The Federal Government And War With The American People

BY Herschel Smith
6 months ago

Every time a new contract is issued for weapons and ammunition, the typical cacophony of comments follow.  Those who think that the FedGov has too many guns and too much ammunition weigh in, and invariably (perhaps some of them are trolls or paid commenters?) some people weigh in with support.

Terrorism.  Bad people.  Every agent with a gun needs range rounds and personal defense (PD) ammunition (JHP or whatever).  Think of how many rounds you shoot per year, and multiply that times the number of agents, blah, blah, blah.

The commenters yammer and yak and go on about how we need to support law enforcement, not understanding the deeper meaning of things.  That was true of the recently released contract on behalf of the DHS.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently awarded Federal Premium a major ammunition contract. Starting delivery in 2018, the contract provides for up to 180 million rounds of .40-cal. Tactical HST duty ammunition to multiple Department of Homeland Security law enforcement components and other federal agencies for up to five years. This contract will provide the organization’s agents and officers with .40 cal. duty and training ammunition.

“Law enforcement and federal agencies put it all on the line for our safety and freedoms,” said Mike Holm, said product director at Federal Premium.” They should expect nothing less from their ammunition.”

Notice the sleight of hand?  “Multiple Department of Homeland Security law enforcement components and other federal agencies.”  While wrapped in a patriotic cloak of border security, this contract so hidden as to its real import that you have no idea what’s in it or who receives the ammunition or for what purpose.

I suspect various commenters will come to the rescue of the FedGov on this one as well (I’ve seen it every time something like this is announced), but the fact remains that 180 million rounds is a lot of PD ammunition.  Note: this isn’t range ammo – it’s duty ammo.  I have faced the usual suspects before, like “Well, the FedGov has to protect the American nuclear facilities.”

No, I reply, go back and try again.  Commercial nuclear power plants owned by utilities in America must provide their own security, and sometimes they are utility employees, while sometimes they are contract workers.  But always, the FedGov has nothing whatsoever to do with it.

Next up, “Well, FedGov must supply security for our nuclear weapons facilities.”  No, try again, I reply.  The real shooting in any incident effecting our nuclear weapons facilities will be done by Marine Corps FAST teams, and if you’re stupid enough to perpetrate an incident against such a target, you’re likely to be staring down the barrel of a Mark 19, operated by men who, as the Gunny would say, are “Ministers of death, praying for war,” and just waiting on someone like you.  I know some of them (or at one time I did).

Finally, the commenters always mention our national laboratories, and I’ve visited multiple labs on multiple occasions.  Most of the security is done by contract employees, and doesn’t get counted in any of the weapons or ammo purchases made by FedGov.

It is against this backdrop that this insightful report must be read.

In the aftermath of the Orlando terrorist attack, many Washington politicians tried to shift the conversation to the Second Amendment and called for an assault weapons bans. But former U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, our Honorary Chairman, had another idea. In this interview on CNBC, Coburn said we should improve our system of background checks, but said it was IRS officials and non-military federal personnel who should be subject to an assault weapons ban, not the general public.

This week, our organization at OpenTheBooks.com released our findings in an editorial at The Wall Street Journal that quantified the growing federal arsenal. The number of non-military federal officers with arrest and firearm authority (200,000+) now exceeds the number of U.S. Marines (182,000). Spending on guns, ammo and military-style equipment at 67 federal agencies – including 53 regulatory, administrative agencies amounted to $1.48 billion between 2006-2014.

The IRS gun-locker is an example  of this growing federal firepower. Nearly $11 million was spent on guns, ammo and military-style equipment for 2,316 ‘special agents’ during this period. The IRS stockpile includes pump-action and semi-automatic shotguns with buckshot and slugs; and semi-automatic AR-15 rifles (S&W M&P 15) and military-style H&K 416 rifles. (See the OpenTheBooks Oversight Report – The Militarization of America.)

The recent growth of the federal arsenal begs the questions: Just who are the feds planning to battle?

In 1996, the Bureau of Justice Statistics officially counted 74,500 federal officers who had arrest and firearm authority. By 2008, the Bureau quantified over 120,000 such officers. Newly updated counts were supposed to publish by this July but the Bureau now admits that over 80% of federal agencies ignored or stonewalled responses to their latest survey. What are they trying to hide?

