” In late February, four federal agents carrying side arms with a drug-sniffing dog descended on the Taos Ski Valley in what was called a “saturation patrol.”
Authorities were working on tips of possible drug selling and impaired driving in the ski resort’s parking lot and surrounding area.
But the agents weren’t from the FBI, ATF or even the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Rather, the agents represented the U.S. Forest Service.
“ It’s one of the untold stories about government,” said former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, who lives in Taos, is an avid skier and has been a leading critic of the operation that turned up only a few minor infractions. “People don’t grasp the size and the scope of these entities and their law enforcement arms.”
It may come as a surprise to many U.S. taxpayers, but a slew of federal agencies — some whose responsibilities seem to have little to do with combating crime — carry active law enforcement operations.
Here’s a partial list:
- The U.S. Department of Education
- The Bureau of Land Management (200 uniformed law enforcement rangers and 70 special agents)
- The U.S. Department of the Interior
- The U.S. Postal Inspection Service (with an armed uniformed division of 1.000)
- The National Park Service (made up of NPS protection park rangers and U.S. Park Police officers that operate independently)
- The Environmental Protection Agency (200 special agents)
- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (224 special agents)
- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
That’s right, NOAA — the folks who forecast the weather, monitor the atmosphere and keep tabs on the oceans and waterways — has its own law enforcement division. It has a budget of $65 million and consists of 191 employees, including 96 special agents and 28 enforcement officers who carry weapons.
“ There’s no question there’s been a proliferation of police units at the federal level,” said Tim Lynch, director of the Project On Criminal Justice for the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank based in Washington, D.C. “To me, it’s been a never-ending expansion, a natural progression, if you will, of these administrative agencies always asking for bigger budgets and a little bit more power.”
It’s been estimated the U.S. has some 25,000 sworn law enforcement officers in departments not traditionally associated with fighting crime. According to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, and in a tabulation compiled by the Wall Street Journal in 2011, 3,812 criminal investigators are working in areas other than the U.S. departments of Treasury, Justice, Defense and Homeland Security.”
Can someone explain to us why the Department of Education needs armed officers ? The Postal service ? NOAA ? The Bureau of Land Management ?
Above are listed just a few of the “armed” agencies of the Federal government while below is a more comprehensive but by no means exhaustive list of the separate battalions of the Federal Army …
” The following are U.S. Federal Law Enforcement Agencies. Click on the link to take you to the official agency web site.
U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations
U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
U.S. Central Intelligence Agency
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
U.S. Defense Criminal Investigative Service
Defense Intelligence Agency
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation
Federal Protective Service
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
U.S. IRS Criminal Investigations Division
U.S. Marshal Service
U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service
U.S. Postal Inspection Service
U.S. State Department Bureau of Diplomatic Security
U.S. Secret Service
OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERALS
U.S. Agency for International Development, Office of Inspector General
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Inspector General
U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Inspector General
U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Inspector General
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Inspector General
U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Inspector General
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General
U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, Office of Inspector General
U.S. Department of Interior, Office of Inspector General
U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Inspector General
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Inspector General
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Office of Inspector General
U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General
U.S. National Aeronautics & Space Administration, Office of Inspector General
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Office of Inspector General
U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Office of Inspector General
U.S. Railroad Retirement Board, Office of Inspector General
U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Inspector General
U.S. Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General
U.S. State Department, Office of Inspector General
U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General
U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Inspector General
U.S. Treasury IG for Tax Administration
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General
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You owe it to yourself to read this whole article and ponder the fact that the State at all levels is arming itself in preparation for war . But with who you might ask … It’s not for the terrorist threat as we have more to fear from law enforcement than from jihadists , no , they arm themselves to do battle with those that they rule … yes folks , you and I . That is the only way to look at this arms race among State agencies .
The moment is building to a “rulers versus the ruled” confrontation as the authorities systematically make all of us criminals in one fashion or another .
It’s time to face the facts , and they are very simple … any government that has grown to need such pervasive armed brigades of civilians to “police” the public has grown up to become a self-perpetuating Leviathan that will never stop looming as an ever-larger presence in our lives .
This amounts to the not so subtle complete and utter subversion of the Posse Comitatus Act by imposing a civilian army on the populace in place of the verboten military .
Further recommended reading on the growing Federal Army …