Thursday, January 23, 2014

Pentagon Giving 13,000 Armored Vehicles Primarily to Law Enforcement Agencies, Right Here in the U.S.

Mark Matheny
January 24, 2014

The Pentagon is giving away armored vehicles that have been used in foreign operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and they are giving them away for free!

The lucky recipients of these Mine Resistant, Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles will primarily be law enforcement agencies across the United States.

The vehicle is called MRAP, and is $500,000 brand new.

According to msn money, these trucks will be used by Police agencies to "project a show of force at hostage incidents, civil disturbances and other situations where SWAT officers with military-grade weapons, uniforms and helmets are deployed."

The article also states that these vehicles will not be available to private citizens or businesses.

Although many foreign military agencies are shy about wanting these vehicles due to the wear and tear on them from the rough Afghanistan terrain, many police agencies here in the U.S. are salivating over the thought of adding these monster vehicles to their inventory.

Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP/ˈɛmræp/ em-rap) vehicles are armored fighting vehicles used by various armed forces, whose designed purpose is surviving improvised explosive device (IED) attacks and ambushes. The first development in armored vehicles designed specifically to counter the land mine threat were initiated during the Rhodesian Bush War; existing technology was subsequently inherited (and matured) by the South African Defence Force after 1980.[2]  -Wikipedia

These vehicles were used in Afghanistan to protect U.S. soldiers from small arms fire and from IEDs primarily, so why do law enforcement agencies need these "Military" vehicles for? 

In a Forbes article from March 10, 2013, it was reported that the Department of Homeland Security was purchasing  2,717 MRAP vehicles as well as '1.6 billion rounds of hollow point ammunition, along with 7,000 fully automatic 5.56x45mm NATO "personal defense weapons" plus a huge stash of 30 round magazines.'

It is apparent that our police and sheriff agencies are being militarized....... welcome to the Police State.

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