Police Dept’s Across Country Acquiring Heavy-Duty Military Equipment… Why?

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In a piece that dovetails nicely with an article we posted, at The Cal Report, yesterday… we have to ask why is this happening??? Someone needs to start explaining why it is that police departments across America are up-arming to military-style heavy-duty equipment, tactical gear, and machinery…

Why does a police department which hasn’t had an officer killed in the line of duty in over 125 years in a town of less than 20,000 people need tactical military vests like those used by soldiers in Afghanistan?  For that matter, why does a police department in a city of 35,000 people need a military-grade helicopter? And what possible use could police at Ohio State University have for acquiring a heavily-armored vehicle intended to withstand IED blasts?

Why are police departments across the country acquiring heavy-duty military equipment and weaponry? For the same reason that perfectly good roads get repaved, perfectly good equipment gets retired and replaced, and perfectly good employees spend their days twiddling their thumbs—and all of it at taxpayer expense. It’s called make-work programs, except in this case, instead of unnecessary busy work to keep people employed, communities across America are finding themselves “gifted” with drones, tanks, grenade launchers and other military equipment better suited to the battlefield. And as I document in my book, A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, it’s all being done through federal programs that allow the military to “gift” battlefield-appropriate weapons, vehicles and equipment to domestic police departments across the country.

SC UN Blue MRAPIt’s a Trojan Horse, of course, one that is sold to communities as a benefit, all the while the real purpose is to keep the defense industry churning out profits, bring police departments in line with the military, and establish a standing army. As journalists Andrew Becker and G. W. Schulz report in their insightful piece, “Local Cops Ready for War With Homeland Security-Funded Military Weapons,” federal grants provided by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have “transformed local police departments into small, army-like forces, and put intimidating equipment into the hands of civilian officers. And that is raising questions about whether the strategy has gone too far, creating a culture and capability that jeopardizes public safety and civil rights while creating an expensive false sense of security.” For example, note Becker and Schulz:

In Montgomery County, Texas, the sheriff’s department owns a $300,000 pilotless surveillance drone, like those used to hunt down al Qaeda terrorists in the remote tribal regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan. In Augusta, Maine, with fewer than 20,000 people and where an officer hasn’t died from gunfire in the line of duty in more than 125 years, police bought eight $1,500 tactical vests. Police in Des Moines, Iowa, bought two $180,000 bomb-disarming robots, while an Arizona sheriff is now the proud owner of a surplus Army tank.

Small counties and cities throughout the country are now being “gifted” with 20-ton Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. MRAPs are built to withstand IED blasts, a function which seems unnecessary for any form of domestic policing, yet police in Jefferson County, New York, Boise and Nampa, Idaho, as well as High Springs, Florida, have all acquired MRAPs. Police in West Lafayette, Indiana also have an MRAP, valued at half a million dollars.

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  • http://Googlecrome kathy williams

    I AM THINKING THAT OBAMA IS GOING TO CALL OUT MARTIAL LAW AND THAT IS WHAT ALL THE ARMORED TRUCKS AND AMMO IS FOR !! only because there is so much civil unrest …..

    • Jim

      I agree with you fully Kathy, because if he does that, he can suspend elections and other things, and never has to worry about stepping down. After a bit he will come up with just the right push to put Patriots over the edge, then it will begin.

  • dwr3333333333

    We all know why accept the liars who support this president who are part of the lie/coverup to what this president and who this presdient really is! Half of them know why and the other half are in selective ignorance mode refusing to admit it!
    Why? Because Barrack Hussien Obama is a Islamist muslim who’s intent is to destroy America for his people, for Islam by weakening her from the inside out to the extent that his hand picked Generals, those that have replaced our real American Generals can levy an attack in the form of martial law via an ever slowly progression of state my state attack on our constitutional rights to bear arms and freedom of speech. He doesn’t want us to have arms to fight with, and he doesn’t want us to have the internet and cell phones to commuicate with one another when the time comes!
    The facts are out there, Google whats been happening, Google Obamas false flag attempts, google Generals that have been fired for refusing to set off nuc’s inside America to create an Electromagnetic pulse of which Obama would say our enemys attacked us with it rather then he did! Obama is loading up his followers with weapons, machinery and outside help to come in and overthrow the people of the constitution “REAL AMERICANS” with his rag headed scarf wearing world murdering thieves of both property and peoples lives!
    If you really knew who this president was, this war would not be waiting for obama and his terrorist to attack, we’d have already started this thing and removed him long ago from DC!
    Get off your ass’s people, follow Egypt’s lead! Or its going to be a lot harder when they come first!

