In the latest American Police State news ... The Illinois SWAT team was sent to the Quincy Tea Party yesterday, in full riot gear!
No one yet knows who gave the order, but it's believed the Secret Service pressured local law enforcement (who were against it) to send in the riot squad.
It's just one more example of the creeping tyranny we're facing.
More pictures at Gateway Pundit (link below).
The SWAT Team was called in today at the Quincy Tea Party Rally. Obama was speaking at the Oakley-Lindsey/Quincy Community Center this afternoon.
The patriots were singing “God Bless America” …A sure sign of violence.
UPDATE: From our sources– A call came from inside the convention center to the Quincy police. The Secret Service unleashed the riot police on the tea party patriots.
Illinois sent in the riot squad to stop the couple hundred peaceful protesters from … doing what it isn’t exactly clear. Protesters sang “God Bless America” and apparently that was enough to invoke the riot squad. Illinois may be running a deficit but sure has money to burn for silly and unnecessary things.
Who gave the order to call in the riot police on protesters? Word is that Secret Service from inside the venue and the presidential team pressured local law enforcement, who were against the idea. Local cops were overruled, I’m told by various sources, including a few members of local press. Moore reported that she overheard Secret Service telling the riot squad to “push them back, out of sight.“
Intimidation tactic. Plain and simple. There was no violence, no arguments, just a couple hundred patriots who sang patriotic songs and wore red, white, and blue. Unbelievable.
How did the tea party respond? Totally peacefully.
President Obama was speaking nearby about Wall Street greed, and somebody obviously thought the Tea Partiers posed a major threat, because security reinforcements were brought in.
Thank goodness the riot police showed up quickly before something serious happened. Look at these extremist maniacs!
No word yet on how many crimes were carried out in town while the police were being ordered to monitor this seething cauldron of Tea Party rage, but it was a small price to pay to keep the area secure.
The Quincy Herald-Whig tells a slightly different story about the Tea Party/SWAT event. At first they say:
The participants were vocal but well-behaved as they stood on the north side of York Street across from the OLC.
But then claim:
There were a few tense moments when the crowd moved west down York toward Third Street after the president's motorcade arrived. A Secret Service agent asked the crowd to move back across the street to the north side.
When the crowd didn't move and began singing "God Bless, America" and the national anthem, Quincy Deputy Police Chief Ron Dreyer called for members of the Mobile Field Force to walk up the street.
Jim Hoft reports otherwise (link above):
We did everything the local police asked. We moved where they directed us. We moved when they asked us to. We double-checked that we were in an acceptable place on the street. We did not disobey the police and stand and sing God Bless America as some kind of protest. We stood on the corner and sang because we were told it was OK to stand on the corner and sing. That report is a complete whitewash for the Obama Administration’s overreaction to old ladies with American flags.
Sharp Elbows has the full video including the riot police here: Obama Calls In Riot Cops on Peaceful TEA Party Protest.
Additional coverage at American Power: Obama Goons Send Illinois SWAT Team to Smash Tea Party Patriots!
For more recent news on the intimidation tactics of our growing Police State:
- Free Speech and the Authoritarian State
- Slippery Extremism
- FBI Missing Details on Hutaree Militia Case
The world continues to get stranger by the day ...