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midnight

(26,624 posts)
Thu Jun 28, 2012, 08:45 AM Jun 2012

Small Town Police Amass 'Battlefield-Grade Arsenals' in New Federal Program

Small Town Police Amass 'Battlefield-Grade Arsenals' in New Federal Program
- Common Dreams staff
Police departments across the US have begun to amass 'battlefield-grade arsenals' thanks to a new federal program which provides excess military equipment to state and local civilian law enforcement agencies, the Danger Room reported Tuesday.


An Honeywell T-Hawk UAV, also known as the beer-keg drone. The Miami-Dade Police Department became the first major metropolitan area police to acquire this drone in January 2011. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
The program titled the “Department of Defense Excess Property Program" facilitates the selling of military surplus equipment, such as amphibious tanks, at "virtually no cost except for shipment and maintenance" to small town departments.

As of May 15th, the program had distributed almost $400 million worth of military arsenal to small town police departments within 2012 alone. In 2011, more than 700,000 items were transferred to police departments for a total value of $500 million.

“There’s been an unmistakable trend toward more and more militarization of American law enforcement...There’s no justification for them having that kind of equipment, for one obvious reason, and that is if they have it, they will find a way to use it. And if they use it they will misuse it altogether too many times,” stated Norm Stamper, former Chief of the Seattle Police Department.http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/06/26-9

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Small Town Police Amass 'Battlefield-Grade Arsenals' in New Federal Program (Original Post) midnight Jun 2012 OP
Typically these armaments are used in drug raids Ezlivin Jun 2012 #1
Great, now they can launch these against citizens like they RKP5637 Jun 2012 #2
They'll have those suburban food rioters in Zone 6 mopped up in no time leveymg Jun 2012 #3
Or in District 9 FailureToCommunicate Jun 2012 #7
IS MNU a division of RDA or the other way around? Is Weyland Yutani the Holding Company for both? leveymg Jun 2012 #8
Du rec. Nt xchrom Jun 2012 #4
Thanks for bringing more awareness to this trend!! hue Jun 2012 #5
Who's the enemy? AnotherMcIntosh Jun 2012 #6
Excellent question! I often wonder the same. Are "we the people" now the enemy to fear? n/t RKP5637 Jun 2012 #9

Ezlivin

(8,153 posts)
1. Typically these armaments are used in drug raids
Thu Jun 28, 2012, 08:48 AM
Jun 2012

Even in my small town the local police have an armored personnel carrier and they love to trot that out when anyone is thought to be a grower or running a meth lab.

Without the drug war there would be little call and little use for military-grade weapons.

RKP5637

(67,102 posts)
2. Great, now they can launch these against citizens like they
Thu Jun 28, 2012, 08:53 AM
Jun 2012

were the enemy. Are our citizens now the next fear propaganda for the US. This militarization of American law enforcement is getting out of control as the citizens of this country snooze.

There are big bucks made by this supply chain and it will eventually end in disaster. One only need look at other countries when the gov. and police forces are way over militarized.

Wake the F up Americans.

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