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"He [a federal agent] had his knee on my back and I had no idea why they were there." - Anthony Wright, victim of a Dept. of Education SWAT team raid
The militarization of American police – no doubt a blowback effect of the military empire – has become an unfortunate part of American life. In fact, it says something about our reliance on the military that federal agencies having nothing whatsoever to do with national defense now see the need for their own paramilitary units. Among those federal agencies laying claim to their own law enforcement divisions are the State Department, Department of Education, Department of Energy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service, to name just a few. These agencies have secured the services of fully armed agents – often in SWAT team attire – through a typical bureaucratic sleight-of-hand provision allowing for the creation of Offices of Inspectors General (OIG). Each OIG office is supposedly charged with not only auditing their particular agency’s actions but also uncovering possible misconduct, waste, fraud, theft, or certain types of criminal activity by individuals or groups related to the agency’s operation. At present, there are 73 such OIG offices in the federal government that, at times, perpetuate a police state aura about them.
For example, it was heavily armed agents from one such OIG office, working under the auspices of the Department of Education, who forced their way into the home of a California man, handcuffed him, and placed his three children (ages 3, 7, and 11) in a squad car while they conducted a search of his home. This federal SWAT team raid, which is essentially what it was, on the home of Anthony Wright on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, was allegedly intended to ferret out information on Wright’s estranged wife, Michelle, who no longer lives with him and who was suspected of financial aid fraud (early news reports characterized the purpose of the raid as being over Michelle’s delinquent student loans). According to Wright, he was awakened at 6 am by the sound of agents battering down his door and, upon descending the stairs, was immediately subdued by police. One neighbor actually witnessed the team of armed agents surround the house and, after forcing entry, they "dragged [Wright] out in his boxer shorts, threw him to the ground and handcuffed him."
These new breeds they issue uniforms and badges to nowadays are nothing but thugs in blue with the attitude that everyone is their enemy
Originally posted by wiredamerican
I really hate it when I read of raids such as these. I sleep with a shot gun and I do not want anyone who invades my home to die.... And if it were law enforcement , I would really really hate it.
A shot gun blast to the abdomen is really really messy, and if it happened to a good person, it would ruin me.
This type of anti citizen approach by law enforcement should be resisted. Something must be done to place law enforcement back in it's role outside of this criminal military mentality it has now. Its sad when I watch events such as a shootout or chase on the news and actually root for the offender, but thats the by-product of the actions against the citizens of this nation by military wannabe cops violating our rights.
Originally posted by starwarsisreal
The rise of the Gestapo and the fall of liberty. Sooner or later we'll be hearing the sentence "your papers please?"
Originally posted by HellstormRising
reply to post by Humint1
I don't ever plan on getting into a situation where anyone is knocking down my door ...
"The door flew open," he said. "I heard gunfire shoot off. There was a brief pause and more gunfire."