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Jul 24, 2008

Militarized Police State America


Americans Are Living (And Dying) In A Militarized Police State

Today, police departments across the United States more closely resemble an occupying army than they do public servants responding to calls for help. Police officers can now be seen wearing helmets and body armor and carrying AR-15's, just to deliver simple warrants. The militarization of our police departments not only gives the appearance of a military dictatorship but places the public at great risk.

No less than 70 percent of U.S. cities now have SWAT teams. In cities with a population of 50,000 or more, 90 percent have SWAT teams.

Eastern Kentucky University professor Peter Kraska told the Washington Post that SWAT teams are currently sent out 40,000 times a year in the U.S. During the 1980's, SWAT teams were only used 3,000 times a year. Most of the time, SWAT teams are being sent out to simply serve warrants on non-violent drug offenders.

Many municipalities are using Homeland Security grants to even purchase large armored vehicles. The Pittsburgh Police Department now uses their 20-ton armored truck complete with rotating turret and gun ports to deliver many of their warrants. Pittsburgh Police Sgt. Barry Budd recently told the Associate Press: "We live on being prepared for 'what if'."

2 Comments:

At 11:41 AM , Blogger Anna Van Z said...

This is just flat-out nuts. I also read the linked article, and am speechless.
I think I just got a big question resolved in my mind - that is, would our own area police and National Guard folks really round us up as dissidents if BushCo declares Martial Law?
If someone ends up dead in their own home because "someone" said they they had marijuana/seeds, then I'm guessing these uniformed folks are going to kill or incarcerate whomever they are told to.

 
At 7:14 PM , Blogger Indigobusiness said...

I've wondered about the same sort of thing.

Seems ultimate allegiance in America has boiled down to a payday.

Martial law appears to have crept-up on us incrementally.

 

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