The Rise Of a Secret Unaccountable Police Force in America

The Rise Of a Secret Unaccountable Police Force in America
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USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Law enforcement is a state right.

Our founders knew that concentrating too much power in any one federal agency – especially a law enforcement agency – could lead to a tyrannical police state. It was one of their greatest fears. After all, they knew a thing or two about tyranny, and it was something they wanted to avoid at all costs.

As a result, today’s federal law enforcement agencies have very limited authority and very specific missions: Border Patrol patrols the borders, of course; DEA investigates narcotics; and the ATF enforces archaic alcohol, tobacco, firearms, and explosives laws. The FBI has by far the broadest powers, but it too is constrained by a very specific set of rules and guidelines from the U.S. Attorney General – a process called predication. Contrary to what’s depicted on television, before FBI special agents can swoop in and take over a case, they must first have a federal predicate – they must believe that a federal crime or national security threat exists before they can investigate.

All of these federal agencies are transparent and accountable to the public, although some more so than others. They’re all subject to the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which was signed into law in 1966, and they routinely publish annual reports as well as internal investigations by their inspectors general.

All federal law enforcement agencies keep the public informed of their activities – all except one.

If you want to create a secret police force, the U.S. Capitol Police would be a good choice, since they’re already halfway there. The agency has scant oversight. It’s shrouded in secrecy and refuses to change.

The United States Capitol Police (USCP) is part of the legislative branch, which is exempt from FOIA requirements. Because they report to Congress, the USCP believes they too are exempt from FOIA. I should point out by way of comparison that even the CIA is subject to FOIA. Additionally, the USCP publishes no annual reports, and even the findings of its own inspector general are kept secret and not made public.

The mission of the USCP is to “Protect the Congress – its members, employees, visitors, and facilities – so it can fulfill its constitutional and legislative responsibilities in a safe, secure and open environment,” so you would think that the agency would focus its enforcement efforts in Washington, D.C., but that is no longer the case.

Congress is now seeking to nationalize the USCP by creating “field offices” in different states. Two field offices are planned for now, but more are coming.

“The new USCP field offices will be in the Tampa and San Francisco areas. At this time, Florida and California are where the majority of our potential threats are,” the agency announced in an email last week.

These new field offices will be used to “investigate threats” made against members of Congress, Acting USCP Chief Yogananda Pittman announced last week.

Clearly, Pittman and the agency she heads are reeling from the events of Jan. 6th 2021. In her press release titled: “After the Attack: The Future of the U.S. Capitol Police,” Pittman spells out some of the changes that have already taken place. While the chief announced the acquisition of two new “wellness support dogs” – Lila and Filip – a “pivot towards an intelligence-based protective agency,” the purchase of new riot helmets, shields, and less-than-lethal munitions. Note that she did not identify the types of threats her officers will investigate in their newly created regional offices.

The one thing that is clear, given the USCP’s penchant for secrecy, the public will never know what they’re up to.

If you want to create a secret police force, the U.S. Capitol Police would be a good choice.
If you want to create a secret police force, the U.S. Capitol Police would be a good choice.

Secret Police Force ~ Chain of Command

Since it was founded in 1828, seven USCP officers have died in the line of duty. Today, the USCP has more than 2,300 officers and civilian employees, and an annual budget of more than $460 million.

To say that the agency has a muddled chain of command would be an understatement.

The USCP is overseen by the Capitol Police board, as well as four committees from the House and Senate. The Capitol Police Board consists of the Sergeants-at-Arms from the House and Senate, the Architect of the Capitol, Mr. J. Brett Blanton, and Chief Pittman, who serves as an ex-officio member.

Congressional oversight comes from the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Legislative Branch, the Committee on House Administration, the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Legislative Branch, and the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration.

All of these committees are currently chaired by Democrats.

Chief Pittman reports directly to the Capitol Police Board, which is subordinate to the four congressional committees. None of these boards or committees are subject to federal FOIA requirements or are otherwise accountable to the public.

U.S. Capitol Police History of Secrecy

Demand Progress is a left-of-center internet-activist nonprofit 501(c)4, which advocates for online freedom, civil liberties, and transparency in government, among other things.

In June of last year, the group sent a letter to the chairs and ranking members of USCP’s congressional oversight committees, calling for greater transparency and accountability within the agency.

