Bizarro World: Obama Bans Cops from Acquiring Military Equipment After giving them Military Equipment
by Rob Richardson, Off Grid Survival
After pushing Billions upon Billions of Dollars in High-grade military equipment to law enforcement agencies throughout the country, President Obama, in his never ending war on cops, has now decided to ban law enforcement agencies from acquiring military equipment. While I’ve written many articles critical of the militarization of the police force in the past, I find it ironic that the administration who created the problem is now pretending to be against it.
During President Obama’s term in office, billions of tax payer dollars have been spent on militarizing small police forces throughout the country. From drones, armored vehicles and high-powered rifles to tanks, military helicopters and night vision, battlefield equipment has been streaming on to the streets of America for years.
Last year, the Obama administration gave over 13,000 MRAPs (Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected Trucks) to police stations throughout the U.S.; towns with populations of only 30,000 people received $750,000 MRAPs to patrol their rural streets. While I believe we have a serious problem with the militarization of our local police departments, I also believe we have a problem with the federal government trying to nationalize these same police forces.
All part of Obama’s plan to nationalize the Police?
Under the false pretense of civil rights reform, the Obama administration has been using the chaos in towns like Ferguson and Baltimore to push their agenda of nationalizing America’s police departments. Through his self-created Task Force on 21st Century Policing, President Obama has moved to create national standards and rules for law enforcement agencies that he has no real constitutional power over.
In March of this year, the Obama administration put together a task force that outlined rules for our nation’s police. In his Task Force on 21st century policing report, he outlined the formation of a National Policing Practices and Accountability Division within the federal government. The report also outlined how the Department of Homeland Security could be used to “ensure that community policing tactics in state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies are incorporated into their role in homeland security.”
Months later, after rioting broke out in Baltimore, some of these policies were put into place as National Guard troops were dispatched on to the streets of Baltimore. What everyone in the media failed to report, was Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the same mayor who admitted she gave rioters room to destroy the city, is one of President Obama’s appointed mayors on his Task Force on 21st Century Policing.
As I’ve pointed out in past articles, this all sounds like the beginning of that Civilian National Security Force that President Obama promised during his campaign — the promise that the media continues to ignore.