Friday, September 19, 2014

Freedom 560 w/Ken Clark September 15th Hour 1 and 2 -- Rev. Roger Anghis author of "Defending America's Exceptionalism" is in studio with Ken. ((black robe regiment))

hour one starts in 21 min in first hour - then go to hour 2


hour one - http://grrc.podomatic.com/entry/2014-09-15T17_04_19-07_00


hour 2 -  http://grrc.podomatic.com/entry/2014-09-15T17_23_19-07_00


September 15, 2014 05:04 PM PDT
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Today's topics and guests:
United States ranked 32nd in business index, tax burden worst in industrialized world.
Atlas Shrugged provides a good idea of what direction America is headed.
Divers licenses for illegal aliens enables at least 500 to easily vote and join the welfare roll.
Big government IS big business.
Rev. Roger Anghis, author of "Defending America's Exceptionalism" is in studio with Ken.
Ken Clark is your host.
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Friday, September 5, 2014

INTERVIEW WITH BESIEGED TEXAS RANCHER, “RUSTY” MONSEES - Border Rancher Warns of Cartel Border Takeover on U.S. Soil videos on link below

http://oathkeepers.org/oath/2014/09/04/texas-border-ranchers-fear-for-their-lives-and-families-appeal-for-help/


September 4th, 2014

Texas Border Ranchers Fear for Their Lives and Families – Ask Veterans for Help







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Texas border rancher vows to stand and fight the cartels, saying “There’s no backup in me” and calls on Texas veterans to join him in stopping the cartels from taking over Texas ranches along the border with Mexico.
These bastards [cartel members] are going through the valley, alright? They’re sending people up to Houston, St. Louis, any town where they’ve got a population over ten people, and they’re going up North to your backyards, moving in next door to you, they’re gonna be your neighbors, and think about it, if you’re doing shift work, and you go to work at night, or you’re going to the bowling league, and your wife and kids, your grandkids, are at home, these self-same guys are gonna walk in on your family. What the hell are you gonna do about it? You gonna come home, outside of crying are you gonna do anything, are you gonna do something now, before it gets to that point? I’m doing my crying all the day. Everyday. That’s my message to them. They’re going to your backyard. You’ve got a chance to stop em. Do you stand back, or do you go forward? There’s no backup in me. I want somebody to join me. Don’t backup to these bastards. Don’t. We got too much to lose. Don’t lose as much as I have, please. [in reference to his relatives in Mexico, who were recently killed by the cartel].  – Texas Rancher “Rusty” Monsee
Ranchers along the Texas side of the border with Mexico are in fear for their lives and the lives of their families, as they face a Mexican drug cartel takeover of their ranches and nearby ranches.    Below are two interviews with Texas ranchers who own land on the border.  Both describe how the American people are being lied to, and not told the truth about what is really happening on the border.
INTERVIEW WITH BESIEGED TEXAS RANCHER, “RUSTY” MONSEES



