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March 19, 2015, 12:34:04 AM
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TRENTON, N.J. (March 18, 2015) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill into law yesterday that represents an important first step towards blocking federal programs that militarize local police in the state. Shocked

Informally known as the 1033 Program, the Pentagon provides local law enforcement, at little or no upfront cost, surplus federal property, including aircraft, armored vehicles, automatic weapons, and night vision equipment originally intended for use by the United States Armed Forces without even obtaining approval of the local governing body.

Introduced by Sen. Nia Gill, Senate Bill 2364 (S2364) flips this process around, banning local law enforcement agencies from obtaining this equipment without first getting approval from their local government. Currently, these military transfers happen directly between the feds and local police, as if they make up part of the same government. This law interposes the local government in the process, giving the people of New Jersey the power to end it, and at the least, forcing the process into the open.

S2364 passed the Senate by a vote of 36-0 concurred by a vote of 70-0. With Christie’s signature, it’s the first state law of its kind directly addressing the endless flow of military equipment to state and local police.

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Almost 13,000 agencies in all 50 states and four U.S. territories participate in the military “recycling” program, and the share of equipment and weaponry gifted each year continues to expand. In 2011, $500 million worth of military equipment was distributed to law enforcement agencies throughout the country. That number jumped to $546 million in 2012.

Since 1990, $4.2 billion worth of equipment has been transferred from the Defense Department to domestic police agencies through the 1033 program, in addition to various other programs supposedly aimed at fighting the so-called War on Drugs and War on Terror.

According to the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, the Office of Emergency Management assisted with the transfer of over $30 million in excess Department of Defense property to New Jersey law enforcement agencies since the beginning of federal fiscal year 2014.

S2364 wouldn’t put an end to the militarization of New Jersey law enforcement, but is does it create a mechanism for local communities to stop the free-flowing tide of equipment. Citizens now have the power and forum to pressure their elected officials at a city or county level to vote against such acquisitions or face the consequences come the next election.The new law also creates an environment of transparency that didn’t exist before.

More...http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2015/03/first-in-the-country-new-jersey-law-a-first-step-to-stop-federal-militarization-of-local-police/

NJ has terrible gun laws and ridiculous taxes and Christie pretty much sucks as governor which is why I'm puzzled that he signed this. He's pro-NSA spying, war hawkish and surveillance state in general which usually doesn't jive with considering to demilitarize the police.
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March 19, 2015, 12:45:26 AM
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Are votes like 36-0 normal? 70-0, can you explain those numbers a bit for someone who doesn't know much about your voting system?
Without that answered, I'd say it's all rigged, flip floping you call it in politics right? They sign whatever they are told to sign, sadly.

All I know about NJ is that it's a soap on TV which I haven't wasted 1 second on, BUT I am very much for stop Federal Militarization of Local Police
Fuck people can't you see they are preparing for a revolution with the growing urban city training and militarization?

Turn off the news and read. Watch Psywar, learn something important about our society and PR, why and how it got started and how it brainwashes you.
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Are votes like 36-0 normal? 70-0, can you explain those numbers a bit for someone who doesn't know much about your voting system?
Without that answered, I'd say it's all rigged, flip floping you call it in politics right? They sign whatever they are told to sign, sadly.
It was written kind of poorly but it passed the state Senate 36-0 and then the state House concurred w/ 70-0 so yeah, this is pretty abnormal to have a unanimous vote on something. However, democrats own the state legislature in NJ yet they have a moderate republican as Governor. Basically, this just gives the local governments and the citizens thereof to have a say over the authorization or transfer of this military grade equipment to their areas rather than the feds just passing these unnecessary toys out like presents to local police forces on Xmas morning. Then, men love using their new toys especially when they are upgrades.
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All I know about NJ is that it's a soap on TV which I haven't wasted 1 second on, BUT I am very much for stop Federal Militarization of Local Police
Fuck people can't you see they are preparing for a revolution with the growing urban city training and militarization?
This is what happens when you're constantly at war, you either leave your chess pieces over in foreign lands for the likes of ISIS to get a hold of or bring them home and pass them out to keep using them. With the recent police shootings that have made national headlines have awoken lots more people to the militarization that they've seen on tv and the tables may be tilting back the other way, let's hope.
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March 20, 2015, 12:42:14 AM
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Of course, anything can happen in New Jersey.

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