Asset forfeiture is a form of legalized theft that serves as a major funding source for the rapidly expanding police state.Details
State and local cops run a protection racket for their “federal partners.”
In fact, I can’t think of a single bill OffNow has supported that wasn’t opposed by some law enforcement organization.Details
If you see something suspicious, says the Department of Homeland Security, say something about it to the police, call it in to a government hotline, or report it using a convenient app on your smart phone.Details
It is not enough to enumerate the individual rights or liberties of all Americans in the US Constitution; we must actively seek to limit the size, power, and modalities of American government, from the federal to the local.Details
How did local police all over America become hostile military forces?
Because the federal government had been spending billions of dollars making them that way!
This video by Brave New Films makes the case in a simple and compelling way.Details
Another day, another unconstitutional ‘solution’ from the Congress. This time it comes from Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and it involves the federal control of police.Details
The excessive use of force in Ferguson focused attention on the danger of police militarization. But there is another consequence that doesn’t show up on gritty streets of any-town USA. To understand it, you need to roam the clean safe halls of America’s state capitols. There you will see that the impact of police militarization on the legislative process.Details
Ferguson, Missouri should serve as a wake up call relating to the evolution of our local police departments into extensions of the federal government. Once agencies primarily tasked with protecting the community, they have intertwined with and become increasingly dependent on the federal government, getting funding and equipment through asset forfeiture, gifts and grants from the federal government.Details
It’s not just the Defense Department that is passing out free military equipment to local police. Since the early 1990s, the Justice Department has worked with the Pentagon to fund military technology for police departments. And then there are the billions of dollars’ worth of federal grants distributed by the Department of Homeland Security, enabling police departments to go on a veritable buying spree for highly questionable military-grade supplies better suited to the battlefield.Details