Preparation for Riot Control
I just read an article in our local paper (in central Texas) about local police and sheriff departments preparing for riots. The article said 25 agencies in a 10 county region are participating. Normally I wouldn’t be too concerned about police doing more training but as I read the article I saw some things that didn’t make sense. I’m wondering if Homeland Security is preparing for something like a bank holiday, food shortages, tea party riots, etc in the near future.
Some interesting points were:
– This is being done for the purpose of homeland security. Officially the “Capital Area Council of Governments” (whoever that is) is doing homeland security training.
– The agencies were instructed to buy riot gear but not told why.
-This exercise was for a riot at a sports stadium but they plan to do more situations for natural disasters and civil unrest.
– Future drills will test the response to incidents such as hurricanes, wild fires, flooding and mass evacuations.
Am I being overly suspicious here or does it sound like a cover up for preparing for civil unrest? I thought homeland security was in charge of terrorist attacks and civil unrest not hurricanes, wild fires, flooding and mass evacuations.
Here’s a link to the article.
I know we have seen a marked increase in miliitary activity here in my neck of the woods. I have it on good authority that some major “exercises” are planned for the 1st week of November around here.
After noting the post from Mr. Fri (central Texas) I share this Aug. 12th newspaper link (also from central Texas).
In an earlier post on this site, though I can’t remember where, someone suggested UN or foreign troops might be used for riot control in the US. Am I becoming paranoid?
Somehow I doubt that the 4,000 or so of us on this blog and maybe another 100,000 on all the rest of the other best financial blogs are the only ones who know that the banks are going to tank.
And likely the dollar along with it.
Should be quite the horse and pony show, one that will dwarf the Katrina debacle.
With the huge amount of civilian guns available in america, do you guys think that riot control can actually work? A riot is basically an unarmed revolt afterall.
The DHS is silently sending it’s tentacles into local law enforcement. The spate of city budget crunches in local goverrnment has made this even easier.
Your federal government is sending money and toys to local LE. Trust me, once they are on the Federal teat, they will be answering to those at the DHS. Very frightening to say the least.
Mr. Fri, no you’re not being overly suspicious. Katie Couric’s audience would think so, but Jefferson, Madison, etc would applaud you.
It’s also understandable that you thought Homeland Security was to defend against terrorists. That’s what the Germans initially thought about the security apparatus built to defend against terrorists as well. Yeah I know, I’m a “nut” who must be angry, or afraid, or whatever. No, just calmly pointing out a historical fact [ah…sipping my cappuccino enjoying a GORGEOUS day in Seattle].
Of course ever since Homeland was created most of what they’ve done has been to build a highly coordinated domestic control system and have begun sanctioning fear tactics like more tasing, more invasive searches in transpo centers, more inland security checkpoints, more federalizing and Darth Vader-izing the cops, more press releases describing who the domestic terrorists are, and as you have pointed out, more rehearsals for suppression.
Ed, yes I think riot control works. Whether it peacefully controls a riot, or turns into a violent fight, it works for the purposes of the elite. In fact a violent one serves the purpose even better. That’s why Ruby Ridge and the Branch Davidian assault was so effective. That’s why the drug wars are so effective at making people want bad ass cops. That’s why it was so effective to point a H&K MP5 machine gun the face of little Elian Gonzalez and his family. That’s why it was so effective to get tough in New Orleans after Katrina…makes people assume that “bad guys” must have deserved it so people want even stronger law enforcement. That’s why they instigated violence in the Seattle WTO riots and brought in the extremely violent SWAT tactics to beat up the peaceful people and ship them off to the rural prison camp. The peaceful protestors just wanted to voice their concerns, and that couldn’t be allowed because people might listen. Instead they needed to make them look like crazy anarchists…worked great on TV…local Seattle stations reported the facts, but the national media played along perfectly with the setup.
I agree with Strabes that you are not being paranoid. Our “leaders” are finding themselves in a corner and are preparing for the worst. Preparing for the worst is standard military/police operating protocol, but normally, domestic riot control is close to last on the list. Clearly, it’s moved up a few notches.
Despite all the riot planning, and despite what I believe to be an inevitable date with an economic collapse of (for most people) unimaginable proportions, I do not think your local sheriff is going to be plugging a .22 into you or your neighbor just because the government orders it. Fortunately, there are no signs of any kind suggesting cultural scapegoating of the kind that occurred in Nazi Germany or that have occurred under tyrannical regimes throughout history.
In another thread, Dogs in a Pile made an eloquent and passionate case for the American people standing up, throwing current “leaders” out, and reforming the entire system. I think it is too late to save the current system, but agree with Dogs that a critical mass of people in the US will lead a wave of change to wash the current rot out to sea. This will not save us from much pain, a decade or two of sub-standard (for the US) living conditions, and probably very scary times in between. It will keep us from devolving into a full-on fascist or communist state and from seeing Americans shooting themselves. I simply do not see either of those outcomes as plausible given the degree to which the culture pretty much loves its founding principles but hates the way its leaders have (mis)followed them.
