Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Since 2006, the Pentagon has distributed 432 mine-resistant armored vehicles to local police departments. It has also doled out more than 400 other armored vehicles, 500 aircraft, and 93,000 assault rifles. the Defense Department has been making use of unused military equipment by giving it to local precincts. This is despite the fact that violent crime in the U.S. has steadily plummeted since 1993. Yet today, local police -- in cities and small towns across the country -- are increasingly loaded for bear. How did this militarization of the police force come about? It all seems to have started with an obscure section in a defense bill passed more than 20 years ago.

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Congress???? I will put this blame on the Military, they can either say its wrong , rufuse to follow orders, or step down. So far it seemd like militarys officers are going along with the plan

#1 | Posted by cmbell73 at 2014-08-18 10:16 AM | Reply | Flag:

Is this the same Congress that insists on buying tanks that the military says they do not need or want? This is all about money for military contractors that make this stuff.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2014-08-18 12:08 PM | Reply | Flag:

Good lord Danni. You don't even have to read the whole story to find out that it says a law passed 20 years ago.

#3 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-08-18 12:51 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

"Good lord Danni. You don't even have to read the whole story to find out that it says a law passed 20 years ago."

I didn't mean today's Congress specifically, I meant the U.S. Congress which is heavily influenced by lobbyists with lots of campaign contributions thereby causing Congress to represent them not us.

#4 | Posted by danni at 2014-08-18 01:10 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

#4 | Posted by danni at 2014-08-18 01:10 PM | Reply | Fl

That can be said of any congress in the last 50 years.

#5 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-08-18 01:28 PM | Reply | Flag:

This is what happens when one has a military economy, mission creep.

Turn those rifles to plows.

#6 | Posted by Prolix247 at 2014-08-18 08:57 PM | Reply | Flag:

USA crime rate falls and we expand law enforcement toys and capabilities.

Congress not only militarized our police, sent our jobs to China, failed to defend our borders, and invited Central America and Mexico and much of the 3rd world into the USA.

None of it makes any sense to the USA citizens.

#7 | Posted by Robson at 2014-08-19 11:28 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

None of it makes any sense to the USA citizens.

That's because USA citizens mistakenly believe that the people they send to congress represent them, and not the interests that pay for their campaigns.

#8 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2014-08-20 08:23 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Turn those rifles to plows.

#6 | Posted by Prolix247

I guess you want to plow up all the 'bad' parts of every city with them.

#9 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-08-20 09:13 AM | Reply | Flag:

None of it makes any sense to the USA citizens.

#7 | Posted by Robson

What has happened is................. the crime rate is down but the criminals have become much more violent. I believe mostly due to the drug running and dealing gangs.

#10 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-08-20 09:15 AM | Reply | Flag:

We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.

Barack Obama

Read more at www.brainyquote.com

#11 | Posted by DixvilleNotch at 2014-08-20 12:04 PM | Reply | Flag:

Dix,
Is your mission to spew the same misinformation across every thread?

Q: Is Obama planning a Gestapo-like "civilian national security force"?

A: This false claim is a badly distorted version of Obama's call for doubling the Peace Corps, creating volunteer networks and increasing the size of the Foreign Service.

www.factcheck.org

#12 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-08-20 01:24 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

Authoritarian rule, perfected by the US empire and its satellite societies like Israel, protects a transnational ruling class. This is the reigning ethos of our day, everywhere.

Decent Europeans cannot bring themselves to believe in the dysfunction and utter irresponsibility of the American State. But the lying on Panama, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Venezuela, Libya and North Korea; its record of overthrown governments; its black-op and false flag operations; and its stealthily garrisoning of the planet with some thousand military bases is truly breathtaking.

These connections should sensitize anti-war activists to prison abolitionism, rekindling the kinds of unlikely political alliances that made the anti Vietnam War era so threatening to the powers that be. In many respects, these connections are made, most recently during Occupy, as both military and policing cultures are criticized as racist, sexist and extremely brutal/ murderous.

As I write, these connections are being forced on the U.S. at gunpoint, eerily, immediately after Israel tore Gaza up again and news circulates that Ferguson police trained in Israel.

#13 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-08-20 01:50 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Even though violent crime is down, access to military grade weapons is rising. As the baddies increasingly get their hands on those, you expect the cops to take out their buck knives?

#14 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-08-20 03:36 PM | Reply | Flag:

As the baddies increasingly get their hands on those,

Can you actually provide a significant number of links (to different occurrences) of the cops having to deal with criminals in possession of military grade equipment?

#15 | Posted by jpw at 2014-08-21 02:04 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Military grade."

You mean assault weapons?

:)

#16 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-08-21 04:22 AM | Reply | Flag:

Dude, you hang around this place enough to know the new lingo.

In other words, what I meant was "assault-style equipment".

#17 | Posted by jpw at 2014-08-21 04:41 AM | Reply | Flag:

Even though violent crime is down, access to military grade weapons is rising
#14 | Posted by CrisisStills

Then we need greater access to military grade weapons, because that's what reduces crime!

As best I understand it, by the time you dial 9-1-1 it's too late anyway, right?

Let's just go all the way and eliminate the police. Let Congress give surplus military grade weapons directly to the public.

#18 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-08-21 05:26 AM | Reply | Flag:

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