An Iowa City With A Population Of 7,000 Will Receive Armored Military Vehicle

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

I’ve covered the militarization of the domestic police force on several occasions on this website. For those of you who need a refresher, I suggest reading the following:

There are Over 50,000 SWAT Team Raids Annually in America

Retired Marine Colonel to New Hampshire City Council: “We’re Building a Domestic Army”

Video of the Day – Thuggish Militarized Police Terrorize and SWAT Team Iowa Family.

Moving along to the subject of today’s absurdity, the tiny city of Washington, Iowa with a population of 7,000 and 11 police officers, will be receiving a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle. Yes, they will be employing one of these in the field:

These things normally cosy $500,000, but will be given to Washington, Iowa for free under a Defense Department program that gives surplus military equipment to domestic law enforcement.

Matthew Byrd writes in the Daily Iowan that:

Sometimes the news is just so drearily awful that you have to sit back and almost appreciate the pure comedy induced by it.

 

Take this item from Washington, Iowa, where the local police have recently acquired an MRAP vehicle (short for Mine Resistance Ambush Protected) through a Defense Department program that donates excess vehicles originally produced for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to local police departments across the United States, including other Iowa towns such as Mason City and Storm Lake.

 

The MRAP weighs an impressive 49,000 pounds, stands 10-feet tall, and possesses a whopping six-wheel drive. Originally designed to resist landmines and IEDs, it sure seems like the MRAP will come in handy for the notorious war zone otherwise known as Washington County, Iowa.

 

If you’re having a bad day, I highly recommend watching a video produced by the Des Moines Register in which Washington police officials try to justify the possession of a vehicle it clearly has no use for. The excuses range from school shootings (which are an actual concern but an MRAP seems like overkill) to a terrorist attack happening in central Iowa (because if there’s any place that seems ripe for a high-profile terrorist attack it’s Washington, Iowa, population 7,000).

 

As Radley Balko, the author of the book The Rise of the Warrior Cop, an expose of the police militarization of the last decade, found, in 2006 alone the Pentagon, “distributed vehicles worth $15.4 million, aircraft worth $8.9 million, boats worth $6.7 million, weapons worth $1 million and “other” items worth $110.6 million to local police agencies.”

 

The effects of cops moving from handguns to assault rifles and being equipped with tanks, bazookas, and Kevlar has been twofold. First, civil liberties have absolutely been eroded, with police-brutality rates skyrocketing in last decade according to the Justice Department. Not only that, but, with the influx of military gear into local police forces, cops begin to view themselves as soldiers whose main job is combat rather than keeping the peace. How else can you explain the rise in police shootings since 9/11?

USA! USA! USA!

Keep chanting like idiots until one of these rolls up to your doorstep.

Full article here.

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CharliePrince's picture

 trigger happy   anyone

ParkAveFlasher's picture

Praerie dogs betta watch their ass!

nuclearsquid's picture

I cynically think this is more about pork, graft, corruption, than it is about oppression.  I could be convinced otherwise with the right evidence, but until that day, i just don't think our government is competent enough to pull this off anymore (to illustrate, one need look no further than the botched Iraq and Afghanistan invasions).

 

zaphod's picture

So what happens if someone in Iowa blows it up, for fun while no one is in it and no one gets hurt? Will the FEDs storm Iowa with troops and install their own garrison?

ZerOhead's picture

"Give a man a hammer and every problem looks like a nail."

Give a bunch of bored cops an armored personnel carrier and every problem looks like Fallujah.

(At the very least corn yields in the fields will be down 10-20% around Washington)

Manthong's picture

 

That is a personnel transport protection tool.

What do you have to do when you have arrived at point “B” from point “A”?

NoDebt's picture

The next Rotary Club meeting (read: far-right extremist militia meeting) in town is going to be one to remember when that thing rolls up and through the front door.

CheapBastard's picture

...and the kickback to the Mayor [and city council memebers who voted for it] is....how much?

Next they'll see scanners and metal detectors at Joe's Grocery, Morty's Deli and Mary's Bakery and surveillance cams on every street corner..... one can never be too secure.

SoberOne's picture

More like pre-deployment.  Can't be moving machines while riots are already instigated by alCIAda.

Stackers's picture

The TVNews interview of the police department is gold

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/local/kyle-munson/2014/04/05...

 

With doozies like

"I hope it's not used a lot,"

"We're being laughed at," said Shellmyer, 78. "I went to Ainsworth the other day, and everybody wants to ask me if we're sleeping better at night now that we have the 'tank.' "

"I just think it's a great way to help the taxpayers," she said, "because they're not paying for items twice." ..... how about not paying for shit we dont need once ?

"It's just crazy to think the police are going to go door to door" ....... unless you live in Boston anyway

PT's picture

White Elephant?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_elephant

Now you just have to train the police how to use it, train the local mechanic to fix it, maintain, buy weird shaped ( and priced ) tyres, oil filters etc for it ....

Is this how the DoD gets the maintenance costs off of their books for a few years so that they can claim they have reduced spending?  Or is it to clear up the books so they can buy another one - gotta keep the manufacturers manufacturing, don't want any unemployed ...

 

 

Queue the next Die Hard movie where the bad guy finds one of his henchmen dead with a cardboard sign, "Now I have a MRAP".

 

PT's picture

How many gallons per mile does it drink?

weburke's picture

There are those who say the spartan army of north korea will be shown the open door to north america. through cuba and points north. the absurd indian reservation -nation- laws were passed without any indian lobby help. for mischief/betrayal.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

When SHTF, law enforcement and ex-military will form the backbone of the new gangs. 

It will be medieval Europe all over again, pledging fealty to your local warlord.

