The White House on Tuesday announced a crackdown on the practice of black helicopters that have been used by police and in military missions.
President Donald Trump’s administration has vowed to crack down on helicopters that are often used to attack suspects in black-on-black violence.
“If there’s any helicopter in the world that’s used for combat, it’s the U.S. Special Operations Command,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.
“We’re going to be very tough on this, particularly if you’re using a helicopter to attack a civilian or civilian vehicle.”
Black helicopters have been a popular method of military attack in the U, but the Obama administration made a big effort to ban them in the first place.
The Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security are both working on a plan to crack the black-and-white-light-colored-hobbyist-chinese-horseshoe-like helicopters.
Sanders said the White House will begin targeting white helicopters as soon as possible.
“They’re used to destroy property, so if there’s no military target in the target area, then the helicopter can’t be used,” she said.
The White, House and Justice departments will continue to work closely to create the best use for the helicopters, she said, adding that the Department of Defense will be taking a lead role in developing new technology that will make them less effective.
The plan will target “black-onblack crime” as the primary source of black helicopter attacks, she added.
“There’s been a lot of media coverage of helicopters being used for assassination.
The truth is that it is an indiscriminate method of attack, and we want to make sure that there’s zero use of black-tied helicopters in targeting innocent people,” she added, adding the White Houses goal is to “reduce that number.”
In addition to targeting helicopters, the White house also announced that it plans to make it harder to buy the military equipment that police use to deploy in civilian settings.
The Department of Justice has already taken steps to prevent people from buying the military-grade Humvees and M16 rifles, which are often given to law enforcement to conduct SWAT team raids.
“Our goal is that there will be a clear line of sight between military and civilian use of military equipment,” Sanders said, referring to the Justice Department.
Sanders did not elaborate on the changes that she said will be made to the military procurement system.
The White House also announced the hiring of a team of experts to evaluate the cost of the purchase of armored personnel carriers.
Sanders said the team will review all military equipment purchases that are made with military contractors, including the purchase and use of surplus equipment, as well as “any changes to the requirements and standards of the equipment that are being purchased.”
She did not mention whether the new team will be tasked with reviewing the use of the armored vehicles that the Justice department has spent millions of dollars buying.
“We’re looking to make every effort to make those armored vehicles cost-effective and cost-competitive,” Sanders added.
In the end, the government will continue buying equipment from the military, Sanders said on Tuesday.
“That’s what we want, and that’s what the president has said repeatedly, and the president is right.
We want the military to have the ability to do this work,” she concluded.
(h/t Business Insider)