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    09/10/2014 9:29:26 AM PDT · by Defiant · 39 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | September 10, 2014 | Kristina Davis
    City schools police have obtained their own military-grade Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle through a federal grant. Known as an MRAP, the armored vehicle will be converted into a victim rescue vehicle that will be stocked with thousands of dollars in advanced medical supplies and be able to take heavy fire in case of an attack on campus, the San Diego Unified School District Police Department said Tuesday. The MRAP, valued at more than $700,000, was acquired at no cost to the district. The vehicle is expected to be operational in October.
  • Pentagon Fires Back At Critics of 'Police Militarization' Program

    08/21/2014 6:59:06 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 39 replies
    The Wire via Yahoo news ^ | August 19, 2014 | Russell Berman
    ~ snip ~ Despite the move, however, Kirby insisted the Defense Department was not "militarizing" police departments and that the program as a whole was "useful" and "served a purpose." "Letís be careful not to throw the baby out with the bathwater here," Kirby said.
  • Militarization By County Via The Law Enforcement Support Office (look up your state/county)

    08/20/2014 3:16:17 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 36 replies ^ | 8-20-14 | SHTF
    The following database has been made available by the Law Enforcement Support Office of the Defense Logistics Agency and shows armaments and equipment obtained by local law enforcement officials from the U.S. Military and Department of Homeland Security. Simply choose your State and your County and you'll have complete access to see how well militarized your local and county police departments are.
  • Shocking SWAT raid captured on helmet cam raises questions (Video)

    08/17/2014 9:56:45 AM PDT · by HammerT · 85 replies
    Liberty unyielding ^ | August 15, 2014 | Michael Dorstewitz
    A terrifying helmet cam video, released to the public Wednesday, depicts a SWAT team executing a search warrant on the home of a 68-year-old woman and her 18-year-old adopted daughter. The video is raising questions of privacy, reasonable force and police due diligence. They had the wrong place. The raid of Louise Milan and daughter Stephanie Milanís Evansville, Ind. home was accompanied by the sound of shattering glass and multiple flash-bang grenades. It was all due to the Milanís non-password protected Internet router, according to the Evansville Courier & Press. The raid was prompted by a series of threatening posts...
  • The Rand Paul Ferguson Time Article And The Senatorís 2010 Speech That Contradicts It [VIDEO]

    08/14/2014 9:56:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    International Business Times ^ | August 14, 2014 | Anthony B. Smith
    Rand Paul may be gaining measurable traction among young, liberal voters for his clear admonition of the ďmilitarization of local police precinctsĒ in Ferguson, Missouri, and around the nation, but International Business Times has surfaced a video of him at a 2010 rally that tells a different story: one that tempers his scathing criticism of growing, public armies with his fervent support of private ones. ďThereís a fellow in the White House who says youíre clinging to your religion and your guns,Ē began the Kentucky junior senator to a gathered crowd at an Open Carry rally in Frankfort, Ohio, on...
  • Times Square Shut Down By Thousands Marching As Ferguson Protests Spin-Off Across The Country

    08/14/2014 7:34:00 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 180 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 14 August 2014 | By Josh Gardner For Mailonline and Louise Boyle For Mailonline
    The fifth night of demonstrations in support of gunned down Ferguson, Missouri teen Michael Brown saw scores of protesters marching through the streets of New York in a vigil that culminated in Times Square Thursday night. Tensions flared as some protestors attempted to shove their way through a police barricade set up in their path toward the beating heart of the city. Police held their own and tempers soon calmed, but as night gripped New York, the already congested Times Square ground to a halt as thousands flowed into the streets to demand an end to police brutality and militarization...
  • Ferguson violence: Police slammed for 'escalating the situation'

    08/14/2014 4:03:16 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 36 replies ^ | August 14, 2014 | Josh Levs
    To people on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, and many around the world who watched Wednesday night's violence unfold, it seemed like a scene out of another country. (snip) Some in the military community say the problem is that police are getting the equipment without the same training and rules. "To call this militarization doesn't characterize the military very well," said Josh Weinberg, an Army veteran who focuses on security issues for the Truman Project. "We always were trained in escalation of force." To call this militarization doesn't characterize the military very well. The police apparently "had their weapons up...
  • Americans Killed by Cops [in ten years] Now Outnumber Americans Killed in Iraq War

