Cowardly City Councilors Ignore the People, Vote for BEARCAT 9-4

Police State KeeneTonight, the Keene city council could have made history as the first ever political designation to reject arms manufacturer LENCO and the federal government’s pushing of the BEARCAT police attack “tank“.

They could have heard the voices of the people who were crying out against this intimidating monstrosity that will inevitably militarize the Keene police even more, and as city councilor Carl Jacobs appropriately pointed out, distance them further from the community they supposedly serve.

They could have. But they didn’t. The BEARCAT passed 9 to 4.

Despite the outpouring of opposition in the community against the BEARCAT, not a single councilor changed their vote from December, when they originally voted in favor of it. That vote was 13 to 1. Why were the numbers different? The new city councilors who took office in January were the ones to vote against it. So, the councilors who originally voted for it completely disregarded all the input they received from the community in various forms:

  • In a Keene Sentinel online poll, 72% said they city council was wrong to accept the BEARCAT. (Only 12% favored the BEARCAT in the poll.)
  • WKBK’s Dan Mitchell stated on-air that 90% of his callers were against the BEARCAT.
  • City councilor Bettina Chadbourne related during tonight’s meeting that of the 80 phone calls she received from various members of the community, (old, young, business owners, men, women, etc) only ten calls were in favor of the BEARCAT.
  • The public hearing on the BEARCAT featured dozens of speakers, the supermajority of which opposed the BEARCAT.
  • A random walk down Main St. would show anyone who bothered to ask people that the supermajority of people oppose the BEARCAT.
  • Most letters to the editor of the Keene Sentinel were in opposition to the BEARCAT.
  • During the meeting the councilors who favored the BEARCAT got no applause from the packed room, while the councilors who spoke in opposition to the BEARCAT were blasted with applause.

The reasons given for supporting the BEARCAT by the councilors were pathetic. Mitch Greenwald believes the Department of Homeland Security has our best interests in mind. Dale Pregent believes it will help in a flood. Janice Manwaring trusts the Keene Police to be good boys with their new, violent toy. Look for video here at Free Keene soon.

Not one of them changed their minds. The emails they received, the calls, the personal contacts – none of it mattered. None of it outweighed what the Keene police wanted.

Silly me. While I was cynical from the start that the BEARCAT would actually be rejected, I thought there was at least a chance someone would change their mind and do what the people clearly wanted them to do in this instance. Not so. Not one.

The courageous ones who deserve your appreciation were Terry Clark, Bettina Chadbourne, Carl Jacobs, and David Meader.

The cowards who deserve to be shamed and lose any attempt they make at re-election are Mitch Greenwald, Janice Manwaring, Dale Pregent, Kris Roberts, David Richards, James Duffy, Phil Jones, Thomas Powers, and Ruth Venezia. Chuck Redfern had to recuse himself because of some connection he has to Homeland Security – reason enough to vote him out next election.

June Donegan was not present for this meeting. It is not known how she would have voted.

Thank you to everyone who has been active regarding this issue. We made international headlines as the only place ever to stand against the BEARCAT. Over 300 of these have gone to police departments across the country, and only Keeniacs had the courage to stand up, speak out, and organize.

It’s not over. Obviously, we won’t forget this come the 2013 election where BEARCAT supporters Greenwald, Manwaring, Pregent, Roberts, Venezia, and Jones will all be up for possible re-election. However, before then, who knows what interesting activism will be able to happen regarding this war machine that the federal government is shoving down our collective throat.

The most important lesson, in my opinion, is that the system doesn’t work – not even at a local level. (Though, had Keene been politically structured as a town, the BEARCAT would have gone down in flames, as at town meetings the people actually vote, not the “selectmen”.) Everyone knows the system doesn’t work at the federal level. Look at the huge opposition to the bailouts as an example. Despite congressmen admitting that they received 80-90% of calls against the bailouts, they almost all voted for it anyway. I thought that maybe, just maybe, that since these people on the city council are our neighbors, that we’d have a chance of changing some of their minds. I was wrong. It’s obvious that in most political issues, it’s impossible for a so-called representative to actually represent besides themselves. However, it’s amazing that in a situation like this, where the numbers were so overwhelmingly favoring one position, that the councilors ignored all the input, and did what the police (and feds) wanted them to. Peer influence meant nothing to them.

Heaven forbid someone in power admit they were wrong and have the courage to change their mind.

