Government Lying 101

You remember the story. It was repeated on the news until we were numb in the ears. Hill and Knowlton Inc, a P.R. firm hired by Citizens for a Free Kuwait to the tune of $10,7 million, coached the acting of several people. The most famous of these was Nayirah al-Sabah, a relative of the Kuwaiti royal family and a daughter of the Kuwait ambassador. Nayirah’s acting role was as a Kuwaiti citizen who escaped the Iranian invasion after her volunteer work at a Kuwaiti hospital. She played her part so convincingly, that George Bush and his constituents (US citizens) rallied themselves in agreement with an attack on Iraq in 1990. To bad her American accent outweighed her Kuwaiti accent. The original lie coverage always outweighs its recanted, corrected version.

Local Community Rejects Federal Militarization of Police

The Burlington police department unilaterally decided to sever ties with a U.S. Department of Defense program that allows law enforcement agencies to procure surplus military equipment, freeing the department from one significant form of federal influence and control.

A Burlington TV station reported on the move, saying the department had obtained two night vision devices through the program before deciding not to participate.

“There are times when military-style equipment is essential for public safety, but they are very rare,” Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo said. “We have the resources to handle all but the most inconceivable public safety scenarios. Amassing a worst-case scenario arsenal of military equipment results in officers seeing everyday policework through a military lens. When I realized what a small role the military played in equipping our police, I concluded it was better to return the items.”


Through the federal 1033 Program, local police departments procure military grade weapons, including automatic assault rifles, body armor and mine resistant armored vehicles – essentially unarmed tanks. Police departments can even get their hands on military helicopters and other aircraft.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) runs the “Homeland Security Grant Program,” which in 2013 gave more than $900 million in counterterrorism funds to state and local police. According to a 2012 Senate report, this money has been used to purchase tactical vehicles, drones, and even tanks with little obvious benefit to public safety. And, according to ProPublica, “In 1994, the Justice Department and the Pentagon funded a five-year program to adapt military security and surveillance technology for local police departments that they would otherwise not be able to afford.”


“Arming ‘peace officers’ like they’re ready to occupy an enemy city is totally contrary to the society envisioned by the Founders,” Michael Boldin of the Tenth Amendment Center said, echoing del Pozo’s thoughts. “They’ve turned ‘protect and serve’ into ‘command and control.’” …