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Remember back in 2008 when the Army announced they are deploying 20,000 Army troops to active duty IN AMERICA?

3rd Infantry’s 1st BCT trains for a new dwell-time mission. Helping ‘people at home’ may become a permanent part of the active Army

They may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control...

 The 1st BCT’s soldiers also will learn how to use “the first ever nonlethal package that the Army has fielded,”  

Most here thought being alarmed about the above was a bit tin foil hatty.  Well, now those non-lethal weapons are being deployed around the country and the world.  

What next?  Detention Camps?

Of course not.  Oh, wait we do have detention centers for illegal immigrants.  But they would never do this to "real Americans", right?

For years Chiefs of Police and others have received "terrorist training" in Israel, so that's not new news either.

Just some links and facts below.  No need for alarm.  All is well.  This is America.

And this is our history (Go to page 5 to read the synopsis):

Modernizing Repression Police Training and Nation Building in the American Century byJeremy Kuzmarov


2003, November 21 - General Tommy Franks Doubts Constitution Will Survive WMD Attack

In December 2005, General Tommy Franks was appointed to the Bank of America Board of Directors, a position he held until resigning on June 11, 2009 for unspecified reasons.

Members of the board, many of whom are paid upward of $200,000 a year for their service, declined to comment or did not return calls. A Bank of America spokesman declined to comment.

Well, that's one way of thanking a General for his service.

April, 2010 DynCorp changes hands2010 Bank of America, Citibank, Barclays, and Deutsch finance sale of Dyncorp from one private equity firm to another. $1.17 billion.

December, 2010 - 2010 Bank of America finances $200,000,000 for purchase of Blackwater by Private Equity Firm.

There you go.  Wall Street has its own mercenary armies, gun, and bullet manufacturers.

2005 Toronto Police ‘Volatility’ mars forum probing police chief’s Israel visit

2008 Utah Police Chief returns from Israeli training

2010 Domestic Security Alliance Council (DSAC) - FBI teams with private sector

DSAC, a strategic partnership between the FBI and the U.S. private sector, was established to promote the timely and effective exchange of information.

March, 2011 St. Louis County Police Chief Timothy Fitch visits Israel for counter-terrorism

July 28, 2011 US, Aussie police to visit Israel counter-terror program

October 2011 US police officials visit Israel for terror training.  New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and New Hampshire

April, 2011 This week, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clark along with about a dozen other police chiefs and county sheriffs are visiting Israel to study the country's homeland security tactics;

Infragard - InfraGard is a partnership between the FBI and an association of businesses, academic institutions, state and local law enforcement agencies, and other participants dedicated to sharing information and intelligence to prevent hostile acts against the United States.

2008, October Article Use of military in quelling domestic unrest a scary sign

Officially formed to respond to major disasters, like a nuclear or biological attack, this combat brigade falls under the U.S. Northern Command, a military structure formed on Oct, 1, 2002, to "provide command and control of Department of Defense homeland defense efforts." Military participation in domestic operations was originally outlawed with the Posse Comitatus Act in 1878.

The John Warner National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007, however, included a section that allowed the President to deploy the armed forces to "restore public order" or to suppress "any insurrection." While a later bill repealed this, President Bush attached a signing statement that he did not feel bound by the repeal.

And the big story today:  Report: Israel Occupation Forces, Bahraini Guards Used To Train American Cops Against Domestic Disturbances

In October, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department turned parts of the campus of the University of California in Berkeley into an urban battlefield. The occasion was Urban Shield 2011, an annual SWAT team exposition organized to promote “mutual response,” collaboration and competition between heavily militarized police strike forces representing law enforcement departments across the United States and foreign nations.

And it looks like Congress is about to make this bill even more onerous.

MYSELF and OTHERS have been ringing this warning bell for a long time.  Listen to the words of this speech.  We are slipping back to our very dark past.


Heck, 8%+ are unemployed with time on their hands.

I hope others will connect some of the dots.

It looks like, to me, that the private equity, big banks, and key retired CIA and military personnel are on the same team, and its not ours.

And the Police Chiefs have been trained by and adopted Israeli tactics.  I would be surprised if the military and Blackwater hadn't also helped to train our police.

The Militarized Police State.  I Can Happen Here!

Originally posted to War on Error on Sat Dec 03, 2011 at 05:21 PM PST.

Also republished by Occupy Wall Street.

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  •  the trouble with living (2+ / 0-)
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    War on Error, Bluefin

    in this modern world is that so much of what seems to be happening quite defies rational thought. What does it mean in the infinte scheme?

    BTW, you have a number of spelling and grammatical errors in your text, which detract from your message.

    The trouble with quotes on the internet is that it is difficult to determine whether or not they are genuine. -- Abraham Lincoln

    by Mnemosyne on Sat Dec 03, 2011 at 05:30:10 PM PST

  •  Always seemed stupid to me to deploy the army for (4+ / 0-)

    such, when that was already possibly part of the job of the National Guard.  Why the heck didn't they just pull the National Guard back to the US and leave them here?

