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Are We Living In A Police State? You Decide.

Are We Living In A Police State? You Decide.

A friend of mine sent me the video and list below about all of the federal agencies that have been granted police powers. It is quite interesting to see some of these agencies who, quite frankly, don’t seem to need a reason for arrest and firearm authority.

For instance, National Institutes of Health? Are they armed so that they can enforce Mrs. Obama’s school lunch policies?

It would be great to hear some of your thoughts on this data. Leave a comment at the end and let me know.

America now has at least 73 federal agencies that employ armed personnel. For example, the EPA spends $75 million each year for criminal enforcement:
“The Environmental Protection Agency has spent millions of dollars over the last decade on military-style weapons to arm its 200 “special agents” to fight environmental crime.”
“Among the weapons purchased are guns, body armor, camouflage equipment, unmanned aircraft, amphibious assault ships, radar and night-vision gear and other military-style weaponry and surveillance activities, according to a new report by the watchdog group Open the Books.” …
Here is the breakdown of federal agencies that have been granted the authority to function in a law enforcement capacity:
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. Just arm these guys with a Welcome Wagon and leaflets and how to get free Obamaphones
  • 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. Maybe they could send SWAT teams after the junk mailers?
  • U.S. Capitol Police
  • National Park Service – Rangers
  • Bureau of Diplomatic Security
  • Pentagon Force Protection Agency
  • U.S. Forest Service – if a tree is shot in the forest by a SWAT team with no one around to hear, does it make a sound?
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services – armed police needed here in case a 20 foot great white is located in your pond down the street.
  • National Park Service – U.S. Park Police. They have even armed Bambi
  • National Nuclear Security Administration
  • U.S. Mint Police
  • Amtrak Police – don’t worry about these guys being armed. They’ll always arrive 10 hours late.
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs – Still shooting Indians. How nice.
  • 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 toucha our money, we breaka u face.
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Bureau of Industry and Security
  • National Institutes of Health – you won’t HAVE any health once they break down your door and haul you off to some dank prison
  • Library of Congress – Under NO circumstance, attempt to return that book late!!!
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration – need guns to protect you from invasions from Jupiter.
  • Government Printing Office
  • National Institute of Standards & Technology – cheating on your diet? Expect to get put in the slammer by armed SWAT teams.
  • Smithsonian National Zoological Park – guns needed in case dinosaurs get lose
  • Bureau of Reclamation
Offices of Inspectors General employing full-time personnel with arrest and firearm authority:
  • U.S. Postal Service – if they didn’t have their guns, how could they go postal?
  • Department of Health and Human Services. You VILL geet that vaccine, komrade….
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of the Treasury, Tax Administration – Hey! Don’t mess with the tax Nazis
  • Social Security Administration – Yep, let’s break down the door of 90 year old granny and slam her into the hoosegow
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development – given the hell the left has turned Detroit into, I guess this makes sense.
  • Department of Agricult ure
  • Department of Labor – I didn’t know these guys actually worked?
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of Transportation – and you thought road rage was bad? Wait til these guys unload on you
  • Department of Education – in the old days, Johnny got a detention. Now he gets a lethal injection for chewing gum
  • General Services Administration
  • Department of the Interior
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (guns may be needed to protect us from the Martians
  • Department of Energy
  • Environmental Protection Agency (today’s Brownshirt Nazi)
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • Small Business Administration
  • Department of State
  • Office of Personnel Management
  • Department of the Treasury
  • Tennessee Valley Authority (well, ok, as long as it’s not with Burt Reynolds on that Deliverance movie river…
  • 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 (returning a book late? You might be doing 10 -20 in Alcatraz breaking rocks!)
  • Government Printing Office (Better not use too much ink!)
  • Library of Congress (A late DVD returned will also get you 5 – 10 in Leavenworth.

I don’t know what your thoughts are, but it seems to me that there are many of these agencies that don’t really seem justified in having police powers. As an example:

The Corporation for National & Community Service

To put things into perspective, I went and looked at what the purpose of The Corporation for National & Community Service is as it was listed on their webpage. It reads as follows:

We are the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that helps more than 5 million Americans improve the lives of their fellow citizens through service. Working hand in hand with local partners, we tap the ingenuity and can-do spirit of the American people to tackle some of the most pressing challenges facing our nation.