  • https://www.facebook.com/ken.simon.50 Ken Simon

    I’m concerned with implementing local law enforcement (L.E.) with military battle equipment when it comes to full size tanks with the munitions, but those aren’t being handed to local L.E. I’ve worked in L.E. for over thirty years; I’ve seen our armored vehicle deployed dozens of times, which is really just that, ARMORED to protect the team of officers to protect life. It’s not the local L.E. you have to worry about; it’s the FEMA, DHS, NSA, IRS, and other federal agencies.

    The Agenda: Grinding America Down, which has been implemented in this country for many years, is finally at its final point to pull the trigger. The socialist / communist party has been successful in grinding down America from within, with a well planed out agenda by attacking each areas of American social / political / religious / culture. Joseph Stalin said this: “America is like a health body and its resistance is threefold: 1) its Patriotism, 2) its Morality, and its Spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within.”

    I believe that the Obama Administration is not addressing the debt ceiling because he wants a catastrophic financial collapse to cause a situation where he will enacted Martial Law, giving his federal agencies with their heavily military armored FEMA, DHS, NSA, and IRS agents to take over. The financial collapse with cause inflation, the masses (Obama-mites) those who are dependent on the government for their subsistence (food stamps, EPT,) while riot when they don’t get their food, or what every it is they believe they are entitled too. Obama will unleash his federal agents.

    They are tied into FEMA, in case of a National Emergency is declared, either it be a terrorist attack, a natural disaster or man made disaster, any civil unrest racial or political. I’ve been saying all along that with the FEMA camps and drones flying around our countries skies, we’re facing a potential complete government takeover with over two thirds of the American people never knowing what hit them (sheep). The Tyrant Obama will attempt to take over before he leaves office in three years. He will accomplish this by causing an economic melt down – A catastrophic economic crash (that’s why he is not curbing government spending), which will cause out-of-control inflation, causing the dependent people (Obama-mites) to start looting, rioting and murder in the streets. Obama will have no choice but to enact Martial Law and bring in his own goon squads to suppress the rioters. He will allow many of the cities that have conservative constituency to be destroyed and dismantlement by those Obama-mites. Why else would he and his cronies want to disarm the American people (middle class) and to rob you of your hard earned money? I hate to say it; his AGENDA is to grind down America little by little from within, until THEY can strike at the heart of America (The Middle Class). It’s been in progress for years, since the late 1950’s, Thank You very much to the Communist Party U.S.A., the “Ministry of Propaganda” the U.S. mainstream media, the Department of Education “Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted” – Vladimir Lenin founder of the Soviet Union. All of the laws that have been passed have some element of federal government take over of the States. I’m scared! The ACA – Affordable Care Act is full of stuff to take away our rights, using Health Care. I hate to say it; Hitler did the same thing in Germany before he took over Germany.

  • Smoot

    What else would you have the military do with all the excess equipment we have ,since we are scaling back on our presences in foriegn countries

  • https://www.facebook.com/BelRose58 Teresa Stanley Hurley

    I see the local police in my little town driving around in vehicles fit for military conflict. There is NO acceptable reason for it. This is a quiet town with little crime. What is going on?????!!!???

  • gregz

    They will be used exclusively for white insurrection. Simple explanation!

  • mullis

    Do they know something we don’t? Are they getting ready to exterminate the vermin when the “elite” take over?????

  • kathy sahlberg

    Well duh they go with the martial law signs that arent being delivered by big rigs across the country that snopes says dont exist. For the same reason everything is going haywire if we protest the president well- rebel or act out he can declare martial law. Thus suspending voting in a new president and getting his butt out of our white house. Oooops I think I just showed I am not wearing any blinders…..