Because freedom can't protect itself
Well, the why is actually kinda easy to guess. They want to play with the shiny toy. And due to using the right keywords, such as terrorism, they actually get allowed to.
Don't take me wrong, there are a few places that can actually use such things in the police, including my own city (Rio de Janeiro), but those are the ones that already have a seriously violence problem with an entrenched organized crime problem.
The only reason a small town with very little violent crime problem could have is that, well, tanks are an appealing and shiny toy to play with.
Keene? Keene, New Hampshire? Seriously? I used to live near Keene and worked in the heart of the city for a while. Are they worried about holding out against some irate lunch folks at the sidewalk tables outside the bistros? Perhaps an angry jay-walker? A tiff over a parking space for the college?
Honestly... Keene is about as tame as it gets. I worked there in the heart of the "city" for a small IT firm. It is malls, bistro's a college on the main street, a choclatier, a couple 4 star restaurants... some high tech companies... the white steeple church, a pumpkin festival...
THANK YOU for taking this issue on, It is what i consider to be the biggest threat to civil liberties facing the country right now, our own police forces being turned into violent militarized brown shirts. I know, I work with them often. The culture of violent machismo is out of control. Police are VERY different than they were 10 years ago. It is scary what they say.
I will be renewing my membership this year based on this alone.
keep at em.
NEW WORLD ORDER/ILLUMINATI/FREEMASON AGENDA, HERE WE COME!!! IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE SHINY NEW TOY. THAT IS THE BS PROPAGANDA THEY ARE FEEDING US.
"FOR WHEN THEY SHALL SAY PEACE AND SAFETY, THEN SUDDEN DESTRUCTION COMES UPON THEM; AS TRAVAIL A WOMAN WITH CHILD; AND THEY SHALL NOT ESCAPE!!" 1 THESSALONIANS 5:3
I see alot of people taking issue with the police in small town's having the equipment, but what about Chicago?
Why did Homeland Security buy 2717 armored personal tanks for use in the US (over $500,000 each), over 2 billion rounds of hollow point ammo (not used in training or allowed for use in war and 20 times more than amount used in last 2 wars) over 7000 new Full auto M16 (not AR -15s) 24 drones (that detect armed persons, tracks cell phones and downloads ID to a data bank) do they have some plan we should know about or are about to be the safest people in history.
Its worse than that... 15 minutes away from Keene is Peterborough NH pop 5,900 and even less crime. Guess what? THEY have one now! It's a former cash transport type like a Brinks truck, but still...they only have 11 officers who exactly are they planning on getting in a firefight with?
I am glad I moved out the USA eons ago. It seems the proverbial $h*t has really hit the fan these days..
Why does the DHS need 2 billion rounds of hollow point bullets anyway?
Why does Keene, NH, now need plainclothes snipers on the rooftops? How are people supposed to tell plainclothes police snipers from terrorists? See photos and videos on FreeKeene website.
OMG. My supervisor's from Richland County, South Carolina. He never talked about police having tanks though.
And he was a paramedic when he worked in Richland County too.
He's a laid-back kind of person. When his mom wanted him to get activist and help South Carolina secede from the union after President Obama was elected again, he said "Mom. I can't help you secede from the union. I'm working - and I'm not in South Carolina."
I just about died trying not to laugh my ass off at that.
Why are members of the public called civilians by police & some media? Aren't the police civilians.? I think citizen is the proper term.
I think they needed a show of force in the situation where my bank was robbed and instead of giving himself up peacefully the lead robber said to one of his goofball followers, "Get on the phone...and tell those pigs we got hostages."
The SWAT team had to become involved in the matter and they're not regular police. This wasn't a "regular crime." Not after he refused to give himself over to police and held hostages for 5 hours instead. He also shot the teller right away b/c the teller "took to long to move away from the counter."
He thought the teller was tripping a silent alarm. To this day, I don't know for SURE if he was right. Maybe someone else called 911 and just didn't respond and left the line open as a way of asking for help. I don't know. All I DO know is that to this day it's still more upsetting to have seen another person be shot with bullets than even my own gunshot wound has been.
I've never been able to do ANYthing with destroying that image. It doesn't care what I want; it comes into my mind withOUT my permission and DOESN'T leave even when I demand that it vacate the premises. It's been more apt to laugh in my face, and it does feel like its own entity, than do anything *I* want of it.
In short, I'll never be able to get that upset with Special Weapons and Tactics units. In fact I have no ability to see that ANYthing they do isn't completely necessary. But I never noticed any tanks at my shooting. They did have special weapons, b/c that's what they're KNOWN for: part of SWAT includes special weapons and they're taught similar to military training.
You people never saw the guy who held us hostage, tortured us on purpose b/c he wanted police to "hear and know they can't do shit about it" and then shot another hostage while he was handing her over to police.
I swear to God I can't think of ANYthing that's too extreme for him, and I even think prison's too GOOD for him. I think DEATH is too good for him.
I'm not in a forgiving mode. I only WANT to be able to forgive him; in reality, I'm as far from doing it as Timbuktu is from where I live now.
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