Fast and Furious II now in production?
Sometimes I learn more from snark sites like Wonkette than I do from the “real” news.
In 2011 alone, more than 700,000 items were transferred to police departments for a total value of $500 million. This year, as of May 15, police departments already acquired almost $400 million worth of stuff. Last year’s record would have certainly been shattered if the Arizona Republic hadn’t revealed in early May that – and then sold the gear to others, something that is strictly forbidden.…
By coincidence I also saw in passing mention that the gangsters here have all kinds of weaponry … even tanks and boats. That’s not surprising, and I see those kinds of stories so often, I really don’t pay much attention to them. But it does make me wonder if the gangsters, besides easily buying weaponry in Arizona and Texas gunstores, aren’t just getting them from and how? One possibility are those “surplus” military items being <a href="Arizona Sheriffs Departments or other “law enforcement” units.
I’ve suspected for years that one of the more “legitimate” means U.S. weaponry is flowing here is through the unregulated “private security” business. Private security firms are almost completely unregulated in Mexico, and non-existent “private security” companies … or even genuine police departments in Mexico can buy U.S. hardware and “law enforcement equipment” without much problem.
Does anyone track any of what goes south… or only when it’s convenient for Republican congress-critters trying to make mischief does it become at all important?