DoD Program 1033: Militarizing America’s Cops

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• Disturbing trend: D.C. ramps up militarization of police forces across nation

By John Friend

Recent reports emerging from Utah have traditional American conservatives, nationalists and civil libertarians in an outrage at the extent of the militarization of domestic United States law enforcement agencies, including their practices, tactics and equipment.

And while the military-industrial-banking complex may be slavering over the profits it sees from programs like Utah’s, regular citizens are increasingly in the crosshairs of these new soldier-cops, a dangerous prospect for anyone who may find themselves at the mercy of U.S. law enforcement.

A January 19, 2014 article in The Salt Lake Tribune exposed the DoD Excess Property Program, or “1033 program,” run by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) “to transfer leftover military materiel (supplies and equipment) to U.S. state and local civilian law enforcement agencies,” including “grenade launchers, helicopters, military robots, M-16 assault rifles, armored vehicles, riverboats, Battle Dress Uniform clothing, and information technology equipment.”

This past year, the Utah Highway Patrol—totaling about 500 troopers—received a mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle, known as an MRAP, typically reserved for war zones. According to The Tribune, law enforcement agencies in Utah also received 1,230 rifles, four grenade launchers, 17 .45-caliber pistols and a variety of magazines and accessories through the 1033 program.

Congress initiated the 1033 program in 1997, which “has transferred more than $4.3 billion worth of property to law enforcement,” according to the Law Enforcement Support Office section of DLA’s website.

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The increasingly militarized nature of domestic American law enforcement has led to widespread abuses of American citizens and consistent violations of their basic civil and human rights. As AMERICAN FREE PRESS’s own Dave Gahary recently reported, many American citizens have tragically seen their own family pets shot and killed as a result of out-of-control police tactics across the country. The American people, including women, young adults and the elderly, have been viciously abused by thuggish cops in recent years, with many of these incidents being filmed and uploaded to the Internet. 

Many attribute these types of abuses to the militarization of American police forces.

According to a video from “TheLipTV,” “Over the last decade we have seen over 5,000 people killed by police in the United States,” when “4,489 solders have been killed since the beginning of the Iraq war. Since 9-11,  you are 29 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than you are by a terrorist.”

The events of 9-11 have been used to justify not only the fraudulent and disastrous wars America and her North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies currently find themselves involved in, but also to justify the tyrannical abuses of the Constitution and the rise and establishment of the militarized police state, epitomized by the Department of Homeland Security.

Philip Giraldi, a former counter-terrorism specialist with the Central Intelligence Agency and current executive director of the Council for the National Interest, believes that since the events of 9-11, “the United States has abandoned many liberties, constitutional constraints, and its rule of law to become more like Israel”—which includes the increasing militarization of domestic law enforcement agencies and organizations—in order to combat perceived terrorist threats.

Even basic law enforcement practices in the U.S., such as serving arrest warrants and policing the streets, are becoming more and more militarized.

“When police use military-style tactics and weapons to serve warrants on people’s homes,” said Kara Dansky in The Tribune article, a senior lawyer investigating the 1033 program on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union, “what we’ve seen is violence ensue.”

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John Friend is a writer who maintains a blog and hosts “The Realist Report.”

3 Responses to DoD Program 1033: Militarizing America’s Cops

  1. TheOneUnderTheSun says:

    We need to not give up and at the least put up a fight. We have strength in numbers but that’s not all it takes. It’s not just numbers, for the Spartans didn’t succeed in numbers; they did so with wits and ingenious tactics and overtook the Persians and killed well over 80% of their army.

  2. honest cop says:
    An incredibly written narrative that is not arguable as America sees police acting above and below the law. The flagrant disregard for the law and the Constitution has shocked young and old and has triggered the current backlash sweeping the USA. As we see police officers hanging out in strip clubs and hiding behind the fraternal orders that guard their corrupted power control over their territories. It is literally a throwback to the Chicago gangster years of the 1930s. This sentiment has created a wave of distrust amongst citizens who have begun to weigh the question of who the actual criminals are. The age of camera technology and smart phones has leveled the playing field and it is only a matter of time before the great change in government will be formed. People are armed to the hilt now as a result of the current Police State we live in.

    I lost a good friend in the Iraq war and a small group service was held for an entire group of veterans who were honored in Pittsburgh. But officers unleashed a biting dog on a suspect and the dog was stabbed by the suspect and died. An enormous funeral for the police dog named Rocco was held and bagpipes were played. It was all over the news that over a thousand cops came from all over the country to honor the dog whom was posthumously promoted to lieutenant before his burial. This shocked me since the dog’s life was made to be more important than our veterans fighting and dying in the Mideast. I love animals and do not even agree with using them in police situations; I see it as animal abuse. Google “Rocco Pittsburgh stabbed” and you will get a feel for how police have elevated themselves as a type of superior race just as the Nazis did throughout history.

    Gotta find a better job. They are too scared so that every scenario requires a SWAT team and a hundred cops.

  3. Jaroslav Kukla says:
    American ignorant ‘goyim,’ get ready for the END OF TIMES with wars and chaos. Your cops are carefully equipped and prepared for!!!

    In 2019 you’ll be only a memory, as will your country and our world and civilization.

    Visit END TIME and 2019 from David Montaigne, he is the closest person to the truth! The same is on the Dresden Codex, last page and Stela 6 in Tortuguero (Tortureous War) as Bolon Yokte Ku! Our global weather pattern in chaos only confirms it, including the Last Pope as Petrus Romanus, Jew Bergoglio from Argentina (Silver land = female symbol), as the 5th Jew-pope in a row!

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