First up is an audio interview with lifelong Texas border rancher, Cuban “Rusty” Monsees (who is also joined by Rob, one of the patriot volunteers helping to guard Rusty’s ranch):
Rusty describes how the Mexican drug cartels are taking over Texas border ranches and using death threats, assault, and attempted murder to drive ranchers and their families off of their land. He tells how some of his neighbors are fleeing their ranches, while others are standing firm with the help of volunteer patriot security patrols.
He explains how the politicians and agency talking heads from Washington DC on down to corrupt locals, are all lying to the American people and not telling how ranchers are being overrun and attacked by a foreign enemy, on U.S. soil.  Rusty describes how the border is in fact wide open, with cartel drug and human traffic smugglers bringing anything they want, and anyone they want, across, including multiple incidents of illegal aliens from Muslim nations, and even known terrorists on the U.S. Terrorism Wanted list.
In the interview Rusty describes Border Patrol intercepting Muslim men from Somalia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and says “when they [Border Patrol] take them in, they’ll disappear – they’ll take them somewhere – and even the records will disappear. And I asked one of them ‘what’s the deal on the records’ and he said ‘that’s an order from way up the line, up in DC – they don’t want anybody to know how many are coming through’…they [the local Border Patrol agents] keep records but the records disappear, out of the mainframe – out of the computer – and the paper records too.”
Rob, an out-of-state Oath Keepers member who has been serving as a volunteer guard on Rusty’s ranch for the past month, adds that:
[they] had six middle eastern males on Rusty’s property [which Border Patrol was able to catch] … all I know is they were Muslim.   I wasn’t told a whole lot of information about it.   I do know they had told me they had caught eleven of the same group, the week prior to that, that had been on our United States terrorist wanted list [for acts against the United States] – not watch, but wanted list.  And this is the kind of stuff that they are not releasing to the public, they’re not allowed to release it.
When asked what happened to those men on the Terrorist Wanted List, Rob said:
They were caught and they were turned over to Homeland Security, and everything pretty much disappeared like what Rusty was saying.  None of that is any public information or anything like that, so they don’t want it to be public.  [ the BP is not allowed to tell anyone that known terrorists are coming across the border].  They aren’t allowed to speak about it.  The only thing we [the American public] hear about is women and kids… and when they make huge drug busts, that’s what we hear about.  We don’t hear about the gang-bangers coming across, we don’t hear about the terrorists coming across.  We don’t hear about the violence going down on the border.  I had a rancher call me last week, and begging for help on 15,000 acres.  He had been moved off his ranch because he doesn’t feel safe with his family there.  He’s been shot at and threatened.  We don’t hear that [on the news].
Rob says that particular rancher moved off his ranch two weeks ago, because he doesn’t have enough men to guard it against takeover by the cartels.  Rob adds:
you’re having that all along the border.  You have people like Rusty who are sticking by it, and are not backing down.  Cause, who’s gonna want to buy Rusty’s house, who’s gonna wanna buy Fernando’s house?     With the violence going on along the border.  They can’t afford to sell their house and move because they’re not going to get anything out of it.  They’re forced to abandon it [the 15,000 acre ranch], and move away or else stand their ground.
That same rancher is now asking Rob to try to bring in enough volunteers to help him protect his ranch from the cartels.
In the interview, Rusty also describes attacks on lone Border Patrol agents, during day and at night, telling how one officer suffered a broken leg, broken arm, crushed sternum, and eight broken ribs, and how the illegals “stomped on him so bad they thought he was dead, and they stripped off his uniform, got his backup [handgun], his service automatic, went to the unit, they got the tac vest … they got the M-4, all the ammunition, and … all the comm[unications] equipment.” Rusty says this has happened “about six times.”
Rusty goes on to alert us to the threat of child abduction and attempted abduction, and tells us that the cartels sell kidnapped children into sex slavery and forced prostitution:
They steal kids. Literally, they steal kids. Depending on how good looking they are, they’re gonna start at $35,00.00 to $45,000.00 dollars per kid. Blond haired, blue eyed little boy, little girl, is anywhere from $50,000 to $75,000.00 dollars, depending on how old they are. The older they are, particularly for girls, the more the price goes up. There’s been some girls that have been missing here, for five years from Brownsville, they were stolen when they were thirteen. One of them was found in a whorehouse in Mexico City. Her parents bought her out [from the cartels]– they bought her out for a million-five.
Rusty also describes how only two months ago a cousin of his from Mexico, Jose, and his wife and kids, were murdered by the Cartel:
I had an extended family in Mexico … the last cousins I had – step cousins, if you will – extended family, right at two months ago, were living in Monterrey, and they went down to Saltillo for an extended weekend with other friends, and they took their four kids, and they took their animals … at the dinner table the cartel comes marching in through the front door – takes the front door down – they shot Jose, his wife, four kids, and they killed the two animals. They bowed to everybody and they walked out. … in front of everybody else that was there at the dinner table. …. They were after Jose because he wouldn’t knuckle under to them in Monterrey because he was a businessman and he wouldn’t pay them off. (Monterrey, Mexico is about 2.5-3 hours South from the Texas border) … what makes this so damn bad is that they do this with absolute impunity. They don’t give a big rat’s ass one way or the other.
This is the same drug cartel that has been threatening Rusty and his neighbors, and has designated Rusty #5 on their list of targets in Texas, because he has refused to knuckle under to them.  Rusty warns that those same cartel thugs are now taking over the Texas side of the border, and will do to Americans what they have been doing to Mexicans, unless they are stopped at the border. In just one story of the many times his neighbors have been threatened by cartel underlings, Rusty told the story of his gravel partner:
He was out talking to a contractor, where he’d taken dirt before, and a couple of these twenty year old kids come up … and they told him off, that he needs to watch out about getting any more sand and dirt here, because I was on their list and if he wasn’t careful, they were gonna go after his family. He’s sixty-six years old. It’s he and his wife, and he’s got seven kids. They’re all married, they’ve all got kids, and he’s even got a couple of grandkids on the way and they all live on the same six acres. They’ve all got their own homes. …. If he comes in too often [to Rusty's ranch] and they see him, they’ll go to his family and they’ll take them all out.
Rusty and Rob both describe how the Border Patrol is hamstrung by rules set from above, in Washington D.C. with the Border Patrol instructed not to engage with any armed cartel coming across.  As Rob put it:
That’s correct. They can’t make any contact with armed cartel, or any armed person for that matter, so if there’s an armed terrorist, armed cartel, uhm, armed MS-13, coming across that border, they’re not allowed to make contact with them. They have to let them walk and call DPS (Texas Department of Public Safety]. And they come out and they arrest them on criminal charges. [what’s their response time?] “Maybe two hours.” So, in other words, it doesn’t happen. “Yeh, it doesn’t happen. It’s complete bogus is what it is. And there’s also Fish and Wildlife [land] down there owned by BLM that nobody is allowed to go on. Nobody. Border Patrol is not even allowed to chase people on it. … about ¾ of a mile [away from Rusty’s land]. We actually do patrol between that and the river [the Rio Grand which empties into the gulf of Mexico a couple miles east of their location] . And I know Border Patrol does as well, but they’re not supposed to. There’s a joke in the community here that the only people allowed on Fish and Wildlife land are the illegal immigrants.
The Fish and Wildlife land Rob is talking about is approximately 900 acres, along a mile and a half of the border, which makes for a very large, wide open “free pass” zone for the cartels, terrorists, and gangs coming across the border. When asked “Have you seen National Guard of Texas, or Texas State Guard?  Have you seen anybody?” Rob responded, with “no” and Rusty said:
The Texas State Guard are in the flimsy, cheap, probably Chinese made watch-towers.  They’re not bullet proof, they’ve got glass on four sides and they posted them from McCallen, which is the North end of the Valley, to Loredo, which is about 200 miles.  They’re not down here south.
So, the small contingent of 1,000 National Guardsmen that Perry called up are doing nothing to stop the cartels from bringing drugs and people across on these ranches, or to protect these ranches from cartel intimidation, violence, and takeover. And that is why Rusty calls on Texans to “cowboy up” and help him and his neighbors stop the cartels and gangs from taking over the Texas side of the border. He has had veterans from across the country come to his ranch to help him protect himself from the cartels, but they need Texas veterans to step up and put more boots on the ground to keep the cartels from murdering these brave ranchers and their families.
Rusty’s message to his fellow Americans, and especially to Texas veterans is:
“These bastards [cartel members] are going through the valley, alright? They’re sending people up to Houston, St. Louis, any town where they’ve got a population over ten people, and they’re going up North to your backyards, moving in next door to you, they’re gonna be your neighbors, and think about it, if you’re doing shift work, and you go to work at night, or you’re going to the bowling league, and your wife and kids, your grandkids, are at home, these self-same guys are gonna walk in on your family. What the hell are you gonna do about it? You gonna come home, outside of crying are you gonna do anything, are you gonna do something now, before it gets to that point? I’m doing my crying all the day. Everyday. That’s my message to them. They’re going to your backyard. You’ve got a chance to stop em. Do you stand back, or do you go forward? There’s no backup in me. I want somebody to join me. Don’t backup to these bastards. Don’t. We got too much to lose. Don’t lose as much as I have, please. [in reference to his relatives in Mexico, who were recently killed by the cartel].
Well, Texans?  What’s your answer to this brave man’s call for your assistance?   Texas veterans, will you let him stand alone, or will you stand with him in defense of Texas, an in defense of our nation?
INTERVIEW WITH RUSTY’S NEIGHBOR, FERNANDO:

In this interview, Rusty’s neighbor, Fernando, is interviewed by Barbie, with Patriot Information Hotline.  Also on the interview is Rob, one of the patriot volunteers guarding Rusty’s ranch (as well as Fernando’s).   Fernando is a retired fire-fighter (disabled in the line of duty) and father of three who has had to fight off attempted child abductions and home invasions.  He and his older teenage son have to take turns pulling guard duty at night to keep their family safe.  He tells of one incident where two illegals attempted to abduct his four year old son until he ran the off with his rifle.  In the interview, Fernando tells how much the border has changed:
It used to be, years ago, they were coming in to find a better life, get some work, you could see the people, the kind of people coming through – you could tell that they were people wanting to work and provide for their families.   The kind of people we’re having now, they’re not coming to work.   These people coming through are full-grown men, all tattood … as soon as they hit our neighborhood, they start destroying our stuff, so they’re not here for any good.
He tells how many of them have tattoos that are from the gangs they belong to in Mexico that are now coming to the U.S. and establishing a presence in the U.S.  “The people up state, the politicians, keep saying that nothing like that is going on, I’ll invite them to my home, come spend the week with me, you’ll see what’s going on,” he says. When asked how many children has he seen coming across, he said “none.”   He has seen large groups of up to fifty people, and they have all been adults, and primarily men.  Fernando explains that the standing orders of the Border Patrol are:
They’re not even to draw their weapon on  these people – if they can they are supposed to just continue on their way, move out and leave them alone.  And to me, that puts my family in danger because that [open] gate is right at the end of my street.  If they leave them alone , let them continue on their business, they’re going to end up on my property.
As for the lies the American people are being told, Fernando says:
Don’t believe everything you hear in the news.   There is something happening here, there is danger for the people that are living here right now, based on the way they’re handling the immigration problem.   They’re allowing these people to come through our neighborhoods and those of us that are actually living here are the ones that are seeing it on a daily basis.
Like Fernando, most of his neighbors are Hispanic, and they feel the same as he does about illegals being able to just walk onto their land:
When they have to deal with the same thing I’m dealing with, they don’t like it either.  But a lot of these people, they don’t like to get involved because of fear that their family might be threatened, or they themselves might be threatened, because of the proximity with the border fence and the river, so, I mean I understand their fear, but the way I look at it is, this is my home, if I don’t stand up to these people, you know, sooner or later they’re going to want to take over, so, I’m not willing to let anybody take over.
In response to the mainstream media spin that anyone who doesn’t want an open border and amnesty is a racist, he is asked if race has anything to do with it, and replies  “no, it doesn’t have anything to do with racism.   It has to do with a way of life, and safety for our families.”  He notes that he himself is Hispanic and he has no problem with people immigrating, so long as they do it legally.  “As long as they’re not threatening my family and my safety, my own home, I don’t have a problem with them.  Do things the right way, like every citizen is expected to, follow the laws – and they should fall under the same rule – follow the laws and do it legally and I don’t have a problem with you,” he said. As for the volunteer American patriots coming down there to guard ranches, he said:
I’m very grateful.  I’ve been able to get some sleep lately now that they’ve been down here.   Because my son and I – I have an older son – and my son and I would end up taking turns at night, just making sure nobody’s in here.  And so now, we get to sleep.  That was a luxury we didn’t have before, because we had to end up being up all night sometimes.
Now, the reality on the border is clear.   In addition, we have spoken with numerous current-serving and retired Border Patrol agents in Texas, and to several land owners who have already fled their ranches because of the cartels, and they all back up what Rusty, Rob, and Fernando say about what is really going on along the Texas border with Mexico. The truth is plain to see for those who will look.
The only question remaining is what Texans are going to do about it.  Help  will not come from the government, either state or federal.  Not in time.  There is too much corruption and cowardice among those in power as well as willful violation of their oaths.  By the time you root out that corruption, cowardice, and willful oath breaking within government, these brave ranchers and their families will all be dead.   No, what will count now is whether enough individual Texans will step up to help Rusty, Fernando, and the other brave ranchers along the border in their stand against the cartels.
As Rusty and Rob asked during their interview, where are all the Texas veterans?   Well, men of Texas, what is your answer?  The desperate, but brave final request for help that Col. Travis wrote from the Alamo was not answered in time to save him and his men from being overrun.  Will this modern request for help from brave Texans be answered in time?    As with Col. Travis and his men, there will be no retreat, no surrender.   Like Rusty said, there’s no back-up in him.  All that remains to be seen is if Texans will step up to provide back-up FOR him.
Men of Texas, what is your answer?   You have received a direct request for aid from a fellow Texan in need, who is under attack by foreign enemies, while he has been intentionally exposed to their privations by domestic enemies.
Again, where are all the Texas veterans?   What are they waiting for?   They need to take the lead in assisting these ranchers.   In particular, where are all the retired Texas military officers, Senior NCOs, and experienced field NCOs, who can provide the competent, experienced TEXAS leadership that it will take to protect these ranches in an effective manner?   They need to step up now, and if they do, we are confident that the people of Texas will volunteer to help, in the finest tradition of Texans past.
Just as the people of Mexico have begun to come together to protect themselves and each other from the cartels because their corrupt government refuses to protect them, so too must Americans come together to defend themselves and each other against the cartels because our corrupt government refuses to protect us.  We need to show that America is still the land of the free, and the home of the brave.
And the veterans of Texas need to lead the way.
For the Republic,
Oath Keepers