    •  The Army (101st Airborne) (5+ / 0-)

      ...did a pretty good job in the Little Rock desegregation riots in 1957. Amazing how quickly people get out of the way when a line of bayonets is coming at them.

      Pres. Eisenhower also federalized the Arkansas National Guard.

      •  Good to know (2+ / 0-)
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        War on Error, eigenlambda

        More than a decade before I was born, and glossed over in my high school history classes.  

        I was vaguely under the impression that society was supposed to be striving for less violence, and that just maybe, we didn't think using bayonets on US citizens was a good idea any more.  Silly me.

        •  I believe we think of the federal response (5+ / 0-)

 Little Rock as a great victory for civil rights and desegregation.

          This is how historian William Manchester described the scene where people tried to Occupy Little Rock so to speak to block integration:

          The difference between these troops and the militia was striking. Both wore the same uniform, but the resemblance ended there.

          The National Guard was made up of weekend soldiers, easygoing, casual in dress, and slow to obey. The 101st Airborne was a crack outfit, professional in all ways... A lanky, lantern-jawed major watched them from beside a sound truck. His voice rasped over the loudspeaker: "Please return to your homes or it will be necessary to disperse you."

          They didn't budge. "N*gger lover," one of them muttered, and another called, "Russian!" A man in a baggy brown suit shouted to the others, "They're just bluffing. If you don't want to move, you don't have to."

          The major ripped out a command. Twelve paratroopers with fixed bayonets formed a line and braced their rifle butts against their hips in the on-guard position for riot control; it brought each bayonet on a line with the crowd's throats. Again the major snapped an order and the soldiers moved forward. The mob retreated. The man in the brown suit held his ground until the last moment; then he broke and ran.

          Again the major said harshly, "Let's clear this area right now. This is the living end! I'll tell you, we're not going to do it on a slow walk this time." ... As they came on, the crowd recoiled, hopping, to the front lawn and then to the veranda of a private home, all the time yelling that this was private property, that the troopers had no right to come after them on it. The soldiers didn't miss a step. Up the porch they came, and then across it as the mob scrambled backward from the bayonets. Those who hesitated were being methodically pushed of the piazza when one of them struck back... another paratrooper reversed his M-1 and clouted the [man's] head with the steel butt. ...while a stony-eyed sergeant called, "Keep those bayonets high--right at the base of the neck."

  •  Regarding all the training of US police, (7+ / 0-)

    in Israel, I guess the questions would be:

    1) what was exact the purpose of the training;

    2) what other countries does the US police apparently need to get training; and

    3) why can't US police get sufficient training in the US?

    H'mm. I'm not terribly into this, anymore.

    by Knarfc on Sat Dec 03, 2011 at 06:07:45 PM PST

    •  Because It Would Leave Records (3+ / 0-)
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      Same reason we outsource torture.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sat Dec 03, 2011 at 06:29:02 PM PST

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    •  Interesting funding. Not public $. (5+ / 0-)

      ADL sponsors these trips, as well as US-based law enforcement training, for LEOs "to learn how Israel's police, intelligence, and security forces prevent terror attacks."  From April 2011 release:

      As participants in ADL's National Counter-Terrorism Seminar, they met with counter-terrorism experts in an intensive program incorporating formal presentations and briefings with site visits around the country to areas that have borne witness to terror attacks. They learned how Israel has prevented and responded to suicide bombings and terrorist attacks and how the nation protects its airports, shopping malls, and public events.

      The delegation consisted of executives from the California Highway Patrol and major city police departments from across the country, including New York, Philadelphia, Houston, Dallas, Atlantic City, Louisville, Richmond, Tulsa, Nashville, Charlotte, Albuquerque, and St. Louis County. More than 115 federal, state and local law enforcement executives have participated in this ADL program since it was first launched in 2003.

      Also see:  Advanced Training School

      It will be interesting to see if the outrage here approaches that expressed against PERF, an NGO that seems to do considerably less in the way of training.

      •  The group was funded by ADL (2+ / 0-)
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        Not sure the others are.

        There used to be a Blackwater Police Training program, but I can't seem to find the link again.

        It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

        by War on Error on Sat Dec 03, 2011 at 07:18:14 PM PST

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        •  All the links I checked were ADL funded, (1+ / 0-)
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          War on Error

          but I can't say I checked all the relevant links.

          I really don't know how to interpret this aspect of your concerns. I'm genuinely puzzled, and can imagine both positive and negative connotations. Perhaps someone else will have some insight.

          The Blackwater thing sounds familiar but I don't have a link either.

          •  Hadn't Blackwater bought a bunch of land (1+ / 0-)
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            to open a training facility... really a lot of acreage... was it in far southern CA?

            Just trying to remember also.


            What if they gave a war and no one came?

            by Sean X on Sun Dec 04, 2011 at 06:22:46 AM PST

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            •  BW had several training sites in the country (0+ / 0-)

              that information seems to have been scrubbed.

              It wa controversial, some objected.

              It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

              by War on Error on Sun Dec 04, 2011 at 07:55:15 AM PST

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            •  Yes, but... (1+ / 0-)
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              March 7, 2008

              Blackwater has dropped its controversial plans for a military and law enforcement training center in Southern California.

