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Letter: City has no need for a vehicle of war

Re “Police plan BearCat rollout” (Monitor Local & State page, Dec. 26):

Why is our government trying to bankrupt our country by turning into a police state?

There is absolutely no need for a vehicle of war driving down the streets of Concord. We didn’t even have a vehicle like that during my two tours in Iraq. They say the quarter-of-a-million-dollar rolling fortress came from a federal grant, so it won’t hurt our state’s taxpayers. Where do they think the federal government gets their money from? How many more states have received similar grants?

This is an unnecessary expense that will do no good. Of course, a well-trained SWAT team that is properly equipped is a necessary thing to have. But we don’t need tanks in the hands of policemen who aren’t even full-time SWAT members. Some people point to the Boston Marathon bombing as evidence that this sort of equipment is needed. On the contrary: That scum was caught by a civilian who noticed him in his boat, then called the police. There was no need for martial law. Well-trained police officers are what is needed to protect us, not an expensive para-military force.



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In reality, the Right is just as responsible for this mess as the Left. Case in point and Step One. Abolish the Patriot Act. Step Two. Call out the Liars and the Cheats both in politics and the media. They create so much misdirection that the Sheep blindly follow objectives contrary to their best interest. Step Three. Leave Military actions to the Military. The Police have no business in such operations. A Bearcat simply enforces the fact that the government is stepping up oppression of the American Way.

Nathaniel, unfortunately the Left is turning this country into a police state, slowly and deliberately. Maybe their followers don't realize it but this is all a plan that if people rise up against unconstitutional presidential orders or "fundamental change", they will not hesitate to use such tools. Drones are already in the sky over NH, I saw one and the government acknowledged recently that they are indeed using them in NH. Cameras on traffic lights and now police want license plate scanners. It is all cleverly contrived. The bearcat is about protecting the officers not the public. "To Protect & Serve" used to be the mantra of the police, now it is "To Intimidate & Bully".

dont forget this militarization edict has come from the same people that have decided what light bulb you can use, what toilet size to use, what you can eat and drink and what health care you MUST have. You ant see nothing yet - New Dodd frank regulations are coming on 1/14 to cripple the Financial industry.

Correct Sail and let me add that same people who decided how high your railing should be on you porch and how wide your steps going up to the porch have to be, that red swim caps should be worn in Lake Winnepesaukee while swimming.

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