“Ron Paul Republican” Stands Up to Police, Faces Ouster TONIGHT!

Published On July 15, 2011 | By Dylboz | Articles

As regular readers of this blog are well aware, the May 5th shooting of former Marine Jose Guereña in Tucson, Arizona was both tragic and controversial. Sheriff’s Deputies and Police Officers forming the regional Pima County SWAT team entered his home to serve a search warrant, after what they claim was an extensive 20-month investigation that focused on several homes. Bizarrely, the warrant did not specify Guereña, nor anything specific in his home, as required by the 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Despite overlooking this critical “technicality,” cops entered in typical paramilitary style, wielding overwhelming force, which can be seen in the subsequently released helmet-cam video taken by one the attackers. Mere seconds elapsed from their arrival, to their “dynamic entry” of breaching the front door and sending bullets flying. Over 70, to be exact. Jose was struck over 20 times, and the rest of the rounds, many from AR-15 rifles, flew through the house, some exiting out the back and coming to rest in the walls of neighboring homes.

Fortunately, no one else was hurt, but Mr. Guereña lay dying on the floor for over an hour as SWAT officials drove a robot around his home looking for other dangers, yet failing even to locate his terrified wife and 4-year-old child, who were cowering in the bedroom closet. Eventually, they emerged after 10 minutes of hiding and begged for the paramedics on scene to render aid. They had been there from almost the very beginning of the situation. In fact, the LifeFlight helicopter was on standby, though presumably for the benefit of police, not their victims. Mr. Guereña’s wife and son pleaded in vain. When the paramedics were finally allowed into the home, it was only to pronounce the man dead.

All this is now a matter of record. So too are the internal PCSO and Pima County Attorney’s investigations which ultimately cleared (no surprise there) all the officers involved of any wrongdoing, despite the fact that they felt compelled to retain the services of Michael Storie, a local criminal defense attorney, less than 6 days after the raid occurred. Perhaps they lacked confidence in Sheriff Dupnik’s whitewashing operation. If so, that fear was misplaced. Apparently, mindlessly opening fire because of an over-eager deputy’s accidental discharge is totally acceptable, so long as the unsuspecting victim is legally armed in defense of his home against a huge group of unknown invaders. After all, they did simultaneously run their siren, knock on his door and shout “police!” for all of 7 or 8 seconds upon approaching his home, before smashing in the door, guns blazing (and the raid commenced at a time they should have known from their “20 month investigation” that Guereña was likely to be asleep, and thus disoriented or unable to respond to them). By the way, that was *NOT* a “no-knock” warrant, but a standard “knock-and-announce” operation. Really, why bother making the distinction? Operationally, there’s absolutely no difference. No one can either answer the door or destroy evidence in 7 or 8 seconds.

So, taking all these sorry facts into account, what rational person would not react with horror and indignation at the actions of those supposedly given a public trust like that of the police? Especially in one’s own community! Certainly not Brian Miller, chairman of the Pima County Republican Party‘s executive committee. Brian was reasonably disgusted by what happened to a fellow veteran in his own city (Miller is an Air Force A-10 Warthog instructor pilot), where he lives, works and raises a family. He went so far as to publicly express his discontent with the situation via an official e-mail distributed to the membership of the Pima County GOP, stating “we are all Jose Guereña now,” and adding that “it is my hope that this tragic event will lead to a renewed discussion of the policies that routinely lead to heavily armed and militarized local police invading private homes and a renewed interest in the civil liberties codified in our Bill of Rights.”

To most people, this is an appropriate reaction to an obviously egregious episode of excessive police violence (and the kind of speech protected by the 1st Amendment), but given the rank and file Republican’s penchant for groveling at the feet of “law enforcement,” the statement was unfortunately bound to stir up anger and resentment among its recipients.  The “law-and-order” types predictably mistake patriotism for obedience to and religious veneration of the state and its institutions of official force. For them, this was sacrilege, and Brian Miller had to be called on the carpet for it. The other members of the executive committee called an emergency meeting to do just that. But what’s interesting is just who was invited to upbraid Mr. Miller for his impudence – a high ranking representative of the local police union, the Tucson Police Officers Association.

