On Wednesday Infowars reporters were arrested and disarmed by goons from the US Fish and Wildlife Service while practicing the First Amendment on the Texas-Mexico border.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service is an active component of the federal police state. Dozens of federal agencies now have Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams and are purchasing large quantities of weapons and ammunition, including the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Education, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Railroad Retirement Board.
In his 2013 book, Rise of the Warrior Cop, Radley Balko documents this militarization trend.
“Law-enforcement agencies across the U.S., at every level of government, have been blurring the line between police officer and soldier,” he writes. “The war on drugs and, more recently, post-9/11 antiterrorism efforts have created a new figure on the U.S. scene: the warrior cop—armed to the teeth, ready to deal harshly with targeted wrongdoers, and a growing threat to familiar American liberties.”
The Department of Homeland Security has encouraged the trend by doling out grants to local law enforcement enabling them to buy surplus military hardware and organize SWAT units.
“By 2005, at least 80 percent of towns with a population between 25,000 and 50,000 people had their own SWAT team. The number of raids conducted by local police SWAT teams has gone from 3,000 a year in the 1980s to over 50,000 a year today,” explains John Fund.
In recent years, the feds have bought billions of rounds of ammunition for their heavily armed agencies. In 2015, the DHS purchased over 62 million rounds of .223 ammo used in AR-15s. Prior to this, the agency bought 1.2 billion bullets.
“Remember, DHS stands for Department of Homeland Security, and ‘homeland,’ just to be extremely clear, means the USA,” writes Diana West. “Obama must be asked against which domestic enemy he is arming nonmilitary forces. It sounds incredible, to be sure, but are we watching administration battle plans take shape against American citizens on the streets of Your Town, USA?”
Since at least 2001, the US Department of Education has built a massive arsenal of guns purchased through steep discounts orchestrated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the US Capitol Police, Kit Daniels reported in October 2013. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration bought 72,000 rounds of .40 Smith & Wesson and the National Weather Service made a solicitation for 46,000 rounds of .40 caliber jacketed hollow point ammunition. Other agencies, including the Social Security Administration, have bought up huge numbers of weapons and ammunition.
As Infowars discovered this week in southern Texas, the US Fish and Wildlife Service is using its firepower and recently acquired military prowess to deny Americans their rights guaranteed under the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
Such behavior is the hallmark of a police state.
Obviously, the Obama administration does not want the American people to know what is happening along the border and that’s why only Infowars and a few other alternative media outlets are covering what CNN, MSNBC and the rest of the script-reading corporate media refuse to cover.