Thursday, September 4, 2014

An Open Letter To My Friends In Law Enforcement, by Chuck Baldwin, September 4, 2014

An Open Letter To My Friends In Law Enforcement, by Chuck Baldwin, September 4, 2014 




http://chuckbaldwinlive.com/Articles/tabid/109/ID/1230/An-Open-Letter-To-My-Friends-In-Law-Enforcement.aspx

When I was a youngster, my dad told me, “Son, a policeman is your friend.” Through his jail and prison ministry, Dad became a personal friend of our county sheriff (two of them, as a matter of fact)--as well as scores of deputies and city police officers. For all of my life, I have taken Dad’s maxim to heart. In fact, for all of my teen years, law enforcement was my chosen profession. I wanted to go into law enforcement real bad. It took a divine call to Gospel ministry to change my plans.

Throughout my adult life, I have enjoyed the friendship of many peace officers. The county sheriff where I lived in Florida made me an honorary deputy sheriff. I still have the credentials to prove it. I count scores (and maybe hundreds) of law enforcement officers around the country as friends. In fact, there are scores of peace officers across the country that financially support my work. I have had kinfolk serve in various positions of law enforcement. Anyone who knows anything about me knows I have been a law and order guy all of my life.

I am as much of a red-blooded American patriot as one will find in this country. I believe in God, the Bible, the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. I believe in liberty, justice, and independence. I am a Christian and a pastor. Through my radio talk show and syndicated column, I have helped to elect many liberty-minded candidates to municipal, county, State, and federal offices. And, like Mike Huckabee who is a former pastor, I, too, ran for the office of President of the United States.

With the above said, it is extremely important that this letter be written, because so many honorable American traditions and customs are being radically and rapidly changed--including the philosophies, standard operating procedures, and rules of engagement of law enforcement. And the change is not for the better.

Let me just be blunt: ever since Ronald Reagan left office, both Republican and Democrat presidential administrations--along with both Republican and Democrat congresses--in Washington, D.C., are turning the United States of America into a giant Police State. And that means that our local and State police agencies are being transformed before our very eyes into the enforcement arm of this burgeoning Police State. And one of the biggest reasons for this growing threat to our liberties is that it seems that you--our local and State police officers and sheriff’s deputies--do not understand that you are the ones that are being used to create this nefarious Police State.

I am talking about otherwise honest and honorable men and women. I am talking about the friendly policeman, sheriff’s deputy, or State highway patrolman who lives across the street from us. I’m talking about the fellow Christian police officer we go to church with. It seems that the vast majority of you men and women in blue do not comprehend the way you are being used to create a Police State in our country. And until you awaken to this reality, nothing is going to be done to stop it.

