Saturday, August 23, 2014

Wanna take a look at the USA's war arsenal used as police gear?

You know that there are several billionaire fat cats behind the militarization of the US police force from the left-overs from the excessive orders the fat cats got Uncle Sam to cut on them, don't you?  These are the same fat cats that clamor for US entering military forays here, there, everywhere. US is not the only country having these kind of ghoulish citizens, Russia is another country with plenty of fat cats also clamoring for war. When the big one breaks out, remember it's not really the leaders but the puppet masters who will bring us gloom and doom.

Matt Apuzzo writing at NYTimes:
Since President Obama took office,  the Pentagon has transferred to police departments 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.

In May, The New York Times requested and received from the Pentagon its database of transfers since 2006. The data underpinned an article in June and helped inform coverage of the police response this month in Ferguson, Mo., after an officer shot Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager.

The Times is now posting the raw data to GitHub here. With this data, which is being posted as it was received, people can see what gear is being used in their communities. The equipment is as varied as guns, computers and socks.

The Pentagon-to-police transfer program is not new. Congress created it during the drug war, as a way to increase police firepower in the fight against drug gangs. But since 9/11, as the Pentagon geared up to fight two wars, then drew down as those wars ended, the amount of available military surplus has ballooned.....

Now, after a week of confrontation between protesters in Ferguson and heavily armed police, members of Congress are criticizing the trickle down of military gear.

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