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August 28, 2014
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's attempt to justify the police department's possession of military equipment to WBAL on the grounds that there might be a terrorist attack is ridiculous. The people to deal with such an attack are the National Guard, not the police. The function of the police is to deal with ordinary law enforcement, and they can do that best by remembering they are civilians and a part of the community they serve, not by making believe they are soldiers at war. Katharine W. Rylaarsdam - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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September 2, 2014
Letter writer Vernon Herron's views on the use of military equipment by police are spot on ( "Police use of military-style gear is rarely appropriate," Aug. 28). Ask the people who are rescued from an active shooter incident and they'll tell you they are happy the police could respond appropriately. Much of the equipment responders used came from the Defense Department's 1033 program, which gives police departments surplus military hardware. In an age of active shooters and the potential for terrorism - a threat we still face - we need to be prepared to respond.
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By Mark Matthews and Mark Matthews,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | March 25, 2003
WASHINGTON-The United States accused Russian firms yesterday of putting American troops at risk by selling jamming devices, anti-tank missiles and night-vision goggles to Iraq. President Bush complained to Russian President Vladimir V. Putin yesterday about alleged sales of Russian military equipment to Iraq, including what the White House claimed were "ongoing" transfers of jamming devices that could interfere with guidance systems on American weapons. The alleged equipment sales emerged as a major source of friction between Washington and Moscow at a time when the two governments are deeply at odds over the war in Iraq.
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August 28, 2014
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's attempt to justify the police department's possession of military equipment to WBAL on the grounds that there might be a terrorist attack is ridiculous. The people to deal with such an attack are the National Guard, not the police. The function of the police is to deal with ordinary law enforcement, and they can do that best by remembering they are civilians and a part of the community they serve, not by making believe they are soldiers at war. Katharine W. Rylaarsdam - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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August 28, 2014
Nothing can justify the looting and violence by those who used the shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Mo., police officer as an opportunity to destroy the businesses and property of residents who had no hand in what happened and we should condemn the actions that have overshadowed the rights of citizens to peacefully protest. Yet the presence of military-style equipment in response to such demonstrations of civil disobedience should also be scrutinized. I spent more than 30 years in law enforcement, first as a Maryland state trooper, then as the public safety director in Prince George's County.
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By Michael James and Michael James,SUN STAFF | December 1, 1998
A California man is accused of trying to ship military equipment to Vietnam by way of the port of Baltimore, where shipping documents were falsified as part of a munitions smuggling scheme, federal prosecutors said.Gia An Du, 36, intended to send 137 military diesel engines designed for the U.S. Army to an unspecified port in Vietnam, according to an indictment filed last week in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.The engines are prohibited from export under the federal Arms Export Control Act because they are designed for military vehicles.
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By Gail Gibson and Gail Gibson,SUN STAFF | March 5, 2003
Two Taiwanese businessmen who tried to purchase sensitive U.S. military equipment for Iran were exposed through an undercover sting operation in Maryland, federal authorities said yesterday. The two are charged with conspiracy to violate U.S. export laws by attempting to buy early warning radar, Cobra attack helicopters, night-vision goggles and satellite photos for Tehran in violation of the U.S. embargo against Iran. Authorities said none of the equipment was successfully shipped out of the United States.
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Editorial from The Aegis | March 5, 2013
Aberdeen Proving Ground is so much a part of the fabric of life in Harford County that it is sometimes easy to lose sight of the reality that it is a military test center where dangerous activities take place every day. Tragedies like two recent deadly incidents at what is commonly referred to as the Super Pond serve as stark reminders that protecting the nation is dangerous work and the people responsible for testing equipment that ends up on...
NEWS
September 2, 2014
Letter writer Vernon Herron's views on the use of military equipment by police are spot on ( "Police use of military-style gear is rarely appropriate," Aug. 28). Ask the people who are rescued from an active shooter incident and they'll tell you they are happy the police could respond appropriately. Much of the equipment responders used came from the Defense Department's 1033 program, which gives police departments surplus military hardware. In an age of active shooters and the potential for terrorism - a threat we still face - we need to be prepared to respond.
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By Matthew Dolan and Matthew Dolan,SUN STAFF | April 14, 2005
An Iranian man pleaded guilty in Baltimore federal court yesterday to trying to buy highly sensitive American military aircraft parts and attempting to smuggle the restricted equipment back to his home country. The investigation leading to the plea spanned three continents and marked the second time in two years that a Maryland undercover operation exposed suspected illegal arms dealers accused of working for Iran. "Our area is ripe for it because there are about 800 defense contractors just in Northern Virginia, D.C. and Maryland," said Cynthia J. O'Connell, special agent in charge of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Baltimore.
