WaPo: When the Only Thing Standing between You & AK47 is an 'Auto-DoorUnLock' on Your Armored SUVSubmitted by AnCapMercenary on Sun, 02/19/2012 - 23:20
I don't know what school of executive protection the driver was taught in, but one thing you NEVER do is STOP, especially when you're in an armored vehicle.
An armored SUV is not a tank, or a target that's designed to get you to survive being stuck and shot at. It's designed to ASSIST in you getting the heck out of a dangerzone. NOT put your armored SUV in "Park," in a known stretch of highway populated by Drug Cartels awaiting to ambush a known US intel asset.
Though, is it possible that a snitch could've gaven the cartels a rolling digital frequency key to the car's wireless remote door unlock system? Not out of the realm of possibility, but if the WaPo report is proven true, suppose it really could've been a simple "consumer-friendly" auto-door unlock feature that could be the sole culprit.
It's hard to believe that any armoring company wouldn't get rid of that feature in their clients' vehicles.
Makes one ponder, what good is even a 20 ton nuke proof vault door, if the door latch opens, during a blast?
Armored SUV could not protect U.S. agents in Mexico
By Nick Miroff and William Booth, Published: February 15
MEXICO CITY — When U.S. special agent Jaime Zapata was shot dead one year ago on a notorious stretch of highway in central Mexico, he was driving a $160,000 armored Chevy Suburban, built to exacting government standards, designed to defeat high-velocity gunfire, fragmentation grenades and land mines.
But the vehicle had a basic, fatal flaw.
Forced off the road in a well-coordinated ambush, surrounded by drug cartel gunmen brandishing AK-47s, Zapata and his partner, Victor Avila, rolled to a stop. Zapata put the vehicle in park.
The door locks popped open.
That terrifying sound — a quiet click — set into motion events that remain under investigation. When Zapata needed it most, the Suburban’s elaborate armoring was rendered worthless by a consumer-friendly automatic setting useful for family vacations and hurried commuters but not for U.S. agents driving through a red zone in Mexico...