Armed EPA agents in Alaska sheds light on 70 fed agencies with armed divisions

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The recent uproar over armed EPA agents descending on a tiny Alaska mining town is shedding light on the fact that 40 federal agencies – including nearly a dozen typically not associated with law enforcement -- have armed division.
The agencies employ about 120,000 full-time officers authorized to carry guns and make arrests, according to a June 2012 Justice Department report.
Though most Americans know agents within the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Federal Bureau of Prisons carry guns, agencies such as the Library of Congress and Federal Reserve Board employing armed officers might come as a surprise.
The incident that sparked the renewed interest and concern occurred in late August when a team of armed federal and state officials descending on the tiny Alaska gold mining town of Chicken, Alaska.

The Environmental Protection Agency, whose armed agents in full body armor participated, acknowledged taking part in the Alaska Environmental Crimes Task Force investigation, which it said was conducted to look for possible violations of the Clean Water Act.
However, EPA officials denied the operation was a “raid” and didn't address speculation about whether it was connected to possible human and drug trafficking.
“Imagine coming up to your diggings, only to see agents swarming over it like ants, wearing full body armor, with jackets that say "POLICE" emblazoned on them, and all packing side arms,” gold miner C.R. Hammond told the Alaska Dispatch.
The other federal agencies participating in the operation were the FBI, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Coast Guard, the National Oceanic and the Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Park Service.

The FBI, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and Park Service are among 24 federal agencies employing more than 250 full-time armed officers with arrest authority, according the federal report, which is based on the 2008 Census of Federal Law Enforcement Officers.
The other 16 agencies have less than 250 officers and include NOAA as well as the Library of Congress, the Federal Reserve Board and the National Institutes of Health.
The number of federal department with armed personnel climbs to 73 when adding in the 33 offices of inspector general, the government watchdogs for agencies as large as the Postal Service to the Government Printing Office, whose IG has only five full-time officers.
The EPA defended its use of armed officers, after the Alaska incident.

"Environmental law enforcement, like other forms of law enforcement, always involves the potential for physical, even armed, confrontation," the agency said.
But Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell has already ordered an investigation, saying "This level of intrusion and intimidation of Alaskans is absolutely unacceptable."
In addition, Alaska Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Republican, and Mark Begich, Democrat, have inquired about the incident.
Murkowski said purported concerns about rampant drug and human trafficking in the area sounded “wholly concocted” to her.
“This seems to have been a heavy-handed and heavy-armor approach. Why was it so confrontational? The EPA really didn’t have any good answers for this,” she told the newspaper.
This is not the first time armed EPA guards have been accused of intimidating behavior.

In May 2012, North Carolina resident Larry Keller was visited by armed EPA agents after sending an email to Al Armendariz, the regional administrator who was video-taped saying his enforcement strategy was to "crucify" executives from big oil and gas companies.
"The charter of the EPA is to protect the environment and public, not to act as a quasi federal police department," Keller said after the brief but tense exchange with agents about whether the missive might seem suspicious.
The Department of Homeland Security employs nearly half of all federal officers, through Customs and Border Protection and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, the most recent statistics show. The statistics also show the number of CBP officers increased by 33 percent from 2004 to 2008. The number for ICE was 20 percent over the same period.

Meanwhile, the four largest Interior Department agencies employed fewer officers during that time, including the Park Police, which employed 547 officers in 2008, 11 percent less than four years earlier, according to the 2012 report.
 
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Yep shockingly a lot of Federal Agencies who do law enforcement have armed agents... weird eh.
 

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Yep shockingly a lot of Federal Agencies who do law enforcement have armed agents... weird eh.
The recent uproar over armed EPA agents descending on a tiny Alaska mining town is shedding light on the fact that 40 federal agencies – including nearly a dozen typically not associated with law enforcement -- have armed division.
 

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How does this shed light? The FDA has been raiding organic farms and amish farms for about 3 years now. They go in with full paramilitary gear to take down sellers of raw milk and non GMO lettuce. Raw milk! Sick sons of bitches!
 
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How does this shed light? The FDA has been raiding organic farms and amish farms for about 3 years now. They go in with full paramilitary gear to take down sellers of raw milk and non GMO lettuce. Raw milk! Sick sons of bitches!
Umm this guy?

Amish farmer targeted by FDA raids shuts down raw milk business

By James Eng, NBC News

An Amish man who was targeted by federal officials for selling raw milk across state lines – and whose cause was championed by GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul – has shut down his dairy farm.
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Oh and FDA investigators would have been there... but for the for the body armor stuff... more then likely the Federal Marshals or local law enforcement like that raid in California... note they were raided as they were selling un-inspected raw milk.

In this case raw milk is legal in PA... but as soon as you put it across state lines it is interstate commerce ergo feds... they were merely enforcing the law... with their black helicopters/suvs etc...
 

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Armed EPA agents in Alaska sheds light on 70 fed agencies with armed divisions

The recent uproar over armed EPA agents descending on a tiny Alaska mining town is shedding light on the fact that 40 federal agencies – including nearly a dozen typically not associated with law enforcement -- have armed division.
If they can't even keep the number of agencies straight between the headline and the first sentence of the article, I'm thinking this might not be the best-researched story.

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nearly a dozen typically not associated with law enforcement
Not typically associated by who? I typically assume any agency that even has security guards would arm them.
 
