Department of Defense gives military gear to fake police

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A federal program meant to give military surplus equipment to local, state and federal police agencies is under fire after getting caught in a federal sting operation.

Specifically, undercover investigators from the Government Accountability Office created a fake law enforcement agency and were able to get access to more the $1 million in "controlled" equipment.

According to a GAO report released this week, investigators ordered night vision goggles, simulated rifles and simulated pipe bombs.

The report took issue with the fact that the Department of Defense office in charge of this program did not do sufficient background checks on the investigators to discover that the agency they claimed to work for was fake.

You can find a link to the report here.

President Donald Trump has vowed to make it easier for law enforcement agencies to get the surplus equipment. This week, the House Armed Services subcommittee began looking at the report.

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Morgan  LoewMorgan Loew is an investigative reporter at CBS 5 News. His career has taken him to every corner of the state, lots of corners in the United States, and some far-flung corners of the globe.

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Morgan’s past assignments include covering the invasion of Iraq, human smuggling in Mexico, vigilantes on the border and Sheriff Arpaio in Maricopa County. His reports have appeared or been featured on CBS News, CNN, NBC News, MSNBC and NPR.

Morgan’s peers have recognized his work with 11 Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards , two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for investigative reporting, an SPJ First Amendment Award and a commendation from the Humane Society of the United States. Last fall, Morgan was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Silver Circle, in recognition of 25 years of contribution to the television industry in Arizona.

Morgan is a graduate of the University of Arizona journalism school and Concord Law School. He is the president of the Arizona First Amendment Coalition and teaches media law and TV news reporting at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

When he’s not out looking for the next big news story, Morgan enjoys hiking, camping, cheering for the Arizona Wildcats and spending time with his family at their southern Arizona ranch.

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