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San Diego school police want to ditch their mine-resistant truck. Here's why they can't.

San Diego school police want to ditch their mine-resistant truck. Here's why they can't. | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
After Ferguson, many towns are trying to return military gear supplied by the Defense Department—and finding it impossible.
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Even before police militarization made the news, hundreds of police departments were finding that grenade launchers, military firearms, and armored vehicles aren't very useful to community policing. When Chelan County police officers requested one armored car in 2000—the request that landed them three tanks—they pictured a vehicle that could withstand bullets, not land mines. Law enforcement agencies across the country have quietly returned more than 6,000 unwanted or unusable items to the Pentagon in the last 10 years, according to Defense Department data provided to Mother Jones by a spokeswoman for Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), who has spearheaded a Senate investigation of the Pentagon program that is arming local police. Thousands more unwanted items have been transferred to other police departments.

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MIT professor and former fighter pilot Missy Cummings in The Daily Show - Fake News | Comedy Central

In this exclusive, unedited interview, MIT professor and former fighter pilot Missy Cummings disputes the popular dystopian vision of drone warfare.

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http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-january-23-2013/exclusive---missy-cummings-extended-interview-pt--2

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