Candidate Obama promised us a new Civilian National Security Force (CNSF) that is “just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded as the military.” (here) It sounded Hitleresque then, and was promptly pooh-poohed by progressives and quietly forgotten. Now it looks like we could be one executive order away from having the CNSF become an overnight reality.
More reports (here, here, and here) are coming in about local police and sheriff’s departments arming themselves to the teeth with military weaponry to counter an enemy that no one can quite define for us. Today we can’t highlight the obvious war between civilizations that is going on between Islam and the West. We can’t point to the increasing crime wave perpetrated by mostly illegal aliens who are impacted by Depression2 but don’t want to go home (Russ Steele on NC2012 highlighted Victor Davis Hanson’s recent piece describing what’s going on in California’s central valley.) Maybe we’re really preparing to repel the drug cartels from Mexico. It just isn’t clear what enemy within our borders the nation’s constabulary is girding its loins against.
Homeland Security has identified only one internal enemy about which they are worried, and about whom they have informed all America’s police forces. And that is the danger from “rightwing terrorists”. The existential record of what alien and American Muslims have perpetrated within our borders must remain un-recounted, or at least respun as some aberrant series of otherwise vanilla crime incidents.
The only plausible ‘enemy’ which the state then fears in America are its people. In spite of the enormous, ongoing, and often insidious state-sponsored efforts to disarm us, we are still a well armed nation that is ready to repel tyranny, from whatever quarter, if ever it presents its unambiguous face. But I don’t recall any of history’s successful tyrants coming on the scene wearing a big sign that says, ‘Good morning, I will be your new tyrant in this land, stand by to be enslaved.’ In the past such tragedies befell nations in more subtle ways that required the bit by piece relinquishing of one’s liberties, property, and personal security. Has anybody experienced that going on around here recently?
So now we have police forces transforming themselves across the land into militarized versions that will soon be coming to a neighborhood near you. These newly re-armed units today join the myriads of mostly unknown armed assault teams that other government agencies have already quietly put in place (here). What adds to the mystery of these armed elites is that they want to keep their weaponry into retirement (here) - why?. And it is these hundreds of formerly independent agencies that can be integrated overnight into the CNSF that we all managed to forget. Make no mistake about it, to the new CNSF we will all become highly suspect, potential enemies of the state.
[28dec2011 update] A reader notes that the TSA has already expanded its non-transportation armed response activities. Over 9,500 "checkpoints" were set up and operated by TSA's VIPR teams this year, and the agency is planning on a "massive expansion" of this capability for 2012 wherein it sets up unannounced checkpoints manned by machinegun toting personnel wearing special TSA uniforms. More here.