WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, American Civil Liberties Union affiliates in 24 states filed over 177 public records requests with law enforcement agencies to determine the extent to which federal funding and support has fueled the militarization of state and local police departments. According to an ACLU statement, "Federal funding in the billions of dollars has allowed state and local police departments to gain access to weapons and tactics created for overseas combat theaters...
I never thought I would ever agree with anything this bunch of miscreants ever did, but I have to say they are right to ask these questions. Somebody has to carry all those jhp rounds the gooberment bought while cruising your hood in their new Homeland Security MRAP´s.
Another unfortunate by product of the failed drug war.
And before you ask, I hate drugs...but I hate the loss of liberty that has accompanied their prohibition for our nation even more.
Maybe before worrying about hypothetical drone strikes we should be worrying about actual assaults on homes (sometimes then wrong address, and frequently bad for the family pooch) by militarized SWAT, DEA, and DHS teams.
Something else for ´em to consider while they´re in the ´questioning´ mood - is what - over the last half-century, has driven the shift from ´fatal shooting as last resort´ to the more current ´shoot first and ask (or dodge) questions later...which has given us such interesting foibles as innocent passersby being gunned down, prisoners in handcuffs, pregnant women...etc.
I first ´noticed´ that trend years ago in a video where a homeless deranged guy was circled by Washington DC cops. He was clearly confused, and had some type of knife in his hand, but just stood there as the cops yelled at him, not threatening or lunging - simply looking bewildered. Pretty quickly, a cop put him down - apparently permanently...
Now - nobody questions the right of police to defend themselves, but in the case above, the cops appeared to be carrying both tasers and pepper spray - leading to the question - could the guy not have been put down other than by gunshot?
It´s a dangerous world out there, but the profession should not devolve into the mayhem level it seems to be headed for - and this ´militarization´ bit simply puts the kibosh on the ´officer friendly´ persona that served well - for at least a brief Andy Griffith era in time...
I don´t trust the ACLU no matter what they do,even if it looks praiseworthy on the surface.Police forces have had to become militarized because of the ever growing threat of a tipping point sending millions into the street protesting and destroying public and private property.
On the other hand if they´re being militarized for a massive gun grabbing scheme,that´s another story.
Having an arsenal of guns will do you no good if the government plans on using drones to attack enemies of the state which Obama and Holder have a moving target description of what comprises a militant group.
In their world any legal gun owner could be considered a group of anti government militants. The main reason for the 2nd amendment was protecting yourself from the tyranny of government,not from other Americans or duck hunting.
A lot of this spending could be nothing but good ole pork,rewarding Obama donors.After 911 ,the creation of Homeland Security because a huge slush fund for pork spending.For example DC police getting nice new leather jackets which has nothing to do with beefing up security.Of course Ny got the lion´s share of the pork.
If you look at Venezuela,the level of government dependency didn´t happen overnight. It went on steroids when Hugo nationalized the oil industry. He probably spent some superficial level of money on "poor people" but he created more of them than he helped.
Yassar Arafat got billions over the years to help "poor Palestinians but wound up with billions in Swiss accounts.Of course Obama supporters don´t mind this level of control over people basic needs as a way to get a vote in elections.People can condition themselves into accepting a horrible lifestyle as long as a government food wagon dumps of crates of food every so often.
New York - Did stores shoot themselves in the foot? Target, Macy´s and other retailers offered holiday discounts in early November and opened stores on Thanksgiving Day. It was an effort to attract shoppers before Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving that traditionally kicks off the holiday shopping season. Those tactics drew bigger crowds, but failed to motivate Americans to spend. A record 141 million people are expected to shop in stores and online over the four-day Thanksgiving weekend that ends Sunday, up from last year´s 137 million, according to the results of a survey of nearly 4,500 shoppers
Janet Yellen moved one step closer to becoming the next chair of the Federal Reserve, after the Senate Banking Committee voted to move her nomination forward for a full Senate vote. The committee voted 14-8 to send Yellen´s nomination on for consideration before the full Senate. That vote on the Senate floor has not yet been scheduled, but is expected to occur in early December. Three Republicans joined Democrats on the committee in voting in favor of Yellen: Bob Corker of Tennessee, Mark Kirk of Illinois and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia was the only
LAS VEGAS — A U.S. Navy sailor told his high school sweetheart he wanted to marry her the moment he laid eyes on her after an 11-month deployment off the coast of war-torn Syria. Seaman Apprentice Dylan Ruffer got his wish Tuesday shortly after stepping off a plane at Reno-Tahoe International Airport. Ruffer and Madison Meinhardt, both 19, tied the knot just after midnight under a tulle-covered arch in front of the arrivals escalators. More than 200 invited guests, passengers and others looked on. "Seeing her for the first time, it was amazing," Ruffer told reporters. A reception followed
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The Colorado healthcare exchange has processed applications for thousands of people … and one dog. Shane Smith, of Fort Collins, says his dog Baxter received a letter informing him that a health insurance account had been opened in his name through Connect for Health Colorado. “I thought, ‘Wow, this is so awesome,’” Smith said with a laugh. “They have gone out of their way to insure my 14-year-old Yorkie.” Smith had called Connect for Health Colorado to sign himself up for insurance because his old plan was cancelled due to Obamacare.
