A reader of JNS blog emailed me, sending the photos above which were taken this morning. I'm told the sheriff's department was driving to various parks and taking publicity photos. My reader asks, "What the hell does the sheriff need that war wagon for? You can see they are equipped with combat gear also...is our government getting read for something only the government knows about? John, did our troops drive those war wagons around when you went to war?"
In answer to my reader's questions...
I don't recognize the particular configuration of the vehicle, though it wouldn't look out of place in Afghanistan. I must say I can respect but I do not share the concerns of my reader. In fact, I would be happy to see the police trotting out these weapons all the time and parking in front of the houses of particularly troublesome thugs.
I assume the vehicle is associated with some kind of SWAT team and I'm sure it's no more than what the police need when going after criminals who are armed with automatic weapons, click here for an example.