The War On American Citizens

June 24, 2014

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The American Civil Liberties Union issued a 98 page report this morning titled “War Comes Home: The Excessive Militarization of American Policing.”

If you belong to a motorcycle club it probably won’t tell you anything you don’t already know. Raids by heavily armed teams of donut commandos are regularly used as a form of extra-judicial punishment against bikers because bikers tend to be contemptuous of both bullies and drug laws. These raids are obviously unconstitutional because they are blatantly intended to punish people that police don’t like without even a sham trial. And the punishment they inflict – like the routine killing of family pets, the brutalization of children and the sexual degradation of women – is unquestionably cruel and unusual and unconstitutional, too.

This page has covered the practice of punishment by Swat for the last six years. If you want to read some of what has already been published here consider “Swat Murdered Russell Doza,” “Indicia Warrant From Hell,”  “Why James Hicks Died,”  or The Aging Rebel’s review of Radley Balko’s Rise Of The Warrior Cop.

So far, this repressive war by America’s police establishment on America’s citizen’s has been ignored by America’s mainstream news outlets and has avoided inclusion on the national agenda. That is a shame because routine extra-judicial punishment by militarized police might be the single most obvious thing wrong with this nation – a greater threat to the survival of the Republic than student debt, the nation’s crumbling infrastructure or even the religious war in Iraq. Maybe today’s ACLU report will earn a minute or two on tonight’s nightly news.

The ACLU Report

While preparing the report the ACLU analyzed 800 Swat raids conducted by law enforcement agencies in 20 states and on those agencies’ acquisition of military weaponry, vehicles, and equipment.

“We found that police overwhelmingly use Swat raids not for extreme emergencies like hostage situations but to carry out such basic police work as serving warrants or searching for a small amount of drugs,” Kara Dansky, Senior Counsel with the ACLU’s Center for Justice said. The report documents multiple tragedies caused by police carrying out needless Swat raids, including a 26-year-old mother shot with her child in her arms and a 19-month-old baby critically injured when a flashbang grenade landed in his crib.

“Our police are trampling on our civil rights and turning communities…into war zones,” Dansky continued. “We all pay for it with our tax dollars. The Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, and Justice give police military weaponry and vehicles as well as grants for military equipment. The War on Drugs has failed, yet the federal government hasn’t stopped the flow of guns and money.”

The report calls for the federal government to rein in the incentives for police to militarize. The ACLU also asks that local, state and federal governments track the use of Swat and the guns, tanks, and other military equipment that end up in police hands.

“Our findings reveal not only the dangers of militarized police, but also the difficulties in determining the extent and impact of those dangers. At every level – from the police to the state governments to the federal government – there is almost no recordkeeping about Swat or the use of military weapons and vehicles by local law enforcement,” Dansky said.

In addition, the report recommends that state legislatures and municipalities develop criteria for SWAT raids that limit their deployment to the kinds of emergencies for which they were intended, such as an active shooter situation.

You can read the complete report here.


59 Responses to “The War On American Citizens”

  1. Phuquehed Says:

    @Paladin – Absolutely correct. China, Cuba, Russia, N Korea, and others would already have him in some dark little dungeon asking him questions in unpleasant ways and expecting him to shape up or disappear.

  2. FF Says:

    This means that the FBI, who does surveillance on Americans, is spying on Americans communications that were collected by the NSA and that they’re doing so without anything resembling a warrant. Oh, and let’s make this even worse: the FBI isn’t even tracking how often it does this.

    My first urinal

    I’m gonna drink and drive on my way, too. Can’t wait to give this one a golden shower.

  3. Mag Says:

    @Panhead – “This Iron Order Govt. machine is intended to create a need for LE and Govt. agencies to intervene, seek and destroy. The mistake they make is that the Govt. machine is loaded with Patriots who are on the teams being hunted and murdered.”

    How wonderfully apt. Iron Order Government. Perfect description of the gear queers that fantasize over 511 Tactical catalogs but don’t know the truth of terrified fire and death in the dirt. I think you’ve hit on something… it’s no different from the attempts to play at patch holder without paying dues.

    One necessarily wonders at the crossover of one to the other in a demographic sense. What percentage of Iron Order members are 511 customers, v. MRAP operators, v. dog shooters?

    Metadata works both ways.

    And as you note, there’s a front-loaded saving grace to it. Just as you don’t hear the shot that kills you, you don’t recognize the patriot that stops you.

  4. Latigo Morgan Says:

    Look up Bundy Ranch standoff. Armed Americans stood up to be counted and the feds backed down. In fact, they retreated so quickly they left a bunch of stuff behind.

    No need to go looking for such trouble, though. It will come to you.

  5. AVAGOVFFV Says:

    This disgusted me to my very inner soul these pieces of shit need to see some serious KARMA nothing but coward assholes every last one.

    May their sleep be filled with torment.–abc-news-topstories.html

    Viva Los Vagos


  6. AVAGOVFFV Says:

    More on this tragic event caused by a gang of cowards.

    Viva Los Vagos


  7. WARTHOG Says:


    I’m going to assume you haven’t seen this video.




  8. AVAGOVFFV Says:

    No, I had not seen it before but after I watched it I sure did want to find a badge with a bad attitude for a friendly game of Vago soccer though, spineless coward chump motherfuckers.

    Happy Holidays to you and yours.


    Viva Los Vagos

  9. Tammi Says:

    I’m here, because we are of the same mind… So if so many of us realize what’s happening why can’t we find each other face to face. I have a big mouth, and I pissed the local Police off. Right nòw I feel that I’m goiñg crazy because I can’t possibly be worth the time and effort they seem to be putting into fucking with me. I may be just crazy, and paranoid… But if I’m not we are in big trouble. They are preparing for war against “the people” and playing it off like it’s only the scary terrorist they’re after, but that’s just a facade so they can prepare right under our noses.

    The absolute harshes lesson I have learned is that they’ve done everything with our consent. There are laws on the books that say “it’s ok for a judge to lie to a jury as long as he only tells them what they “should” do”, that one word is all a jury knows of it’s right to nullify unjust laws. We have forgotten that we are self governed, and it is WE that tell them what’s acceptable by jury. Everyone can make a stand by simply refusing to believe we’re powerless and serving on a jury gladly, because that’s where we do have a voice, and it only takes one person to stand there ground. We are there to judge the facts, and the laws. A jury is the last thing standing between the people and an oppressive government – Jefferson.

    I’ve also noticed that Jefferson might have tried to give us a safe place to organize in times like these, a place so sacred that the government could only fuck it up, so important was the freedom of religion that it is brilliantly written that any attempt to change the act is itself a violation of the law. The freedom of religion act might not be about religion at all, but about revolution. I suppose that’s why we’re in a scary holy war right now, because we stupidly hand away our liberties out of fear, and maybe we already have.

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