The totalitarian regimes of history could not have succeeded in implementing their enslavements over the people without the submission and cooperation of the citizen-policemen within their countries. Nor can a Police State be constructed in America without your submission and cooperation. My concern is, the Police State is already being constructed in this country and most of you don’t seem to even realize it--or don’t want to realize it. In fact, some of you become angry with people like me when we try to warn the American people about it. This shows that you have already become acclimated and accepting of it.

Here is the problem: in today’s America, virtually every police agency and sheriff’s office is being dictated to, intimidated by, and bribed by the federal government. Much of the policies you operate under--and training you receive--comes straight out of the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Justice Department. If you are a police officer in a State or city that does not recognize the right of the people to keep and bear arms, you are already the enforcement arm of draconian, dictatorial government. You routinely put people in jail or prison for merely exercising the fundamental, God-given right to keep and BEAR arms. How can you live with yourself?

The concern that you, our friends and neighbors in law enforcement, are being turned into agents of oppression is very justified. The warning signs are ubiquitous.

I was told by a Marine Corps officer, who was there, that last year Marines at Twentynine Palms, California, were asked in a survey if they were ordered to turn their weapons on the American citizenry for the purpose of gun confiscation, would they comply with the order. Sixty-six percent of them said yes, they would. Two-thirds! When this same question was asked of Marines at Twentynine Palms back in the 90s, 26% of the Marines said yes. This is a very disturbing trend.

How many of you men and women of law enforcement would respond similarly? Again, in states such as California, Massachusetts, and Connecticut--and in cities such as New York and Chicago--this is already standard operating procedure. People are routinely arrested for merely possessing a firearm, with no harm being inflicted or even threatened. Plus, all it takes is for some kind of riot or “national emergency,” and the rest of the Bill of Rights immediately go out the window.

Look at Boston after the marathon bombing. The city was turned instantly into a Nazi-style Police State. People’s homes were invaded without warrant; people were manhandled; police dogs were turned loose on people without cause; guns by the hundreds were pointed at the people of Boston by police. No occupying military force in the world was any more efficient at locking down a large city as were the police agencies of the city of Boston and the State of Massachusetts.

Look what happened in Ferguson, Missouri. Regardless of whether the shooting of the young man was justified or not (along with everyone else, I am waiting for a proper and thorough investigation to provide an honest answer), the way police reacted to, what was at first, lawful protests, was unconscionable. Policemen training their firearms on innocent American citizens, including journalists, and threatening to blow their brains out is NOT acceptable behavior in a free society. Police agencies using military vehicles and military attack aircraft against American citizens is NOT acceptable behavior in a free society. Police-state tactics only served to exacerbate and inflame the situation in Ferguson, not alleviate it.

I lived on the Gulf Coast when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. Police officers went door-to-door confiscating the firearms of law-abiding, innocent citizens in the aftermath of that storm. This was done while lawless gangs were allowed to freely roam the streets of the city inflicting merciless atrocities on vulnerable residents. And the State of Louisiana is one of our more gun-friendly states.

Look at what happens more and more frequently at routine traffic stops. My mother-in-law (who is in her eighties) was recently pulled over for a routine traffic stop here in Montana. (She must have been pulled over for driving too SLOW.) Two officers came out of the police car, and one of them was actually pointing his pistol at her head. Her vehicle was not suspected of having been part of a felony. They ran her plates. They knew who she was. To point a gun at a harmless, innocent senior citizen--who is suspected of no violent crime--is the mark of a burgeoning Police State.

Policemen training their weapons on the public has become almost routine nowadays. Even many minor incidents will often result in SWAT teams being deployed. In fact, Eastern Kentucky University professor Peter Kraska documents research showing, “There has been more than a 1,400% increase in the total number of police paramilitary deployments, or callouts, between 1980 and 2000. Today, an estimated 45,000 SWAT-team deployments are conducted yearly among those departments surveyed; in the early 1980s there was an average of about 3,000.”

