Arms Peddlers Discover Your Town – And Your Tax Dollars

Jim Hightower

The multibillion-dollar global armament giants have discovered a hot new growth market here at home.

Don’t look now, but the overbearing power of America’s military-industrial complex has probably snuck into your town.

The multibillion-dollar global armament giants have discovered a hot new growth market here at home: the militarization of police agencies.

The people of Ferguson, Missouri, learned about the domestic proliferation of battlefield firepower the hard way this summer when their own police department came after them with a Bearcat tank, two armored Humvees, stun grenades, M-16 rifles, and other weapons of war.

It’s been widely reported that this push into combat gear (and the militant mentality that accompanies it) has largely come from a 1990 law authorizing the Pentagon to disperse surplus war equipment around the country.

Lesser known, however, is that our corporate arms peddlers have lately leapt into direct sales, holding field demonstrations and trade shows to titillate the fancy of police chiefs and other officials.