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Originally posted by Simon_Boudreaux
. He wouldn't answer me. I was getting ready to go to lunch when he came in so I clocked out and went outside to meet my wife. I took a picture anyway. If someone can tell me how to upload it to ATS I'll be more than happy to post it.
Think I figured it out.
edit on 6-12-2011 by Simon_Boudreaux because: (no reason given)
Not everything is a conspiracy.
Originally posted by kaskad
Yes, now instead of purchasing duty gear like weapons, vests, optics, and NVG's with $$ from their own pocket, they can just request and use surplus military gear. I see nothing wrong with that.
Originally posted by rebellender
reply to post by Simon_Boudreaux
yeah (chuckle) them SWAT boys ought to feel real safe driving up in their new/// worn out by the guard guys/// SWAT MOBILE all free gratis of the tax payer.....????? what is the projected maintenance of this Hummer and at current tax base or will they need to draw up a new budget to support that real wing-dinger Police Statement
The US Department of Defense has been caught out selling large amounts of military supplies to a fake police department. The fake department was created by the US government itself to sniff out waste and fraud.
The Government Accountability Office issued a revealingreport last week showing that the Pentagon sold more than 100 controlled items valued at $1.2 million to a fake police department set up by the government watchdog agency through the 1990s-era 1033 program, according to a report released by the GAO. The 1033 program allows local and state law enforcement to apply for excess equipment from the US military.
The gear that the GAO received from the DoD included night vision goggles, simulated M-16A2 rifles and pipe bomb equipment.
The government watchdog set up a fake website with a fake address that led to an empty parking lot and gave the information to the DoD in their application for the supplies. The GAO then received the fake items in less than a week after applying.
“They never did any verification, like visit our ‘location,’ and most of it was by email,” Zina Merritt, director of the GAO’s defense capabilities and management team, which conducted the operation, told the Marshall Project. "It was like getting stuff off of eBay.”
Following the fallout from this report, the Pentagon has now promised to tighten its procedures for verification, which include going to the police department in question to verify its location and obtain valid identification when law enforcement comes to pick up supplies.
The GAO sting operation’s groundwork was laid after the 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The response to people protesting the death of the young man was met with military tanks and weapons as the Ferguson police department tried to break up the protests.
Further, it was confirmed that much of the equipment used by the Ferguson department in the protests was the same that was dispensed by the 1033 program, after the Marshall Project and others uncovered the connection.
Following the Ferguson protests, then-President Barack Obama issued an executive order that prohibited the US military from giving away their equipment and made them deem other specific pieces of equipment “controlled,”according to the Marshall Project.