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Fast and Furious II now in production?

28 June 2012

Sometimes I learn more from snark sites like Wonkette than I do from the “real” news.

Via Wired. via Wonkette:

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?

One Comment leave one →
  1. 29 June 2012 9:59 am

    The militarization of US police forces and sheriff’s departments is deplorable as it is. The gunning down of people in their own homes (oops, wrong address, sorry!), tanks, helicopters, drones, heavy weapons — none of this should be what a police force is equipped with in their efforts to “serve” and “protect.” It is mainly through the insane drug war and the mass consumption of military equipment (the US spends more on the military than the next 14 largest militaries combined!) that these police forces end up with these ridiculous armaments.

    Then. Then from the police forces, these things spread into the population and adjoining countries, legitimately or illegitimately.

    So the mass spending on the military corporatist industrial complex and the oppression and outright murderous efforts of the “drug war” are making life worse for far more than “drug dealers.” The populace of the USA must live with an alienated and alienating police force, increased violence, and sharply reduced civil rights.

    And Mexico (and Columbia, and Honduras, and, and, and, ) must live with mass violence and horrific crimes all spurred by the USA’s refusal to look at what would “work” rather than what funds the politicians corporate sponsors, all the while demonstrating (or thinking they are) who has the biggest cojones regarding “drugs.”

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