The embarassment of a national security state is evident in these photos of the hardware they are buying in Tampa and Charlotte for the two political conventions. People will look back at this time and see a country in economic decline, unable to invest appropriate resources to re-start a collapsed economy, allowng the wealthy to horde extreme wealth, cutting the necessities of its people as income, and wealth decline and instead wastefully spending resources of mlitary hardware in order to stop people from exercising their political rights. The people in power are doing all they can so they do not have to hear the peoples concerns while they party inside unecessary conventions where the corporate bribes flow freely. The less expensive way to stop protest is to listen to the concerns of the people rather than attempt to suppress them. There is no wisdom in today’s leaders. Are they trying to create anger and violence? Protesters should not take the bait, stay non-violent and let the U.S. security state show itself to the world. Police, who are not part of the 1%, should realize they are being used by the .1% and join the revolt. They do not have to use these weapons aganst us.
The Hardcore Security Gear Protecting the Conventions
By John Hudson
Congress gave Tampa and Charlotte police $50 million each to keep America’s egg-throwing anarchists at bay during the Republican and Democratic conventions. Turns out, both cities got quite a lot of bang for their buck.
Local authorities have assembled a powerful mix of armored trucks, aerial drones, EOD X-ray machines, bobcat vehicles and other big ticket machinery to maintain the peace during what the Department of Homeland Security has declared “national special security events.” Here’s what authorities in Tampa and Charlotte will be using for the Republican and Democratic conventions:
Ground Drones Ever seen one of these? What you have here is the Wraith by United Drones. It’s an unmanned ground vehicle that will be roaming the streets of Tampa next week serving as the police department’s eyes and ears. They can cruise up to 65 mph and climb almost anything, as The Tampa Tribune’s Howard Altman explains
“The Wraiths … have the capability of carrying surveillance cameras and even lethal and non-lethal weapons. “They are fully autonomous backup units,” [engineer Curt] Winter said of the Wraiths. “They are designed to follow certain agencies out into the field and, if they get into trouble, be activated by a command center and provide instant backup.”
Bobcat Vehicles The Tampa police also spent $790,000 for a range of new vehicles. According to ABC News’ Julie Percha
, that includes several bobcat utility vehicles. To the right, an armored bobcat arrives on the scene of a grand theft investigation
Fancy Bikes According to Percha’s report, the department also bought 200 Kona Race Light 7005 aluminium bikes (They look pretty sturdy
Aerial Drones No longer just used in the tribal areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan, United Drones’ 4 1/2-foot-wide Aether Aero, a tiny-looking helicopter drone, will be provide “intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to government agencies” during the Tampa convention, reports The Tribune
. “It is equipped with a 109x optical zoom camera, can lift up to 50 pounds and is so light it can be picked up with two fingers.”
Armored Trucks These bad boys will also be deployed in Tampa. As a part of the $50 million budget, armored trucks are perfect for breaking up barricades of protesters. As for the Charlotte Police, ABC reports
that the city used ” more than $146,000 of its grant for new wheels — including brand new Chevrolet Tahoes, Ford F-250s and leased Harley-Davidson police motorcycles.”
EOD X-Ray Machines Local authorities will also be carrying around these portable, high-tech x-ray machines that cost $64,325 each. “The portable machine will allow a squad of trained explosives officers to check questionable boxes at the convention for a “quick and safe response to unattended packages,” according to the department,” reports ABC.