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Fire Learning: One University's Order of 70 M-16s from Dept of Defense Highlights 1033 Program Nonsense

Fire Learning: One University's Order of 70 M-16s from Dept of Defense Highlights 1033 Program Nonsense
The frat parties must be a lot wilder now than when I was in school. Why else would American colleges and universities need MRAPs and M-16s? The increasing militarization of local police forces has gotten a lot of attention lately, but the military hardware flowing to American campuses has gotten less attention. Until the Chronicle of Higher Education, pointed it out with a laser sight:
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With $5.1B in New Toys, SWAT Deployments Rise 1,400% in 20 Years

With $5.1B in New Toys, SWAT Deployments Rise 1,400% in 20 Years
It almost makes sense on the surface: Police departments across the country receive the military's excess equipment, everything from fax machines to riot shields to "various types of land vehicles." While in effect since 1990, things really skyrocketed after 9/11 and then the de-escalation of involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. The data regarding these acquisitions and the local departments' ability to use them are starting to flood out, and it's just as scary as the images of police militarization that have made Ferguson, Missouri, the center of this debate.
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