A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty.”—James Madison

If our country is a police state, that must make the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) its corrupt national police force. James Madison and the Founding Fathers warned against what they feared most; a standing army on America’s soil. The DHS is starting to frighteningly resemble one, with all the corruption, brutality and ineptitude implied.

The DHS is huge, with 240,000 full-time employees, a 61-billion-dollar budget and many sub-agencies including but not limited to the Coast Guard, Secret Service, Customs and Border Protection, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and the Federal Emergency Management System (FEMA). The DHS is the third largest federal agency, just behind the Department of Veterans Affairs and Defense. It was originally an ad hoc department, created as a response to the September 11 attacks and remains the youngest United States cabinet department.

It didn’t take long at all for DHS to weasel its way into each aspect of our lives. The menacing of a standing army (as it were) with so much power over us is not a danger that can be ignored. Each sinister tactic, deed or thuggish policy pushed by the feds in recent years can be linked to the DHS and its police state mindset.

Take, for example, the militarizing of police and SWAT teams. The DHS regularly gives six-figure grants to local municipalities for the purchase of military vehicles and a veritable arsenal of everything from tactical vests and assault weapons to uniforms and bomb-disarming robots.

The rise in buying military equipment with DHS funding has paralleled an increase in local SWAT teams. This has resulted in exponential growth in the deployment of SWAT teams for regular police matters, an increase in police shooting first and asking questions later, and the mindset within the force that the police are at war with the citizens.

The DHS spies on activists, dissidents and veterans, and probably all of us as a matter of fact. You may remember the infamous reports the department released in 2009, outlining a surveillance operation targeted at veterans. The reports were entitled Rightwing and Leftwing “Extremism” and “Operation Vigilant Eagle.” The reports define extremists as groups as well as individuals “that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely.” Four years later, it came out that DHS as well as the FBI, state and local law enforcement and even the private sector were collaborating to perform national surveillance on First Amendment activities.

Did you know the DHS is contracting to build detention camps? It’s true. In 2006, a Halliburton subsidiary was awarded a 385-million-dollar contract by, you guessed it, the DHS, to build detention centers on U.S. soil. Neither the government or Halliburton were forthcoming about where or when these camps would be built, but they rationalized the need for them in case of “an emergency influx of immigrants, or to support the rapid development of new programs” should there be any sort of disaster.

For all the incompetence and awkward government bureaucracy of DHS, they certainly seem to be ruthlessly good at one thing that scared our nation’s founders (who had just fought the Revolutionary War) more than anything else; building a standing army here on our home turf.

Together We Can Survive Anything,

Dean Miller

American Survivor

 

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