A Marine Corp Colonel spoke out about the militarization of the police at a local councilman meeting in Concord, NH, 08/12/13.
He talked about his experience as a Military Defense Coordinator in Iraq where his job was to man, train and equip the Iraqi army. He said, “we did everything we could to make it as strong as possible, but I’ll tell you right now – Homeland Security would kick their butts in a week. What’s happening here, is we’re building a domestic military because it’s unlawful and unconstitutional to use American troops on American soil. So what we’re doing is, we’re building a military.”
He talked about how common it is now for regular police officers to be seen wearing military gear, using military equipment.
“What we’re doing here – and let’s not kid about it – we’re building a domestic army, and we’re shrinking the military because the government is afraid of its own citizens.”
He concluded, “we’re building an army over here, and I can’t believe people aren’t seeing it. Is everybody blind?”
“We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.” – President Obama, Colorado, July 2, 2008.
Hat tip: Brian B.