Entries in Napolitano (3)

Monday
Mar112013

DHS Reportedly buying 2,700 Light Armored Tanks for Use in USA

Its difficult not to become a conspiracy theorist when you read news reports about the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is buying thousands of military style (fully automatic) assault weapons and billions of rounds of ammunition.  Now there are multi-reports that DHS is purchasing 2,700 light armored tanks to be deployed in the United States.

Is America turning into a Liberal Fascist police state?

Modern Survival Blog reported:

The Department of Homeland Security (through the U.S. Army Forces Command) recently retrofitted 2,717 of these ‘Mine Resistant Protected’ vehicles for service on the streets of the United States.

Although I’ve seen and read several online blurbs about this vehicle of late, I decided to dig slightly deeper and discover more about the vehicle itself.

The new DHS sanctioned ‘Street Sweeper’ (my own slang due to the gun ports) is built by Navistar Defense (NavistarDefense.com), a division within the Navistar organization. Under the Navistar umbrella are several other companies including International Trucks, IC Bus (they make school buses), Monaco RV (recreational vehicles), WorkHorse (they make chassis), MaxxForce (diesel engines), and Navistar Financial (the money arm of the company).

DHS even released a video on their newly purchased MRAPs.
Via Pat Dollard:

“If you think shrinking government and getting it less involved in your life is a hallmark of tyranny it is only because you are either grotesquely ignorant or because you subscribe to a statist ideology that believes the expansion of the state is the expansion of liberty.”
Jonah Goldberg

 

Sunday
Jan132013

Obama Signs Bill Extending Lifetime Secret Service Protection for Former Presidents

Obama signed legislation Thursday giving himself Secret Service protection for life.

The Former Presidents Protection Act of 2012, reverses a previous law that limited Secret Service protection for former presidents and their families to 10 years if they served after 1997.  Under the law Obama signed on Thursday, he, former President George W. Bush and future former presidents and their spouses will receive Secret Service protection for the rest of their lives. Children of former presidents up to the age of 16 are assured protection under the new law.

The Former Presidents Protection Act of 2012 quietly passed the House and Senate in December 2012. But what about the people’s right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness, including personal safety?

Judge Andrew Napolitano, weighed in on the Second Amendment yesterday in the Washington Times.

The right of the people to keep and bear arms is an extension of the natural right to self-defense and a hallmark of personal sovereignty. It is specifically insulated from governmental interference by the Constitution and has historically been the linchpin of resistance to tyranny. Yet the progressives in both political parties stand ready to use the coercive power of the government to interfere with the exercise of that right by law-abiding persons because of the gross abuse of that right by some crazies in our midst.

When Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence that we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, he was marrying the nation at its birth to the ancient principles of the natural law that have animated the Judeo-Christian tradition in the West. Those principles have operated as a brake on all governments that recognize them by enunciating the concept of natural rights.

As we have been created in the image and likeness of God the Father, we are perfectly free just as He is. Thus, the natural law teaches that our freedoms are pre-political and come from our humanity and not from the government. As our humanity is ultimately divine in origin, the government, even by majority vote, cannot morally take natural rights away from us. A natural right is an area of individual human behavior — like thought, speech, worship, travel, self-defense, privacy, ownership and use of property, consensual personal intimacy — immune from government interference and for the exercise of which we don’t need the government’s permission.

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Thursday
Oct272011

Napolitano Grilled on Operation Fast and Furious 

Yesterday was DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano’s turn to get roughed up by Rep. Darrell Issa, who is  spearheading a probe into ATF’s controversial Operation Fast and Furious. The Operation encouraged Arizona gun dealers to work with ATF and sell assualt weapons to straw purchasers, all with the hopes of tracing guns to the Mexican cartels.

Two federal agents under the jurisdiction of the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI Special Agent Jamie Zapata and Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, were killed as a result of Operation Fast and Furious, yet Napolitano denies knowing anything about the program or speaking to Attorney General Eric Holder about the operation up to this point about.

When asked if she would assign an inspector general within DHS to investigate the connection between Operation Fast and Furious and the death of two of her agents, she refused to give a straight answer. Napolitano also says we should all be outraged by the death of Agent Terry, yet doesnt show any outrage, just as Holder and Obama have not shown any outrage over the program.

At a House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Issa lit into Napolitano, suggesting she acted too slowly to look into the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of a Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, who was killed last December in Arizona.

At the time, two guns recovered from the scene were linked to the controversial ATF Operation Fast and Furious.

Napolitano had testified during the session that said she had held off inquiring into the relation between the controversial Fast & Furious operation and Terry’s death because that matter was being looked into by the Inspector General at the Justice Department.

Issa pointedly said that Terry was killed on Dec. 14 and the IG probe was requested by Attorney General Eric Holder in February, Politico reported.

That, he said, left a gap for her to explore the matter.

“You had two dead agents…..It has been months and you tell me you weren’t doing it because of an IG investigation,” said Issa.

“Wait just a minute,” Napolitano countered. “That insinuation is not accurate.”

Issa responded: “For three months, you had a dead Border Patrol agent and there was no IG investigation. What did you do between December and February to find out about Fast & Furious?….People on the ground knew those were Fast & Furious weapons found at the scene within hours. It wasn’t something that wasn’t known. It was known at the time.”

Eventually, she said the goal was to find Terry’s killers.