Even though our organization at OpenTheBooks.com estimated the number of non-Department of Defense federal officers at 200,000+, the current number of non-military federal officers and security personnel could be much larger. Here’s why:

  • The feds refuse to disclose the number of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers, claiming a national security exception.
  • The growth of officers within the 53 administrative, regulatory agencies since 2008 is uncertain. Our officer count estimate used a no-growth figure of 30,000 – the same count as in 2008.
  • Likewise, the count within the Department of Homeland Security is unclear. We found conflicting sources citing figures at 70,000 and 63,000. We used the more conservative figure for our analysis.

At Health and Human Services (HHS), it’s also unclear just how many ‘special agents’ are currently employed. Yet, research uncovered a multi-million-dollar program for HHS ‘Office of Inspector General Special Agents’ that used a sophisticated military-style weapons platform with Special Forces contractors training the agents on domestic special operations.

Today, HHS is operating from a brand new “National Training Operations Center” within the Washington, D.C. area they describe as “an operational readiness, emergency response, crisis room and command post for HHS headquarters and staff.” That’s serious business for an agency supposedly preoccupied with “health” matters.

The author, 

So if America’s founders would be disappointed in the United States today, how much of that disappointment, if any, might be directed at the military and what has come to be known as national security affairs? It is a question especially worthy of our attention, since the American people have repeatedly said in polls that, of society’s major institutions, the military is the one they most trust.

Let us start with the Preamble to the Constitution. Whatever the framers’ intent, however aspirational the wording, and notwithstanding the fact that national security wasn’t part of the vernacular of the day, the Preamble stands as America’s enduring security credo.

Its importance is essentially threefold. It lists providing for the common defense (in lower-case letters) as merely one — not the first, not the most important — of the national aims the governing apparatus called for by the Constitution seeks to achieve. Semantically, it captures the normative essence of military affairs as self-defense (not aggression, not power projection). And it thereby implicitly cautions against purchasing defense at the expense of these other strategic priorities — national unity, justice, domestic tranquility, the general welfare, liberty.

[ … ]

Madison famously provided one of the most powerful statements ever on war:

“Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force, of the people. The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war, and in the degeneracy of manners and of morals engendered by both. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.”

Today, we live in a state of constant, potentially endless war — always, without exception, undeclared; invariably by choice (rhetorically disguised as necessity); frequently in secret (to increase the license to act, while minimizing oversight and accountability); often labeled war (to engender fear and urgency), but just as often labeled something other than war (for reasons of expediency, convenience and legal circumvention); initiated and prosecuted by a now permanently imperial presidency, largely devoid of congressional consultation and consent before the fact, sometimes even with minimal congressional notification after the fact.

Such concentration of executive power, such abrogation of legislative authority and responsibility, such marginalization of popular consent would seem to be the ingredients of tyrannical government the founders said the people had the right and the duty to overthrow.

It’s instructive and expedient to understand the FedGov and its actions under 3P’s: [1] Protect, [2] Perpetuate, and [3] Promote.  It isn’t by accident that the FedGov wants a disarmed population and continually presses gun control (supported all the way by the court system up to and including the SCOTUS).  A disarmed population is a corollary and a couple to government control and subjugation of the people.  An armed population cannot be subjugated – and thus the population must be disarmed.  It all works together, and without each part none of it works.

But in America that’s difficult, so one answer to the difficulty is to arm the FedGov better and with more.  Note well that the rulership has created a caste system of peasants who will protect the FedGov because it’s their livelihood.  Too old and not in good enough shape to join the military, and not desirous of the decrease in income, there is nothing much else a gun toting agent can do except work for the government.  Family support is a strong motivator, and provision for wife and children can cause all sorts of word twisting and reinterpretation of oaths and vows.  The job of this peasant class is to keep the other peasants in check.  It is to protect the rulership.

The rulership by its very nature perpetuates itself by patronage and largesse to its families, friends and allies.  This is the value of high taxation and federal ownership of land.  Finally, promotion of the FedGov and rulership occurs via the public education system where willing subjects are molded, and also through the MSM where willing “journalists” parrot talking points.

There are those who say that the constitution contained in it the seeds of this despair and destruction.  And there are those who say that we need a new constitution because the last one failed.  While I am no defender of the notion that the constitution was infallible or perfect, I don’t subscribe to this being the ailment or the proposed remedy.

