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Most recent update: May 23rd, 2017 - 18:04:26

Newsletters : Current Newsletters : 22 May 2017
Thought for the Day

I came across this conversation the other day which I thought I would share with you because it raised an interesting question in my mind:

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Nick Giambruno: The police state is metastasizing in the US. Is that a good reason to diversify as well?

Doug Casey: Itís a harbinger, Iím afraid, of whatís to come. The fact is that police forces throughout the US have been militarized. Every little town has a SWAT team, sometimes with armored personnel carriers. All of the Praetorian style agencies on the federal levelóthe FBI, CIA, NSA, and over a dozen others like themóhave become very aggressive. Every single day in the US, there are scores of confiscations of peopleís bank accounts, and dozens having their doors broken down in the wee hours of the night. The ethos in the US really seems to be changing right before our very eyes, and I think itís quite disturbing.

You can be accused of almost anything by the government and have your assets seized without due process. Every year there are billions of dollars that are seized by various government entities, including local police departments, who get to keep a percentage of the proceeds, so this is a very corrupting thing.

People forget that when the US was founded there were only three federal crimes, and they are listed in the Constitution: treason, counterfeiting, and piracy. Now itís estimated there are over 5,000 federal crimes, and that number is constantly increasing. This is very disturbing. There is a book called Three Felonies a Day, which estimates that many or most Americans inadvertently commit three felonies a day. So itís becoming Kafkaesque.

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As I read this I noticed the mention of APCs - Armoured Personnel Carriers.

Then I recalled the subject of New Zealand acquiring 105 Armoured Personnel Carriers called LAV3s. This struck me as distinctly odd at the time. Not just because of the vaguely scatological connotations but because there was some considerable discussion of why New Zealand was developing this part of the armed forces. They were apparently just too big to fit into our transport plane so we could not actually fly them to any theatre of war to protect our service men and women. We also did not have a transport ship that could reliably take them anywhere they might possibly be useful.

Why did we really want to own 105 LAV3s?

A quick sortie into Wikipedia produced this further nugget of information:

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"New Zealand

The New Zealand armed forces purchased 105 LAV of which 102 were standard vehicles and 3 were redesigned for recovery.

In May 2009 two NZLAVs were deployed to support police during the 2009 Napier shootings. They defended police while they retrieved a deceased police officer's body.

In November 2009 it was announced that three NZLAVs would be deployed to assist NZSAS operations in Afghanistan and they were up-armoured.[41] In 2011 these three LAVs were moved to Bamyan to support the provincial reconstruction team there as they were no longer needed in Kabul due to reduced SAS numbers. Five additional LAVs were also flown to Bamyan. One has since been damaged by a roadside bomb. In May 2012 the New Zealand government announced that it may leave all these LAVs behind in Afghanistan for use by local forces when the New Zealand forces leave in 2013.[citation needed] As of November 2013 all of these deployed LAVs had been returned to New Zealand.

In 2011 after the Christchurch earthquake, LAVs from Burnham Camp were deployed to assist police with securing the inner city during the nights.

In March 2016, 2 LAVs were deployed to assist with lifting a siege near Kawerau in the Bay of Plenty after 4 policemen were shot at and severely injured.

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So now you know why New Zealand needed those 105 LAV3s.

As predicted by my model of Politics for this new century a socialist state morphs inevitably into a communist state and a Crony Capitalist stage morphs into a Police State.

Both of these then become fully fledged members of the Dark Side when they achieve total centralised control over their citizens.

Who bought these civilian control weapons?


May 20, 2017, 15:15

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