"Spending money this way is beyond absurd well into perverse. According to the AP story a DHS spokesperson justifies this acquisition to “help the government get a low price for a big purchase.” Peggy Dixon, spokeswoman for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center: “The training center and others like it run by the Homeland Security Department use as many as 15 million rounds every year, mostly on shooting ranges and in training exercises.”
At 15 million rounds (which, in itself, is pretty extraordinary and sounds more like fun target-shooting-at-taxpayer-expense than a sensible training exercise) … that’s a stockpile that would last DHS over a century. To claim that it’s to “get a low price” for a ridiculously wasteful amount is an argument that could only fool a career civil servant."
So, there that is.
“The training center and others like it run by the Homeland Security Department use as many as 15 million rounds every year, mostly on shooting ranges and in training exercises.”
There are actually 200,000 employees of the DHS, although only about 25% of them would be active, firearms-qualified federal officers.
Four years ago this month—on July 2nd, 2008—Obama delivered a speech in Boulder, Colorado in which he promised the creation and establishment of a “Civilian National Security Force.” He further promised it would be “just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded as the US Military.”....
As has been reported, the Department of Homeland Security has been buying large amounts of ammunition over the last year, along with 7,000 fully automatic assault rifles. The total amount of ammo purchased come to a little over 2 billion.
While the typical explanation for the purchases is that the rounds are for training, the unusually large amount, coupled with the rounds being hollow points, which are not typically used for target shooting, many remain suspicious of the department's stockpiling of ammo.
Shortly after attention began to be drawn to the purchases, the DHS blacked out information on a solicitation. Blacking out information on a government document is illegal without permission of Congress or for national security reasons.
It now appears as though the DHS has once again censored information on a solicitation. Paul Joseph Watson reported on Friday that the DHS has blacked out information on a solicitation for a five year, $1.5 million no-bid contract with firearms company Remington for firearms replacement parts.
Citing an "unusual and compelling urgency" due to the ongoing ammunition shortage throughout the country that might cause "substantial safety issues for the government," the DHS blacked out information in four sections of the solicitation. The first is the list of how much money will be paid to Remington per year; the second is how many firearms the DHS will be purchasing; the third is how the firearms will be distributed throughout the country; the fourth, Watson writes, "pertains to the government's reluctance to purchase a 'complete firearms replacement system,' instead of using Remington firearms."
Speculation abounds as to why the DHS has ordered so many rounds, with the main belief being that the department is preparing for civil unrest. According to one source, the DHS is expecting this unrest to occur this summer.
To add to the speculation, the department recently purchased "No More Hesitation" paper targets depicting typical Americans with guns, including a pregnant woman, a young mother with her child, a young boy and an old man in his home
In addition to stockpiling over a billion bullets and thousands of semiautomatic weapons the feds would deny U.S. citizens, the vehicle of choice for fighting the counterinsurgency war in Iraq is appearing on U.S. streets.
The sequestration question du jour is why the Department of Homeland Security, busy releasing hundreds, if not thousands, of deportable and detained illegal aliens due to budget constraints, is buying several thousand Mine Resistant Armored Protection (MRAP) vehicles?
And just who are they intended to be used against?
This acquisition comes on top of the recent news of the stockpiling by DHS of more than 1.6 billion (with a 'b') bullets of various calibers, enough by one calculation to fight the equivalent of a 24-year Iraq War, and the ordering of some 7,000 5.56x45mm NATO "personal defense weapons" (PDW) — also known as "assault weapons" when owned by civilians.
Additionally, DHS is asking for 30 round magazines that "have a capacity to hold thirty (30) 5.56x45mm NATO rounds."
The Department of Homeland Security (through the U.S. Army Forces Command) recently retrofitted 2,717 of these MRAP vehicles for service on the streets of the U.S. They were formerly used for counterinsurgency in Iraq.
These vehicles are specifically designed to resist mines and ambush attacks. They use bulletproof windows and are designed to withstand small-arms fire, including smaller-caliber rifles such as a .223 Remington. Does DHS expect a counterinsurgency here?
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But despite recent reports, they have actually been in service since at least 2008.
"The MRAPs we have are not new," Ross Feinstein, a spokesman for DHS, told Business Insider. "We have been using them for years."
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/homeland-security-serving-warrants-mrap-2013-3#ixzz2P29Yeo00
The conclusion that the 2,717 Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles are for the Department of Homeland Security is false. Instead, they are part of a contract award to the US Navy and will be subsequently used by the United States Marine Corps.