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Local Law Enforcement To Receive $600 Million In Military Surplus

November 9, 2019

President Trump recently announced plans to
send $600 million worth of surplus military equipment to local police departments, further
militarizing our law enforcement agencies. Okay. Again, we did this story what, four or five
years ago, we saw tanks being used by the police departments that were coming in under
the government giving this stuff away at surplus. Right. And so we saw tanks, we saw M1, I mean, we
saw 50 caliber mounted machine guns on some of this stuff. I mean, it’s crazy. Airplanes, helicopters. So what’s happening now is Trump has made
this declaration, we’re at war with the cartel gangs. Okay. They’re coming into the United States. They’re not just on one side of the border. We got to run the gangs out of Chicago. We’ve got to run them out of LA and the FBI
and the DOJ is now on it. What’s your take? Right, and the American public loves these
kinds of stories because they want to feel safe. Everybody wants to feel safe. And they think, okay, well if I give the local
police department, you know, these armored Humvees, you know, so the SWAT team can take
out the, it makes me safer. But really what it does is it allows these,
you know, Rambo type police officers that we see in the news every other day, you know,
shooting innocent people, sometimes shooting innocent people in their own homes, at this
point. These are not the kind of people who need
this high tech military grade weaponry, but Trump the other day said, we’re going to give
you $600 million worth of this surplus military equipment in the next year. And we’ve already seen more than $5 billion
in this equipment go over the last 20. His talking point has always been the cartel
gangs are coming in. They’re coming in from South America, they’re
coming in from all over the country, flooding in the United States. Mollye Barrows and I are going to do a story
on that a little bit later today. But the, look, we, it’s not just Trump. Okay. This did not start with Trump. Oh, certainly not. Trump is adding more money to it, but it’s
10th, it’s called the 1033 program, and that is, this is great for weapons sales. This is great for people who build tanks and
really sophisticated weaponry and machinery because now the, the surplus moves to the,
to the police department and then the military has to order more. So it’s that cycle that flows. It typically, typically goes from the, from
the vendor to the military, to the police departments and now it goes, and it’s of course,
it’s always gone vendor, military to third world countries. So now the, there’s, there’s money involved
here too, right? Right. Well, and the 1033 program actually mandates
the department of justice, the Pentagon to, department of defense, excuse me, to send
this weaponry to local police stations. They’re required to do it. And this is a bill or, or, or a resolution
that essentially was written by the defense industry because it says, listen, you can’t
keep our weapons indefinitely. Under the 1033 program, you have to send it
to these police departments, which means you don’t have anything now. So you come back to us and buy more. Okay. That is what this is. The talking points are exactly what you would
imagine. He’s talking, the talking points are 50, another
50 people killed in Chicago. We got to go to Chicago and clean out the
gangs because it scares the bejesus out of people. Anytime you talk about law and order and 50
people being shot, you know, you see it on the holidays. Right. It’s the headlines. But now what Trump has done, he’s borrowed
those headlines. That’s part of his talking points. He said, this is his exact, he loves the word
very. So his word is, this is going to be very dramatic. That’s what he says over, this is going to
be very dramatic. It’s, it’s going to, it’s going to destabilize
all the bad guys. Well, it didn’t destabilize them under Obama
or under Bush or under Clinton. So it’s likely to not destabilize the bad
guys today because again, as you said, this program was going on during Obama, during
Bush, during Clinton. Nothing really changed except that we have
seen a huge spike in the number of innocent people being murdered by police officers here
in the United States, and that’s what’s going to happen here. The defense contractors are gonna make a ton
of money. A lot of innocent people are going to get
killed or injured because of this, because these police officers don’t even have training
for this weaponry.


  • Reply Mike S November 8, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    More supplies for Police State Murica, I already see multiple drones invading people privacy flying them above mine and my neighbors backyards for our safety against the United Snakes Government.

  • Reply Curtis 23 November 8, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    Police State!!!

    Sooo unnecessary

  • Reply Scrambled Eggs November 8, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    Oh God.

  • Reply Mike S November 8, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    Ferguson was a mini Martial law practice run. Having multiple police departments and Nation Guard for a small town.

  • Reply Phil 488 Pista November 8, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    The surge = The purge!

