Southern border states asking for surplus war gear
A pair of Texas Congressmen and more than a dozen sheriffs from Texas, Arizona and New Mexico are asking the Defense Department for some of the surplus war equipment from Iraq and Afghanistan for use along their border with Mexico, citing “national security,” The Washington Times reports.
In a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, the lawmakers – one a Republican and the other a Democrat – noted that some of the surplus equipment would come in handy to federal, state and local agencies that work the along and near the U.S. border with Mexico, according to the Times. Humvees, weapons, night-vision goggles, communications trailers and observation platforms were among the items cited.
Rep. Ted Poe, a Republican, has already introduced a resolution that would direct the Defense Department to make available 10 percent of certain equipment from Iraq, the paper reported. The equipment would be made available to law enforcement patroling the border.