Police Chief Requests Armored Vehicle From DHS After Calling “Free State Project” Members Domestic Terrorists

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The government’s treating citizens as potential terrorists threats have been  on display for the past couple months with a series of revelations about the  NSA, IRS and DOJ.  In March 2009, a leaked secret report from the Missouri Information Analysis  Center (MIAC) profiled third-party supporters, homeschoolers, people who know  the U.S. Constitution and people who have related bumper stickers on their  cars,  fly the flag or even invest in gold as potential domestic terrorists. 

In April 2009, a Department of Homeland Security published Rightwing  Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in  Radicalization and Recruitment, a report which expressed many of the same sentiments and  targeted the same people.  It wasn’t too long afterward that the flag@whitehouse.gov scandal emerged, in which the White House asked people to report their friends,  acquaintances, colleagues and neighbors who disagreed with Obamacare.

In January 2013, Arie Perliger, the Director of Terrorism Studies at West  Point’s Combating Terrorism Center, published a paper  titled Challengers from the Sidelines: Understanding America’s Violent  Far-Right.  In the document, he identifies racists/white  supremacists,  anti-federalists and fundamentalists as the three far-right  groups who are  responsible for a “dramatic rise in the number of attacks and  violent plots” in  America.  He identifies anti-federalists as those who  discuss and object to  a “New World Order,” and who feel that the federal  government is corrupt and  tyrannical, infringing on Constitutional rights.

It’s in this political environment – where profiling citizens who want more  freedom and less government is the “new norm” – that Concord, New Hampshire  Police Chief John Duval filed an application to the Department of Homeland  Security asking for over $250,000 to purchase a BearCat armored vehicle.   After the ACLU submitted a public records request, shocking political profiling  was revealed.

“We are fortunate that our state has not been victimized from a mass casualty  event from an international terrorism strike however on the domestic front, the  threat is real and here.  Groups such as the Sovereign Citizens, Free  Staters and Occupy New Hampshire are active and present daily challenges.   Outside of the officially organized groups, there are several homegrown  clusters  that are anti-government and pose problems for law enforcement  agencies.” – From  Concord, New Hampshire’s application to the DHS for an  armored police vehicle. 

The Free State Project is an organization trying to persuade 20,000 or more   “liberty loving people … neighborly, productive, tolerant folks from any and all  walks of life” to move to New Hampshire.  The end goal of this is to help  more people who may want to move – but who feel unsure that New Hampshire will  maintain its small government attitudes – feel more secure in their decision to  move to the Granite State.  New Hampshire is the last swing state in the  North East and New England and makes it a very attractive destination.

Though the Free State Project is not a political action organization – it  does not run or endorse political candidates or legislation – and though only  seven members of the project live in Concord, the organization was  targeted.  Occupy Wall Street and Sovereign Citizens movements are more  politically active, their actions are far from “terrorism,” which in most  people’s minds means ideologically motivated violence against innocents.

The DHS approved the grant application, but people are now calling for the  funding to be removed.  Some reference funding issues, saying that Concord  is nonviolent and does not need a $250,000 tactical armored vehicle which  it wouldn’t buy with its own money, so why should the federal government pay  for  this.  Mostly, though, the opposition is due to blatant and unfair  political profiling.  The grant specifically states that “funding may be  suspended or terminated for filing a false certification in this application.”  

The Free State Project has demanded a retraction and amendment of the grant  application to remove references to the organization and its members, an   “itemized list by calendar day of the ‘daily challenges’ presented by ‘Free  Staters’ to the CPD,” and a written letter of apology from both the city and  the  CPD.  Concord’s City Council has delayed the decision on whether to  accept  the grant, and so far the demands have not been met.  At a City  Council  meeting after receiving no response, Carla Gericke, the president of  the  organization, demanded the resignation of all officials involved.

An estimated 200 people came out in protest against the BearCat.

Carla Gericke president of the Free State Project at the public hearing  stated, “We are here today in great numbers to raise our voices to protest the  manufactured, false, misleading, fraudulent AND SECRET claims made by Thomas  Aspell, the city manager, and John Duval, the chief of police in the federal  grant application for Concord’s Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter  Attack vehicle. As president of the Free State Project, I have publicly called  for a retraction and amendment of the Department of Homeland Security grant. I  also asked for a list of ‘daily challenges’ presented by Free Staters. Lastly,  I  requested a public letter of apology for the defamation of 14,600+ Free State  Project participants. None of these requests have been met, although Chief  Duval  has since backpedaled in public statements, saying we do not present a  ‘domestic  terrorist threat.’ (See video below).

Listen to my interview with Carla Gericke president of the Free State Project  below.

Radley Balko states in his white paper, Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police  Raids in America, that “over the last 25 years, America has seen a  disturbing militarization of its civilian law enforcement, along with a  dramatic  and unsettling rise in the use of paramilitary police units (most  commonly  called Special Weapons and Tactics, or SWAT) for routine police work.” 

Radley Balko, in a report for the CATO Institute, provides a number of  policy recommendations, found here,  for states seeking to stem police militarization.

The South Carolina Policy Council, who is battling similar issues states,   “Police are not soldiers; they aren’t there to win wars or defeat enemies but  to  keep people safe. Citizens shouldn’t have to fear those members of society  whose  stated purpose is to preserve their safety.”

They recommend that all legislative bodies that have the power at the state  or local level should reject appropriations of federal funds (such as Homeland  Security funds) intended for use in purchasing military-style  weapons.

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