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Letters to the Editor for August 8, 2013

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Posted: Thursday, August 8, 2013 6:00 am

An army against the people

Our federal government, precluded by the Posse Comitatus Act from using federal military forces against its citizens, has created its own domestic army.

We are advised that almost every federal agency now has its own SWAT team to capture miscreants. Putting aside the question as to the basic need for such a military capacity, let us address the lack of accountability when a raid goes awry. They went to the wrong house and the innocent homeowner fought back and was killed. Sleeping children are shot. With now some 80,000 such invasions a year, this is no small attack upon the American citizen by the federal government.

I would like to suggest a better way.

Prohibit the federal government agencies from having any SWAT capability. Place the SWAT capacity — men and equipment — under the control of the several states. Place the final approval responsibility for any such mission upon the local sheriff and a local judge. If they approve a mission that is ill-founded or has bad information, their neighbors can run them out of town on a rail after tar and feathering them. Need and accuracy will be improved.

It is an assertion of unconstitutional power for the federal government to be able to apply military-style power against citizens of the sovereign states.

And “We the people” do not care enough to take the time to express objection to this military assault upon our private lives.

So, with all of the new laws written not by Congress but by bureaucrats, you must now wait patiently for your front door to be blown off its hinges.

BOB DEWEY

Wintergreen

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