There was a comment posted on my article ‘The Home Invasion Dilemma – Discussion & Scenarios’
which just needs to be followed up on. Why? because it speaks volumes about the mindset that many in Law Enforcement have. It needs to be addressed. I actually suspect that I know who this anonymous comment comes from, simply by its tone. If so, it’s a guy who I used to ‘get along with’ in a useful way on a forum before I started this blog – he is in some form of Law Enforcement and got upset when I started commenting on how LE methods were going seriously wrong. It’s either him, or someone similar, and either way, they are in denial.
The comment is below and to me it speaks of denial, arrogance and an unassailable ego, which also to me seems to be a large part of the problem that we are facing:
“Max you have never been SWAT, never been a LEO and have created an enemy where there was none. You might have been “special” in your arena but are not in SWAT and that just chaps you to death and I don’t know why. It’s a shame because if you elected to serve in that field you might have something to offer and you might learn the constraints of what it takes to be one.Half the people on here pumping your nuts are criminals themselves LOL. SWAT isn’t SPECOPS and never will be I hope otherwise it will have gone way wrong. Think about joining the local force and making the difference and see of you can make the ranks.”
OK, so lets break it down and address it:
First off, I will make it clear again that my blog, writings and training are not about anarchy or fostering civil disorder. I am about tactical self-defense for SHTF, and also preparation for citizens to resist ‘enemies foreign and domestic’ and any tyranny that seeks to destroy our liberty. Let me be plain on that. I am not against police per se, that would be silly. I am in favor of law and order, but not in favor of a police state and tyranny. If you commit a real crime, and I mean a real one, then you should do the time. That is why we need real police officers out there, doing a real job on the streets, dealing with criminals. I don’t have a problem, for example, with a murder squad detective, or a child porn investigator. These guys are the good guys. I have a problem with thugs in police or SWAT uniforms, harassing and beating citizens for non-crimes and not respecting their freedom. I have a problem with a police/surveillance state that does not respect the liberties of individuals within society. The ‘only ones’ attitude.
So don’t try and intimidate me with statements such as creating enemies where there was none. Wake up. I’m happy to talk about this, anytime. Let’s make a difference. If a copper wants to talk to me, give me a phone call. Come round and drink tea on the couch (coffee if you insist). Not in a face mask and paramilitary gear. Wear your detective sport coat. We’ll talk about it. It is a problem and if you consider yourselves one of the good ones then you have a duty to stand up and make a difference.
These incidents of HIT overreach are going on all the time. A couple of days ago it happened at a sustainable farm in Texas. The NYPD, for example, is the largest street gang in the world, Nanny Bloomberg’s private army (as he stated). Official NYPD policy is now that the officers are not there to ‘protect and serve’ the public. What are they there for? The NYPD ‘stop and frisk’ policy was just declared unlawful by the supreme court. Those are just a very few examples of how it has gone wrong.
I am not ‘special’. This is not about me. This is about me speaking up with some uncomfortable home truths. In response to another commentator, I am also not a tough guy, I’m certainly not the toughest guy in the valley. I am just speaking out. I am just as allergic to 5.56 as the next guy.
What perplexes me is this ego based assumption that because I have never been a police officer, because I have never been SWAT (HIT), that I somehow have an inferiority complex about it. Really? Well, I am going to make some candid admissions next, in the interests of proving a useful point:
Several times in my life I have considered joining a police force. Before I woke up. This, as I will demonstrate, shows part of the problem. When I was in the British Army and contemplating leaving, I thought about joining the British Police. I looked into it and found they were hamstrung by political correctness. Not quite ‘The Professionals’ 1980’s TV show I had in mind.
When I first came to the States, as I said in the solutions follow-up article
, I was very tired and spent a year doing ‘Mr. Mom’. As I got to the end of that time I was casting about for a job to do and as many ex-military people do I thought about the Police. In reality, I was missing operations. I was missing the action. I had been ‘over there’ for so long, having had my rest I wanted to go back. If I wasn’t going back, then firefights on the streets of America would suffice as an adrenaline fix right? I was a green card holder at the time and could not join the police. Close call, lucky for me. I ended up joining the U.S. Army Reserves in order to keep my hand in and also be available to pass some knowledge on to others.
I was away one time doing some training with the Reserves. I was with a friend who is a cop. He is a good guy and we were just getting to know each other at the time. He is a Patriot and I trust him to do the right thing by the public. Two things happened: 1) I got into it with a guy who ended up on his ass. 2) We did some CQB (MOUT) training, at which he was impressed by my aggressive effective approach. My cop friend approached me and told me I would be a great candidate for the police, and not just a local force, but something Federal. I thought about that, and when I got back decided to follow it through (more in a bit). Now that I have woken up, I think back to that and wonder at what the qualities it was that seemed so ideal to be in Law Enforcement?
I told my wife that I was going to apply to a couple of police departments. She did not like it. She has a relative who is a cop and believes he is a bully. She used to listen to his stories about harassing the public. She told me it would exacerbate my ‘controlled aggression’. She has looked into the psychology and quoted to me a study explaining that cops and criminals are two sides of the same coin. No doubt that does not apply to all, and there are some out there who are in it for honorable reasons and generally want to help the public. If the cap fits, wear it. But on the other hand, it explains why many cops are so ‘gang like’ and how they begin to treat all citizens badly, after so much exposure to the criminal dregs of society. Police corruption etc….
Anyway, I took the police exams. I was successful at both. After one, the investigator told me he had never seen a higher score. It’s not an ego thing, it’s just probably because that test was more practical based and I have been around the block a few times, including serving alongside agencies that were either police or police like. I had experience, rather than base intellect. It wasn’t my first rodeo. Anyway, around that time, I woke up. I received emails for a long time trying to get me to come in and follow up with the process. If I wanted to be a cop, I could have joined. I have a friend at one of those police academies right now. Apparently, it’s a joke.
