First it was the Department of Homeland Security, then it was the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and now the Social Security Administration is set to purchase 174,000 rounds of hollow point bullets that will be delivered to 41 locations across the country.
A reader notes about the same story:
295 armed agents. @250 rounds each that’s 73,750 rounds per day of practice for all 295 agents. 2 days at the range for all 295 agents is 147,500. That leaves 26,500 rounds. Assume duty load of 27 rounds per agent, that takes up 7,965 rounds. That leaves 18,536 rounds to spare — enough for 74 range practice sessions.
What’s weird here is the proliferation of federal law enforcement agencies. Fisheries, SSA? What’s next, National Endowment for the Arts Police? Department of Agriculture SWAT teams?
The same reader also sends along this:
Points 1 through 6 mean, “We will keep our insurance coverage so that when one of our UAVs takes out a cell phone tower or light aircraft, we won’t be on the hook for it because we’ve documented our use of the UAV by trained personnel.”
Rule 7 is just creepy — “This is your local police-state agency. An umanned aerial surveillance vehicle will be overhead some time during the next 72 hours. Do not be alarmed. We are not spying on you. We are spying for you. Have a nice day, serf.”
Rule 8 means they’ll watch whatever the hell they want because they have no way of knowing beforehand whether the UAV will detect criminal activity. As to “legitimate expectations of privacy” you don’t have any when it comes to aerial views of your property from licensed and approved police overflights. Interestingly, you do have a legitimate expectation of privacy inside your home, leading one to believe these UAVs will be equipped with infrared and other advanced surveillance technology that can look inside your home.
The story says the code of surveillance requires “letting any images captured by unmanned aerial vehicles . . . be open to inspection by the public.” This isn’t part of the 8 points, and is just creepy besides. Not only are state-security goons going to take photos of my back yard, they’re going to let anyone look at them.
” . . .and that the images not be stored unless they are evidence of a crime or part of an ongoing investigation.” Again, not part of the 8-point plan. If you think any police-state agency is going to delete these images, you’re dead wrong. What they will do is define “deleting” as “moving from the publicly-accessed server to the proprietary police-only server” and keep the images forever. The ATFs been doing that with background-check information (also required to be deleted) for decades, building a database of every gun owner in America.
If we apply the basic template “Our Ruling Class vs. the Rest of Us” things fall rather obviously into place. They hate us for our freedom. They are getting ready for when the economy goes to pieces and they have to step on our necks to keep themselves safe and us in our place. Sensible precautions for a Ruling Class that no longer believes in democracy but maintains the illusion of it for as long as possible in a dying civilization.
Our help is in the Lord, who made heaven and earth, not in this police state we are constructing in the vain hope of finding safety.