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Military Surplus Vehicles from Iraq War Coming to American Agencies

November 25, 2013  | 

Coming soon to your local law enforcement agency: 18-ton, armor-protected military fighting vehicles with gun turrets and bulletproof glass that were once the U.S. answer to roadside bombs during the Iraq War, the Associated Press reports.

The hulking vehicles, built for about $500,000 each at the height of the war, are among the biggest pieces of equipment that the Defense Department is giving to law enforcement agencies under a national military surplus program.

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maddog 81 mm @ 11/25/2013 6:27 PM

I haven't heard about IEDs being used here in the US anywhere, so why the monster vehicles ? Are we gearing up for something? Where in Jesua name , are the " powers that be ", going to use these vehicles ? --- on American civilians , perhaps ?

jrc69 @ 11/25/2013 7:11 PM

If they are armored it would protect officers when approaching armed situations. Police cars offer no protection. They could also be used to rescue people trapped in similar situations. But people who complain should be on their own!

Richard Hightower @ 11/26/2013 6:34 AM

And PEACE OFFICERS need armored fighting vehicles... why?

Just who are these going to be used against?

SnowCop @ 11/26/2013 7:13 AM

Richard, I imagine the Armoured Vehicles will be used by SWAT Teams against the people that shoot at police. Or the people that victimize and do violence to others. Maddog, There were two IEDs used on April 15, 2013 in Boston,Massachusetts. They killed 3 innocent people and injured another 264. On May 25, 2009 a 17 year old boy detonated an explosive device inside a Manhattan Starbucks. On May 4, 2008 multiple pipe bombs exploded outside a Federal Courthouse in San Francisco. Dangerous people are everywhere. Maybe show some support for the people that risk their asses everyday to protect you at home. The next time some freak with a gun enters a school, mall or theatre, remember who is going in their to stop the chaos.

Johnny Law @ 11/26/2013 8:00 AM

The State Police across the nation have used Bearcats since the late 70s and people are now upset about armored vehicles? WOW!! If YOU LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES AND HAVE NEVER HEARD OF SOMEONE SHOOTING AT THE POLICE OR UNDERSTAND THE NEED FOR AN ARMORED VEHICLE THEN I WONT WASTE MY TIME EXPLAINING THE NEED TO YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE CLUELESS!! The negative comments and lack of knowledge of SWAT operations by individuals here means they are NOT LEOs, so ignore the stupid statements! BE safe Blue!!

txlawman @ 11/26/2013 8:03 AM

Richard & maddog, we recover 489 live bombs per year and we run about 165 high risk warrants per year. Vehicles like these provide protection and since the military donates them we don't have to use city tax dollars to have one built. We also use them in hostage situations.

Trigger @ 11/26/2013 12:08 PM

The world is full of experts, it is sad that not more of them are putting their mental resources into helping law enforcement.

Greg @ 11/27/2013 5:02 AM

I'm sorry, but the militarization of law enforcement is a bad thing. It's making it much more of an us vs. them relationship with citizens. Too many government agencies with SWAT teams...why does the Dept. of Education need a team? They don't.

This isn't going to end well and will only hurt any goodwill or PR law enforcement has with the average law abiding person.

Serpico @ 11/27/2013 1:30 PM

The Police Officers across the USA need to take a long hard look deep inside themselves. US citizens don't need Camera's pointed at them or Armored Vehicles patrolling the streets. Read about >the Hegelian Dialectic<. How come WE DON'T SEE Camera's in the White House, when Obamacare was rammed though congress? Congress exempts itself from Insider Trading Laws! How come nobody is ready to run a SWAT team though Nancy Pelosi's HOUSE? White Collar crime Wall-Street took Billions in the Bailouts! It was Tax Rape. But average citizens who OWN guns and break no laws are Criminals? The Police Unions need to grow some Balls, and Sue the ACLU! The Gov. lets people break laws and be a menace to society so it can pass unjust laws. break Laws? POTUS is! Black on white crime. Obama doesn't care about you! Remember the Beer Summit? Obama uses LEO's as Slaves. Like the Sultans of Old. They are Expendable to him! LEO's are being used, like cheap Thugs who will die for anything!

Sarge1220 @ 11/29/2013 7:31 PM

Greg, Do you not understand that police agencies across the country, no matter what size they are, are para-military organizations already. We have ranks, chain of command and ROE's ( Rules of Engagement for you non-military type). Just because an agency's SWAT Team is utilizing an armored vehicle does NOT militarize that agency. What it does do is allow for a safer outcome on barricade, hostage situations, and a multitude of other tasks. It is quite apparent to me that you have chosen a different career path other than law enforcement. I myself have served my community for 23 years now and 19 of which was on our SWAT Team. On MANY occasions I wished we had been equipped with an armored vehicle. And your comment about "This isn't going to end well and will only hurt any goodwill or PR law enforcement has with the average law abiding person." The average law abiding person should have absolutely nothing to worry about. Simple as that!! Do your home work first next time!!

Retired Chief @ 12/1/2013 3:57 PM

While I understand the concerns given the current regime's misuse of DHS there is no question about the need for these vehicles. In my rural area in the PNW we have an excellent regional SWAT Team but up until recently lacked an armored vehicle to be used for scene ingress and for rescue. We tried for years to get a DHS grant for a LENCO but since we are not an "urban area" it wasn't going to happen. Thanks to the FEPS program we recently received an MRAP in excellent condition and with minimal expense it now serves a 4 county region of well over 10,000 square miles. Given the integrity of our law enforcement leadership in the region it will NEVER be misused and it is NOT a case of LEO's vs citizens. It is a needed resource for the protection of officers and the public in active shooter situations. In one case a few years ago, well prior to receipt of this vehicle, we had to wait over 5 hours for the state SWAT Team to bring their vehicle across state. No longer the case.

Longarm @ 12/10/2013 8:38 AM

If some psycho barricades himself in your house and takes you hostage, you'll be very glad when SWAT rolls up in one of these bad boys. Give your heads a shake you paranoid nuts - LEO's are out there every day protecting your ass from the rabid predators that are seeking to victimize you.

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