Sunday, February 12th, 2012

Free Staters in Keene, New Hampshire, are pushing back against the town’s proposed plan to buy a Bearcat armored personnel carrier.

Interestingly, LENCO, the company that makes the vehicle, pulled the promotional video below from its website in response to the Keene protests. DHS has given out hundreds of homeland security grants to local police departments across the country to purchase these vehicles.


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33 Responses to “Thunderstruck”

  1. #1 |  William Kern | 

    It looks badass when it tows the log away.

  2. #2 |  nospam | 

    If the thick-necked, former high school wrestling team types with badges in Keene want one of these, fine. But the only way I would approve it’s purchase is if it is painted hot pink with pictures of unicorns and ponies painted on all sides. That’s the best way to make sure it never leaves the garage.

  3. #3 |  Chris Mallory | 

    A few thoughts from watching the video.

    1) Pumping gas into a building, yeah that worked out really well in Waco.
    2) The guys in camo at 2:35 were Air Force.
    3) Armored vehicles in a built up area are just big targets. A molotov tossed from an upper window and that thing is a giant oven.

  4. #4 |  Chris Mallory | 

    Over on the FreeKeene site one of the posters is claiming that Keene is buying a NBC model, giving the example of a truck hauling radioactive waste colliding with a truck hauling explosive chemicals. Is Keene a super highway for hazmat shipments?

  5. #5 |  paranoiastrksdp | 

    Another thing for SWAT to cower behind in an active shooter situation?

    Good on the residents of Keene for opposing this useless trash.

  6. #6 |  Larko | 

    Could I get a government grant to buy one? Looks like it would be fun to drive during rush hour!

  7. #7 |  paranoiastrksdp | 

    A few soldiers (who have actually driven these things in combat situations in REAL wars) have commented on other blogs that this thing is junk. Any ‘tots that are also veterans that can confirm?

  8. #8 |  Dante | 

    From the article, a new term is born (new to me):

    Military Fetish

    Isn’t a fetish a form of perversion? Some sort of brain defect?

    Why does our government arm the defective perverts? Why do such flawed, twisted people get such massive firepower, at our expense?

    Then I see their motto, and it all makes sense.

    Protect & Serve (Themselves!)

  9. #9 |  Bergman | 

    Bearcats are more tacticool than useful. Gives the SWAT team something cooler than a minivan to go to raids in, and will stop civilian small arms fire, but that’s about it. Worse mileage than a Hummer, useless against any anti-materiel rifle, to say nothing of actual explosives.

    Against the sort of gunfire police in this country can expect to face, you don’t need a Bearcat. Against anything the military faces (or that police would face in the event of a second civil war breaking out or a professional mercenary or militia attack) the thing is a death trap.

  10. #10 |  c andrew | 

    Remember when Akroyd and Hanks in the Dragnet movie did this for laughs? They thought that it was so over the top that no one in their right mind would take it seriously. Well, apparently we have a lot of para-military cop types that fit the bill.

  11. #11 |  B | 

    I’m reminded of this:

  12. #12 |  Occupy Keene – BEARCAT - Free Keene | 

    […] city council meeting here in Keene has made national news, as featured this morning on The Agitator. Free Staters in Keene, New Hampshire, are pushing back against the town’s proposed plan to buy a […]

  13. #13 |  tired dog | 

    DHS handing out millions so Barney Fifes everywhere can have one? Well, who up in DHS land is a principal or stockholder in the outfit that makes this stuff? Has the cadaverous Chertoff expanded his profiteering activities?

  14. #14 |  John P. | 

    Its so obvious who SWAT actually fashions themselves to be these days its actually nauseating and down right disrespectful.

    These cops want to be Special Forces so bad, I be they go home and jack off to Soldier of Fortune Magazines…

  15. #15 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    “The SWAT does business”

    Ridiculously expensive? Style over substance? Largely useless? Ugly? Awkward?

    How about; “SWAT; people and equipment that couldn’t get into the Army!”?

  16. #16 |  Joe Power | 

    I wonder if they paid for, and had permission to use the AC/DC music? If not, I smell a huge potential lawsuit! (Of course, the worst could happen and the company could settle with the RIAA by giving them a Bearcat!)

  17. #17 |  Pete Eyre | 

    Just a point of clarification – it’s not only “Free Staters” in the Keene community who are voicing their opposition to the acquisition of an armored vehicle, but many from the area, including local business owners.

    In fact, there’s another strategy meeting happening in 20min to determine how best to collaborate and move-forward.

    The move to keep Keene Bearcat-free was initially led by Mike Clark, a lifelong resident. He collected hundreds of signatures to implore the city council to revisit the issue (since they had signed-off on the grant request, that was submitted to the federal Dept of Homeland Security, without public comment.

    Fast forward to last Thur., when the topic was revisited to allow for public comment. Even the local paper, which usually is a mouthpiece for the police and bureaucrats, admitted that “Most attending the City Council’s finance, organization and personnel committee spoke against getting the grant-funded vehicle.”