Not so long ago, in the Reserves, I was taking part in a Best Warrior Competition as the NCO from my unit. Even though I am 40, I went through a couple of levels, winning the competitions. These would take place over a few days and involve a number of events such as: ruck running, shooting, navigation, warrior tasks. And of course the board, at which I never knew any of the answers (regulations, FMs, health and safety?) but would just answer confidently! Success on the competitions was measured as a sort of points average of how you did on all the events. You could win by not winning any events. However, I won many anyway and in particular did well at the combatives tournament part. At the final banquet after one of the competitions, I was approached by a very senior NCO who in his day job is a big name in a State Police department. He seemed particularly enthused by the combatives. They had vacancies apparently. Not my bag, baby. Again, what were the qualities being looked for?
So why do I candidly write all that I did above? Because to me it illustrates some of the problem. I also hope it points out that I do not have an inferiority complex about never having been in a HIT team – that just smacks of arrogance. I am glad I woke up, because if I had not then potentially this blog may not exist, I would not be training Patriots for the coming collapse, and I might be a very good (read very bad) police officer right now:
“What’s the target?”
“House X on 21 Jump Street, Mr. X + family, political extremists, tea-bagger consitutionalists. They are known to be armed and dangerous. It’s too risky for a uniformed visit, this is a SWAT task. Mr. X runs a blog where he has made extremist statements. We are going in hard and fast at 0300, no knock, don’t take any risks, we believe we will meet armed resistance. Any questions?”
“Yea, what’s the warrant for?”
“Code violation, it doesn’t matter, it’s just a reason to get in there and confiscate his firearms. This guy is armed and dangerous.”
“Ok, mount up, let’s go.”
The next problem with the quoted comment is that it assumes that if I were to join a local force I would be able to make a difference., But we all know that to be false. A new recruit is simply inducted into the ways of the organization and is too junior and afraid to make any waves. Part of the questioning in the police exams is to make sure you are the type of guy to not rat out your partner. Snitches get stitches right?
The problem we have now is with a dysfunction between the belief of many police officers in what they are doing, the honor of the profession, and what is actually happening out there with the public. We have huge amounts of unaccountable police brutality and unjustified shootings. We have HIT raids. We have court collusion and corruption. The small number of hard working detectives out there trying to solve real crimes involving real criminals is dwarfed by the actions of the uniformed thugs and HIT raids.
I know that many cops like to see themselves in the role of the ‘sheepdog’ protecting the ‘sheep’ (the public, us) from the ‘wolves’ (criminals). Well, the problem is that many of these cops have become the wolves, or maybe wolves in sheepdogs clothing. The real sheepdogs are the Patriots willing to stand up for freedom , for what is right.
I’m going to relate a simple incident that although it did not wake me up at the time, it started the alarm in my mind about the attitude of the police. During the period where I was being ‘Mr. Mom’ I took my son, a few months old, down to the beach. This was in California. He was sleeping on a rug on the sand. A dog was running loose on the beach (I don’t have a problem with that, I’m a dog owner myself) but it ran over and pounced on my baby. I instinctively dived and swatted the dogs muzzle away. The owner was a guy and started getting belligerent with me. I told him he could try his luck. He called the cops. A police officer showed up on the beach and started aggressively questioning me. I explained what had transpired. He asked me if I was drinking. No. At one point he squared up to me and told me, I don’t quite recall the preceding conversation, but that: “this was about to go down.” I looked at him and realized that, with my baby sleeping at my feet, this guy was about to attack me. I answered his questions and in the end he was satisfied that I had not been cruel to the dog, but was just instinctively defending my child. I was new in the States, ignorant and wide eyed. I think my response would be different now. How easy it is to find yourself tasered and pepper sprayed, an arrest record, even when innocently taking your baby down to the beach!
More recently, when we moved into our House in Virginia, we became the target of harassment by the local Homeowners association. Mainly for transgressions that we were fixing from the previous owners, that took money and time to make good, but these Stasi wannabees waste no opportunity to bully and harass. Oh how I hate these petty fascist types. Well, they got push back, and now I don’t hear a peep out of them. All bullies are cowards, remember.
These guys were harassing me, so I sent them a series of factual emails. Remember, we pay the HOA to work for us right? Did they respond in a civil and helpful way? No, they called the cops. I got a phone call at work, from a cop, who was on my front lawn, telling me that he had received a complaint of harassment from the HOA. There was no single threat in any of my emails, but I would not have been surprised if he had mentioned ‘terroristic threats’! The HOA wanted to get a warrant on me for some sort of electronic harassment, for sending them a couple of emails. This cop was playing the part of the helpful adviser, and told me not to email the HOA. Well, I pay the HOA to work for me (although they would not agree with that) so I wrote to them directly and complained. I’m not one to be shy. Stand up for what is right.
So, next I get another phone call from this same cop, screaming at me that I had not done what he told me and that he was now going to assist the HOA in getting a warrant. Well, this asshole got similar treatment back down the phone. I jumped in my car, drove home and straight round to the local government headquarters, straight into Internal Affairs. Sat down and made my complaint about this officer. Never heard about it again.
It’s wrong, but if you let it continue, it will. Those cops who are reading this blog, I encourage you to wake up and make a difference. We need good cops. We need actual effective SWAT teams, for when such a response is required. What we don’t need is Law Enforcement as a brutal arm of political control, suppressing dissent and liberty.
Live Hard, Die Free.