I posted this in the comments to Alex’s earlier post, but thought it was worth headlining here. You know those 2700 MRAP’s the Department of Homeland Security got? Turns out it was … 16:
The Department of Homeland Security is using 16 military-style, mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles for use during “high-risk warrants,” according to an official spokesman.
The MRAP, as it’s known in the U.S. military, was fielded in 2007 to counter the threat of devastating roadside bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The MRAPs were transferred to DHS from the Department of Defense, free of charge. But despite recent reports, they have actually been in service since at least 2008.
This is a good illustration of why I don’t bother with conspiracies and conspiracy websites. They do this sort of thing all the time, whether it’s a conspiracy theory about 9/11, the moon landing, Sandy Hook or whatever. It’s what I call “pulling a Michael Moore”, using two pieces of true information to synthesize a falsehood. In this case, you had two true stories:
1) DHS was getting MRAP vehicles
2) An order was placed for 2717 MRAP’s by the Marine Corps
Merged into one piece of false information: that DHS was getting 2717 MRAP’s. And frankly this piece of information never did make much sense. 2717 MRAP’s is a $2-3 billion expense, a good 5% of DHS’s budget and a line item that would certainly be noticed by Congress.
I actually don’t like the idea of DHS having even one MRAP because I don’t think they are necessary for DHS’s mission (what the hell kind of “high-risk” warrants are they serving?). It’s yet more of the militarization of law enforcement that I have been opposing for about a decade. But the idea that this is beginning of Obama’s liberty-stomping army now appears to be a bit absurd. 16 MRAP’s wouldn’t be enough to take over Cleveland.