The report “The Militarization of America” examines government expenditures by 67 federal agencies between 2006 and 2014 and found that they spent $1.48 billion stockpiling guns, ammunition and other military-style equipment.

“The recent growth of the federal arsenal begs the questions: Just who are the feds planning to battle?” American Tranparency’s Adam Andrzejewski, the author of the report, recently wrote in Forbes.

The report states that “administrative agencies including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Small Business Administration (SBA), Smithsonian Institution, Social Security Administration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, United States Mint, Department of Education, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and many other agencies purchased guns, ammo, and military-style equipment.”
-Jeffery in Alabama

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  1. Winston Smith says:

    I think too many folks get unnecessarily upset at the thought of the goobermint tards stockpiling guns N ammo. I mean, the militia/III/whatever has to get its resupply from Somewhere, doesn’t it?

  2. Elmo says:

    I have a question-
    Between 2006 and 2014, how much did law abiding American citizens spend ‘stockpiling guns, ammunition and other military-style equipment’?

    TPTB need to cogitate on that one.

  3. Boots says:

    Well Elmo and Winston;

    The public may well have more ammo and guns than those gubmint agencies but what the public doesn’t have is TO&E that resemble that of the entire U.S. military.

    And that’s where these agencies, combined or alone, have it all over the 80 – 100 million gun owners who own maybe 300 million AR15/AR10’s, plus M1A’s, M1’s, and 300 million NFA registered items between them.

    Any gubmint terrorist individual or group unit pinned down by any civilian unit, large or small, can call in choppers, armor, belt fed .50’s, gas, dogs, and if the current POS president, Mullah Obama, gets his way, the U.S. military will be called in to fight a domestic threat to the Constitution. The same Constitution that POS Obama has been wiping his ass with since he was pushed to the Illinois Senate in 2004 by billionaire Arabs who’d groomed him for the presidency since Frank Marshall Davis had his way with young Obama.

    The arming of these agencies would’ve been a serious red flag to the Congress of the 60s and earlier, even maybe the 70s. However, today’s spineless men and women who’ve lied their way into office are trough sucking pigs without the guts to ask these agencies what the fuck are they doing, and mean it.

    Like Trey Gowdy’s “tough questioning” of Hillary on Benghazi, that lead to no “tough kicks in the teeth”, that is no consequences to her being an accomplice to the murder of 4 Americans, no Congress person will have the guts to demand these agencies stand down, demilitarize, and turn in their weapons, ancilliary items (NVG’s, body armor, flash bangs, etc). Even if one did, and proposed a bill to disarm these agencies, there’s not enough real men or women in Congress to pass the law.

    My assessment is we lost the war a long time ago when we didn’t take to the streets in millions and present a frightening spectacle of what we’d do if Congress kept stripping us of our rights and kept militarizing itself into another Stalinist Russia, Nazi Germany, North Korea, etc.

    • lineman says:

      So Boots I can’t figure out if your a troll sent by the gov. to demoralize us into not do anything since your generation failed to do anything or your a guy who’s a Patriot that has just been beaten down…Still pondering on it but leaning towards your a gov agent since you don’t provide a solution other than to say the war is lost bend over and kiss your ass goodbye…

      • MM says:

        So what say you Kommander Keyboard?

        I’ve been saying for years that I believe the Republicans we think we see on the floors of Congress are in fact mannequins. They sure as fuck haven’t done much to stop Obama/Jarrett the past 7 years even when we gave them the majority.

        I think Boots has a better grip on reality then you do pal.

        • SemperFi, 0321 says:

          Lineman still thinks he’s a tough guy, a 1 man army who can’t stand any negative comments about the preparedness of his great N. Idaho/MT redoubt militia groups.
          You nailed it with the fact that FedGov can call in more hardware in 1 hour than all the militia groups combined, never mind we have 300 million guns in the hands of civilians who mostly haven’t the backbone to use them. It has nothing to do with being beaten down, but rather seeing the reality of the situation.
          Malheur was a joke, the feds could have leveled that place in 30 seconds, and nobody would have walked away. Same goes for the next bunch that gets uppity. We blew our chance yrs ago, but even today the masses still can’t understand there’s a threat.

          • Boots says:


            I think the chances were being blown before you and I appeared on the scene.

            The last time Americans disagreed with their government they sought to invoke the legal clauses which guaranteed they could leave the Union at their own volition.

            Lincoln decided those states couldn’t exercise the legal clauses to their Union membership documents and the Civil War was on.

