Monday, October 28, 2013

Local Departments Fortify Police State With Armored Personnel Carriers

Brandon Turbeville and Heather Callaghan
Activist Post

All across the country, preparations are being made for a massive assault on an enemy that has yet to be publicly defined. The preparations involve the procurement of Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) or Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles (MRAPs), military equipment, and tactical training. These preparations, however, are not being undertaken by the US military in response to a potential outside invasion but, instead, by local police departments towards what one must logically assume is a domestic threat.

Indeed, police and sheriff’s departments all across the country, from Michigan and Ohio to Texas, California to Idaho to South Carolina, and from Maine to Florida are hardening their forces with militarized body armor, weaponry, tactical gear, and APCs coming straight from the US military at bargain prices.

But who, exactly, is the enemy that American police must feel the need to become so battle-hardened against? Even if one were to, for the sake of argument, allow the ridiculous narrative of the threats of domestic terrorism to be true, where are the armies of Muslim fundamentalists inside of America? Or are the police actually preparing to defend American citizens against some foreign military invasion by another major power?

The answer, of course, is none of the above. American police are not being trained to defend the American public – they are being trained to oppress them. In other words, the enemy for which local police departments all across the country are preparing to engage in outright combat against is the American people themselves.

Yet it is not merely the major cities of America that have been procuring military APCs/MRAPs as many may initially suspect. Even smaller rural police and sheriff’s departments have been obtaining APCs/MRAPs with no justifiable reason for doing so.


For instance, while larger counties like Richland County, South Carolina (to which Columbia belongs) have recently procured an APC (complete with a machine gun turret that fires .50 caliber rounds), smaller areas like Florence, South Carolina have done the same. Even small towns like Chickasaw Alabama and small rural counties like Marion County, South Carolina have gotten in on the act, as well as universities like Ohio State University and UC Berkley.

Indeed, as police departments spend taxpayer money to procure APCs and other military-related equipment, the truth of the matter is that such equipment serves no real purpose outside of a military combat zone. After all, the sole purpose of an APC is to transport military personnel to and from combat zones in a protected fashion.

Although many police departments will argue that APCs will be used to do the same for police during a hostage or standoff situation, one must ask where is the actual combat zone? To most Americans, (except for those living in Chicago perhaps), it might come as quite the surprise that America is considered a combat zone worthy of needing APCs for transportation.

Of course, it should be noted that, even after arriving at the scene of the hostage taking or standoff, police would then still have to exit the vehicle to deal with it and put themselves in harm’s way as a result. Thus, the idea of requiring armored protection on the way TO a standoff situation is null and void.

Indeed, whenever APCs are used during a live situation, the police who are allegedly using the vehicle for their protection are often seen riding on the outside of the vehicle, thus negating the entire purpose of the vehicle.

Yet APCs, despite their uselessness in legitimate hostage situations, are becoming increasingly common not just by the fact that police departments are acquiring more and more of them but also by their use.

Of course, the very fact that police departments are not only procuring but using APCs and related weaponry against its citizens, particularly non-violent, unarmed, ones, is the clear signal of a police state. However, if police departments are procuring such vehicles out of the “cool” factor where police merely gather new and more powerful toys (as some have argued) then the police departments are guilty of grossly wasting taxpayer money during a time of economic depression. Some argue that it is like insurance – you hope you never have to use it but it’s there if you do. Thus, police departments, at best, are flushing large amounts of money down the toilet for their own entertainment or, at worst, ramping up the full implementation of a domestic police state.

Again, the answer is obvious. Law Enforcement has never simply acquired weaponized “eye candy” that they do not intend to use. True to form, the use of APCs by domestic police is already occurring and it is rapidly on the rise.

As Radley Balko of Reason.com writes,
One of the most appalling cases occurred in Maricopa County, Arizona, the home of Joe Arpaio, self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff in America." In 2004 one of Arpaio's SWAT teams conducted a bumbling raid in a Phoenix suburb. Among other weapons, it used tear gas and an armored personnel carrier that later rolled down the street and smashed into a car. The operation ended with the targeted home in flames and exactly one suspect in custody--for outstanding traffic violations.
In addition, according to Raw Story, Dallas County, Texas Sheriff’s Department has stated that its new APC will be used for the purposes of serving warrants.