TIPTON, MO. (AP) - A Missouri high school football player who has been hospitalized with a brain injury since an October playoff game died Thursday, according to the school district´s superintendent. Chad Stover, a junior at Tipton High School, had been hospitalized in critical condition since Oct. 31, when he was taken off the football field near the end of the game and taken by ambulance to the hospital. He died at a hospital in Columbia, said Scott Jarvis, superintendent of the Tipton School District. Officials have not said how Stover, identified in multiple reports as 17 years old, was
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tim Bowers loved the outdoors. Hunting gave him the quiet time during which he could reflect on a busy life that included a new wife, a successful business and a baby on the way. The Indiana man was enjoying that time while hunting for deer Saturday when he fell 16 feet from a tree and suffered a severe spinal injury that paralyzed him from the shoulders down. Doctors thought he might never breathe on his own again. Confronted with that prognosis, Bowers´ family made an unusual request of doctors at Fort Wayne´s Lutheran Hospital: Could Bowers be
LAX police and the federal Transportation Security Administration are reviewing protocols in the wake of the shooting Friday that left a TSA agent dead and several other people wounded. At a news conference over the weekend, TSA Administrator John Pistole said his agency´s review will include the question of whether its agents should be armed (they are not presently). “We will look at what our policies and procedures are and what provides the best possible security," he said. (Snip) Released in late 2011, the report by the panel set up by Villaraigosa´s administration noted that $1.6 billion had been spent Source spelled out by Staff.
Several noisy protesters interrupted President Obama’s health care reform rally in Boston on Wednesday afternoon, stopping the commander in chief’s speech dead in its tracks. The demonstrators shouted for Mr. Obama to “stop the pipeline” and to confront climate change, referencing the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project which the president must personally approve or deny. Pausing for a few moments, Mr. Obama then attempted to make light of the situation. “We’re talking about health care today … That is the wrong rally,” he said with a smile, telling the crowd he is in Boston to talk health care, not global
An uncle of the teenager accused of brutally murdering his Danvers High School math teacher and then dumping her body in the woods near the school said today his nephew is a “perfect kid” and he’s skeptical investigators have arrested the right person. “It’s not sinking in,” said Terence Chism Blaine, 40, reached by phone in Kentucky. “He’s a perfect kid. I’m thinking they are going to tell me it’s a crank anytime. I don’t believe he could get entangled in something like that with so much promise he had in his future.” (Snip) “They are saying ... that he
Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Friday urged potential healthcare consumers to disregard ObamaCare website horror stories and partisan bickering over the law. Speaking at a panel in San Antonio, Texas, Sebelius was asked what advice she would give to those seeking federal healthcare plans. “Sign up,” she said. “Don’t believe what you’ve heard. Just check it out, look at the prices, look at the plans.” (Snip) “No one is missing [out on] healthcare coverage today,” she said. Consumers must sign up by Dec. 15 to have coverage by Jan. 1.
The Transportation Security Administration is expanding its screening of passengers before they arrive at the airport by searching a wide array of government and private databases that can include records like car registrations and employment information. While the agency says that the goal is to streamline the security procedures for millions of passengers who pose no risk, the new measures give the government greater authority to use travelers´ data for domestic airport screenings. Previously that level of scrutiny applied only to individuals entering the United States. The prescreening, some of which is already taking place, is described in documents the
A police SWAT team responded to the north campus of Lyons Township High School in La Grange after an instructor reported — mistakenly — she had possibly heard gunfire. Police from La Grange and nearby suburbs evacuated the high school as a precaution. But in the end, the response was a practice drill for authorities. “We are going to react to benefit our students and staff safety at all times. We’re going to take every precaution necessary, and that’s what we did today,” Kilrea told CBS 2’s Mike Parker. (Snip) But everything was OK. The police search ended at 6
A Republican strategist is reminding his party that President Reagan is dead. Ford O´Connell, who worked on Sen. John McCain´s (R-Ariz.) 2008 presidential campaign, says if Republicans want to win the White House in 2016, they need to break free of the "obsessive Reagan disorder." Rule #1 of the political analyst´s newly released book, "Hail Mary: The 10-Step Playbook for Republican Recovery," is: "Ronald Reagan is dead. Accept it." Such a sentiment is sure to be tough to digest for a party insistent on using the 40th president´s legacy as a GOP litmus test to prove conservative credentials. "The Reagan fixation is a drag
The hits to President Obama´s popularity, prompted by the botched HealthCare.gov rollout, are simply a natural fluctuation every commander-in-chief faces, Obama told interviewer Barbara Walters in an interview aired Friday. "If you remember, I´ve gone up and down pretty consistently throughout," Obama said in the ABC interview on Friday. "But the good thing about when you´re down is that usually you´ve got nowhere to go but up." "I got re-elected in part because people did think I was trustworthy and they knew I was working on their behalf," Obama said in the network´s exclusive. A CNN Poll of Polls complied
