Are huge tank like vehicles destined for police use?
March 6, 2013
Department of Homeland Security head Janet Napolitano ignored a question regarding the federal agency’s alleged purchase of thousands of armored vehicles, as she hurried off surrounded by Secret Service agents, following a speech at an airline security event.
We are Change reporter Luke Rudkowski approached Napolitano, or ‘Big Sis’ as she will forever be known, following her presentation to a crowd at the 21st AVSEC World conference in New York.
Rudkowski asked Napolitano about the reported purchase of around 2,700 armored trucks that many believe are to be deployed to local law enforcement agencies around the country.
While some have suggested that the vehicles were purchased not for local law enforcement, but for The United States Marine Corps, it is clear that the DHS does have a fleet of armoured vehicles intended for use in the US.
Here is a demonstration video of such a vehicle by ICE agents:
As we reported today, elements of the media have seized on confusion over the vehicles to also portray the DHS’s very real purchase of some 2 billion rounds of ammunition as a conspiracy theory.
The majority of the bullets purchased by the DHS were hollow point bullets (one order alone amounted to 450 million of them). Hollow point bullets just happen to be completely unsuitable for training purposes because they cost significantly more money compared to standard firing range bullets. In one fell swoop, this fact debunks claims that the agency was attempting to save money argument and is intending to use the ammo in training exercises.
The DHS has also purchased 7,000 fully automatic assault rifles, as well as cementing a $2 million dollar relationship with a contractor that recently had to apologize for producing shooting targets of pregnant women, children and elderly gun owners depicted in residential settings.
The DHS has also been busy buying large supplies of body armor, leading to shortages. Last year, the agency put out an urgent order for “riot gear” in anticipation of civil unrest. The agency has also ordered bullet-proof checkpoint booths and hired hundreds of new security guards to protect government buildings over the course of the last 12 months. None of this has been addressed by the mainstream media.
What do you think, are the huge MRAP vehicles also destined for domestic law enforcement use?
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.