It noted the cozy and “often personal” relationship that exists between the USCP and their congressional protectees. “This is a relationship that arises from privilege, and we would hope that all interactions with the USCP would go as smoothly as those they have with elected officials and senior staff.”

The letter also pointed out that the USCP, “provides little public information about its activities; is under no statutory obligation (such as a Freedom of Information law) to answer record requests from the public; does not publish an annual report on its activities; does not publish reports from its oversight body, the Capitol Police Board, nor the USCP Inspector General; does not proactively publish its annual statistical summary of complaints drawn from Office of Professional Responsibility records; and only began in December 2018 publishing sparse information concerning its weekly arrests. The agency issued only 15 press releases in 2019; has never used its Twitter account; and, while we have been able to determine there is a daily Department News Summary, that document has not been made available despite our requests. In addition, repeated efforts to meet with Capitol Police Chief Steven A. Sund concerning the USCP’s agenda have been rebuffed, and the Public Information Office is unhelpful and unresponsive.”

The USCP’s media office did not return calls and emails seeking their comments for this story, either.

Demand Progress also found that “the USCP routinely goes beyond the mission of protecting Congress, both in terms of the people they interact with and the role that they play. Capitol Police officers make arrests on and off the Capitol complex, with nearly 10% of annual arrests made at Union Station; a significant number of arrests are for traffic violations or drug use; and the majority of ‘incidents’ occur outside of business hours. When the USCP is acting in a law enforcement capacity, it should be held to similar standards as other law enforcement agencies. When it acts like a federal agency, it should be held to account like all federal agencies.”

The group called on USCP to publish annual reports similar to local police departments, to create a FOIA process, to publish Inspector General reports, to publish its internal complaint process, and to start using its social media accounts.

Secret Police Force Takeaways

To be clear:

  • The U.S. Capitol Police operates in secret.
  • The U.S. Capitol Police is not accountable to the public.
  • The U.S. Capitol Police has little oversight, given its “personal relationship” with Congress.
  • The U.S. Capitol Police has a history of operating outside of its scope – such as making drug arrests off capitol grounds.
  • The U.S. Capitol Police will soon be operating in many states with a mandate that’s nebulous at best.

If you add all of these factors together, you end up with a secret police force that is ripe for abuse – a team of modern-day witch hunters willing to do whatever the politicians in charge desire.

It all comes down to whom they consider a threat.

We all know what the Biden/Harris administration and Democratic congressional leaders think of gun owners. Once you disagree with their gun-confiscation plans you’re labeled a “violent extremist.” Are we now going to become the subject of secret police investigations? Will our calls, emails, and get-togethers be monitored? Are our civil rights up for violating? How would we even know? You can’t FOIA the USCP for documents bearing your name like you can the FBI and local law enforcement.

I am less concerned about civil rights abuse from the federal law enforcement agencies that are part of the Justice Department – except for ATF, of course – because there are usually enough safeguards in place to prevent their misuse. Besides, I’ve seen firsthand how the Justice Department reacts when news of an agency with a pattern and practice of civil rights abuse is published. I’ve personally watched the DOJ take over the prison system and a state mental hospital in Delaware, as well as the entire police department of a U.S. Territory, once the abuse of their civil rights was revealed. But that’s the Justice Department. The USCP reports to Congress, which has a rather contemptuous history of allowing civil rights abuse to fester until it can no longer be ignored.

And the sad part is that this whole crazy scheme isn’t even necessary. Local law enforcement is handled best by local officers, certainly not secret federal police.

The bottom line is this: America was founded on personal freedoms and individual liberties. We certainly don’t need to create an American version of the KGB, Stasi, or Mukhabarat.

If you think this is too farfetched or that it can’t happen here, wait till one of Joe Biden’s door-to-door goons asks to see your vaccine passport. Maybe that will change your mind.

Nowadays, it seems Orwell got nearly everything right except the title, which he only missed by 37 years.

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About Lee Williams

Lee Williams, who is also known as “The Gun Writer,” is the chief editor of the Second Amendment Foundation’s Investigative Journalism Project. Until recently, he was also an editor for a daily newspaper in Florida. Before becoming an editor, Lee was an investigative reporter at newspapers in three states and a U.S. Territory. Before becoming a journalist, he worked as a police officer. Before becoming a cop, Lee served in the Army. He’s earned more than a dozen national journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. Lee is an avid tactical shooter.

