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Friday, May 23, 1997 FULL SHOW | HEADLINES | NEXT: US Sanctions Burma: Arrests of Activists

US Military Special Operations Forces Training Local Police?

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Leslie Angeline, CODEPINK member who went on a hunger strike to demand a meeting from Senator Joe Lieberman about his statements on attacking Iran. She fasted for 23 days, fainted in his office, and was arrested before he agreed to meet her for 15 minutes.

Ali Nasri, Representative of "Miles for Peace," a group of Iranian peace activists who are cycling around Europe and the United States to oppose a war on Iran. He met Senator Lieberman with CODEPINK members last week.

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Navy Seals training your local police officers, and cops using MP-5 automatic weapons, Ninja-style battle dress uniforms and armored personnel carriers? Is this just an extension of "black-helicopter" paranoia? Not according to a stunning new study which says that in police departments around the country these are real scenarios, with police being trained increasingly by US military special operations forces.

Joining us today to take a special, in-depth look at the growing
militarization of police forces around the country is the report’s author —
Peter Kraska. He is professor at the Department of Police Studies in the
College of Law Enforcement at Eastern Kentucky University based in
Richmond, Kentucky.

GUEST: PROFESSOR PETER KRASKA, a professor at the Department of
Police Studies in the College of Law Enforcement at Eastern Kentucky
University based in Richmond, Kentucky.

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