    08/07/2014 10:33:58 PM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 61 replies
    The Free Thought Project ^ | August 7, 2014 | Matt Savoy
    The increase in police brutality in this country is a frightening reality. In the last decade alone the number of people murdered by police has reached 5,000. The number of soldiers killed since the inception of the Iraq war, 4489. What went wrong? In the 19070ís SWAT teams were estimated to be used just a few hundred times per year, now we are looking at over 40,000 military style ďknock and announceĒ police raids a year. The police presence in this country is being turned into a military with a clearly defined enemy, anyone who questions the establishment. If we...
  • 10 facts on SWATification of America

    06/27/2014 8:37:20 AM PDT · by holymoly · 30 replies
    PressTV (Iran) ^ | Jun 27, 2014 | Michael Snyder,
    The number of SWAT team raids in the United States every year is now more than 25 times higher than it was back in 1980. As America has conducted wars overseas in recent years, our police forces have become increasingly militarized as well. And without a doubt, many of our cities have become much more dangerous places. Thanks to relentless illegal immigration, drug cartels are thriving and there are now at least 1.4 million gang members living in the United States. But there are many that believe that the militarization of our police forces has gone way too far. Almost...
  • New ACLU report takes a snapshot of police militarization in the United States

    06/24/2014 4:52:40 PM PDT · by lwd · 41 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 24 at 9:29 AM | Radley Balko
    The American Civil Liberties Union has released the results of its year-long study of police militarization. {SNIP}But weíve already seen cases in which the mere factor that the resident of a home was a legal gun owner ó in some cases by virtue of the fact that the owner had obtained some sort of state license ó was used as an excuse to execute a full-on SWAT raid to serve a warrant for an otherwise nonviolent crime. Of the SWAT raids the ACLU studied in which police cited the possibility of finding a weapon in the home, they actually found...
  • German president: donít always rule out military

    06/14/2014 4:39:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 14, 2014 7:04 AM EDT
    Germanyís president says his compatriots shouldnít always reject deploying the military to help resolve conflicts as he underlines calls for the country to take more international responsibility. [Ö] President Joachim Gauck told Deutschlandfunk radio in an interview broadcast Saturday that he understands Germansí longstanding reluctance to take a leading international role, but the country is now a ďsolid and reliable democracy.Ē He said that in defending human rights and innocent lives ďit is sometimes necessary to take up arms.Ē Ö
  • War Gear Flows to Police Departments

    06/09/2014 10:53:58 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 63 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 8, 2014 | MATT APUZZO
    Inside the municipal garage of this small lakefront city, parked next to the hefty orange snowplow, sits an even larger truck, this one painted in desert khaki. Weighing 30 tons and built to withstand land mines, the armored combat vehicle is one of hundreds showing up across the country, in police departments big and small. The 9-foot-tall armored truck was intended for an overseas battlefield. But as President Obama ushers in the end of what he called Americaís ďlong season of war,Ē the former tools of combat ó M-16 rifles, grenade launchers, silencers and more ó are ending up in...
  • Japan split over revision to pacifist constitution

    05/04/2014 12:44:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 3, 2014 10:25 PM EDT | Mari Yamaguchi
    Japan marked the 67th anniversary of its postwar constitution Saturday with growing debate over whether to revise the war-renouncing charter in line with Prime Minister Shinzo Abeís push for an expanded role for the military. The ruling conservative party has long advocated revision but been unable to sway public opinion. Now Abe is proposing that the government reinterpret the constitution to give the military more prominence without having to win public approval for the revisions. Ö
  • Utahís Stewart: BLM doesnít need a ĎSWAT teamí