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gunnerdd517
gunnerdd517
2 months ago

operates in secret and not accountable to the public………..nice. Of course, you monitor sites like this one, and probably have a few trolls trying to stir up the natives. I, personally have nothing to hide. Youre welcome to question,search,even look up my backside to see if I have anything illegal hidden there. While youre looking up there, give it a big ol slurpy smooch, right on the brown eye lookin back atcha.

Roland T. Gunner
Roland T. Gunner
3 months ago

Spot on

RJL
RJL
3 months ago

Nazi SS…

CommonSense4America
CommonSense4America
3 months ago

Communism is slowly creeping up on America. FBI is now wanting you to report your family members or neighbors that show terrorist tendencies. That doesn’t seem like the America that I know.

Bill
Bill
3 months ago

I wouldn’t get too excited about the assumption that the law enforcement agencies are all transparent and accountable except for one. That would be burying one’s head in the sand, and the height of gullibility. Remember the phony FISA warrant that they used to persecute the President? Remember how it got so far and how that and related crimes have yet to be held accountable? Meanwhile, the Capitol Police are fine examples of some of the worst.

Stag
Stag
3 months ago

Rise? Government agencies at the State and Federal level have operated in secret and been unaccountable for over a generation.

StLPro2A
StLPro2A
3 months ago

Obummer said: “We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded. ” (Burn/Loot/Mayhem, Antfarts??? ). Maybe this article is highlighting the “for starters.”

swmft
swmft
3 months ago

and is it not interesting, that the fbi and atf agents that were inciting riot in dc were not arrested. but inciting riot is a crime many people can be goaded into stupid things but the leaders are hidden video withheld ,why ;left leaning members of government set this up. the fbi was created in hoovers image, and is like atf rotten at its core time to replace much of it

Bob
Bob
3 months ago
Reply to  swmft

Delete them you mean.

Arny
Arny
3 months ago
Reply to  swmft

They may not have pointed a gun. But there’s video proof of them being waved in by CP or someone appearing to be dressed as such. CP moving barriers that were in place to keep the public out. I personally would like to see the supposedly death of a HW veteran (actress) investigated. All those LEOs & it just happens a CP shoots. And shooting a 9mm or larger caliber at a 110 pound female in the neck but yet no exit of bullet into the wall. No response from other armed individuals (males all weighing more & trained to… Read more »

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
3 months ago

I am cornfused again. The capitol police are going to San Francisco? Didn’t they get the memo that the capitol moved from there back in 1862 and now resides in Sacratomato? Do they know that or are they choosing Frisco because they want to be close to and protect mostly demonkkkratt politicians. It doesn’t make sense but hey that is the government for you. If you try and make sense of the government then you are trying to make sense of non sense which is illogical and that sends the logical thinking brain into an AC/DC spin which puts it… Read more »

PMinFl
PMinFl
3 months ago
Reply to  musicman44mag

I think they just love homeless people.

CommonSense4America
CommonSense4America
3 months ago
Reply to  musicman44mag

They just want to go out on the sidewalk and take a good dump.

Idaho Bob
Idaho Bob
3 months ago

Anyone still think we aren’t living under tyranny? “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness—That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such form, as… Read more »

Last edited 3 months ago by Idaho Bob
JSNMGC
JSNMGC
3 months ago
Reply to  Idaho Bob

Unfortunately, some people believe it reads: they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, the Pursuit of Happiness, and cheap ammo Other people believe it reads: they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, the Pursuit of Happiness, and 60%* of the fruit of other people’s labor *Federal tax, state tax, property tax, sales tax, vehicle taxes, one group paying full college tuition/another paying nothing, etc., etc., etc. Too many Americans (including a large percentage of gun owners who vote Republican) want the government to fix… Read more »

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
3 months ago

Psychopathic control freaks will be psychopathic control freaks. Congress needs a recess…into a pit.

Nightowl490
Nightowl490
3 months ago

Great Article!

Last edited 3 months ago by Nightowl490
Capn Dad
Capn Dad
3 months ago

I recall that this “Secret Police” thing is nothing new. In another place and time it was called “Gestapo”.

Boom
Boom
3 months ago

That’s funny

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
3 months ago
Reply to  Boom

and true.

Boom
Boom
3 months ago

Great article. I see you have chosen to continue your service to the free world. GodSpeed.

Sound the Charge.

Come. What. Will.