It turns out, not a day went by after Miller sent that e-mail than the TPOA had contacted every elected Republican official they could get a hold of to demand they shut him up. The cop shop’s rep told Miller, “I never want to hear anything like that coming out of your mouth again,” to which he responded that he’d steadfastly adhere to the principle of civilian oversight of the police, just as he does for the military in which he serves. That elicited an angry response from the TPOA man, who retorted, “you have no right to criticize law enforcement, you’ve never been in law enforcement.” Apparently, that was too much even for some of the assembled Republicans, and Miller said the comment “really lit up the room.” Nevertheless, the established party leaders “ben[t] over and grab[bed] their ankles when ordered to by the `public safety’ unions,” and ultimately produced an ultimatum, demanding Brian turn over his keys, and step down as chairman of the county party apparatus.

Since then, the Pima County Republican Party has moved to silence him, remove him from power, and distance themselves from the statements made in the controversial e-mail. But Miller has been defiant, and refuses to quit. Reaction among the voting public and registered Republicans in Pima County has been split. The battle lines have been drawn around the typical factions, with the libertarian leaning “Ron Paul” types on one side, and the authoritarian, military and police worshiping establishment neo-con types on the other. Even the usually even-handed (for a right-wing radio talk show host, anyway) local media personality Jon Justice took Miller to task on his show for passing judgment on the situation “before all the facts were in,” echoing the TPOA representative’s absurd assertion that only law enforcement agents are capable of criticizing law enforcement’s actions. Apparently, one has to be a police officer to know whether sending 70 bullets into an presumptively innocent family’s home is morally wrong. This self-serving proposition is both absurd and idiotic. Following that logic, only a politician may criticize other politicians’ actions, and one must be a murderer to condemn an act of murder, etc.

Brian Miller’s supporters, including the local Republican Liberty Caucus, Oathkepers and Tea Party groups, have been very vocal in defense of their chairman. They’ve set up a Facebook page in support of Miller, as well as a petition page where folks can pledge donations to be delivered if and when he’s ultimately retained in his position. But despite their vociferous defense, the final battle will happen tonight, Friday, July 15. The other members of the Pima County GOP Executive Committee have called a meeting to vote on a change of the by-laws of the organization that would allow them to remove him from his duly elected position on the basis of a single vote, without any kind of due process or investigation. They’ve alleged that he’s misused party funds and resources by sending the e-mail and asking members to attend an Oathkeepers rally in support of Guereña’s family that was scheduled after Jose’s funeral, but Brian Miller is well prepared to answer their “latest round of calumny.” This is a fight for the soul of this organization, and it will determine the future of the county GOP, whether it will strive forward under the banner of liberty, small government and accountability for police, or continue in irrelevance as an also ran of statism and impunity for law enforcement.

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  • http://www.rashynullplanet.com/blog/ Matt

    It’s a bit heartening to see Brian Miller taking a stand but it’s much too little much too late.

    “The “law-and-order” types predictably mistake patriotism for obedience to and religious veneration of the state and its institutions of official force.”

    Patriotism *is* obedience to and religious veneration of the state and its institutions of official force:
    http://www.fredoneverything.net/Patriotism.shtml

  • http://freenorthcarolina.blogspot.com BrockTownsend

    Well said and posted.

  • Matthew D. Peters

    @Matt: Your definition of patriotism is applicable only in totalitarian states such as China, Nazi Germany, and Soviet Russia. Here in the United States, patriotism is obedience to and veneration of our Republic, the principles it was founded on, and the rule of law (ESPECIALLY our Constitution). Even in the military, we have the duty and obligation to defend the Constitution of the U.S. from all enemies and refuse to obey an order that is contrary to the Uniform Code of Military Justice or against regulations. This is considered so important that it is in our Oath of Enlistment.

  • PATTY HANKINS

    Dylboz, this is an important and very well written post. I have followed this story on several sites, and have not read anything about the fact that Mr. Guerena lay in the home for over an hour with no medical attention with a medvac helicopter on stand-by. That is tragic and charges should be filed for that even if the shooting itself was whitewashed. I don’t believe that this story is going to go away. The totality of this sad event would seem to be more than the sum of it’s separate parts. It is a perfect storm of out of control police, callous neglect of an injured victim, lies to cover up the shooting, and a show of no remorse by the entire police department. The symbolism is exquisite.