We invest in thousands of nonprofit and faith-based groups that are making a difference across the country. We are AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund, the Volunteer Generation Fund, and more. We serve, we build, and we make an impact that changes lives and communities.

Does this sound like an organization that needs firearms to accomplish their mission?

Don’t get me wrong, I am all about God, guns, and glory but I am not too keen on the idea of all these federal agents walking around with arrest and firearm privileges.

Continuing on, the Inspector General for the Corporation for National & Community Service exists to:

The National and Community Service Trust Act  of 1993 also established the Office of Inspector General, which conducts independent and objective audits and investigations of Corporation programs and operations to prevent and deter waste, fraud and abuse. It also recommends policies to Corporation management to promote economy and efficiency.

Hmm… Maybe they are promoting economy and efficiency by means of potential ballistic energy?

The Inspector General’s office conducts audits and investigations to deter waste, fraud, and abuse. I just can’t see the connection to the need for police powers. Maybe I am missing something.

To top everything off, the Inspector Generals office for all of these agencies would always be fair and objective when keeping their own agency in line, right? You guessed it…NOPE! Check out how the Inspector General of the EPA did when put to the test.

By the way, the IG didn’t seem to suffer at all. He still has his job at the EPA.

On another note, when I was looking into some of these things, I found a few interesting things.

My favorite is, according to the 2012 Federal Justice Statistics, (only considering the U.S. Marshals Service alone), almost 60% of their arrests were of Non-US citizens.

#JustSayin’ (See, I’m hip.)

What do you think?

What I Will Do When They Come To My Door – Guest Post

Last weeks manhunt in Boston for the suspected marathon bombers has America spinning. Freedom loving Americans are upset at the implementation of martial law while the liberal side of the United States (and ironically, those who still do not realize martial law was occurring) want to know why more wasn’t done. This creates the perfect environment to implement peaceful resistance and attempt to create accountability should the government try to oppress the citizens of the greatest nation on the earth again.

Thank you to our guest author for having the intestinal fortitude to put into words, what many of us are thinking.

What I Will Do When The Police State Arrives At My Door

Those of us who value the Constitution, as well as the inalienable freedom that is all of ours as a native birthright, have watched in horror as barely restrained paramilitary-style police squads, complete with light tanks, locked down much of the city of Boston over one – admittedly dangerous – teenager with a gun (and perhaps a few pipe bombs). Many have seen the videos of people being herded out of their homes that – truth be told – is reminiscent of what was seen as Germany descended into chaos in the 1930s. If you missed the video evidence, it is here:

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These are just two examples. The truth is that if the blue state Boston populace had been more fully armed (and come to think of it, an AR-15 just might have been the perfect weapon for family defense, had the bombers attempted to perhaps take a family hostage), or if the Boston population had had the same courage as their forebears 200 years ago, the two bombers would not have made it very far at all. And as a matter of fact, ultimately, the fugitive was discovered by a citizen, in any event!

I am not here disparaging the police or military one iota. My nephew is a Marine. I believe in a strong Constitutionally-based national defense. It just so happens that my immediate neighbor is a former Marine and recently retired State Trooper who is a staunch Constitutionalist, and one of the most honorable, upright, common-sensical people I have ever met (as well as a very good friend), and also an exemplar of all that is good and right with the military and police. Rather, my concern is the political culture above them that is forcing many of these individuals to violate what is still the law of the land, as well as violate their consciences. I am not advocating violation of any law or statute – in fact, as you will see below, I am advocating a strict adherence to the law as it is written.

As our absentee father, relative ethics oriented, ends justify the means culture continues to devolve into a coarse parody of what the Founding Fathers envisaged, the Constitution – which is still the law of the land, and which our elected officials, military and police all take an oath to uphold – I think there are things we can do. Things that are creative, intelligent, and effective. Here is one suggestion for your consideration. Of course, consult your local laws to make sure everything you do is legal, non-fattening, and politically correct (e.g., you would not want to attempt the below in NYC, especially while holding an illegal 16 oz. Big Gulp in your hand!)

First, when another Boston situation “goes down”, I am going to make SURE I have deputized neighbors to be filming (as in the first video noted above), or have someone in the house with a cell camera that automatically uploads as it films. This is key, otherwise this process won’t work.