Bill
Bill
3 months ago

This could well become the basis for the National Police Force envisioned by obama and the People’s Socialist Democrat Party. This is why his administration bought billions of rounds of ammunition and thousands of firearms! The defund the police plan will result in anarchy which will result in a call for re-establishment of “law and Order” via a new policing entity, managed by the federal government. Which will of course, ensure no violations of civil rights, corruption, etc occurs. Yeah, riiiight!

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
3 months ago
Reply to  Bill

The word you need to use is CHAOS, not ANARCHY. Anarchy is simply NO RULERS. Not no rules. CHAOS is what THEY want.
See what Anarchy is Not on Youtube.

Big George
Big George
3 months ago
Reply to  CourageousLion

Actually, I was thinking more along the line of ‘The Purge’.

normdvorak
normdvorak
3 months ago

There should be NO Capitol Police Force unless they are subject to scrutiny of all the Citizens of the United States of America. As of now this is still a FREE COUNTRY. No police force should operate without the control of the people.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
3 months ago
Reply to  normdvorak

What happens when the local police force, that is either elected (sheriff) or works for someone who is elected (small town police chief and state police), cooperates with the Capitol Police, BATFE, U.S. Marshals Service, FBI, and all the others? I mean, like they typically do?

There are no consequences for state & local enforcers through the legal system.

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
3 months ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

Wellllll….How about through the paralegal system? LOL!

Jaque
Jaque
3 months ago

The events of 6 January dont meet the definition of Insurrection. “Insurrection refers to an act or instance of revolting against civil authority or an established government.” I did not see an insurrection. I saw 2 groups in Washington that day. Those who came to DC to express their support for President Trump and the others who came to vandalize and destroy property. We now there was a 3rd group of government agents and informers who worked to agitate and inspire those who came to vandalize and destroy. Had there been a serious insurrection by a detetmined group the Capital… Read more »

Jaque
Jaque
3 months ago

Soon there will be more undercover agents, informants, secret police, and agent provocateurs at political rallys than there are ordinary Americans.

While they are operating on Bidens orders and focused on White guys, Trump voters, Anti Vaccine’rs and guys who have American Flags on their homes, Bidens friends in the Sandbox will pull off another 9-11 that will destroy the Capital and White House.

Its clear the lessons of 9-11 are forgotten and the US intelligence agencies lack of imagination will once again be repeated.

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Deplorable Bill
Deplorable Bill
3 months ago

When I went to school many decades ago there was something in the constitution about illegal search and seizure. It was even talked about in the declaration of independence as a reason to separate from Great Briton. That is how serious this is. Just because they don’t break into your home/apartment/vehicle/boat it’s still illegal search then seizure. This is nothing less than Germany’s reborn SS and it carries with it the same, evil, foul attitude and mindset that brought the entire world into the second world war of that century. This is clearly, blatantly evil. I absolutely understand the need… Read more »

swmft
swmft
3 months ago

when people acting under guise of law violate constitution ,they attack country/ commit treason

AZ Lefty
AZ Lefty
3 months ago
Reply to  Sisu

Sadly after the Terrorist attack on 01/06 they need this

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
3 months ago
Reply to  AZ Lefty

Yes – gotta protect those lecterns.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
3 months ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

Florida man is a national security risk. We need more surveillance because you never really know when Florida man will strike.

https://www.rochesterfirst.com/news/authorities-arrest-florida-man-seen-stealing-lectern-during-u-s-capitol-riot/

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
3 months ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

Who knows?

I’m glad he wasn’t shot in the neck though.

He will, however, pay a much higher pricer than 99% of the mostly violent rioters who murdered, assaulted, intimidated, burned, looted, and vandalized last summer.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
3 months ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

I read that about him and several others (but not Ashli Babbitt).

I still don’t think any of them (the provocateurs or people like Babbitt) were “terrorists.” I don’t believe it was an “insurrection” and the only homicide that day was committed by a government employee.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
3 months ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

Dear guy who signed the Insurrection Act:

There is no insurrection

How was that?

I’m not arguing that he isn’t Antifa. He definitely is Florida man.

Do you believe there were some people (like Ashli Babbatt) who were not Antifa, but got caught-up in the excitement of the moment, and made some stupid decisions but were not trying to “overthrow the government” and were not trying to kill people?

