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Monday, 18 August 2014

Why the DoD, DHS & FEMA Militarized America’s Local Police Depts

Susan Posel

House Representative Hank Johnson has brought the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act (SMLE) back for consideration because it would prevent the local police departments nationwide from obtaining military-grade equipment from the Department of Defense (DoD).

SMLE would prohibit the DoD from giving local law enforcement:

• Mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles
• Military grade weapons
• Firearms
• Computers
• Helicopters
• Clothing
• “other products”

This legislation would also place a “moratorium on weapons transfers through the [DoD] after reports of missing equipment and inappropriate weapons transfers.”

In another attempt to demilitarize agencies of the federal government, House Representative Chris Stewart proposed the Regulatory Agency De-militarization Act (RAD).

According to Stewart’s press release : “In recent years, numerous federal regulatory agencies – including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Food and Drug Agency (FDA) and the Department of Education (DoE) – have created their own special law enforcement teams to conduct their own arrests and raids. This is in part a product of the 2002 Homeland Security Act , which gave most Offices of Inspector General (OIG) arrest and firearm authority.”

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