A new terrorist warning is a transparent attempt to promote militarization of police and more no-knock SWAT raids.
Watching this video about a terrorist warning and listening to the rhetoric is truly sickening.
Notice how the agenda of SWAT raids is pushed in this piece. All because of a tiny fringe group that barely registers among all the dangerous crime that police might face, we are supposed to believe that all cops must worry when they serve a warrant or otherwise approach a normal citizen. Because of two psychopaths in 2012 we are all supposed to expect police to be afraid—very afraid!
They “never know” when they might encounter such people! Yes, and they never know when they might be hit by lightning or slip in the bathtub either! So by all means point guns at everyone and conduct all raids as paramilitary operations! If we have to disfigure a toddler and kill a few innocents, that is all worth it because we might have prevented an officer from getting hurt in a surprise shootout with one of .000001% of the population. (I don’t know the real number of people who belong to the “sovereign citizen” movement. And even if one is a “sovereign citizen,” if Islam is not associated with terrorism, then by what logic is a whole movement to be blamed for a handful of violent incidents every year?)
Could this terrorist warning be any more self-serving?
From the printed story on the CNN website:
Some federal and local law enforcement groups view the domestic terror threat from sovereign citizen groups as equal to — and in some cases greater than — the threat from foreign Islamic terror groups, such as ISIS, that garner more public attention.
The Homeland Security report, produced in coordination with the FBI, counts 24 violent sovereign citizen-related attacks across the U.S. since 2010.
I wonder if one of those “related” (?), violent “attacks” included that man who had the temerity to not show a drivers license when he dropped off a cat at animal rescue and got killed by police on the spot.
The claim that this miniscule fraction of a minority of criminals is some kind of national threat that is greater than ISIS sounds hallucinatory. But it does make a sick kind of sense. ISIS animals attack everyone—men, women, and children if they can do so. All these sovereign citizens (and all their 24 attacks in five years, if that number is not inflated) are only attacking government agents. So naturally, Homeland Security and the FBI consider sovereign citizens to be the real threat and devote most of their time to making sure that we don’t think ISIS is really Islamic.
It is too obvious for words that this terrorist warning is offered as pushback against all the complaints about militarization that cropped up after Ferguson. Showing a couple of white sociopaths on TV helps keep anyone from thinking of who will bear the brunt of most SWAT raids and other actions of the growing military police state. It will be the same kind of people who are being killed now—normal middle- and lower-class citizens who can’t afford a lawyer.