The ever growing police state in the United States has been on the minds and lips of many Americans over the last decade or so.
Some say that it is needed for the security of the people and nation. As for others, they are rightfully frightened by the thought of this expanding menace to our liberties and wallets.
Resist The Tyranny has published many articles outlining corruption and abuses within the police, TSA and DHS, but along with those abuses, what does the police state cost YOU?
To give you a grand total of what every police and government force in the U.S. spends on equipment, would be nearly impossible. What I have done, is researched a number of random cities and towns across the U.S.
We will start with the easy ones…
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was founded in November, 2001. The TSA was known best as the organization was charged with developing policies to protect U.S. transportation, especially in airport security and the prevention of aircraft hijacking. It is now known as one of the most unlawful, wasteful and liberty infringing agencies on the planet. The crimes that TSA agents have committed are, but not limited to, over $1 million in stolen money and electronics, selling naked photos of women that they have “had” to strip search, elderly and minor abuse. In the thirteen years of the TSA’s existence, they have not stopped one single terrorist. So what does this “security” cost the American taxpayers? Around $8 billion per year…and growing!
The U.S. Department Of Homeland Security (DHS) is a cabinet department of the United States federal government, first proposed by the U.S. Commission on National Security in January 2001 and expedited in response to the September 11 attacks. The Department of Homeland Security is charged with the primary responsibilities of protecting the United States and its territories (including protectorates) from and responding terrorist attacks, man-made accidents, and natural disasters.
The total expenditures of the DHS is a nearly impossible number to research. This is because the DHS has become somewhat of an umbrella company for many other agencies and is a place for the government to hide expenses that they don’t want the public to know about. To the best of my ability, the total number I have been able to come up with is from 2001-2011 taxpayers spent about $649 billion and approximately $90 billion per year since.
As for local police, Sherriff and highway patrol, I have gathered information from a random number counties across the country.
Armed-Police-Outside-Building-Rifles-Guns. In just the years 2013 and 2014, Los Angeles county spent over $1.5 million of taxpayers money on mine resistant vehicles (MRAP) and over $500,000 on night vision goggles since 2010. Los Angeles county also spent over $21,000 of taxpayers money on military rifles that are otherwise banned in the state of California.
Wood County, Ohio (pop. 129,264), which is nothing more than farm land and one small college town spent over $700,00 of taxpayers money (from 2007 – 2013) on military rifles and one MRAP.
Washington D.C., the place where guns are pretty much illegal, spent over $2 million on just night vision goggles. I was not able to find numbers on the total military rifles or MRAP’s for D.C., but interestingly enough, taxpayers also bought local police over 12,000 rifle bayonets. Really, bayonets? Is the D.C. police expecting a lot of trench warfare?
FYI: Henderson County, Kentucky (pop. 46,000), spent $658,000 of taxpayer’s money on an MRAP.
As you can image, this article would be entirely too long to list every county in the U.S. What this does show, is that no matter if you live in a large metropolis or a small farming community, the police are spending massive amounts of taxpayers money on equipment used on the illusion of security.
Why do I say “the illusion of security?”
Let’s face it, an MRAP is not for your security, but for the security of the people in it.
Speaking of the people in it, let’s take a look at these people.
According to the National Center for Women and Policing, 40 percent of police officer families experience domestic violence, whereas families not involved in police work make up 10 percent of domestic violence cases. This means that a cop is 3 times more likely to beat the crap out of his/her wife or husband than a non-police officer.
According to The Violence Policy Center (VPC), police are guilty of 1.854/100,000 domestic homicides per 100,000 police per year. To put this in perspective, the rate of domestic homicides per 100,000 per year is .583 per 100,000 for CCW holders.
If these people didn’t have a badge, you wouldn’t let them in your house much less give them all of these military weapons.
So let’s pretend for a minute that you are actually safe around a cop. Do police actually stop crime?
While there are some studies that point towards “more police equals more safety,” those studies really don’t hold any water when 40 percent of those cops are going to go home and punch their wife in the face because she didn’t clean the kitchen that day.
The vast majority of police show up after a crime has already been committed. They write up a report (as long as the crime wasn’t committed by one of their own) and you then become a number in a stack of paperwork.
So as a taxpayer, is this really what you want trillions of your money being spent on? The illusion of safety?
The cost goes deeper than just monetary. The infringements on your freedoms and liberties are worth much more than the money.