Retired Army officer warns DHS stockpiling for war against American citizens

Capt. Terry Michael Hestilow

Capt. Terry Michael Hestilow. Photo credit his Facebook page

A retired Army officer wrote to a U.S. senator Saturday about his concern that the Department of Homeland Security is preparing to arm itself against the people of the United States.

Retired Capt. Terry Michael Hestilow posted his letter to Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, on his Facebook page, noting that Homeland Security has made a number of large ammunition, weapon and light-armored vehicle purchases recently and has refused to answer questions about them.

Hestilow begins by noting the large ammunition, weapon and light armored vehicle purchases recently made by DHS, as well as that agency’s refusal to answer any questions regarding those purchases.

It is with gravest concern that I write to you today concerning the recent appropriation of weapons by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that can only be understood as a bold threat of war by that agency, and the Obama administration, against the citizens of the United States of America.  To date, DHS has been unwilling to provide to you, the elected representatives of the People, justification for recent purchases of almost 3,000 mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) armored personnel carriers, 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition (with associated weapons), and other weapons systems, when, in fact, the DHS has no war mission or war making authority within the limits of the United States of America.

The purchases are especially a concern, Hestilow suggested, in light of President Barack Obama’s 2008 assertion that the American people cannot rely solely on the military to defend the nation.

“We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set.  We’ve gotta (sic) have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded [as the United States military]”–Candidate Barack Obama, 2008.

Next, Hestilow reminds Cornyn that the military has encountered severe funding cuts in recent months. Although he didn’t mention it in his letter,  columnist David Brooks in a Jan. 7 New York Times op-ed, where  accused the president of choosing Chuck Hagel as defense chief for one reason: to dismantle the military and free up funds for social programs, particularly the underfunded Obamacare and Medicare programs.

The Obama administration is deliberately defunding, overextending, and hollowing the Department of Defense; the only legitimate agency of the U.S. government with a war mission.

Hestilow called on Congress to require Homeland Security to“immediately surrender their newly appropriated weapons of war to the Department of Defense” and dissolve the agency “as soon as possible.”

And then there’s an issue the retired captain didn’t raise: the administration’s efforts — through Congress, executive order and United Nations treaties — to limit our Second Amendment right to bear arms.

Although Hestilow was a bit too strident for my taste, it’s difficult to fault his logic.

H/T The Examiner

Michael Dorstewitz

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  • KB Cook

    Good for the Captain! Making his case is at the core of our Constitutional Republican way of life. Too bad more of our "conservative" Congressional ELECTED representatives don't do more of it when they take the podium to speak. A few more filibusters might clear the air in the stuffy chambers of our drugged and sleepy, same-old-same-old ELECTED representatives.

  • Doug Hanks

    Texas…Texas…Texas…Too much late night movie watching of Seven Days in May and Dr. Strangelove.

    • Detfan

      Doug Hanks is an ostrich with his head in the sand. Does Doug Hanks agree with DHS buying the equivalent of 5 rounds of ammunition for each citizen of the United States? Doug Banks is part of the problem in this country. Low information, and not taking issues seriously.

      • Sam Page

        ► Agreed.

      • Barry G.

        Doug Hanks is either as dumb as a rock or excited about the Fascist rise of the Obama regime, either way he is one of the dangerous Citizens we live amongst.

    • Chilidog

      Red Dawn

      • Barry G.

        Yea, watched that movie last weekend on cable and was freaking out at some of the similarities, especially how we are being infiltrated through an open Southwest border by our enemies and that our current POTUS is in on it!!!

  • Angi

    May I ask, what exactly do you mean he made his case a bit too strongly for your taste? If you ask me, It's about time someone of his caliber DID make a STRONG case. If you think he should have been more, ohhh, I don't know, politically correct, I think you are absolutely wrong. All this PC crap is what got us here in the first place. Everyones so busy dancing around someone elses feelings that they're tripping over the obvious and no body is getting the true picture. I say KUDOS Capt. Hestilow. And, I hope others follow suit.

    • http://beachygirl Joyce Mccraw

      My sentiments-EXACTLY!! I agree with every word!! Thanks!

      • carol

        I agree with every word!! Thanks!

  • http://beachygirl Joyce Mccraw

    I don't consider Capt.Hestilow's case too strong at all-one might say not strong enough! Myself & others have thought DHS has been engaging in this underhanded activity for some time now & put nothing past them.They are strictly Obama's people & we put nothing past Obama-frankly! We will NOT give up our weapons,for our case was just made for us–DHS IS readying for an attack on it's own people & the President of the United States is going to help them!!God help the USA!!!

  • Jeanette Grayeb-Miha

    This Administration is underhanded, and in violation of the Consitution of the United States. Captain Hestilow is correct, and it's time for this lawless, out of control, serial lying President to step down or be impeached.

  • Buck Dude

    We've all known they were up to no good.

    Now we know. We also know or think at least, that many in our congress won't do anything about it, since many are behind it, and the rest are to afraid to do anything about it.

    Lock and load Folks. Here they come….

  • Charlie

    Math is hard! To date, nobody has shown any physical proof showing the '1.6 billion' figure. The same drivel from pundit websites. If we are left a choice to believe government officials and screaming lunatics, people with facts win every time. Instead of quoting the same tired rants from the same tired blog sites someone do the math and get back to me. I've done the research and the math and guess what… even with extremes figured into actual awarded contracts the most it comes to is 35 million rounds over a 5 year period. Since the DHS includes the Secret Service, the Coast Guard, ICE, the Border Patrol and Air Marshals it's not as ridiculous as sites like these would have you believe. The reason the government keeps blowing off this question is because it is ridiculous.

    • Chilidog


      Don't spoil it. It's too much fun watching these nuts.

    • Sam Page

      ✭✭✭✭✭ This is one of the most pathetic, out-of-context, missrepresented left wing sack of boneheaded, barfbag blather I've heard to date.

      Other than that –– I liked it.

      (I'm convinced there is great need for a sarcasm font.)

  • Chilidog

    Another nut case.

    Who cares?

    • Mona

      whose the nut case the captain or hanks? if its the captain your on the wrong site

  • mona

    I don't think his words were strong enough. whose on whose side here. are you for the constitution or not all the legislatures including the white house took an oath to protect the constitution that's all we want done. looks like we must do this for ourselves.

  • Chilidog

    Even Krauthammer is calling you guys nuts


    CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Yeah, and I think it should reassure those people who are watching us now from a cave in the Rockies where they are provisioned for a year or two —

    BREAM: We might need them, you might want to stay friends with them.

    KRAUTHAMMER: — waiting for the Obama coup d'etat, which apparently is not going to come. Senator Coburn, who isn't exactly a liberal, has said, number one, the amount of ammunition is less than in previous years. Number two, it's about a tenth of the ceiling that the DHS is allowed.

    And, the last point is that the ammunition that people are now saying is in short supply is being used by the DHS for an obvious purpose. It is being used for the training of agents like the Border Security agents, who have to go to the range a lot and stay sharp. So, I mean, everything on that pans out. And I hate to disappoint the conspiracy theorists, they're going to have to come up with something new. And they will.


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