The Militarization Of The US Goes Beyond Police Departments"

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Nonmilitary federal agencies have spent almost US$1.5 billion on guns, ammunition, and military-style equipment.

 The Internal Revenue Service spent nearly US$11 million on arms.


A new report by a taxpayer watchdog group reveals that the growing militarization in the United States goes beyond police departments by showing how nonmilitary federal agencies are arming themselves like military units.

The report “The Militarization of America” examines government expenditures by 67 federal agencies between 2006 and 2014 and found that they spent US$1.48 billion stockpiling guns, ammunition and other military-style equipment.

“The recent growth of the federal arsenal begs the questions: Just who are the feds planning to battle?” American Tranparency’s Adam Andrzejewski, the author of the report, recently wrote in Forbes.

The report states that “administrative agencies including the Food and Drug Administration, Small Business Administration, Smithsonian Institution, Social Security Administration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, United States Mint, Department of Education, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and many other agencies purchased guns, ammo, and military-style equipment.”

For example, the Internal Revenue Service spent nearly US$11 million arming itself, while the Environmental Protection Agency spent US$3.1 million.

The report also states: “The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service spent US$4.77 million purchasing shotguns, .308 caliber rifles, night vision goggles, propane cannons, liquid explosives, pyro supplies, buckshot, LP gas cannons, drones, remote controlled helicopters, thermal cameras, military waterproof thermal infrared scopes, and more.”

“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,” wrote report author Andrzejewski. “After grabbing legal power, federal bureaucrats are amassing firepower. It’s time to scale back the federal arsenal.”

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Are they arming themselves against terrorists or you?

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LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) michigan independant Jun 30, 2016 7:51 PM

I bought all of my arms and am ready.  But sadly lost all of them in a boating accident.

krispkritter's picture

Well at least you saved your PM's! Oh wait...

El Vaquero's picture

The federal LEO aresnal is absolutely miniscule compared to the privately owned arsenal in the hands of the people.  We have enough privately held firearms to arm every single soldier, reservist and mercinary ON THE ENTIRE PLANET five times over.  

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santafe (not verified) El Vaquero Jun 30, 2016 8:01 PM

A government by the RICH, of the RICH, for the RICH. Thus, THEY are protecting the RICH from the plebs.

Things that go bump's picture

My question is: are the federal minions receiving military training or even basic firearms training? 

pickupthatcan's picture

Their receiving the basics of training. A friend who works at an alphabet agency was recently present (not a door kicker) on a publicized raid with an all black entry team. Afterwards, the agent in charge came into the command post and told my friend that he and his fellow thugs "can't wait to shoot some mutha fuckin white boys." And that they look forward to shit kicking off.

My friend left the room knowing he couldn't say anything since all of his superiors were ghetto coons themselves and felt the same way. His agency is predominantly colored and they don't have to hold back their hatred of the white man.

Shit will get frosty.

therealestg9's picture

Surely you can tell us the name of the specific agency?

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) therealestg9 Jun 30, 2016 10:06 PM

Probably Homo Land Security

pickupthatcan's picture


Go fuck youself agent, you POS.

Badsamm's picture

They will look like the Iraqi army when ISIS came knocking. And then it will be free for all.

uhland62's picture

Good - the renditions to fight the Russians and Chinese can begin. 

toady's picture

That's where I thought they were going from the title. Joe Six pack has bought more small arms this year than .gov...

El Vaquero's picture

My AR-10 stipped lower is on order, HH.  Yet another to add to my pile of guns.  I already have several upper parts and a lower parts kit, plus a 24" semi-bull with poly rifling chambered in 260 Rem.  It should be able to really reach out and touch somebody.  At the altitude that I live at, with a 142 Nosler LR Accubond, it should remain supersonic out to 1800-2000 yards, and the barrel should be capable of 1/2 MOA.  

new game's picture

n ice rod but toooooo heavy, thank you. 308 bolt 1 moa 200 yds. light, accurate and full syn. inexpensive...

22's, 9's, 308, 20 and 12 ga and 357 for nostoliga(mod 19 s and w), and of course a 5 scew masterpiece, not to mention a superposed  12 o and u from the 50's-piece of art...oh, and moar, hehe...

new game's picture

a fucking gun behind every blade of grass-lol...