Congratulations to the people calling themselves the Keene Police and City of Keene. Tonight they succeeded in proving that they don’t give a damn about what the people in the community want and effectively destroyed even more of the precious legitimacy that is so crucial to people seeing them as something other than an occupying criminal gang. Even though the advocates of peace lost in the vote, we won in the long view, because the aggressors have shown their hand yet again. They don’t care about your desires to live in a peaceful place. They only do what aggregates more power and money to them and their buddies. It’s clear they are the masters, not the servants.

If you aren’t here yet, what are you waiting for? Please move to the Shire and help us change things for the better.

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50 Comments

  1. Very good move by the City Council.

  2. love how you guys address a few individuals or a minority as "the People." LMAO seriously lie and exaggerate terms. To all who actually read this. If the majority of Keene had had an issue with it they would have said something but they didn't. they get that the PEOPLE were from the few minor sources they had gathered like a radio show or a small news paper. again if the majority of the people REALLY had an issue with it they would have spoken up. but that wasn't the case and Freekeene has to use lies and what minor sources they have to spew propaganda.

  3. but knowing Freekeene they lie only to gain attention. Its typical for their kind. But only the truly logical can see past their facade.

  4. Nice, good to hear the City Council isn't a bunch of dumb fucks like you guys.

  5. Greenwald, Manwaring, Pregent, Roberts, Venezia, and Jones need their record looked at. Who are they? Should we run against them? Should we encourage other people to run against them? Are they wrong?

  6. Odd are the dissenting comments are by Keene PD officers?

  7. "Please move to the Shire and help us change things for the better."

    LOL. Why? Running out of friends here in "the Shire"? Aw Ian….don't be such a spoiled sport. No one really cares what you think or if you'll forget about certain council members or not; you're no threat. You're a small potato in a Lay's Potato Chip factory. Besides, by the time were cutting ribbons to welcome the BearCat, you'll be snuggling in jail, writing blogs for all us "trolls" to get a big kick out of as we go back and forth with plumbing and heating repairmen like MaineShark.

    You're all NUTS. From Cuckoo Kelly, to the Das Boot Engine Room guy Schlessinger. A total joke – and were all laughing. At you.

  8. Yes Hugo….sure – haven't heard that one before. Didn't you hear? Keene, the peaceful liberty destination, also doubles as a police state. Just ask Ian. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays Keene is a peaceful place with new catchphrase – "the Shire", while Monday's Thursday, Friday and Saturday it is a police state, and nearly the entire citizenry are police officers.

  9. lol

  10. matt if you ask nicely they'll let you sit in the driver seat and toot the horn! if you're really lucky they might let you wear one of their hats too

  11. This is a very sad sign of the times we are in. Very sad. These humans dissapoint repeatedly in their innumerable refusals to do simply do the right thing.

  12. Uh, so i guess no one minds that some small city like Keene has an armored car. Why do they need an armored car in the first place? Why did the Department of Homeland Security give them $285,000 to buy it? Shouldn't they be worried about the illegal immigrants and terrorists? Oh ya, i forgot, the whole War on Terror is a hoax.

    Well, if you people don't mind having militarized police then I guess you won't mind the checkpoints and random warrantless searches either.

    Just like I used to do in Iraq: raiding houses, throwing concertina wire across the road and searching cars, and zip cuffing and blindfolding people because their 'ID card looked to new', they'll be doing right here in the good ol' USA. It won't happen tomorrow, but it will within a few years. Why? Because you idiots are letting it happen.

    I don't care about the Republicans and Democrats, I don't care about Left-Right Bullshyt, all I care about is not having armored cars with machine guns mounted on them driving around the streets of America. I had enough of that nonsense in Iraq; and having been the guy in the humvee with the M240B machine gun I know that I don't want to be the peasant they're pointing them at!

  13. THAT IS A MURDER WEAPON AND SHOULD NOT BE STREET LEGAL. THAT MURDER WEAPON IS NOT FOR THE PEOPLE. NOR ARE THE COWARDS IN OFFICE.( COWARDS OR JUST PLAIN STUPID BLIND AND SHOULDNT BE IN OFFICE ANYWAY) NOR ARE THE EGOTYSTICAL COPS WHO JUST GOT AWARDED THEIR MURDER TOY,WHO THE F**K WOULD WANT A RIDE IN THAT? HOW SAD…

  14. Tell the truth david, are you using 'hollie' as a pseudonym?

  15. Up next: Police Drone. . . everyone's getting them. They can help in a flood. Police NEED these things, they've needed them for 200 years don't you know.