    The Brian Miller story, to me anyway, is riveting. Someone in the town is finally brought to justice in this debacle, and it is a person of conscience who sent an e-mail. To try and elicit a response of conscience from his organization and to effect change in policy by the police department. This is so perfect. All the negative press goes to Mr. Miller. It’s just too much. I am of the generation that remembers what America used to be like. I was married to a policeman for 17 years, and he would never have done anything like this. And it wouldn’t have been possible, police departments didn’t use SWAT teams to serve warrants back then.

    This needs to be a book, and the story needs to be told in complete detail, and it needs to circulate as a cautionary tale for our republic.

  • paschn

    “Even in the military, we have the duty and obligation to defend the Constitution of the U.S. from all enemies and refuse to obey an order that is contrary to the Uniform Code of Military Justice or against regulations. This is considered so important that it is in our Oath of Enlistment.”

    Really? Then it must have been the doughy McCains, Bidens Kissingers, Rothschilds et al themselves that;

    1.) Burned striking miners’ wives and children alive in Ludlow, Co.

    2.) Slaughtered unarmed Women and children at Wounded Knee.

    3.)Invaded and murdered +/- 200,000 Filipinos for MacArthur’s daddy in the “sugar wars”
    “By mid-1901 the US had squashed the Filipino independence movement, although fighting continued on separate islands for many more years. Fifteen times as many US soldiers died in the Philippines than did in Cuba and the war cost the US $600 million (although spurring on the war industry machine and the US economy). At the same time, 200,000 Filipinos died, of which only 1 out of every 10 were combatants.” The American Invasion of the Philippines and the precedents it set, by Dana Williams.

    4.)There are 190 +/- nations in the world, the United States of Israel keeps ARMED TROOPS on bases in 130.

    Skipping over

    Vietnam
    Bosnia
    Haiti
    Iraq, (the first time)
    Libya, (the first time)

    The use of, (illegal), depeleted Uranium munitions ON CIVILIANS in the illegal/immoral invasion of Iraq, (the 2nd time)

    The use of, (illegal), White Phosphorous by the nuclear/rogue nation of Israel, bought with U. S. tax-payer money given them by the Renfield Class in D.C., (when they’re not on their knees before AIPAC, taking care of business).

    The ridiculous number of civilians killed in the illegal invasions of;

    Afghanistan
    Pakistan
    Libya, (the 2nd time)

    5.) The murder of +/- 600,000 human beings in Dresden in less than SEVENTY TWO HOURS, (non-military target, almost EXCLUSIVELY civilians and refugees fleeing the Soviet advance into Germany).

    6.) The intentional starvation and murder of 1.7 million German troops AFTER the war by “our boys” under orders of the “Terrible Swedish Jew” Eisenhower.

    The constant influx of Cocaine, (estimated annual street value $116,000,000,000), by the C(orporate) I(ntelligence) A(gency)
    With direct help, (lifting those heavy bales and delivering them for sale to “our boys’ fellow Americans), by the constitution defending military. Recall “Ollie” North….dubbed a “true American hero” by that drooling swine Reagan?

    All the above and too much more to number MUST have all been carried out by Mercenaries or hell, the Renfield Class in D.C. themselves, cuz “our boys” CERTAINLY wouldn’t violate the constitution! Unless we’re talking about a different one that the treasonous Bush referred to when he stated, “..the constitution is just a goddamn piece of paper”?

    With the enormous amount of constitution defending “our boys” that slither into police departments RIGHT OUT OF THE SERVICE, there HAS to be another explanation for the deterioration of those departments just bursting with love/respect and the need to serve we the sheeple, right?

    Shall we search for that other reason? It will be an enormous waste of time and this withering nation doesn’t have alot of time.

    Perhaps we should just remember the names and faces of all those wonderful boys in blue that have been pulling this crap with immunity while they run interference for the Renfield Class in D.C. and the Rothschild bankers running us into poverty? Or maybe we should all pull our delusional heads from our arses and take a critical/objective look at what’s REALLY going on?

  • Dan Doyle

    Yeah, I am sure it is all a big conspiracy to crush an innocent guy who put his family sedan in the sherriff’s parking space (while he bought his eagerly waiting children some cotton candy), thusly brustling the feathers of the police department, setting in motion a murderous vulturous police department who then conspired to kill him.
    Needless to say, there is a lot more to know before conclusions can be arrived at.

