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    that effectively ended OWS's protests. Well, not directly anyway.

    Remember, DHS has been a virtual cash cow for more than a decade now, giving out gobs and gobs of funding for state, local and regional law enforcement "enhancements." Pretty much any local yokel can easily apply and receive funding now for almost anything they [erroneously] believe they need to repel da big bad supa' ter'rists. If they make a good enough pitch.

    And if you think that's overstating the situation, the cops in my quiet, sleepy little town of about 50,000 people recently tried to acquire a fully-dressed out, armored personnel carrier. The only reason we don't have one in our streets right now is that luckily our city council experienced an epiphany of sorts at the last moment and killed the request.

    I'm fixin' to write about all the insidious bloat; the putrid pork continuously streaming out of Homeland Security -- just for the asking -- and also short descriptions of the kinds of overkill hitech weaponry and special forces training involved in the proliferation of our burgeoning police state.

    All total, the DHS's budget rivals that of the Pentagon's "expenditures," mostly for projects that we'll probably never even know about till some yahoo sheriff gets a wild hair up his ass and confronts some unknowing so-not-a-terrorist average citizen who does something stupid that's misinterpreted by the authorities as a act of terrorism.

    Local cops might need the quick advice of a federal law enforcement consultant to assist in a unique tactical situation. But with all the money spent on seminars and training exercises lately -- all over the country -- at the local level; most cops now are more akin (or soon will be) to seals or army rangers -- just itchin' to join a clandestine counterterrorism mission in their hometown -- than your stereotypical friendly neighborhood law enforcement officer, whose mission is ALWAYS supposed to be... "to protect and serve."

    "That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history." ~ Aldous Huxley

    by markthshark on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 11:07:24 PM PST

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