Skip to comments.Gold miners near Chicken cry foul over 'heavy-handed' EPA raids [SWAT team - just like with Gibson]
Posted on 09/04/2013 7:05:56 PM PDT by grundle
.... Must be the new The Gaia Tactical Assault Team at work.
Nothing against them being armed in the Alaskan wilderness, however the need for the tacticial vests is defiantly excessive To check the water from the wash operations.
The excuse of "rampant drug and human trafficking" doesn't wash real well in a remote town of 17 (yep, seventeen) people.
The next administration needs to pull the Army-man toybox from these alphabet agency freaks! All of them.
Funny thing reading the article they worry about human and drug traffic there? LOL yea right. But they ignore everything on our southern border where it's a war zone. Yep that's our feds.
Hope and change. Welcome to the new America.
This is fascist overreach!
There is no justification for this show of force to “investigate water quality”.
Screw these over zealous storm trooper pooper scoopers and all the rest of the GovernMental EnvironMental goons!!!
The response of heavy drug trafficking and human trafficking...was so bogus....that the Senator having the phone chat with the EPA official even said the same thing.
You can imagine the respect around law enforcement circles in Alaska now with the EPA crowd. The Alaska folks are always looking for gossip or some joke...and the EPA will be a daily target now for amusing jokes.
I think it’d make a great reality TV series (EPA-SWAT). Toss in a couple of nutcase wannabe cops to play EPA agents, a couple of Alaskan Indians, some hippies, a couple of hardcore miners, some meth guys, and a bartender. Discovery would make millions off the pretend-to-be-EPA series.
The EPA goons thought this up as an excuse to take a paid vacay to AK and get a little fishing in. Bet on it.
Someone should dig deep and find out how long the members of this “team” where up there, how they got there and where they stayed, before and after their Chicken coup.
I’m agreeable with that comment. There’s probably only one such team in all of the EPA. You can figure it’s their one and only SWAT team....with at least $15,000 worth of gear for each member.
Yeah, they probably flew up on $4,000 ticket....carrying the gear with them. They needed to show some action, to write the report that would show the necessity of them being there for a week.
If you ask them....they will likely admit they went to only one mining claim....one simple show. And it’d be curious to have the trip report made public. Perhaps...some Senator would be bold enough to ask for that one trip report?
Final words....whoever hired this EPA SWAT team....needs to stand up in a congressional meeting and justify the cost to this. I’d say this is four-star cut material, and likely saves the organization at least two million a year on salary and operational cost.
Excellent point. A taxpayer-funded vacation with a little jackbooted thuggery to justify it.
Welcome to the USSA, comrades.
The other element is the need for an agency to demonstrate the need for their SWAT team once they’ve gotten into their budget.
So they have to go looking for ways to use it in order to continue justify it’s budget.
I’m also betting that the sequester prompted them to stretch the boundaries in looking for justifications, because if there is anything that needed sequestered out of existence it is an EPA SWAT team.
That “use it or lose it” mentality in federal budgets is probably the number one cause of stupid decision making and wasted tax dollars in every agency at every level of government.
I think one of the worst consequences of 9/11 was the flood of money that went to agencies—federal, state, and local—to outfit these sorts of teams. It’s absurd that a local police force now has a SWAT team that they’re using to serve a summons for not mowing your grass.
A federal bureaucracy with its own army is ‘defiantly excessive’ especially in a country that used to be free.
If anyone should be arrested it is former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson AKA Richard Windsor.
It all comes down to whether we have a dem or repub in the White House. When Repub, no problems from BLM, Park Service, ect. When dems are in, it's Gestapo Games from US Govt; kinda a shame actually, cause often the local Park Supers are good people, not instigators from DC. Soon as Obama came in they got a wolf luvin greenie at Yukon Charlie. He made a comment to the locals that if visitors to the park didn't hear wolves a howlin, he wasn't doing his job. Man, the locals eat moose, not wolves; they were ready to tar & feather the guy. By the same token when Repubs are in, we get decent park Superintendents. Reality is when the Dems are in there's bull crap happening from time to time, opposite when Repubs are in.
We're so far removed that not many people get upset about anything unless it's happening to them, then there might be trouble, gun fire, and the like. Seems like it has always been that way in America I believe. What I find funny is that Dave character mentioned in the article is a liberal democrap, couldn't be happening to a better guy.