  • Matthew D. Peters

    @Pasch: I do not have the time to write a long memorandum to point out all the legal flaws of your argument and examples. However, the fact that you seem to think that the CIA is part of the military is an indication that you have no idea what you are talking about.
    Non-U.S. citizens in most cases are not protected at all by the Constitution unless they end up in our criminal justice system. Also, the laws we must follow are the UCMJ and applicable regulations. We are only bound by laws other than the UCMJ if it explicitly says so in our regulations.

    Nobody disputes the fact that members of our military have committed questionable, even at times horrendous actions. However, if you have a problem with that, you need to take it up with the warmongers, not us “grunts.” War is not a civilized affair. It is hellish, barbaric, and brutal. EVERY military in history has committed atrocities. That is the nature of war.

    The fact remains that any soldier, marine, airman, seaman, or guardsman that obeys an order that violates APPLICABLE law is a criminal. Are there criminals in our military? Of course, but any large organization is bound to have people that lack integrity. Strong moral fiber is very rare these days. I am sure that you advocate that the U.S. disband the military and reduce our defense budget to $0. That is utter stupidity. Also, your belief in guilt by association is un-American, irrational and dangerous.

  • http://elevenbravotwenty.blogspot.com Blue

    Excellent article.

    Thought provoking comments.

    Thanks to all for sharing.

  • Mike

    This is why I ultimately left ‘party politics’. The gang mentality and who-knows-who qualifications are just nauseating. Anyone who has any real belief system will leave sooner or later.

    Both parties are just as bad although they have their own distinct flavors.

    Hopefully they will collapse under their own weight soon as we all go bankrupt, and we can replace them with real, engaged people.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dennisnichols Dennis

    Brian Miller has my full support. I met this man at a rally for the troops in 2010 at Ft Huachuca, Arizona and he is a genuine person who shared my outrage at the way the police were handling the supporters.

    There are MANY like him in the Republican party throughout the United States, I am one of them, I dont bend over and take it from the police because by the very nature of my association to conservatives I am all about justice and the law being enforced LAWFULLY.

    What is interesting, I think, is that now Liberals have found common ground with the Tea Party, because believe it or not, one of the core principals for the Tea Party movement is fairness and justice.

    I support Brian Miller fully and I shake my head in wonderment at how the ultra right neo-cons can make a bad name for all conservatives. They do NOT represent me even though I consider myself conservative, with liberal leanings on social issues.

  • http://www.rashynullplanet.com/blog/ Matt

    Hey, Matthew D. Peters. You didn’t read the article at that link I provided, did you? It was written by a former Marine. You could learn a lot from him.

    A state is a state is a state. There is no meaningful difference between the states you cited and your precious republic.

  • http://www.painreliefnetwork.org/forum Ian MacLeod

    First, since some of you seem to need this kind of thing: I am a Vietnam Era veteran (both parents were wartime vet, as is my brother and most other male relatives and ancestors); we all joined. I’m now disabled, and the only war zone I was sent to was East Oakland. I worked ambulance there and in other places for over a decade, and I have worked under sniper fire. I’ve worked with police at least half of my working life from the EMS side. I’m also a lifelong martial artist, and started training informally (while they were cross-training) with Seals at age 15. I grew up on military bases, then served on them myself. I was also a Senior electronics and mechanical design drafter in the Aerospace industry.

    I see a lot of kneejerk and strawman arguments here. Yes, the article was excellent, and like others I reject the argument that only cops can judge other cops. Per other cops, however, like Norm Stamper, former chief of police in Seattle (during the 1999 WTO conference) has said that there is an alarming increase in conditioning of police to view “civilians” as The Enemy. Agents provocateur have been caught at such venues throwing rocks, bottles, starting fires etc. to provide an excuse for an ARMY of black clad, heavily armed, armored militarized cops to attack even the most peaceful crowds. “Free Speech Zones” are constructed well away from any wealthy and powerful people who might otherwise have to hear or see protesters (I don’t remember Free Speech Zones being mentioned in the Constitution, either). Injury or death from police, very often police with no identifying badges or anything else so that people don’t know they’re police, is getting far out of hand and increasing as many officers have come to think they can give citizens ANY order and expect to be obeyed instantly, else they’re justified in a violent attack on the citizen. In fact, too many cops seem to think that a lack of abject groveling is “disrespect,” and grounds for attacking the person. And as with this case, no matter how egregious the violence visited on an innocent citizen, police are not held accountable for what would be first degree murder by anyone else.

