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Analysis posted Jun 09 2014, 8:32 AM Category: Tyranny/Police State Source: InformationLiberation Print

Indiana Sheriff Says US A "War Zone" To Justify New MRAP Military Vehicle

Chris | InformationLiberation

You might not realize it while traveling through the small town of Pulaski County, Indiana, population 13,124, but you're actually in a "war zone," at least so says Sheriff Michael Gayer in justifying the acquisition of a MRAP military vehicle.

From the Indy Star:
In a pole barn in Franklin, sharing space with a motorcycle and a boat, sat an imposing military vehicle designed for battlefields in Iraq or Afghanistan, not the streets of Johnson County.

It is an MRAP — a bulletproof, 55,000-pound, six-wheeled behemoth with heavy armor, a gunner's turret and the word "SHERIFF" emblazoned on its flank — a vehicle whose acronym stands for "mine resistant ambush protected."

"We don't have a lot of mines in Johnson County," confessed Sheriff Doug Cox, who acquired the vehicle. "My job is to make sure my employees go home safe."

Johnson County is one of eight Indiana law enforcement agencies to acquire MRAPs from military surplus since 2010, according to public records obtained by The Indianapolis Star. The vehicles are among a broad array of 4,400 items — everything from coats to computers to high-powered rifles — acquired by police and sheriff's departments across the state.

Law enforcement officials, especially those from agencies with small budgets, say they're turning to military surplus equipment to take advantage of bargains and protect police officers. The MRAP has an added benefit, said Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer, whose department also acquired one: "It's a lot more intimidating than a Dodge."

Even in Pulaski County, population 13,124, a more military approach to law enforcement is needed these days, Gayer suggested.

"The United States of America has become a war zone," he said. "There's violence in the workplace, there's violence in schools and there's violence in the streets. You are seeing police departments going to a semi-military format because of the threats we have to counteract. If driving a military vehicle is going to protect officers, then that's what I'm going to do."

But, to some, the introduction of equipment designed for war in Fallujah, Iraq, to the streets of U.S. towns and cities raises questions about the militarization of civilian police departments. Will it make police inappropriately aggressive? Does it blur the line between civilian police and the military?

"Americans should ... be concerned unless they want their main streets patrolled in ways that mirror a war zone," wrote Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., co-author of a USA TODAY article earlier this year. "We recognize that we're not in Kansas anymore, but are MRAPs really needed in small-town America?"

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Posted: Jun 09 2014, 8:57 AM

66160 I didn't realize what a cesspool of crime it was there. Cops just LOVE to have shit like this. Makes them feel "powerful". Asswipes.....

Posted: Jun 09 2014, 9:11 AM

75145 One only has to wonder what is larger fraud against American public: this acquisition by small PD, or the original one by the federal government, which incidentally was also paid by our tax dollars. What exactly did our country get in return for this investment?

By the way, despite the claim that the sheriff wishes the vehicle sits in the barn forever, in the full text of the article he does mention the use in drug search warrants as one of the scenarios where it will be used.

Posted: Jun 09 2014, 2:07 PM

63205 Better confiscate that as evidence of treason and terrorism (28 C.F.R. Section 0.85 Terrorism; is defined as “the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives”) against the USA and her people. The US Constitution was VERY clear about where "weapons of war" were to go, and it was not to any governmental professional law enforcement that is NOT even mentioned. It goes here:

US Constitution, Article I, Section 8, Clause 16: “To provide for organizing, ARMING, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress”.

Think not, then look at these other clauses (BTY the Militia is the people);

Clause 15: “To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel invasions.

The US Constitution guarantees to each state its own “Republican form of government”. It is every state's Militia that is the ONLY Constitutionally assigned force to “counter Invasions” and “Domestic Violence” within our nation.T he Militia needs them because their constitutionally assigned duties are:
- Enforce the US Constitution and each state's Constitution,
- Enforce and keep the “Laws of the Union” (which is constitutional laws ONLY),
- Protect the country against all enemies both domestic and foreign, and
- “to suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions

Plus this; US Constitution, Article I, Section. 8, Clause 11: “To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water”.

The congress has the duty to grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal when they are needed to enforce the US Constitution, the laws, or defend the people and the nation. This is using private citizens in their own privately owned crafts to defend the USA and her people, this is using the Militia.

Richard Henry Lee: "A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves …"

George Mason, Co-author of the Second Amendment: "I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few public officials. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them."

Samuel Adams: “It is always dangerous to the liberties of the people to have an army stationed among them, over which they have no control ... The Militia is composed of free Citizens. There is therefore no danger of their making use of their Power to the destruction of their own Rights, or suffering others to invade them..”

Why depend on the Militia (ourselves, trained)? Clause 12 specifies that there shall be no military beyond that of two years. The Militia of each state is charged with our nations defense here within the USA until and unless the congress has declared war and a “standing” military is raised:

“To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years”.

Posted: Jun 09 2014, 4:49 PM

204251 Notice the cop does not wear a seatbelt. above the law.
Christian Huber

Posted: Jun 09 2014, 4:56 PM

69109 We actually were donated an MRAP in the small town of Winnemucca this year. Its no coincidence that the police have become increasingly aggressive in more recent years.

