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Local Cops Ready for War With Homeland Security-Funded Military Weapons

 
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Local Cops Ready for War With Homeland Security-Funded Military Weapons
Local Cops Ready for War With Homeland Security-Funded Military Weapons

Dec 21, 2011 4:45 AM EST

A decade of billions in spending in the name of homeland security has armed local police departments with military-style equipment and a new commando mentality. But has it gone too far? Andrew Becker and G.W. Schulz of the Center for Investigative Reporting report.

Nestled amid plains so flat the locals joke you can watch your dog run away for miles, Fargo treasures its placid lifestyle, seldom pierced by the mayhem and violence common in other urban communities. North Dakota’s largest city has averaged fewer than two homicides a year since 2005, and there’s not been a single international terrorism prosecution in the last decade.

But that hasn’t stopped authorities in Fargo and its surrounding county from going on an $8 million buying spree to arm police officers with the sort of gear once reserved only for soldiers fighting foreign wars.

Every city squad car is equipped today with a military-style assault rifle, and officers can don Kevlar helmets able to withstand incoming fire from battlefield-grade ammunition. And for that epic confrontation—if it ever occurs—officers can now summon a new $256,643 armored truck, complete with a rotating turret. For now, though, the menacing truck is used mostly for training and appearances at the annual city picnic, where it’s been parked near the children’s bounce house.

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12/21/2011 12:51 PM

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Re: Local Cops Ready for War With Homeland Security-Funded Military Weapons
Cops hopped up on steroids and armed to the teeth. Where is Barney Fife when you need him.
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12/21/2011 12:54 PM
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Re: Local Cops Ready for War With Homeland Security-Funded Military Weapons
this is actually a good thing,
go ahead and let the Military
arm local law enforcement.

When the ranks of LEO get over-run,
guess who now holds all that hardware ???

Civilian Militias !!!

Thanks uncle sam ;)

Send more weapons, more ammo.
lol

This is what happened in Libya.
Civilians broke into armories
and stole hardware to mount
a defense against Gadaffi.
Later on, NATO resupplied them
when the local stockpiles
became exhausted.
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12/21/2011 12:56 PM
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Re: Local Cops Ready for War With Homeland Security-Funded Military Weapons
This was a FEDERAL UNITED STATES INC. takeover of the Continental United States.

Sorry for your loss Americans. Stupid sheep. Pfft.
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12/21/2011 01:00 PM
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Re: Local Cops Ready for War With Homeland Security-Funded Military Weapons
This was a FEDERAL UNITED STATES INC. takeover of the Continental United States.

Sorry for your loss Americans. Stupid sheep. Pfft.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 7219874


you act like this just happened.
It didn't !!

It happened in 1871 by President Grant
after he defeated the South in the
Civil War. So you can thank the Yankees
for your corporate status. Don't
blame Johnny Reb ;)
We southerners tried to tell ya
but you wouldn't listen.

We would have still been a Republic
had the South won the war.
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12/21/2011 01:06 PM
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Re: Local Cops Ready for War With Homeland Security-Funded Military Weapons
This is more FEDERAL UNITED STATES INC. takeover of the Continental United States.

Sorry for your loss Americans. Stupid sheep. Pfft.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 7219874


you act like this just happened.
It didn't !!

It happened in 1871 by President Grant
after he defeated the South in the
Civil War. So you can thank the Yankees
for your corporate status. Don't
blame Johnny Reb ;)
We southerners tried to tell ya
but you wouldn't listen.

We would have still been a Republic
had the South won the war.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 7496676


Preaching to the choir but glad you are aware too. Maybe I should have said it this way. See above.

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