Monday, July 30, 2012

Prepared For Better War?

Titled It’s not just Homeland Security: US Army orders riot gear tooRT picked up on a procurement advertisement posted on the official government website for federal business opportunities, FedBizOpps.GOV. Printing it’s more than just stockpiling surveillance drones to spy on US citizens, the United States Army is attempting to procure an arsenal of riot gear in case the military must go toe-to-toe with civilians on US soil. A tidy assessment, that’s no doubt a valid conjecture, but the truth is, as has come out, American military personnel have been sent into combat and suffered for not being as well protected as others assigned to defend private property against our own U.S. citizenry whose resentment of wealth has required a military styled defense within the United States.
But as RT points out, a solicitation for weapons posted on the official government website for federal business opportunities reveals the US Army has been in the market for nonlethal equipment that very well might be used in the United States. The Web posting made earlier this summer, has the Army asking for bids for riot shields, face masks, polycarbonate batons and body armor. And on July 10, they awarded the contract to A2Z Supply Corp of Stevensville, Montana, who pledged to fulfill their request at the tune of $6,589.98. Though RT does not bother specifying if this is per soldier/policeman.
The latest inquiry from the US Army was filed only a few weeks before another call for bids was published by the Department of Homeland Security. On July 26, the DHS Office of Procurement Operations also wrote on that they were soliciting contractors to help equip them with riot helmets, tactical gloves, shin guards, body armor and other comparable equipment that could be used in tandem with a complex “riot control system.” According to the 2001 Executive Order that established the DHS signed by then-President George W Bush, the agency “will coordinate the executive branch’s efforts to detect, prepare for, prevent, protect against, respond to and recover from terrorist attacks within the United States.” With an agency assigned only domestic duties asking for thousands of dollars’ worth of riot gear, and an army with more than one million soldiers seeking body armor, and not assault rifles, many are suggesting, according to RT, that the solicitation requests are readying the government for a full-blown war with its own people on US soil. The fact is as a Russian publication looking for controversy, they’re not versed in the facts that the United States has used controlled violence against American protest throughout its’ history. The first President George Washington led troops to put down the Whiskey Rebellion in rural Western Pennsylvania.
But the major prominent fact is the less protected and threatened the police feel, the more apt they are to respond with violence which incites further violence among protestors to respond to as the cycles of violence continue rolling on. Protecting the police enough to put down their weapons against American citizens would be a start, just as the Soviet military did back in 1991 that helped to bring about Russia’s dynamic change we’re still waiting on to come to completefruition too.
RT goes on to print both American government requests to private enterprisearmaments suppliers were published within days of recent Capitol Hill testimony delivered from Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano that included excerpts confirming the federal government is considering deploying surveillance drones over California as a means of proactively patrolling American cities under the guise of “public safety.” Uh huh. While we wait on government representation of all the people that could possibly render those activities benignly on our behalf rather than malignantly calculated to render all freedom from government control extinct.
Meanwhile RT reported the city of Anaheim, California has come into the spotlight in recent days for hosting a week of consecutive protests that targeted the city’s allegedly corrupt police department. Most likely as with the rest of America those underpaid officers are having to procure their own sideline investments to keep up with inflation the money handlers irresponsibly take no responsibility for unless it’s their own capitalizing on. Last weekend, two men were shot and killed by officers with the Anaheim PD. Peaceful demonstrations that erupted afterward spawned yet more violence dished out by the local law enforcement, escalating tensions between civilians and cops and causing many to declare that the brutal policing is a localized attempt to install military rule over the people. Now with domestic agencies and the national Army both asking for riot gear, the unrest in Anaheim that has already spilled into other US cities could soon be matched with government opposition — and opposition well equipped. To paraphrase Janis Joplin, “Lord, won’t you buy me, a Mercedes-Benz.” Then maybe I can move about without seeming to offend those in a position to use power that’s offensive to the very sanctity of everyone’s right to some day purchase an affordable Mercedes-Benz. That, God/Allah as our witness, no longer has to be armored for safety on this ruthless tyrannical planet.
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