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America’s police are looking more and more like the military

Posted By admin On October 8, 2013 @ 10:26 am In U.S. News | Comments Disabled

Michael Shank and Elizabeth Beavers
London Guardian [1]
October 8, 2013

America’s streets are looking more and more like a war zone. Last week, in a small county in upstate New York with a population of roughly 120,000 people, county legislators approved the receipt of a 20-ton Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle, donated by the US Defense Department to the county sheriff.

Between the Armored Personnel Carriers locking down main streets in major American cities – mimicking our MRAPs in Afghanistan – or Special Weapons and Tactics (Swat) and Special Forces units canvassing our country, if we’re not careful, this militarization of our domestic policing will make-over America, and fast.

Here’s how it all happened. A little-known Pentagon program has been quietly militarizing American police forces for years. A total of $4.2bn worth of equipment has been distributed by the Defense Department to municipal law enforcement agencies, with a record $546m in 2012 alone.

In the fine print of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 1997, the “1033 program” was born. It allows the Defense Department to donate surplus military equipment to local police forces.

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[1] London Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/07/militarization-local-police-america

[2] U.S. Military Program Arming Local Police Expands: http://www.prisonplanet.com/u-s-military-program-arming-local-police-expands.html

[3] The Pentagon Is Offering Free Military Hardware To Every Police Department In The US: http://www.prisonplanet.com/the-pentagon-is-offering-free-military-hardware-to-every-police-department-in-the-us.html

[4] Pentagon Gifts Local Cops with “Cast Off” Military Hardware: http://www.prisonplanet.com/pentagon-gifts-local-cops-with-%e2%80%9ccast-off%e2%80%9d-military-hardware.html

[5] Small Town Police Are Tooling Up With Elite Military Hardware: http://www.prisonplanet.com/small-town-police-are-tooling-up-with-elite-military-hardware.html

[6] Are Police in America Now a Military, Occupying Force?: http://www.prisonplanet.com/are-police-in-america-now-a-military-occupying-force.html

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