  • Reply Richard Williams November 8, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    And this is why I look at all the police as an occupying force I have no respect for them and I will not help them in any way. Most, not all are nothing but cowards.

  • Reply johntrevy1 November 8, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    Preparing for martial law.. Perhaps the final nail in the USA's coffin?

  • Reply Terry Fulds November 8, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    You can't save a life with a gun. You can only take more lives. Police are less than worthless. They do the opposite of their jobs.

  • Reply ArmaBiologica35 November 8, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    But remember
    How are we gonna pay for medicare for all and education?

  • Reply 7swordMary November 8, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    Embedded Dictatorship.
    Did Hitler teach us nothing?

  • Reply Christian Montgomery November 8, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    This explains why they put so much toward military spending. All the surplus can go to creating the police state.

  • Reply KootFloris November 8, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    Military Police State. Heading to fascism: And beware, this is to support Trump when he refuses to go!!

  • Reply Karo French November 8, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Is this how to make america great again?.The police are just going to get worse now.

  • Reply Justin Shim November 8, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Yes, because that worked so well in Ferguson. Why in the F do the cops need 50 caliber machine guns and armored vehicles anyway?

  • Reply june bug November 8, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    The public is more worried about America turning into a communist state, police state not wanted.

  • Reply Zero Worldbuilder November 8, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    These heavily armed cops will murder their way into being hired into mercenaries who think nothing of pointing a machine gun at citizens' faces. This + the drones that are about to be overhead = Continuum … Have you ever seen that America? It is the worse future! Corporations' "security" will be next to have these weapons once people are normalized to them.

  • Reply Christopher Granning November 8, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    And there it is….we are on the way to martial law…what's going to happen when people start shooting back?

  • Reply Zero Worldbuilder November 8, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    Why, will there be cops who think nothing of pointing a machine gun at citizens' faces? WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO MY GENERATION!! YOU DIDN'T GROW UP LIKE THIS!! AHH!

  • Reply David Mathias November 8, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    I don't feel safe! I live near a small town. Two years ago I saw a military-style vehicle with the sheriff's logo on the side. We don't have a 'cartel' in Jefferson, WI. The government wants American's to fear uprising when the s**t hits the fan. Printing money like there's no tomorrow. Hate to say it, but you just can't do that! Maybe if we didn't have 'military surplus' we wouldn't be in such debt. Spend money on alternative energy and infrastructure. There really is no wisdom in Washington.

  • Reply James Brown November 8, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    Great, white America give more power to themselves and a racist organizaton that hides behind a badge and a law THEY CREATED that doesn't apply to black folks and people of color.. What a sick fucking country, smh.. Karma is a bitch.

  • Reply Oblivious November 8, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    Defense contractors: The drug dealers in the country

  • Reply James Brown November 8, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    White folks at it again, smfh.. Where do you folks come from seriously, smfh.

  • Reply john gallagher November 8, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    Obama thought it was fine. He even sent weapons to mexico. Most of them never came back as far as I know.

  • Reply Dra Esters November 8, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    Hell No!!! Trump says he wants a civil war, and I guess this is his way of preparing for it. Waste of tax money!!! Can class action suits be filed against this corrupt government for their continued injustice and trying to establish a dictatorship. Enough is enough!!!

  • Reply Nige G November 8, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    That old adage ' live by the gun, die by the …'

  • Reply Redtheknight1 November 8, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    At this rate, America will end up like Hong Kong. Abused, Beaten, False Arrest. And all these assholes want is Money and Power.

  • Reply Sol Hi November 8, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    WRONG. WELCOME To the third world military police. United States citizens laugh about the third world police and yet now your country is not different

  • Reply Mark Keller November 8, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    Something is coming and they want the police prepared to squash things before they have to send in the actual military.

  • Reply Star gazer1313 November 8, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    we need Norwegian police not executioners

    the level of stupid in this country is astonishing

    I have talked to many Republicans and they have told me they don't want Norwegian style cops because they are too weak , they like their militarized police

    they like executing people over stupid little shit

    as usual just like politicians these people (cops) don't create themselves

    they are creation of the masses of people who want them Republicans want these militarized cops

  • Reply TAKE ME TO YOUR LEADER GAMING November 8, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    Well we know where this is going. GET READY EVERYONE. We are not far from SHTF (shit hit the fan) stage. Get your food, water and everything else ready. The U.S. MILITARY STATE is here. God speed to all.