If the military or police come to my door, I will raise my hands high in the air, proving I am not a threat (this is for your safety, as well as the officer’s who also may have a family at home waiting for him), while at the same time informing them that I do not consent to a search, citing my 4th Amendment rights. I will not be confrontational or in-your-face with my attitude, but calmly ask for their name, badge number, and to speak with their leader. I will also let them know that any act of unprovoked violence on their part may possibly constitute a crime – or if the military, a war crime, a la My Lai. I do indeed have a very deep respect for law enforcement – however, the key is that law enforcement must remain within the confines of duly legislated laws, as determined by the democratic process – and of which the 4th Amendment is still a part. Otherwise, they are no better than, say, the badged thugs who harassed the civil rights marchers in the South half a century ago. 

I will then – enunciating my words so people videotaping this can lip read, if necessary – turn my back to them, while continuing keeping my arms raised. And – assuming I have the guts, which I pray I will, I would then tell them to “shoot me in the back” if they wish, but I do not consent to a search, based on the 4th Amendment. I will also let them know they are in violation of their oath to uphold the Constitution, and by shooting me in the back, they, themselves, may well be found guilty of murder, and jailed.

I may volunteer to let one of them in, just to out of courtesy, if I am so inclined. That is if they are concerned some “bad guy” may truly be in there, but it will be MY choice. I will let them know I am not trying to be recalcitrant at all, but rather concerned about the erosion of our freedoms, which in fact these terrorist acts are attempting to take from us as one of their primary objectives. 

The ACLU – which is a bad organization 95% of the time – does have a smart phone app that uploads video as it is being filmed, but there are other apps out there that do the same thing.

The iPhone software can be found here and for Android operating systems, go here.  

As for using the ACLU app, why not use evil against evil? About time they did one thing of value for the country. I would let the police know this real time video is being conducted, so they are on record. Or to quote the leftists, who have done so much damage to this country, they need to know, “The whole world is watching.” Doing the above would ensure authorities can’t mysteriously “lose” (see “Jon Corzine and $1.6 billion dollars” if you need further clarification for the word “lose”!) the camera, or it is taken from you. In sum, I am being non-violent, co-operative (hey, I truly want the bad guy caught too!), but also protecting my rights and the Constitution.   

 

Look, I am a dual US/Canadian citizen, so I am only half “free and brave” – where are the rest of those who are “full bloods,” who speak about the “land of the free and home of the brave?” But my goal is not even mildly precipitous. Rather, the above allows us to address a looming darkness in the land, yet be in full compliance with the law. Or, as we were advised 2,000 years ago, we need to be wise as a serpent, yet gentle as doves.  Here is a way to do exactly that. Think of doing this as “Saul Alinsky anti-matter” or Kryptonite to the left. As the late Christian rock artist Larry Norman once said, “Why should the Devil have all the good music?” Similarly, why should evil get to use all the creative ideas? Here’s one that does just that. And you can amend, mix and match, alter, modify, or whatever else you want, to my suggestions. Just get active, get creative, and communicate with others.

Friday! Friday! Friday!

It’s Friday again and that means a few highlights for the prepper from the preppers around the web. This weeks highlights cover low-cost preps, every day carry, and a warning from a federal officer.

18- Low-Cost Ways to Start Prepping from PreppingToSurvive

New to prepping? Not sure where to start? Intimidated by the perceived cost? Prepping To Survive covers eighteen ways to start prepping for disaster in this piece that include things like doing research, budgeting, learning to tie basic knots, exercise, or learn to make repairs around your home. This article provides a great way to get started in emergency preparedness that involves more time than money which is great for the beginner.

Everyday Carry by Rick Keyes on the Official Blog of Knesek Guns, Inc.

What are some of the items that experts recommend that prepared citizens carry on their persons every day? Find out in this article from the folks over at Knesek Guns. This blog post covers the essential Every Day Carry (EDC) for the armed citizen and the unarmed citizen alike. The author even gives specific examples of the items that he carries every day by type and brand.

Warning From a Federal Officer by Silent Prepper on PrepperCentral

This is an interesting piece from an employee at a law enforcement supplier that recently received an unofficial “travel advisory” from a federal law enforcement officer when he was in the shop the other day. You can interpret it for yourselves. I found it interesting myself.

If you found a prepping gem on the web this week, chime in and help out your fellow prepper by posting a link in the comments section!