August 25, 2005

Bullet Proof?

Let's see if I have this straight. First the giver-mint buys thousands of bullet proof vests for local cops all over America. THEN they decide to test them to see if they work.

Makes sense if you are the connected cat selling the vests. I got this from the Chicago paper, where boondoggles like this are well understood. I quote the Trib,"A type of lightweight police vest used by tens of thousands of officers failed to stop a bullet in nearly 6 of every 10 tests, according to a Justice Department study released Wednesday, setting off immediate changes in federal safety guidelines."

Now that the vests have been exposed as a rip-off, the Feds won't pay for them anymore. I wonder if they will sell the old ones as surplus? To street gangsters, perhaps?

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