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The first modern national police agency was established in Russia on December 7, 1917, when the leftist Soviet dictator, V.I. Lenin, formed the “All Russian Extraordinary Commission,” known as the Cheka, 15 years before Hitler’s rise to power. The Nazis modeled their national police agency, the Gestapo, after Lenin’s Cheka and there is evidence suggesting that Heinrich Muller, the main architect and the head of the Nazi Gestapo was a spy for the leftist Russian dictator Stalin. Evidence also suggests that at the end of the war Gestapo Mueller, as he was known, disappeared behind Soviet lines where he most likely went on to aid leftist East Germany in setting up their national police agency, the Stasi.
The Cheka was set up to fight domestic opponents of Lenin, those whom he called “enemies of the people.” The Cheka, which underwent various name changes, developed an extensive spy network that would expand worldwide and reach deeply into the FDR administration. A function of the Cheka was to gather “information about organizations and persons whose activity is directed against the revolution and proper authority.”
Within three years of its founding, the Cheka employed 250,000 full-time government agents and a vast number of informers. The Cheka averaged 1,000 executions a month of just political criminals alone. This is in contrast to the operations of the Czar’s police, the Okrana, which primarily functioned to protect the Russian royal family. The Okrana employed approximately 15,000 agents and executed an average of 17 prisoners a year for all crimes. While the Okrana handed over its suspects to Russian courts for trial, the Cheka established its own secret court system, one that issued verdicts based upon “the dictates of the revolutionary conscience.”
Within weeks of its establishment, the Cheka began setting up a network of concentration and labor camps, a system documented by Nobel Prize winning Soviet refusenick Alekandr Solzhenitsyn in his book “The Gulag Archipelago.” Hitler also embraced this model for his own concentration camp system and evidence exists that indicates that one of its main architects, Nazi official Martin Bormann, who played the role of Hitler’s virtual Prime Minister and who chaired the infamous Wannsee Conference, was also a Soviet agent. Bormann and Gestapo Mueller were both key players in the Holocaust against the Jews, which, it could be argued, was also a product of Soviet influence.
Lenin employed his secret police to liquidate entire groups of people. In January 1918, Lenin called for the “shooting on the spot one out of every ten found idling” publically urging the Cheka: “Until we apply the terror…shooting on the spot…to speculators, we shall achieve nothing.” He then demanded “the arrest and shooting of takers of bribes, swindlers, etc.” Any breach of the law was to be met with the “the harshest punishment.” On February 22, 1918, Lenin ordered local Soviets to “seek out, arrest and shoot immediately” those he declared as enemies of the people. On August 18, he ordered the Soviet of Nizhni-Novgorod: “You must exert every effort… instantly introduce mass terror, shoot and transport hundreds of prostitutes who get the soldiers drunk, officers etc…not a minute to be wasted.”
Lenin introduced collective punishment for what he deemed to be collective guilt. Under Lenin, entire groups and categories of people were declared guilty and were wiped out. Lenin annihilated over 4 million in genocide, or democide, by 1920, a fact that was noted by the nascent Nazis of the 1920’s who may have also observed the indifference, and in many cases, the support the leftist Soviets received in elite liberal circles for their unprecedented atrocities. It was natural for the Soviets and the Nazis, who established social planning regimes which sought to remake their respective societies, to establish national police agencies given the fact that these two nanny states sought planned economies and control of business, property, education, healthcare, welfare, population, and just about every other aspect of the life of the citizen.
Americans rejected the national police force from the time of the founding of the American Republic until today. In America the highest law enforcement officer in the land has traditionally been the elected county Sheriff. America’s first national investigative agency, which became known as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, was set up by President Woodrow Wilson, to investigate crime and political conspiracy while working with local law enforcement and the courts who would be empowered to act in the context of due process.
After World War II, President Harry Truman established the system that exists today, the national security apparatus, which includes the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency and several other agencies. Later, former President Truman noted, “I never would have agreed to the formation of the Central Intelligence Agency back in forty seven if I had known it would become the American Gestapo. Certainly, these agencies have over-stepped their original mandate in many well-documented ways. They have all moved in the direction of establishing national police forces.
The Obama Administration has accelerated the nationalization of police in unprecedented ways. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, at a campaign stop in Colorado Springs, July 2, 2008, set the tone for the development of a national police force when he stated that the United States “cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”
While there will not likely be as blatant a development in America as the outright establishment of a Gestapo, the incremental establishment of such entities as “law enforcement divisions,” serving as appendages to growing numbers of federal and state agencies, should set off alarms for freedom-loving Americans. Since 2009, the Department of Justice and the IRS have both become militarized as they procure arms and military training for their officers. IRS warrants against businesses have increased since 2009 with an accompanying increase in the numbers of raids of private businesses conducted by SWAT teams. This is particularly disturbing in light of congressional testimony by former IRS employees regarding the political targeting of individuals and groups that are viewed as enemies of the government.
Since 2001, the Department of Education has been stockpiling an arsenal through purchases orchestrated by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms. Since 2010, the Department of Homeland Security has been stockpiling millions of rounds of ammunition including hollow-point bullets. In 2014, the U.S. Postal Service asked contractors to register as potential ammunition suppliers and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration purchased 72,000 rounds of .40 Smith & Wesson ammo. In 2012, OSHA purchased 46,000 rounds of .40 S&W jacketed hollow point bullets from the National Weather Service.
Militarization is occurring at the state and local level as local police departments are for the first time receiving military grade weapons and hardware along with para-military training. Advances in technologies allow the NSA to monitor the phone conversations and internet exchanges of millions of people without notice. Other developing technologies being considered by police agencies include pre-crime surveillance technologies and cameras, biometrics systems, GPS chips in cars, and research conducted by the Defense Dapartment’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which conducts para-physiology experiments, and research.
Will a Leninist Cheka or a Nazi Gestapo emerge in America? The possibility should never be dismissed as a figment of the fecund imagination of a paranoid citizen. The militarization of American public institutions at all levels and the development of new technologies that could track more aspects of human life and even predict human thought are concerning. The compiling of data by government agencies including the Department of Education, the degree by which the public accepts greater infringements on constitutional rights in the name of safety and executive orders that grant the President direct control over the “means of production” in times of emergency are very concerning. Obamacare CORI scores that will determine levels of healthcare combined with the possible misuse of genomic mapping technologies threatens to bring back Eugenics, which was the ultimate leftist idea, the assumption by the state of control over life and death.
The two great 20th Century experiments in political and social planning, Nazism and Communism, viewed a national police force as essential to their authoritarian success and they were correct. Indeed, in order to implement such an unnatural system on human beings centralized use of force is essential. To suggest that our liberal American elite is not moving in the same direction, albeit in a more moderate American context, would be the height of naivete. We can't afford such willful ignorance in the face of grave threats to individual sovereignty and freedom.
Chuck Morse is the host the radio talk show "Chuck Morse Speaks" which is nationally syndicated on the IRN/USA Radio Network Mon - Fri 10 AM - Noon ET. He is the author of books as well as columns that have been published in The Boston Globe, The Washington Times, The Providence Journal, the New Bedford Standard Times, WND, Newsmax and Front Page. Chuck Morse received the 2003 Communicator of the Year award from the National Right to Work Committee and was named a "Heavy 100" Radio Talk Host by Talkers Magazine. Morse ran for Congress in 2004 against Rep. Barney Frank in Massachusetts.