Occupy: Security

January 13, 2014

Do you feel safe?

  • Some Congressmen don’t.

According to the Atlantic, “The NSA has spied on members of Congress, but acknowledging that would unnerve millions of Americans. That’s why their official response to the letter was so evasive that CNN summed it up, ‘NSA won’t say whether it spies on Congress.’

“The NSA noted ‘procedures that protect the privacy of U.S. persons,’ and said that ‘members of Congress have the same privacy protections as all U.S. persons.’ Put differently, a program that collects data about virtually every phone call in America cannot help but include the phone numbers that members of Congress dial, as well as the numbers of those who telephone members of Congress,” the article said.

  • Evidently your police don’t

Despite the lowest Police deaths from firearms since 1887,  cops are “cowboying up” with tanks, all over the country.  In Salinas County, “The Salinas Police Department recently issued a news release proudly announcing the arrival of the armored truck built to survive minefield explosions, which it got compliments of federal taxpayers as part of a program to convert military equipment to law-enforcement use….Critics took to the police department’s Facebook page to ask exactly why a city of 150,000 on the northern California coast really needs a vehicle designed for battlefield use. It’s more likely to be used against its own citizens, they said.

“’That vehicle is made for war. Do not use my safety to justify that vehicle,’one wrote. ‘The Salinas Police Department is just a bunch of cowards that want to use that vehicle as intimidation and to terrorize the citizens of this city.’” the article said.

It’s not just California – Take a look at how our Department of Homeland Security is spending our money – they just wasted $19 Million dollars – to protect police from the American People.  (Don’t tell anyone though.  It’s a secret.) “The Department of Homeland Security,” according to The RundownLive,”…is coming to Wisconsin in style.  The DHS is going to spend $19 million dollars on a private armed security force unit in Wisconsin and Minnesota.  The unit will have ‘Top Secret’ security clearance according to the official solicitation which also suggests that the DHS is not looking to hire armed guards, but professionals or military trained mercenaries,” the article said.

Compare the adult population of the two states to the total size of the DHS standing army. Care to take bets how long DHS would survive if they attack the American people? This policy is not sustainable. They will not win -state legislators need to send these “troops” home,  – adult supervision required. Support State legislators who vote to end this horrible waste of money. It’s your money. Ballots beat bullets, every time.

If you’ve spent your whole life expecting “the government” to be responsible for fixing everything – then suddenly figure out that “We the People” are the government – and “We” (which begins with “I”) have the responsibility – well, it feels uncomfortable.   It gets easier with practice.  If you were counting on “the government” in an emergency, according to Schneier on Security – well, think again.

“Katrina demonstrated that we haven’t invested enough in emergency response. New Orleans police officers couldn’t talk with each other after power outages shut down their primary communications system — and there was no backup. The Department of Homeland Security, which was established in order to centralize federal response in a situation like this, couldn’t figure out who was in charge or what to do, and actively obstructed aid by others. FEMA did no better, and thousands died while turf battles were being fought.

“Our government’s ineptitude in the aftermath of Katrina demonstrates how little we’re getting for all our security spending. It’s unconscionable that we’re wasting our money fingerprinting foreigners, profiling airline passengers, and invading foreign countries while emergency response at home goes underfunded,” according to the article.

  • Evidently, even some Wall Street people don’t feel safe, according to this article.

“David John Marotta, a Wall Street expert and financial advisor and Forbes contributor, said in a note to investors, “Firearms are the last item on the list, but they are on the list. There are some terrible people in this world. And you are safer when your trusted neighbors have firearms….And with your preparedness you will be equipped to help others who might be in need,” he wrote. “Be prepared. Especially because it keeps you from being scared.”

Having lived in Virginia, General Grant is not exactly a favorite historical charactor.  Virginia, however learned to take him VERY seriously. This is all about being safe by thinking about what We the People (starting with you and your “trusted neighbors) are required by the Constitution to do, ourselves.

“A General officer came in from his command at this juncture, and said to the general-in-chief, speaking rapidly and laboring under considerable excitement: (General Grant, this is a crisis that cannot be looked upon too seriously. I know Lee’s methods well by past experience; he will throw his whole army between us and the Rapidan, and cut us off completely from our communications.)* The general rose to his feet, took his cigar out of his mouth, turned to the officer, and replied, with a degree of animation which he seldom manifested:  ‘Oh, I am heartily tired of hearing about what Lee is going to do. Some of you always seem to think he is suddenly going to turn a double somersault, and land in our rear and on both of our flanks at the same time. Go back to your command, and try to think what we are going to do ourselves, instead of what Lee is going to do.’ The officer retired rather crestfallen, and without … saying a word in reply. This recalls a very pertinent criticism regarding his chief once made in my presence by General Sherman. He said: ‘Grant always seemed pretty certain to win when he went into a fight with anything like equal numbers. I believe the chief reason why he was more successful than others was that while they were thinking so much about what the enemy was going to do, Grant was thinking all the time about what he was going to do himself….'”