NEWS
August 28, 2014
Nothing can justify the looting and violence by those who used the shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Mo., police officer as an opportunity to destroy the businesses and property of residents who had no hand in what happened and we should condemn the actions that have overshadowed the rights of citizens to peacefully protest. Yet the presence of military-style equipment in response to such demonstrations of civil disobedience should also be scrutinized. I spent more than 30 years in law enforcement, first as a Maryland state trooper, then as the public safety director in Prince George's County.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2014
Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake contrasted her police department's peaceful handling of Occupy Baltimore protesters with the militarized response of police in Ferguson, Mo., where officers fired tear gas and rubber bullets into a crowd.  Rawlings-Blake, who has become a recurring guest on the program, appeared on a panel discussing the civil unrest sweeping in the country after police shot and killed 18-year-old...
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By Joel Brinkley | August 3, 2013
For American forces in Afghanistan, this should be the last straw. It started in early July, when President Barack Obama was once again so furious with Afghan President Hamid Karzai that for the first time he began talking about the so-called "zero option" -- bringing home the entire American military presence next year. This came after Mr. Karzai lambasted the U.S. for trying to arrange peace negotiations with the Taliban. Lost in his latest fit of pique, Mr. Karzai summarily terminated the continuing negotiations over a long-term American presence in the state after the bulk of forces leave next year.
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By Joel Brinkley | July 31, 2013
For American forces in Afghanistan, this should be the last straw. It started in early July, when President Obama was once again so furious with Afghan President Hamid Karzai that for the first time he began talking about the so-called "Zero Option" -- bringing home the entire American military presence next year. This came after Mr. Karzai lambasted the U.S. for trying to arrange peace negotiations with the Taliban. Lost in his latest fit of pique, Mr. Karzai summarily terminated the continuing negotiations over a long-term American presence in the state after the bulk of forces leave next year.
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Editorial from The Aegis | March 5, 2013
Aberdeen Proving Ground is so much a part of the fabric of life in Harford County that it is sometimes easy to lose sight of the reality that it is a military test center where dangerous activities take place every day. Tragedies like two recent deadly incidents at what is commonly referred to as the Super Pond serve as stark reminders that protecting the nation is dangerous work and the people responsible for testing equipment that ends up on...
NEWS
By Matthew Dolan and Matthew Dolan,SUN STAFF | April 14, 2005
An Iranian man pleaded guilty in Baltimore federal court yesterday to trying to buy highly sensitive American military aircraft parts and attempting to smuggle the restricted equipment back to his home country. The investigation leading to the plea spanned three continents and marked the second time in two years that a Maryland undercover operation exposed suspected illegal arms dealers accused of working for Iran. "Our area is ripe for it because there are about 800 defense contractors just in Northern Virginia, D.C. and Maryland," said Cynthia J. O'Connell, special agent in charge of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Baltimore.
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By Phyllis Brill and Phyllis Brill,Evening Sun Staff | June 6, 1991
The heavy equipment started rumbling through the streets of Washington at 2 a.m. this morning. Moving through the dark of night, the armored trucks, tanks and fighter planes began taking up positions for a major military event little more than a stone's throw from the White House and Capitol Hill.Not exactly a city under siege, Washington will nevertheless be inundated with military equipment and soldiers come Saturday morning. That's when the nation's official Desert Storm homecoming celebration gets under way.Gen.
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By New York Times News Service | April 12, 1995
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton vowed yesterday to work with Congress to find a way to compensate Pakistan for the purchase of more than $1 billion of military equipment, which was paid for but has been held up by law for five years in a dispute over that country's nuclear program."
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By Mark Matthews and Mark Matthews,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | March 25, 2003
WASHINGTON-The United States accused Russian firms yesterday of putting American troops at risk by selling jamming devices, anti-tank missiles and night-vision goggles to Iraq. President Bush complained to Russian President Vladimir V. Putin yesterday about alleged sales of Russian military equipment to Iraq, including what the White House claimed were "ongoing" transfers of jamming devices that could interfere with guidance systems on American weapons. The alleged equipment sales emerged as a major source of friction between Washington and Moscow at a time when the two governments are deeply at odds over the war in Iraq.
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By Gail Gibson and Gail Gibson,SUN STAFF | March 5, 2003
Two Taiwanese businessmen who tried to purchase sensitive U.S. military equipment for Iran were exposed through an undercover sting operation in Maryland, federal authorities said yesterday. The two are charged with conspiracy to violate U.S. export laws by attempting to buy early warning radar, Cobra attack helicopters, night-vision goggles and satellite photos for Tehran in violation of the U.S. embargo against Iran. Authorities said none of the equipment was successfully shipped out of the United States.
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