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Don't worry. This is totally normal in a free country.

Dallas County Now Has Its Very Own Bulletproof, “Mine-Protected” Military SUV.

The police departments of this country have binged on federal dollars over the past 10 years. In the name of “homeland security” billions have been spread around to the police forces of America. We now have small armies in almost every metropolitan area with assault rifles, armor, and vehicles like this one at the ready.


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I was wondering what the purpose of this nice black shinney SUV waz?


Betchya it's gunz bolt right on to the SUV in your pic......

Alex said 70,000 of them SUV's of various types have been ordered up.

Because: Some animals are more equal than other animals. -Animal Farm-

What the? > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MTIwY3_-ks

These are the flat-bottomed ones that are rolling coffins.

Dumping unusable Military surplus on stupid local governments.

Industrial strength killing machines have one purpose, killing.

Who are the targets?

Free includes debt-free!

I was wondering that too Paul

I was wondering if they were the flat bottom models or if those are just skirts on the lower half hiding the V shape? Thank you for clearing it up for me.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

MRAP, You can own one too!

I have even seen them sold on Ebay! lol

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

Gallatin, Hendersonville, Murfreesboro and Lewisburg

got them first. 60 more departments are waiting in line.


Anyone questioning the armoring up of the local police is treated as a crank...

"Kevin Rainwater threw the council and audience a curve when he suddenly protested the Murfreesboro Police Department's recent acquisition of an armored personnel carrier with a grant for military surplus.

"I am going to say the most important thing I have ever said to the City Council," he said. "Give the MRAP back."

City councilmen and audience members alike looked to each other in bewilderment, prompting Mayor Tommy Bragg to explain that "MRAP" is simply an acronym for a mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle.

Councilman Toby Gilley then explained that the Police Department had acquired the vehicle at no cost in order to employ it as a tool in "threats from armed gunmen."


Funny how they spent ALL that

Funny how they spent ALL that money, and still gave the things rubber tires that are easily damaged.

Runflat tires

They have a solid ring bolted inside to hold it up if the tire goes flat, and for smaller punctures they have a Central air system that can keep them full of air on the fly. But you are right still weak. What else could they use and still get flotation in sand and traction? Figure this out and you will be rich!,lol

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

We've got one of these 'Trouble Trucks' in Green Bay...

A couple years ago I saw it parked in a 'trouble neighborhood', AFTER a crime had already happened, so I climbed up onto it and took some pictures. Will try to find them in my email. But this is what it looks like from not on top of it:

Don't feed the pandas. Ever.

oopsie, my bad, didn't see it before posting mine;

but there are some more related articles, for those interested:

MRAPs be Rollin' Rollin' Rollin' Rollin': Dallas County joins TN & OH State Univ. PD in Militarizing CONUS

Dallas County Now Has Its Very Own Bulletproof, "Mine-Protected" Military SUV

After making the 160-mile drive back to Dallas from Fort Hood, deputy James Blesoe declared that the vehicle "exceeded expectations," according to a memo to Dallas County commissioner's.

Soon to be outfitted with Dallas County Sheriff's Office livery. PHOTO: Dallas County

By Eric Nicholson | Friday, September 27, 2013 at 12:00 PM
Categories: County Government, Crime, News

Now that the war in Iraq is officially over and the one in Afghanistan winding down, the Department of Defense found itself facing a conundrum. It had just spent billions of dollars buying heavily armored personnel carriers designed to stand up to insurgent attacks only to find that it had run out of wars to use them in.

The initial plan was to shove the vehicles, called MRAPS (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected) into a warehouse and let them collect dust. That changed when someone decided that, having served so admirably overseas, it would be only just to bring the MRAPs stateside and deploy them in the domestic war on crime.

And so, for the past couple of months, news reports have been popping up announcing that places like Murfreesboro, Tennessee and Ohio State University have been receiving their very own military-grade armored SUVs.



MRAP may get postwar roles after all

By Philip Ewing Thursday, April 19th, 2012 9:07 am
Posted in Land

The odds for a postwar life for the Army’s Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected vehicles may have improved this week, while your friends from DoDBuzz were battening down the hatches and splicing the mainbrace and such at the big Navy trade show.

Last week it appeared as though almost all the MRAPs, though only a few years old, would go right into warehouses after coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan. The brass wasn’t even going to try to find a role for them in the postwar Army, given that the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle is right around the corner. Turns out, that’s not quite right.

The Army said Tuesday the MRAPs do have a future, though not in dedicated “MRAP brigade,” Stryker-style units. Here was the word:

MRAPs will be used for training soldiers and for conducting route clearance. The vehicles will also be prepositioned for use when needed. The Army has more than 20,000 MRAPs in a tactical wheeled vehicle fleet of more than 270,000 vehicles.

“That’s a very small percentage,” said Col. Mark Barbosa, the division chief for Force Development logistics, Army G-8.

With so few MRAPs in the Army’s fleet, there are no plans to build MRAP brigades, but instead the MRAPs will be prepositioned in “contingency sets,” Barbosa said, ready for soldiers that need them for missions. Other MRAPs will be used as part of predeployment training sets and for specific missions as well.