            Scholars, not schmucks like me, have said if Sumter wasn’t fired on by the South, there’d have been no war. I dunno. All I know is the last time Americans went to war with the Federal government, they lost and the North made post-war life hell for the losers.

            Then there’s this bit of discouraging information. I haven’t finished the Introduction. Still stuck on what to make of the govt making laws against getting rid of the govt. Hell, the fucking govt wouldn’t be here if the Founders didn’t get rid of the last batch of mofos that ran roughshod over the people.

            These are the charges and terms Ammon Bundy and the Malheur folks might be looking at. And these charges are why one doesn’t think in terms of a single battle when a war is required. You better be damned sure you’re gonna win or come out ahead, or else you’ll be doing a long stint at the CO supermax along with Teddy K.


            The Right to Alter or Abolish the Government:
            God Makes Nations, Men Make Governments

            Next: Government Is the Mere Agent of the People


            If I were to tell you without qualification that the American people have a God-given right to alter or abolish the U.S. government or any state government and to replace them with something new, how would that strike you? Would you reject the idea because it is only me who is saying it? Does the idea seem too radical, or too extreme? Would it make a difference if you realized that without this type of radical extremist thinking, there wouldn’t be a United States of America at all? Let’s put it into context:

            We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are … endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…. That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men…. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. … Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the Forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. Declaration of Independence (1776).

            Still think the idea of a right to alter or abolish any of our present governments is too radical or extreme? Well, some people certainly think so, and they’ve taken steps to make sure nothing like what happened in the American Revolution ever happens again. First, they have taken pains to discredit the Declaration and to restrict the way it is taught in government approved curricula and government sponsored schools (including universities). Second, they have enacted statutes to strongly discourage any “throwing off” of the government, to wit:

            Rebellion or insurrection. Whoever incites, sets on foot, assists, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States or the laws thereof … shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both…. 18 U.S.C. §2383.

            Seditious conspiracy. If two or more persons … in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, … they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both. 18 U.S.C. §2384.

            Advocating overthrow of Government. Whoever knowingly or willfully advocates, abets, advises, or teaches the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying the government of the United States or the government of any State … by force or violence, * * * Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both…. 18 U.S.C. §2385.

            Just let the above words sink in for a moment. First we have a quotation from the founding document of our nation, beloved and cherished by Americans for well over 200 years, to the effect that people have not only the right, but the duty, to throw off an abusive, despotic or tyrannical government which tramples on their individual rights.

            Then we have laws enacted by that same nation having the primary purpose of ensuring that no one ever overthrows the existing government, conspires to overthrow it, or advocates its overthrow – without regard to whether those actions might actually be justified because the government has become abusive, despotic or tyrannical. Which illustrates a truism – the people have an absolute right to alter or abolish any given form of government, but the persons in power absolutely never want people to exercise that right.

            It should be painfully obvious this is one reason (among others) why the Declaration of Independence has not been seriously regarded as law by legal scholars for over 100 years (and why it has been denigrated in academia). If people actually took the words of the Declaration at face value it would create all kinds of problems for our modern world, and people in academia, law and government have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo.

            Belief in a government of limited powers, or (God help us!) a government that can be discarded from time to time, would put politicians and government workers of all stripes (as well as those in the symbiotic fields of law and education) at risk for losing their jobs – an intolerable risk. That is one reason why mainstream political culture left the worldview of the American founders in the ash heap of history long ago.

            However, I believe the Declaration yet has things to teach us that not only have value, but authority, as we deal with the pressing issues of an overreaching, over-regulating, abusive, and dare I say, increasingly tyrannical American government (both state and federal). I’d like to show you that the ideas embodied in the Declaration are really not radical or extreme at all. In fact, it’s not even complicated.

            For this purpose, I will assume the Declaration’s statements are not based on mere political expediency (i.e., that the founders just said whatever they needed to say to give their political goals plausibility). I assume the founders were not a bunch of political charlatans – they actually believed what they said and were not deceived in their beliefs either. So in that light, let’s consider the evidence from history and the laws of nature and nature’s God, and see whether we can discover any eternal principles which undergird the Declaration’s statements.

          • lineman says:

            LMAO…You always provide me with some amusement Marine…Thanks for that…

            • SemperFi, 0321 says:

              Glad you liked it.
              I don’t have much use for folks with overextended egos, they tend to get a lot of other folks killed needlessly.

