FW: Federal and Local Cops Organized Nationally


Operation FALCON - Police State America in Real Time

Mike Whitney won a 2008 Project Censored Award for his February, 2007
article titled "Operation FALCON and the Looming Police State." In it,
he reported that the Bush administration "carried out three massive
sweeps in the last two years, rolling up more than 30,000 minor crooks
and criminals" that he calls a "blueprint for removing dissidents and
political rivals" reminiscent of Nazi Germany or any other repressive
police state. Those chickens now reside at home, but the public is
largely unaware and unconcerned. We all should be as Whitney raises a
"red flag for anyone who cares at all about human rights, civil
liberties, or simply saving his own skin."

Operation FALCON stands for "Federal and Local Cops Organized
Nationally" and came out of the Bush Justice Department and right-wing
think tanks "where fantasies of autocratic government have a long
history" and are now playing out in real time. The scheme centralizes
power in Washington and uses resources of local authorities for its own

Whitney traces its short history starting in the week of April 4 - 10,
2005 when over 10,000 criminal suspects were arrested in "the largest
criminal sweep in the nation's history" in a "single initiative." Its
aim was "quantity," not "quality," but Whitney asked why did the Feds
get involved in local police work and suggested something more sinister
was involved "than just ensuring public safety." His answer - "to
enhance the powers of the 'unitary' executive" by giving Washington
power over local law enforcement, and that makes perfect sense under an
administration obsessed with wanting unchallengeable control.

Operation FALCON II followed a week later from April 17 - 23 and swept
up another 9037 "alleged fugitives." The final FALCON III came from
October 22 - 28, 2006 with 10,773 more arrests. Each sweep was the same
and concentrated on alleged criminal types out of character for a
federal operation, so clearly another motive was involved. Further, no
one arrested was charged with a terrorist-related crime, and that alone
looks fishy. Whitney thought so and called FALCON "new drills for a new
world order" that's waging permanent war, defiles the law, ignores
checks and balances, condones torture, repealed habeas, and illegally
spies on everyone.

Local police participated in FALCON, see this link.