Will Mayor Allow Dialogue Over Tank?
Dear Mayor Bouley,
As a concerned resident of New Hampshire, I am writing today about assertions I’ve heard that only Concord residents will have the right to speak at the City Council’s BEARCAT hearing on Monday, August 12, 2013.
In a Concord Monitor article, you said: “I clearly appreciate everyone’s input, but I always will put the interest of the Concord residents first, and I have not heard from many Concord residents.”
There are several reasons why more than just Concord residents should be heard, and should have standing to testify on whether it is a good idea to get another Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack vehicle in one of the safest communities in America.
- Since the BEARCAT is being paid for by a DHS federal grant, each and every federal taxpayer has standing to testify.
- The grant application specifically states the BEARCAT is for “Twenty Membership Communities comprised of the Central NH Special Operations Unit,” and “The CNHSOU consists of over twenty membership communities that cover approximately 1,000 square miles making this the largest land area coverage of any team in the State of New Hampshire... we are also responsible for servicing over 150,000 residents with portions of Belknap, Grafton, Merrimack, and Sullivan counties,” and they are: “Allenstown, Ashland, Boscawen, Bradford, Chichester, Concord, Enfield, Groton, Hanover, Haverhill, Hebron, Lincoln, Merrimack County Sheriff’s Office, Pembroke, Pittsfield, Plymouth State University, Sugar Hill, Sutton, Tilton, Waterville Valley.” Anyone from any of these towns has standing to testify.
- Police Chief Duval specifically named certain groups in the grant as being potential “domestic terrorist threats” that would warrant the need for the BEARCAT, namely: “Occupiers, Free Staters, and Sovereign Citizens.” Anyone who is a participant of or affiliated with these organizations or groups has standing to testify.
- Concord is the state capital. Anyone who is a resident of New Hampshire has standing to testify.
As you are probably aware, local “Letters to the Editor” have come out overwhelmingly against the BEARCAT. In a Union Leader poll asking “Would you support spending local tax dollars to buy your police department armored vehicle?” a staggering 90% of respondents said “No.” (Screenshot attached [above].)
I hope these, and the other reasons cited above, help to convince you to let all voices be heard at Monday’s meeting. Thanks for your consideration.
Yours in peace and liberty, Carla Gericke President, Free State Project
Sent via email on August 9, 2013 at 4:17 p.m. cc: Concord Monitor and Union Leader