The Business Insider reported that …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.
The pentagon has a little known 1033 program which has already given more than $500 million of military gear to U.S. police forces in 2011 alone…
Some of this equipment was used against the occupiers. I know the OWS are annoying, but do we really need to use military equipment against them?
I mean, I don’t want them to waste the equipment, but maybe they could buy less and give the money they save back to the taxpayers. I know that’s a wild and crazy idea.
From The Daily –
Thanks to it, cops in Cobb County, Ga. — one of the wealthiest and most educated counties in the U.S. — now have an amphibious tank. The sheriff of Richland County, S.C., proudly acquired a machine-gun-equipped armored personnel carrier that he nicknamed “The Peacemaker.”
This comes on top of grants from the Department of Homeland Security that enable police departments to buy vehicles such as “BearCats” — 16,000-pound bulletproof trucks equipped with battering rams, gun ports, tear-gas dispensers and radiation detectors. To date, more than 500 of these tank-like vehicles have been sold by Lenco, its Massachusetts-based manufacturer, according to a report in the Orlando Sentinel.
We now have a creeping militarization of our police.