the article and hold those who are molding the minds of your kids accountable.

 

 

EnvirowatchRangitikei

 

The article from stuff

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Children at Whakarongo School Palmerston North with army weapons [Photo credit: Stuff.co.nz]

Education Minister to shut down guns in schools after army gave rifles to children

Kids using rifles in schools is completely legal – for now.

But that is set to change in about four months time when Education Minister Nikki Kaye introduces clear guidelines outlining when it’s appropriate for firearms to be on school grounds.

Several MPs raised the issue of guns in schools with Kaye after a Stuff story in April revealed the army allowed 9 to 13-year-olds to get their hands on unloaded guns and learn how to assemble and fire an assault rifle. However Kaye says she’s “pretty conservative” when it comes to guns in schools and as a “general rule” she doesn’t support it.

“It was drawn to my attention that there was a situation the other day where the army brought some rifles into schools and that’s absolutely allowed under the law.

“I’ve asked whether there are any guidelines in this area and it’s clear there aren’t, so I’ve asked the Ministry of Education and NZSTA (New Zealand School Trustees Association) to work on some guidelines.”

At the time of the school visit Corporal Israel McNicholl said, “kids just love the guns, you know what kids are like … but they are not toys”.

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