Listen to Dr. Edwin Vieira, a practicing attorney, specializing in constitutional law, here.  At one time, in Virginia,  he was my “trusted neighbor.”  If he is afraid, it doesn’t show – he is not thinking about what is being done to us.  He recommends that you and your neighbors, immediately, start Constitutional Homeland Security Associations (CHSA’s) to provide your own security.  Listen to co-host, Melinda Pillsbury-Foster – she is organizing a nationwide, grass-roots organization called Future Security, to help you and your neighbors create your CHSA’s.

According to Dr. Vieira in Constitutional Homeland Security, “As now being implemented, the General Government’s scheme for ‘homeland security’ is destined to fail, either by shortchanging this country on protection or by producing a National police state, or (most likely) both….A ‘top-down’, ‘one-size-fits-all’ proposal will always prove inadequate.  The craftsmanlike approach must go beyond a ‘generic’ statute couched in legal generalities, and instead must address the particular and peculiar ‘homeland-security’ needs and resources of each State individually.   Those needs and resources must be ascertained at the Local level,  because that is where the information, the interest, and the incentives for effective investigation, planning, and action are available,” he wrote.

Practical studies must be the second-highest priority for every CHSA….It does not include claiming to be, let alone operating as, a private ‘militia’ or other para-military organization,” according to Vieira.  “Ideally, a CHSA should conduct at least one regular ‘problem’ every week…..In order to avoid detractors’ hysterical charges that the CHSA is conducting ‘private military maneuvers,’ its ‘problems’ should consist primarily of simulations on paper, a desk-top, a sand-table, or a computer’s telescreen.  Participants should understand and engage in these ‘problems’ as Militia studies, not private ‘militia’ or other para-military exercises.  After all, the goal of these endeavors is not to create or train a private ‘militia,’ but instead to convince the general public and legislators to revitalize the constitutional Militia, by proving in principle that it can be done, and by providing experienced and enthusiastic cadres to put the legislation into practice as soon as it is enacted,” Vieira wrote.

“For example, to avoid certain Congressional prohibitions particularly pertinent in this era of international ‘terrorism,’ each CHSA in every State should explicitly set out in a statement of purposes and operations, to which every member must subscribe, that it:

(i) supports the revitalization of ‘the Militia of the several States’ solely by constitutional means;

(ii)  supports and defends in all other particulars the Constitution and laws of the United States and the constitution and laws of the State in which the CHSA is located;

(iii)  will engage in no activity a goal, aim, purpose, or intent of which is to control by force or violence, or to overthrow, either (a) the government of the United States or the government of any State, or (b) the Constitution and laws of the United States or the constitution and laws of any State;

(iv) will accept or retain as a member no individual who advocates the control by force or violence, supplantation, or overthrow of (a) the government of the United States or the government of any State, or (b) the Constitution and laws of the United States or the constitution and laws of any State;

(v) is not subject to foreign control or influence;

(vi) will not knowingly and willfully solicit or accept contributions of money or any other thing of value, loans, or support of any other kind, directly or indirectly, from (a) any foreign government or political subdivision thereof; (b) any officer, agent, agency or instrumentality of any foreign government or political subdivision thereof; (c) any political party in or of a foreign country; or (d) any international political organization;

(vii) will accept or retain as a member no individual who is an agent of any foreign government, or who puts his loyalty to any foreign country or to any international or supra-national organization ahead of his loyalty to the United States;

(viii) will not teach or demonstrate to any individual the use, application, or making of any firearm or explosive or incendiary device, or technique capable of causing injury or death to persons, knowing or having reason to know or intending that the same will be unlawfully employed for use in, or in furtherance of, a civil disorder;

(ix) will not transport or manufacture any firearm, or explosive, or incendiary device, knowing or having reason to know or intending that the same will be use unlawfully in furtherance of a civil disorder; and

(x) will maintain no association, relationship, or other connection with any individual, group, or organization who or which it reasonably suspects may have links to ‘ terrorists’ or ‘terrorism,’ domestic or foreign.”

According to Vieira , “In addition, applicants for membership should be ranked and chosen on the basis of further knowledge and skills particularly suitable for ‘homeland security’ – including former military or police service; training in self-defense and martial arts; survival or other ‘outdoor’ skills; service or training in fire-fighting, rescue, or emergency-response units; medical, dental, or para-medical practice; and familiarity with such fields as gunsmithing, engineering, construction, communications and information technology, machining, and automotive maintenance.  Knowledge and skills of these types will be absolutely necessary if a CHSA is to devise and test a workable program for revitalization of the Militia,” he wrote.