This is what I hope to be the first of a series of posts on the militarization of America. The most tragic results of this political policy, are the murders and deaths of thousands of citizens (literally thousands). I don’t have the stats yet but, I think I feel pretty confident that many police officers are military veterans who were sent to Iraq or Afghanistan where they were indoctrinated, whether directly or Indirectly, that civilians are the enemy. These deaths in the news are the end result of fear mongering by callous, unscrupulous, ambitious, politicians, who are in many cases, sociopaths. They’ve not only fear mongered the average person, but especially law enforcement. I mean sociopath seriously. I think by the time I get through this series you’ll come to the same conclusion.
One reason I’m writing this series, is because my local small town police department is one of the localities that has accepted military equipment from the federal government. It’s not Los Angeles, it’s not NY, it’s not Chicago. South Lake Tahoe is a small mountain town that now owns an armored personnel carrier designed to patrol the war torn streets of Baghdad. I work in a public place, and you should see them when they are out in public, they look like they’re ready for war. Their utility belts must weigh between twenty and thirty pounds. Not counting the bullet proof vests.
Watch the video. These are not the police departments of our youth
Across America, Police Departments Are Quietly Preparing For War
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 06/09/2014 23:44 -0400
At first blush, the title of this post could be perceived as somewhat hyperbolic by those who still have an impression of America’s police departments as bastions of safety, designed “to protect and to serve” the population of the “land of the free.” However, said impression would be promptly washed away upon reading an article in today’s NYT which citing Pentagon data, reveals that under the Obama administration, “police departments have received tens of thousands of machine guns; nearly 200,000 ammunition magazines; thousands of pieces of camouflage and night-vision equipment; and hundreds of silencers, armored cars and aircraft.“
Which begs the question: just who is America’s police force, and by extension the Obama administration, which is behind this quiet militarization of local police forces with weapons that would normally be seen in a warzone, preparing for war against?
And while we already documented America’s conversation to a turnkey totalitarian banana republic (confirmed over a year later by Edward Snowden), behold America’s conversion to a police state: