What's Barack Obama's position on this: "Local police stockpile high-tech, combat-ready gear | America's War Within"

If terrorists ever target Fargo, N.D., the local police will be ready.

In recent years, they have bought bomb-detection robots, digital communications equipment and Kevlar helmets, like those used by soldiers in foreign wars. For local siege situations requiring real firepower, police there can use a new $256,643 armored truck, complete with a rotating turret. Until that day, however, the menacing truck is mostly used for training runs and appearances at the annual Fargo picnic, where it's been displayed near a children's bounce house.

Local police stockpile high-tech, combat-ready gear | America's War Within.

We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we've set. We've got to have a civilian national-security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded. — Barack Obama July, 2008

I'm wondering whether he really only had AmeriCorps in mind especially since his White House did not want the NDAA bill changed to preclude the imperial presidency disappearing US citizens, a la what happened in El Salvador and elsewhere in Central America under US-backed dictatorships.

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    Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.
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