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Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand Doesn’t Respect 2nd Or 4th Amendment


David Abadie




While attending the JPSO Citizen’s Academy, I realized that Sheriff Newell Normand was sounding a lot like the Department of Homeland security.  What seems to be a predetermined narrative pushed onto us by various government agencies, has now trickled down to our local sheriff.  Newell Normand told us that the dismantling of Al-Qaeda is no longer “Core AQ”,our primary terrorist threat, and that now “we” are looking at more homegrown levels of terrorism.

Below is a transcript of my address to the Citizen’s Academy and the Sheriff’s response:



Sheriff, I could not imagine a more professional organization associated with law enforcement than yours.  Your staff, equipment and facilities are extremely impressive and something the residents of this parish should be proud of.  I also believe that your department is made up of good men and women who do their job with empathy and common sense.

With that said, my concerns are not with your department but with the government source that is providing our parish with millions of dollars.  There is a funny saying that you may have heard “There is always free cheese in a mouse trap”.  I ask that you be wary not of the equipment that the parish is given but of the vernacular that this agency and or branch of government is using and now you, yourself are repeating.  You have mentioned that the war on terror is now focused inward here, “on the homeland”.

A Fox News affiliate reported that Sgt. Dan Downing of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department in Indiana admits that the increasing militarization of domestic police departments is intended partially to deal with returning veterans who are now being seen as homegrown terror threats.  He went on to say that returning veterans have the ability and knowledge to build IED’s and defeat law enforcement techniques. 

In April 2009, the DHS intelligence assessment listed returning veterans as likely domestic terrorists.  Just a month later, the New York Times reported on how Boy Scout Explorers were being trained by the DHS to kill “disgruntled Iraq war veterans” in terrorist drills.  The FBI has also repeatedly characterized returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan as a major domestic terror threat.  We shouldn’t be treating our veterans this way.

Keep in mind, while making these inflammatory statements the federal government is also doing the following:

–funding Al-Qaeda in Syria with anti-tank weaponry, small arms, and telecommunications (Washington Times);

–releasing over 36,000 illegal immigrants who had nearly 88,000 convictions – including 193 homicides, 423 sexual assaults, 300 kidnappings, and 1,100 aggravated assaults (Breitbart),

–spying on every American’s emails, text messages, credit card statements, and phone calls.

–Arming the United States Postal service, department of Agriculture, IRS, Social security administration and many other agencies.

Sheriff, the list goes on and on.

I hope that we can all ask ourselves what is happening.  The hypocrisy and dangerous rhetoric of the federal government is at an all-time high, Obama and George Bush are both to blame for these policies.

We have participated in this citizen’s academy because we care about our community and our families.  I wish we had the luxury to sit back and say nothing, but for myself I have three children and cannot afford that luxury.  So when President Obama said he wanted to build a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded as our military, he meant it.  This is the Department of Homeland Security which has purchased over 2.5 billion of rounds of ammunition and has supplied law enforcement agencies across this country with millions of dollars’ worth of equipment.


The Vietnam War was based on the Gulf of Tonkin false flag lie and the Iraq war was based on the lie of weapons of mass destruction.  Now the federal government appears to be preparing for hostility with the American people.  I want you and everyone else to know what a false flag is so that when something terrible does happen the American people won’t fall for another lie and be herded into another fear fueled war with each other.

Last time we met you told me that if a man pulled out a gun and robbed me, he could be considered a terrorist.  I don’t believe we need to live in a manufactured state of fear created by our federal government so that we stand by and watch our bill of rights destroyed.  I ask that you uphold your oath to the constitution and protect our individual rights.  In addition, I ask that you stand with the American people of this parish and help us not to be divided by issues or racism or intolerance.  In order to protect the community, we must uphold the rights of the smallest minority – which is the individual — and not sacrifice those rights for the collective or what is deemed as the benefit of the group.

War is a racket fought for special interests and corporations and THIS ONE THE FEDS ARE PREPARING IS NO DIFFERENT.  If you don’t believe me, look up the most decorated Military veteran in History, General Smedly Butler.

Another citizen:  What’s your point?

ME: My point was… Uh… It was not a question.  It was me just asking you to uphold your oath to the constitution. 

Sheriff Normand response:  “Well I don’t think that there is any risk of me not doing so.  I mean the fact of the matter is this: we have constitutional rights, constitutional protections, those are all worked out in the balance of interest. And you know the fact that we are dealing with domestic terrorism, and the fact that the dismantling of Al-Qaeda is no longer “Core AQ” our primary terrorist threat and that now we are looking at more homegrown levels of terrorism, we can continue to get into a philosophical debate as to who is right and who is wrong, in the interim people are dying.  And the fact of the matter the law is being violated

Me:” people are dying here?”

