The Police Force is Turning America into a Military? State

Militarized police stand next to an armored police car
Ellie McFarland | @El_FarAwayLand

On Tuesday, April 30th, the courts finally convicted the Minneapolis police officer who killed Justine Ruszczyk. After a month-long trial, the shooter, a jury convicted “Mr. Noor” on charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter. These together carry a maximum sentence of around 35 years, but he will likely not receive it.

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The U.S. Military Wants to Build Space Lasers

Othman Mekhloufi | @othmanmekhloufi

The Pentagon has asked for $304 million in the 2020 budget to fund research and development for space-based lasers, neutral particle beams, and advanced missile defense. DefenseOne reported that two studies are currently being conducted by American defense officials regarding these space-based weapons. These two studies aim to develop a space-based weapon capable of disabling enemy ballistic missiles moments after launch.

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You and I Paid for Bombs That Hit a Hospital Yesterday

drone strike bombs I paid for
Ryan Lau | @RyanLau71R

This Tuesday, a horrifying but unsurprising announcement came from Yemen. Once again, a Saudi drone strike missed its target, this time blowing up part of a hospital. The blast killed seven people, of whom four were children. Among the dead are a health worker and the worker’s two kids.

In related news, the United States continued to help the Saudis with air force training. We’re supplying them with arms, training, and in some cases, ground troops that fought on the side of Al Qaeda. With the terrorist group’s own fighters joining a Saudi coalition and fighting alongside the United States, it’s clear that we are indeed on the same side as the terrorists in this particular battle. Moreover, an ever-increasing amount of information is proving that we fund the Saudis militarily and sell them weapons, but they don’t always actually pay us what they owe, leaving burdens on Americans. Moreover, the Department of Defense has failed to collect payments for plane fuel, placing even more wartime expenses on taxpayers. They continue to strike targets that we advise against, but we continue to aid and train them. In fact, I pay them personally.

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Trump to Keep U.S. Presence in Syria

Jack Parkos | @j.ackp

In December 2018, Trump declared the withdrawal of all American troops from Syria. On February 22nd, a bi-partisan group of Congress members wrote Trump expressing the following:

“We support a small American stabilizing force in Syria, which includes a small contingent of American troops and ground forces from our European allies, is essential to insure stability and prevent the return of ISIS”

Trump response was that he “100%” agrees and “ALL is being done”, contradicting his prior statements of complete withdrawal from Syria. He signed and returned the letter with the response to the bi-partisan group of congress members.

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