    You hate police and newborn babies if you don't accept the Keene PD Predator Drone. You disagree? Send in the Bearcat to change your minds.

    Congrats Keene Police, you got yourselves a new toy and a list of few councilors who you can pull over and harass now.

  16. "name" You cannot put in your real name,and you call me David? No my name is Hollie Ottman. I have nothing to hide,including my overwhelming sence of sadness and anger to wake up to this! You egotystical mf's overwhelming sence of accomplishment has brought you all out to comment your smear remarks towards peaceful citizens, that spoke out against this MURDER WEAPON, that YOU KNOW are right! And this is how you rub it in there faces? EXACTLY WHY YOU DONT NEED THIS WEAPON IN YOUR HANDS! I have followed this on the web enough to know it's NOT a few people speaking out about it, it's THE PEOPLE speaking out about it…and you are THE TERRORISTS and I hope Karma brings that MURDER WEAPON into the home of somebody you love, with a warrentless search,,, or during a roadside barricade..way to help bring this country to shit.

  17. Who is David?…

  18. Hmmm, wakes up early to vent on a blog, types in ALL CAPS, can't spell, thinks what she reads on the web is the truth… david, it's a match made in heaven. Break out that EBT card, have mom drive, and take this girl on a date! Can you use the EBT at Applebee's?

  19. 'hollie',

    There is no fucking way you can be on this site and not know who 'david' is.

    Dead giveaway, 'hollie'.

  20. From Urban Dictionary, 'hollie',

    sence

    1. This is how idiots spell sense, since they have no sense, they can't fucking spell it.

  21. with matt and pyotr and enslave and it seems kok and others…. Being angry at "freekeene" is the main thing … everything else,to them, takes a back seat….. their spine,conviction to any issue or cause…basically their moral compass is guided by anger…sounds like they'd make perfect racists…

  22. They could have a daughter who has a disablility and then if "freekeene" took up that issue .and RAN with it ..really just being awesome with that issue as they DO……Though their daughter's had the disability…..they would scorn it and totally attack fk for taking it up throwing their daughters under the bus…. This is what I talk about when I say "their anger is the main thing"

  23. Yes, david, and you are the peaceful one who said "and you are THE TERRORISTS and I hope Karma brings that MURDER WEAPON into the home of somebody you love, with a warrentless search,,,"

    Oh wait, that was 'hollie'. The other peaceful one.

  24. David,

    There is no Hollie only zuuuuuulll !!!!!

  25. Hi hollie,

    "name" is a idiot

    who tries to be smart.. If there was a "ignore" button in here I'd direct you to it. πŸ™‚

  26. I tried to warn everyone that my 50,000 statist enslavers would win out over the 19 freestaters that have moved to the SHIRE!

  27. I could say the sky is plaid too….that dont make it so… what u said "enslave" just shows you are not paying attention….. we will see who gets voted out next time

  28. david, if their were a 'idiot' button, it would have you're face on it,,,

  29. david on Fri, 2nd Mar 2012 8:39 am

    with matt and pyotr and enslave and it seems kok and others…. Being angry at “freekeene” is the main thing … everything else,to them, takes a back seat….. their spine,conviction to any issue or cause…basically their moral compass is guided by anger…sounds like they’d make perfect racists…

    “““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““`

    OH, "david", you FLATTER and HONOR me, little buddy!…lol… πŸ™‚ <-note: internal smiley face emoticon* / *

    So glad that it only *SEEMS* I'm angry! I am always afraid that you "FreeWeenies"

    will think that I ACTUALLY*AM*ANGRY…I'm not…mostly, I am LAUGHING

    as I write the sick and twisted crap I write on here…*AND*, here's another secret,

    little buddy: It's *ALL* PARODY & SATIRE….Yup, it's all parody & satire….

    And, you "Freeweenies" are saying that we BearCatters use "FEAR" to sell the

    BearCat to the people, ****BUT*** what is the biggest argument that

    *YOU*FreeWeenies"* use against it?….*THAT*YOU'RE*AFRAID*!…lol….

    In other words, the very tactic that YOU use against US, is the SAME*TACTIC that YOU say WE use against YOU!….