WASHINGTON — As a small coterie of grim-faced advisers shuffled into the Oval Office on the evening of Oct. 15, President Obama’s chief domestic accomplishment was falling apart 24 miles away, at a bustling high-tech data center in suburban Virginia. HealthCare.gov, the $630 million online insurance marketplace, was a disaster after it went live on Oct. 1, with a roster of engineering repairs that would eventually swell to more than 600 items. The private contractors who built it were pointing fingers at one another. And inside the White House, after initially saying too much traffic was to blame, Mr. Obama’s
The Washington Examiner recently reported on an academic study on the 2008 presidential election entitled "The Palin Effect" that examined the effect of then Gov. Palin on the John McCain campaign. Its conclusions run counter to conventional wisdom. The cliché, advanced by the media and the now infamous HBO TV show "Game Change," was that Palin helped to cost McCain the election because of her "controversial" personality. In fact, typical of most vice presidential running mates, Palin had a marginal but largely positive effect on McCain´s standing with the voters. She certainly did not drive away independents and moderates, who along
An education official at a Texas high school is under fire after telling some female students they have been dressing like ‘hoes.’ According to KRIV Fox 26, School Support Officer Dr. Tameca Richardson made the remark to female students at Jack Yates High School in Houston during an assembly on campus. A spokesperson for the Houston Independent School District confirmed the language used by Richardson, the station reported. Some parents expressed anger over Richardson’s terminology, saying the Ph.D.-level educator should have used language that was less offensive. "That was out of line and she should be disciplined for that,"
AUBURN, Ala. — In a season of miracles for Auburn, all it has taken is one mistake to give the Tigers life. No. 1 Alabama made just enough of them Saturday to change the course of history. With no time left on the clock, Auburn cornerback Chris Davis caught a 57-yard field goal attempt by Alabama in the back of the end zone, ran it out down the left sideline and went 109 yards untouched to beat the Crimson Tide, 34-28.
He´s a proud family man already, but President Barack Obama will turn to his children when it comes to life after the White House. Sasha Obama could be the deciding factor in whether the first family stay in Washington once he leaves office in three years. In a taped interview with ABC News, the President said his now 12-year-old daughter ´will have a big vote in where we are´ because she will be a sophomore in high school. When Obama leaves office in January 2017 after two terms, eldest daughter Malia could be off in college. Both girls attend the exclusive Sidwell Friends School
Sen. John McCain is starting to sound like a Tea Party “wacko bird.” In a new fundraising letter for the Republican National Committee released Friday, McCain lashed out at “Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Washington liberals,” who he claimed are destroying the United States. Liberals, he warned, “have taken us down a dark and dangerous path defined by record levels of debt, ever-expanding government, and a lead-from-behind defense strategy. There´s not much time left to turn things around.” McCain’s name carries a lot of weight in fundraising because he was the 2008 GOP nominee and is a leading voice of
President Obama took part in Small Business Saturday by heading over to Politics and Prose, a locally-owned bookstore in Washington, D.C. Wearing a brown leather coat and tan sweater, the president mingled with customers and wished them happy holidays. He brought daughters Malia and Sasha, who occasionally left his side to shop as he chatted with others. At the register, when asked what books he purchased, Obama said, “it is a long list ... books for every age group, from 5 to 52.” In all, Obama purchased 21 titles, including, “All That Is” by James Salter; “Collision Low Crossers:
Former Obama advisor David Plouffe appeared on This Week With George Stephanopoulos Sunday morning and predicted that President Barack Obama’s approval rating would rise over the next few months, following the increasing functionality of the Affordable Care Act. “This has been a tough task,” Plouffe said. “It’s not just health care. The shutdown affected everybody’s confidence in government. But let’s fast-forward to the State of the Union and the months after that. Health care working better, a lot of people signing up. The economy continuing to strengthen. Hopefully no Washington shutdowns.
It only took five years for the American media to get tired of President Obama´s spoon-fed propaganda -- well, at least one aspect of it. Earlier this month, 38 news organizations, including the Associated Press, ABC News, The Washington Post, and Reuters demanded more photojournalist access to the president. The White House responded with what one reporter described as a middle finger. Now some news organizations are responding by formalizing policies not to publish White House-distributed photographs. Last week the USA Today announced that it will not use “handout photos originating from the White House Press Office, except in very
Appearing on Friday night’s On the Record, conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer strongly criticized President Barack Obama for his “cavalier attitude” towards the separation of powers enshrined in the Constitution. “Democrats will rue the day that they allowed all this,” Krauthammer declared. “I’m talking about how the administration, particularly the president, seems to think that he has the right to change duly passed statutes on his own or to suspend parts of laws on his own,” Krauthammer said when asked to clarify his critique of the Obama administration’s “lawlessness.” “The Constitution is pretty clear,” he continued,