Sheriff: “ We are charged with, making sure we seek those individuals out, and we charge them and they go to jail in order to have a structured and ordered society.

When I get money from the federal government, there is really not any strings attached.  It’s a request by me, its not a gift by them.  I can dictate in whatever program I desire and the ones I don’t desire I don’t participate in.  It doesn’t mean that they are wrong or they are right, in those programs, its just I choose as to what best fits the challenges that I have and the community that I serve.  So I think you are under a misunderstanding of that there is significant strings tied to a lot of this money, there is not.  In Fact, More often than not we have to prove that we are not going to violate constitutional protections by receiving this money and using it for technology that would be overbearing and over burdensome as related to those constitutional protections.


There is a lot of political rhetoric that is talked about in Washington, I for one don’t really care for Washington politics, I don’t like the divisive nature of it, never have.  I don’t like the fact that the party controls national politics.  I say this all the time, the two party system is the best and the worst thing about this country. (8:30). It’s a good this because we don’t have  plurality, Its easier to reach compromise when we so desire, it’s the worst thing because its all about control.  We elect somebody today with a party label, he was a pretty good guy this morning, by this evening about ten o’clock or eight o’clock when the polls close and the results come in he’s a no good rotten bastard.  Just because he’s got a different party label than the one we may adhere to.  I’m not one that believes that, You know and I’m a Republican, I’m not one that believes that an idea that starts on the democratic side of the isle is a bad idea just because it started on that side of the isle.  I’m one that believes we need to look at the (imperical) data (9:23) and determine whether or not, you know, there is any validity to the program, what is it going to accomplish? does it violate the balance of interest as it relates to the constitutional protections?  Ah, you know so, I don’t think that there is any risk that I’m going to be one you know to to violate uh uh as it relates to any federal money that’s coming down.  In fact to the contrary my experience has been, much different.

You know I tell this little anecdotal story, we work with ATF all the time, and you know how you fill out the FFL form? The Yellow form? A lot of people don’t believe this, but ATF cannot go check the data base of those forms.  Unless they have probable cause to determine that there is a violation of some federal statute can they even go run somebody’s name to see what guns they’ve purchased.  Neither can I.  And they (inaudible won’t/ will) do it at our request.  It wasn’t until my career 18, 19 years that I found that out.  In fact I thought it was a little disingenuous.  Why are we collecting these forms if we can’t go and check what the hell is going on as it relates to that?  We can go check about everything else that we have purchased that’s movable.  Why all of a sudden, just because there is a second amendment right to keep and bear arms?  That’s fine you can the second amendment right to keep and bear arms.  It doesn’t mean that there is an onerous impact to that particular right to go and see what arms.  In my view that’s not a constitutional protection and I don’t think it’s a significant intrusion.

Ah, when we deal with the mental health issues and primarily what you are talking about and I think you are slanting it a little bit ah we even have a military court here now in Jefferson parish for veterans and dealing with the PTSD issues that they have when they violate…  We have set up a whole different structure in criminal violations to help get counseling and everything else that they need if they violate the law, because of their duty, their service, their honor, their loyalty to this country we have put them in a position where they could be mentally incapacitated to some extent and that we have to deal with that.  And we recognize that very service by doing so.  That’s funded by the federal government.  That’s funded by the Obama administration.  The fact of the matter is they I mean they stand up and recognize the honor and the duty and the loyalty.

So I mean you know, sometimes we get into this political rhetoric that’s a lot to do about nothing.  Ah in my view, ah in an operational sense I don’t see that we are overreaching.  Do we make mistakes? Yeah.  Do we misspeak? Yeah, but guess what we are human, we’re imperfect.  Ah the fact of the matter is, is it fair to take those statement or those happenstances and exploit them? Yeah its unfair, we make mistakes, people make mistakes. Um ya know, we’ve gotten to a point in our society where the impact of the spoken word, because of the internet can permeate across this country and we not only hold, try to hold people to a literal understanding of what they say, we actually take it out of context.  And they try to rip one sentence out of a twenty minute speech and try and make something out of it, that its really not.  Uh and that’s probably as significant, more significant intrusion on the rights and the liberties of a citizen than most other stuff than we are talking about.  Any other questions?  (APPLAUSE)









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