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Homeland Security is using the police to turn America into a giant surveillance state

(Mass Privatel)  “The Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the release of 2015 Notices of Funding Opportunity for nine DHS preparedness grant programs totaling more than $1.6 billion. The grant programs provide funding to state, local, tribal and territorial governments, as well as transportation authorities, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector, to improve the nation’s readiness in preventing, protecting against, responding to, recovering from and mitigating terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies. The grants reflect the Department’s focus on implementation of an all-of-nation, whole-community approach to the building, sustainment, and delivery of those core capabilities essential to achieving a secure and resilient nation.”
Under the guise of terrorism DHS has created a national “all-of-nation, whole-community approach” to surveillance.
Police and DHS work hand in hand to spy on our every movement.
DHS claims they don’t have access to law enforcement license plate readers. Which is B.S.
In a privacy impact assessment DHS says it is not seeking to build a national database or contribute data to an existing system. That’s because it’s already in place!
Commercial license-plate tracking systems already are used by the FBI and the DEA, as well as numerous local and state law enforcement agencies. I almost forgot, Immigration & Customs also has a license plate database. Would anyone like to take a guess who runs those departments?  If you guessed DHS you win a gold star!
“If this goes forward, DHS will have warrantless access to location information going back at least five years about virtually every adult driver in the U.S., and sometimes to their image as well,” said Gregory T. Nojeim, senior counsel for the Center for Democracy & Technology.

“The FY 2015 homeland security grants demonstrate the Department’s continued commitment to strengthening our nation’s ability to prepare and respond to a wide variety of emergencies,” said Secretary Jeb Johnson. “These grant programs reflect the Department’s strong partnerships across all levels of government and the private sector in order to ensure we remain vigilant in an ever-changing threat environment.”

Since fiscal year 2003, DHS has awarded more than $31 billion in preparedness grant funding to law enforcement nationwide!

Overall, the $31.9 billion bill from DHS would provide $1.6 billion more than fiscal 2004 funding levels but $309 million less than the President’s proposed budget. DHS even controls our nations firefighters, they’re getting $4.1 billion in terrorism preparedness grants, wink, wink.

Remember DHS answers to shareholders, click here and here to read more!
The NYPD is one of thousands of police departments nationwide that will receive funds from DHS to install ‘terror fighting’ surveillance cameras.
You read that right, DHS is no longer calling them surveillance (SPY) cameras, they’re ‘terror fighting’ cameras!
New York City is getting $180 million from DHS to quote ‘prevent terrorism’ by spying on EVERYONE.
The grant money will also be used to pay for things like overtime costs for police officers and anti-terror teams at airports, bus and train stations. But law enforcement spends billions of taxpayer dollars with little to no oversight.Under existing federal requirements, police departments and state law enforcement agencies do not need to spend much of that money on preventing terrorism or preparing for disaster relief.

Officials charged with overseeing the programs say it is difficult to directly trace back to DHS the purchase of Bearcat armored vehicles, sound cannons, and other tactical gear

DHS wouldn’t say whether it plans to review any of its grant programs in light of the controversy surrounding the deployment of military-style gear on the streets of Ferguson. One of its main congressional overseers told the Guardian he plans to “continue” scrutiny of the grants, while praising them as necessary.

Given how the terrorist threat to the world is evolving, how the potential terrorist threat to our nation is evolving, homeland security is becoming a matter of hometown security,” Johnson said.

“The Department of Homeland Security therefore must work with organizations like the New York City police department and other state and local law enforcement.”

State and local police are under no obligation to spend the vast majority of that money for counterterrorism or disaster-preparedness purposes.Under a 2007 law, the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act, “not less than 25%” of the total money for the two programs must be “used for law enforcement terrorism prevention activities”. Are police a non-profit? It sure sounds like the same rules that non-profits abide by.

According to DHS there are a total of 21 categories that law enforcement can use to purchase things like:

Animals (bomb and drug sniffing dogs) and plants
Animal restraint tools
Small surveillance drones
Explosive entry” equipment
The sedative Lorazepam
The cyanide antidote (and psychoactive recreational drug) Amyl Nitrite
Blast-resistant garbage cans

DHS’s 2015 grant guidance proposals:
“Consistent with previous grant guidance, dedicated funding is provided for law enforcement and terrorism prevention throughout the country to prepare for, prevent and respond to pre-operational activity and other crimes that are precursors or indicators of terrorist activity.”
 
“Grantees are encouraged to utilize grant funding to maintain and sustain current critical core capabilities through investments in training and exercises, updates to current planning and procedures, and lifecycle replacement of equipment. New capabilities that are built using homeland security grant funding must be deployable if needed to support regional and national efforts. All capabilities being built or sustained must have a clear linkage to the core capabilities in the National Preparedness Goal.”
What’s DHS’s ‘National Preparedness Goal’ you ask? The answer is simple, create a national police force!
The ANNUAL $1.6 billion in grants DHS gives to law enforcement around the country is being used to create a giant surveillance state.

Millions of dollars are being given to the transportation industry and non-profits to fight terror, wink, wink:

Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program (THSGP)—provides $10 million to eligible tribal nations to implement preparedness initiatives to help strengthen the nation against risk associated with potential terrorist attacks and other hazards.

Non-profit Security Grant Program (NSGP)—provides $13 million to support target hardening and other physical security enhancements for nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack and located within one of the FY 2015 UASI-eligible urban areas.

Intercity Passenger Rail – Amtrak (IPR) Program—provides more than $10 million to protect critical surface transportation infrastructure and the traveling public from acts of terrorism and increase the resilience of the Amtrak rail system.

Port Security Grant Program (PSGP)—provides more than $100 million to help protect critical port infrastructure from terrorism, enhance maritime domain awareness, improve port-wide maritime security risk management, and maintain or reestablish maritime security mitigation protocols that support port recovery and resiliency capabilities.

Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP)—provides more than $87 million to owners and operators of transit systems to protect critical surface transportation and the traveling public from acts of terrorism and to increase the resilience of transit infrastructure.

Intercity Bus Security Grant Program (IBSGP)—provides $3 million to owners and operators of intercity bus systems to protect critical surface transportation infrastructure and the traveling public from acts of terrorism and to increase the resilience of transit infrastructure.