Recently I ran across an article that linked a report titled “The Militarization of America”. It’s basically an oversight study from an organization called “Open the Books”, a government watchdog group. For this short article, I’m going to provides some highlights and pass on the link for your reading pleasure. For a few years now, SUFA has discussed the issue of ammo purchases, to much speculation as to the purchases legitimacy. Once and for all, it’s time to put the speculation to rest and end the conspiracy theory. This report also shows more irresponsible spending in Washington D.C.
In The Crosshairs
June 28, 2016 by
KEY FINDINGS (FY2006-FY2014)
1. Sixty-seven non-military federal agencies spent $1.48 billion
on guns, ammunition, and military-style equipment.
2. Of that total amount, ‘Traditional Law Enforcement’ Agencies spent
77 percent ($1.14 billion) while ‘Administrative’ or ‘General’ Agencies spent
23 percent ($335.1 million).
3. Non-military federal spending on guns and ammunition jumped
104 percent from $55 million (FY2006) to $112 million (FY2011).
4. Nearly 6 percent ($42 million) of all federal guns and ammunition purchase transactions were wrongly coded. Some purchases were actually for ping-pong balls, gym equipment, bread, copiers, cotton balls, or cable television including a line item from the Coast Guard entered as “Cable Dude”.
5. Administrative agencies including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Small Business Administration (SBA), Smithsonian Institution, Social Security Administration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, United States Mint, Department of Education, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, National Institute of Standards
and Technology, and many other agencies purchased guns, ammo, and military-style equipment.
6. Since 2004, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) purchased 1.7 billion bullets including 453 million hollow-point bullets. As of 1/1/2014, DHS estimated its bullet inventory-reserve at 22-months, or 160 million rounds.
7.Between 1998 and 2008 (the most recent comprehensive data available) the number of law enforcement officers employed by federal agencies increased nearly 50 percent from 83,000 (1998) to 120,000 (2008). However, Department of Justice officer count increased from 40,000 (2008) to 69,000 (2013) and Department of Homeland Security officer count increased from 55,000 (2008) to 70,000 (2013).
8. The Internal Revenue Service, with its 2,316 special agents, spent nearly $11 million
on guns, ammunition and military-style equipment.
9. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) spent $3.1 million on guns, ammunition and military-style equipment. The EPA has spent $715 million on its ‘Criminal Enforcement Division’ from FY2005 to present even as the agency has come under fire for failing to perform its basic functions.
10. Federal agencies spent $313,958 on paintball equipment, along with $14.7 million
on Tasers, $1.6 million on unmanned aircraft, $8.2 million on buckshot, $7.44 million
on projectiles, and $4 million on grenades/launchers.
11. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) spent $11.66 million including more than
$200,000 on ‘night vision equipment,’ $2.3 million on ‘armor – personal,’ more than
$2 million on guns, and $3.6 million on ammunition. Veterans Affairs has 3,700 law enforcement officers guarding and securing VA medical centers.
12. The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service spent $4.77 million purchasing shotguns, .308 caliber rifles, night vision goggles, propane cannons, liquid explosives, pyro supplies, buckshot, LP gas cannons, drones, remote controlled helicopters, thermal cameras, military waterproof thermal infrared scopes, and more.
This is a very detailed report and quite telling. Should we all not be concerned that we now have more Civilian Federal LEO types than we have US Marines?