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  •  "it would have banned funding for a specific set" (6+ / 0-)

    "of heavy-duty gear, including grenade launchers, toxicological agents and drones, all of which may legally be transferred to police departments under current law."

    And whatever is not expressly forbidden is bound to happen. I remember a day when it wasn't actually illegal for American company to sell biologicals including anthrax, to Iraq, either. Some big loopholes needed closing.

    Congressional Record: September 20, 2002 (Senate) Page S8987-S8998
      Let me read that again:

           It is hard to believe that, during most of the 1980s,
         America knowingly permitted the Iraq Atomic Energy Commission
         to import bacterial cultures that might be used to build
         biological weapons. But it happened.
           

    So as far as arming the police, let's go with what Senator Byrd said about arming Saddam :
    America's past stumbles, while embarrassing, are not an argument for inaction in the future.

    We are all pupils in the eyes of God.

    by nuclear winter solstice on Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 07:37:30 AM PDT

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