              The proposal had stirred a storm of opposition from a coalition of rural residents, environmentalists and anti-war activists.

              In December, five members of a local planning board who had voted to approve the project were recalled by voters in Potrero, the tiny community 45 miles east of San Diego where Blackwater wanted to build its facility on an 824-acre chicken and cattle ranch.

              So much for that one, but Blackwater / Xe police training is widespread and they likely still have an indoor training facility in that general area, as well as many others in the U.S.

              Agencies Using Blackwater Training -- A list of law enforcement agencies who do use or have used Blackwater for training.
              Just a few from the list:
              19. New York Police Department
              23. Gastonia, North Carolina Police  (?)
              40. Los Angeles Police Department
              55. Morganton, North Carolina Police   (?)

              (?) - The 25-strong police tactical team assault on a NC building was in Chapel Hill, on the map not close to these NC cities, should anyone wonder as I did.


              What if they gave a war and no one came?

              by Sean X on Sun Dec 04, 2011 at 08:08:19 AM PST

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              •  You're awesome! I am aging... (0+ / 0-)

                Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!


                What was your search parameter(s) to find this.

                I fear my brain is becoming dull.

                Peace and Courage.

                I will include this info, with your permission.

                It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

                by War on Error on Sun Dec 04, 2011 at 08:18:51 AM PST

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                •  Of course, include away! (0+ / 0-)

                  Searching, I think I started with < Blackwater training California law enforcement > One time, I remember I put the word "land" in there too. Not a sentence just search terms.

                  Hard part is dealing with so many open windows/tabs and forcing myself to leave aside reading so many interesting tangents!

                  Strange how the years fly by, and yet the days are like forever, eh, old man?

                  Peace and love,


                  What if they gave a war and no one came?

                  by Sean X on Sun Dec 04, 2011 at 09:01:51 AM PST

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          •  a system, a structure that itself is rotten (0+ / 0-)
            STEPHEN GRAHAM: Well, I mean, globally speaking, the so-called homeland security market is a real—is in real boom town—boom time, excuse me. I mean, in a world where actual defense contracts are often being reduced, a lot of the big companies are moving into civilian applications. They’re moving into these non-lethal weapons, moving into all of the technologies of crowd control and civilian disturbance control. And that has to be added to, of course, the much bigger markets that are growing in terms of broader questions of surveillance and security for buildings, for cities, for special events, as we see these systems established more and more in terms of everyday spaces and everyday bits of cities. So, I haven’t got figures at hand, I’m afraid, but it’s multibillion-dollar markets that are projected to grow globally at very, very high rates over the next 15 years, according to some of the recent market research reports.

            AMY GOODMAN: Norm Stamper, if you’re still on the line with us, former police chief of Seattle, does what Stephen Graham is saying ring a bell for you? Does it resonate with your experience?

            NORM STAMPER: Well, it certainly does. I might even add to that mix the increased privatization of the prison industry in the United States, where people are in fact making huge sums of money on the backs of those arrested for nonviolent drug offenses. And we’re talking really in the millions [of incarcerated people] in this country. So I think there’s that that needs to be considered, as well. [...] So, it’s important, I think, to understand the complexities of everything that we’re talking about. For example, there are many compassionate, decent, competent police officers who do a terrific job day in and day out. There are others who are, quote, "bad apples." What both of them have in common is that they occupy, as it were, a system, a structure that itself is rotten. And I am talking about the paramilitary bureaucracy. (My bold emphasis.)

            They ran out of time on the interview. It would have been interesting to hear any further comment on the "paramilitary bureaucracy."



            What if they gave a war and no one came?

            by Sean X on Sun Dec 04, 2011 at 08:34:42 AM PST

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  •  The government is future proofing itself (2+ / 0-)
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    They are passing laws to declare us all terrorists and training to taze us into submission.  Obama's Presidency is complicit. The Democrats are complicit. The Republicans are complicit. All are owned by the rich and powerful who are encouraging this spending while they steal from the public.

    Civil war is coming.  I weep for our children.

  •  interesting co-inkidink... (4+ / 0-)

    I served in the 3d ACR (Armored Calvary Regiment), and if you want to see something rather eerie, head on down to their regimental museum at Ft. Hood.

    Some rather interesting photos of training exercises during the height of vietnam that had NOTHING to do with fighting the Viet-cong.  Instead, they were practicing taking american city blocks, and detaining civilian "comabatants".

    Not saying it's anything more than a coincidence... but they were planning for the same kinda thing forty years ago... makes you wonder how many of those Generals are just waiting to pull out their "Foolproof" plan for ending the war protests.

    One of these days, I'm gonna learn that I'm only really good at convincing people when I'm being a wiseass.

    by detroitmechworks on Sat Dec 03, 2011 at 06:41:06 PM PST

  •  An exhaustive piece on the militarization of U.S. (0+ / 0-)

    ...police, describes the units alongside which multiple California departments trained before violently crushing Occupy Oakland.


    What if they gave a war and no one came?

    by Sean X on Mon Dec 05, 2011 at 03:56:58 AM PST

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