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.
(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...
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...
“We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.” Barack Hussein Obama, 7/2/2008
They don’t call it a Civil Defense force, that would imply we need (or perhaps deserve) defense.
The official name is National Civilian Community Corps.
I think of it as the NATCCC, or simply the NATCs...
..Oh, and one helicopter, please.
Wow! Do you have a link?
At the same time they are moving to disarm us, the Department of Homeland Security, along with Obama’s allies at the higher levels of all government agencies are takinig steps to convert a “soft” tyranny into what the Venezuelans and other are facing.
A dedicated, well-armed corps of law-enforcement personnel capable of smashing ANY discontent on ANY side of a political issue - but most especially OURS.
Not that the libs should feel secure. Hitler had his Roehm purge.
This is very frightening. I have far more confidence in our military not to fire on American citizens than I do on law-enforcement personnel.
A mid-to-late 1970s (possibly early 80s?) group of radical-black-activist types were wanted for various crimes. They holed themselves up in a couple of row house/townhouse units in a poor/ghetto part of Philly.
These were NOT nice people by any stretch of the imagination. However, instead of waiting them out, or deploying police in the specific units in which the criminals were holed-up, the Philly police dropped some kind of jury-rigged incendiary device out of a helicopter on to the row houses/townhouses. They pretty much wiped out an entire city block.
That's how I remember it, anyway.
My Post #26 was supposed to be addressed to you, Celerity.
Sorry about that, Buckeye McFrog.
An excellent point.
Because you're not an American?
A three seater?
Ok here is whats going to happen. Either next year the Government (Obama) knows somethings up and are preparing the Civilian LE for massive chaos or civil disorder or Obama is really going to call martial law, due to any number of reasons. From Disaster to political upheaval to nuclear war. Maybe the whack job Alex Jones is right about the fema camps. With this bunch in the White Hut who knows? Or maybe 12-21-12 is the day things end and the survivors need to be kept in line.
The group they bombed was MOVE.
They were trash, but police definitely overreacted (to put it mildly).
The Philly Police were trying to evict a group of radical black Marxist squatters who had holed up inside a row of town houses. They tried to force them out by dropping a bomb from a helicopter onto the roof of their building. They started a massive fire which took out 65 homes.
There were big investigations into this here in Pennsylvania.
Fast Eddie Rendell’s fingerprints were on it somehow as I recall.
Thanks for looking that up. It looks like I was off a bit on the date of the actual bombing.
If you think your dog is in danger from being shot by the police now... just wait.
And that it is going apace right out in the open for everyone to see, which is the best place to hide anything?
You are correct, except that it was a bomb that they dropped to knock out a fortified installation on the roof. It started a fire from gas cans that were up there, and the result was what you recall.
Whenever there is a standoff situation, the Police try to force a conclusion by aggressive engagement (They attack) and it almost NEVER ends well (Can you say Waco?).
People always die every time it has been tried.
I KNEW I should not have relied solely on my increasingly-faulty memory...
It was an outfit called MOVE. The Philly cops managed to do almost a million in damage IIRC.
Military follows orders. That is what they do. If they frame the orders the right way, you will get enough volunteers to take out NYC.
For instance, tell the troops that a massive virus outbreak has started, and they have take out the infected.
“If they frame the orders the right way, you will get enough volunteers to take out NYC.”
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Now THAT might not be a bda idea!!!
‘cuz you won’t be a hunter.
You’ll be the hunted.
THIS will not end well.
Heck, I feel safer already. *sarcasm
This is the piece that ends all of the above.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.