This story definitely fits right into the “Surrounded ” theme of this Blog. Most of us do not have first hand experience with the stories highlighted here (Thank goodness), but for those folks that this article cites as having been through this, all I can say is “Ann Frank” are you listening?
This article includes a famous quote from Winston Churchill; “Democracy means that if the doorbell rings in the early hours, it is likely to be the milkman.”
Things seem to be regressing (as in the opposite of progressing) towards a time and place where noise at the door in the middle of the night or early AM hours gave folks a whole different level of blood pressure readings.
Here are some quotes from the article written by John W. Whitehead for the Ron Paul Institute;
“Unfortunately, with every passing week, we are hearing more and more horror stories in which homeowners are injured or killed simply because they mistook a SWAT team raid by police for a home invasion by criminals. Never mind that the unsuspecting homeowner, woken from sleep by the sounds of a violent entry, has no way of distinguishing between a home invasion by a criminal as opposed to a government agent. Too often, the destruction of life and property wrought by the police is no less horrifying than that carried out by criminal invaders.”
And, “Seven-year-old Aiyana Jones was sleeping on her living room sofa, which was positioned under a window, when suddenly, the silence of the night was shattered by a flash grenade thrown through the living room window, followed by the sounds of police bursting into the apartment and a gun going off. Rushing into the room, Aiyana’s father, Charles, found himself tackled by police and forced to lie on the floor, his face in a pool of his daughter’s blood. It would be hours before Charles would be informed that his daughter was dead. The 34-year-old suspect the police had been looking for would later be found elsewhere in the apartment building.”
“It wasn’t always this way, however. There was a time in America when a man’s home really was a sanctuary where he and his family could be safe and secure from the threat of invasion by government agents, who were held at bay by the dictates of the Fourth Amendment, which protects American citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures.
The Fourth Amendment, in turn, was added to the U.S. Constitution by colonists still smarting from the abuses they had been forced to endure while under British rule, among these home invasions by the military under the guise of writs of assistance. These writs were nothing less than open-ended royal documents which British soldiers used as a justification for barging into the homes of colonists and rifling through their belongings. James Otis, a renowned colonial attorney, “condemned writs of assistance because they were perpetual, universal (addressed to every officer and subject in the realm), and allowed anyone to conduct a search in violation of the essential principle of English liberty that a peaceable man’s house is his castle.”
Like most things in our lives, if we don’t use them we “lose them”, Liberty and Freedom are no different. What I would like to know is what in the heck is going on in the minds of the “warrior cops” on the streets of America these days? How did they come to justify these types of behavior patterns? Is the American public (their ultimate employers) really that much of a treat to justify this type of action? How can they participate in these types of “Jack Boot” actions against the American public, and then go home and just fall into a “normal” routine? How was your day today Honey? Oh, it was just another day at the office, no big deal.