El Vaquero's picture

I'm building it specifically for long range.  Except for load testing, I doubt it will get used very much closer than 200yds.  I've already humped an M1 Garand through the woods on hunts, and prefer a heavy rifle for precision shooting.  I'm eventually going to put a Nightforce on the thing, but just to get it going (Nightforce scopes start at $1200,) I'm going to go with a fixed power SWFA SS.  They're tough, have a mil reticle, target knobs, OK glass and are hard to beat for the price.  Just stay away from the 16x and 20x ones, as they have (or maybe had?) shitty glass.  

Implied Violins's picture

Hey El Vaquero, or anyone knowledgeable about long-range rifles: I've got a limited budget, maybe $1000 - 1200 (including ammo), but I definitely want to pick up a decent rifle or fix up the ones I already have. Not necessarily an AR; a good hunting rifle with a nice kick would do. I do currently own a lever-action Winchester 30-30, and an ancient 7.62 x 39 SKS.

So my question is, given my budget, should I just get scopes and other upgrades for my current rifles, or could I get something better for that price? I have seen some nice .223 rifles, Mosin-Nagant, .357, and of course 30-06 and .308 - all within my range, but of course just basic models with no scopes etc. Primary purpose would be self-defense, but I could also use something that can take down an elk as I visit Idaho a lot.

Any input much appreciated.

hedgeless_horseman's picture


You might try to find a used rifle with cosmetic flaws but a good bore.

Or maybe build a FAL from parts?

Not my choice for self defense, but Savage makes some good, yet economical bolt action rifles.

At your price point you probably want to stick with .308 to save money on ammo.

Good luck!

Implied Violins's picture

HH, thanks for your input. I got my 30-30 exactly that way, there was a nick on the barrel so I got it cheap. Unfortunately I'm shaky with it past 75-100 yards, and to put a decent scope on it I'd need a special build that would cost more than I paid for the gun as it ejects shells via the top. Plus, 30-30 bullets that are designed for higher accuracy can only be loaded one at a time, as pointy tips aren't user-friendly.

Thanks for the Savage link, it does look like .308 is the way to go...though, I *could* get a Mosin-Nagant for under $200 and a ton of Russian 7.62 x 54...!! But I will go to my gun store tomorrow and check out the used .308's.

TheReplacement's picture

Spare yourself.  Build up the Mosin.  Get surplus ammo.  Pierce armor plating.  At long range... 

For the self defense part of it you could try searching out a bullpup conversion kit.  They are not too expensive but make sure the thing is reliable before you rely on it.

El Vaquero's picture

Yup.  People like to talk a lot of trash about Savages in some circles, but when you get down to it, if you are just purchasing a rifle to slap some optics on, and go out and shoot, they're hard to beat for the price.  They certainly not what I'd pick if I were going to build a benchrest gun or anything like that, but don't be surprised if you get a Savage off of the shelf that is a 3/4 MOA rifle, which isn't bad at all. 


But you can also find good deals on Model 700s, which are good rifles.  A buddy of mine just picked a really nice custom one up, chambered in 300 RUM, and he got a killer deal.  $630, and the exact same stock that it has on it is about the same price that he got the whole rifle for.  I just about shit my pants when we went into the gun store to get some brass for it, and it was $120 for 50 pieces.  It was Lapua brass, but still.  Now he is eyeing one of those Kestrel ballistic computers.  Those things are completely badass.  You orient the thing in the direction that you are shooting, and it measures air density, wind speed and direction, etc... and calculates your windage and elevation.  If you're doing the stupidly long shots out at ranges like 1500yds, it'll even take Coriolis force into account.  They work well enough that, with his rifle, he could make a 1300 yard shot on an elk without much worry.  Long range shooting is all about calling the conditions, and that takes the guesswork out of it. 

Implied Violins's picture

Wow, that stuff about ballistic computers and windage etc. reminds me of John Ross's 'Unintended Consequences' - one of the books (along with Matt Bracken) that impressed upon me the need to be able to defend myself!!

As a 50-ish, IPA-drinking, near-sighted scientist with uncalloused hands, I am starting to think that your's and HH's recommendations for the .308 are truly pointing me in that direction. Plus, as HH wrote, the ammo is a lot cheaper. So, thanks for that! Though I will also look into the Mosin-Nagant, as I have just gotten some good input on those rifles and what they can do on a dollar-per-dollar basis. And thanks to those who send me links on that, too.

