American nonmilitary federal agencies purchase stockpiling guns, ammo, and military-style equipment and arming themselves like military units, the report “The Militarization of America” reveals.
A new report by a taxpayer watchdog group shows the militarization in the United States goes beyond police departments. Between 2006 and 2014, 67 federal agencies spent US$1.48 billion for the purchases of ammunition, guns and other military-style equipment.
‘The recent growth of the federal arsenal begs the questions: Just who are the feds planning to battle?’ the author of the report, American Tranparency’s Adam Andrzejewski, wrote in Forbes.
According to the report, various administrative agencies, including the Small Business Administration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Food and Drug Administration, United States Mint, Smithsonian Institution, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Education and many others ‘purchased guns, ammo, and military-style equipment’.
For example, the National Park Service spent for these purposes about US$12 million, while the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service spent nearly US$5 million.
The report also states that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) spent US$3.11 million purchasing ‘the latest state-of-the-art policing gear such as guns and ammunition up to 30MM, camouflage and other deceptive equipment, night vision, unmanned aircraft, radar, body armor, surveillance equipment, mobile GPS monitors.’ The EPA has nearly 200 Special Agents (police officers – criminal investigators) among the 375 employees within the Criminal Enforcement Program. ‘Outfitting the 200 ‘Special Agents’ of the EPA to protect the environment and investigate enviro-crime is a costly endeavor,’ the report states.
‘As the Obama administration and its allies are pushing hard for an assault weapons ban on private citizens, taxpayers are asking why IRS agents need AR-15s,’ Adam Andrzejewski wrote. ‘After grabbing legal power, federal bureaucrats are amassing firepower. It’s time to scale back the federal arsenal.’