A family of eight — a grandmother, two daughters and five grandchildren — is awakened in the early hours of the morning by heavily armed paramilitaries who don’t identify themselves. One young mother is blinded by a spotlight while she nurses her tiny infant. Two of the men rifle though the family’s personal possessions while two others guard the entrance to the home. This is the third invasion of their home in the past two months. Almost every night, the paramilitaries drive by their yard, spotlighting their windows and watching them from the roadside.
Another member of the same community recalls being followed for miles by a low-flying Blackhawk helicopter with machine-gunners hanging out of the open helicopter doors. She’s also been pulled over, pepper-sprayed, beaten with batons and interrogated about her grocery shopping.
Where is this? Some godforsaken third-world hellhole? North Korea? Ukraine? Some war-ravaged African failed state?
Try the United States of America, folks. That’s where all this happened — and continues to happen every day. And it’s coming to a town near you.[inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”@sovereigninvestor” suffix=”#EscapeFromAmerica”]If ever there was a reason to escape from America, this is it.[/inlinetweet]
The paramilitaries are from the U.S. government. The objects of their reign of terror are U.S. citizens, living peacefully in their homes on U.S. soil. There is a foreign angle to this, however — the weapons, clothing, tactics and even language these thugs use are all taken straight from U.S. combat experience in Afghanistan and Iraq.
But these brutes aren’t from the Army or Special Forces — they are civilian members of the U.S. Border Patrol. They are legally authorized to operate this way within a 25-mile zone near the U.S. border, in which they can enter anyone’s property without a warrant.
Whether the Border Patrol’s behavior is Constitutional, of course, is another matter entirely. One brave patriot who has been subject to the arbitrary terror raids, Ofelia Rivas, has put up a sign in her yard stating that the Border Patrol can’t enter her home without a warrant, a right guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment.
But hers is just a nostalgic sentiment, something out of ancient history. None of that Bill of Rights nonsense here.
Before 9/11, there was only a limited and traditional federal presence in the U.S. border regions. Since then, the Border Patrol has expanded relentlessly and transformed itself into a domestic clone of U.S. ground forces in the Middle East. Homeland Security bases, filled with hundreds of agents, dot the landscape. Paramilitary checkpoints abound on local roads, where armed agents interrogate anyone they want. “Forward operating bases” facilitate “tactical operations,” just as in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Many Americans are upset about the prospect of NSA agents reading their emails and monitoring their meta-data. U.S. citizens near our borders wish that was all they had to worry about. They are subject to high-powered cameras pointed at them, drones circling their skies, and random searches and detentions.
This appalling state of affairs has developed for a number of reasons. The cancerous growth of the Security State since 9/11 is the obvious centerpiece. But in the borderlands, the most important factor is the fact that very few Americans outside the region pay any attention to what’s happening there. Their fellow citizens near the border, who are being treated like suspected terrorist sympathizers in the middle of a war zone, are largely poor, Native American or Latino, and voiceless.
The Beginning of a Dark Chapter
That’s the way it always starts. The techniques of oppression and repression are first developed in imperial settings far from home. Then they’re brought back to the “homeland” and turned against defenseless people who exist out of sight and mind of the majority. Then they are turned on everyone.
I experienced this process first-hand in my other home, South Africa, in the 1980s. Techniques developed by the apartheid military on the Angolan border were brought back home and directed at people struggling for basic political rights. Eventually, they were turned on people like me. My own home was invaded by security police. I was tear-gassed and shot at by riot police for doing nothing but exercising the basic right to free speech and assembly.
When people ask me why I’m so concerned about America and such a Constitutional purist, I tell them it’s because I’ve seen where we’re heading. I tell them it feels like South Africa is following me back to America. That journey is nearly complete. Yesterday I saw a micro-drone hovering over my neighborhood. Now I’m waiting for the beat of helicopter blades above my house.
I have a plan B — somewhere else I can go when the time comes to escape from America. Do you?
Offshore and Asset Protection Editor
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