If I’ve tried to teach anything in these last years, it’s that men are to blame.  The constitution is a covenant, or agreement with the appurtenant blessings and cursings for obedience and disobedience, respectively.  It is nothing more, and nothing less.  We don’t get rights to ownership of weapons from the second amendment – we get them from the very fountain of rights, the Almighty Himself.

But America has broken covenant with the Almighty.  After this, everything else is duck soup.  It’s easy to break covenant with men when you have no fear of God.  Blaming the constitution for the malfeasance of men is like blaming the marriage covenant for an adulterous spouse, and demanding a new marriage covenant because the last one let your spouse engage in infidelity is demanding more of the same and expecting a promise to mean something to an adulterer.

To answer the question posed by the author, “Just who are the feds planning to battle?,” the answer is that the answer is crystal clear for those who would see it.

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  1. On March 27, 2018 at 10:39 pm, Georgiaboy61 said:

    Re: “If I’ve tried to teach anything in these last years, it’s that men are to blame. The constitution is a covenant, or agreement with the appurtenant blessings and cursings for obedience and disobedience, respectively. It is nothing more, and nothing less…. / / …But America has broken covenant with the Almighty. After this, everything else is duck soup. It’s easy to break covenant with men when you have no fear of God. Blaming the constitution for the malfeasance of men is like blaming the marriage covenant for an adulterous spouse…”

    Long ago, a wise man had this to say upon the subject:

    “I often wonder whether we do not rest our hopes too much upon constitutions, upon law and upon courts. These are false hopes, believe me, these are false hopes. Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women;
    when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it; no constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it. While it lies there it needs no constitution, no law, no courts to save it.”

    Judge Learned Hand

  2. On March 28, 2018 at 8:37 am, Fred said:

    Here is the earliest recorded warning against a standing army. There is no good in a standing army seeing as its purpose is to extinguish the precious gift of life given by our LORD. Self defense is one thing, and the LORD richly rewarded Abram for sacking the kingdoms in self defense but ‘numbering the people’ (counting and preparing an army) with only an imagined threat? This is sin. This displeases God.

    “And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel. And David said to Joab and to the rulers of the people, Go, number Israel from Beer-sheba even to Dan; and bring the number of them to me, that I may know it. And Joab answered, The Lord make his people an hundred times so many more as they be: but, my lord the king, are they not all my lord’s servants? why then doth my lord require this thing? why will he be a cause of trespass to Israel? Nevertheless the king’s word prevailed against Joab. Wherefore Joab departed, and went throughout all Israel, and came to Jerusalem. And Joab gave the sum of the number of the people unto David. And all they of Israel were a thousand thousand and an hundred thousand men that drew sword: and Judah was four hundred threescore and ten thousand men that drew sword. But Levi and Benjamin counted he not among them: for the king’s word was abominable to Joab. And God was displeased with this thing; therefore he smote Israel.”

    The many tenants of the constitution are taken from the bible, from our (former) knowledge of what blesses a nation and what curses it. The constitution wasn’t created as an abstraction by some think tank. Those men knew the bible. A people who don’t know God can’t hold together a nation with such a covenant as was given to us. Evil hates you and your family. It wants you out of communion with our LORD and it wants you dead.

    So this is simply one more reason why everybody from Wall Street types to suburban moms to career preppers to government agencies knows, deep down, that something is desperately wrong and that a terrible thing comes our way. But they can’t quite put their finger on it because they don’t know God and they don’t know the God of the Holy Bible. You are being warned, God is screaming at us to repent but we can’t hear Him because we don’t know Him.

    Here is your king numbering the people:

    https://youtu.be/Tt2yGzHfy7s

    Ps. There are 60 million dead babies and counting…tick tock…

  3. On March 28, 2018 at 11:47 am, Chris Mallory said:

    Fred,
    Even before the account of David, God warned against Kings because they would lead to a standing army.

