To all those terrified by the news of the DHS and some local law enforcement acquiring military grade weapons and armored vehicles, I pose this question - if you put glasses on a dog, could he read?
Giving a bureaucrat technology does not make up
for the gap in training, discipline, and commitment between he and a
soldier. Law enforcement mostly operates on intimidation. They're
"badasses" against disabled little girls
at the airport, but encountering even one person who is trained and NOT
intimidated (i.e. Chris Dorner) - they shit themselves. In the ME, the
heavily equipped law enforcements in country after country were subdued
in a matter of days by a bunch of kids wielding homemade Molotov
cocktails. US citizens are MUCH better armed; and we have millions of
ex-military who are trained and have the discipline NOT to tolerate the
potential excesses. I personally don't see the confrontation actually
happening, but in case of a massive citizen vs government standoff -
most of the DHS's new toys would be in the hands of rebel militias in a
matter of hours.