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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?

BBQ’s, Fireworks, & Baseball

I know, what an odd title for an article on a preparedness blog but I promise I will make it relate. (Bonus fact – I love BBQ, fireworks, and baseball.) Most of the country is preparing for the big celebration next week by readying parades, festivals, and all the security measures that go along with them. It is such a weird time in America right now when there has been such a seismic shift in the militarization of the police forces, the way we look at the risk of terrorism, and perhaps even the way we look at each other. I feel like what used to be ok, no longer is and what was once incomprehensible has become quite popular.

I truly believe that we still live in the greatest country in the world. I know that there are many parameters that the government likes to highlight as areas where we are failing; education and healthcare as examples. While this is very true in some regards, we still have more freedom (at least those freedoms that matter in my opinion) than anywhere else you can go in the world. (I don’t believe that freedom has anything to do with the government providing clean needles for drug users as an example.) We can still for the most part, say what we want, own firearms, do what we want, live where we want, and own what kind of car or house we desire. It is apparent that based on recent government activity that some of these liberties may be eroding.

For me, this makes it vital that steps are taken now, while they are still legal and items are still available, to secure my family’s and my future. This means a lot of things. It means getting out of debt, finding a place to call home that I own, storing up food and water, obtaining the tools necessary to survive on my own, and most of all, learning and sharing skills with others to be ready for difficult times. All to the best of my ability.

Now I guess I better bring things back around to my article title. We are officially a week away from the annual celebration of our country’s independence and that can only mean a couple of things: bbq’s, fireworks, baseball, and Black River Outpost’s 4th of July sale. My friends over at Black River Outpost have not only put a bunch of their items on sale but they have also made shipping FREE on all orders from now until Friday, July 4th. This provides a prime opportunity to make a shift towards personal independence in your personal lives at a great savings. I hate to make this post sound like a commercial but I am absolutely concerned about the ways things are going and the opportunity to secure the items we need for survival NOW is the only way to ensure you have them when they are needed. There are a number of items that can help you accomplish your survival goals at Black River Outpost and it would be a shame to miss out on the discounted prices AND free shipping (this can be a huge savings). Check out the Black River Outpost 4th of July sale here.