  • Reply T.R. Plume November 8, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    This is a nightmare

  • Reply Ike Flaherty November 8, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    Here's the thing everyone forgets: you don't get rid of the cartels or the gangs with tanks or machine guns, you get rid of them by legalizing ALL drugs, and then they wont be able to compete ad they'll go away. People are going to do drugs no matter what unfortunately, so you have to treat it as a health issue, while making it safer and legal, while also treating people instead of imprisoning them and investing in lower income communities to prevent widespread drug use from even occurring.

  • Reply Cotten91 November 8, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    Yes, let local law enforcement kill their own people. But not only with firearms, no, LET THEM USE FKING TANKS

  • Reply Ashley Walker November 8, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    This is frightening esp with these red flag laws. Red flag laws have a no announcement no knock policy. They basically knock ur door down. Or have the "right" to do so. A few gun owners were already killed because the cops that chose to use the no announcement no knock and came to their houses at night. The home owners thought they were intruders and got their firearms and fired. The home owners ended up being shot to death by multiple cops. These red flag laws are out of control already. Alot of states already had them in place. Florida is abusing these laws more than anyone.

  • Reply Mike S November 8, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    ( Grey State ) is going to be reality soon.

  • Reply Rob hill November 8, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    Obama did that and they gave him shit for it. Small government? He is just a statist fatcat.

  • Reply Y Not November 8, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    Well perhaps martial lawlessness, are chosened by the unchosened one.

  • Reply Men In Black November 8, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    Mark my words, this is Nazism

  • Reply Trill Mixin November 8, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    law enforcement doesn't need anything close to military grade

  • Reply speks36 November 8, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    The Chicago argument is so weak, because Illinois is surrounded by states with loose gun laws. Pick a direction and you'll find a place that will sell you rifles with few questions asked.

  • Reply nickrich56 November 8, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    Trigger happy cops need more triggers 😕 Roy Rogers horse would definitely say " nay nay" 😕

  • Reply Axis Galaxis November 8, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    Giving nazi n far right infested usa secuirty agencies more guns n bombs is like giving d main financier that makes n arms cartels n isis d blessing to operate more openly!……its these arm suppliers of terrorist (including cops d main terrorist engineers) ..that kills Mexicans on Mexican side. n usa minority on usa side…this kind of use of development money(millions for guns n cages but not one dime for community development or jobs) will trigger a civil war..

  • Reply Ordinary Non Player Character November 8, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    America is a police state that would make nazi Germany blush with envy.

  • Reply Bruce Swearingen November 8, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    Another Fat cop with a big gun..feel so safe

  • Reply Francis Madden November 8, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    Probably thee most bizarre move in the history of the world. $ 600 mill.
    Why does he say ''we're gonna give '' when it has to be paid for ?

  • Reply US of Israhell November 8, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    Republicans lovedms this shit. They loves their Masters in Blue and will support them in every way. But they complains the most when they comes for their guns. Just wait till these Gestapos goes knocking on their doors.

  • Reply MrEroshan November 8, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    Police have become another arm of the military. What happened to "Posse Comitatus"?

  • Reply K1dD3ath November 8, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    Bullshit, it's called "surplus" for a reason. It's the extra clothing, rations, ammo, weapons and vehicles the military are not/will not be using, in most cases because the military has up dated their equipment. The old stuff always goes on market, whether it's another countries, our police or U.S. citizens. Just a somatic rant.

    I feel like this is designed to outrage you if you don't think about it or don't know.

    I'm a gun owning liberal leaning independent, so I'm just kind of bummed.

  • Reply Joe Paul November 8, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    I thought assault rifles were for only for the battlefield????

  • Reply Snake Man November 8, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    Most houses in the US are made of wood. A 50 cal round will go though four houses and anything in it's way before it stop. Police officer do need better weapons than the criminals they are force to deal with.

  • Reply hifijohn November 8, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    Paranoid, poorly trained,trigger happy and now very heavily armed..what could possibly go wrong??

  • Reply hifijohn November 8, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Those who give up freedom for security deserve neither and in the end will lose both.

  • Reply Truth Always! November 8, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    This is not about cartel gangs, this is about the militarized oppression of people of color bottom line!!!

