The Coming Civil Unrest
by Grayfox 114
Recently MSO News correspondent Valerie posted a link regarding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and their preparations for expected “civil unrest” during the coming presidential elections. The article indicated that DHS was looking for equipment to outfit approximately 150 officers. While this article is a little shocking, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that closely follows the news, at least alternative news. As this was not “new news” to me, I posted on her site telling her this, and mentioning a post I sent a month or so ago regarding information I had on “expected civil uprisings” this summer. I then received a post from Rourke inviting me to do a post, and this is it.
Any article on civil unrest has to start with the Department of Homeland Security. This organization was created in 2002, following the 9-11 disaster, and was envisioned as a stand alone domestic anti terrorism unit, dedicated to the protection of American citizens on American soil against terrorist attacks. Since inception, DHS has taken over the management and operation of 22 different federal agencies, including the Border Patrol (ICE), FEMA, Federal Protection Service, Department of Agriculture and many other agencies. With each acquisition, DHS has become more powerful and omnipotent, until today it is an organization without peer in the government. Below is the DHS mission statement, taken directly from their website:
The Department’s mission is to ensure a homeland that is safe, secure, and resilient against terrorism and other hazards. Our efforts are supported by an ever-expanding set of partners. Every day, the more than 240,000 men and women of the Department contribute their skills and experiences to this important mission. Our duties are wide-ranging, but our goal is clear: a safer, more secure America.
Footnotes from the site show there are five stated objectives, but glaringly absent is any mention of enforcement activities against American Citizens. DHS would have us believe its primary goal is the creation and maintenance of a “safe” America, an obviously false statement, as listed among DHS duties is securing the borders of the United States and enforcing immigration laws??? This obviously is not happening, so it would appear that DHS will pick and choose what they want to do. With a quarter million people working there, it would seem that DHS would be looking for things to do. New meaning is given to the timeworn phrase “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help you.”
It is no secret that DHS has placed an order for 4-5 million rounds of 40 caliber hollow point ammunition. Hollow point ammunition is designed for killing! It is banned for use in warfare, but is used almost exclusively by law enforcement officers in the U.S. The sole purpose of hollow point ammunition is a quick energy “dump” and maximum damage to a “target,” leading to the quick incapacitation/death of a person that is shot. I’m sure it is coincidence that DHS is using the same caliber weapon as the majority of the law enforcement agencies in this nation, but the purchase of hollow point ammo and the quantity is baffling if not terrifying. And DHS refuses to give a reason for ordering the hollow point ammunition!
What’s more puzzling is the request for protective equipment for “150” officers? This amount of equipment could easily be obtained from any federal installation or large police department, so why the bid process for 150 sets of equipment? It could be purchased off the shelf with petty cash……Do the other members of the 240,000 person force have theirs….? Something is wrong with this picture. Maybe the 150 are to be liaison officers or teachers/leaders? The recent DHS purchase of 1400 pounds of explosives, very high grade ammonium nitrate, under the guise of using it to train explosive sniffing dogs?? Talk about transparency, or lack of! Equally baffling is the DHS purchase of sheet explosives. This is most commonly used for door breaching, but it can also be used as a “detonator” for ammonium nitrate, which is extremely difficult to detonate without a booster. A glaring point in these purchases or attempted purchases: An agency with the connections and resources that the “new” DHS surely has would not have to requisition or request bids on the listed items. It would surely have virtually unlimited access to any needed items. If not, then the DHS is not nearly as ready to protect Americans as they would have us believe. So why would DHS allow the public to become aware of these requests? It is almost as if they wanted us to be aware of what is happening….why?
It should by now be obvious that DHS and other assorted alphabet agencies of the U.S. government are anticipating if not eagerly awaiting a reason to put their power and training to use, and it would appear that it will be against American citizens, in American cities. It would appear that DHS would like to use local and state law enforcement assets, and publicly available testimonials and leaked government documents support the contention that the DHS is planning on using the U.S. military to assist them in handling civil unrest, Posse Comitatus be damned! Hopefully, American troops, if called on to act against American citizens, will refuse their orders.
The above is a compilation of my personal musings, using information gleaned from articles available to the general populace and from articles printed by persons purportedly in possession of leaked documents and information compiled by various government agencies. My thoughts are tempered with a dash of paranoia and a bit of “conspiracy theory” regarding any and all large federal enforcement agencies operating today, particularly agencies that are without oversight, have a virtually unlimited budget and power base, and those which agencies which seem to set policy as they go along.(DHS, USFS-Department of Agriculture) What follows are things that I have actual personal knowledge of as a result of my law enforcement career: things that I was privy to that are not “hidden,” but which are not as a rule available to the general public.
