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  •  never saw this at a tea party (9+ / 0-)

    rally.  And they had semi automatic guns.

    And who is paying for this?  I thought cities were broke.

    "The only person sure of himself is the man who wishes to leave things as they are, and he dreams of an impossibility" -George M. Wrong.

    by statsone on Wed Oct 26, 2011 at 06:28:26 PM PDT

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    •  That's a very good question. (5+ / 0-)

      And one the citizens of Oakland should be asking of their representatives.

    •  Don't the feds give tons of magic money (6+ / 0-)

      to local police for things like tanks and military weapons?  I heard that story recently, I think on NPR.  Crazy use of money, crazy values, but the local police are starved for money so they take it.

      I don't think it was this one, but like it.

      DHS has an annual budget of nearly $50 billion. Over the years, it has funneled close to $35 billion in grants to local communities. That money has gone for equipment such as new radios and computers to allow first responders from different communities to better communicate. But some use of money has been questionable.

      For instance, several communities have used DHS grants to purchase armored trucks called Bearcats. A company video demonstrates the vehicles' capabilities, including injecting tear gas into buildings. But do communities need an armored vehicle with a machine gun turret and chemical gas injector costing some $300,000 in the name of homeland security?

      Remember this from 2006?

      Why Is Indiana Popcorn Factory on Terror Target List?
      Homeland Security List Determines Funding

      The popcorn business is basically a barn in a cornfield with five employees.

      "The last news people who were looking for us drove right by us," Lehman said. "They couldn't find us."

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