October 11, 2013
TRANSPARENCY: Utah Won’t Disclose Records On Police Militarization.
One of the main forces behind the mass militarization of America’s police officers has been the Pentagon’s 1033 and 1122 programs, which makes surplus military equipment — think guns, tanks, helicopters, grenade launchers, etc. — available to police agencies across the country for almost nothing. (Usually, they pay only the cost of shipping.) As I reported last spring, the ACLU is currently engaged in a nationwide effort to collect information about how this equipment is being used.
In Utah, Connor Boyack of the libertarian-leaning Libertas Institute recently filed a state open records request with the Utah Department of Administrative Services. (Possibly the most bureaucratically-named agency ever.) Boyack wanted information on how Utah police agencies are using the 1033 program, and what sorts of stuff they’re getting from it. His request was rejected.
None of your business, peasant.