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If they can't even keep the number of agencies straight between the headline and the first sentence of the article, I'm thinking this might not be the best-researched story.

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Not typically associated by who? I typically assume any agency that even has security guards would arm them.
Well Federal Protective Services... mind you when I went to the Social Security Office in Portsmouth there was a private security firm downstairs screening people entering. I know there is a FBI field office and I think Treasury agents as well in that building.
 

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An old rancher told me his son was going to BLM Law Enforcement school. I asked what the hell Bureau of Land Management cops would do. He said "I dunno, maybe he'll arrest me for shitting in the crick or something."
 

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How does this shed light? The FDA has been raiding organic farms and amish farms for about 3 years now. They go in with full paramilitary gear to take down sellers of raw milk and non GMO lettuce. Raw milk! Sick sons of bitches!
And again... a body armor vest, a 9mm Glock, and a blue nylon windbreaker does not equal "full paramilitary gear" or "SWAT".

This is a stupid Alex Jones trick that you keep falling for and parroting time and time again, Kirk.

Here's one of those raids...




Please explain to us nice people how these SWAT operatives are in full paramilitary gear, Kirk.

Full paramilitary shorts? Was it Casual Friday or something?
 
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And again... a body armor vest, a 9mm Glock, and a blue nylon windbreaker does not equal "full paramilitary gear" or "SWAT".

This is a stupid Alex Jones trick that you keep falling for and parroting time and time again, Kirk.

Here's one of those raids...




Please explain to us nice people how these SWAT operatives are in full paramilitary gear, Kirk.

Full paramilitary shorts? Was it Casual Friday or something?
Oh did you see the part where the FDA investigators loaded their evidence in to that fully armored Ford Windstar?
 

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If you google image "organic farm raid" you'll see pictures like this...





But... none of the pictures relate to the actual farm raids in question. They're all stock "SWAT" pictures taken from media libraries.

It's a stupid trick to whip up OUTRAGE! and fool rubes like Kirk and whip them up into frenzy.

The pictures from the actual raids are the ones I posted above, and like this one...



Not quite as SWATty or paramilitaryish as the Kirktards would have you believe.
 
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Shocking eh... plus I thought Kirk got flooded out of his basement...
 

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Here's the local yokels in Texas guarding their new drone. Notice they are dressed like Barney Fife.


Sept. 2011: This photo provided by Vanguard Defense Industries, shows a ShadowHawk drone with Montgomery County, Texas, SWAT team members.AP
 

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If you google image "organic farm raid" you'll see pictures like this...

Not quite as SWATty or paramilitaryish as the Kirktards would have you believe.
SWAT teams shouldn't be raiding organic farms at all even if you think they are not paramilitary, there is no reason to raid an organic farm. If people want to drink raw milk, its their business and not the governments decision.

Obama appointed a Monsanto lobbyist to head the FDA and the FDA is shutting down their competition through violent force.
 
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SWAT teams shouldn't be raiding organic farms at all even if you think they are not paramilitary,
If they aren't paramilitary, then they're not SWAT. The 'SW' in SWAT stands for Special Weapons. There is nothing special about a 9mm handgun... it's standard issue.

It doesn't matter what I think they are... the fact is the raid teams weren't armed with special weapons of any sort, and therefore they're not SWAT. They just aren't.

there is no reason to raid an organic farm. If people want to drink raw milk, its their business and not the governments decision.
I agree.

Obama appointed a Monsanto lobbyist to head the FDA and the FDA is shutting down their competition through violent force.
More Alex Jones bullshit. The organic farm raids are being done at the state level. The cunty liberal voters elect cunty control freak politicians, and they're the ones that order the raids... FOR THE SAFETY OF THE CHILDREN!!!

It's not Monsanto or Obama... it's dummies electing cunty control freak politicians at the state level and getting the government they deserve.
 
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SWAT teams are paramilitary and they were only supposed to be used for extreme situations but now there are 100 SWAT raids every day. Including raids to go after Jesus and his organic farm...

Texas Police Hit Organic Farm With Massive SWAT Raid

Ron Paul interviewed the Jesus guy.

http://www.ronpaulchannel.com/video/paramilitary-cops-bust-organic-farm-confiscate-sunflowers/
So Texas police agencies are the FDA now... oh ok...

As for the raw milk thing someone has to change the law... as the FDA is law enforcement... and weirdly have to enforce the law.
 

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That raid had nothing to do with the FDA or Monsanto or Obama or organic farms, and certainly there was nothing even remotely SWAT about the raid.

It was a code enforcement issue. It was a bunch of filthy hippies living on a junk yard, and the neighbors were fed up with their filthy hippiness. This wasn't a commercial farm of any sort. It was just a hippy garden on a junk yard. These dirtbags certainly weren't any sort of Monsanto competition.

Look at the slide show, and you tell me how "farmy" that shitpile looks to you...

http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/tarr...id-219713541.html?gallery=y&img=0&c=y&c=y&c=y

No plants were seized... they just hauled away a bunch of trash.

The filthy hippies bullshitted it into an organic farm issue in order to fool the rubes like Kirk and whip up support from the usual Alex Jonesian suspects.

I'm not saying it wasn't heavy-handed, overzealous police crap... I'm just saying it wasn't an organic farms crackdown, and it certainly wasn't any sort of SWAT raid.