Over 70 federal agencies have armed divisions, arrest authority over citizens

9/15/13. Over 70 federal agencies have armed divisions, arrest authority over citizens. Timothy Whiteman, examiner.com

“Few would argue certain non-military agencies would require armed officers with arrest authority, such as the U.S. Marshals. But other governmental entities such as the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, the Library of Congress and the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board employing armed officers have more than a few asking why the federal government has employed roughly 120,000 armed law enforcement officers, as reported by Fox News on Sept. 14, 2013.

In the wake of a dizzying alphabet soup of governmental agencies ordering heavily armed and body armored-clad officers descending on greater metropolitan Chicken, Alaska (population 17) for a possible violation of The Clean Water Act, it has been brought to light that well over seventy different non-Department of Defense federal agencies have armed divisions, all of them with arrest powers over American citizens,

Alaskan elected officials are demanding answers as to why it members of the federal government’s Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Criminal Investigation Division as well as the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Office of Law Enforcement & Security, working in conjunction with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation’s (ADEC) Environmental Crimes Unit to conduct a raid on a legally operated gold mine that was suspected of fouling the water.

Despite no violations found nor arrests made, the only response Alaskan lawmakers received from the EPA was a statement which stated in part:

Environmental law enforcement, like other forms of law enforcement, always involves the potential for physical, even armed, confrontation.

In the meantime, Fox News cited a recent Department of Justice (DoJ) report which cited a full 73 federal agencies who employ full-time armed officers.

The number of individual agencies pistol packing police range from the chart topping U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency with 36,863 armed officers to the least on the list, the Library of Congress and their two full-time FLEOs (Federal Law Enforcement Officers).

Per the DoJ report, the following federal entities maintain armed divisions:

Federal agencies employing 250 or more full-time personnel with arrest and firearm authority

  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • U.S. Secret Service
  • Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts
  • Drug Enforcement Administration
  • U.S. Marshals Service
  • Veterans Health Administration
  • Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
  • U.S. Postal Inspection Service
  • U.S. Capitol Police
  • National Park Service – Rangers
  • Bureau of Diplomatic Security
  • Pentagon Force Protection Agency
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • National Park Service – U.S. Park Police
  • National Nuclear Security Administration
  • U.S. Mint Police
  • Amtrak Police
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Bureau of Land Management

Federal agencies employing fewer than 250 full-time personnel with arrest and firearm authority

  • Bureau of Engraving and Printing
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Federal Reserve Board
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Bureau of Industry and Security
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Library of Congress
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Government Printing Office
  • National Institute of Standards & Technology
  • Smithsonian National Zoological Park
  • Bureau of Reclamation

Offices of inspectors general employing full-time personnel with arrest and firearm authority

  • U.S. Postal Service
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of the Treasury, Tax Administration
  • Social Security Administration
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Labor
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of Transportation
  • Department of Education
  • General Services Administration
  • Department of the Interior
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Department of Energy
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • Small Business Administration
  • Department of State
  • Office of Personnel Management
  • Department of the Treasury
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Department of Commerce
  • U.S. Railroad Retirement Board
  • Agency for International Development
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • Corporation for National and Community Service
  • National Science Foundation
  • National Archives and Records Administration
  • Government Printing Office
  • Library of Congress

The left-of-center news portal POLITICO reported on June 12, 2013 that the chairman of the House Homeland Security oversight subcommittee, Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) toured a federal law enforcement facility in late May and noticed agents training with the version of the military’s M16A2 rifle, the AR-15 at a firing range.

According to Rep. Duncan, they identified themselves as IRS agents.

“When I left there, it’s been bugging me for weeks now, why IRS agents are training with a semi-automatic rifle AR-15, which has stand-off capability,” Duncan told POLITICO. “Are Americans that much of a target that you need that kind of capability?”

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6 Responses to Over 70 federal agencies have armed divisions, arrest authority over citizens

  1. Oh boy! Here we go! Not good!

  2. kristiann1 says:

    Omgosh this is Scary!!! Not Good for the USA! WE NEED TO PROTECT our Rights in the Constitution and Bill of Rights against this now! We are Loosing our Free Speech and Right to Carry Guns! Guns Don’t Kill People, People Kill People!!! I own a gun and I will not give it up!! God Please Bless the USA again! We Need Lord Jesus, Come Soon!!

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