Posted: Jun 09 2014, 4:57 PM

76255 called the sheriff.... he said that they have a horrible problem with meth and herion in their county... these are not nazis... they are clearing the streets of the modern man made plage of drugs....crime... im a victim of a drug using family.... this whole post has nothing retaining to why they need this vehicle... they have 16 swat officers in 3 counties... need one vehicle... this is it... mraps are slow... they pose no threat to people... but if your a tweeker this will give you a reason to look out the blinds....

Posted: Jun 09 2014, 5:07 PM

107139 I can understand using them in situation that calls for them, but, how does this do any better than a police van taking LEO's to a place where a situation arises..They don't use the guns or cannons..They're simply used as a transport vehicle & is used I reckon as a show of force.."Look At Me".."I'm A Bad Boy",,These military type tools are best used in the military in a true "War Zone"..Not in our backyards here in America..We're not terrorists as they make us out to be..

Posted: Jun 09 2014, 6:18 PM

65110 Nice weaponized vehicle. The right of the police to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed! But what about the People's?
Greg Burton

Posted: Jun 09 2014, 6:39 PM

63198 But, in order to deescalate the police we need to understand the root origins of police violence towards US citizens. That in the wake of 9/11 (inside job), the PATRIOT Act US police state, Israeli security companies have played a predominant role in the training of us police forces, who now treat ordinary Americans as if they were Palestinians in the occupied terrorities.

Israelification of American Domestic Security

Israel trains US law-enforcement in counter-terrorism

(Israeli trained) Police State in America

Israel’s export of occupation police tactics

Law Enforcement Courses: Israeli Anti-Terrorism Training School

Press TV: Tragedy of US police training by Israeli companies

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NYPD Opens Branch in Israel: Another confirmation of the Israelification of United States police

Meanwhile, the Zionists who predominate in state and federal government, are moving to protect themselves from backlash...

California passes resolution defining criticism of Israel as anti-Semitism.

Posted: Jun 09 2014, 6:54 PM

17454 The reap what you sow.

Posted: Jun 09 2014, 11:04 PM

217211 I'd say that this even get more fuel in the upcoming roar against the Dictatorship that are on now.
Instead of being with the people and population they (police, society (rich) ) are building up huge walls, hamstering military material and at the same time stepping on the laws that exists by using them as they seem fit for their own use.
USA will not survive if the Government doesnt stop their own foolish attitude against its own population.

Posted: Jun 09 2014, 11:09 PM

7618 theyre preparing to win this upcoming civil war. wake up people and get this bullshit out of here.theyre taking over our free country!

Posted: Jun 10 2014, 2:11 AM

64113 They scared of somthin that fo sure

Posted: Jun 10 2014, 1:53 PM


Posted: Jun 10 2014, 4:19 PM

70198 When was the last murder in Pulaski county..10 years ago..if they wouldn't arrest the meth heads on Friday and let them out Monday so they have something to do...keep them in jail..we wouldn't need that vehicle
war zone resident

Posted: Jun 10 2014, 4:43 PM

70198 Looks like our sheriff can't quit spending...looks like him filing bankruptcy before he became sheriff was just a pattern he rolls with...please keep spending so its all gone before you leave office..grade F

Posted: Jun 10 2014, 5:35 PM

10842 @nonymous 7618, I've lived in the US(S)A my entire life, and, during my lifetime, there has never been one instance that I believed this was a "free country." The elite used to tell people the world was flat, to maintain control over people - keeping their fictitious social hierarchy in tact; when we have star charts from that period, which would suggests the elite knew the earth was round. It's no different nowadays, only the lie changes, not the objective. In other words: if you tell people many-many-many times, that they live in a "free country," they start believing as much. A simple way to test their "free country," notion, is to look up the definition of "freedom."

As for this headline, it reads as a contradiction. The US is war zone; founded through wars, maintained by wars, and expanded via wars.

Posted: Jun 11 2014, 6:21 AM

6690 Time to go to Mexico methinks.

Posted: Jun 11 2014, 9:59 AM

73176 I'm not a fan of the police and this is just yet another reason that proves my point of why. But regardless of my opinion of the police I am all for them being protected and having appropriate equipment. This is not necessary for either. How much did this vehicle actually cost? How much would a normal police van or swat truck cost? How much of that money that comes from the tax payers could have been used to buy vests and other protective equipment that would be more useful then a vehicle that does nothing more then boost the power hungry mentality of most if today's police department? How much proper training on how to appropriately and safely do thier jobs as apose to the normal way of doing things could this money have gone towards? As usual they go by difrent rules then the rest of us. If I where to somehow misappropriate tax money like this is suffer penalties. This is bit about protecting officers. This is about the department getting a big toy with tax money.

Posted: Jun 11 2014, 10:29 AM

108242 This stuff is for a war and for military purposes, not civilian agencies. Sorry. I served in OIF 1 & 3, and we used the stuff that these agencies are being filled with now and have been getting via the 1033 program for over a decade now. The police state is a domestic army, short and simple. Our job is to destroy it which means destroying or even confiscating property that WE pay for anyway that the cops/deputies are getting & that includes the feds too. If we can't take it, make it inoperable. This means (but not limited to) a urban combat situation against police depts & other agencies that are part of the domestic army. We counter their moves & we conduct defensive backed by offensive guerrilla tactics as well as special operation tactics and missions. Conventional forces of patriots is required as well, when needed.
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