As the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center reports, “on May 11, 2006, Champaign police received a call from Garden Hills, about Carl “Dennis” Stewart, a suicidal black man alone in his car with a gun. The Champaign police called out the SWAT team and rolled out their prized Armored Personnel Carrier. After a four-hour standoff, Stewart was chased down the street by the APC. Cornered by police, he put the gun to his head and killed himself.”

Unfortunately, events such as the three listed above are becoming more and more common in a country that still ironically boasts of being the freest in the world. Routinely used in SWAT team raids APCs/MRAPS have now become ubiquitous in the world of law enforcement and American life. Scarcely do they even warrant a mention when raids are reported in media outlets.

Clearly, the police are no longer tasked with even the pretense of protecting and serving the American public. Indeed, official police training literature and analysis reports consistently list both normal and informed American citizens as potential terrorists, thus reinforcing the “us vs. them” mentality running rampant throughout law enforcement organizations all across the country.

With such benign behavior as supporting specific political candidates, paying for coffee with cash, having “apocalyptic religious beliefs,” and even possessing a pair of socks as potential domestic terrorism, the police have been successfully trained to view the American citizen as both a threat and a danger to the law and order of the state. While the police may not be actual foreign military troops, they are without a doubt an occupying force which sees the general public as a subject population. Thus, the population is a threat which they seek to extinguish.

Regardless, whether or not the police actively take advantage of their new-found military equipment, the mere possession of what amounts to a military tank minus the cannon (although machine gun turrets are often a part of the vehicle) can be used as a method of intimidation to any citizen considering dissent against the current power structure.

Indeed, in many totalitarian societies of the past, it was the perceived domination and power of the state – not the actual power – which kept millions of people in check. There is no doubt that the visual image of APCs/MRAPs on the streets of America, occasionally serving warrants and supporting SWAT raids, is an intimidating and threatening image and an ever-present reminder of the power of the State.[1]

The presence of APCs on American streets is clearly not an organic or isolated incident. As Wendy McElroy writes, “it is part of a well-funded, coordinated federal program called Operation Urban Shield.” Essentially Operation Urban Shield is a program designed to train law enforcement to impose martial law . . . and American citizens to accept it. Such was clearly the case in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing. Police in full combat gear were scarcely identifiable from the actual military marched through the streets of Boston complete with riflemen posted in gun turrets mounted on APCs/MRAPs. Likewise, APCs were a close companion during Occupy peaceful protests.

It is important to understand that whenever one witnesses simultaneous events taking place in seemingly unrelated parts of the world, or even the local scene, seldom is that series of events merely coincidence. It is almost always the signal of a carefully coordinated and orchestrated agenda taking shape after years of backstage planning.

Still, one should wonder just what law enforcement organizations are preparing for and why they believe they need to be outfitted with Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles and APCs. If even cursory research is conducted, it will clearly reveal that it is because those at the top level of society have a very grim vision of the future.

Here is an advertisement and demonstration of a BearCat as made by Lenco:



Notes:

[1] Wolf, Naomi. The End of America: Letter of Warning To A Young Patriot. Chelsea Green Publishing. 2007. http://www.amazon.com/The-End-America-Warning-Patriot/dp/1933392797

Read other articles by Brandon Turbeville here.

Brandon Turbeville is an author out of Florence, South Carolina. He has a Bachelor's Degree from Francis Marion University and is the author of three books, Codex Alimentarius -- The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies, and Five Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident. Turbeville has published over 200 articles dealing on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville's podcast Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV.  He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) gmail.com. 

Heather Callaghan is a natural health blogger and food freedom activist. You can see her work at NaturalBlaze.com and ActivistPost.com. Like at Facebook.

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9 comments:

Anonymous said...

They're buying tanks n hollow-point bullets, not food. Get it?!

Anonymous said...