SWRichmond's picture

These things a effing death traps and only cops who think they're cool should get in them.

johngaltfla's picture

It's an ongoing program as part of expanding his new brown shirts....and has been for years.

 

 

Obama’s SS is Here NOW

 

mjcOH1's picture

"So what happens if someone in Iowa blows it up, for fun while no one is in it and no one gets hurt? Will the FEDs storm Iowa with troops and install their own garrison?"

 

Well.....that's when the AC-130s and JDAMs get called in, right?

waterwitch's picture

Not to worry, Iowa produces a shitload of ethanol.  Gotta support those subsidies all around don't you know.

PT's picture

Yeah, I was just thinking you could put it in a paddock and attach a harvester to it.  Add a processor and it might make enough ethanol to keep it driving around the paddock.

Carbon Beach's picture

Just wait until the military starts providing used Pave Lows or Warthogs... to ex military, er, cops. It will be interesting to see how those high speed chases will end with a few thousand rounds sprayed at random.

Carbon Beach's picture

Just wait until the military starts providing used Pave Lows or Warthogs... to ex military, er, cops. It will be interesting to see how those high speed chases will end with a few thousand rounds sprayed at random.

cdude's picture

Next?  Look around, its already here.

Four chan's picture

military want to kill the enemy they are trained to do that, brainwashed to be desensitized

to killing and death till they are hungry for it. all fine and good in theater, but then they get

back to the republic where the constitution applies to individual rights and the only job 

close to the action and adrenalin derived from violence and power against the powerless civilian,

day to day. it's fine but then something happens and they have to fall back on their training,

their brainwashed routine to use the deadly force that brings that greatest rush and 

satisfaction, they are back in theater again surrounded by their fellow military justifying the

mindless violence as necessary, their limited
minds unable to conceive of any peaceful solution. 
no police force should be more than 50% ex military or some similar small percentage of trained killers,

for the good of the civilian population
and the republic to which we aspire.

Overfed's picture

Military service should be an automatic disqualifier from domestic police service.

Four chan's picture

i tend to agree but since vietnam we have militarized the civilian police with typical results of brutalized citizenry.

todays force is what, 90% ex military? posse comitatus was outlawed and warned against by the founders, but

since out republic has been lost long ago, this is the road we are now on.

 

the patriot is the new terrorist. 

 

the republic is the new democracy.

 

freedom is the new debt slavery

mkkby's picture

Hey, does Barney Fife still keep his one bullet in his shirt pocket? 

The bozo clown town won't be able to afford gas and maintenance for this white elephant.  I predict it will just sit in one place and rust.

PT's picture

When the police aren't using it, perhaps they could rent it out.  Farmers might find a use for it, or a couple of boys could take it out on a hunting trip ...

manofthenorth's picture

Great point. I agree. Some very quick and incomplete research would suggest that depending on the department in question anywhere from 20-70% of officers have some military experience, not necessarily combat related. Coming from 2 military families I have the deepest respect for those that volunteer for service. That being said in light of incidents such as the Ft. Hood shootings (note the plural ) I do not think these folks are cut out for peacetime civilian domestic police duty. They damn sure do not need APC's and LRAD type equipment !

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Respect for the men in service, sure.  Respect for the men they are in service to, uuuh,  no.

indygo55's picture

Posse Comatose.

 

Good one! ;-)

quasimodo's picture

Nah, instead they will throw the perps in a shit filled feedlot or hog finisher. I drive by these about every square mile, trust me.....jail would be heaven compared to that.

Hippocratic Oaf's picture

Really?

Have you noticed the number of rounds the DHS has been purchasing lately?

I don't think it's to protect us from those nasty mexicans.

El Vaquero's picture

This country is arming itself for a civil war.  It's not just the gooberment that is stocking up on ammo.

SmackDaddy's picture

Really makes me wonder sometimes about the gun lobby.  And this is coming from someone who owns a Thompson 45, AKs, ARs, etc etc...  It's one thing to enjoy shooting and be prepared for self defense within the context of a civilized socierty.  But something makes me feel they are supplying us with the tools of our own destruction....

DoneThis2Long's picture

or at least an excuse to 'one-up' us!

we buy cheap over-stock East Block Aks, they now demand combat gear, full autos, 50 cals, etc.

10-15 years ago, we were a nation of law abiding citizens, minding our own business fully employed, and the leading nation. Fast forward, today, we are the scum of the earth, requiring cops ride in these things, the Constitution trampled on, too damn dumb and/or lazy to hold a job, and even need the feds to tell us what to eat, when, how much, etc.

We sure went downhill fast...

EDIT: 'shpeleeng errors" - damn spell checker on the update .... no good... :(.

whotookmyalias's picture

But the gubbimint says we are all safer now because they are protecting us from terrorism, income inequality, lack of health care, and most of all lack of full amnesty for breaking immigration laws (becuse we know those don't really matter as much as the other laws like that we can't let our cows graze on protected tortoise turf).

DoneThis2Long's picture

and don't 'fergit' ... the children!!! They are so much better off not to mention, they will have 'turd-toysez' to play with forever and ever and ever!!! Since the gubbermint write the history books, and herd the media, the ranchers will never be heard of/about again, the herd will be sold with the proceeds going for much needed funds for another Holder private jet ass-haul, or another obama vacation/golf outting.

Damn, what a nation os panzis we've become.

 

Freddie's picture

Anyone know if a .308 will take out those tires or .50 BMG?

BTCTalks's picture

Run flat tires with steel core.

fallout11's picture

Both will, however, penetrate the differential pumpkin.

post turtle saver's picture

a .308 won't but a certain cocktail will

snr-moment's picture

heavy weight motor oil can be used in place of sugar