Tionico
Tionico
3 months ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

an unnamed member of the very Cap Cop force we are reading about now. NO FOIA can out the guy. Inside info will eventually be leaked.. but he will skate, never stand before a jury.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
3 months ago
Reply to  Tionico
JSNMGC
JSNMGC
3 months ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
3 months ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

Posted more info on Michael Byrd, but it’s on hold “Awaiting for Approval” because it’s on Youtube.

Why some pro 2nd Amendment people insist there was an “insurrection” that warranted shooting someone is hard to understand. Unfortunately, the reasons given are all wrapped up in vague, ambiguous language.

Every time a government employee kills a non-government employee, there should be a robust, prompt, and transparent investigation. Republican legislators are not helping when they thank the Capitol Police for “keeping us safe,” but not demanding transparency on the shooting.

Boom
Boom
3 months ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

99.999999 – 999/1000 % of them, you mean.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
3 months ago
Reply to  Boom

Who knows? Wouldn’t it be nice if a group of Republican legislators were able to force a disclosure of the facts? By now, federal enforcers know everything about everyone who went into the building – names, addresses, political party, who they communicate with, whether they have been at BLM/Antifa protests, etc. How many people entered the capitol building? How many of them have been arrested? How many are still being incarcerated? What are the charges against them? How many were provocateurs? How many were “Trump supporters?” Is there any evidence that any “Trump supporters” were making some kind of half-assed… Read more »

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
3 months ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

Stop using your brain. It is not allowed in the new USSA!
Reason, logic and common sense are now outlawed. Be a good lemming and take the jab! (sarcasm)

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
3 months ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

When responding to Will on something substantive, please either quote him or start the response with “Will,” – once he deletes his posts (some quicker than others), the system makes it look like you’re responding to someone else. In this case, me – and I’d rather not have people new to the thread have the impression that I was in any way defending Antifa.

Thank you for your consideration of my request.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
3 months ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

No problem. If your comments were still there, it would be clear you were not defending Antifa either.

I understand PS’s point, but you do not support Antifa.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
3 months ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

He was just being specific about the guy with lectern wearing the Trump hat. I’m confident he doesn’t believe you support Antifa – it just came off weird.

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
3 months ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

You can delete your posts? Hum. There have been a few times I started a response and then re read the persons post and thought this can be taken more than one way, I shouldn’t assume that they are being negative and decided not to post so I clear the box, log out and then log back in. I didn’t know we could go back and remove.

Have a nice day Wyoming. Might see you up near the Tetons in a couple of weeks fishing the same crystal clear lake.

Last edited 3 months ago by musicman44mag
JSNMGC
JSNMGC
3 months ago
Reply to  musicman44mag

Have a good trip – enjoy the cool mornings/nights.

Russn8r
Russn8r
3 months ago
Reply to  musicman44mag

I’ve tried to figure out how to delete duplicate posts, never found an option.

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
3 months ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

I saw a video where a guy started the trouble and then tucked into a corner and changed his outfit so he looked like a President Trump supporter.

From OreGone, druggie capital of the USA

Tionico
Tionico
3 months ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

if that theft had happened in California, the guy’s never have been arrested.. just handed a green piece of paper politely suggesting that if he wanted to be a good and proper citizen (laugh track goes here) he will show u at such and such a court for his arraignment. And WHEN he does not show, tjhey’ll just send uim a new letter politely requesting he show up at soome new date, and address it to the tent camp on the eatern endge of SOMA.ut SF have no agenda to prove anything other than that socialism does not work, eventually.… Read more »

Tionico
Tionico
3 months ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

you mean, “false flag op”? Yeah, I thought so. The present putative overlords are known for attemtping such actions. Howev,er they generally muff it pretty well, eventually making it obvious to all. That whole “incursion” was a false flag op, planned for days in advance. But the REAL Trump supporters never really took the bait. No real violnce or wanton destruction ever got started, though there were several attempts bu da gummit dweebs to make that happen. I actually think a lot of their present charges and incarceratioins are mpore political theatre to make it SEEM as if there really… Read more »

Boom
Boom
3 months ago
Reply to  AZ Lefty

Lol, whatta faggot. . .

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
3 months ago
Reply to  Boom

The LOL I can understand but I’m having a bit of a hard time finding out how you can figure out the sexual proclivities of the poster from that post. Please let me in on the method used. Is it mind reading? Remote viewing?

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
3 months ago
Reply to  AZ Lefty

LOL! That was the shittiest terrorist attack in world history!