Skip to comments.The Pentagon Is Offering Free Military Hardware To Every Police Department In The US
Posted on 12/08/2011 8:32:00 AM PST by Just4Him
The U.S. military has some of the most advanced killing equipment in the world that allows it to invade almost wherever it likes at will. We produce so much military equipment that inventories of military robots, M-16 assault rifles, helicopters, armored vehicles, and grenade launchers eventually start to pile up and it turns out a lot of these weapons are going straight to American police forces to be used against US citizens. Benjamin Carlson at The Daily reports on a little known endeavor called the "1033 Program" that gave more than $500 million of military gear to U.S. police forces in 2011 alone. 1033 was passed by Congress in 1997 to help law-enforcement fight terrorism and drugs, but despite a 40-year low in violent crime, police are snapping up hardware like never before. While this year's staggering take topped the charts, next year's orders are up 400 percent over the same period.
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grenade launchers. Any idea what is comming?
I remember when the Philly Police took out half a neighborhood with a homemade bomb.
Do we really want to trust them with 21st. Century weaponry?
I am beginning to REALLY hate ANYONE with a “Government Issued “Badge””!
‘to be used against American citizens’? Why do I feel like I don’t have a dog in this hunt?
While I agree that we are turning our policemen into soldiers, which is a very bad idea, I didn’t see anything other than normal crowd control tactics used against the OWS clowns.
Sounds like they are anticipating massive civil unrest. Obama recently signed EO’s that allow him to seize control of all roads, waterways, rail roads, telecom infrastructure, the air traffic control system, water works, power companies, pipelines, etc., pretty much everything necessary to bring the entire country to a screeching halt at the flip of a switch.
I’ve been saying for years the second amendment is a joke.
We are only “allowed” to own 100 year old technology and only the small stuff...but the cops get whatever they want. THAT IS NOT A WELL REGULATED MILITIA YOU IDIOTS.
If it's worked for police departments... against criminals, the new stuff should be given to the Border Patrol... might help with the "illegals" problem.
How long until they offer them troops, as well?
I don’t recall this ... What happened ?
Let’s see; The gubmut, under threat of law, steels our money through excessive taxation in the name of defense of the nation to buy more killing equipment than it needs and then transfers much of that surplus hardware to the local PDs. That clearly subverts the intent of the Constitution’s principle. If the hardware is deemed as surplus and still works, then the funding for new hardware needs to be cut equivalently to that surplus. Jackbooted and dressed to kill pumps the PDs testosterone but can and probably will kill US citizens. What the PDs need are officers like Andy Taylor and Barney Fife!
It is a back door tactic to circumvent the intent of the Posse Comitatus Act.
Think about the news reports of SWAT teams busting into houses and shooting people 50, 70, 100 times.
If they have military weaponry and train to use it they will eventually fabricate a reason to try it out.
They are saving the heavy stuff for use against right-wingers.
Gee, a little bias - ya think? Fool should read the constitution. The Military doesn't decide who its going to invade
I am the newly elected Sheriff of the small town of WayneSburg, Virginia (Pop. 3).
How can I get some of this equipment?
No, but the police do.
OWS are the good guys.
We're the bad guys.
Lovely. Just what we need: turning our police into the military. More of government (at every level) at war with citizens...
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