Grant Money: A Siren’s Song Luring Local Governments into Federal Snare

You often hear about federal asset forfeiture programs that funnel money to local police departments, shifting their loyalty from the citizens they are sworn to protect to the central government. But you might be surprised to know how the federal government does the same thing to other county officials through offers of federal grant money.

Working in my county government for a little over a year, I’ve received frequent offers of grant money, and I’ve come to think of it as the “Grant Siren Song.”

Details

Local Cops Getting Spy Gear from Feds; States Can Stop It

Federal militarization of state and local police has gone beyond armored vehicles and combat grade weapons, and now encompasses the latest surveillance technology. Not only are state and local cops secretly obtaining high-tech spy gear, non-disclosure agreements signed by law enforcement agencies essentially give the FBI complete control over how your local cops gather evidence.

Details

Media Paranoia over Government Shutdown

The fear generated by media use of the words “government shutdown” is amazing.  The hysteria peddlers using this terminology, and the media that purposely play to it, must know these two words emit such an extreme emotional response.  It appears designed to frighten the least informed against the other political party, thus the terminology.

Details

Unconstitutional Federal Programs: The Real Source of the “Anchor Baby” Problem

Recently there has been a national discussion, of sorts, over whether or not “anchor babies,” children of illegal immigrants who are born in the United States, qualify as citizens under the 14th Amendment. While that issue specifically has been addressed here at the TAC, the more pertinent aspect of the matter isn’t whether or not anchor…

Details

Follow the Money Trail: Law Enforcement Isn’t Very Local Anymore

As long as law enforcement leadership primarily focuses on the “war on drugs” and the “war on terror,” with all of the goodies and cash that comes along with it, and insists on supporting the federal government in its unconstitutional actions, the institution will remain deeply flawed, and quite frankly – dangerous.

Details