Anyone who was alive 13 years ago remembers the horrific images of what happened on September 11, 2001. In the wake of the attacks on 9/11, U.S. government programs began to help local police agencies obtain military equipment. More than a decade after 9/11, we are still fighting an ideology. Finally, lawmakers are questioning why these small town police agencies need armored and mine-resistance vehicles, automatic weapons, and camouflage clothes.
Two days ago, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held a hearing at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Capitol Hill. Some senators were critical of the programs that give police military equipment. (more…)