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By Michael Snyder – End of The American Dream

The thin veneer of civilization that we all take for granted on a daily basis is beginning to disappear, and a new era of chaos and anarchy is coming to our cities.  I don’t know if you have noticed, but violence is increasing on the streets of America.  Over Memorial Day weekend, 29 people were shot in Baltimore and 55 people were shot in Chicago.  But of course the trend that I am talking about is much broader than that.  According to the FBI, the number of police officers “feloniously killed” in the line of duty rose by an astounding 89 percent in 2014.  We live at a time when Americans are becoming extremely angry and extremely frustrated, and this is only going to intensify as economic conditions worsen.  But already we have seen some of this anger and frustration boil over into violence in Ferguson and in Baltimore.  And you know what?  The vast majority of Americans expect more of the same in the coming months.  According to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey that was recently released, 96 percent of all Americans believe that there will be more civil unrest in America this summer.  What we have seen up until now is just the warm up act.  The main event is still to come.

If things are this bad already, how bad will they be when the next great economic crisis hits this nation and unemployment skyrockets and poverty is everywhere?

That is why I am encouraging people that currently live in the heart of our major cities to consider moving.  Unfortunately, most Americans are completely dependent on the jobs that they currently have, so moving is not really a practical option for a lot of people.

For those that cannot move, you are just going to have to get prepared right where you are.  That means making your home and your family as unattractive a target to potential criminals as you possibly can.  The goal should be to avoid a violent confrontation if at all possible.  So you will want multiple layers of security between you and those that would potentially harm you and your family.  You want to try to deter the bad guys from ever coming on to your property in the first place, but if they do come, you need to be ready to deal with them.

At the moment, we are still in the midst of relatively stable economic times.  But even in these relatively stable times, violence is escalating.  Just consider what happened in Baltimore over the recent holiday weekend.  A grand total of 29 people were shot…

Police say 29 people were shot, 9 of them killed over this weekend, adding to the  record-breaking violence.

The shooting didn’t stop on Monday night after a 9-year-old boy and another man were both injured by gun fire in the 2900 block of Arunah Avenue. Police say the child was shot in the leg and another man suffered a graze wound to the head.

Overall, this past month has been the deadliest month for Baltimore in 15 years.

Things are even worse in the city of Chicago.  Over this past weekend, 55 people got shot…

Twelve people were killed and at least 43 — including a 4-year-old girl — were wounded in shootings across Chicago this Memorial Day weekend, police said.

The 4-year-old, identified by her family as Jacele Johnson, was shot about 8 p.m. Friday in the West Englewood neighborhood. She and her 17-year-old cousin Romare Wilson were inside an SUV in the 7000 block of South Justine when another vehicle pulled up and someone inside opened fire, according to their family and Chicago Police.

Early in April, I went on the record and specifically named Chicago and Baltimore as two of the cities where we would be seeing civil unrest.  Since that time we have seen horrible rioting in Baltimore and the violence in Chicago continues to spiral out of control.

Other experts are issuing similar warnings.  For example, consider what an assistant professor at New Jersey City University recently had to say

Continue reading at End of The American Dream: Prepare Your Homes And Neighborhoods For The Violence That Is Going To Sweep America

About the author:

Michael T. Snyder is a graduate of the University of Florida law school and he worked as an attorney in the heart of Washington D.C. for a number of years.

Today, Michael is best known for his work as the publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog and The American Dream

Read his new book The Beginning of the End

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By Michael Snyder

The number of SWAT team raids in the United States every year is now more than 25 times higher than it was back in 1980.  As America has conducted wars overseas in recent years, our police forces have become increasingly militarized as well.  And without a doubt, many of our cities have become much more dangerous places.  Thanks to relentless illegal immigration, drug cartels are thriving and there are now at least 1.4 million gang members living in the United States.  But there are many that believe that the militarization of our police forces has gone way too far.  Almost weekly, SWAT team brutality somewhere in America makes national headlines.  You are about to read about a couple of horrific examples of this below.  Once upon a time, police in America were helpful and friendly and the public generally trusted them.  But now our police forces are being transformed into military-style units that often act like they are in the middle of Iraq or Afghanistan.  The following are 10 facts about the SWATification of America that everyone should know…

#1 In 1980, there were approximately 3,000 SWAT raids in the United States.  Now, there are more than 80,000 SWAT raids per year in this country.

