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The Pentagon Is Offering Free Military Hardware To Every Police Department In The US
Business Insider ^ | 12/5/2011 | Robert Johnson

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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1 posted on 12/08/2011 8:32:04 AM PST by Just4Him
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To: Just4Him

grenade launchers. Any idea what is comming?


2 posted on 12/08/2011 8:35:38 AM PST by Logical me
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To: Logical me

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?


3 posted on 12/08/2011 8:37:59 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Logical me

I am beginning to REALLY hate ANYONE with a “Government Issued “Badge””!


4 posted on 12/08/2011 8:38:11 AM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: Just4Him

‘to be used against American citizens’? Why do I feel like I don’t have a dog in this hunt?


5 posted on 12/08/2011 8:39:35 AM PST by arrdon (Never underestimate the stupidity of the American voter.)
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To: Just4Him

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.


6 posted on 12/08/2011 8:43:44 AM PST by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: Logical me

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.


7 posted on 12/08/2011 8:46:43 AM PST by Thermalseeker (If ignorance is bliss how come there aren't more happy people?)
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To: Just4Him

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.


8 posted on 12/08/2011 8:48:04 AM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: Just4Him
..more than $500 million of military gear to U.S. police forces in 2011 alone...fight terrorism and drugs, but despite a 40-year low in violent crime, police are snapping up hardware like never before...

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.

9 posted on 12/08/2011 8:48:09 AM PST by GOPJ (Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, Than a fatted calf with hatred - Proverbs 15)
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How long until they offer them troops, as well?


10 posted on 12/08/2011 8:48:41 AM PST by liberalh8ter
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To: arrdon
Why do I feel like I don’t have a dog in this hunt?

Naivety?

11 posted on 12/08/2011 8:51:14 AM PST by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

I don’t recall this ... What happened ?


12 posted on 12/08/2011 8:51:55 AM PST by Celerity
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To: Just4Him

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!


13 posted on 12/08/2011 8:53:35 AM PST by drypowder
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To: Just4Him
This is not a good policy.

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.

14 posted on 12/08/2011 8:57:39 AM PST by Iron Munro ("Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you." John Steinbeck)
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To: Scotsman will be Free
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.

They are saving the heavy stuff for use against right-wingers.

15 posted on 12/08/2011 8:59:21 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.)
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To: Just4Him
...that allows it to invade almost wherever it likes at will.

Gee, a little bias - ya think? Fool should read the constitution. The Military doesn't decide who its going to invade

16 posted on 12/08/2011 8:59:56 AM PST by Last Dakotan
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To: Just4Him

I am the newly elected Sheriff of the small town of WayneSburg, Virginia (Pop. 3).

How can I get some of this equipment?


17 posted on 12/08/2011 9:00:25 AM PST by WayneS (Comments now include 25 percent more sarcasm for no additional charge...)
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No, but the police do.


18 posted on 12/08/2011 9:02:59 AM PST by WayneS (Comments now include 25 percent more sarcasm for no additional charge...)
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To: Scotsman will be Free
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.

OWS are the good guys.

We're the bad guys.

19 posted on 12/08/2011 9:05:01 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Holding our flawed politicians to higher standards than the enemy’s politicians guarantees they win)
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To: Just4Him

Lovely. Just what we need: turning our police into the military. More of government (at every level) at war with citizens...


20 posted on 12/08/2011 9:05:01 AM PST by Jerrybob
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