A New Hampshire man and retired U.S. Marine Colonel went to a Concord town meeting to speak out against the federal grant for which Chief of Police John Duval applied. In his application, the Chief cited peaceful groups with no history of violence as threats and “daily challenges” to the Concord police, as a justification for acquiring a small tank. The Free State Project objected to being grouped in with terrorists and criminals, and an exchange between the group an the police chief started, and raised awareness of the militarization of the Concord police department, as well as most police departments in the United States. Below is a video of the New Hampshire Marine explaining that the tactics used in the military, are now being carried over to the private sector. The militarization of America is increasing, and especially in concordance with NSA spying, IRS bullying, and DOJ tracking there is reason for every American to be concerned.
The Marine states that his friend was in Watertown Ma when the widespread violation of Fourth Amendment rights had police dressed in identical uniforms to the military storming homes and forcing out residents without due process in the name of finding a terrorist. He points out that after the Boston Marathon bombing we saw a state police officer standing next to a Boston police officer wearing identical military uniforms, except for the unique insignia from each department.
Throughout history there have been warning signs before and during the militarization of soon to be dictatorial governments. We cannot ignore these signs if we want America to remain a haven for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The point of taking a firm stand against the police state now is so that we can stop it non-violently. Now is the time for the American public to refuse to accept the forward march of militarization aimed at innocent American civilians.