In Ferguson, a suburb of St Louis, peaceful protestors and media where fired upon by militarized police. The government has been giving local police Military equipment from battlefields across the world. Here is a list of current proven equipment used. In 2013 alone, $449,309,003.71 worth of property was transferred to law enforcement,” the agency’s website states.
Missouri police participating in the 1033 program have received -”aircraft (both fixed wing and rotary) and four-wheel drive vehicles (such as pickup trucks, blazers, ambulances and armored personnel carriers),” according to the state’s Department of Public Safety.
The motto of the 1033 program is “From Warfighter to Crimefighter.”
But now even colleges are acquiring these vehicles such as Ohio State University.
Lets take a look at what military equipment the local police are acquiring from the 1033 program.
The LRAD (Long Range Acoustic Device) was used for the first time in the USA in Pittsburgh during the time of G20 summit on September 24-25th, 2009. It is designed to pierce your ears and strike terror among its recipients.
Muckrock, Wisconsin Police received 160 fully automatic M-16 machine guns.
The Milwaukee Police Department has upgraded using the 1033 program to an advanced spying system known as “Stingray”. Stingray is a suitcase-sized device that masquerades as a cell tower to deceive cellphones into connecting to it allowing the police to download all your conversations and texts. A violation of your 4th amendment right. Hailstorm Technology, like Stingray, can download cell phone conversations and texts from local users. The ‘HailStorm’ is a device obtained by Police through the 1033 Program. There isn’t much information available on what exactly it can and cannot do.
Massachusetts police agency obtained grenade launchers through federal 1033 program.
MRAP (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicles are armored war vehicles used by various armed forces, whose designed purpose is surviving improvised explosive device. The government is givng away 13,000 of these to patrol American streets.
St Louis Police where quick to use a military medical vehicle as a offensive unit during the Ferguson riots. The Lenco BearCat is a armored personnel carrier designed for military evacuation.
The M113 is a military vehicle manufactured by BAE Systems. Dubbed “The Tank” by locals, is really a type of APC (Armored personal carrier) armed with a primary weapon of at most a 20mm autocannon before falling into the infantry fighting vehicle sub-classification, and will most likely be outfitted with one or more machine guns ranging from 5.56mm to 7.62mm.
The Sheriff in Rock County, Wisconsin, purchased one of these with a bearcat instead up upgrading out of date handguns.
The GTK Boxer is another form of APC (Armored personal carrier). The Military equipment has a multirole purpose designed to accomplish a number of operations through the use of different installable add ons. It could be a offensiv evehicle, or it could be a defensive vehicle. It is created and designed by the ARTEC GmbH (ARmoured vehicle TEChnology)
Police in Cobb County, Georgia, now have an amphibious tank.The sheriff of Richland County, S.C., proudly acquired a machine-gun-equipped armored personnel carrier that he nicknamed “The Peacemaker.” Business Insider Reports.
The manufacturers website touts –
“The Rook Vehicle is custom designed and fabricated by Ring Power Corporation, the North and Central Florida Caterpillar® dealer. Utilizing the powerful Cat® 287C Multi-Terrain Loader with 84 gross HP engine, 13,000 lbs. operating weight, rugged wide rubber tracks, dual joystick controls, and enclosed cab with air conditioning/heat and operator comfort seat, custom installed bullet-proof glass, and NIJ Level IV armor cab reinforcement fabrication.”
Once upon a time you where a conspiracy theorist for conjuring up a belief in Drones. Now you can expect everything from business’s to local law enforcement to be equipped with these units. These will come taser ready and with 3D inferred mapping so do not expect privacy, even in your own home.
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