A Response from Senator Rand Paul about Homeland SecuritySubmitted by bundesbauer on Wed, 10/31/2012 - 22:54
I recently wrote to Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky about my concerns with Homeland Security (TSA) and FEMA. FEMA recently graduated about 230 "students" in Vicksberg, Mississippi stating they were trained for emergency situations. The students were hand picked from Obama's Ameri Corps (gov't funded: remember that?). FEMA comes under control of the Department of Homeland Security during "National Emergencies". I asked why do they need tons of ammunition and armored vehicles if they are there to assist victims of natural disasters? I also told him that more and more of our bureocracies are reminding me of Hitler's NAZI movement. Now we have Hitler Youth being trained by FEMA!!! Are they being trained in the use of weapons against American citizens? Recall that during Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans that the National Guard was confiscating people guns and ammo!!!
Sounds unbelievable but read the Senator's response to me and decide for yourselves.
October 31, 2012
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Jennings,
Thank you for contacting me regarding your privacy concerns with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). I appreciate hearing your thoughts on this issue.
Since the creation of DHS in 2002, its size and scope has grown exponentially, and its policies invade Americans' privacy on a daily basis. In addition to its use of invasive full-body scanners and pat-downs at airports, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has started deploying new Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) teams to patrol and perform random inspections at transportation facilities in major cities and along interstate highways.
DHS also maintains over 70 fusion centers around the nation for the collection and sharing of intelligence related to potential terrorist threats. The fusion centers are shrouded in secrecy and are subject to little oversight or transparency. Reports issued by some of the fusion centers have warned that the possession of "Don't Tread on Me" flags, third-party or independent political paraphernalia, and the purchase of meals ready-to-eat (MREs) or other surplus military goods are warning signs of potential extremism and radicalization. I do not believe that the federal government should be profiling its citizens on the basis of legal purchases or the exercise of constitutionally protected speech.
I also do not believe that protecting Americans from the threat of terrorism involves a unilateral sacrifice of privacy and first amendment rights. Rest assured I will continue to hold DHS responsible for its actions and fight for national security policies that protect our civil liberties.
Once more, thank you for sharing your thoughts. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance in the future. I look forward to hearing from you again.
Rand Paul, MD
United States Senator