By Elias Alias
United States -(AmmoLand.com)- Please Note: I have just posted an article which is a re-make of an original article I published at Oath Keepers back in May of 2011.
This article is part of a five-part series on a SWAT murder of a Marine war Veteran. In reporting on that murder it occurred to me that the individual members of the SWAT team which murdered the young father/husband was a symptom of a national “policy” emanating from the Federal government's incessant drive to militarize our local Police and Sheriff's Departments. This entire series is no longer available online, so I am rebuilding the series from my notes, which I recently found on an old computer.
Over the course of the next few weeks I hope to complete all five parts of the series and post all at Oath Keepers.
But it would have been okay, even if he had told the full colorful version of the story, since the suspect had fired on the S.W.A.T. team as they were simply serving a warrant.
After all, we do know that law enforcement offices around the nation are given regular profile updates on “extremists” and “lone wolf radicals” and “anti-government” misfits of nefarious ilk. We also know that the Department of Homeland Security has published its opinion that returning veterans from America's numerous foreign wars are primary objects for extra police scrutiny because they get kinky in their brains sometimes and think they've seen something wrong with how the Federal government administers itself upon the American people and especially how it administers itself upon foreign peoples in various countries. This of course would make our returning war vets highly susceptible to radical or extreme views. That, and of course the combat vets know damn well how to use firepower, same as or better than many cops who've not been in combat.
So we must ask, did the Pima County Sheriff's Department pass this kind of government propaganda, which demonizes our war heroes, our veterans of foreign wars who served this nation by placing their lives on the line in combat zones around the world, on to the deputies and the S.W.A.T. unit members of the PCSD? We may never know, because DHS and the Fusion Centers prefer to keep these kinds of profiling of citizens secret. We can know that there are very solid grounds to ask that question, and I do not want that question to be lost in the shuffle of what's to come later in this article…
But that's okay, in a way, because S.W.A.T. trains for unexpected shifts in “scenarios”. Each new home invasion has its own unique set of circumstances, its own special challenges, its own list of variables which are to be accounted for in planning a S.W.A.T. operation. They call such raids “scenarios”. Here is how Deputy Ogan put it, precisely –
“We are trained to always be on alert because you never know when a scenario is going to change.”
See? They're trained to see home invasions as “scenarios”. That is because they are specialists and because they have been militarized psychologically. I say that because in the S.W.A.T. team members' heads, a home invasion is an “operation”. That's how soldiers see that kind of work. (So here we have a case of cops thinking like soldiers.) And that is how an increasing number of our local peace officers across the nation are seeing it, because an increasing river of Federal funding continues to grow its way into our Counties, such as Pima County, Arizona.
Along with that funding comes training, courtesy of Federal programs. The local peace officer becomes psychologically cognizant of a more professional approach to law enforcement. He has, through Federal grace and Fusion Centers, a notion of interface with the U.S. military, which also is being schooled and trained to interface with local law enforcement. So it's obvious that a common perception of a common chain of command with a common set of tactics and training “scenarios” is called for. We are after all in modern times, and all that.
But Deputy Ogan was happy to say plenty to the news journalists. Look at what he said next –
“We don't always know what the bad guy is going to do,” said Pima County Deputy, Jason Ogan.
And that brings up an interesting point as well. The training S.W.A.T. team members receive seems to paint any citizen who is the object of a warrant-serving scenario as to be automatically seen as “the bad guy”. Pretty simple symbology, that. If there is a warrant, the intended recipient of that warrant must be “the bad guy”. Case closed, no judge and jury required. Were it not so, the system would not send a S.W.A.T. team to serve the warrant, right? Of course. Deputy Ogan spells that out for us too, in his following sentence –
“The SWAT team is used deliberately for high risk type warrants, this met that criteria and that's why the SWAT team served the warrant.”
…We were told by the Sheriff's Department that the S.W.A.T. shields deflected the shots so that no deputy was injured. Remember that? Now we're told by that same Sheriff's Department that the man did not fire a single round at the S.W.A.T. team. What can we make of that?
I imagine it's just the fog of war…
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Elias Alias, editor
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