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Military gear for Texas agencies blurs line between watchman, warfighter

from The Texas Tribune

Under the Department of Defense's little-known 1033 Program, surplus or obsolete military gear is transferred to various state or local law enforcement agencies nationwide to forestall the need for state or local spending. While responsible stewardship of taxpayer resources is a worthwhile endeavor — would that every federal department were more diligent in this respect — as is the case with many federal programs, there is an element of "mission creep" facilitated by it, and Texas is no exception. more


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