Now, Barbosa said, the majority of the Army’s MRAPs are still in Afghanistan, though some are leaving Kuwait and going back to the United States to depots such as Red River Army Depot, Texas or Letterkenny Army Depot, Pa. There they are reset, and receive the performance enhancements that were developed for later models.

Man questions city's new mine-resistant vehicle

By: JONATHON FAGAN, Post Contributor
Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013 2:47 pm

The Murfreesboro Police Department announced Aug. 21, 2013, that it has obtained a mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle from the U.S. Department of Defense. Officials said they will use it for special operations in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Photo submitted)

Thursday's meeting of the Murfreesboro City Council included lengthy public hearings concerning more annexations and rezonings in the Blackman area, with a sudden reference to the newly acquired mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle.

Multifamily residential rezonings have immediately followed approved annexation requests before the City Council during several meetings over the last several months, and residents expressed concern over the growing number of apartments in the area and their impact on schools.

Jeff Rainwater urged council members to reconsider the impact that such development would have on schools and said city was technically following Tennessee's annexation law but "breaking the spirit of the law."

"The legislature did not intend for cities to annex peninsulas of land for development in the county," he said.



It's Begun: War Assets Officially become Domesticated: MRAP given to Ohio State University, 'Free of Charge!'

Submitted by AnCapMercenary on Thu, 09/19/2013 - 23:51

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.

H/T: The Truth About Guns.com

*** 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.


Only Fitting Soundtrack:

Limp Bizkit - Rollin' (Air Raid Vehicle)

Uploaded on Oct 5, 2009

Music video by Limp Bizkit performing Rollin' (Air Raid Vehicle). (C) 2004 Interscope Geffen (A&M) Records A Division of UMG Recordings Inc.

** 'Cause you know those 1st SFOD-D-wannabes are gonna be 'psyching' themselves up playing cheeseball 'cruisin' tunes, before they raid the next wrong address to kill a 7 year old sleeping girl and taser and/or fill up a 107 year old w/some 5.56 NATO, like they did to USMC Jose Guerena.

Pussies playing music to 'psych' themselves up, before citizen assassination runs:

RAW Video: Jose Guerena SWAT Raid Video From Helmet Cam

Uploaded on May 26, 2011

** They settled the Jose Guerena murder lawsuit, because they were about to face a "Maywood, CA:"

The Jose Guerena Shooting, Update 5.5: Settlement?

Posted by Mike McDaniel
Saturday, Sep. 28, 2013

As expected, the governmental entities (hereinafter “GEs”) involved–as well as the police–are furiously spinning the settlement:

A spokesperson for the Pima County Sheriff’s Department disagreed with the decision to settle, but hinted a prolonged trial could wind up costing taxpayers even more.

‘The Pima County Sheriff’s Department strongly believes the events of May 5, 2011, were unfortunate and tragic, but the officers performed that day in accordance with their training and nationally recognized standards,’ wrote Deputy Tracy Suitt.

‘However, legal advisors and insurers recognize the unpredictable resolution of disputes at trial regarding police conduct and even well accepted police tactics. As a result, well established business and insurance principles call for compromise and the resolution of disputed cases to mitigate risk and avoid the expense of a trial.’

Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry called the agreement a ‘calculated risk management settlement.’

The settlement is not an admission of any wrong-doing, Huckelberry said.

Suitt Translation: “We did everything just the way we should have done it, but those darned insurance companies made us settle.”

Huckleberry Translation: “We calculated that if this went to trial, we’d end up bankrupting the entire county.”

Predictions in due Time...

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

Cyril's picture

There might be a small spelling mistake in your post's title

There might be a small spelling mistake in your post's title, there, dear OP.

Shouldn't it rather be :

"Don't worry. This is totally normal in a 'FREEZE !'(**) country."


(** in loud, screaming voice of authority)

For further grammatical help, see also :

The Enabling Act


... or the NDAA, works too, sure.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

Militarized police

Half these guys shouldn't be trusted with guns and they are given ACVs. Normally, I would just shake my head at the stupid waste of money. But these are not normal times. My fear is having the weapon will create the justification to use it - probably in error.

Remember Dragnet? In the most dire circumstances ie hostages, shoot out with bank robbers, they only broke out the shotguns. Now they dress like Robocop, suited up in body armor and armed with automatic weapons. This simultaneously isolates the officer from the public and fuels a feeling of arrogant superiority. Most cops I've seen operate on a mindset with respect to interaction with the public of obedience/defiance - if you are not totally obedient to whatever nonsense the cop says you must be totally defiant thus justifying extreme force. No questions allowed.

This type of equipment, particularly in smaller areas also encourages massive over reaction and waste. Remember the guy in Alabama who had the kid hostage in his "bunker". There must have been 200 cops and assorted armored vehicles just waiting around for days. To what purpose.

I don't dislike cops as individuals. I interract with them professionally all the time. But the leadership is making them into intolerable enforcers with a violent streak. Unacceptable in a free society.


I'm sure it's just for general transportation.

And the turret on top is probably just for waving at passersby. I mean, what else could it be designed for in an urban environment?

yes, totally normal.

all free countries have these. :P

I use Blue Wave, but don't expect one of THEIR silly taglines.