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How America’s Police Became an Army: The 1033 Program
As many have noted, Ferguson, Missouri, currently looks like a war zone. And its police—kitted out with Marine-issue camouflage and military-grade body armor, toting short-barreled assault rifles, and rolling around in armored vehicles—are indistinguishable from soldiers.
America has been quietly arming its police for battle since the early 1990s.
Faced with a bloated military and what it perceived as a worsening drug crisis, the 101st Congress in 1990 enacted the National Defense Authorization Act. Section 1208 of the NDAA allowed the Secretary of Defense to “transfer to Federal and State agencies personal property of the Department of Defense, including small arms and ammunition, that the Secretary determines is— (A) suitable for use by such agencies in counter-drug activities; and (B) excess to the needs of the Department of Defense.” It was called the 1208 Program. In 1996, Congress replaced Section 1208 with Section 1033.

How America’s Police Became an Army: The 1033 Program

As many have noted, Ferguson, Missouri, currently looks like a war zone. And its police—kitted out with Marine-issue camouflage and military-grade body armor, toting short-barreled assault rifles, and rolling around in armored vehicles—are indistinguishable from soldiers.

America has been quietly arming its police for battle since the early 1990s.

Faced with a bloated military and what it perceived as a worsening drug crisis, the 101st Congress in 1990 enacted the National Defense Authorization Act. Section 1208 of the NDAA allowed the Secretary of Defense to “transfer to Federal and State agencies personal property of the Department of Defense, including small arms and ammunition, that the Secretary determines is— (A) suitable for use by such agencies in counter-drug activities; and (B) excess to the needs of the Department of Defense.” It was called the 1208 Program. In 1996, Congress replaced Section 1208 with Section 1033.

Hero of the Day: Army Specialist Ryan McIntosh, 23, lost his leg after stepping on a landline LANDMINE in Afghanistan and this week is a bellboy BALLBOY at the U.S. Open. He beat out 600 others for the position. When asked if he could throw a ball, he allegedly said, ‘I’ve thrown grenades, so I think I can handle a tennis ball.’”
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Hero of the Day: Army Specialist Ryan McIntosh, 23, lost his leg after stepping on a landline LANDMINE in Afghanistan and this week is a bellboy BALLBOY at the U.S. Open. He beat out 600 others for the position. When asked if he could throw a ball, he allegedly said, ‘I’ve thrown grenades, so I think I can handle a tennis ball.’”

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Gay Troops Will Challenge Defense of Marriage Act in Courthttp://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2011/10/gay-troops-will-challenge-defense-marriage-act-court/44191/

Read more.Army National Guard Maj. Shannon McLaughlin, her wife Casey, and other service members will file a suit in Boston today that challenges the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act,reports The Washington Post. The suit also includes “five other troops and two career Army and Navy veterans,” and their lawyer tells The Post that it is intended to address federal code that doesn’t let gay spouses access basic benefits like “military identification cards, access to bases, recreational programs, spousal support groups and burial rights at national cemeteries.” The lawyer for the troops, Aubrey Sarvis, put it simply to the newspaper“What Shannon and Casey are seeking is the same treatment that their straight counterparts, who are legally married, receive every day without question and take for granted.”

(Source: theatlantic)