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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?

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!

The Case For Concealment

There is no better time in the history of the United States to exercise our God given right to own and carry a firearm.  If you happen to disagree…you might be a liberal.  In all seriousness, the way that America is headed is a source of major concern for me and many others.  The economy is in trouble.  Politicians are exercising unbelievable powers and only implementing additional power at every opportunity.  Police forces throughout the country are starting to be harder to distinguish from the military.

My belief though is that the security of this country is going to be solidified by the citizens and not by law enforcement, the military, or the government.  As the budgets of most cities, townships, counties, parishes, and states continue to vanish like steam over a simmering pot, law enforcement agencies are seeing the number of officers on their staffs decrease.  The military is in a drawdown as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan come to a conclusion.  With these resources dwindling, it is going to fall on us as Joe and Jane America to stand up for ourselves.  The day is coming where you may call for help and the dispatcher on the other end of the line tells you that there is no one to send to assist you.  The solution….

Legal concealed carry of a firearm!  With few exceptions, most of the states in our great country will allow a law abiding citizen who meets the minimum criteria to get a license to carry a concealed pistol.  If you qualify to get a concealed pistol license (CPL) then you will qualify to buy a pistol.  Furthermore to obtain your CPL you will need to undergo the mandatory training.  So now you have a pistol and you have the proper training, all you need is some ammunition and you will be set to be a part of the solution.  Once the word gets out on the street that citizens are taking a stand, criminals are going to at least reevaluate their profession.  Let’s be real, the only thing that laws are good for is keeping honest people honest.

NOTE: If you live in one of those areas that does not allow you to practice your constitutional rights I would encourage you to find a new place to live.  If this is not an option for you then check your local laws and see what you can legally carry as a means of defeding yourself and the ones that you love.  Pepper spray, tasers, stun guns, knives, monkey paws, and kubatons are all potential means of accomplishing this alternate means of defense.  Additionally, if you do have a concealed pistol license I would also encourage you to look at having a secondary means of self defense that is less than lethal.  Not every situation requires lethal force so another option is nice to have.  This also lends itself to the theory that when all you have is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail.