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Armed EPA raid in Alaska sheds light on 70 fed agencies with armed divisions | The recent uproar over armed EPA agents descending on a tiny Alaska mining town is shedding light on the fact that 40 federal agencies – including nearly a dozen typically not associated with law enforcement -- have armed divisions.

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Poll: 74 percent want end to medical marijuana raids

Rawstory | Nearly three out of four Americans believe that the federal government should respect state laws regarding medical marijuana and halt raids on dispensaries, according to a poll released Wednesday. “These results are consistent with the clear and growing body of evidence that documents substantial voter support for the legalization of medical marijuana,” said Larry Harris, a principal with Mason-Dixon Polling & Research.

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Civil Liberties :: 1261 Views :: 0 Comments
Why Do the Police Have Tanks? The Strange and Dangerous Militarization of the US Police Force

AlterNet | The federal government has supplied local police departments with military uniforms, weaponry, vehicles, and training. Just after midnight on May 16, 2010, a SWAT team threw a flash-bang grenade through the window of a 25-year-old man while his 7-year-old daughter slept on the couch as her grandmother watched television. The grenade landed so close to the child that it burned her blanket. The SWAT team leader then burst into the house and fired a single shot which struck the child in the throat, killing her. The police were there to apprehend a man suspected of murdering a teenage boy days earlier. The man they were after lived in the unit above the girl's family.

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Civil Liberties :: 3383 Views :: 0 Comments
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