Monday, March 4, 2013

All Hail the Police State, part 15

You'd think with all the talks about how the federal government has to cut it's budget, we'd stop seeing billions of dollars spend on military hardware for use within our borders.  But alas, that is not the case.  Here is a Department of Homeland Security officer boasting about the capabilities of their new troop transport.  It has firing ports so officers can shoot from inside the vehicle and it's mine-proof.  You know, because of all the times criminals use mines in the US.  I can't think of a time I've read about a mine deployed inside this country.  This sort of hardware makes a lot of sense for the military by why it's continuing to be purchased for domestic use baffles me.  Oh, and there were more than 2,700 of these put into service inside the US last year.

And from the same DHS, the department that didn't even exist before 2001, we have the specs demanded for the current generation of drones.  They need to be able to identify a person with a gun at night and eavesdrop on cell conversations.  Again, for deployment within the US.  To take pictures and listen to the conversation of citizens, people minding their own business and following the law.  That's rubbish, and shockingly enough, not being cut as part of the sequester.

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