Tuesday, December 6, 2011
More on the militarization of the police.
The Pentagon Is Offering Free Military Hardware To Every Police Department In The US.
Some folks see danger in the transfer of military equipment to local police, and there is that. But there is more danger in the psychology of federalization of local law enforcement than there is in this hardware.
As for me, I also see opportunity. Personally, I would like to thank the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations for spreading out all this military hardware into the hinterland where, in an emergency, the armed citizenry can get its hands on it without having to trespass on a military base.
In addition, the wars in Southwest Asia have also produced, like the French and Indian War before the Revolution, a large pool of veterans -- armed citizens -- skilled in the use of such equipment.
Every cloud has its silver lining.