Classic WhoWhatWhy: Police State Gears Up

On May 18, 2015, President Obama made a surprising announcement: he ordered the federal government to reverse its standing practice of providing American police departments with surplus weapons and vehicles from the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq. Given declining confidence in police after a seemingly constant recent stream of fatalities involving black suspects, this newfound caution with heavy provisioning is understandable. But questions about the wisdom of militarizing police are not new. WhoWhatWhy first wrote about the issue in February, 2014.

Police State Gears Up

Does your local police department really need an armored vehicle capable of surviving explosive devices like those buried in the roads of Afghanistan or Iraq? A Republican legislator in New Hampshire, troubled by the increasingly militarized police force in his town, is trying to do something about it.

Exhumation Proves Murder of Brazilian President, New York Times Must Admit

The New York Times mocked political exhumations in Latin America. But one re-examination of a supposed accidental death of a popular ex-president in Brazil has already led to charges that his death was actually an assassination.

Monday Morning Skeptic: NY Times Buries CIA Facts Re Latin American Deaths

Times Latin American correspondent Simon Romero portrays recent exhumations of political figures in Latin America as a kind of relic of early Christian practices, ignoring that most are being done to see if leftist leaders were murdered under a program called Operation Condor—orchestrated by the CIA.

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US Demands Syria Destroy Chemical Weapons Lickety-Split, But Says It Needs Decades to Safely Eliminate Its Own Chems

Sixteen years after signing the chemical weapons treaty, the US says it needs another 10 years to destroy its stocks of chemical arms. But it insists that Syria, in the midst of a civil war, eliminate its huge weapons stockpile in 8 months or face a bombing blitz.