America’s Continuing Militarization

“What we’re doing here, and let’s not kid about it, is we’re building a domestic army and shrinking the military because the government is afraid of its own citizens … ”

“The last time more than 10 terrorists were in the same place at the same time was September 11th, and all these [armored] vehicles wouldn’t have prevented it, nor would they have helped anybody.”

“We’re building an Army over here and I can’t believe people aren’t seeing it, is everybody blind?”

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The above was part of a testamony against the city of Concord, NH, going out and getting a BEARCAT attack vehicle. 1

And what, exactly, does the nation need with militarized police forces? Take KCPD, for example; they’re such pussies they wouldn’t dare take these toys into the Eastside, but would instead use them only in Brookside. 2

Well, let’s see…

A small organic farm in Arlington, Texas, was the target of a massive police action last week that included aerial surveillance, a SWAT raid and a 10-hour search.

Members of the local police raiding party had a search warrant for marijuana plants, which they failed to find at the Garden of Eden farm. But farm owners and residents who live on the property told a Dallas-Ft. Worth NBC station that the real reason for the law enforcement exercise appears to have been code enforcement. The police seized “17 blackberry bushes, 15 okra plants, 14 tomatillo plants … native grasses and sunflowers,” after holding residents inside at gunpoint for at least a half-hour, property owner Shellie Smith said in a statement. The raid lasted about 10 hours, she said.

Local authorities had cited the Garden of Eden in recent weeks for code violations, including “grass that was too tall, bushes growing too close to the street, a couch and piano in the yard, chopped wood that was not properly stacked, a piece of siding that was missing from the side of the house, and generally unclean premises,” Smith’s statement said. She said the police didn’t produce a warrant until two hours after the raid began, and officers shielded their name tags so they couldn’t be identified. According to ABC affiliate WFAA, resident Quinn Eaker was the only person arrested — for outstanding traffic violations.

The city of Arlington said in a statement that the code citations were issued to the farm following complaints by neighbors, who were “concerned that the conditions” at the farm “interfere with the useful enjoyment of their properties and are detrimental to property values and community appearance.” The police SWAT raid came after “the Arlington Police Department received a number of complaints that the same property owner was cultivating marijuana plants on the premises,” the city’s statement said. “No cultivated marijuana plants were located on the premises,” the statement acknowledged.

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Hmmm.

Blackberry bushes, okra plants, tomatillo plants, native grasses and sunflowers! Hell, Arlington S.W.A.T. was right to go in; these people were surely meant to be relegated to the Goup W bench, right next to the mother rapers, father stabbers, father rapers and litters!!

Wake up, people.

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Show 2 footnotes

  1. Those of you with more than a smattering of history will remember New Hampshire as a pirate haven in the 1700s, as well as remember that pirates were also known as ‘freebooters’ for a reason – each pirate was equal to every other, including the captain of the ship. It was only during battle that the captain held unanimous command. Sounds like little has changed in NH. Give ’em hell, boys!
  2. Where, frankly, the neighborhood is so blasé that they would take one look at the obviously over compensating display of machismo and assume it was another over-the-top Gay Pride parade.

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