From 300 a year during the 1970s,Special Weapons Assault Team raids have exploded to more than 50,000 a year over the past decade,the overwhelming majority for the purpose of serving of warrants to non-violent offenders,usually drug-related crimes.
The “War on Drugs,” which provided the original excuse for the nationwide formation of SWAT teams and the use of armored vehicles or paramilitary tactics in small localities,has now evolved into the more menacing “War on Terror.”
But is this a war on drug dealers and terrorists or a war on the American people? Consider a few recent occurrences.
In Waco, Texas, 80 lives were taken by masked SWAT team members driving armored vehicles in what one writer properly called an “ATF publicity stunt gone awry.”
Three years ago, more than 400 children were wrenched from their parents by body armor-wearing assault teams carrying automatic weapons in response to a confidential telephone complaint of abuse — which turned out to be a hoax.
Documents may guarantee rights but body armor, assault vehicles, and automatic weapons eviscerate such paper assurances with devastating ease.
We will only stop despicable and unconstitutional behavior which transcends political party affiliation by making politicians more frightened of voters than they are enamored of power. Tea Parties have made this their goal. All freedom-loving Americans must join the fight.