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Article posted Nov 18 2013, 8:07 AM Category: Tyranny/Police State Source: William Norman Grigg Print

Counter-Insurgency Warfare in Boise?

William Norman Grigg

In an op-ed column that suppurates condescension, Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson defended his department’s acquisition of a Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected combat vehicle (MRAP). Among the reasons why procurement of this “Free” combat vehicle — that is, one paid for by tax victims in other cities — is necessary, according to Masterson, because “guns made exclusively for the military are available in society for general use.” Like most statists, Masterson suffers from an acute irony deficiency.

Boise is one of several Idaho cities and towns — including minuscule Preston, which is practically crime-free — where police departments have obtained MRAPs, which were designed for counter-insurgency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Chief Masterson insists that Boise residents who are alarmed over the prospect of police militarization are focusing on what he calls “the symbolism of a free vehicle.” The MRAP, he maintains, will protect his officers — whom he calls “peacekeepers” — from “high-caliber bullets and bombs” in what he calls “an increasingly violent society.”

This depiction of Boise as a proto-Fallujah can charitably be described as statistically implausible — or not-so-charitably described as a symptom of clinical paranoia. Boise’s crime rate is roughly two-thirds the national average of cities of its size, and has fallen every year since 2000. Masterson grants that Boise “hasn’t made national news for murder and mayhem,” but maintains that his department should up-armor itself, just in case. After all, there may be people living there who “intend to harm our government and its most visible forms of authority” — meaning the tax-devouring costumed functionaries under Masterson’s command.

Once we peel away the persiflage about “protecting and serving” the public, Masterson’s case for acquiring an MRAP is rooted in the mindset of counter-insurgency warfare, in which police see themselves as an embattled salient of “order” surrounded by incipiently violent people who must be over-awed and compelled to submit. That mindset is as deeply entrenched in Idaho as it is elsewhere. The slogan of the December 2007 Idaho POST Academy graduating class was: “Don’t suffer from PTSD — go out and cause it.” That motto was chosen by the class president who, predictably, was a military veteran.”

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Posted: Nov 19 2013, 2:14 PM

1843 these toys of war should be immediately be removed from all the police departments across the U.S.. they are not needed, nor are they required for anything but war.

Posted: Nov 19 2013, 3:48 PM

174252 A good John deer at 20 MPH will put that truck on its side ... It may be mine resistant .. Lots of Toops lost there lives and limbs in the MRAPs....

Posted: Nov 19 2013, 8:55 PM

98237 Now make construction grade paint grenades to throw at the windows, make some home made "censored by homeland security" into their air intake, wait for them to come out, hit them with green lazers in the eyes...sitting fascist-mercenary-ducks!

Posted: Nov 20 2013, 5:39 AM

2466 This stuff does not have to be used against the people, but if you understand Idahoans , it might be useful to have a little muscle , why does every other state and agency have to be better equipped than Idaho...but if this guy is flakey it will be found out....I do hope that these guys don't think that this is real protection and then get unconstitutional about it . when the thing is out of gas they will be s-itting ducks.....what will be interesting is when the dollar dies will any cop risk his neck for no pay check...then we will find that the real peacemakers will be revealed...feifdoms? Boroughs? It might be good to get closer in small towns and be active in the focus of small armories as it used to be with a tank in every town...and training programs for the committed townies...There is a lot more potential uglys out there than your Basic "Patriot" threat....but things have been culturally wrong for a long time and it will take effort in all areas to turn it around...and too many doors have swung wide , but we need God to turn hearts of all including immigrants , but the fascio-marxists really don't have it " in the Bag" even if they think so, There is an Elijah Event from heaven coming that is the answer to your every prayer...and if you don't pray you won't get the Joy that comes when the desire is granted....And ITS COMING and its not the Rapture...

Posted: Nov 20 2013, 9:21 AM

142177 Isn't the tall problem that the feeds are buying this shit with no competing contracts, no real reason to buy much so that they just give them to police forces. Corporate fascism. You build it, we buy it, and don't care what happens to it or who gets it or where it ends long a pet corporation gets to make a ton of money making something that nobody needs or wants our wants to pay for.

Posted: Nov 25 2013, 10:41 PM

7623 How easily corruptible we humans are.

Posted: Nov 26 2013, 9:18 AM

426 Its part of the plan. They are preparing against you Idahoans that are Free Citizens. The Redoubt will be their first target.

Posted: Nov 26 2013, 9:54 AM

6961 Yeah, like you could actually use this against a mass shooter. They are always in buildings. This is for use against an uprising. Riots can be managed with standard vehicles. Though, I am sure I could take out the engine of that with a 50 BMG API :) (IE. if an uprising came to be)

Posted: Nov 26 2013, 1:36 PM

192223 The vehicle will be available to the citizens when they need to protect themselves from something bigger than Masterson and his posse. They'll need to get past M+posse first though.

Posted: Nov 27 2013, 7:47 PM

108197 Just more militarization of our police forces. Here in California, at a county fair , this year our sheriffs and police looked like forces from the armed service. Many had large armored vests and/or military chest apparel for holding mags. Radios and microphones abounded. BDU's were now part of the uniform with the proper police patches applied. It looked like Delta Force was patrolling the fair that night. Do we NEED our police to look like soldiers? Our cops also all now carry an AR in the car along with the old 870. I live in a fairly small town. not LA. Do we need this to happen to our cops? If you dress up as a soldier, how long will it be before the attitude becomes that of a soldier?

Posted: Dec 14 2013, 4:54 PM

166137 This total BS this is to prepare for a false scare to the people after a major problem brought on by government blame on some teriost group so they can start a Martial law and take away you second amendment grab your firearms and round you up and putt you into a FEMA camp
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