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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

In Bid for Tanks, NH Police Label Libertarian and other groups 'Terrorists'

Disclosure comes amidst growing call against militarization of police forces

"In a bid to bring armored vehicles to the small, capital city of Concord, New Hampshire, the local police department is trying to exploit peaceful activist groups such as Occupy New Hampshire and the libertarian Free State Project as "terror threats."Through a right to know request, the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union (NHCLU)—as part of an ongoing project against the militarization of local law enforcement agencies—obtained a grant filed by the Concord Police Department requesting $258,000 from the Department of Homeland Security for an armored BearCat vehicle.

"The State of New Hampshire’s experience with terrorism slants primarily towards the domestic type," the grant states, adding that—with groups such as the "Free Staters" and Occupy NH active and presenting "daily challenges"—the "threat is real and here." "It's far from clear to us why an armored vehicle would be necessary to address what are generally, by and large, non-violent movements that in fact provide little or no threat to the security of our state," said Devon Chaffee, executive director of the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union."


As usual, it's the progressives who are defending against abuse of civil liberties. Drones, armored vehicles... . It's time to put down the remote, stop shopping and engage a teeny little bit, America...before all the pieces of a police state are in place and no dissent will be tolerated. Right now, it's compliance through distraction; soon, compliance will be enforced.