    The Executive has claimed powers even kings didn’t have in murdering citizens, and Intel agencies are virtually unbound in who they can spy on, when and how, while a citizen who dares try to film a cop in the act of performing what he conceives to be his duty is being criminalized, and cops are almost routinely stealing and destroying such evidence. Jefferson said that for clarification of the Constitution, always look first to the Declaration of Independence. When the phrase, “…All men are created equal,” was penned, then, since the Constitution itself put no limitations on rights, I’ve always believed that not just American citizens but anyone in our custody (and perhaps those especially!) had the rights enumerated in the Constitution and in other law in America. If not, then the Constitution and the Declaration were just so much drivel and worthless paper. Those rights belong to human beings, period!

    Among other things the Executive has mentioned lately is the need for military to “help out in the case of civil unrest” and other such things. That would be illegal per Posse Comitatus; cops who are armed, dressed, trained and conditioned exactly like military – an occupying army by any realistic definition – is NOT illegal because they’re still being CALLED cops. The core missions of military and police are 180 degrees different, though. Military are taught to protect themselves and their buddies first; they’re also taught to KILL. That’s what they do. When cops are militarized, the ones who would have put themselves between a citizen and a bullet, those who really believed in “To protect and to serve” are ready to shoot first, just in case and no matter where any extra bullets happen to go. That’s part of WHY the military doesn’t do police work.

    SWAT teams are military. Call ‘em whatever you like, but they’re damned well DEADLY, and they’re being VASTLY overused! SWAT teams need to be drastically cut back and their former members should be given the choices of becoming real military, retraining for police work as COPS, not pseudo-military, or finding other work! A man legally owns a firearm so that makes him a potential danger and SWAT must be used?? How many Americans are killed every year because someone lied to get a warrant or went to the wrong damned house? Hundreds at the very LEAST! And what response other than grabbing a weapon to meet unknown home invaders – especially after his wife’s family’s experience – does anyone expect at that time of day and under those circumstances? That Guerena DIDN’T fire shows how well trained he was! That the cops DID open fire (and I never heard that “accidental” first shot, btw, or a shouted “ID”) also says something about their training and mind set. And as always there were lies by the police involved that were straightened out one by one, finally – with no consequences.

    The finding that the SWAT team was not at fault – with the wrong warrant, (wasn’t this a wrong address again too?), spraying bullets all over a residential neighborhood, entering incorrectly so most of them were blinded to the indoors, the door to which they were blocking… Come on! This was a long chain of error after error, starting with using SWAT for this in the first place. It’s a sickening incident that is happening more and more frequently in this country when it should only EVER happen in a dictatorship! Think about THAT for a minute!

    Letting him lie there and bleed out for over an hour until he finally died before allowing a paramedic near him, however, was murder, the ultimate CYA that has always put the best witness beyond questioning and any inconvenient answers. There is no other word, no other motivation, no possible excuse.

    The errors were not Guerena’s, and Mr. Miller should be applauded for wanting a better outcome or at least an honest discussion of what went wrong instead of the official whitewashing by Those In Power. Attacking him for not being another mindless, nodding bobbleheaded follower says a lot about the local Republicans, I’m afraid, and NONE of it is good! Until this head-in-the-sand whitewash and then the attack on the one man who dared to question it, this didn’t necessarily reflect badly on the rest of the police or the area; it’s something that is happening too frequently all over the country. NOW, however, you’d better believe it reflects badly – on all of you! At a time when the Drug War is finally coming to be seen as the propaganda and profit-driven, wrong-headed war on the public it is, this stands out as an egregious misuse of power TWICE: first, when SWAT was used for such a purpose, and second, when every official in the county save one honest man acted like a cat trying to cover up on linoleum – with about as much success.