    You people are fucking pathetic…

    It's not "ANGER" that you're seeing here, little buddy "david"…

    No, it's SCORN, RIDICULE, and CONTEMPT…

    Why should WE "hate", or be "angry at" YOU*CLOWNS, who keep US SO

    ***ENTERTAINED***……… LOL. ROTFLMFAO, just rotflmfao…….

    rotflmfao.rotflmfao.rotflmfao.rotflmfao.rotflmfao.rotflmfao.rotflmfao.rotflmfao.rotflmfao………………..

    πŸ™‚

    ~tKoK.

  30. lol πŸ™‚

  31. David,

    I am going to talk seriously to you for a bit. Please consider this even if you don't agree ok? Ready?

    Do you ever wonder why Keene "seems" more oppresive now that FK is here versus say 15 years ago?

    Is it a fluke that aside from the actual blogs themselves that this website is 95% pro "status quo" for lack of a better word? Pro police, pro courts, …etc?

    I had a bad experience with a judge in Keene once ya know in a civil matter and so I chalked it up to a learning experience to have my duck in a row next time.

    In my current profession I deal with police quite often, over the 50 or so encounters with them about 48 have been professional and helpful.

    David you and the rest of them are fighting a ghost!! A non existiant police state persecuting non existant freedom fighters in a non existant hub of liberty and freedom.

    There will be no legacy here for free keene! The polar opposites are getting closer and a very bad thing is about to happen if people like derrick and ademo continue with their tactics. They will eventually get in the wrong persons face, they will try to approach the wrong persons child at some school, they will agitate the wrong cop or piss off the wrong judge. That wil be the only legacy left behind in all of this.

    Why dont you just enjoy the freedom you already have that you scream about having?

  32. MARK MY WORDS>>> 365days from now on March 2nd 2013, and no old ladies or sign holders in central square have been killed by the bearcat what will be the headlines on FK?

  33. Google "Hollie Ottman", and you get "Hollie's Auto", in Tilton/Laconia, and, *AND*,

    "Hollie Ottman" SEEMS to be a spammers' ID, also…

    just sayin'….

    ““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““`

    Hollie, the Coucil will be having a contest to name OUR NEW BEARCAT…

    Can I enter "MURDER*WEAPON* as YOUR choice?

    I think it would look cool to have

    *MURDER*WEAPON* painted on the side of the LENCO*BEARCAT…

    Thanks for the suggestion, Hollie…

    ~tKoK.

  34. I really DO work for the FBI…

    I'm sorry, people, but the truth had to come out sometime…

  35. So…after all of the many posts on this subject…I'm still puzzled where the money for this "safety machine" came from? Isn't the USA deep in debt? How can an entity deep in debt "grant" anything? Hmmm…anybody ?

  36. The USA is in no more no less debt than the hyper devalued Chinese yen allows it to be Bob. That argument is tired..

  37. It's how we can still pay for davids ebt card and ssdi everymonth.

  38. The argument isn't tired. The dollar is tired. So where did you get your economics training enslave?

  39. Well, aside from 10 years of account management in my previous life I do read the journal. LOL

  40. In all seriousness Bob, our debtors would be cutting their own throat by calling in our loans right now. All that worthless American captial now in the hands of the chinese with no value to their own money? Not a good thing so much!

  41. 30th comment <=== epic

    theKINGofKEENE IS the king of Keene

  42. One would think that you would know what the Chinese call their currency if you are, in fact, so well read there, EK. FYI, account management isn't economics.

  43. Yet still I know better. Idiiots

  44. sorry I couldn't read your diatribe….I had to… change the cat box..lol

  45. πŸ™‚

  46. "Remnibi", or something like that…

    …also known as the Yuan…

    Chink-money is cool…the coins have square holes in them…

  47. I thought you were probably busy applying for more EBT, david.

  48. Yea thats my name you found my fb page and you found my business Congradulations LOL.. And I happen to have that "ignore button" I'll send you one David ;p

    tkOk If you have a contest to name your NEW MURDER WEAPON please enter "TERRORISTS" for the name that should be painted on both sides of it. Please and thankyou. And hey! I Bet you'll be the first in line to get that "ride"..

  49. The new councilors didn't have to admit they were wrong the first time because they hadn't been there for the first vote….. So seems like maybe the councilors voted for the bearcat because they were too pridefull to admit they were wrong.

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