Military House Raids on American Homes

A video was released today showing the house raid on 26 year old Marine veteran Jose Guerena. A heavily armed SWAT team, following orders from their leaders in the War on Drugs, approached the suburban home, bashed down the door, and got into a firefight with a man who survived two tours in Iraq and seemed to be harming no one. They killed him in his home that day on May 5.

There is lots of good commentary on this militarized form of law enforcement now increasingly popular in the land of the free. But here is David Axe’s, over at Wired, closing comments:

The doctor declared Guerena dead. “But we wanna still, you know, go in and put eyes on, just, just to be sure,” Krygier said. So the SWAT sergeant came up with a plan. “Very slow … methodical,” is how he described it. Police re-entered the house, moving room to room until they caught up with the robots in the living room. There, they confirmed that Guerena was indeed deceased, part of his brain exposed to the air.

Now the police could finally conduct the search that was the entire justification for the raid. They found no drugs, but did discover another AR-15, plus a third rifle and two handguns. There were also several sets of body armor and a hat bearing the U.S. Border Patrol logo. None of these items is necessarily illegal or, for a Marine, even uncommon. But Krygier told his debriefer that the weapons and armor were consistent with what a cartel rip crew would possess.

Nearly a month after Guerena’s killing, it’s still unclear whether the Marine had any ties to a cartel. But the absence of clear evidence means we must assume he was innocent. It’s equally unclear, at least to outsiders, precisely how the shooting went down and who’s to blame.

One thing is clear. With military-grade vehicles, armor, assault weapons and robots, the raid on Guerena’s home was all but indistinguishable from the kind of house-clearing operations U.S. forces perform every day in Iraq and Afghanistan. Guerena survived two tours in the desert only to perish in a military-style action in his own home.

32 thoughts on “Military House Raids on American Homes”

  1. I took a random sampling of people I know over the last week. Of those who were familiar with at least the basic known facts of the Guerena raid, ALL of them responded with some variation of the following:
    "But he HAD to have been guilty of SOMETHING. Otherwise the cops would NEVER have raided his house."

    Dear readers, this nation is FINISHED!

  2. Looking through past coverage of Sheriff Dupnik, he was viewed by some as the democrat alternative to Sheriff Arpaio. Dupnik may have been trying to get more street cred for his next move up the political ladder. A similar situation in Detroit where the politically ambitious democratic black police chief staged a raid for a Reality TV show that resulted in a child’s death. Search on Death of Aiyana Jones. Dupnik may also be too old for the job.

  3. No use permitting some prophet of doom
    To wipe every smile away.
    Life is a Cabaret, old chum,
    Come to the Cabaret!

  4. The war on terror, the war on drugs, (Translation) war on the world and war on the American people.

  5. Yaa, I'm with you guys…. It is a sad day when the military starts taking out American citizens in their own homes for owning guns…

    1. Sad indeed, but, alas, something any observant person has long known was coming.

  6. Conservatives: "He was a druggie." Liberals/progressives: "He had assault rifles." There was a little something for both sides to cheer about.

    1. Racists/nativists: "He was Mexican."

      Mexican nationalists: "He was an ex-Marine, and therefore an agent of Gringo imperialism."

      Your average Tucsonan: "Huh?"

  7. Correction: There was no "firefight". Guerena never fired a shot. "Liberal" Pima County sheriff Clarence Dupnik's goons

  8. "One thing is clear. With military-grade vehicles, armor, assault weapons and robots, the raid on Guerena’s home was all but indistinguishable from the kind of house-clearing operations U.S. forces perform every day in Iraq and Afghanistan."

    Indeed. In the eyes of our government masters and their henchmen, we are all Iraqis now.

    1. I, for one, can't wait until "'the troops' returned to 'civilian life'" who are now wearing blue instead of green start turning their guns on the pious, fundamentalist state-worshipers who thought that these same people could do no wrong while they were in service to the Empire abroad.

      Apparently the Guerena raid indicates that this trend has already started…

      1. Trouble is, a large percentage of the cops are or have been in the national guard or active duty military and have spent time in Iraq and Afghanistan where they get the house clearing mindset and itchy trigger fingers. Combine that with fedgov money or surplus supplied military hardware and you get a truly militarized police state.

  9. I'll believe this country cares about freedom when they bring the troops home and turn them on the police.

    1. Not before these "defenders of 'our freedoms'" lead a million-man assault on the source of our liberty loss, Rome-on-the-Potomac, and cleanse it of the demons that have ruled it for the last one hundred-plus years.

  10. As it is a well known practice that our 'warriors' often have handy either a shovel or a weapon to 'drop' beside some hapless unarmed 'insurgent' they've just blown away in Iraq or Afghanistan….you'd have thought that those brave SWAT goons would have had the good sense and foresight to have brought along a nice sized, incriminating stash of drugs just in case.

  11. you'd have thought that those brave SWAT goons would have had the good sense and foresight to have brought along a nice sized, incriminating stash of drugs just in case.

    If these murderous assmonkeys had "good sense," they'd have real jobs in the private sector, providing paying customers with beneficial goods and services rather than slaughtering them in their own homes.

    1. Don't know if they would have to have good sense and foresight. But if they merely had a conscience or sense of decency they would be providing paying customers with beneficial goods and services.

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