February 18, 2014

SUPER-SAFE ORANGE COUNTY well-stocked with paramilitary SWAT trucks. “Irvine police can’t be blamed for taking what was given them. A terrorist attack or an unusual bank heist like the one in Heat could theoretically happen anyplace, and a police chief offered military-grade hardware isn’t going to turn it down. But the folks higher up the chain who facilitate transactions like this are behaving irresponsibly. Municipal officials are militarizing their communities, and the dispensers of homeland-security dollars are squandering them. It is highly unlikely that this vehicle will prove indispensable before it wears out from age and dust, and if it does, blind luck will be more responsible that sound planning.”

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