Some years back, the department I worked for added long rifles to the equipment in each patrol car. These were the Mini 14 rifles, and mirrored the equipment in the cars of our “state police.” These rifles served admirably and without problems, but within a few short years, our department was contacted by the Department of the Army, and was loaned/given about 20 full auto M-16 rifles, along with an incredible amount of ammunition to be used for practice. There were no obvious strings attached. These rifles were set aside pending training and installation in the patrol cars, but this never came to pass. They remained available in the department armory. Later, a federal grant was obtained, and semi auto AR15’s were purchased and issued individually to every member of the department. The Minis went into storage and the M16’s were returned to the military. At the same time, our state police handed in their Minis and AR’s were acquired for each patrol car. Their Minis were returned to the “state,” and ostensibly stored.
While I have no issue with law enforcement having AR’s, the stated need and the timing was somewhat suspicious as was the fact that the guns were purchased with federal grants, and there are strings attached! Department heads stated that the acquisition of the AR’s simplified logistics.
About two months ago, I was talking with a friend who is still in law enforcement. He is a range master, one of many statewide, for our state police. He is also a fringe prepper. For some years he and I have discussed my reasons for being a prepper, my take on current politics and what I feel is being perpetrated under our noses. We are constantly bickering and I am viewed as a fringe “lunatic” but that doesn’t stop us from being friends. The fact that he is a history major doesn’t help, because he believes everything he was taught, by the book, as opposed to what I try to tell him and what is becoming increasingly clear. It is obvious that he realizes that not all he learned was the whole truth, or even the truth, and it bothers him.
On this particular day, he was somewhat distressed, and shared with me that he as a range master had received a memo from his office, handed down from state headquarters. The memo instructed all state range masters to increase the AR 15 rifle training cycle for patrol officers from every three months to every month. Range masters were to insure that troops were proficient with the issued AR15’s, to the point of encouraging them to shoot on their own to get and remain proficient. The part of the memo that had my friend upset was the stated reason for the increased training: Expected civil unrest in the state “in the near future,” and the possibility that the state police would be used to assist DHS in handling this civil unrest. It was stated that proficiency with the AR would be beneficial if this came to pass.
The gist of our discussion revolved around what my friend could and would do to avoid being a part of an “army” against American citizens. He wanted no part of it. One of the major concerns he voiced dealt with younger and newer officers on the force. It was his opinion, and he is a 25+ year veteran, that the younger officers on the force would do whatever they were asked to do, and would actually look forward to the “excitement.” He felt that these younger officers were not in the least interested in the politics behind decisions made to deploy and use them, and he felt they would willingly act against their fellow citizens.
This was also my perception of the officers at my former department. There were several young officers on patrol and the SWAT team was composed of the younger members of the department, led by a “company man.” They were ready and willing to do whatever they were asked to do without questioning the right or wrong of the mission, and this was spooky! Older members of the department found it extremely difficult to secure a position on the team, even if they were capable of passing the physical portion of the entry test, and it soon became apparent that “thinking” men were not what was wanted on the team. “Don’t question what you are asked to do, just do it!”
The state officer I was talking with did not know where the “memo” had actually originated, other than headquarters, and while he was willing to discuss it with me, he was reluctant to show me the actual document. I have no reason to doubt the authenticity or veracity of his statements.
What was troubling in the extreme to both he and I was the fact that the increased training was going to be expensive, both in terms of manpower and the cost of ammunition used. This at a time when the state is literally out of money, and is restricting or curtailing any and all unnecessary expenditures, other than entitlement programs. Due to the current fiscal crisis in California, it is more than a little unusual for a checkbook to be opened like this.
As this article is being written, I have a son who is a member of a SERT team at a state prison. I won’t divulge the prison or the actual number of persons on the team, suffice to say there are over 25, and there are 18 teams statewide, a total of 435 qualified members. While most people, and frequently other law enforcement personnel, tend to look at “guards” as “wannabe cops,” make no mistake about the personnel on the SERT teams: They are hot! Their level of training rivals or exceeds that of any pure law enforcement agency anywhere. They are well trained, motivated, dedicated, and most of all, they are well armed. And recently, they have been told that their use is not limited to escapes and insurrections within the walls of the state’s prisons.
