Free people vs. police state

Half-billion dollar compound boosts police state in Tennessee

These artist renderings are aerial views of the MALETA compound serving state government in Tennessee, from plans by Kline Swiney Assoc. (Photo

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., Friday, Oct. 13, 2023 – The state has broken ground on a F$415 million police training complex that will enhance its ability to surviel Tennesseans and train officers in consolidate the state’s gains against the people apart from the law.

By David Tulis / NoogaRadio Network

Most of the money – F$355.7 million – is in the 2022-23 budget. From earlier outlaws under Bill Haslam are nearly F$30 million. Construction will begin in the spring, with completion set for 2025 at Cockrill Bend. Nearby is the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution, a prison. 

The state owns 800 acres along the Cumberland River in Nashville. Dorms for 400 cades and 200 other people, a dining area, administrative offices are included. Headquarters for the correction department and Department of Safety and Homeland Security will relocate here.

The site is called MALETA, which means suitcase in Spanish, an acronym for multi-agency law enforcement training academy

Opponents of the police state are seeking signatures for a petition against the project.

“In a world of unprecedented climate destruction, we need more than ever to protect Tennessee’s native trees, habitats, and ecosystems, not raze 800 acres of Tennessee’s Cumberland River Palustrine to erect a facility to further militarise policing and corrections, of which state governments already spend over $200 billion annually on,” says petition sponsor J.A. Harrison.

“Rather than allocating even more funding to weaponising police, I would like to reallocate that funding toward land preservation acts.”

Gov. Bill Lee says he started touring law enforcement training facilities statewide to check on conditions after he took office nearly five years ago.

“I remember walking through facilities where tiles were missing and 40-year-old bathrooms and bunk rooms that I wouldn’t want to stay in, and I got a vision that day, almost four and a half years ago that we needed to do something different,” Lee says, according to a report in Tennessee Lookout.

Says Brandon Gibson, COO for Gov. Bill Lee, at a ceremony, “This site represents one of the best examples of inter-agency cooperation Tennessee has ever seen. It represents the future of law enforcement training in Tennessee, and this site represents the governor’s and the General Assembly’s dedication to law enforcement in this state.”

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