Turning Cops Into Soldiers – John Friend

…The militarization of American law enforcement has been taking place for well over a decade, particularly following the events of 9-11 and the rise of the Homeland Security mind- set, where everyone is a suspect and a potential terrorist….


D.C. ramps up militarization of police forces across the nation

Turning Cops Into Soldiers



By John Friend

Recent reports emerging from Utah have traditional American conservatives, nationalists and civil libertarians in an outrage at the extent of the militarization of domestic U.S. law enforcement agencies, including their practices, tactics and equipment. And while the military-industrial-banking complex may be slavering over the profits it sees from programs like Utah’s, regular citizens are increasingly in the crosshairs of these new soldier-cops, a dangerous prospect for anyone who may find himself at the mercy of U.S. law enforcement.

An investigative article recently appearing in The Salt Lake Tribune exposed the 1033 Program managed by the Department of Defense, which provides state and local American police forces with military weaponry and equipment.

This past year, the Utah Highway Patrol—totaling about 500 troopers—received a mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicle, known as an MRAP, typically reserved for war zones. According to the Tribune, law enforcement agencies in Utah also received 1,230 rifles, four grenade launchers, 17 .45-caliber pistols and a variety of magazines and accessories through the 1033 Program.

The article notes that Congress initiated the 1033 Program in 1996 in an effort to transfer military surplus equipment and weaponry to local and state law enforcement agencies. “According to the Defense Logistics Agency, the Pentagon office responsible for the program, it has given $4.2 billion worth of equipment to police, including $502 million just in 2011,” the Tribune reported.

The increasingly militarized nature of domestic American law enforcement has led to widespread abuses of American citizens and consistent violations of their basic civil and human rights. As AFP’s own Dave Gahary recently reported, many American citizens have tragically seen their own family pets shot and killed [admin: Please, when you have the police come to your home, you first lock up your pets, BEFORE YOU OPEN THE DOOR, if you have any sense at all! Or do you think the cop is going to have to run a pet test first to see if it is save for him to enter??? And put your kids away, too!!! Lock them in. And don’t ask the cop if you can first put your pet away. He will not let you because he does not know if you are going to get a gun] as a result of out-of-control police tactics across the United States. The American people, including women, young adults and the elderly, have been viciously abused by thuggish cops in recent years, with many of these incidents being filmed and uploaded to the Internet. Many attribute these types of abuses to the militarization of American police forces.

“Over 5,000 more people have been killed in the U.S. by police than U.S. soldiers have fallen during the Iraq war over the last 10 years,” according to a recent report by BuzzsawTV. “The figure seems to reflect the increased militarization of police and, shockingly, means that you are 29 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist.”

The militarization of American law enforcement has been taking place for well over a decade, particularly following the events of 9-11 and the rise of the Homeland Security mind- set, where everyone is a suspect and a potential terrorist.

Independent researchers, investigative journalists and honest news outlets, such as AFP, have exposed 9-11 as an elaborate false-flag event planned, organized and executed by criminal elements within the American political and media establishment with direct ties to Israel.

The events of 9-11 have been used to justify not only the fraudulent and disastrous wars America and her NATO allies currently find themselves involved in, but also to justify the tyrannical abuses of the Constitution and the rise and establishment of the militarized police state, epitomized by the Department of Homeland Security.

Philip Giraldi, a former counter-terrorism specialist with the CIA and current executive director of the Council for the National Interest, has argued that since the events of 9-11, “the United States has abandoned many liberties, constitutional constraints, and its rule of law to become more like Israel”— which includes the increasing militarization of domestic law enforcement agencies and organizations—in order to combat perceived terrorist threats.

Even basic law enforcement practices in the United States, such as serving arrest warrants and policing the streets, are becoming more and more militarized.

Kara Dansky, a senior lawyer investigating the 1033 Pro- gram on behalf of the ACLU, was quoted by the Tribune as stating, “When police use military-style tactics and weapons to serve warrants on people’s homes, what we’ve seen is violence ensue.”           ★


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