Paramilitary Tactics Learned Abroad, Used at Home
A family of eight — a grandmother, two daughters and five grandchildren — is awakened in the early hours of the morning by heavily armed paramilitaries who don’t identify themselves. One young mother is blinded by a spotlight while she nurses her tiny infant. Two of the men rifle though the family’s personal possessions while two others guard the entrance to the home. This is the third invasion of their home in the past two months. Almost every night, the paramilitaries drive by their yard, spotlighting their windows and watching them from the roadside.
Another member of the same community recalls being followed for miles by a low-flying Blackhawk helicopter with machine-gunners hanging out of the open helicopter doors. She’s also been pulled over, pepper-sprayed, beaten with batons and interrogated about her grocery shopping.
Where is this? Some godforsaken third-world hellhole? North Korea? Ukraine? Some war-ravaged African failed state?
Try the United States of America, folks. That’s where all this happened — and continues to happen every day. And it’s coming to a town near you.
This time it's the Border Patrol,in those "Constitution Free Zones" you thought were some kind of hoax.
They are for real folks and these military tactics they are using are no joke either.
The paramilitaries are from the U.S. government. The objects of their reign of terror are U.S. citizens, living peacefully in their homes on U.S. soil. There is a foreign angle to this, however — the weapons, clothing, tactics and even language these thugs use are all taken straight from U.S. combat experience in Afghanistan and Iraq.
But these brutes aren’t from the Army or Special Forces — they are civilian members of the U.S. Border Patrol. They are legally authorized to operate this way within a 25-mile zone near the U.S. border, in which they can enter anyone’s property without a warrant.
Whether the Border Patrol’s behavior is Constitutional, of course, is another matter entirely. One brave patriot who has been subject to the arbitrary terror raids, Ofelia Rivas, has put up a sign in her yard stating that the Border Patrol can’t enter her home without a warrant, a right guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment.
But hers is just a nostalgic sentiment, something out of ancient history. None of that Bill of Rights nonsense here.
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