  • Reply Lazy I Ranch November 8, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    Our local sheriff department is using these armored vehicles and military gear when they raid the illegal (unlicensed) cannabis farms where I live in rural S. California. Recreational cannabis is legal here, but there are rules and many fees a legal grower has to pay, and they are limited in what the law allows them to grow. Most of the "illegal" grows around here are worked by average people, trying to make an insane amount of money in a few months. The raids have been going on during and right after harvests, when product is ready for sale, and there's usually large amounts of cash for the cops to confiscate. I wonder how much of that cash actually finds its way to the evidence locker?

  • Reply Ron Sandlin November 8, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    This is a bunch of
    B U L L S H I T !!

  • Reply Ron Sandlin November 8, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    Can we run the CLOWN PRINCESS OUT OF OFFICE with all this military equipment ? If not….bad idea !!

  • Reply B Reed November 8, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    And 500 million will end up in criminals hands !!!

  • Reply M Cahill November 8, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    NWO Martial law Begins. Only question left is where do you want you're bar code tattooed!

  • Reply Christian Davis November 8, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    Yeah, but communism is evil…(sarcasm)

  • Reply Patrick Swezey November 8, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    Dont worry youwill never take Amercians guns.

  • Reply theodore roberts November 8, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    Why should police be armed with military equipment? The only justification is a police state.

  • Reply abandoned neo November 8, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    Well follow the law and you won't have an issue with police. But corrupt and violent liberals cant understand that and are now crying when we help our police because they cant be as violent.

  • Reply mick mccrory November 8, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    New speeding fines…. +10 over… Hand grenade…. + 20 over … Stinger missile.

  • Reply Kenneth Ratcliff November 8, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    In order to solidify his position as a dictator, Trump understands that he would need the support of the police and the military.
    He also recognizes that if he is removed from office, could declare " Marshall Law" which would activate the law enforcement community which he is providing this military equipment along with the US National Guard. He is only doing this to challenge any efforts by those who are seeking to remove him from office.
    The police will be his first line of defense, then the military. He is afraid that if he is impeached or looses the election, he will not be taken from the White House.

  • Reply Kathleen Hernandez November 8, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    Let's give local law enforcement some naval ship's. They could of tried them out on JPMorgans cargo ship the Gayane that sailed under the Iberian flag managed by a Swedish company seized with tons of cocaine.

  • Reply micregil November 8, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    We don't need a paramilitary police force, we need Justice in the courthouse, for instance, if a police officer starts asking you questions when he did not see you commit a crime, he is breaking the law, and violating your constitutional rights. There's no reason for them to treat everybody like criminals, they only need to treat criminals like criminals. I would hate to be one of those kinds of cops and stand in front of God one day.

  • Reply Does Not Comply November 8, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    Just what the pigs need; more efficient ways to kill us…

  • Reply Joe Moe November 8, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    Welcome to the 4th Reich. Think we can't have Fascism in America? Guess what. We have it. In Spades. Chris Hedges calls this the triple merger of corporate control, law enforcement and the state. "Representative Republic" my ass.

  • Reply Todd Heckert November 8, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    trump is doing this to get ready for his announcement of trump being the american dictator.. abolishing anymore elections.

  • Reply peoples Patriot November 8, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    This equipment will be used to kill Americans! We only fund terrorists so we can fight them later. Now we're going to give military hardware to local terrorist organizations we call cops.

  • Reply ExampleAccount 666 November 8, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    Meanwhile schools continue to take away lunches from kids who’s parents can’t afford to pay their lunch lunch bill. But but but we can’t afford to pay for social programs !!! SO MUCH WASTE GOING TO THE MILITARY !!!!
    WHY ??? ?????
    Imagine what life could be like here in the USA if we simply valued its CHILDREN and CITIZENS!!!!!!!!!’

  • Reply Ben Keller November 8, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    Unfortunately the police are starting to look like armed soldiers and this exchange of military equipment has been occurring for a very long time.

  • Reply Matt Erbst November 8, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    The Surge is a Purge by the Police State.
    I think we don't need police to be safe.

  • Reply C. S. G November 8, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    Yeah cause thats what we need… More murderous cops with military armament!

