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An Armed and Dangerous Bureaucracy

While President Obama is trying to disarm our military and our citizenry, his bureaucracy is arming up. There have been dozens of incidents of heavily armed agents from non-law-enforcement agencies sending in armed agents to harass American citizens.

In this article, Rob Nikolewski, documents the extent to which the bureaucracy is engaging in active law enforcement.

In 2010, the Department of Education defended its purchase of 27 12-gauge shotguns to replace old firearms used by its Office of Inspector General, the law enforcement arm of the department. DoE said the guns were necessary to help combat “waste, fraud, abuse, and other criminal activity involving Federal education funds, programs and operations.”

A year later, DoE Office of Inspector General special agents raided a California home at 6 a.m. to apprehend a man the department said was involved in criminal activity. DoE officials did not say why the raid was conducted, releasing a statement that said, “the office conducts raids on issues such as bribery, fraud, and embezzlement of federal student aid funds.”


One must ask if such a department is even necessary in America, where powers not granted to the federal government by the Constitution are the inherent domain of the States and the citizens themselves.

This article, written after an EPA riad on an Alaska mining village spells out the problem.

The other federal agencies participating in the operation were 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 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.

We’ve all seen just how much we can trust the Bureau of Land Management with their stock pile of weapons in Nevada, where apparently they do the bidding of Harry Ried.

And who can forget the mother of all bureaucratic nightmares, the death of 4 ATF agents and 76 men, women, and children of the Branch Davidians? Is a nation that requires such a powerfully armed bureaucracy free? Are these departments and agencies necessary to the governance of the United States? Every state has its own environmental agencies, making the federal EPA redundant and unnecessary.  Eduction would make much more sense being a function of the States and even more sense as a function of communities. Instead, we have an armed department of education operating under the direction of the President of the United States. This culture of federal command and control has gone too far.

How about the IRS? Remember their raid on Gibson Guitar? It makes far more sense to employ a cut and dry flat tax, or the Fair Tax, then employ thousands of bureaucrats and armed federal agents at the IRS. Why do the American people put up with this?

High taxes and staggering debt plague our economy; and here sits a federal bureaucracy without Constitutional justification, mired in political corruption, abuse of power, and inordinate levels of expense. Real reform in this country should begin with dismantling the EPA, IRS, Department of Education, the Bureau of Land Management, and the selling of half of all federally owned land. We could in one fell swoop, dramatically improve our economy, recapture our liberty, empower our local governments, and destroy the establishments stronghold on the command and control structures they use to barter influence with Big Business in America.

I am not concerned with the jobs that will be lost. These are jobs that cost more to tax payers than they deliver in services, and therefore can only be considered to be a net gain for the nation as a whole.

Our Congress appears to be impotent. Republican Chairmen are writing letters to the EPA, instead of reforming the EPA. Writing a letter isn’t taking action. The House of Representatives controls the federal purse. If they don’t like what the EPA is doing, then they ought to defund or disband it. Why are we still accepting the inevitability of these dangerous federal agencies?

About Steven Brodie Tucker

Graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Also studied economics and political science at George Mason.

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