Why are IED/Mine Resistant Vehicles Being Deployed Within U.S.?

Frugal taxpayers have always wondered why their local town police department needed a tank in their inventory. I can't even think of one instance where a SWAT team actually needed a regular armored car, like the sort that banks transport their cash around in, much less a military-grade assault vehicle. Nevertheless, we have seen a disturbing militarization of civilian police forces here at home, particularly in the the post-9/11 era. Everything from a shift in traditional police blues to more militant and fascist black uniforms, to the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security national police force. The creation of which draws parallels to the Gestapo, but which has turned out to be far more Orwellian than Hitler himself could have ever hoped for. As you see there in that last link, I am now on a terror watchlist for even talking about them here.

But I just have one simple question. Why does a domestic security force need a vehicle designed to protect against landmines and so-called Improvised Explosive Devices?

That is a snapshot, one of many, of new MRAP vehicles being transported on public highways across the country. As you see in the link there, this vehicle was specifically designed to counter deadly roadside bombs in Iraq, and then later Afghanistan as we re-doubled the war effort there. Are they preparing for conditions here at home to be as bad as conditions in Baghdad or Fallujah? And if not, then why are they wasting tax-payer dollars on such equipment at a time that tens of millions of Americans are out of work and have been pushed out of their homes? Taxpayer dollars to the tune of $21 million to upgrade and retro-fit these vehicles transferred from U.S. Army Contracting Command. Keep in mind, we taxpayers already paid for these vehicles once, now we are paying again to have Navistar Defense LLC retro-fit 2,717 units of the MaxxPro MRAP vehicle to be deployed here in the Homeland.

With DHS/ICE buying up 450-million rounds of .40-caliber ammo, and a fleet of 10,000 Navistar 7000-model heavy transports outfitted with prisoner cages appearing set for domestic deployment as well, one really has to wonder what the government is planning for.



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