D.C.-Area Hostage Drama Reveals Baghdad isn’t the Only Capital with MRAPs

03.09.10

Categorie: Kyle Mizokami, Vehicles |

Creative Commons photo, Flickr user Mr. T in DC

by KYLE MIZOKAMI

Coverage of Wednesday’s hostage drama at the Silver Spring, Maryland headquarters of the Discovery Channel produced an intriguing picture of a Mine Resistant Armored Protection (MRAP) vehicle parked outside the cable company building. This begged the obvious question: who did it belong to?

The MRAP apparently belongs to the FBI. Flickr user Mr. T in D.C. snapped the shot above at “4th and F Streets, NW, in Washington D.C.” in June of this year. It appears to be the very same vehicle, or at least is identically configured and similarly numbered.

The U.S. government has taken seriously the possibility that Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) could be used in the Washington D.C. area. The presidential motorcade, for example, blasts anti-cell phone jammers whenever it exits the White House — to the annoyance of tourists waiting for a tour of the presidential building and grounds.

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4 Responses to “D.C.-Area Hostage Drama Reveals Baghdad isn’t the Only Capital with MRAPs”

  1. Logan Hartke says:

    They’re Oshkosh’s Alpha MRAP CAT I vehicles that the USMC tested, rejected, declared surplus, then gave away to half a dozen Federal agencies.

    Here’s some more links on them:

    “The Marine Corps in a letter to Oshkosh Truck official Moss Ruedinger June 29 said explosives testing of select areas ’caused concern regarding overall vehicle survivability,’ and unspecified ‘automotive’ and ‘human factors’ also ‘preclude safe vehicle operation.’

    Oshkosh continues to build the trucks and deliver them to the Marines, Joaquin Salas, a company spokesman, said today.”
    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=conewsstory&refer=conews&tkr=FRPT:US&sid=aDiwYoF0mTdM

    “The bulk of the 60 Golans and 100 Alphas ordered have since been declared excess property by the marines and will be employed by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).”
    http://www.janes.com/news/defence/jdw/jdw080528_1_n.shtml

    Here’s the Fox News story on the US Border Patrol’s “Basher”, which is just an Oshkosh Alpha MRAP.
    http://video.foxnews.com/v/3929010/meet-the-basher

    Here’s another shot of that same D.C. Bureau MRAP way back in January 2009 for Obama’s inauguration. It’s not exactly a secret, especially considering the fact that the FBI provided the images. Click on it and you can see the interior equipment fit.
    http://www.newscientist.com/gallery/dn16440-hardware-rolls-out-to-protect-obama-inaugration/4

    The D.C. FBI and the Border Patrol aren’t the only ones driving the Oshkosh Alpha MRAPs. Here’s another FBI Alpha MRAP in a slightly different configuration with the California FBI SWAT team.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikesphotos_us/3737433043/#/

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