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Scenes from a militarized America: Iowa family ‘terrorized’


http://youtu.be/sNztrA1bwZM

From the images in the video, you’d think they were looking for an escaped murderer or a house full of hit men. No, none of that. They were looking for a few people suspected of credit card fraud. None of the people they were looking for were inside of the house, nor was any of the stolen property they were looking for. They did arrest two houseguests of the family on what the news report says were unrelated charges, one for a probation violation and one for possession of illegal drugs.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/opinions/wp/2014/02/04/sc...

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this is the same tactic they used...

...when they stormed John Corzine's house, er mansion, when he was suspected of defrauding customers of billions right? No? Shocking. Uh, not so much really. Long live the police state! Long live tyranny and hypocrisy in the USSA!

reading the posts below, why

reading the posts below, why would any one question why so many security cameras? It's their own personal property, they can put up as many as they like. I have done work for billionairs who had 20 to 25 cameras on their property.

"they're supposed to protect and serve..."

THEY DO protect and serve the LEGISLATURE...the government.
They have no duty to protect and serve you.

so.. they had a warrant?

they had a warrant for the items and arrests they made?
doubtful.

I use Blue Wave, but don't expect one of THEIR silly taglines.

Unreal

They send a whole group of SWAT team-like cops to a home on charges of credit card theft?!?

When the American spirit was in its youth, the language of America was different: Liberty, sir, was the primary object. - Patrick Henry

Just another day wasted

Just another day wasted harassing, extorting, and manufacturing criminals for the private prison industry. USA! USA! Makes me so proud.....

But about myself I will not boast, except as it concerns my weaknesses (2 Cor 12:5). Let the unbelievers seek praise from each other; I wish that which is from God alone.

Yea. That anchor was a real

Yea. That anchor was a real tool. In his defense, he was probably reading text.

I like his dumb comment about

I like his dumb comment about why they have security cameras?

Probably the same reason your news station has security cameras... idiot.

"Why did they even have those cameras in the first place?"

Are you serious??? The dumb reporter asks why they had cameras in the first place as if it was some evidence of guilt. This is ridiculous! I guess it is "his job" to plant the seeds. Ugh.

How about:
Why did the police not knock?
Why did they say they knocked?
Why did they tear down a camera?
Why did they cover up another camera?
Are they going to replace the broken camera?

proverbs 20:15
There is gold, and an abundance of jewels;
But the lips of knowledge are a more precious thing.

I saw it differently

I didn't think it was out-of-place for the anchor to ask the question about why the family had so many security cameras. It's probably unusual to have that many cameras so it's an aspect of the story that is worth covering as a footnote.

That said, the questions you brought up absolutely should've been asked as well and are much more important than a footnote.

It is private property.

I stopped watching the video when I saw the dog in the living room. I read the rest of the story.

They can have a thousand cameras on the property and it is nobody's business, certainly not police business. The straw man argument that cameras on private property lead to suspicion is specious at best.

A Sheriff's Deputy was recently killed serving a no-knock warrant. You'd think they'd learn. Sadly, this isn't the case.

Every day police news gets worse

It reminds me of the movie Office Space when he says each day is worse than the previous one, so every day is the worst day of his life.

Every day I read a news story like this one, and I am shocked that things have gotten so bad in our country. Then, tomorrow there will be an even more outrageous police abuse story. I can see where this is heading, and it isn't a future I want.

I grew up in New Orleans, and as a kid I remember incidents where police driving through the worst public housing projects would get shot at. Pretty soon, that is going to start happening in all kinds of neighborhoods all over the country if this type of crap keeps up.

We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.

-C. S. Lewis

You'll notice in the video....

The anchorman was more interested in why these people had cameras protecting their home than why the police use military/SWAT tactics to investigate credit card fraud on a residence with no history of violence.

And if someone HAD been shot? Would it have just been police doing their duty?

Is killing innocents now part of that job description? Like drone warfare? Sure seems so these days!

I blame the media for glorifying these actions in lieu of protesting them!

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

The homeowner who shot

the deputy in Texas, who was executing a no-knock warrant, is now charged with first degree murder. If there was ever a time to use jury nullification, now's the time.

Do what they did in Athens TN in 1946

It may be the only solution eventually

Here's information to DO something about it!

I am providing you all the link to the city of Des Moines Mayor and City Councilman's contact information. The police department operates at the behest of the city council and the police chief is a city council appointee.

The more these city council people hear how outrageous this is, the sooner they will act. Even if your not from Iowa you can help.

I know this to be a fact because myself and others here in Dubuque, Iowa just won our struggle with OUR City Council (6 months+ battle) to keep them from banning home based fire arms businesses and phone calls/emails from others were an instrumental component.

Since Iowa is the first State for the presidential election, the tone set here has quite an impact on politics down the road.

Just one small request to keep the phone calls and emails civil so that we don't lose our point with angry rhetoric.

One City Councilman to focus on is Chris Coleman (At-Large) since he is sympathetic to those experiencing injustice. Respectful, sincere correspondence to this individual will be very beneficial. I will be speaking with him myself as well (since I know him).

Mayor/City Council
https://www.dmgov.org/Government/CityCouncil/Pages/CouncilMe...

Here is the Des Moines police contact page:
http://www.desmoineswa.gov/index.aspx?nid=189

"Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but the

This is easy to figure out...

Police departments have been flooded with money to fight terrorist but they can't find any. So, they're frustrated they can't play with their cool toys. So, they find "reasons" to play "tough guys with little penises."

And liberals only want these guys to have guns. Can you imagine what this country would be like if that were the case?

There is definitely some truth to that...

These guys like playing commando. Much worse, it's commando against defenseless civilians. For sure, that guy would be dead if he would have pulled his weapon.

Militarization of police- I've really been watching over the last few months on this topic. Even last night, our local news station (which I rarely watch) had a story covering "What it takes to be a State Police officer." They depicted these guys as soldiers. Doing pushups, military style hair cuts, drill sergeants yelling. I'm wandering if anyone else saw this, really, if other local news programs have been instructed to show police in this light...

Awesome post

Video is great. Full segment

Séamusín

here's a tube

post in OP if you can please


http://youtu.be/sNztrA1bwZM

Freaking scary....

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Good read

Radley Balko's "Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces."

"Proud to be an American,

"Proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free." Right?