While concern is heightening within the United States about increased militarization in local police forces, there is little being said about the same increase happening in other countries, directly at the hand of US "security aid" and the crackdown on war and terrorism.

Indicating the rise of militarization in Central American countries, the article points out that "Funding allocated to the region's police and military forces climbed steadily upward to levels unseen since the U.S.-backed 'dirty wars' of the 1980s..."

The major concern about militarization in the US and abroad, besides the fact that it proves ineffective, is its likelihood to actually increase violent crime and human rights violations.

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