Wednesday, August 20, 2014


Going out to dinner soon with an old friend.  No time for the movie show, TV or the Scission page...

We've been hearing a lot about militarization of the police of late.  Here is an eye opening graphic visual of just what we are talking about from Popular Resistance.

Data On Transfer Of Military Gear To Police Departments

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WASHINGTON — Since President Obama took office, the Pentagon has transferred to police departments 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.
In May, The New York Times requested and received from the Pentagon its database of transfers since 2006. The data underpinned an article in June and helped inform coverage of the police response this month in Ferguson, Mo., after an officer shot Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager.
The Times is now posting the raw data to GitHub here. With this data, which is being posted as it was received, people can see what gear is being used in their communities. The equipment is as varied as guns, computers and socks.
The Pentagon-to-police transfer program is not new. Congress created it during the drug war, as a way to increase police firepower in the fight against drug gangs. But since 9/11, as the Pentagon geared up to fight two wars, then drew down as those wars ended, the amount of available military surplus has ballooned.
Now, after a week of confrontation between protesters in Ferguson and heavily armed police, members of Congress are criticizing the trickle down of military gear.

Mapping the Spread of the Military’s Surplus Gear

State and local police departments obtain some of their military-style equipment through a free Defense Department program created in the early 1990s. While the portion of their gear that comes from the program is relatively small (most of it is paid for by the departments or through federal grants), detailed data from the Pentagon illustrates how ubiquitous such equipment has become. Highlighted counties have received guns, grenade launchers, vehicles, night vision or body armor through the program since 2006.

Aircraft: Planes and helicopters
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Armored Vehicles: Including cars and trucks
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Body Armor: Including vests and helmets
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Grenade Launchers: Usually used for smoke grenades and tear gas
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Night Vision: Including sights, binoculars, and accessories
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Assault Rifles: 5.56-mm and 7.62-mm rifles
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