AFP INTERVIEW: Will Obama Federalize Local Police?

Monday, December 22, 2014
By Paul Martin

White House looking to have cops nationwide answer to the feds.

By Victor Thorn
December 21, 2014

When one looks beyond the senseless looting, rioting and destruction that followed the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, could an even more ominous plot be at hand? Are power-obsessed authorities, spearheaded by outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder, setting the stage to further federalize local police forces?

To get more information on this, on December 11 this reporter interviewed Cheryl Chumley, author of the book POLICE STATE USA: How Orwell’s Nightmare is Becoming our Reality.


In terms of the Obama administration’s hidden motives, Ms. Chumley said: “The federal government wants to take over police departments,which up until now have remained locally controlled. That should be a red flag to every American.”

Adding specifics, Ms. Chumley explained: “Barack Obama’s former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel once said, ‘Never let a crisis go to waste.’ Well, the Obama White House is using the chaos from New York City and Ferguson as ways of shifting their agenda to an increased use of the Pentagon’s 1033 program.”

This newspaper was one of the first publications to report on the Pentagon’s 1033 program and its transfer of military equipment from warzones in Afghanistan and Iraq to city police departments. The hardware includes high-powered sniper rifles, tanks, helicopters, night vision wear and vehicles capable of withstanding explosive devices.

Ms. Chumley warned of this trend: “By and large, Americans don’t like these militarized activities in their own neighborhoods, as well they shouldn’t. In May, an Atlanta toddler was mistakenly blown up with flash-bang grenades when officers issued a no-knock warrant. In 2011, a former Arizona Marine was killed after authorities entered the wrong residence. Every police department should be alarmed by the Obama administration’s carrot-and-stick approach to law enforcement.”

When asked for more details, Ms. Chumley replied: “Obama is telling local police departments that in order to receive this equipment, they’re mandated to issue reports to the feds. This means officers would be more accountable to the federal government’s wide-sweeping orders and dictates than to local or state legislators. Once you take community oversight out of the picture—which is more streamlined and transparent—police officers would become tools of the federal government, not servants of local citizens.”

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