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I was reading through the Dept. of the Army publication that was brought to my attention dated for Aril 2014. After having read through the information, and watching the tactics being deployed on television with the media storm in Missouri, I noticed something unsettling. On pg. 123 in the glossary, the abbreviation of MO = Missouri if referenced. The only state mentioned. DC=mentioned by not a defined "State". I found it to be very ironic and non coincidental that all of these recent events happened in Ferguson Missouri. How is that a civil defense document targets the SHOW ME STATE of Missouri, several months before the alleged killing of Mr. Brown. Is there an ulterior motive to deploy police forces and divide the nation for the government to conceal the real stories or perhaps I am just a loony tune. I highly doubt the latter. Seems as this could be a possible false flag. Thanks- B could not post the link. Its a PDF. Can be found online though. The glossary lists acronyms with Army or joint definitions. SECTION I – ACRONYMS AND ABBREVIATIONS AA ADP ADRP AR ATP ATTN CFR COA CONUS DA DC DCSA DD DM DOD DODD DODI FCMT Fed FM G-2 GRM HIV HN IPB JP LEA METT-TC MI MISO MO MSCoE MWD MTTP NGR No. NLW OCONUS OIC PIO PSG assembly area Army doctrine publication Army doctrine reference publication Army regulation Army techniques publication attention Code of Federal Regulation course of action continental United States Department of the Army District of Columbia Defense Support of Civil Authorities Departement of Defense designated marksman Department of Defense Department of Defense directive Department of Defense instruction forced cell move team federal field manual Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence graduated-response matrix human immunodeficiency virus host nation intelligence preparation of the battlefield joint publication law enforcement agency mission, enemy, terrain and weather, troops and support available, time available, and civil considerations military intelligence military information support operations Missouri Maneuver Support Center of Excellence military working dog multi-Service tactics, techniques, and procedures National Guard regulation number nonlethal weapons outside the continental United States officer in charge police intelligence operations platoon sergeant
And so THIS is why we have to continue to dialogue. This is why we have to continue to hear each others views and not restrict ourselves to the viewpoints of solely our peers. This is why diversity promotes mental and spiritual evolution but superiority complexes (racism) promotes ignorance. This is why I appreciate forums like Dinar Vets where we can be up front and honest about our views while considering the views of others. I only dislike it when we take shots at each other and demean one another. So for all those who are not aware, there are three prominent black fraternities and many of my friends belong to one of them. I decided not to pledge when I was in college for my own personal/spiritual reasons. Those fraternities are Alphas, Omegas and Sigmas. These fraternaties were birthed ages ago by black students establishing a support community for their educational and lifelong goals, a good thing. Frats have nothing to do with hatred. Each of them have their signature styles and call signs. Ron Johnson is a member of the Alpha fraternity and took pictures with fellow Alphas displaying brotherhood and flashing their call signs. He is also seen on occasion marching with the people and supporting the constitutional right of peaceful protest. Well guess what happens when ignorant people see this man posing with his Alpha brothers? Without the benefit of any doubt, he is ostracized is being affiliated with thugs and gang members. Does this surprise anyone? CNN Removes Ridiculous Report Claiming Ferguson Captain Is In A Gang The Huffington Post | By Catherine Taibi A CNN Report from a user falsely claiming that Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson was affiliated with a gang has been deleted from the network's site. An article posted on iReport, the CNN page that allows people around the world to share photos and submit their own stories, stated that Capt. Johnson was seen in a photograph holding up a hand symbol associated with the Bloods. Johnson was recently placed in charge of security procedures in Ferguson, Missouri, where the violent protests over the killing of Michael Brown are currently taking place. The photograph soon made its rounds on Twitter: The Washington Post put those rumors to rest Wednesday when it confirmed that the symbol was actually just a greeting from Johnson's fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi. Anyone can submit an iReport, a platform for citizen journalism, and CNN deleted the submission in question once it realized the information was not true. The network issued the following statement, explaining, "iReport is a social network for news. A small number of user submissions are approved for use on air and online. The iReport in question had not been vetted, was labeled as "NOT VERIFIED BY CNN," and was removed shortly after being flagged by the community." Others on Twitter caught the blunder before the erroneous article was taken down:
http://time.com/3111474/rand-paul-ferguson-police/ I am posting this article becuase I do think our police have become way too militarized, and are being trained that we the people are the enemy. I do not know what the facts are about the initial shooting, and am not endorsing or condeming the article's content. We simply do not know what happened, but I am glad Rand has spoken up about this serious problem growing within our country. thx, Thegente Rand Paul: We Must Demilitarize the Police Sen. Rand Paul @SenRandPaul 12:26 PM ET Police in riot gear watch protesters in Ferguson, Mo. on Aug. 13, 2014. Jeff Roberson—AP Anyone who thinks race does not skew the application of criminal justice in this country is just not paying close enough attention, Sen. Rand Paul writes for TIME, amid violence in Ferguson, Mo. over the police shooting death of Michael Brown More Echoes of History Resound in Ferguson, Mo. Unrest Why Ferguson Was Ready to Explode If I had been told to get out of the street as a teenager, there would have been a distinct possibility that I might have smarted off. But, I wouldn’t have expected to be shot. The outrage in Ferguson is understandable—though there is never an excuse for rioting or looting. There is a legitimate role for the police to keep the peace, but there should be a difference