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#3650245 - 04/20/14 12:46 AM United States of SWAT
FLTENNHUNTER1
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The number of raids conducted by local police SWAT teams has gone from 3,000 a year in the 1980s to over 50,000 a year today.

Regardless of how people feel about Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s standoff with the federal Bureau of Land Management over his cattle’s grazing rights, a lot of Americans were surprised to see TV images of an armed-to-the-teeth paramilitary wing of the BLM deployed around Bundy’s ranch.

They shouldn’t have been. Dozens of federal agencies now have Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams to further an expanding definition of their missions. It’s not controversial that the Secret Service and the Bureau of Prisons have them. But what about the Department of Agriculture, the Railroad Retirement Board, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Office of Personnel Management, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service? All of these have their own SWAT units and are part of a worrying trend towards the militarization of federal agencies — not to mention local police forces.
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#3650376 - 04/20/14 08:40 AM Re: United States of SWAT [Re: FLTENNHUNTER1]
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When you are running the most lawless administration in history, you need a lot of guns to suppress anyone who dares defy you.

They are outnumbered and outgunned. Intimidation is the only effective weapon they have.
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