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The Pentagon Equipped
Ferguson’s Police Dept.

Fiscal Times, by Brianna Ehley

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Posted By:JoniTx, 8/14/2014 3:38:56 PM

This week, the Midwestern town of Ferguson, MO, was transformed into a war zone--occupied by heavily armed police officers wearing Kevlar helmets, driving armored trucks and spraying tear gas at protestors and journalists. (Snip) A little-known provision in the Pentagon’s budget provides towns like Ferguson, MO and others with equipment that transforms their local police departments into battle-ready armed forces. Tucked away in the National Defense Authorization Act passed by Congress each year is the 1033 Program, formerly known as Section 1208, which authorizes the Secretary of Defense to transfer the Pentagon’s leftovers--like tanks and M-16s used by soldiers in

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: tank, 8/14/2014 3:58:57 PM     (No. 9966068)

If you outfit them like soldiers and let them have a soldier mentality, they are no longer serving the public. The public is their adversary.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: molly101, 8/14/2014 4:04:48 PM     (No. 9966078)

Although part of me thinks the police departments are turning into Gestapo type policing, the other part of me thinks it´s warranted.
If it were my son facing these thugs, I would want him as fully prepared as they were.
I haven´t made up my mind about this particular case, but in general, the police face some very evil people on a day to day basis.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: 4Justice, 8/14/2014 4:42:17 PM     (No. 9966123)

Ferguson is not the 1960s Watts riots. It has had some bad moments but the cops are making it worse. They are also stopping the press from getting videos and photos. They don´t want anyone to know the truth. The biggest problem here is that have allowed police departments to become militarized gestapo mixed with young recruits that have street gang mentality and many are rogue cowboys who think their weapons are an extension of their manhood. These are not your friendly neighborhood policeman who waa public servant anymore. Nowadays they all act like EVERYBODY is a criminal who just hasn´t been caught yet...including little old ladies and quiet school children. It is sickening. My grandpa has to be spinning in his grave.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Gagolfer, 8/14/2014 5:03:32 PM     (No. 9966155)

I just read that MO governor has officially called in the State Police to be in charge of law enforcement in Ferguson starting tonight. A very smart move. State Police are very highly trained and more professional than most local and county police, who in this case seem to have been drunk with power the last few nights.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: NJVol, 8/14/2014 5:51:33 PM     (No. 9966196)

Not so sure about that, gagolfer. From a compassionate and reasonableness sense, I would rather deal with my local cops than the state troopers in NJ any day of the week.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Gagolfer, 8/14/2014 7:33:41 PM     (No. 9966309)

LOL. I´m originally am from NY state. Know all about the NY State troopers. But in the kind of situation in MO now I would rather trust the troopers to know how to perform.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: bugboy, 8/14/2014 10:40:56 PM     (No. 9966530)

Police forces in this country are starting to look like the SS circ. 1936 Germany. They have the black uniforms, black vehicles, the belief that the public, that pays their salaries, are the enemy and another poster is right, it won´t be long before they have the ´I´m superior´ mentality.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: birddog, 8/14/2014 11:28:41 PM     (No. 9966559)

Sean Hannity had some stuff about this on the radio as I was driving from work..The town´s only "Military Surplus" materials was an emergency generator and some Kevlar vests. All of the gear raising haclkles they got somewhere other than the Military.

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Soopermexican caught this tweet from Pelosi, which he calls “brutal stupidity.”Nancy Pelosi @NancyPelosi Follow An American family can´t just change their address to avoid paying taxes. @HouseGOP, why can corporations? Let´s put the #MiddleClassFirst! 4:54 PM - 12 Sep 2014 As the multimillionaire Pelosi surely knows, individuals and corporations (which are artificial people under the law) can change their addresses and thereby change their tax burdens. It happens every day. I know that from personal experience. I moved from high-tax Maryland to low-tax Texas a few years back and gave myself a very nice raise and bought a bigger house than I’d had up north even though my

   

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