In the introduction to this forum when it was created, it's creator laid down this as it's second reason for being....
2) The militarization of police in the United States and around the world
So, while this material isn't precisely hot off the presses? The impacts and arrival of gear on our streets and in our public squares is accelerating
and becoming more noticeable. Some folks in media and around the nation have suggested this isn't so, but it is and for logical reasons. The're short
sighted and ill considered reasons for consequence, but they are logical reasons.
The U.S. Department of Defense has been running a fairly constant 600-700 billion a year for years. It's always taken a breath taking amount. What
does all that do? 'It goes to contractors!'..is the common charge, and it's correct to a fair degree. It is going to buying new stuff while improving
current stuff. Stuff Stuff and MORE stuff.
I checked earlier...and 700 Billion, if the Department of Defense were it's own nation, would place it as #20 for wealthiest, right behind Saudi
Arabia. Imagine just how MUCH stuff that makes in a system where "Use it or lose it" is the motto by which annual department spending runs.
Enter...The Congressional Research Service's Report and what I came to share.
Property considered surplus can be reused, transferred, donated, or sold; potential recipients may include law enforcement agencies, school
systems, medical institutions, civic and community organizations, libraries, homeless assistance providers, state and local government agencies, and
the public. During FY2008, about 56,000 military organizations and components turned in over 3.5 million items to DLA Disposition Services.4 About
half of all surplus items are designated for the foreign military sales program, and about half are made available to other government agencies,
eligible donees, or sold to the public.5
A bit more digging and I found where a lot of this military stuff is coming from....
State and Local Governments
If property cannot be reused or transferred to other federal agencies, it may be donated to state and local government programs. Each state has
designated a “State Agency for Surplus Property Program,” a local governing authority to receive and distribute all federal surplus property. The
program authorizes “screeners” to handle the logistics, and the state agency may charge a fee for handling the transaction. Eligible recipients
include, but are not limited to, organizations that promote public health, safety, education, recreation, conservation, and other public needs,
including veterans groups and Native American organizations. Groups that qualify as a “service education activity” may have a slight priority in
the screening process.
Law Enforcement Support Office (LESO)
LESO administers 10 U.S.C. Section 2576a, which transfers excess DOD equipment to federal and state law enforcement agencies through the 1033
Program.15 DLA estimates that since 1990, more than $4.2 billion worth of property has been transferred; in FY2011 alone, a record $502 million
worth of property was transferred.
Source: Defense Surplus Equipment Disposal: Background
Information - Sept / 2013
Oh, and that logical reason that I've read various versions of? It would cost them more to keep and maintain whatever the equipment is, than to give
it away to local agencies. That's all well and good I suppose...as far as it goes. I wonder, just maybe, if demilitarizing and then scrapping for
recycling might work a bit better?
Imagine, for a moment, what the United States would have looked like in the Beaver Cleaver days, had the U.S Government had this same approach
following World War II? Little Beaver would have been dodging tear gas canisters while no one would have needed the old west movies for gun fire. I
think dumping the tools of war into a society, even if nothing negative was meant, can only bring a changing face to the overall society which is just
...and that's still
A LOT of stuff. How much stuff can one army need, anyway? Whew...
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