See Kraska’s report here:

Militarization And Policing--It’s Relevance To 21st Century

Has violent crime increased 1,400 percent during that time? Not at all. In fact, for the last several years, violent crime has been decreasing to the point that currently it is at record lows. So, how can the need for SWAT teams increase by 1,400 percent? It is the result of Washington, D.C., deliberately militarizing our police agencies. Give them military equipment, weapons, training, etc., and they will start acting like soldiers not policemen.

It all begins with philosophy. The philosophy being drilled into police officers today is that of an “us versus them” mentality. In the eyes of a Police State, we are not citizens to be protected; we are enemy targets who are guilty until proven innocent. Plus, the phrase that we hear constantly repeated today by law enforcement personnel and spokesmen is “the safety of the officer.”

Wait a minute! The sworn duty of a police officer is to obey the Constitution (including the Bill of Rights), which is designed to protect the rights, liberties, and safely of the American people. The role of the police officer is to protect the safety of the public. Any man or woman who volunteers to put on a badge should be consciously willing to put his or her life on the line to protect the public. That’s what their job is all about. And no one forces them to take this risk; they take it of their own volition. Of course you men and women of law enforcement want to go home at the end of your shift. But so do the people of your community.

Policemen are not the only ones who face hostility and threats of violence. I have had my life threatened too many times to count. I have been shot at. (I’ve talked with several retired police officers who have told me that they never had to pull their gun during their entire career, nor were they ever fired at.) I have had my family threatened. And none of us wear Kevlar vests and helmets and can call backup with the push of a button (calling 911 is not the same as a policeman calling for back up--not even close).

If the safety of the officer is the primary duty of policemen, they should just shoot suspects on sight and eliminate the threat before it exists. And that is pretty much what they do in totalitarian countries. But this is America where the rule of law and the rights of the individual reign supreme. In a free country, people are judged to be innocent until proven guilty. Plus, the only lawful reason a police officer has to fire his weapon at someone is for the same reason that the rest of us can do so: for self-defense against an imminent threat to their (our) lives.

Over 5,000 American citizens have been shot and killed by police since 09/11/01. Based on official statistical data, we are eight times more likely to be killed by a police officer than we are by a terrorist. Currently, somewhere between 500-1,000 Americans are killed each year by policemen. By comparison, during 2012, 120 officers were killed in the line of duty.

“Despite far fewer officers dying in the line of duty compared with American citizens, police departments are not only increasing their use of protective and highly volatile gear, but are increasingly setting aside a portion of their budget to invest in new technology such as drones, night vision goggles, remote robots, surveillance cameras, license plate readers and armored vehicles that amount to unarmed tanks.”

See the report here:

U.S. Police Have Killed Over 5,000 Civilians Since 9/11

Sadly, police agencies and county attorney’s offices have a dismal record of thoroughly investigating police shootings (or even police brutality charges). Mostly, the word of the officer is accepted almost without question. Plus, it is common knowledge that many officers carry “throw down” weapons to alleviate incrimination. Furthermore, police officers are seldom willing to testify against a fellow officer--even when they know the officer has committed a crime.

It is past time that independent, citizen review boards with full investigative capability and with authority to begin disciplinary measures are required for all police shootings. I further recommend that every citizen install surveillance cameras inside their vehicles. Any government that thinks it needs to closely monitor our every move should be closely monitored by us.

A recent example of excessive use of force and the police-state mentality was prominently displayed in Boynton Beach, Florida. After questioning why the officers were ordering them around and starting to video-record the officers during a traffic stop, the policemen became enraged, began physically assaulting the young men, and one officer pointed his pistol at them threatening to immediately shoot them. Granted, the young men acted rudely and disrespectfully. But since when in America is cockiness and rudeness a potential death sentence?

But the worst part of the story came afterward when the chief of police issued a statement defending the conduct of the officers. Chief Jeffrey Katz viewed the video tape (recorded by a passenger in the car) and said the following: “When I watch this video, I don’t see a car full of young men who are behaving in a manner consistent with FEAR OF THE POLICE.” (Emphasis added)

See the report here:

‘I’ll Put A Round In Your A** So Quick’: Florida Police Chief Defends Cop Who Threatened To Shoot Young Black Man Because He Filmed His Partner Throwing Him On The Ground

Ladies and gentlemen, that is not the statement of an American peace officer; that is the statement of a Nazi Brown Shirt. This is what happens when Washington, D.C., turns our local and State law enforcement officers into quasi-military units from a national police force. The police chief and his officers were angry that the young men didn’t FEAR the police enough.

