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City Applies for Militarized Vehicle to Suppress PEACEFUL Political Opposition

First they ignore then they attack. Peaceful protests and free speech are under attack by the militarization of police across America. with our own money at that.

Alarming highlight: In its grant application to DHS, the Concord Police department said New Hampshire's experience with terrorism "slants primarily towards the domestic type," and said "the threat is real and here."

"Groups such as the Sovereign Citizens, Free Staters and Occupy New Hampshire are active and present daily challenges," the application stated. In addition to organized groups, it cited "several homegrown clusters that are anti-government and pose problems for law enforcement agencies."

From Article:
Concord is poised to accept $258,000 in federal funding to buy an armored vehicle that police say would provide protection for officers and civilians alike during a terrorist attack, riot or shooting incident.

But some - notably the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union - are questioning the increasing use of what they call "militarized" equipment by civilian police forces.

Concord's City Council will hold a public hearing on Aug. 12 about the proposed purchase of a BearCat G3 rescue vehicle, paid for entirely by a grant from the Department of Homeland Security.

The police department applied for the grant on behalf of the Central New Hampshire Special Operations Unit, which includes 20 local communities, Merrimack County Sheriff's Office and Plymouth State University. The SOU has an "early 80s-vintage" Peacekeeper armored vehicle, but it needs to be repaired "constantly," Concord Police Chief John Duval said.

Read More:
http://www.unionleader.com/article/20130728/NEWS07/130729284...

*There will be a demonstration at 7pm on August 12th at the city council meeting to protest this militarization of police* We won't let up with our large collection of activists and organizations like Copblock. The heat will be on them.



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FSP Demands Apology for "Domestic Terrorism" Claims

The response from the FSP can be found here: http://freestateproject.org/blogs/fsp-demands-apology-domest...

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When that bearcat vehicle arrives,

y'all should organize a protest and bury the vehicle in flowers (or copies of the Constitution).

“Although it was the middle of winter, I finally realized that, within me, summer was inextinguishable.” — Albert Camus

The Free State Project was made to form a voting bloc

Its whole purpose was to elect more libertarian to office. I dont blame the city of Concord or even the police department so much as the City Manager of Concord, Mr. Thomas Aspell. He is the one who signed the grant and effectively put the seal of the people of Concord on the claim that the Free State Project is a domestic terrorist group. Its not. He should pay the price. I have written Judge Napolitano, Peter Schiff, John Stossel, Jason Sorens (founder), tried writing Ron Paul (what is his email address? c4L said cant do anything). These are all people who have spoken at the annual New Hampshire Liberty Forum which is sponsored by the Free State Project.
Please email these people too. This is the line too far . This is the labelling of opposition politics as 'terrorist'.

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Thanks

I realized that after

Lessons for a rookie. Thanks.

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Live "free" or die

nh really needs to adopt a new saying like, we'll take what we can get whenever we can, long live the 2 party system and don't forget to support our ho's, I mean heroes in the military.

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good things is my religion. Thomas Paine, Godfather of the American Revolution

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Lol, no doubt. At the rate New Hampshire is going lately

they should change that currently completely inaccurate state motto to a more fitting one, Like "New Hampshire - The Death to Liberty State".

On a relative scale

We NH is still much freer than almost every state. This is an HSA thing more than a NH thing. We are fighting it. Every state has bearcats from the HSA. The only stories I have of people fighting them is NH (2x) and Berkley, CA.

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"Live in fear and die" seems to fit

Now Reason Magazine is weighing in...

http://reason.com/blog/2013/07/29/concord-nh-cops-want-armor...

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One statement says it all.....

"It's in those cases where things escalate for whatever reason by fringe people who attach themselves to these groups, because of the topic that is being expressed, that it becomes a catalyst for a lethal situation."

When such events occur, do they ever just seek out those responsible or consider the whole assembly "guilty by association"?

Only reason I can see the need for a "tank"!

If you can read this thank a teacher. Because it's in English thank a soldier!

"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money."
- Alexis de Tocqueville

They don't understand the concept of peaceful noncooperation

Ian Freeman of Free Talk Live, a fellowFree Stater said it best: They are afraid. They fear that we will use the same tool that they do - violence. They do not know what to do about peaceful noncooperation.

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In a relate story...

"As a condition of the purchase, Keene police were required to report how the BearCat was used in its first six months since it was delivered in November 2012. According to the report, the BearCat was used 21 times: for 19 training exercises, one report of a suicidal person and one report of barricaded person. It was also displayed at City Safety Day.

In December 2011, Keene Ward 3 Councilor Terry Clark cast the only dissenting vote in a 12-1 decision to accept the grant.

"It's a waste of money," Clark said this month. "It was a waste of money then, and it's still a waste.

"I guess it hasn't cost us much to maintain it, but almost $300,000 for a vehicle that has been used mostly for training, on two false-alarm calls and as a nice truck on Safety Day? Our government is so cash-strapped, there are much more important things this money could be spent on.""
Keene councilman says $285,933 BearCat courtesy of Uncle Sam 'a waste of money' | New Hampshire...
The official who in 2011 opposed purchasing an armored truck for the Keene Police Department still thinks it was a waste of money, but agencies with similar vehicles are happy to have them.

http://www.unionleader.com/article/20130728/NEWS07/130729293...

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Funny thing is.....

that in a guerilla war the guerilla's usually end up taking possession of the equipment used by their adversary.

The type of war that is being described here...the gvt. VS millions of americans with small arms, is going to be guerilla warfare.

So the way I look at it, IF the gvt, ever decides to impose tyranny on the country, and engage the people in a guerilla war, much of the equipment that the gvt. is arming themselves with will eventually be captured and destroyed or captured and then used by the guerilla fighters.

So history says.

Harper's Ferry

Indeed.

Here is but one example from 1863:
The Army of Northern Virginia knocked off the Harper's Ferry armory in West Virginia on their way to invade the north as part of what ultimately became the Gettysburg campaign. When union troops arrived in Gettysburg to give battle to the ANV, they found themselves with weapons that were older and less effective than the new ones seized by the ANV from Harper's Ferry.

Another story is from the war for independence where patriots seized the guns at Ticonderoga and used them to drive the British army out of Boston.

Anybody who makes the argument that rebellion can't succeed because the government is unbeatable due to their superior weapons has no actual knowledge of history. Not even just our own history....

How did Spartacus and the revolting slaves arm themselves against the ancient Rome of 70BC? They stole the weapons from the Romans, of course!

cool..

I got dibs on a Stryker!!!.

You can have it.

Most people who use a Stryker to get around end up hating them. They're POS vehicles.