Police Chief Calls “Free State Project” Members Domestic Terrorists

By: Joshua Cook
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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 [email protected] 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.

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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.


Free State Project Protest

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).

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.

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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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  • Chordsman

    That audio sounds terrible. I appreciate it being posted though, but you might consider in the future putting it at the end of the article as source material with a warning. DO NOT REMOVE IT! Having sources is excellent. If you want to lead with audio in the future, figure out production grade audio. If that isn’t practical for you that’s fine, just have it as a sources footnote.

    • JoshuaCookMBA

      Are you referring to the audio of video?

      • Chordsman

        The SoundCloud audio at the very top of the article. It’s source grade material, not lead grade material. Posting source grade material is nice (like the video at the bottom), but I recommend not leading with it.

    • prpetty

      Recording with a cell phone doesn’t get you the “production quality” audio you are asking for…I think it was fine the way it was presented.

      • Chordsman

        I was referring to the SoundCloud audio at the very top of the article, not the video, but I agree that it’s nice to have rough source video at the bottom of the article (as opposed to none at all).

  • Keyser Soze

    I think Chordsman just doesn’t want you to view the video. Audio wasn’t theater quality, but I could hear every word spoken.

  • Kevin Merck

    All you flag wavers, home schoolers, gun owners, and Constitution huggers are terrorists.
    Turn in your guns and welcome the TSA into your pants, it’s the new American way – by Lucifer.
    Obama, Obama, Obama, Obama, Obama…..

  • mastermind119

    DHS is training to kill/disarm Americans. And people are waking up to this madness. This brave woman did a wonderful speech, this is the last measure we the people can use. If it fails you grab you guns and protect your families neighbours and your community!

    • malcolm7172

      We need to unite as we the people just like our fore-fathers against this tyrannical government and take back every level of government that support these actions. This can be done by recalling or firing of you city, county and state elected officials. Their power and greed has become to much for them .Them work to get your Police Chief fired for lying on the appilication for the grant. Civil Servants who works for the tax payers and need to shown who is paying their big salaries. If that doesn’t work them it’s time to pick up your guns and unite for that same cause that our fore-father had against England.

  • Valley Forge

    These police chiefs seem to be filing grant requests for military-grade weaponry to compensate for something.

  • Hans Eisenman

    Love how quickly the members yielded their time to let her finish.

    Having said that, redefining terminology is a common method of reducing liberty. “free staters” are terrorists by simply working it into certain conversations or, in this case, government forms.

    IMHO, this may be the thing to which we have to be the most alert (next to maybe more heinous acts like false flag events created to get us to urgently ask for less liberty under the guise of more security).