Militarization of US Police Depts. (including Ferguson's) linked to Federal Program Called 1033
USA Today. So now we learn there's a totally "normalized" process in existence that militarizes police departments across the country, including Ferguson's. It's a federal program Called 1033. Anyone ever heard of this before? I hadn't.
According to Michelle McCaskill, a media representative for the Defense Logistics Agency:
The Ferguson Police Department is part of a federal program called 1033 that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars of surplus military equipment to civilian police forces across the United States. The materials range from small items, such as pistols and automatic rifles, to heavy armored vehicles such as the MRAPs used in Afghanistan and Iraq. [Good business for the US defense contractors who make the stuff!]
"In 2013 alone, $449,309,003.71 worth of property was transferred to law enforcement," the agency's website states.
According to McCaskill, the most recent transfer of military equipment from the Department of Defense to small Ferguson was in November and included two vehicles as well as a trailer and a generator. Details on the vehicles and their intended uses have not been released by the Pentagon. Information on any prior transfers is also unavailable.
So it's official. Local police departments are now subdivisions of the Pentagon and the DOD - and since he's in charge, Barack-I'm Good At Killing People-Obama.(*) What exactly is "local" about police departments anymore except (maybe) personnel?
We the citizens of the United States are all Gazans.
(*) I'm waiting for The Bringer of
Death Light to make a special announcement on TV: "The Ferguson police did an outstanding job, even though some folks were gassed."