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Article posted Feb 22 2013, 2:43 PM Category: Tyranny/Police State Source: Infowars Print

DHS Contractor Apologizes For Selling Shooting Targets of Children

“Offensive” cut-outs depicting pregnant women, gun owners in residential settings removed from website
Paul Joseph Watson


A company which received $2 million dollars from the DHS has apologized and taken offline “no more hesitation” shooting targets which depicted pregnant women, children, and elderly gun owners in residential settings as “non-traditional threats,” following an online uproar.

As we first reported on Tuesday, Law Enforcement Targets Inc. (LET), a Minneapolis based company that has received almost $2 million dollars in contracts from the Department of Homeland Security over the last three years, recently began selling cardboard cut-out targets designed to desensitize police to “non-traditional threats,” including pregnant women, mothers in school playgrounds, and little boys, as well as elderly gun owners in their homes.

The company’s relationship with the DHS, along with thousands of law enforcement agencies, led to fears that the targets could be connected with Homeland Security’s purchase of roughly 2 billion rounds of ammunition over the last year, which many fear is linked to preparations for mass social unrest. As we documented, the LET’s contracts with the DHS were for “training aids” and “paperboard”.

In its apology, posted on the company’s website as well as Facebook, LET acknowledged that the targets were requested by law enforcement agencies.
We apologize for the offensive nature of our "No More Hesitation" products. These products have been taken offline due to the opinions expressed by so many, including members of the law enforcement community.

This product line was originally requested and designed by the law enforcement community to train police officers for unusually complex situations where split-second decisions could lead to unnecessary loss of life.

Consistent with our company mission as a training supplier (not a training methods company), we will continue to seek input from law enforcement professionals to better serve their training objectives and qualification needs. We sincerely appreciate law enforcement professionals for the risks they take in providing safety and defending freedom.
The company’s excuse that the targets were designed to help police prevent “unnecessary loss of life” is highly dubious given that the images were all of armed individuals termed “non-traditional threats,” designed to ensure “no more hesitation” from police officers encountering them.

As one respondent to the company explained, “Look, each of the supposed “threats” appeared to be in their own home settings. They were also all holding a weapon….it is obvious these paper targets were never intended to be decoy (don’t shoot targets). It is apparent this was designed to assist in desensitizing the trainee.”

In addition, the company had previously struck a different tone when it told Reason’s Mike Riggs that the targets were designed to combat, “hesitation on the part of cops when deadly force is required on subjects with atypical age, frailty or condition.”

Although the targets have been taken off the company’s website, it’s unclear whether or not they have been removed from sale entirely.

Mike Lilly, a retired 32-year police officer, demanded that the targets be discontinued completely.

“Whomever convinced you this was a good idea needs psychological counseling. Proper training and readiness is NOT dependent on shooting pictures of pregnant women and children. Anyone who says otherwise is seriously mistaken or has another agenda It is noted that you say they were taken OFFLINE. Have they been DISCONTINUED AND RECALLED?” he stated.

Lilly’s concern was echoed by retired City of Houston police officer T.F. Stern, who asked why police officers were being trained “to feel nothing's wrong in shooting a pregnant lady or an old man with a shotgun inside his own home.”

View the targets that caused the uproar below.







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Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Infowars.com and Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a host for Infowars Nightly News.





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Doc Ellis 124

Posted: Feb 22 2013, 6:31 PM

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98151 Do ya notice that all of the targets are white? I wanna credit Eric Peters for pointing this out at http://ericpetersautos.com/2013/02/22/why-are-the-domestic-extremists-all-white/

I get that just about nobody in lamestream media has reported on this interesting part of this outrage...

Anonymous

Posted: Feb 23 2013, 1:06 AM

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68255 There's actually a much bigger problem. These targets are just targets, but there's no doubt that if police breaks into a home (even illegally) and encounters any of the target characters for real, they will shoot them and it will be found justified. See numerous no-knock raids where homeowners were killed at the spot without any guns at all; slightest feat of the invader makes it justified. In one instance, as I recall, the cop heard how his fellows shot a dog on the other side of the home, and this made him scared enough to shot the woman he was holding at the barrel of the gun,

"Have they been DISCONTINUED AND RECALLED?” he stated.- again there's bigger question: have all the officers who have been actually trained on these targets, been immediately disarmed and fired?

This company was only assisting and training the police in what the police is already doing routinely nationwide, with full support of the legal system, juries, etc. The part of the population who "needs psychological counseling" appears to be quite large.
Anonymous

Posted: Feb 23 2013, 2:21 AM

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108211 They may have apologized, but they surely are still selling them and cashing in. They just won't broadcast it now.
Anonymous

Posted: Feb 25 2013, 1:51 PM

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173255 Lets see what happens if some enterprising company decides to cash in on the target market with no hesitation pictures of police, or military, or heaven forbid ,likenesses of our favorite politicians. The cry of terrorism will be deafening , but of course it is not terrorism to train desensitizing these morons to the killing of civilians of every description. Of course the ability to make a kill shot to the heart or brain of one of these government robots, will be infinitely more difficult, considering that their actual hearts are similar in size to their brains, or in other words the size of the period at the end of this sentence.
L.S.

Posted: Feb 25 2013, 10:27 PM

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@doc ellis 124, way to find an outrage where there isn't one. perhaps no one reported on the so-called "all white" attack, because they weren't convinced that the targets were in fact "all white."

i think these targets are revealing a demographic but i don't think it's based solely on race. the people those targets depict are target-groups for the controllers.

old white men watch news and lots of it. the picture is up there 2X's, i doubt that's a mistake.

single and expecting mothers will be targeted by hell-care.

old white lady has lots of time - that's an internet target.

little white boy - that's a future nationalist for military sacrifice.

school girl - she doesn't look white, but her age and med. skin color tells you they will be hitting young girls with their propaganda in school, and, that latinas are part of the plan.


the plan - keep the programming in place.

173255 - i'd rather see the people who talk through the politicians being drawn on targets. i wouldn't shoot them, though it's easier to see who i'm dealing with. instead, i have to read their nonsense, then, step into their minds.


oh, and what does the young british guy want? something about a girl and rules.... i don't know is my answer. if she doesn't like you, then she doesn't like you. be careful though - she's playing for 2 teams.
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