  • Reply Eric Zetterlund November 8, 2019 at 11:17 pm

    Wtf are you talking about? What person in there right mind likes these types of stories? Who is OK with the militarization of the police?

  • Reply Jake G November 8, 2019 at 11:37 pm

    I lean right and this is something we can all agree on.. Police are getting out of control. If they dont like you for whatever reason they WILL find something to charge you with or worse, reason to shoot you.

  • Reply dennis jensen November 8, 2019 at 11:37 pm

    But no school lunches

  • Reply Margaret Nicol November 8, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    Why is it 'surplus'. Doesn't the military need it? How about giving it to the Kurds to help them defend themselves? How about giving it to Ukraine to defend themselves from Russia taking over their country. Stupid, stupid, stupid. How many schools and hospitals could benefit from this money. How many homes for the homeless people????

  • Reply Daniel Kruger November 8, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    Are we sure it's to fight drug cartels or is it for his dictatorship he plans on forcing upon the people

  • Reply robert smith November 9, 2019 at 12:13 am

    So was Jeff Epstein part of the drug cartel? Is that why he was snuffed out?

  • Reply Michael Robertson November 9, 2019 at 12:19 am

    What is unnecessary and very disturbing.

  • Reply clinton mc keon November 9, 2019 at 1:03 am

    Logistic exec needs to be sacked.. Over stocked by 600 million dollars but they are cutting school lunch for .millions of American kids that are in poverty because of this admins policy …sickening

  • Reply Strange Overtones November 9, 2019 at 1:24 am

    Fascism is here. When the economy or climate collapse or some other impending catastrophe occurs, the gov't will turn these weapons on us, the citizens. This is what despots do. We are living a nightmare.

  • Reply Strange Overtones November 9, 2019 at 1:43 am

    There IS a dangerous "cartel" that needs to be stopped. It is the same one running the country and supported by "gangs" of rich corporate sociopaths.

  • Reply Harry BuddhaPalm November 9, 2019 at 2:35 am

    The police in my town have an armored war wagon. There's 8,000 people in the area. A town of 8,000 has a police force with a fucking tank. They roll it out during parades to show it off. It's insanity.

  • Reply keir farnum November 9, 2019 at 3:09 am

    Obama tried to put a stop to the militarization of the police and now Trump goes the opposite way. Go figure. These pieces of equipment will be used against Americans. Why is it Republicans always want to decrease Americans’ freedoms?

  • Reply Conan Seibel November 9, 2019 at 3:35 am

    Now the cops can pick off brown people from 1000yds away, can’t possibly go wrong, right….??

  • Reply Tainted Life November 9, 2019 at 5:26 am

    Aim for the bad toupee!

  • Reply Owen Moebius November 9, 2019 at 6:22 am

    And he's denying California emergency aid. Fucking tool.

  • Reply Duane Locsin November 9, 2019 at 9:31 am

    how about a budget for better advanced training and support?
    -de escalation, martial non-weapon defense and take downs
    -fear, anxiety and stress management
    -ptsd, injuries and sufficient support
    -anti-corruption and rehabilitation programs for the 'Brady bunch' (this is a list of 300 or so bad "police" officers)
    -mandatory tamper proof recording videos to protect both the law enforcement official and citizens
    -labs and support personal to process 'rape kits'
    -community envoys, citizen concern departments
    -better pay and long standing exemplary service bonuses

    all effective mechanisms

  • Reply Connie Wolf November 9, 2019 at 10:05 am

    We cannot allow this to happen! The cops are already killing citizens on a daily basis! And most of them are not held responsible for their actions! Once they have military equipment the citizens won’t have a chance! It’s very scary!

  • Reply Joyce Geertsma November 9, 2019 at 10:05 am

    A surplus eh.. acknowledging the military budget is bloated is a good thing I guess, but I thought the cops were already more or less armed to the teeth, and I don't think they need more equipment to force African American citizens out of their cars for a busted tail light and put them in a choke hold or riddle them with bullets when they're reaching for their driver's licence.

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  • Reply freek musbach November 9, 2019 at 11:14 am

    Seasons greetings!? Will agree the only folks laughing are the defense contractors….

  • Reply Christoph Luger November 9, 2019 at 11:24 am

    "Medicare for all is too expensive. Here have half a billion dollars military."

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