In my medium-sized town in Connecticut, I was shocked, last week, to find myself driving on the highway next to an armored personnel carrier with the town's name emblazoned on the front and back saying," >>>>>> Police". My town has a low crime rate and hasn't ever had a violent disturbance requiring anything remotely similar to an military style APC. What are they preparing for is a great question to ask?

Anonymous said...

NO FOOD STAMP in November + NO GARDENING ALLOWED = RIOTS by design!

Now, people have to be clever: SOLIDARITY, SHARING & GIFTING instead killing each others MUST BE
-start PLANTING FREE FRUTIS, VEGES... along roads, in parks, on balkons... = creating ABUNDANCE of FREE food to all 7 billion people = TURN OUR CITIES INTO FREE GARDENS
-share & gift as much as you can
-use & create FREE STUFF = best weapon against their profit based system

Nobody will buy/sell you any more and you could work out OF PASSION = real freedom, luxury... for all & freedom

Anonymous said...

316 MILLION Civilian guns
2 MILLION LEO guns
3 MILLION military guns

If you think Afghanistan and Iraq went on forever.....

Hide Behind said...

On April 19, 1993 the military units from Ft. Hood Texas; under the orders of then single Star General Wesley Clark, after joining a vast force of ground troops attacked approximatel 80 civilians made up of primarily women and children which was a deliberate massacre.
His warriors were as not in Balkans or Africa of black peoples but right here in Waco, Texas.
At the end a prouud journalist caught a photo of a US Army tank flying the Flag with smoke arising all around it, A sign of Victors and victory.
WHAT WAS UNSEEN IS THAT DIRECTLY UNDER THE TANKS TREADS IS A BUNKER
CONTAINING OVER 60 UNARMED bURNED TO DEATH WOMEN AND CHILDREN.
There were 15 regular military .
Two 2 man sniper teams not from Hood already in field.
13 full time Texas National Guardsmen;
9 Bradley Fighting Vehicles;
5 combat engineers vehicles 6x6 adeuce and Half;
On tank retrieval vehicle;
At the time two top Secret M1A1 Abrams tanks were also sent.
All done at bhest of Bill Clinton who later rewarded Wesley with anotherr star and all illegal as hell and not just by Posssee Comitatus Act but some 80 other Constitutional and legally bing laws .
Wesleys group joined the over 400 executive branch controlled alphabet groups including IRS postal BATF, and even CIA was involved because the Davidian weapons were sold by their west coast arms dealers.
Wesley was a good loyal SS German and over 2O0 laughing cheering macho and religious fanatics all acting like "Little Eichmans".were being cheered by some 250 million patsys.
When US populace, and the worst most cowardly group of pro flag waver militia groups cheering as weell the killings, and all did not 1 fn thing to challenge that slaughter.
Any Emporer or Fascisi pagan and babaric leader would of been prouder of his people than were the Clintonistas.
Hell it was only the Liberal Many litia tha grabbd and yes stole footage to save as feds tried and succeeded to end newspaper record keeping and later pulling almost all critical anti waco from net.
aOn that date in 1993 there was a loss of soul in this nation that left once and for all.
Take your damned crying about cops acting lik military and installing a police state you deserve no better.
Later at Ruby Ridge the sniper that shot Randy Weavers wife as she was holding her baby was one used at Waco
Another time americans, what a fn laugh . Did not a damn thing a n out massive state illegaliy and murder; except to go shopping..

Anonymous said...

Hide Behind..you are exactly correct, and yet David Koresh "their supposed target" was well known to jog every morning, they could have taken him then if that was the goal, but it was not, the goal was to show 'Merica who the masters are, and that no man can stand before government, for government now controls man! They always ask "can we" but never "should we" zionist,neocon traitors in our government, duel citizens with a foreign master and the goal of raping Americans for all they are worth. free yourself, you are Gods children and were NEVER born in sin, you are Gods, for you came from God, let NO MAN tell you otherwise, for they are the true evil in this world.

Anonymous said...

Bravo guys, great article. I am sending it around.

Anonymous said...

USA ! USA ! USA ! USA ! USA ! USA !

Anonymous said...

This is defense contractor ploy to use these units so on our next deployment they get a contract to build more. Simple greed. No plot to dominate, just the "Free Market" at work. Ha.

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