In fact when I see them violating ammendments they should be tried for treason. This is utter and absolute BS!
(NaturalNews) The United States of America is devolving into medical fascism and Massachusetts is leading the way with the passage of a new bill, the “Pandemic Response Bill” 2028, reportedly just passed by the MA state Senate and now awaiting approval in the House. This bill suspends virtually all Constitutional rights of Massachusetts citizens and forces anyone “suspected” of being infected to submit to interrogations, “decontaminations” and vaccines.
It’s also sets fines up to $1,000 per day for anyone who refuses to submit to quarantines, vaccinations, decontamination efforts or to follow any other verbal order by virtually any state-licensed law enforcement or medical personnel. You can read the text yourself here: http://www.mass.gov/legis/bills/sen…
Here’s some of the language contained in the bill:
(Violation of 4th Amendment: Illegal search and seizure)
During either type of declared emergency, a local public health authority… may exercise authority… to require the owner or occupier of premises to permit entry into and investigation of the premises; to close, direct, and compel the evacuation of, or to decontaminate or cause to be
decontaminated any building or facility; to destroy any material; to restrict or prohibit assemblages of persons;
(Violation of 14th Amendment; illegal arrest without a warrant)
…an officer authorized to serve criminal process may arrest without a warrant any person whom the officer has probable cause to believe has violated an order given to effectuate the purposes of this subsection and shall use reasonable diligence to enforce such order. [Gunpoint]
(Government price controls)
The attorney general, in consultation with the office of consumer affairs and business regulation, and upon the declaration by the governor that a supply emergency exists, shall take appropriate action to ensure that no person shall sell a product or service that is at a price that unreasonably exceeds the price charged before the emergency.
“Involuntary Transportation” (also known as kidnapping)
Law enforcement authorities, upon order of the commissioner or his agent or at the request of a local public health authority pursuant to such order, shall assist emergency medical technicians or other appropriate medical personnel in the involuntary transportation of such person to the tuberculosis treatment center.
$1,000 / day in fines
Any person who knowingly violates an order, as to which noncompliance
poses a serious danger to public health as determined by the commissioner or the local public health authority, shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than 30 days or a fine of not more than one thousand dollars per day that the violation continues, or both.
Furthermore, when the commissioner or a local public health authority within its jurisdiction determines that either or both of the following measures are necessary to prevent a serious danger to the public health the commissioner or local public health authority may exercise the following authority: (1) to vaccinate or provide precautionary prophylaxis to individuals as protection against communicable disease…
Forced quarantine for those who refuse (illegal imprisonment without charge)
An individual who is unable or unwilling to submit to vaccination or treatment shall not be required to submit to such procedures but may be isolated or quarantined pursuant to section 96 of chapter 111 if his or her refusal poses a serious danger to public health or results in uncertainty whether he or she has been exposed to or is infected with a disease or condition that poses a serious danger to public health, as determined by the commissioner, or a local public health authority operating within its jurisdiction.
I agree with you, Davos. But lately, I’ve become more and more keenly aware of the power of beliefs that the Martensons always discuss at their conferences. The more people I discuss certain issues with, the more people I find that hold an obvious belief that the government is always there to protect them and do what’s best for them. These individuals will probably never see things for what they really are. What makes the situation more perverse is when political affiliation becomes a religion and the individuals believe that every action taken under one administration or by one political party is indisputably helpful, while the exact same actions taken by another party or administration are twisted to be evil. These types of people are not the “low hanging fruit” that are worth the effort to attempt to enlighten.
Especially in a time of crisis like this, the mentality extends beyond political parties and becomes a blanket over all government action in general. Some individuals, it seems, are not strong enough of heart to accept reality for what it is, but rather give up control of their own lives in the hopes that the government (or some other group) will save them. Ridiculous as it sounds, I’m certain that many people are cheering the passage of this bill in Massachusetts. These are the rank and file sheeple.
I can’t remember the case or details right now, but I remember reading about a child who had cancer a few months back. I believe the family and the child chose alternative treatments or at least opted out of surgery. The courts, however, compelled the family to receive the mainstream treatment. Interesting to note, cancer is not contagious and poses no threat to anyone else!
As it stands now, I will not get a vaccine and I won’t stand for the government to force one upon me. My mother received a squalene vaccine for anthrax many years ago and developed Gulf War Syndrome and a chronic autoimmune disease immediately thereafter. There is great evidence to suggest that an unacceptably high percentage of those receiving squalene vaccines develop a variety chronic illnesses (just google “squalene gulf war syndrome”. Now where are the billions of government dollars to investigate this one???