El Vaquero's picture

For all around versatility, a 30-06 is tough to beat, but I wouldn't shy away from a 7mm mag or a 300 Win Mag either.  For lighter weight bullets, the .308 and the '06 are similar in ballistics, but once you get to or above about 190gr bullets, the 30-06 really starts to behave more like a magnum with light loads than most people think it could.  You can shoot a 210gr LR accubond that will be supersonic out at 1800 yards and produce 3300 ft-lbs energy at the muzzle.  The bullet being supersonic at that range doesn't mean that you're going to hit something at that range, but it does mean that hitting a target at 900yds is just that much easier, and it still packs a whollop way out there.  The .308, OTOH, sees its performance really start to deteriorate because the longer bullets start eating up the case capacity, whereas the '06 doesn't know the meaning of compressed load.  


Now, keep in mind that these aren't great for self defense, unless you're defending yourself from somebody 200+ yards away.  Your SKS would be vastly superior for self defense but a Model 700 or Savage in .308, 30-06, 7mm Mag or 300 Win Mag would be far, far better for dropping an elk.  


If you want a plain jane carbine style AR with no bells and whistles, you can go to Palmetto State Armory's website and order a kit that has everything except for the mags, stripped lower and rear sight for $400, assuming they still have their sale going.  A rear sight might cost $60-$80, and you can find stripped lowers for anywhere from $50-$120.  The stripped lower is the one item that needs to go through an FFL.


As for optics, if you are on a budget, you are either going to have to deal with a lack of features, a lack of quality or a lack of a good warranty, or some combination of the three.  Quality optics with all of the bells and whistles start at $500-$600.  I'm looking at a $300 fixed power scope until I can get into a $1200 variable power, first focal plane scope.  That $300 scope is considered an exceptional good bang for the buck, but it is no Nightforce.  

Implied Violins's picture

Yes, thanks again. I do think my SKS would be pretty good in close-quarters combat, and I picked it up because I read that it is really good in house-to-house combat (and I live in a city). It can blow through light cover better than an AR. I also have a nice pump-action Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun for home defence.

As for optics...I will have to resign myself to iron sights unless I find a rig that is already equipped. I will look for such today. And, thanks again for your help!

VWAndy's picture

Well if they were arming themselves against terrorists they would not be handing them guns would they?

Grave's picture

in the eyes of psychopaths in power, anyone opposing them is a terrorist

runswithscissors's picture

Yes, in the eyes of the imperial federal government, patriotic American citizens are they are arming against terrorists.

uhland62's picture

How would one know. They could all be renditioned to the South China Sea to defend an atoll against the Chinese.  

GeezerGeek's picture

Didn't Obama say he wanted a domestic army that was stronger than the US Military?

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) GeezerGeek Jun 30, 2016 7:53 PM

Yes, the Free $hit Army.  Obama is growing it like mad.  It's already a force to be reckoned with.

krispkritter's picture

Not really.  They'll be lucky to drag their double-wide asses off the couch if the house is on fire. Cut off EBT, with most of them in 'food deserts', and they'll turn on each other like the feral dindu's they are.  Inner cities will be no-go zones, but no way they survive in a rural environment.  Ever read 'Lucifer's Hammer'?  Can't imagine it much different.

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) krispkritter Jun 30, 2016 8:10 PM

Ah. Good points...

Stay outside of public transit reach.

Stu Elsample's picture

the 'free shit' army will be raiding the Wal-Mart stores when SHTF

yellowsub's picture

What a laugh, the free shit army would be like an animals that were freed from a zoo.  Wild and uncontrollable for the most part.

They wouldn't care to fight unless it involves a new TV or a pair of Jordans...

new game's picture

lol. first stand or ring is a

the beltway around almost every major city. once they breach the beltway time to take a position...

the majority will kill each other first though...

True Blue's picture

Yes, on July 2, 2008 in Colorado Springs, "We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded."

The O-Stapo?

sixsigma cygnusatratus's picture

Once all local police departments are militarized, the next step will be to have them all federalized.

Cold War Kid's picture

That's what the "fusion centers" are all about.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

They're arming themselves for job security after the Reset, in case they see wood chippers or guillotines rolling into their parking lot.

uhland62's picture

They know that the people are unhappy and arm themselves for the Age of Discontent.

Just Obama's 'nationbuilding at home'. 

True Blue's picture

Log-splitters. Horizontal guillotine and they already come on a trailer, as an added bonus the crowd gets a good buildup to a nice *pop* like a Gallagher show. Bring your own umbrella.

snakehead's picture

The Ag department has untold numbers of .223 rounds. That we paid for.

Sandmann's picture

so you can see why ammo prices are rising