A Mini Military-Industrial-Complex, Ctd

Ronald Bailey flags a disquieting item: Some 50 police agencies including U.S. marshals and the FBI have been using for two years Range-R doppler radar devices that can see 50 feet through walls, including brick and concrete ones, to detect the location of people inside their houses. And in some cases law enforcement officers are using … Continue reading A Mini Military-Industrial-Complex, Ctd

A Mini Military-Industrial-Complex, Ctd

Why does Ohio State need a “Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle”? University police say the vehicle is meant to be used for “large-scale emergency situations,” but will primarily be used to carry university police around campus and to provide a police “presence” on football game days, the Ohio State University Lantern reports. The gun turret will be disabled … Continue reading A Mini Military-Industrial-Complex, Ctd

A Mini Military-Industrial-Complex, Ctd

While discussing his new book, The Rise Of The Warrior Cop, Balko explains how SWAT became ubiquitous: Sarah Stillman reviews the numbers: In 1972, America conducted only several hundred paramilitary drug raids a year, according to Michelle Alexander’s “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.” By the early nineteen-eighties, there were three thousand a … Continue reading A Mini Military-Industrial-Complex, Ctd

A Mini Military-Industrial-Complex, Ctd

In an excerpt from his new book, Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces, Balko warns that law enforcement agencies are increasingly deploying paramilitary units against gamblers, teen drinkers, and other minor-league offenders, such as the alleged cockfighter taken down by Steven Seagal in the above video. And the Fourth Amendment offers little … Continue reading A Mini Military-Industrial-Complex, Ctd

A Mini Military-Industrial-Complex, Ctd

A reader writes: Thanks for covering this, as I find the militarization of our police a worrisome thing.  The article you linked to talks about what are essentially tanks being sold to “90 of the 100 largest cities”.  But this is by no means a big city issue.  Look no further than my home town of Keene, … Continue reading A Mini Military-Industrial-Complex, Ctd

A Mini Military-Industrial-Complex

Balko provides a short history of the “police-industrial-complex.” He blames its creation on federal programs that funnel military hardware to our nation’s police departments: As the [Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR)] reported in 2011, military contractors now market directly to police agencies with messages that encourage the mindset that the military and the police are fighting the same … Continue reading A Mini Military-Industrial-Complex