More on this later, but in passing I wanted to preserve this with an initial sitting.
There is a video on YouTube which covers Senator Claire McCaskill’s hearing on the militarization of police. I did not view that video in its entirety because it was early-on evident that this was another bread-and-circus production. You are invited to view as much as you can stomach, here:
I left the following comment under that video on December 25, 2014:
This is not so much a question of tighter assessment and oversight of needs and applications by the police receiving this largesse from the military-industrial complex. It is not a matter of whether or not the damned-by-God federal government properly oversees the dispersion and use of military gear for local law enforcement. The real question in my mind is what authority has the federal government presumed to find in the Constitution which would permit federal relationships with local and State law enforcement? I find no such authority in Article 1, Section 8. This entire program is based on a presumption which is clearly outside federal authority.
Serious questions are raised when federal officials such as then-Secretary of Defense William Cohen drop statements such as this in the Washington Post (July, 1999) well before the terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001:
Further questions arise when we note that Cohen’s “op-ed” was preceded by an announcement by DARPA that, with no Congressional process whatsoever, the Department of Defense and the Department of Justice were “merged” for purposes of reducing redundancy in research and development for law enforcement (domestic) and military (national defense) enforcement/combat technology, research, and development. The American people were not consulted prior to merging DOJ with DOD, as the article itself reveals. This was a case of bureaucratic presumption of an authority neither the DOJ nor the DOD has ever been awarded, granted, or enumerated. Link:
From that paper: (quoting) “In 1994 the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) entered into a cooperative agreement to develop technologies of value to both. This agreement, codified in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and signed by the Deputy Secretary of Defense and the Attorney General, formalized and focused a longstanding ad hoc relationship. To manage this technology development program and to direct its day-to-day activities, the MOU established a Joint Program Steering Group (JPSG) that would represent both departments and be staffed with members from several agencies.” (end quote)
We see that the federal government foresaw the entire so-called “war on terror” in the early 1990s and we note that the military-industrial complex eagerly embraced the creation of the new “enemy”, which the Department of Homeland Security has been exposed as stating on more than one occasion (the leaked April, 2009 document targeting returning war veterans, and the leaked MIAC report of February, 2009 as examples) that We The People ourselves are the intended target. Police are now being trained, conditioned, and programmed to see Americans who remain loyal to the Constitution as “threats to law enforcement”, “extremists”, and “radicalized potential terrorists”. The NDA-2012, the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF), and other odious creations by statist-minded representatives and senators in Congress have extended the treachery of the USA PATRIOT ACT of 2001 to the point that even an uneducated little guy like myself can see a pattern which gives rise to the question: Are these 1033 program grants actually the infrastructure for pre-positioning of military weaponry and equipment around the nation in anticipation of a Federal Reserve System implosion which would require military backup for local authorities to preserve “law and order” or “the peace”? Why else has the Northern Command been created in Colorado (with upwards of thirty thousand combat troops being trained in urban warfare tactics at Ft. Stewart, for deployment on U.S. soil) to furnish military support for local enforcement agency “crowd control” and “peace-keeping”?
One must wonder: How stupid does the federal government think We The People are? These Senate hearings are the band-aid placed over the question of what happened at Ferguson, same as what happened at Boston in 2013, and they will produce nothing more than was produced at the Watergate hearings, the BCCI hearings, or the Iran-Contra hearings. The crimes will be read into the Congressional Record and then forgotten and nothing will change. It is the nature of our contemporary federal government, which is now abashedly and candidly operating widely outside its mandates in Article 1, Section 8, to intrude and incur into the affairs of the several States in compact which created the federal government. I ain’t buyin’ it.
Senator Rand Paul asks his famous question about the Obama administration’s stance on the 12, 000 bayonets being offered to local police departments. The militarization of police is the topic of 2015 before 2015 even gets here. I will edit more into this after I take care of some other things.