between a police response and a military response. The images and scenes we continue to see in Ferguson resemble war more than traditional police action. Glenn Reynolds, in Popular Mechanics, recognized the increasing militarization of the police five years ago. In 2009 he wrote: Soldiers and police are supposed to be different. … Police look inward. They’re supposed to protect their fellow citizens from criminals, and to maintain order with a minimum of force. It’s the difference between Audie Murphy and Andy Griffith. But nowadays, police are looking, and acting, more like soldiers than cops, with bad consequences. And those who suffer the consequences are usually innocent civilians. The Cato Institute’s Walter Olson observed this week how the rising militarization of law enforcement is currently playing out in Ferguson: Why armored vehicles in a Midwestern inner suburb? Why would cops wear camouflage gear against a terrain patterned by convenience stores and beauty parlors? Why are the authorities in Ferguson, Mo. so given to quasi-martial crowd control methods (such as bans on walking on the street) and, per the reporting of Riverfront Times, the firing of tear gas at people in their own yards? (“‘This my property!’ he shouted, prompting police to fire a tear gas canister directly at his face.”) Why would someone identifying himself as an 82nd Airborne Army veteran, observing the Ferguson police scene, comment that “We rolled lighter than that in an actual warzone”? Olson added, “the dominant visual aspect of the story, however, has been the sight of overpowering police forces confronting unarmed protesters who are seen waving signs or just their hands.” How did this happen? Most police officers are good cops and good people. It is an unquestionably difficult job, especially in the current circumstances. There is a systemic problem with today’s law enforcement. Not surprisingly, big government has been at the heart of the problem. Washington has incentivized the militarization of local police precincts by using federal dollars to help municipal governments build what are essentially small armies—where police departments compete to acquire military gear that goes far beyond what most of Americans think of as law enforcement. This is usually done in the name of fighting the war on drugs or terrorism. The Heritage Foundation’s Evan Bernick wrote in 2013 that, “the Department of Homeland Security has handed out anti-terrorism grants to cities and towns across the country, enabling them to buy armored vehicles, guns, armor, aircraft, and other equipment.” Bernick continued, “federal agencies of all stripes, as well as local police departments in towns with populations less than 14,000, come equipped with SWAT teams and heavy artillery.” Bernick noted the cartoonish imbalance between the equipment some police departments possess and the constituents they serve, “today, Bossier Parish, Louisiana, has a .50 caliber gun mounted on an armored vehicle. The Pentagon gives away millions of pieces of military equipment to police departments across the country—tanks included.” When you couple this militarization of law enforcement with an erosion of civil liberties and due process that allows the police to become judge and jury—national security letters, no-knock searches, broad general warrants, pre-conviction forfeiture—we begin to have a very serious problem on our hands. Given these developments, it is almost impossible for many Americans not to feel like their government is targeting them. Given the racial disparities in our criminal justice system, it is impossible for African-Americans not to feel like their government is particularly targeting them. This is part of the anguish we are seeing in the tragic events outside of St. Louis, Missouri. It is what the citizens of Ferguson feel when there is an unfortunate and heartbreaking shooting like the incident with Michael Brown. Anyone who thinks that race does not still, even if inadvertently, skew the application of criminal justice in this country is just not paying close enough attention. Our prisons are full of black and brown men and women who are serving inappropriately long and harsh sentences for non-violent mistakes in their youth. The militarization of our law enforcement is due to an unprecedented expansion of government power in this realm. It is one thing for federal officials to work in conjunction with local authorities to reduce or solve crime. It is quite another for them to subsidize it. Americans must never sacrifice their liberty for an illusive and dangerous, or false, security. This has been a cause I have championed for years, and one that is at a near-crisis point in our country. Let us continue to pray for Michael Brown’s family, the people of Ferguson, police, and citizens alike. Paul is the junior U.S. Senator for Kentucky.
http://thefreethoughtproject.com/captain-mike-brown-case-marches-protestors/ On Thursday afternoon Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain and 27 year veteran of the force, Ronald S. Johnson, was announced to be taking over security decisions in the outraged city of Ferguson.Local law enforcement intends to stay involved, but highway patrol is now directly on the ground. During the press conference held by Governor Nixon, Johnson stated, “We are going to have a different approach and have the approach that we’re in this together”, and so far, he wasn’t lying. As several thousand gathered to march Tuesday evening, the tone seemed entirely different. People online watched tweets with baited breath waiting for the tear gas, swat, and violence from police we have seen in recent days. Except that didn’t happen. What did happen was an amazing show of what happens when police remove their helmets and treat people with dignity, and it was beautiful. “When I see a young lady cry because of fear of this uniform, that’s a problem. We’ve got to solve that.” Johnson said. The new man in charge assured the crowd there would be no blocked streets, no more disproportionate force, and actually marched side by side with the protestors. I think this one statement shouted out over the megaphone is a glowing example of what the world would be like without militarized police treating us as an enemy- “They respect us, so let’s respect them. They’ve given us the sidewalk so lets stay out of their street.” Even if this is a PR stunt, it still makes a great case against militarized police. Put away your tanks and take off your helmets… and you no longer need them. If our police stopped killing unarmed people and treating every citizen as a criminal, there would be peace.