Friday, March 30, 2012

New Hampshire armored attack runs out of gas

An amazing thing happened, the people of Keene NH forgot that they were subject people and rebelled against their government.

In this case what they rebelled against is their town purchasing a "tank"-probably an armored personnel carrier - gratis of the Fed's War-On-Drugs/Terror program.

Standing Up for Common Sense
Jim Hightower, Other Words, 19 March 2012 (Hat tip:  truthout via NC)

Thanks to such richly funded boondoggles as the "war on drugs" and the "war on terrorism," the federal government is throwing money at cities and states to militarize their various police forces. Thus, Keene was granted $285,000 by the Department of Homeland Security to buy its very own "Bearcat," an eight-ton combat vehicle.

Of course, corporations that peddle such pricey hardware testily insist that Keene needs a tank. A sales executive for Lenco Industries, which makes the Bearcat, snapped to an inquiring reporter: "I don't think there's any place in the country where you can say, 'That isn't a likely terrorist target.' Wouldn't you rather be prepared?"

The sensible people of Keene, however, aren't swallowing the fearmonger pill, and they've forced the town council to reconsider. Local businesswomen Dorrie O'Meara says she hasn't met a single person who's in favor of having "this militaristic thing in Keene." She calls the tank "completely unnecessary. But it's more than that," she adds. "It's just not who we are. It's about what kind of town we want to be."
While not devoid of crime, there has not been a murder in Keene reported since 2003.  Obviously they are not a terribly violent bunch.


Craig Cavanaugh said...

It is good to know that there are still small refuges here and there where sanity can be found. Alas, the city where I live is not one of them...

russell1200 said...

New Hampshire was viewed as potential candidate for a redoubt state: if I remember correctly they finally settled on Wisconsin.

But NH, to me, seems more of an old school conservative state, almost pre-Reagan.