#2 79 percent of the time, SWAT teams are deployed to private homes.

#3 50 percent of the victims of SWAT raids are either black or Latino.

#4 In 65 percent of SWAT deployments, “a battering ram, boot, or some sort of explosive device” is used to gain forced entry to a home.

#5 62 percent of all SWAT raids involve a search for drugs.

#6 In at least 36 percent of all SWAT raids, “no contraband of any kind” is found by the police.

#7 In cases where it is suspected that there is a weapon in the home, police only find a weapon 35 percent of the time.

#8 More than 100 American families have their homes raided by SWAT teams every single day.

#9 Only 7 percent of all SWAT deployments are for “hostage, barricade or active-shooter scenarios”.

#10 Even small towns are getting SWAT teams now.  30 years ago, only 25.6 percent of communities with populations between 25,000 and 50,000 people had a SWAT team.  Now, that number has increased to 80 percent.

And thanks to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, police forces all over the nation are being showered with billions of dollars of military equipment that is coming home from overseas.  The following is what a recent Time Magazine article had to say about this phenomenon…

As the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have wound down, police departments have been obtaining military equipment, vehicles and uniforms that have flowed directly from the Department of Defense. According to a new report by the ACLU, the federal government has funneled $4.3 billion of military property to law enforcement agencies since the late 1990s, including $450 million worth in 2013. Five hundred law enforcement agencies have received Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, built to withstand bomb blasts. More than 15,000 items of military protective equipment and “battle dress uniforms,” or fatigues worn by the U.S. Army, have been transferred. The report includes details of police agencies in towns like North Little Rock, Ark., (pop: 62,000), which has 34 automatic and semi-automatic rifles, a Mamba tactical vehicle and two MARCbots, which are armed robots designed for use in Afghanistan.

But when you start arming the police like military units and your start training them like military units, eventually they start acting like military units and the results are often quite frightening.

For example, just check out what happened when a SWAT team in Florida raided the home of one young couple earlier this month

At approximately 6:16 am on June 10th, 2014, Kari Edwards and her live-in boyfriend were seized upon by a SWAT team who smashed in the door and using flashbangs and armed to the teeth, swarmed upon the couple and even stripped Ms. Edwards naked in the process.

The couple says that the group entailed personnel from DHS, for whom Edwards once worked. After smashing in the door, the tactical team threw in flashbang grenades, traumatizing their cat and swarmed upon Edwards’s boyfriend and Edwards who had just gotten out of the shower.

“They busted in like I was a terrorist or something,” Edwards said.

“[An officer] demanded that I drop the towel I was covering my naked body with before snatching it off me physically and throwing me to the ground.”

“While I lay naked, I was cuffed so tightly I could not feel my hands. For no reason, at gunpoint,” Edwards said. “[Agents] refused to cover me, no matter how many times I asked.”

That is the kind of thing that I would expect to happen in Nazi Germany, not the United States of America.

But this next example is even more horrifying.  The following is what one mother says happened to her 2-year-old son when a SWAT team raided her home…

After the SWAT team broke down the door, they threw a flashbang grenade inside. It landed in my son’s crib.

Flashbang grenades were created for soldiers to use during battle. When they explode, the noise is so loud and the flash is so bright that anyone close by is temporarily blinded and deafened. It’s been three weeks since the flashbang exploded next to my sleeping baby, and he’s still covered in burns.

There’s still a hole in his chest that exposes his ribs. At least that’s what I’ve been told; I’m afraid to look.

My husband’s nephew, the one they were looking for, wasn’t there. He doesn’t even live in that house. After breaking down the door, throwing my husband to the ground, and screaming at my children, the officers – armed with M16s – filed through the house like they were playing war. They searched for drugs and never found any.

I heard my baby wailing and asked one of the officers to let me hold him. He screamed at me to sit down and shut up and blocked my view, so I couldn’t see my son. I could see a singed crib. And I could see a pool of blood. The officers yelled at me to calm down and told me my son was fine, that he’d just lost a tooth.

Does that make you angry?

It should.

That young child is probably going to be disfigured for the rest of his life because of the brutality and the carelessness of that SWAT team.

Yes, we live in perilous times and many of our communities would rapidly descend into anarchy if there were no police.

