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The 12 Days of Police Militarization: What did they Really Get?

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The Pentagon's hand-me-down program, which places old military hardware into the eager hands of police departments across the country, runs the gamut from frightening to bizarre. The so-called 1033 program's complete list (available for download below) reads like a Steven Seagal version of the 12 days of Christmas, and so without so much as two turtle doves... SoTP brings you the 12 days of police militarization.

 

1 Practice Antipersonnel Mine

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Stark County, Ohio caught my eye with a practice antipersonnel mine. I was glad to see that it wasn't a real anti-personnel mine. Though, if they ever did get real ones, we could rest assured that they had plenty of practice.

 

205 Grenade Launchers

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For special occasions.

 

344 MRAPs

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Scattered across the country in nearly every state (Delaware notably absent), these soldier-taxis-gone-bad have become emblematic of the 1033 program. Remarkably, St. Lucie county is home to no fewer than five of these Tonka-Tanks, more than legitimately scary places like Miami-Dade, or East Baton Rouge.

 

403 Helicopters

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This whole list inadvertently became scenes from Arnold Schwarzenegger movies.

 

50 Nuclear Ordnance Boxes

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Lee County, Georgia needed something to put their nukes in.

 

6 Drum sets

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Including a Ludwig...John Bonham would be proud. One might ask why the military needed them, and then ask again, why do the police need them?

 

79000 5.56mm Rifles

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Your neighborhood operator might call this a "black rifle", or if he were feeling especially randy, "the black rifle", as the M-16 is occasionally referred to (usually by forum ninjas). Not much to say, except that it is an awful lot of rifles.

 

8 Mechanical Fingers

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Don't know what they are, but Saint Clair, Michigan's got 'em.

 

91000 feet of Electrical Wire.

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Ventura County, California must have some big plans, because they've got 16 miles of electrical wire, courtesy of the US taxpayer.

 

1000 pounds of nails

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Providence, Rhode Island is the proud owner of one thousand pounds of military surplus nails. Unfortunately, they did not get a nail gun to go with it, like Terrell County, Georgia (who didn't get any nails).

 

11900 Bayonets

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Of which, for some reason, El Paso County, Texas needed 1987.

 

12 Cargo Parachutes

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You forgot about that movie? Walton County, Georgia didn't.

 

And, should you wish to peruse the staggering list for gems like these, it is available for download here.

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Richard is an engineer by day, and a political activist by night, fighting would-be totalitarians and government busybodies everywhere.

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