You may have heard of the Free State Project. It’s a non-profit organization which has as its goal to bring 20,000 small government and liberty-minded citizens (libertarians, perhaps) to the state of New Hampshire. So far, about 14,000 people have signed up as members and have pledged to move to New Hampshire. About 1,200 have actually moved there, and they’ve already elected some two dozen of their members to the state legislature. They’re trying to concentrate all the small government activists in one low-population state to help bring about more meaningful change.
Well, the city of Concord, New Hampshire says they’re a domestic terrorist organization. In Concord’s application to Homeland Security to obtain a quarter-of-a-million dollar BEARCAT (Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack) vehicle for their police department, the Free State Project was listed as one of the reasons they needed an armored vehicle.
“The State of New Hampshire’s experience with terrorism slants primarily towards the domestic type. We are fortunate that our State has not been victimized from a mass casualty event from an international terrorism strike; however, on the domestic front, the threat is real and here. Groups such as the Sovereign Citizens, Free Staters and Occupy New Hampshire are active and present daily challenges…. The type of vehicle needed would be capable of deploying bomb, HAZMAT, and special weapons personnel, equipped to detect chemical, biological, and radiological materials as well as explosive gases. This vehicle also needs armor properties to protect these personnel from explosions and hits from multiple projectiles when required to enter ‘hot zones.’ The Lenco ‘BearCat’ meets all these requirements.”
Never mind the fact that the city of Concord has had to endure all of two homicides in the past decade. Do they even need a police force, let alone a military-style armored vehicle? I guess those small government types are so dangerous, police just might have to deploy bombs on them.
The city of Keene, New Hampshire already has a BEARCAT vehicle. They got theirs last year. One of the city council members there explained rather wryly the application process which allowed to get an armored vehicle:
“Our application talked about the danger of domestic terrorism, but that’s just something you put in the grant application to get the money. What red-blooded American cop isn’t going to be excited about getting a toy like this? That’s what it comes down to.”
Maybe that’s why they labeled Free Staters domestic terrorists. They’re trying to make it sound like they’ve got all these threats everywhere, and they need that toy tank. Just listen to how this council member in Keene reacted after it was finalized that they would be receiving a BEARCAT vehicle: