Taxpayer dollars totaling more than $5 million were used to purchase supplies from Law Enforcement Targets, Inc., a company that sells, among other things, shooting targets with photographs of children, a pregnant woman and the elderly.
Talk show host Alex Jones’ website Infowars.com updated reports Wednesday on the company, including $5.4 million in government contracts over the past several years. Spending reports include the Department of Defense ($3.1 million) and the Department of Homeland Security ($1.9 million), according to USAspending.gov.
The shooting targets of everyday people holding guns are designed to teach law enforcement officers to shoot without hesitation on non-traditional targets, according to LET. It’s one more indicator in a trend that suggests the government is gearing up for civil war.
On Infowars.com and in other reports, the company responded to questions about the rationale behind the products.
A video by ThirdWatchProductions replays a telephone conversation with an unidentified representative from LET. During the phone call, the rep states the targets were requested by law enforcement. Product descriptions call them “no hesitation” targets.
Some police are already well-trained in shooting without hesitation, as news reports are rife with people being injured or killed during cases of mistaken identity. Recent examples happened during the manhunt for alleged cop killer Christopher Dorner, when police opened fire on two separate occasions on vehicles containing people who did not even remotely resemble Dorner's description. No one was critically injured.
Writer Paul Joseph Watson noted on Infowars.com that reports on the shooting targets prompted the company to solicit “civil” comments on the targets on Facebook. Hundreds of people were outraged by having images of everyday citizens used for target practice.
A written response from LET secured by reason.com stated that the targets are designed to help officers simulate using “deadly force shooting scenarios” with non-traditional subjects. The targets depict people in their homes or on the playground.
The products can be viewed here if the website remains up. It crashed Tuesday shortly after Watson broke the story.