It's Begun: War Assets Officially become Domesticated: MRAP given to Ohio State University, 'Free of Charge!'Submitted by AnCapMercenary on Fri, 09/20/2013 - 02:51
The cops at Ohio State have an armored fighting vehicle now
“acquired at no cost from Military Surplus.”
Nope: not there as a "Career Day" 'Oh wow dude, look at all the cool toys you'll get to play with, if you sign up'-PR prop
“We are in the process of making it usable for our needs in an urban campus environment,” Lewis explained. “Specifically we are removing the top turret and repainting.”
Eric Owens | Education Editor
8:59 AM 09/17/2013
The Ohio State University Department of Public Safety has acquired an armored military vehicle that looks like it belongs in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Gary Lewis, a senior director of media relations at OSU, told The Daily Caller via email that the “unique, special-purpose vehicle is a replacement” for the “police fleet.” He called the armored jalopy “an all-hazard, all-purpose, public safety-response vehicle” with “obviously enhanced capabilities.”
Lewis did not specify exactly what previous mode of transport was replaced.
He noted that the vehicle was “acquired at no cost from Military Surplus.” He also bragged that it has “extremely low miles and is in nearly new condition” but elaborated no further concerning the acquisition.
*** Hope Ben Swann is aware of this; it's in his backyard.
Of course, it hasn't JUST begun, DoD weapons transfer has been going on for decades; "It's Begun" is really more in reference to assets from current on-going theaters of wars/occupation/conflicts trickling into local LE, now.
That said, when your local State-run college campus po-po gets an armored vehicle designed to withstand a roadside IED in Afghanistan and Iraq, you KNOW you're officially, ALREADY, living in a policestate.