From The Examiner...
Over 70 federal agencies have armed divisions, arrest authority over citizens
September 15, 2013Few would argue certain non-military agencies would require armed officers with arrest authority, such as the FBI, Secret Service and the U.S. Marshals. But other governmental entities such as the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, the Library of Congress and the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board employing armed officers have more than a few asking why the federal government has employed roughly 120,000 armed law enforcement officers, as reported by Fox News on Sept. 14, 2013.
In the wake of a dizzying alphabet soup of governmental agencies ordering heavily armed and body armored-clad officers descending on greater metropolitan Chicken, Alaska (population 17) for a possible violation of The Clean Water Act, it has been brought to light that well over seventy different non-Department of Defense federal agencies have armed divisions, all of them with arrest powers over American citizens,
Alaskan elected officials are demanding answers as to why it members of the federal government's Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Criminal Investigation Division as well as the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Office of Law Enforcement & Security, working in conjunction with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation's (ADEC) Environmental Crimes Unit to conduct a raid on a legally operated gold mine that was suspected of fouling the water.
Interesting article. Read the rest here.
Yes, an interesting article. There will be more people in more agencies and government entities who will carry weapons and will be allowed to arrest you as time goes on.
You have to ask yourself how this happened in the first place, and why would some of these groups even be interested in taking the responsibility for being armed? Do you think they even understand that responsibility?
Personally, I think that these agencies saw local law enforcement gearing up and pretending to be (like) military personnel and their testosterone kicked in and, well, one thing leads to another.
What's next? Armed guards and armed clerks at your local unemployment office? Perhaps meter maids and the local sanitary landfill?
If you see something, say something.