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edward long

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What thoughts do TEDster's have regarding plausible reasons why the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is purchasing major firepower?

Here are two recent procurements made by Secretary Napolitano (my former governor) presumably to meet her department's strategic needs: 1.6-BILLION cartridges for .40 caliber and 9mm firearms; 2,717 MRAP's (Mine Resistant Armor Protected motorized vehicles) retrofitted for DOMESTIC (aka Homeland) use. Advances in taxpayer funded Technolgy and Design are meant to enhance our society, right?. . . right?


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18 possibilities mentioned by respondents:
For use in Syria (1). To protect and serve citizens (1). A pre-sequester spending spree (1). No problem at all (2). To stimulate the economy (1). To match forces with armed citizens (4). A conspiracy against citizens (1). Just good purchasing policy (2). Preparing for chaos after economic collapse (2). Marshall Law (2). To drive-up metals markets (1).

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    Mar 8 2013: Scary stuff. My two cents are that if it walks, quacks, and looks like a duck..
    The gov't is preparing for Marshall Law.
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      Mar 8 2013: You're scaring me Gregory! Really? Do they have the technology to target only conservatives, or do they figure, "If you are not submitting to the New, New Deal you must be a dangerous malcontent and deserve to be gunned-down by a US tank or drone. We seem to have a nightmare brewing.

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