“FEDERAL ARMS RACE UNLIKE ANYTHING IN HISTORY”
by Steven Neill, ©2017
Violence and the Democratic Party go together like the Black Death and fleas. Even for them, the increase in Democrat violence since 2009, the Oscar Grant shooting in Oakland, Occupy Wall Street, the George Zimmerman trial, Ferguson, Baltimore, the rise of BLM, the massive number of attacks against the Trump campaign, and inauguration, the insane reaction of the Leftopaths during the first months of Trump’s Presidency and the shooting of Republican Steve Scalise, is undeniable. The escalating string of violence from the Leftopaths is also not going unnoticed; every lurid detail and perhaps a few created ones are making it into the alternative media, enraging the right. There is little doubt where this cycle is going because there is now a growing population of Leftopaths gearing up for “Trumpocalypse” as they stockpile guns, emergency supplies and food. Liberals are now training in use of firearms and military tactics as well.
Eventually, an unstable person on the “right” side of the political spectrum will retaliate as Darren Osborne did at the Finsbury Park mosque in England. Even those who support some sort of a new American civil war need to wonder if these are separate, spontaneous events or one long train of events calculated to achieve a desired goal? If these are premeditated, then the question which comes to mind is Cui bono (who benefits)?
Both the MSM and alternative press have been releasing stories of the growing violence, and almost on cue, of one of the vilest left-wing extremist groups in the country, the Anti-Defamation League, which calls the escalation of violence “inevitable.” From the “right” side of the spectrum comes a new ad from the NRA with a very thinly-veiled suggestion of escalation from the “right” side and a call for the police to do their job, which certainly begs the question, “Are we being groomed for massive civil unrest?” If so, the government has been preparing for it for a long time and has spared no expense.
“You never let a serious crisis go to waste.” — Rahm Emanuel
In June 2016 the government watchdog group “Open the Books” released a report that has received very little attention by the same press that is now pushing the now “growing alarm” of “left-wing violence.” This report used the “Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006” to gather information on just what the government is spending our money on, and the report should trouble every American.
Between the years 2006-2014, 67 NON-military federal agencies spent over $1.48 BILLION on guns, ammunition, and military-style equipment. $1.14 billion of that amount went to traditional law enforcement agencies; the remaining $335.1 million went to ‘Administrative’ or ‘General Agencies.’ Non-military federal spending on guns and ammo jumped from $55 million in 2006 to $112 million in 2011, an increase of 104%. These agencies cover the board including the National Park Service; Veterans Affairs; US Fish and Wildlife; US Mint; Department of Education; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and even the Smithsonian Institution. These expenditures are for such things as body armor, sniper rifles and scopes, hollow-point ammunition, drones, specialty cameras, armored vehicles and machine guns.
Even the lowly Health and Human Services got into the action with a multi-million-dollar, state-of-the-art training center that is listed on the Fentress website as: “The NTOC was conceived for the purpose of supporting healthcare law enforcement training by utilizing the most recent strategies and technology advances to prepare OIG Special Agents for the challenges of operating in the field. The NTOC was also planned for the responsibility of ensuring operational readiness by maintaining all emergency response equipment for the OIG. Additionally, the facility was intended to act as a crisis room or command post for the HHS headquarters staff… The principal components of the facility include training staff offices, weapons storage, training simulators, equipment storage, and a ‘smart classroom.’” One has to wonder why the Department of Health and Human Services has a classroom for healthcare law enforcement agents that double as a crisis room; are they expecting a crisis to come up so they can use the special training they have been giving their agents? HHS-OIG has contracted with some of the military’s top training consultant firms to train their OIG Special Agents in the tactics of domestic special operations. Costs for these special training expenditures have exceeded $1.5 million.
“We don’t have one [an inventory], but could create one for you, if important.” — IRS response to a request for an asset accounting of their gun locker
The Internal Revenue Service has spent almost $11 million on guns, ammo, body armor, and military equipment between the years 2006 and 2014. Perhaps they were practicing forward thinking to Senate Bill S.1241 – Combating Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, and Counterfeiting Act of 2017. This bill, which was introduced in May, would bring a range of digital currency services under federal scrutiny, including those that provide transaction mixing services.
S.1241 would lump cryptocurrencies, like bitcoin, to the same full disclosure requirements of a $10,000 limit as cash and gift cards to anyone crossing the border into or out of the US. Failure to do so empowers the federal government to seize all of your assets, including safe deposit boxes. The same bill authorizes banking institutions to snoop on your financial activities and allows for surveillance (including wiretapping and monitoring emails) on anyone the federal government deems “suspicious.”
Claire Bernish, an independent investigative reporter, says the bill would impose “autocratic financial controls in an attempt to ensure none of your assets can escape one of the state’s most nefarious, despised powers: civil forfeiture.”
“Civil forfeiture grants the government robbery writ large: your cash, property, and assets can be stolen completely sans due process, your guilt – frequently pertaining to drug ‘crimes’ – matters not,” Bernish says. “A court verdict of not guilty doesn’t even guarantee the return of state-thefted property.”
Perhaps this bill might also be a factor in the US Customs and Border Protection agency purchases of over $162.6 million on guns, ammo and equipment including chemical munitions, .50 caliber rifles and H & K machine-guns. The CBP number of full-time personnel with arrest-and-firearm authority increased from 36,863 in 2008 to 43,000 in 2012. One wonders if they are more intent on keeping people from leaving the US than keeping people out.
A Wall Street Journal article by Tom Coburn and Adam Andrzejewski produced an extremely troubling paragraph about the federal arms race: “The number of non-Defense Department federal officers authorized to make arrests and carry firearms (200,000) now exceeds the number of U.S. Marines (182,000). In its escalating arms and ammo stockpiling, this federal arms race is unlike anything in history. Over the last 20 years, the number of these federal officers with arrest-and-firearm authority has nearly tripled to over 200,000 today, from 74,500 in 1996.”