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War Gear Flows to Police Departments

New York Times
June 8, 2014

I'm glad to see this reported in the MSM.

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"NEENAH, Wis. — 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 America’s “long season of war,” the former tools of combat — M-16 rifles, grenade launchers, silencers and more — are ending up in local police departments, often with little public notice...

The equipment has been added to the armories of police departments that already look and act like military units. Police SWAT teams are now deployed tens of thousands of times each year, increasingly for routine jobs. Masked, heavily armed police officers..."

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/09/us/war-gear-flows-to-polic...



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Federal grant money...

flowing into the hands of the Military Industrial Complex. Happening for years now, it just sucks more this time, since we the people now appear to be the new enemy of the state.

Apparently, US weapons are not for just killing poor people around the world anymore.

So here are two local examples.

Hopefully with the "approval" of the New York Times to question the issue, it will lead more people to speak out at town meetings. I mean, educated concerned citizens read the NYT, not the riffraff who access alternative media sites!

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Here is an example

Mesa Co. Colorado

http://youtu.be/JxBBJ7GBo0s

NOSHEEPLE

All officers

who feel this way should be stuffed in an MRAP and sent to the Middle East.