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Crisis and the Creeping Militarization of American Society

MEDIA CLIPPING

The Daily Caller

Crisis and the Creeping Militarization of American Society

This excerpt originally appeared in The Daily Caller on February 20, 2012.

Under Program 1033, the U.S. military provided police with over $500 million in military equipment in 2011, more than double the amount allocated by the government a year before. Small town police forces have been equipped with SWAT gear and automatic weapons. State and local law enforcement are receiving training akin to that expected in the armed forces.
Such activities fuel an ongoing debate regarding their implication for civil liberties. But H.R. 658 and these other examples also draw attention to a broader point. They lead us to wonder about government constraints, particularly during and after times of crisis.