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New Hampshire bill would end military-grade weapons in police hands

Many police departments have received military-grade weapons and hardware from the Pentagon and other government programs, but a New Hampshire bill would ban any police departments within the state from receiving these weapons.

Bill 407¬†states only the “state guard… with the approval of the governor and council,” has the ability to receive military-grade weapons from the government. The bill continues by saying, “no state agency or political subdivision of this state shall acquire, purchase, or otherwise accept for use any military-equipped vehicle or military grade hardware…”

Any weapons or equipment which are readily available to the public however will still be able to be used by the affected government agencies and departments.

Bill 407 would therefore make the Defense Department’s Program 1033 null within the state. Program 1033¬†allows the Department of Defense to transfer any excess of hardware in possession by the department to be transferred and distributed to law enforcement agencies across the U.S.

According to the Law Enforcement Support Office, since the inception of the program in 1997, about $5.1 billion worth of hardware has been given to police agencies across the country. In 2013 alone, about $450 million worth of equipment was given out to agencies.

The bill has already received wide-spread support within the state of New Hampshire as state representatives Michael Sylvia, Edmond Gionet, Bart Fromuth, and many more have co-sponsored the bill, according to the Tenth Amendment Center. Support for the bill within New Hampshire stretches across party lines as both Democrats and Republicans have co-sponsored the bill.

NEW VIDEO: Guardian newspaper destroys Snowden files while feds look on

Screenshot from The Guardian Newspaper's video footage
Screenshot from The Guardian Newspaper’s video footage

LONDON, Janurary 31, 2014– On Saturday 20 July 2013, from the basement of the Guardian’s office in Kings Cross, London, watched by two Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ: British spy agency) technicians, Guardian staff destroyed hard drives and memory cards, which stored encrypted files leaked by NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden. This is the first time footage of the event has been released.

Editors and journalists were ordered to destroy all computers and peripheral devices which could have stored Snowden data. However, it is doubtful that this information is lost forever with today’s modern technology.

The video is certainly surreal. Sending chills down the spines of all who watch it, viewers are left wondering, “Have we lost?”

Government agents have literally entered the basement of a news publication and forced them to destroy evidence of the world’s greatest predatory threat to human rights.

The Guardian is starting a quasi awareness campaign with the release of this footage named #TheSnowdenFiles.

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