But that does not mean that they have to act like Nazis.  They should be able to protect us while treating us with dignity and respect at the same time.

So what do you think?

Please share your opinion by posting a comment below…

This article first appeared at The American Dream :10 Facts About The SWATification Of America That Everyone Should Know

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By Ken Jorgustin

In a massive social collapse, law and order break down and man’s true nature will be revealed. During this time of chaos, an individual will have rights only as long as he can defend them.

A devastating social collapse will smash your preconception of safety & security…

This is the subtle logic of violence. Your rights are those you can defend.

Most people may feel uncomfortable with this, but it is true. For your chance to survive a major social collapse, you must understand this.

Many (most) people live in (mostly) safe and secure suburbs and have never had to defend themselves or their property. These same people (mostly) will not grasp, understand, or accept the logic of violence. Criminals on the other hand, understand it fully.

During the years of our lives we have lived in an orderly society, where most people obey the laws and those who do not are dealt with by the police and the justice system. Most criminals are held in check by the threat of force by the police who enforce the law which results in a mostly orderly society. When there is violence to be done, the police handle it.

While there are exceptions to any scenario, I trust you get the general idea…

Following a major social collapse however, the criminal element will be unleashed while the police become overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of the collapse coupled with the fact that many of them will be busy defending their own home, property, and family.

Collapse will be worst in the city (where martial law may be declared), less so in the suburbs, and even less so in rural America.

If and until order is restored, your rights will consist of those which you can personally defend.

Defending your rights under social-collapse conditions will (with high probability) result with engaging in the threat of force or violence, or the action thereof. It’s not a pleasant thought for most people used to an orderly and safe society. But it will be a reality. It’s best that you consider it.

Most people don’t have much if any experience with guns or defending themselves against violence. While a great many Americans do own a firearm, there are also many who do not. Many or most of those who do own a firearm probably have not given serious thought to the circumstances of a major social collapse and the ensuing reality of having to defend one’s rights for real. Most people think it can’t happen…

If you are reading this, then I hope you will at least think about it. If you own a firearm(s), practice with it (them). If you do not, then I hope that you will consider it.

The best weapon for home defense may be the shotgun, one with a short barrel (easier to handle). A shotgun and its big barrel is an intimidating site to be staring down… it’s nearly impossible to ‘miss’ at close range, and the sound of racking the action is enough to make anyone think twice…

Perhaps a 12 gauge Remington pump 870 with an 18” barrel. Check the legality in your state regarding barrel length restrictions. Although having said that, during collapse, who really is going to stop you…? Just saying…Modern Survival Blog

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By Adam C

I was talking to a veteran police officer the other day, a tough street cop in one of the largest police departments in the country.

Over the course of his 26-year career, this officer had gotten himself into no less than three shootings, all three of which resulted in the death of a bad guy. The interesting part wasn’t so much the shootings, but the position used in each shooting that is definitely cause for further examination: one shooting was from a seated position inside the officer’s cruiser, another, on the officer’s side while lying on the ground crouched behind his tire; the last, standing in a proper weaver stance.

What’s interesting about this scenario is that only one out of three shooting positions was from a conventional, upright stance. This should definitely be a concern for the concealed carry enthusiast who has it in his or her head that when a threat presents itself, they are going to stand up, break into that perfect weaver or isosceles stance, and fire at the bad guy just as if they are at the range.

It’s no secret that the vast majority of gun owners train with range safety rules in mind. In and of itself, there is nothing wrong with range safety, but you need to consider that when your time comes to draw that weapon in self defense, you most likely won’t be doing so from behind a bright red line, or with convenient partitions on either side of you or even range commands coming from the speakers. You’ll shoot from wherever you happen to be, whether that means sitting down to dinner in a restaurant, over your sleeping spouse in bed, or from the driver’s seat of your car. All of these positions aren’t exactly easily practiced at most ranges, so you’ll need to think outside the box in doing so.

