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.