A fantastic article has been published on RSN: “Cops Ready for War.”
If terrorists ever target Fargo, N.D., the local police will be ready.
In recent years, they have bought bomb-detection robots, digital communications equipment and Kevlar helmets, like those used by soldiers in foreign wars. For local siege situations requiring real firepower, police there can use a new $256,643 armored truck, complete with a rotating turret. Until that day, however, the menacing truck is mostly used for training runs and appearances at the annual Fargo picnic, where it’s been displayed near a children’s bounce house.
“Most people are so fascinated by it, because nothing happens here,” said Carol Archbold, a Fargo resident and criminal justice professor at North Dakota State University. “There’s no terrorism here.”
This is one of the most compelling pieces I’ve read, lately, on our most omnipotent of “homegrown terrorists” – agents of the state masquerading as regular guys who serve and protect. The biggest takeaway from this article is the mammoth corporate state that undergirds this industry of terror, thanks to billions of dollars in federal subsidies: Lenco, KDH Defense Systems, Blackhawk Industries, Colt, Oshkosh Defense, BAE Systems, Alliant Techsystems, etc.
The homeland security market for state and local agencies is projected to reach $19.2 billion by 2014, up from $15.8 billion in fiscal 2009, according to the Homeland Security Research Corp.
Interestingly, here’s the “About” page for the Homeland Security Research Corp, with bold emphasis.
Homeland Security Research Corp. (HSRC) is a Washington, DC-based international market research and strategic consulting firm serving the homeland security community. HSRC provides premium market, technology and industry expertise that enables our global clients to gain critical insight into the business opportunities that exist within the Homeland Security & Homeland Defense market. Government clientsinclude the US, UK, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Israel, Canada, Germany, Australia, Sweden, Finland, and Singapore. US Congress, DHS, US Army, US Navy, DOD, DOT, GAO, NATO, and the EU are among others. HSRC serves over 600 private sector clients, including all major defense contractors and many Fortune 500 companies.
When government monies are obtained from citizens by theft, via an entity with a “legal” monopoly on violence, opportunities abound and state-connected entrepreneurs pour out of the woodwork. Note the article’s point that these corporate state suppliers, because they are manufacturing equipment for “clients” that have a nearly unlimited ability to rob-and-spend, are able to charge scandalous prices, driving huge margins for overpriced junk so that local governments can foster greater growth in government employment and proudly trot out their toys at Main Street parades for the awed masses.
State terrorism and murder is a hugely profitable industry. As always, the answer given by the head militants, when asked to justify the massive growth of the police state (surging manpower, militarized SWAT tactics, and spending billions on ostentatious equipment): if it saves even one life, it’s worth the cost.