This stuff frustrates and annoys me, but I am well aware that it is standard operating procedure for the US Congress. So, this all being said, I thought that I would bring up a few things that I could use and any of you who might be from a current or former law enforcement background would especially be able to help. Most of the stuff we could use is law enforcement related.
- Handcuffs, basic, not fancy, but police quality. Plastic flexcuffs work but are a pain to remove and a couple of soldiers have cut themselves doing so. Only the MP's are issued real handcuffs. We could use lots.
- Body Armor. Not the big bulky stuff that we wear, but the level IIIA, concealable stuff that cops wear, to outfit my informants, so that no one knows that they are wearing it. We have plenty of our own, but none of this type. We could use about 5-6 sets, preferably size medium.
- Mini-mag or Surefire flashlights, AA sized, also for my Iraqi contacts, I have exhausted my supply. We have plenty of batteries.
- MP3 recorders with at least 64MB of memory - for documenting bad guys behaving badly
Several people have asked, and so there it is. For those of you in a position to help, please e-mail me to get shipping information and further specifics. The supply system has been reliably slow, but effective if you can wait 3 months. Oh, by the way, one of our guys is now the Army equivalent of FAMOUS. His picture made the cover of the Army website. Other than that, not much new. The Arhabi, as you have seen in the news, have been focusing their efforts on police and civilians.