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Sure, the great bulk of your training can be accomplished using conventional shooting positions; after all, that’s how you learn the fundamentals of breathing control, sight picture, sight alignment, and trigger squeeze. Once you have become a master of the basics, however, consider shooting from some new positions. Keep in mind: You may need to switch shooting locations in order to do some of these, since most ranges will frown upon them. Find a piece of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land to practice on, or some similar locale. Try these:

1. Prone: An oft-taught position in the military, prone shooting is accomplished by lying upon your stomach and facing the target, arms extended, weapon in hand. Prone shooting is inherently safe and is often used to teach neophytes the basics of rifle shooting because the likelihood that the new shooter can flag people beside him with his weapon is fairly low. Still, prone shooting works great for pistols as well – your elbows touch the ground, giving you good support and making your shooting more accurate than it would be when standing upright. Finally, you present a low silhouette and very little target area to a threat while in the prone position.

2. Supine: Lying on your back and shooting through your open knees isn’t a position we would choose as the best for marksmanship, but sometimes, supine shooting is a necessity. Supine shooting is one of those positions you might just happen to fall into when reacting to a threat; you might dive back out of your restaurant booth or push out of the driver’s seat of your car, landing on your back. It’s not the best position, but it does happen and is a position that’s easily practiced. Lie on your back, knees spread apart and head elevated as if you were doing a crunch. The pistol will not usually extend past your knees, which means you need to take extra care to not shoot your kneecaps off when tracking a target. Practice at half speed at first.

3. On your side: Usually accomplished behind a barricade of some sort, lying on your side can present a very small target since normally only your gun hand and a piece of your face is exposed, with the rest covered by a barricade. Again, lying on your side happens to be a position you might fall into when reacting to a threat; it’s not a position you would normally choose. Practice shooting with both hands and lying on both sides to become proficient at it. Some pointers to keep in mind are keeping the pistol sufficiently far off the ground to prevent the slide from snagging anything, and being careful of not placing the ejection port too close to the ground to prevent jamming or stovepipes.

4. From a car: There is no reason why you can’t practice shooting while belted into your car, from both the driver window and passenger window. On some pieces of BLM land, this is really easy; just set up your target and fire away. Realize that in a real gun battle, you might have to shoot through a door or window as well, but for now, using the open windows, just shoot – safely, of course. Hearing protection is paramount when practicing this type of shooting; you most likely won’t have it in real life, but for now, wear it and even double up.

By practicing shooting from unconventional positions, you could inadvertently save your own life or the life of a loved one. Not every shooting happens in a clear, well-lit range environment – as a matter of fact, the vast majority of shootings do not happen in such places at all. How you practice shooting could spell the difference between success – and defeat. – Off The Grid News

 Supreme Court Rules You No Longer Have the Right to Remain Silent

A law school professor and former criminal defense attorney explains why you should never agree to be interviewed by the police:

Other criminal defense attorneys agree:

As does police officer George Bruch of the Virginia Beach Police Department:

We’ve previously documented that there are so many federal and state laws in the United States, that no one can keep track of them all, and everyone violates laws every day without even knowing it.

As such, it is best to avoid law enforcement when possible.

It’s vital to note, however, that the Supreme Court ruled this year that your silence CAN be used against you (the link is to the website of one of America’s top constitutional law professors) … at least until you’re read your Miranda rights.  Therefore, if you remain silent when police are questioning you, it is very important to tell the police that you are exercising your right to remain silent.  As the Atlantic notes:

Basically, if you’re ever in any trouble with police… and want to keep your mouth shut, you will need to announce that you’re invoking your Fifth Amendment right instead of, you know, just keeping your mouth shut. “Petitioner’s Fifth Amendment claim fails because he did not expressly invoke the privilege against self-incrimination in response to the officer’s question,” reads the [Supreme Court] opinion ….

It’s Not Andy Griffith’s America Any More

This is not to say that all law enforcement personnel are bad folks. Many of them are outstanding people.

But our police forces have become so insanely militarized and the fear of terror has become so wildly overblown that many law enforcement personnel have become hair-trigger tense.

People have been severely harassed when they’ve asked for help from law enforcement.  For example, an anti-war website was spied on for 6 years after they asked for help by the FBI.  And the FBI rifled through all of a woman’s electronic communications after she told the FBI that she was being harassed.

Police have recently tasered numerous deaf or retarded people for “failing to follow orders”.

And they’ve shot and killed people who were just looking for help.  See this and this.

Again, we’re not trying to paint with a broad brush; most law enforcement personnel are good folks just trying to do their job.  And police are human, too … sometimes they get scared and overreact.

But it’s not the same ole Andy Griffith show type demeanor among law enforcement today.  So it’s best to be careful. – WashingtonsBlog