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August 10, 2015: Pushing for a National Police Force

By Rob Tenery, MD on August 10, 2015

We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”                         Candidate for President Barak Obama                          July 17, 2008

The Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA) was a federal agency within the U.S. Department of Justice. It administered federal funding and attempted to dictate some requirements to local law enforcement agencies. It also funded educational programs and crime initiatives on a local level. A citizen sponsored movement to ‘support your local police and keep them independent’ provided the impetus for public concern and thus, the agency was abolished in 1982.

The United States Marshall Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Drug Administration, Transportation Safety Administration, Drug Enforcement Agency, Homeland Security, Border Patrol, U.S. Customs Service, Fish and Wildlife, Park Ranger service, National Guard, Secret Service, Coast Guard and the Federal Bureau of Investigation all, in one way or another, have the authority to maintain security within the borders of this country. Now President, Obama doesn’t feel these agencies, coupled with local the local police, the sheriffs and their deputies, the state police and, in Texas, the Texas Rangers are enough. He has advocated for enlarging the U.S. Marshall Service into a ‘stability police’:

Stability Police Units (SPUs) are specialized police that train and deploy together in groups of approximately 140 personnel. They help fill the “security gap” between military troops and civilian police in a peace operation. SPUs are an important capability that can provide policing support in post-conflict peace operation mission areas characterized by the absence of law and order. They combine the capabilities of military troops and traditional civilian police. These proficiencies include riot control, VIP security, border security, election security, prison security, operations against organized crime, and high-risk patrolling.    U.S. Department of State

President Obama is not alone. President Bush 43 explored the idea of a national police force, and President Clinton took the idea a step further. Attempting to curtail forceful government control over its citizenry, the 1878 Posse Comitatus Act created a federal law prohibiting the federal government from using its military weapons against American citizens. President Clinton violated that law by using M-1 Abrams tanks and other heavy military equipment against the Branch Dravidians in the FBI’s siege at Waco in 1993. Jack Caskill, a writer with the American Thinker, remembers when “the FBI took over from the local law enforcement in an attempt to end siege on the Branch Davidian religious compound in Waco in 1993. The FBI’s assault ended tragically with a devastating fire that left seventy-four Davidians dead, twenty of them children.” This outcome might have occurred, even if the FBI had not stepped in. But these were, theoretically, the elite in civilian law enforcement and they were unable to bring it to a successful conclusion. Since there was no great public outrage against the use of these military weapons, President Clinton began giving greater military power to the many of the federal agencies.

The U.S. Justice Department has intervened in local and state police jurisdiction cases over two dozen times in the last 20 years. The most recent was in the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. As a result of the Justice Department’s investigations, 21 police departments have signed consent agreements with the federal agency to improve their procedures and policies--- essentially turning over their enforcement authority to the Justice Department.

Following the recent riots in Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, a call for a national police force has surfaced again. This time by Al Sharpton, who had already visited the White House 61 times by December 14, 2015, during Obama’s tenure. In early April, at New York City at his annual National Action Network convention, Sharpton is quoted as saying, “there must be national policy and national law on policing…We cannot have a justice system that hopes we have a mayor in the right city or a police chief. We have to have one policy that is national.”

The reason, raised by those who advocate for a national police force, is the need for centralized and more standardized control measures when local agencies are unable to protect the safety and the property in the areas where problems arise. Additionally, they argue that it would simplify jurisdictional concerns that vary with the manpower availability and effectiveness of the local enforcement. History has clearly proven that the majority of the populous want the opposite--- the authority to stay local, except in times of a national disaster.

The Cutting Edge news organization put out the warning in their newsletter titled National Police Force Coming Together: Another Parallel to Adolf Hitler. Their subtitle reads: Borrowing another page from Hitler’s actions to prepare Germany to go into his His New World Order, our Federal government is both arming its agencies militarily into SWAT teams, plus ‘federalizing’ state and local law enforcement agencies. Hitler did the same thing between 1933-39, until he had firm control of all law enforcement!

We should learn for history that once power is relinquished to a higher authority, it almost never is given back. The other unspoken concern is that maybe those, who are now advocating for taking more local control away, have a hidden agenda.*

A clue might be found with the recent wave of protests, not only in Ferguson and Baltimore but also New York City and Los Angeles under the banner of ‘black lives matter’, ‘no justice no peace’ and ‘disarm the NYPD’--- directly stirring up unrest in the black community against local police authority. It is important to note that some of the same ‘players’ show up at these different events, and there is proof that some of them are being paid to travel around the country to participate.

One group that appears to be assisting the President in his effort for a federal expansion of police powers is the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). It began as a civil rights organization that fought against racism, such as the KKK. In recent decades, it has become much more radical, labeling as ‘bigots’ many groups and individuals who refuse to go along with their left-wing agenda.  Of interest, is that some of the grant money to run SPLC is funded by the progressive advocate, George Soros, who has also been linked to funding the prolonged protests in Ferguson.

Trying to make sense of the push to expand federal policing authority, despite all the agencies that are responsible for law enforcement, one has to ask, is there a real void in the present system. If there is, it appears to be in the situation where there are large and divergent areas of social unrest. So far, the demonstrations have been scattered and, except in Baltimore, the damage and injuries have been minimal. But with a long, hot summer ahead, the policies of the current administration until January 2017 and George Soros footing some of the bill, who knows?**

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*The apparent expansion of the scope of authority of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is alarming. Consolidation of this new cabinet department came after passage of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, during the George W. Bush Administration. The original premise was to ‘prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce the vulnerability of the U.S. to terrorism and minimize the damage from attacks that do occur.’

**Worrisome are: The 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition that the DHS has reportedly already stockpiled. The March 3, 2013 report of the 2,717 mine resistant, armor protected vehicles (MRAP) that have been retrofitted for the streets here in this country. The 704 million more rounds of ammunition (a significant number which are .40 caliber hollow-points) that the DHS has contracted to purchase over next four years. The 300 acre ‘fake city’ that the U.S. Army has constructed at a cost of $96 million in Virginia which was ostensibly built to prepare U.S. troops for occupation of cities abroad.                                            Complacency, Acceptance, Then Dependency--- A Master Plan @ http://robtenerymd.com, April, 2014





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