    04/29/2014 4:25:46 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 21 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | April 29, 2014 | By Thomas Burr
    The Bureau of Land Management doesnít need its own heavily armed police force, Rep. Chris Stewart said Tuesday, referencing the recent standoff between federal agents and a civilian militia siding with Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. Stewart, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, says heís going to try and cut funding for any "paramilitary units" and require the BLM, Internal Revenue Service and other regulatory agencies to rely on local law enforcement rather than their own armed crews. "There are lots of people who are really concerned when the BLM shows up with its own SWAT team," the Utah Republican...
  • Beware The Increasing Militarization Of Government

    04/16/2014 5:44:26 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 61 replies ^ | April 16, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Federal Fire Power: Instead of putting a lien on the property of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, the Bureau of Land Management surrounded his ranch with 200 armed agents. It's not the only agency with a private army. Back in 2008, candidate Barack Obama slipped a little-noticed line in a speech, proposing a national police force reporting straight to him. "We cannot continue to rely only on our military," he said. "We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded." As our military is slowly decimated by his policies and budget...
  • The Standing Armies of Yesterday and the Police State Today

    02/23/2014 3:32:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The International Libertarian ^ | August 22, 2013 | Darren Wolfe
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Darren Wolfe gave this presentation at the Citizens for Liberty meeting on August 20, 2013 near Norristown, Pennsylvania. Below are links to source material so readers can do their own research and come to their own conclusions. Many of the quotes used in the presentation are parts of essays or speeches that are well worth reading start to finish. This first series of quotes is from John Trenchard's 1697 book ďAn Argument Shewing, that a Standing Army is inconsistent with a Free Government, and absolutely destructive to the Constitution of the English MonarchyĒ ( And if we enquire how these...
  • Armored vehicles: Military gives, Utah police take

    01/25/2014 10:34:08 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    AP via Washington Times ^ | Friday, January 24, 2014 | Nate Carlisle
    Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Alex Lepley imagines a scenario where a man has barricaded himself, fired a gun at police officers and placed bystanders in peril. Enter UHPís new mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle, ďMRAPĒ for short. Or at least thatís what the U.S. Army called it. The U.S. Department of Defense recently gave a surplus MRAP to the highway patrol. The law enforcement agency plans to use it to carry troopers to dangerous crime scenes and to keep those troopers safe while protecting civilians. [Ö] The Defense Department has provided the weaponry and equipment through what it calls the 1033...
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Now Has a SWAT Team (Is the militarization of police finally complete?)

    01/11/2014 5:20:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    The Dallas Observer's Unfair Park Blog ^ | January 10, 2014 | Brantley Hargrove
    The man in the photo to the left isn't a Ranger in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. He's a Texas game warden, kitted out to check your deer tags or lead a paramilitary, kick-the-door-in assault on your tent. The militarization of every possible law enforcement entity in America is complete: Texas Parks and Wildlife now has a SWAT team. The 25-man unit can deploy anywhere in the state within four hours, TPWD boasts, and is modeled after what military types call a "force multiplier," which basically means that these guys can shoot a bunch of bullets. At what, you ask? In this...
  • Column: The militarization of U.S. police forces

    10/23/2013 1:36:15 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 80 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/22/2013 | Michael Shank and Elizabeth Beavers
    This month, more Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicles (MRAPs) have found their way from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to the Main Streets of America. These are just the latest acquisitions in a growing practice by Pentagon that's militarizing America's municipal police forces. Police departments in Boise and Nampa, Idaho, each acquired an MRAP, as did the force in High Springs, Florida. The offer of war-ready machinery, at practically no cost, has proven hard to resist for local police departments. Increasingly, they are looking like soldiers equipped for battle. The growing similarity between our domestic police forces and the U.S. military...
  • Beware Of The Police's Increasing Militarization

    09/30/2013 4:34:31 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 59 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | September 30, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Policing: The Dallas County Sheriff's Office gets an MRAP tactical military vehicle, used for counterinsurgency fighting in Iraq, as law enforcement becomes a collection of SWAT teams pursuing not-always-guilty Americans. In early August, a SWAT team broke through the gates of a 3.5-acre farm in Arlington, Texas, that promotes a sustainable lifestyle and did a 10-hour search of the property. Residents were handcuffed and held at gunpoint as police looked for nonexistent marijuana plants and various city code violations. As the owners watched, 10 tons of their private property was hauled off in trucks ó dangerous items such as blackberry...
  • How did Americaís police become a military force on the streets?