  • http://www.painreliefnetwork.org/forum Ian MacLeod

    I see a lot of kneejerk and strawman arguments here. Yes, the article was excellent, and like others I reject the argument that only cops can judge other cops. Per other cops, however, like Norm Stamper, former chief of police in Seattle (during the 1999 WTO conference) has said that there is an alarming increase in conditioning of police to view “civilians” as The Enemy. Agents provocateur have been caught at such venues throwing rocks, bottles, starting fires etc. to provide an excuse for an ARMY of black clad, heavily armed, armored militarized cops to attack even the most peaceful crowds. “Free Speech Zones” are constructed well away from any wealthy and powerful people who might otherwise have to hear or see protesters (I don’t remember Free Speech Zones being mentioned in the Constitution, either). Injury or death from police, very often police with no identifying badges or anything else so that people don’t know they’re police, is getting far out of hand and increasing as many officers have come to think they can give citizens ANY order and expect to be obeyed instantly, else they’re justified in a violent attack on the citizen. And as with this case, no matter how egregious the violence visited on an innocent citizen, police are not held accountable for what would be first degree murder by anyone else.

    The Executive has claimed powers even kings didn’t have in murdering citizens, and Intel agencies are virtually unbound in who they can spy on, when and how, while a citizen who dares try to film a cop in the act of performing what he conceives to be his duty is being criminalized, and cops are almost routinely stealing and destroying such evidence. Jefferson said that for clarification of the Constitution, always look first to the Declaration of Independence. When the phrase, “…All men are created equal,” was penned, then, since the Constitution itself put no limitations on rights, I’ve always believed that not just American citizens but anyone in our custody (and perhaps those especially!) had the rights enumerated in the Constitution and in other law in America. If not, then the Constitution and the Declaration were just so much drivel and worthless paper. Those rights belong to human beings, period!

    Among other things the Executive has mentioned lately is the need for military to “help out in the case of civil unrest” and other such things. That would be illegal per Posse Comitatus; cops who are armed, dressed, trained and conditioned exactly like military – an occupying army by any realistic definition – is NOT illegal because they’re still being CALLED cops. The core missions of military and police are 180 degrees different, though. Military are taught to protect themselves and their buddies first; they’re also taught to KILL. That’s what they do. When cops are militarized, the ones who would have put themselves between a citizen and a bullet, those who really believed in “To protect and to serve” are ready to shoot first, just in case and no matter where any extra bullets happen to go. That’s part of WHY the military doesn’t do police work.

    SWAT teams are military. Call ‘em whatever you like, but they’re damned well DEADLY, and they’re being VASTLY overused! A man legally owns a firearm so that makes him a potential danger and SWAT must be used?? And what response other than grabbing a weapon to meet unknown home invaders – especially after his wife’s family’s experience – does anyone expect at that time of day in those circumstances? That Guerena DIDN’T fire shows how well trained he was! THat the cops DID open fire (and I never heard that “accidental” first shot, btw, or a shouted “ID”) also says something about their training and mind set. And as always there were lies by the police involved that were straightened out one by one. Letting him lie there and bleed out for over an hour until he finally died before allowing a paramedic near him, however, was murder. There is no other word, no other motivation, no possible excuse.

    The errors were not Guerena’s.

  • http://freenorthcarolina.blogspot.com BrockTownsend

    Mr. MacLeod

    I would like to post your excellent words with or without attribution, if that is OK.

  • http://www.painreliefnetwork.org/forum Ian MacLeod

    Brock Townsend – You’re more than welcome to post them wherever you wish, with or without attribution, and thank you for the compliment! This is info that desperately needs to be spread around. It’s happening all over the country far too often to be accidental – these are execution squads, and our militarized cops are being readied for use in martial law. I see no other possibility. And this murder is an absolute obscenity. Would you be willing to let me know where you post them? I’d like to see any reactions. Hopefully it might help me in writing other things.

    Ian

  • http://freenorthcarolina.blogspot.com BrockTownsend
  • http://voluntaryistalliance.blogspot.com Voluntaryist

    May the Republican Party eat itself alive over this one!

  • http://freenorthcarolina.blogspot.com BrockTownsend

    Ian:

    David Codrea of War On Guns and an Examiner gun blogger, who along with Mike Vanderboegh broke Gunwalker on December 28th, just picked it up, so it’s got long legs now.

    Unrestrained
    http://waronguns.blogspot.com/2011/07/unrestrained.html

  • Russ

    Dennis – if you are “a conservative with liberal leanings on social issues”, then you are a libertarian. The definition of a libertarian is a fiscal conservative and social liberal. It is tiresome to me that so many people such s yourself continue to identify, vote and register as republicans when you’re not a republican unless you count the republican party of the 1950′s. If you and those like you would just register libertarian, pretty soon the 2 party system in this country would refer to democrats and libertarians and the republican party would go the way of the whig party. I also believe the so-called “progressives”should stop registering as democrats and show some honesty by admitting that they’re communists, but that’s just me.

