DHS Officers Armed With Semiautomatics Set Up Unannounced ID Checkpoint
Residents of Leesburg, Florida were shocked to see their local Social Security office turned into a random Homeland Security checkpoint Tuesday morning, as DHS officers armed with semiautomatic rifles and accompanied by sniffer dogs checked identifications of locals.
“With their blue and white SUVs circled around the Main Street office, at least one official was posted on the door with a semiautomatic rifle, randomly checking identifications. And other officers, some with K-9s, sifted through the building,” reports the Daily Commercial.
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The activity was part of Operation Shield, an unannounced drill conducted by the DHS’ Federal Protective Service centered around “detecting the presence of unauthorized persons and potentially disruptive or dangerous activities.”
At a social security office? Huh?
Thomas Milligan, district manager for the Social Security Administration office, said staff were not informed their offices were about to be stormed by armed FPS officers. DHS officials refused to answer questions asked by local media and left with no explanation at noon.
As part of the reinvention of the Department of Homeland Security to serve as a tool of political repression, the Federal Protective Service is used by the DHS to track the political activities of peaceful advocacy groups. The FPS was seen arresting photographers in Portland last November during an OWS rally.
In 2004, the FPS arrested a veteran for the crime of complaining to his local VA office in Des Moines.
A separate component of Homeland Security, VIPR (Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response), recently received an expansion in funding from Congress that will see 2011′s figure of around 9,300 checkpoints increased with the addition of 12 new VIPR teams, who will be used to carry out security checks at bus depots, train stations, ferry ports and highways.
Meanwhile, as we see a huge bolstering of military within the U.S. borders, we also see this:
Obama Eyes Massive Pentagon Cuts
.. .sources close to the issue say Obama is after a deep reduction of 490,000 troops and as much as $1 trillion in military funding "without compromising national security."
Some $487 billion in automatic cuts will be enforced over 10 years due to an inability by the defense super-committee to set priorities, but his plans could entail an additional $500 billion in reductions, according to reports.
Of principle concern is the shift away from America's long-term strategic posture of maintaining the ability to fight two sustained ground wars at one time. It would also preclude the ability to pursue a broad ongoing counter-insurgency such as those carried out in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In another ominous development we see this:
No Doctor For You: How The Federal Government Is Chasing Millions Of Good Doctors Out Of The Medical Profession
Most Americans do not realize this, but we are on the verge of a major doctor shortage in the United States.
These days a lot of politicians are warning us about the dangers of "socialized medicine", but the truth is that we already have it.
And now Obamacare is going to make things much, much worse. As you will read about later in this article, a stunning percentage of doctors say that they plan to leave the medical profession because of Obamacare. What this means is that we are headed for a chronic doctor shortage and there is a good chance that there will be no doctor for you when you really need one in the years ahead.
Today, approximately 40 percent of all doctors in the United States are 55 years of age or older. Large numbers of them are getting ready to retire.
Even before Obamacare was passed, we were already facing a massive shortage of doctors in the coming years. The American Association of Medical Colleges has projected that we will experience a shortage of more than 150,000 doctors over the next 15 years.
Unfortunately, the passage of Obamacare is going to make this crisis even worse. A whole host of surveys have shown that a massive number of doctors in America are headed for the exits because of the new health care law....
*According to a Merritt Hawkins survey of 2,379 doctors for the Physicians Foundation that was conducted in August 2010, 40 percent of all U.S. doctors plan to "retire, seek a nonclinical job in health care, or seek a job or business unrelated to health care" at some point over the next three years.
*A shocking IBD/TPP Poll taken in 2010 found that 45 percent of all U.S. doctors are considering leaving the medical profession or retiring early as a result of Obamacare.
Most Americans think of doctors as being "wealthy", but that is not the reality of what is going on out there these days as a recent CNN article explained....
Doctors in America are harboring an embarrassing secret: Many of them are going broke.
This quiet reality, which is spreading nationwide, is claiming a wide range of casualties, including family physicians, cardiologists and oncologists.
Obamacare is going to burden our doctors with a gigantic mountain of new regulations and red tape. It is going to become incredibly difficult to make a living as a doctor and the federal government is going to be pretty much running the entire health care system.
Did you know that Obamacare is so oppressive that it is even causing the cancellation of new hospitals?
According to the executive director of Physician Hospitals of America, Obamacare has already forced the cancellation of at least 60 doctor-owned hospitals that were scheduled to open.
Our health care system is irretrievably broken. The federal government has messed it up beyond all recognition and it is not going to get better any time soon.
So what do we have so far?
Just today, in America, we see the set-up for martial law, subversive appointments, bypassing of the constitution by the President, more armed ID Checkpoints by DHS (without any cause), massive defense cuts, and a healthcare system that is irreversibly broken. This is news during a single daily cycle. And the above is ignoring the massive financial crisis that is underway.
Also in the evening news we see:
US Deploys Troops In Israel For Iran War
An unnamed source said the military deployment of US anti-missile ships and accompanying support personnel will occur in January and later this spring, Global Research reported.
Commander of the US Third Air Force based in Germany Lt.-Gen Frank Gorenc said it is not just an "exercise," but a "deployment," The Jerusalem Post said.
In Final Leg Of Vote, Egypt's Islamists Eye Majority
Saudis, Gulf States On War Alert For Early US-Iran Clash
Wednesday night, the Iranian parliament began drafting a bill prohibiting foreign warships from entering the Gulf without Tehran's permission.
Washington sources report that Saudi Arabia has warned the Obama administration that Iranian leaders mean what they say; their leaders are bent on provoking a military clash with the United States at a time and place of their choosing, rather than leaving the initiative to Washington. To this end, Iranian officials are ratcheting up their belligerence day after day.
America's failure to rise to Iran's challenge will confirm its rulers in the conviction that the US is a paper tiger and encourage them to press their advantage for new gains.
The assessment of British military experts Thursday, Jan. 5, was that the question now is: Who will blink first? Will the US follow through on the Pentagon's assertion that the deployment of US military assets in the Persian Gulf will continue as it has for decades? Or will Iran act on its warnings and block those waters to the entry of American warships?
The entire region is now on tenterhooks for the next move, with US, Iranian and Gulf armies on the highest war alert. American and Iranian war planners both accept that their advantage lies in surprising the enemy – without, however, catapulting the Persian Gulf into a full-dress war.