    08/28/2013 10:59:26 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 17 replies
    ABA Journal ^ | 1JUL2013 | Radley Balko
    Are cops constitutional? In a 2001 article for the Seton Hall Constitutional Law Journal, the legal scholar and civil liberties activist Roger Roots posed just that question. Roots, a fairly radical libertarian, believes that the U.S. Constitution doesn¬ít allow for police as they exist today. At the very least, he argues, police departments, powers and practices today violate the document¬ís spirit and intent. ¬ďUnder the criminal justice model known to the framers, professional police ofÔ¨Ācers were unknown,¬Ē Roots writes.
  • Former Marine Colonel To Town Council: 'You're Building A Domestic Army; Are You Blind?'

    08/15/2013 10:31:47 AM PDT · by Nachum · 73 replies
    Patriots for America ^ | 8/15/13 | Twana Blevins
    Every day it seems more like the "war on terror" is at home in the U.S. rather than abroad in a foreign country. Whether it's the NSA denying they scoop domestic communications while their chief tells hackers "we're looking for the terrorist among us," or it's the growing militarization and equipping of domestic police forces, it seems more and more crows keep coming home to roost. Well, one former Marine colonel has had about enough. In a rousing confrontation at a local council meeting in Concord, NH, he calls out his government for facilitating what he feels is a needless...
  • Police Militarization, Abuses of Power, and the Road to Impeachment

    04/04/2013 6:58:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Accuracy in Media ^ | 4/4/13 | James Simpson
    These are trying times. Never in the history of this country have we been so weakened and polarized by what many view as deliberate government policy. Now anti-gunners in the U.S. Congress, the Obama administration, and legislatures across the country are seeking to exploit the Newtown tragedy to promote their ďgun controlĒ agenda that envisions federal, universal background checks on gun purchases, and that could lead to gun registration and confiscation. At the same time, the increasing militarization of law enforcement, most visibly demonstrated by the growing use of massive, SWAT-type raids on businesses and individuals, sometimes with federal
  • And Your Little Dog, Too (Itís time to control the governmentís guns)

    02/11/2013 9:28:25 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 65 replies
    National Review ^ | 2-11-2013 | Deroy Murdock - Commentary
    February 11, 2013 And Your Little Dog, Too By Deroy Murdock As Washington politicians aim to restrict the Second Amendment, they should look in the mirror. The time to control government‚Äôs guns is now. Overarmed federal officials increasingly employ military tactics as a first resort in routine law enforcement. From food-safety cases to mundane financial matters, battle-ready public employees are turning America into the United States of SWAT.FBI agents and U.S. marshals understandably are well fortified, given their frequent run-ins with ruthless bad guys. However ‚ÄĒ as my old friend and fellow columnist Quin Hillyer notes ‚ÄĒ armed officers, if...
  • Santa Barbara Police Department's Lenco Bearcat

    07/15/2010 10:51:25 AM PDT · by ironwill · 36 replies · 1+ views
    Source: Santa Barbara Police Department The armored vehicle provided to the Santa Barbara Police Department is a 2010 Lenco Bearcat, Special Purpose Vehicle valued at $242,909.95. The cost was funded by a grant by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, through the County of Santa Barbara, Office of Emergency Services. No City or County funds were used in the purchase. Modern urban police departments frequently are involved in high-risk tactical situations involving armed mentally ill or criminal suspects. This vehicle allows our SWAT and Crisis Negotiating Response Team to quickly respond to incidents involving: Gunfire, high-threat, or rescue. We train...
  • Air China

    06/23/2008 11:48:36 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 4 replies · 164+ views
    Campus Report ^ | June 23, 2008 | Rachel Paulk
    Air China by: Rachel Paulk, June 23, 2008 China has long been on the horizon as the U.S.ís hegemonic upset in East Asia, both economically and militarily. Indeed, foreign policy experts have extended arguments over how the U.S. should approach Chinaóas our biggest ally, or our biggest enemy? The recent military development within the Peopleís Republic of China (PRC) illuminates the Chinese understanding of the friend/foe dichotomy, and indicates their future goals towards Asian supremacy. Militarists tout aircraft carriers as the next step in Chinaís development into Americaís worst nightmare. The U.S. owns and operates about eleven aircraft carriers, multi-billion...
  • The Militarization of the World's Urban Peripheries

