Friday, October 16, 2015

EPA spends $75 Million Building Militarized Police Force: Over 70 Federal Agencies now Armed

In 2012, I warned about the Department of Homeland Security’s attempt to build their own private military force designed to fight “Eco-terrorists” – yes, Eco-terrorists – now the Environmental Protection Agency is getting in on the action, spending around $75 million a year to train and arm their own militarized force of agents.

Green Police Force

According to the Washington Times, the agency is spending millions of dollars to build a small militarized force of around 200 agents. These agents are charged with fighting environmental crimes and have been equipped with some of the most cutting edge military equipment available.
Among their cache of weapons and military gear include semi-automatic rifles, guns, body armor, camouflage equipment, unmanned drones and aircraft, amphibious assault ships, radar and night-vision gear, and other military-style weaponry and surveillance equipment.

Over 70 Federal Agencies now have Armed Police Forces

While the politicians in Washington work to disarm the American public, they are arming themselves at a record levels. We now have 73 federal agencies that employ armed personnel, with 24 of those agencies employing more than 25o full-time armed officers with arrest authority.
Federal agencies with more than 250 full-time personnel with arrest and firearm authority:
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • U.S. Secret Service
  • Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts
  • Drug Enforcement Administration
  • U.S. Marshals Service
  • Veterans Health Administration
  • Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
  • U.S. Postal Inspection Service
  • U.S. Capitol Police
  • National Park Service – Rangers
  • Bureau of Diplomatic Security
  • Pentagon Force Protection Agency
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • National Park Service – U.S. Park Police
  • National Nuclear Security Administration
  • U.S. Mint Police
  • Amtrak Police
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Bureau of Land Management
Federal agencies with fewer than 250 full-time personnel with arrest and firearm authority
  • Bureau of Engraving and Printing
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Federal Reserve Board
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Bureau of Industry and Security
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Library of Congress
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Government Printing Office
  • National Institute of Standards & Technology
  • Smithsonian National Zoological Park
  • Bureau of Reclamation
Offices of inspectors general employing full-time personnel with arrest and firearm authority
  • U.S. Postal Service
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of the Treasury, Tax Administration
  • Social Security Administration
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Labor
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of Transportation
  • Department of Education
  • General Services Administration
  • Department of the Interior
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Department of Energy
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • Small Business Administration
  • Department of State
  • Office of Personnel Management
  • Department of the Treasury
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Department of Commerce
  • U.S. Railroad Retirement Board
  • Agency for International Development
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • Corporation for National and Community Service
  • National Science Foundation
  • National Archives and Records Administration
  • Government Printing Office
  • Library of Congress
Militarized police forces

But it’s not just federal agencies that are being militarized. As I’ve been pointing out for years now, police stations around the country are being militarized and taken over by the federal government.
From small rural police forces being given battlefield equipment, to the Department of Homeland Security using terrorism grants to take over local police forces, we are seeing more of our nation’s police turning into an extended arm of the federal government.
Earlier this year, President Obama created a group called the Task Force on 21st Century Policing. This group formulated a plan to establish National Policing Practices that would be overseen by the Department of Homeland Security. By framing it as a race issue, and using the riots in Ferguson to push it down the American public’s throats, it seems President Obama is on his way to getting that Civilian National Security Force that he so famously said he wanted while campaigning to be President.

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