Skip to comments.Obama’s Private Army: Militarizing the Federal Agencies
Posted on 03/20/2015 9:04:20 AM PDT by Perseverando
Currently there are 73 federal agencies that have full-time armed officers with arresting authority. According to a 2008 report by the Department of Justice, there were 120,000 full-time law enforcement officers working for federal agencies and 24 different federal agencies employed at least 250 full-time officers. Federal agencies with at least 250 full-time officers included the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Mint, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Veterans Health Administration.
While speaking before the Constitutional Convention in 1787, James Madison said, A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. Despite this strong warning from our founders more than 200 years ago, todays federal government has quietly accrued significant policing powers in a wide array of agencies.
These federal enforcement officers are authorized to carry weapons and make arrests from Section 812 of the 2002 Homeland Security Act. This law authorizes the Offices of the Inspector General within each federal agency, which traditionally look for fraud and waste within the agency, to have officers that carry firearms, seek and execute warrants for arrests and makes arrests without a warrant while engaged in official duties. This section is rarely discussed because the actual language seems somewhat inconsequential. But in practice this law has changed how law enforcement is carried out at the federal level.
While there are federal agencies that should carry weapons and have arresting authority, such as the FBI, Secret Service, DEA and US Marshals, these agencies had this authority before the 2002 Homeland Security Act. They would keep this authority even if the agencies not traditionally involved in law enforcement activities lost their arresting powers. Unfortunately, the expansion of federal enforcement authority has been accompanied by an increase in the abuse of that power.
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Canyon del Rey, CA. Is totally residential and a population of just 1,500 but it’s PD owns an MRAP - basically a tank.
The county has 150 M-4 assault rifles.
Spend a lil time on this site and it’ll open your eyes.
Just saw this article posted on FR - “Ted Cruz calls for liquidating the IRS in New Hampshire.”
My first thought was that it’s more likely the IRS will be liquidating Ted Cruz (and the rest of us.)
Just happened to talk with a young lady from Kenya this morning. She loves Virginia, yhinks DC is crazy, and likes being in PA. She gets up at 2:30am to be at work by 6am. I asked her about Kenya and if it was safe. She said everyone is afraid of their army/police. Using the term police and army to refer to the same group.
My first thought was that its more likely the IRS will be liquidating Ted Cruz (and the rest of us.)
Can you blame them? Who wants to lose their cushy cubicle job tracking the Tea Party in Metro USA and be re-assigned walking patrol on a hot, sweaty border post in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona or Mexifornia? /s
Don’t you mean Del Rey Oaks, CA There is no town of Canyon Del Rey, CA
Same thing here in Montgomery co., Texas.
Surplus military gear such as assault rifles, MRAPS, Surveillance drones and the rest.
Take a look....this is military, not your local cop outfit. This is a pic of the drone, couple of storm troopers and bearcat swat vehicle (not the MRAP). The MRAP is about 3 times the size, equipped with gun turret grenade launchers and all.
Exactly so! Can’t believe I did that...
Just part of Obama's all knowing, always right, always controlling, always deadly Civilian National Security Force.
"Can you blame them? Who wants to lose their cushy cubicle job tracking the Tea Party in Metro USA and be re-assigned walking patrol on a hot, sweaty border post in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona or Mexifornia?"
The longer we sit here in FR and read, the more we learn there are active agencies and people out there that are stupid and lazy
And does anyone think we are not moving into a total dictatorship under King Obama. Damn, do I miss Romney in 2012. Do you realize how stupid millions of Romney haters are now eating crap? Watch these same dumb idiots do the same thing in 2016 because ignorance is hard to overcome. Cruz looks like the only answer we have.
Thanks for the heads up. I've been familiar with the Rutherford Institute for more than 25 years. They're just down the road a piece in Charlottesville, VA.
120,000 is an awfully small number of men compared to the numer of citizens. It is a large number of potentially fatherless families if Obama choose to use them as his private army.
“Hands UP! Don’t shoot!” May be more significant in the future!
“Exactly so! Cant believe I did that...”
Yeah, I was down there yesterday (we have a second home in Carmel) and I spend a lot of time working with SCCA at Laguna Seca. We always have to go into the track on South Boundary Road which has it’s west end in Del Rey Oaks where it dumps out on Canyon Del Rey.
In 1787, James Madison said, A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty.
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