Written by: Joseph Lemieux at theantimedia.org
The Posse Comitatus Act was enacted to prevent any federal military force from implanting itself on american streets, and enacting as a civilian law enforcement. Many consider such an act as Martial law, or military rule. Don’t fret, the federal government has found a way around this act, and its called the 1033 program that began in the 90′s!
The 1033 program has flooded our local police forces with military equipment, and has turned them from Peace Officers, to a domestic army. The founders have warned us that a domestic army would be the greatest threat to american freedom, and they might just be right. It’s not hard to see as our police forces respond to not only warrants for non violent drug offences, but protests with an overwhelming military style presence. Officers has stopped looking like officers, and more like soldiers all kitted out with fully automatic weapons, armored vehicles, body armor, grenades launchers, night vision, and even bayonets! Besides the cost of liberty, how much has this domestic army cost you the tax payer?
It’s estimated over $4.3 billion worth of property has been distributed to local agencies.
Keep in mind that through this program, other property is transferred as well, like office supplies, medical equipment ect. The entirety of the price tag is not just on weapons. With that in mind there is still well over 500 MRAP vehicles in the hands of local police, and thousands of other weapons. MRAPs owned by local police are more than likely in your very own county! Also keep in mind these numbers do not include other portions of the the police state such as the NSA’s budget, which is in the billions.
These are weapons of war in the streets of America, held by the same people that tell you your semi-automatic rifle is a weapon of war, and shouldn’t belong in civilian hands. Now people like to bash government for it’s wasteful spending, but it seems they are being more responsible in this case, bringing those weapons of war used to oppress people in distant lands, right back at home!
Original Source: http://theantimedia.org/taxpayers-police-state/