  • http://freenorthcarolina.blogspot.com BrockTownsend

    Ian:

    Picked up by

    Western Rifle Shooters Association
    http://westernrifleshooters.wordpress.com/2011/07/21/forebodings/

    Your words have received thousands of hits. By the way, Peter White made an extraordinary speech at the armed rally in Virginia a few years back. Check it out.

  • 901fan

    ” Bizarrely, the warrant did not specify Guereña, nor anything specific in his home, as required by the 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Despite overlooking this critical “technicality,”

    Did you not read the affidavit and are ignorant to the facts or are you purposely lying about them. So after you flushed the truth down the toilet it was hard to believe anything else you wrote. (if you want to read it look here http://www.kvoa.com/files/Scanned%20Document0582_000.pdf ) I will not speak to the actions of the swat team or the guilt or innocence of Guereña, but your above quoted statement is patently false. If you read the affidavit for a warrant it points out that Guereña brother was the primary focus but was often driving vehicles registered to Jose to perform drug related tasks. Jose was arrested by ICE in a house with 1000 pounds of weed, and packaging materials (plastic wrap and rollers) and other materials. Jose was stopped leaving a different stash house with of all things plastic wrap, just like the kind was used to wrap the 1000 lbs of weed in the house Jose was contacted by ICE at. As soon as surveillance started on Jose, the detectives were counter surveled and the plate on their car was illegally run by an MVD employee, implying that Jose once he was survleld, illegally had those conducting the surveillance identified. When Jose was stopped in the truck with the plastic wrap, the car was parked immediately and left unattended and never driven by anyone until it was sold. When Jose’s brother was stopped by police in a car registered to Jose he suddenly stopped driving it even though he had used it for an extensive period. The implication is that as soon as they had been identified by law enforcement in a car the switched cars and never used the tainted cars again. Couple this with Jose making 41K a year owning 105K house and more than 150K in cars (six cars for him and his wife) Is all of this enough to convict him? No of course not. But a search warrant is granted on probable cause, which means a reasonable person would conclude that criminal activity is going on. The fact that everyone he dealt with had no employment and no income other than the 1300 a month in welfare yet had 100K in cash and 300K in cars. Like it or not PC existed. They requested to search for documents, cell phones, guns and such. Did they have enough to ask for that based on the activity? Yes absolutely. When you look at all of the facts collectively it adds up to probable cause. Read the affidavit!

  • Bildeberg Perry

    Fuck the neo-con traitors of America. Might as well be liberals. They have sold their souls to the State.

  • http://pstuph.wordpress.com OWLSTER

    FAX, PHONE and EMAIL BOMB THESE TYRANTS – IT IS YOUR DUTY

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    5447 East 5th St., Suite 100
    Tucson, AZ 85711
    520-321-1492
    520-326-7229 fax
    [email protected]

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    Pima County Sheriff’s Department
    1750 E. Benson Highway
    Tucson, AZ 85714-1758

    Non-Emergency: (520) 351-4900
    Toll Free: (888) 477-2328
    District Offices
    Ajo District
    (520) 387-8511
    Foothills District
    (520) 351-6311
    Green Valley District
    (520) 351-6711
    Rincon District
    (520) 351-4511
    San Xavier District
    (520) 351-3888
    Tucson Mountain District
    (520) 351-3811

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    Tucson Police Officers Association
    333 W. Ft. Lowell Rd. Suite 211
    Tucson, AZ 85705
    (520) 622-2215

    President – John Strader (HQ)
    Vice President – Brian Berg (ODW)
    Secretary – Bill Bonnano (ODE)
    Treasurer – Colin King (ODM)
    Political Affairs Director – Jason Winsky (ODS)
    Grievance Chair – Corey Doggett (HQ)
    Sergeant Trustee – Brad Pelton
    ODS Trustee – Greg Shore
    ODW Trustee – Matt Brady
    ODM Trustee – Roland Gutierrez
    ODE Trustee – Jonathan Zaugra
    ODD Trustee – Tom Rizzi
    CID Trustee – John Paul Bogdanowich

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    BrockTownsend,

    Thanks! I hope it does some good, and much appreciate your help – you make a great publicist!

    Ian

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    Thank you, Sir!