Tuesday, December 23, 2014

RAND PAUL PLANS BILL TO END POLICE MILITARIZATION

Presidential hopeful will target Pentagon transfers of weapons and vehicles to cops

Rand Paul Plans Bill To End Police Militarization
by STEVE WATSON | INFOWARS.COM DECEMBER 23, 2014

Senator Rand Paul plans to reintroduce legislation to end the disturbing trend of military equipment ending up in the hands of domestic law enforcement departments across the country.
Paul’s staff revealed to Buzzfeed that the Kentucky Senator will re-energise the debate on the matter in 2015 as a priority.
He will focus on ending transfers of military weapons and vehicles under the Defense Department’s 1033 program, which has seen billions of dollars worth of excess military gear transferred to police and sheriff’s departments in the last two decades.
Paul’s legislation will be similar to that introduced earlier this year by retiring Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn, and Democratic Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia.
Rand Paul has previously slammed the militarization of police forces as “stupid” and “ridiculous”, saying that using the threat of terrorism as a justification is a tired excuse.
“FEMA gave out 12,000 bayonets last year. That’s just stupid.” The Senator urged recently. “We are giving out mine-resistant ambush protection vehicles — 20-ton vehicles. Dundee, Michigan, a town of 3,000, has a 20-ton mine-resistant ambush protection vehicle. That’s ridiculous,” he added.