    1 Samuel 8
    11 And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots.

    12 And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots.

    13 And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers.

    14 And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants.

    15 And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants.

    16 And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work.

    17 He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants.

  4. On March 28, 2018 at 7:36 pm, George said:

    I am a retired ICE officer. Prior to working for ICE I worked as a Border Patrol Agent. When I first joined, the BP issued duty ammo and we used practice ammo for qualifications. Somewhere around the later 90s or so the Agency stopped using practice ammo for qualifications and used duty ammo for all training and qualifications. I think this was the result of negotiations with the union. When I went to work for ICE it was the same. I guess it was felt training should be done with ammo that recoiled the same instead of lower powered training ammo. I am not sure that is a valid reason but that is what I was told.

  5. On March 29, 2018 at 12:44 am, Georgiaboy61 said:

    Regarding the massive ammunition purchases by the federal government, it should be borne in mind that the Obama regime engaged in open-and-notorious flouting of the law in Operation Fast and Furious (Operation Gun Walker) and again in the Benghazi fiasco.

    In other words, the federal government – headed by Obama and acting under his orders – engaged in the illegal trafficking of arms internationally, not once but twice. First, across our shared border with Mexico, our southern neighbor and a sovereign state in her own right – and then when that operation didn’t blow up in their faces – Obama and company took their show on the road to Libya and ran arms from the late Colonel Gaddafi’s arms warehouses to ISIS jihadists in Syria.

    Given that Obama and company ran arms like the common criminals that they are, it is no leap of imagination whatsoever to believe that they have been doing the same on U.S. soil, i.e., funneling arms and ammunition – bought under federal prevue and with U.S. tax dollars – to their allies, from Antifa to the New Black Panther Party to Islamic sleeper cells in this country to the black power street gangs down in the ‘hood.

    In other words, that the feds have purchased a large stockpile of ammunition for “training purposes” ends up being the least-bad scenario.

  6. On March 29, 2018 at 1:05 am, Tom said:

    First pizzagate then civil war. The days of Gibeah (Judges 19,20)

    a bibleater

  7. On March 29, 2018 at 1:25 am, DAN III said:

    While fedgov continues it’s mission of imperialism and globalism, expending blood and treasure against undeclared enemies the world over, the real enemies of this once great nation, are our fellow citizens. Specifically, those citizens one calls “government”.

    I had my awakening to the tyranny of those one calls “government” nearly 10 years ago. Courtesy of the law-breakers of local, countygov and the tyranny of the fedgov “justus” system. Since then I have had the epiphany that there exists no good government in fUSA. I am not mistaken.

    In my mind there will be only ONE solution to the continuing growth of tyranny at the hands of Amerikans one calls “government”. That is the eradication, through organized violence, of those very same scoundrels who are preparing to perpetrate violence upon those of us who will not comply.

    Until Patriots decide to dedicate themselves to the organizing of like-minded citizens in violent opposition to the elected villians (Dem & Repub alike), appointed .gov scoundrels and the badged thug Law ENFORCERS, the encroachment by them upon the remaining Freedoms and Liberty will only accelerate.

    It is less than three weeks to the anniversary of the “Shot Heard ‘Round The World”, 19 April 1775. It is Patriot’s Day. Do not forget it. For once again, lovers of Freedom & Liberty are going to have to make the same decisions made by our forefathers at Lexington Green and Concord Bridge on that momentous day.

    History repeats itself.

    What are you, I, we….prepared to do ?

  8. On March 29, 2018 at 4:41 am, Ray said:

    Before we go any further with the religiosity and Obama bashing I would like to point out that since the late 1950’s the US . UNDER EVERY PRESIDENT AND CONGRESS, has engaged in widespread smuggling of guns and ammunition. As well as drugs, and murder.(this being the LEAST of their sins) Further since the murder of JFK in 1963 every US president and vice president have earned more that 5 million dollars a year in REPORTED income from a job that has historically paid 300 thousand a year or less and have retired as VERY wealthy men. The American government is a MAFIA. A professional criminal enterprize that has ALWAYS smuggled guns, drugs, and slaves for the benefit of those in power. If you believe that there was ever a time that our government wasn’t just as corrupt and murderous as it is right now. Then you lack a basic grasp of both history and reality.

  9. On March 29, 2018 at 5:33 pm, Doug said:

    Do they really think all that ammo and all those weapons are going to stay in their hands if serious trouble starts?

    How many of their people are “our” people?

  10. On April 22, 2018 at 9:05 am, G said:

    Doug would be correct..

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