    02/28/2008 4:06:54 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 2 replies · 82+ views
    Worldpress ^ | February 17, 2008 | Raķl Zibechi
    Urban peripheries in Third World countries have become war zones where states attempt to maintain order based on the establishment of a sort of "sanitary cordon" to keep the poor isolated from "normal" society. "Army sources confirmed that techniques employed in the occupation of the Morro da Providťncia favela [slum] are the ones Brazilian soldiers use in the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti" (Dantas 2007). This admission by Brazilian armed forces largely explains the interest of Lula da Silva's government in keeping that country's troops on the Caribbean island: to test, in the poor neighborhoods of Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince,...
  • China says it opposes militarization of outer space

    05/20/2005 6:35:19 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies · 411+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 05/19/05 | AFP
    China says it opposes militarization of outer space Thu May 19, 9:24 AM ET BEIJING (AFP) - China said it is opposed to the militarization of space, and supports international legal documents ensuring its peaceful use. "Space is our shared treasure and we have consistently maintained the need for the peaceful use of space so as to benefit all of mankind," foreign ministry spokesman Kong Quan told a regular briefing. "We are opposed to the militarization of outer space. We support preventive measures, including the adoption of international legal documents to guarantee the peaceful use of outer space," he said....
  • Weapons In Space [ Liberal Appeasement Gang Still Persistently Denying Post 9/10 Reality ]

    11/18/2004 8:53:08 AM PST · by Paul Ross · 12 replies · 701+ views
    Arms Control Association ^ | 11/4/04 | Michael A. Krepon & Theresa Hitchens
    Weapons in Space Weapons in the Heavens: A Radical and Reckless OptionPrograms to WatchFalse Alarm on Foreign CapabilitiesNational Space Policy: Evolution by Stealth? Weapons in the Heavens: A Radical and Reckless Option Michael Krepon Of all the risky ‚Äútransformation‚ÄĚ initiatives championed by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, the one receiving the least media attention is the weaponization of space. Shortly before arriving for his second tour at the Pentagon, Rumsfeld chaired a commission calling for the U.S. government to vigorously pursue ‚Äúthe option to deploy weapons in space to deter threats and, if necessary, defend against attacks on U.S. interests.‚ÄĚ[1]The...
  • Cochise County View of the Border (congressional testimony by US Army Col. (retired)

    03/11/2003 11:46:44 AM PST · by madfly · 38 replies · 757+ views ^ | Mar. 10, 2003 | Col. Ben Anderson
    The Cochise County View of the Border† Testimony of Ben L. Anderson Jr., Col US Army Retired, submitted to U.S. Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources, Representative Mark Souder, Chairman. † March 10, 2003 † Sirs: † My name is Ben L. Anderson Jr.; I am a retired U.S. Army Infantry Colonel.† I am a resident of Cochise County, Arizona.† I served my country for almost 3 decades as a soldier and officer in the U.S. Army.† A significant portion of my career was spent planning for defense of and defending other nationís borders.† We did quite...
  • Fort Florida

    03/10/2003 7:12:34 AM PST · by Joe Brower · 18 replies · 550+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | March 2, 2003 | CHUCK MURPHY and SYDNEY P. FREEDBERG
    Fort FloridaA federal program allows police agencies nationwide to equip themselves like the military, but with little training and not much oversight. An analysis in Florida shows a stockpile of unused weapons and overarmed communities. By CHUCK MURPHY and SYDNEY P. FREEDBERG© St. Petersburg Times, published March 2, 2003 The U.S. government needed M-16A1 No. 4814917 to kill the enemy in Vietnam. But by the summer of 1972, when workers at Colt's Manufacturing Co. fitted the parts and stamped the rifle with its serial number, the war was winding down. Eventually, the military shipped the rifle to a Marine support...