When my son originally entered the teams, they were equipped with 9mm pistols and standard AR15 rifles, serviceable but old, and while their training with these weapons was adequate, it was not unlimited. Within the last year or so, the 9mm’s were replaced by Glock model 35, 40 caliber pistols, and the AR’s were handed in and replaced by semi auto A4’s, with all the bells and whistles: Rails, single point slings, tactical lights, lasers, A Cogs, etc. The new issue guns have barrel lengths ranging form 10 ½” to 18”. What’s more, the teams were given literally thousands of rounds of ammunition to break in and familiarize with the new guns. Nothing wrong with being proficient…….By the way, the ammo for the 40’s was 180 grain hollow point, no surprise, and the AR’s are loaded with 55 grain soft points! There are also Remington 870 12 gauge shotguns. These are rarely deployed, and the same is true for their Ruger Model 77 308 cal Sniper weapons.
While the training for the SERT teams does include learning to deal with problems within the walls of prisons, this is an extremely limited portion of their training. The majority of their training time, well over 90%, is spent in learning the art of urban combat: building searches & clearing, tactical assaults on buses and other vehicles, felony stops on vehicles of all types, crowd control and combat in urban and rural terrain. Team members usually wear black garb, but they have available woodland and desert camo in both traditional and multi cam patterns. And the vests and other tactical gear they use is state of the art: Molle gear for both plate carriers and vests, vests that carry pistols and several magazines for the pistol and AR, and custom designed equipment from a custom tactical gear manufacturer. And lest I forget, they have the latest in night vision gear.
The team members have been told by their superiors that their training will allow them to assist other law enforcement agencies if needed, mutual aid, but all of them realize that this is a flimsy and transparent mission statement. Off the record, they have been told that it is very probable the teams will be employed to assist other agencies, state and federal, during times of civil unrest within the state. I have been told that to a man, the team members are willing to provide any type of service that will benefit American citizens, and to a man they will resign their positions if they are asked or told to do anything that is unlawful or which goes against the Constitution. The most often cited activities which they will refuse to participate in? Firearms seizures from citizens, rounding up and incarcerating either designated individuals or groups that are arbitrarily deemed to be threats, and the seizing of supplies and property from individuals.
The above information is current as of August 11, 2012. On July 26 of this year, DHS Director Napolitano was asked about drones being used to gather information. She replied that there was a funded project, she believed in California, using drones to give DHS personnel “situational awareness” as related to public safety issues. A week earlier, DHS officials had failed to appear before a congressional oversight committee to discuss how privacy rights could be guaranteed. Again, DHS seems to makes its own rules and laws, and it would appear it is responsible to no one.
Regarding drones being used in California: This has been going on for several years. As a deputy, working nights, I witnessed what had to be drones on numerous occasions. These craft were frequently seen over and around the small town, very rural, where I was assigned to work. They were never seen in daylight, usually no earlier than 8:30PM, and exhibited characteristics unlike any craft I have seen before or since. These craft would come soundlessly across the sky, usually at very low altitudes, less than 150 feet, and very slowly, possibly 15 mph. They always approached the town from the Southwest, always, and I can’t say why. There were lights on them, usually four, red and green in color, at separate locations on the craft: “wing tips (?), front and rear. These lights provided a rough approximation of the size of the craft, no larger than 20 feet wing tip to tip, and less than that in length, leading us to believe they were unmanned. These craft could hover, again totally soundlessly, and on two occasions were seen to descend and possibly land in wooded areas near the town, and no, I did not attempt to approach the area where this happened. These craft were seen by, in addition to me, officers of the state police, other deputies in the department I worked for, and deputies from neighboring counties, along with countless citizens. On one occasion, the state police officers attempted to “light up” the craft with their spotlights, the light was “absorbed” without a shape being seen. The officers then turned on their overhead lights, and began a pursuit. They found that the craft was capable of speeds in excess of 120mph, and quickly at that. These craft are still being seen in and around the town where I formerly worked, and there has never been a mention of them in any sort of news document. On one occasion, I took the liberty of calling Naval Air Station/Fallon, Nevada, and talking to the duty officer. He was unaware and disbelieving of any craft such as what I described.
Again, the information in the last portion of this article is based on personal experiences and knowledge, and while it is not indicative of a coming event, it does appear to bolster the case that something is afoot. We, the People, are being kept in the dark about what is going on, and most certainly about what is being planned, and I for one think there is a plan. DHS and the people that work there are not trying to prevent a crisis, quite the opposite. DHS is getting ready to “handle it.” It is often said that information is power, and in this instance, it can be used to make preparations for what I and many others believe is just down the road. I have little faith in the political process providing relief in the event something does come to pass, as the political process spawned DHS and has allowed it to grow unchecked from a domestic anti terror organization into a policy setting organization that now has law enforcement powers, legal support and an agenda that is definitely not in the best interests of the American citizen.
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