US Police Departments Preparing For War!

Shawn Ozbun

One of the most alarming trends growing in America, is the out of control police state.
We have a growing number of no knock raids that are leading to unwarranted civilian casualties, stop and frisk without probably cause, search and seizers without warrants, destruction of recording equipment by police not wanting to be filmed, and police brutality here in the land of the free.
Let’s also not forget that we have 25% of the worlds prisoners, while only having 5% of the worlds population. The United States has more people incarcerated then any other country in the world.
If all of that doesn’t disturb you greatly, then maybe the fact that our police are preparing for war in the streets of American will.

War Gear Flows To Police Departments
According to the NY Times,
During the Obama administration, according to Pentagon data, police departments have received tens of thousands of machine guns; nearly 200,000 ammunition magazines; thousands of pieces of camouflage and night-vision equipment; and hundreds of silencers, armored cars and aircraft.
The equipment has been added to the armories of police departments that already look and act like military units. Police SWAT teams are now deployed tens of thousands of times each year, increasingly for routine jobs. Masked, heavily armed police officers in Louisiana raided a nightclub in 2006 as part of a liquor inspection. In Florida in 2010, officers in SWAT gear and with guns drawn carried out raids on barbershops that mostly led only to charges of “barbering without a license.”


What’s even more disturbing about this police militarization, other then the obvious, is the reasoning given by a police department in Indiana as to why they need military vehicles.
Again, according to the NY Times,
Pentagon data suggest how the police are arming themselves for such worst-case scenarios. Since 2006, the police in six states have received magazines that carry 100 rounds of M-16 ammunition, allowing officers to fire continuously for three times longer than normal. Twenty-two states obtained equipment to detect buried land mines.
In the Indianapolis suburbs, officers said they needed a mine-resistant vehicle to protect against a possible attack by veterans returning from war.
“You have a lot of people who are coming out of the military that have the ability and knowledge to build I.E.D.’s and to defeat law enforcement techniques,” Sgt. Dan Downing of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department told the local Fox affiliate, referring to improvised explosive devices, or homemade bombs. Sergeant Downing did not return a message seeking comment.
Why do police departments need military style equipment?
The question that needs to be asked, is why..? Why would the police department need to be afraid of returning veterans? Why are police departments around the country preparing for an all out war?
More importantly,who is behind this police military beef up and who’s funding it..?
If you can find out who’s providing the funds and the equipment, then you can get a pretty good idea of who’s agenda is being served. According to a report done by RT USA, it’s the Department of Homeland Security giving out the grants to local police departments around the country.
Image: Reuters/Jessica Rinaldi

Image: Reuters/Jessica Rinaldi

According to RT,
All across the state, and the country, the trend is similar. From picking up military surplus to using to $35 billion in grants from the Department of Homeland Security to acquire the most advanced weapons, police forces across America are armed to the teeth.
And as Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer puts it, the effects are not only tactical, but psychological.
To put it bluntly: “It’s a lot more intimidating than a Dodge.”
Every American, should be deeply concerned to see this police military build up taking place in the streets of the United States. Every American should be very alarmed, and asking the question, Why?