So, that’s it. We are supposed to FEAR the police? Really? Then, pray tell, who are the police supposed to fear? My father didn’t teach me to fear the police. He taught me to respect the police. And he taught me that the police were my friends. He did not teach me that I had to fear for my rights and my very life every time I’m pulled over for a traffic stop. And that’s not the way that Sheriff Cliff Arnold’s deputies behaved while I was growing up.

The Department of Homeland Security and Defense Department are all but forcing local and State police agencies to accept military equipment, tanks, attack helicopters, machine guns, and more. Last year alone, the Pentagon gave half a billion dollars of military gear to local police agencies. They are supplying suggested training procedures, complete with lists of the people whom they (Washington, D.C.) considers “dangerous.”

Most of the intelligence that police agencies receive comes from the DHS-Fusion centers. Reading these memos is like reading the propaganda being spewed out by the radical, ultra-left wing Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). And in truth, much of the information that the Fusion centers distribute are carbon copies of SPLC propaganda.

For example, when I first moved to Montana four years ago, a local police lieutenant sent a memo to the city’s police officers warning them about me. The memo accused me of things like being part of potentially dangerous militia groups, etc. He took words from off of my website and said they showed that I was an “extremist.” What words, you ask? Words like: Liberty Fellowship, Black Regiment Pastors, Patriot Businesses, etc. Where did the lieutenant get that idea? He didn’t know me from Job’s turkey. He got it through a DHS Fusion center memo.

I later had a lunch meeting with the police lieutenant in the presence of a retired police officer and tried to assure him as to my character and integrity. I even showed him my honorary sheriff’s deputy credentials. He admitted that he had not even read the content of my website and was merely going by the titles, which leads me to believe he may not have even logged onto the website at all but was merely taking the Fusion center report as “gospel.” And, no, as far as I know, he did not send out a retraction to his officers. Thankfully, I have had several policemen and sheriff’s deputies tell me personally how disgusted they were at the lieutenant’s unfounded character assassination against me and that they appreciate the work I am doing.

In fact, I have had countless police officers and sheriff’s deputies around the country write and tell me about similar memos they have received from DHS. I have even had deputies drive up to me and show me the memos they had received on the computers in their squad cars with the same kind of propaganda.

My friends in law enforcement, can you not see what is happening? Can you not see that you are being brainwashed into a police-state mentality where constitutional rights are seldom considered, especially in emergencies? All the feds must do is create some sort of national or local emergency and, presto, you become instruments of a Police State. Do you not see the trend?

By an overwhelming majority, your fellow citizens are NOT your enemies. We are your neighbors, fellow church members, etc. Are you going to let the machinations of would-be tyrants in Washington, D.C., and even in your own State and community, turn the honorable profession of peace officer into an “us versus them” Gestapo-like Police State?

True story: here in Montana, a small town police officer, who is assigned to the traffic division, was asked to speak to a church group. Mostly, he gives out traffic citations for minor violations. As he began his remarks, he said, “I am a cop; I work every day among the dregs of society.” Really? People who get parking tickets and speeding tickets are the “dregs” of society? That, my friends, is the mark of an unfolding police-state mentality. And, remember, this is from the heart and lips of a professing Christian.

As honest and honorable as most of you men and women of law enforcement are, it is time that you come to grips with the fact that the current system emanating from Washington, D.C., controlling the attitudes, training, and tactics of police agencies is practically a carbon copy of history’s most notorious totalitarian regimes. And if the Nuremberg trials proved anything, they proved that “I was just following orders” is never justification for ignoring the greater moral laws of God and Nature.

My dad told me that the policeman is my friend. I would still like to believe that; but it behooves my friends in law enforcement to prove it to me by personally making up your minds to vehemently resist the current trend of militarizing your profession and of turning our once-free republic into a Police State. After all, you want us to be your friends, too, right?



© Chuck Baldwin