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DHS Reportedly buying 2,700 Light Armored Tanks for Use in USA

Its difficult not to become a conspiracy theorist when you read news reports about the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is buying thousands of military style (fully automatic) assault weapons and billions of rounds of ammunition.  Now there are multi-reports that DHS is purchasing 2,700 light armored tanks to be deployed in the United States.

Is America turning into a Liberal Fascist police state?

Modern Survival Blog reported:

The Department of Homeland Security (through the U.S. Army Forces Command) recently retrofitted 2,717 of these ‘Mine Resistant Protected’ vehicles for service on the streets of the United States.

Although I’ve seen and read several online blurbs about this vehicle of late, I decided to dig slightly deeper and discover more about the vehicle itself.

The new DHS sanctioned ‘Street Sweeper’ (my own slang due to the gun ports) is built by Navistar Defense (NavistarDefense.com), a division within the Navistar organization. Under the Navistar umbrella are several other companies including International Trucks, IC Bus (they make school buses), Monaco RV (recreational vehicles), WorkHorse (they make chassis), MaxxForce (diesel engines), and Navistar Financial (the money arm of the company).

DHS even released a video on their newly purchased MRAPs.
Via Pat Dollard:

“If you think shrinking government and getting it less involved in your life is a hallmark of tyranny it is only because you are either grotesquely ignorant or because you subscribe to a statist ideology that believes the expansion of the state is the expansion of liberty.”
Jonah Goldberg


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Reader Comments (3)

We know DHS has at least one, so I wont kill the post. It does appear that the numerous internet reports of 2,700 for DHS is false, the result of intentional hacking and misinformation by the enemy
March 12, 2013 | Registered CommenterBonzer Wolf
There are 16 Golan MRAPs assigned to the 16 SRT teams. These are from the batch of 60 excessed USMC test vehicles (Marine Corp rejects). FBI, NCIS, and USBP got a few, but almost all were destroyed in testing. The Golan is no longer manufactured as the builder went broke.

Also, the USBP and FBI got some of the smaller Alphas (100 were made for USMC and also failed testing). Oshkosh no longer produces the Alpha MRAP.

The 2,717 is for chassis rebuilds on the Navistar MaxxPro MRAPs currently utilized by the DoD. These trucks were in Iraq and are being rebuilt in the USA for continued military service.

-former USCS OI
March 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike in TX

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