sen. warner supports domestic use of military
from global research: A citizen of Virginia named Moya Atkinson wrote to Senator John Warner to express concern over the recent violation of the Posse Comitatus Act created by the assigning of U.S. soldiers to duty within the United States, reported by the Army Times as intended for “crowd control” among other duties. This, like other changes imposed by President Bush, of course violates the Posse Comitatus Act. It also served to strengthen the threats of martial law that Congressman Brad Sherman reported the White House making to Congress members in order to win their support for the $780 billion give-away to Wall Street. Warner sent back the following note, proposing that, rather than changing the president’s behavior to comply with the law, we should — as with warrantless spying, habeas corpus, etc. — change the law to comply with the president’s behavior.
police prepare for unrest
from the hill: Police departments in cities across the country are beefing up their ranks for Election Day, preparing for possible civil unrest and riots after the historic presidential contest. Public safety officials said in interviews with The Hill that the election, which will end with either the nation’s first black president or its first female vice president, demanded a stronger police presence. Some worry that if Barack Obama loses and there is suspicion of foul play in the election, violence could ensue in cities with large black populations. Others based the need for enhanced patrols on past riots in urban areas (following professional sports events) and also on Internet rumors. Democratic strategists and advocates for black voters say they understand officers wanting to keep the peace, but caution that excessive police presence could intimidate voters.
aclu files foia on brigade deployed in US
from kurt nimmo: The ACLU filed a Freedom of Information Act request under expedited processing to the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security earlier today. “The American Civil Liberties Union today demanded information from the government about reports that an active military unit has been deployed inside the U.S. to help with ‘civil unrest’ and ‘crowd control’ – matters traditionally handled by civilian authorities,” a press release on the ACLU site explains. “This deployment jeopardizes the longstanding separation between civilian and military government, and the public has a right to know where and why the unit has been deployed, according to an ACLU Freedom of Information request filed today.”
blackwater works with carolina cops for law enforcement
from wavy-tv 10: Law enforcement personnel from 3 jurisdictions, with an assist from personnel and equipment from Blackwater, searched a rural area in the county Tuesday morning for a suspect they say shot a county resident as he walked out his house to go to work. A spokesperson for the Camden County Sheriff’s Office tells WAVY.com that they received a call at 5:39 a.m. in reference to a shooting incident. Camden Deputies found 45-year-old Frank Crank, suffering from a gunshot wound… K-9 units from Elizabeth City Police and the Currituck Co. Sheriff’s Office responded. Blackwater was called to assist in the search with a helicopter.
curbing social protest in america: microwave ‘non-lethal’ weapons to be used for ‘crowd control’
from antifascist calling: Back in July I reported that Raytheon (No. 4 on Washington Technology’s “Top 100 List of Prime Defense Contractors,” with $5,170,829,645 in revenue) was developing a microwave “non-lethal” weapons (NLW) system for the U.S. Army. At a cost of $25 million, five truck-mounted NLWs will soon be shipped off to Iraq for heavy-lifting in Iraqi cities for use against militant oil workers and citizens should U.S. energy multinationals finally get their greedy little hands on that nation’s oil wealth. A slimmed-down version of the Active Denial System (ADS) is sought for deployment in the ‘homeland’. According to Aviation Week: “Raytheon is kicking off a U.S. Army program to mount Joint Silent Guardian non-lethal, directed energy weapons–with a range of more than 250 meters – on Ford 550 commercial trucks for crowd control.” Aviation Week also reports “the program is expected to be awarded by year’s end. A year after the contract is signed, the combination vehicle/weapons will start be fielded at the rate of one per month.” With the American automative industry in a death-spiral as a result of capital’s historic credit crunch, what better means to “rescue” the industry than buying a fleet of Ford 550’s for “crowd control.” Particularly handy for deployment in American cities should “rioters” object to a stolen presidential election or the state moves to terminate what little is left of the social “safety net” (in the interest of kick-starting the “recovery,” of course) Silent Guardian is a product whose time has come!
atlanta cops roll out swat apc
from infowars: It’s no big deal, insists the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It’s just the local cops with a $500,000 APC. For you civilians, that’s Armored Personnel Carrier. “Don’t be surprised to see an Army tank rolling down a street near you,” chides the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “The Cobb County police department has refurbished a donated Armored Personnel Carrier for officers to use in SWAT situations.” Apparently, the cops think those on the receiving end of any SWAT operation using this military vehicle are armed to the teeth like the resistance in Iraq or maybe the Taliban in Afghanistan. It certainly is not needed for busting the average dope dealer, even one hopped up on PCP.