Nah – we’re not heading to a police state…

Michael Bradley - Time Traveler

If you remember the millions of rounds of ammunition and assault vehicles for homeland security, this article will also cheer you up:

Spoils of war: Police getting leftover Iraq trucks

Published November 25, 2013
Associated Press
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QUEENSBURY, N.Y. –  Coming soon to your local sheriff: 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 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.

For police and sheriff’s departments, which have scooped up 165 of the mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles, or MRAPS, since they became available this summer, the price and the ability to deliver shock and awe while serving warrants or dealing with hostage standoffs was…

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