    More info, including related videos, the grant request, and more:

  18. #18 |  Thanks but no tanks, Keene! - Free Keene | 

    […] 12th, 2012 Thunderstruck via […]

  19. #19 |  CK | 

    And Dante asked:
    “Isn’t a fetish a form of perversion? Some sort of brain defect?”
    short answer no. A fetish is something you enjoy that is not majoritarian in nature. Preferring Chocolate Ice Cream when the majoritarian preference is for Vanilla is a fetish. Fetishes might have their genesis in a persons genes or their upbringing or the religious intolerances that their parents or their neighbours subscribed to, or the first thing that they enjoyed hole heartedly.
    Or: A fetish is using a feather, a perversion is using the whole chicken.

  20. #20 |  Whim | 

    Someday in the not-to-distant future, police forces with armored vehicles will gleefully run down OWS or G-8 protestors, and squash them into strawberry-colored jelly while laughing and high-fiving each other, on the bogus pretext that the trapped protestors failed to follow an “Order to Disperse”.

    After the PRC’s Communist Party Central Committee got away with running tanks and APC’s over the still squirming bodies of peaceful protestors at Tiannamen Square in 1989, our very own police happily adopted this idea.

    After 1989, which observed both the Tiannamen Square massacre and the fall of the Berlin Wall, those in power in the the U.S. decided your services were no longer needed in the 50 year old war against Communism. And, by the way, we’re outsourcing your job…to China.

    It’s the new norm.

  21. #21 |  Marc | 

    Thunderstruck? Looks more like “war pigs”

  22. #22 |  (B)oscoH | 

    Maybe it was actually taken down by an inter-agency RIAA-DOJ SWAT team (transported in bad-ass LENCO vehicles) for copyright infringement? That would be the definition of “indifference”, right?

  23. #23 |  Windy | 

    Actually, there are also other definitions of fetish:
    an object regarded with awe as being the embodiment or habitation of a potent spirit or as having magical potency.
    any object, idea, etc., eliciting unquestioning reverence, respect, or devotion: to make a fetish of high grades.
    Psychology . any object or nongenital part of the body that causes a habitual erotic response or fixation.

  24. #24 |  Dante | 



    Something which is believed to possess, contain, or cause spiritual or magical powers; an amulet or a talisman. [from the early 17th c.]

    Something sexual or nonsexual, such as an object or a part of the body which arouses sexual desire or is necessary for one to reach full sexual satisfaction. [from the early 19th c.]

    (US) An irrational, or abnormal fixation or preoccupation. “

  25. #25 |  el coronado | 

    Is it just me……or does that dipshit “Not an APC!” promo vid look *precisely* like a ‘Simpsons’ episode? Where they show a trailer for the Big New Action Blockbuster from the muscular German guy Who Is Absolutely Not Arnold Schwarzenegger?

    All they need at the end is that anguished Teutonic bellow of “MENDOZAAAAAAAAA!!” and it’s frickin perfect. Ya suppose LENCO realizes that, or are they just a pack of cop-jocksniffing peabrains?

  26. #26 |  markm | 

    #2 nospam has the right idea, but didn’t take it far enough. Paint *all* the SWAT gear hot pink, and there will be no more overuse of SWAT.

  27. #27 |  Ayuh | 

    I was thinking about starting a new town in NH and becoming the police chief/cop. In order to avoid being taken too seriously the uniforms would be pink and garish.

    I’ve been thinking about that for at least two years. I think we are on to something. Pink is the new tactical!

  28. #28 |  albatross | 

    I’m looking forward to the bright future of Hello Kitty Body Armor. Just the thing for reminding your SWAT team that they’re not the fkng Navy Seals.

  29. #29 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    DHS handing out millions so Barney Fifes everywhere can have one?

    Just so we’re clear: the USG borrowed millions from China, printed millions in US$ (devaluing the stuff you have in the bank), collected millions in taxes (preventing you from spending that $$ on your family), and cut other programs that arguably did some good. Then, DHS spent millions in wages to supervise the program where they gave millions to towns/cities to pass along millions to LENCO in exchange for these trucks. 99% of these multi-million $$ trucks will never be used enough to justify even a fraction of the investment.

    Yay America!

  30. #30 |  Mykeru | 

    Wouldn’t it be more cost effective to buy each officer their own penis pump?


  31. #31 |  Scotty | 

    What about the FEMALE cops? What would THEY want with a penis pump?
    It’s a good idea for the guy cops, though!

  32. #32 |  Christ on a Cracker | 

    Why is it I have never seen a female SWAT officer? It’s not like they do any real physical work, probably less than the average beat officer in run-down.

    Women lack the necessary equipment, I suppose.

  33. #33 |  Big A | 

    I too was wondering if it would be too cliche to send a sympathy card regarding their obvious misfortune in the penis department.

    Also, I think there was a woman in the SWAT pic from UNC recently. Maybe the women prefer the lighter campus work.