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Title: Attorney General Jeff Sessions: Hurricane Harvey Is Proof We Need To Militarize Our Police Forces
Source: TechDirt
URL Source: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/2 ... tarize-our-police-forces.shtml
Published: Aug 31, 2017
Author: Mike Masnick
Post Date: 2017-09-08 11:28:32 by Deckard
Keywords: None
Views: 220
Comments: 7

from the say-what-now? dept

Earlier we wrote about Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions bringing back the Defense Department's 1033 program, which helped militarize local police forces with surplus military equipment. We've been covering all sorts of problems with the 1033 program over the years, and people like Radley Balko have written entire books on the problem. And the previous ban on the 1033 only put a fairly narrow limit on the practice of militarizing police -- but now even those modest limits are gone.

What's truly incredible, however, is the complete nonsense being used to justify this. Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave a speech about this on Monday, in which he trotted out his standard misleading and out-of-context stats, falsely claiming that there's some massive new crimewave across the country, when there's really just been a tiny bump after decades of decline in crime rates (the use of percentages by Sessions shows the he likely knows the absolute numbers are so meaningless that he has to mislead with percentages working off a small base).

But, even with the usual misleading claims about violence and violence directed towards police, I still never expected him to... point to Houston and the impact of Hurricane Harvey as a reason for increased police militarization. But that's exactly what he did:

Those restrictions went too far. We will not put superficial concerns above public safety. All you need to do is turn on a tv right now to see that for Houstonians this isn’t about appearances, its about getting the job done and getting everyone to safety.

Wait. Law enforcement in Houston needs surplus military equipment to rescue people? Last I've seen it's been tons of good hearted people using boats of all kinds going around and rescuing people. I don't see much need for military equipment.

Once again, this looks like law enforcement using "any means necessary" to justify getting their military surplus toys, despite tremendous evidence of how this process is abused, how it harms community relations and how it leads to civil rights of the public being violated. To point to the disaster in Houston as a reason for restarting the program is not just frivolous, it's dangerous.

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#1. To: Deckard (#0)

I wish he'd just prosecute Hillary Milhaus Felon and otherwise shut the fvck up.
Somebody needs to name a line of rolling papers after Sleepy Jeff.

Hank Rearden  posted on  2017-09-08   16:46:24 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Deckard (#0) (Edited)

A Miami Vice preemptive nuclear strike on Hurricane Irma when it's over Cuba!

It's for Officer Safety.

And after twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on His head

hondo68  posted on  2017-09-08   16:58:14 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Hank Rearden (#1)

Sessions' BIG job is to do two things: (1) End the probe of Trump by firing the Special Prosecutor, and (2) Hire a special prosecutor to persecute Hillary Clinton and her entourage.

That is what Sessions should be doing.

Since he won't, Trump should fire his sniveling cowardly little ass and hire somebody with the balls to do what needs to be done.

But Trump doesn't seem inclined to do that.

Vicomte13  posted on  2017-09-08   17:54:16 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Deckard (#0)

Once again, this looks like law enforcement using "any means necessary" to justify getting their military surplus toys...

The driving force here are the military manufacturers wanting to expand their market from the military to police departments. Profits drive this, not need. It's that whole military-industrial complex thing.

Tooconservative  posted on  2017-09-09   3:25:22 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Deckard (#0)

Sessions needs to be removed from office.

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2017-09-09   10:16:27 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: Tooconservative (#4)

The driving force here are the military manufacturers wanting to expand their market from the military to police departments.

And there you have it. It's all about union jobs for the left,and corporate profits for the right. We,the people,are caught in the middle and being squeezed.

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2017-09-09   10:17:55 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: Deckard (#0)

Watch it Jeff. You're playing into the hands of the loony left! The central socialist government needs to pull out of dictating anything to the states!

Liberals are like Slinkys. They're good for nothing, but somehow they bring a smile to your face as you shove them down the stairs.

IbJensen  posted on  2017-09-12   10:56:20 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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