              • lineman says:

                Man ever since you were bitching and moaning about how bad it was around you and that you had no one to network with because everyone was stupid and I asked well why don’t you move you have made every effort to be a dick to me…How is trying to Rally everyone to form Communities going to get anyone killed…You know what I have no use for people that have given up and want others to do the same so they don’t feel to bad about themselves…I have spent blood, sweat, and wealth to help fellow Patriot’s what have you done besides bitch online about how bad it is…

                • SemperFi, 0321 says:

                  Helping is one thing, arrogance and calling others trolls is another. Bragging and playing the tough guy seems all too common among the III % today, most don’t seem to have any idea they are up against folks who can easily engage a battalion of troops if needed. Just because BLM backed off Bundy doesn’t mean they will be a pushover next time, it’s a planned trap.
                  I know some of my locals met with you last yr, don’t know what they came back with. My personal take has been you seem to want to help, but also seem overly eager and impressed with yourself as the local greeter. Kinda like the guy who wants everyone to move to his town, and then find out you own the only campground in the area. True?

                  • Wirecutter says:

                    Okay guys, let’s not let it get out of hand here.

                  • lineman says:

                    It’s ironic that you keep accusing me of being what your doing in every comment of yours…You don’t know anything about me but your quick to accuse me of wrongdoing… Your so far off in left field it isn’t even funny anymore…I have put people up, fed people, loaned people money at 0% interest, found people jobs and never asked a dime in return…Like I said what have you done for your fellow Patriot’s…

      • Boots says:

        Well, Lineman….

        ….my feeling is you’re thinking in terms of a battle. You, your weapon, and ammo at your fortified, defensible location. Maybe with a few fellow soldiers. If they decide to risk it and show up.

        The problem with thinking in terms of a battle is the all too real possibility…

        ….the battle will last until your armed opponents get tired of playing army and want to get home for a hot shower, hot supper, and hot wifey. Then they’ll roll up in an APC with ring mounted M2HB firing 4:1 Ball/APIT in 10-15 round bursts from 100 round belts and CS canisters from a MK19 on another APC.

        They’ll use frontal covering fire from the .50 and flank covering fire from M240B’s, M249’s (SAW), or a few MK43 (M60E4) for assault troops to advance close enough to toss a few flash bangs in your firing ports and then they’ll blow your doors off with detcord primed C4 and rush in firing their suppressed M4’s.

        That’s without a hovering gunship firing 7.62X51 4:1 Ball/Trace at 6,000 rounds per minute from the new generation M134 (minigun) at 24 volts.

        This heroic last stand will inspire a few hundred guys nationwide to make similar stands. And inspire millions more to give it up and surrender.

        I’m talking about a war to end tyranny and restore a Constitutional republic. A real live, shooting, second Revolution. Grievances are stated, corrections and concessions are requested, consequences for failure to correct and concede are plainly stated. A time frame to answer is declared. When time is up and the answer is no, the carefully prepared plans made over a period of years are put into action, for example:

        Media centers are commandeered.

        Power stations taken off-line.

        Transportation hubs seized.

        Bridges taken or blown.

        Hospitals commandeered.

        Armed centers of tyranny neutralized.

        U.S. military commanders roll out in support of the Patriots.

        Enemies of the Constitution are arrested, jailed, and held for future trial or future bargaining if it all turns to shit on us.

        All this requires highly mobilized company to battalion sized units. That means hundreds of quad .50 armed 6×6’s with run flat tires and fuel dumps enroute.

        I’m talking a just and righteous war for the just cause of terminating tyranny, eliminating evil, punishing perpetrators of evil, restoring the republic, moving out the Muslims, arresting the judges, politicians, and other public servants who violated their oaths of office, and giving “the people” back their voice in government, eliminating the George Soros apparatus’ from the US fabric, ensuring Border Patrol does what they’re paid to do, and a zillion things more that require hundreds of people to plan these new things for years, and the 5 million man civilian militia agreeing and understanding them all, before a shot is fired in anger.

        None of that’ll ever happen except in a fantasy movie by Spielberg and Hanks starring anti-gun, left wingnuts like Matt Damon, Tim Robbins, and Sean Penn.

        But hey, ya know, I could be completely, 1000% wrong about a singular battle not being worth it. Those few battles by brave men determined to die for their cause might indeed make the giant Goliath government stop and pause, and maybe the people of America might rally to our side. That’s a train of thought I must consider more deeply. I guess a thousand little fires can indeed contribute to a massive forest fire, to use a metaphor.

        Then again, look at Ammon Bundy. What was he thinking? He had no plan, really. It’s like he figured the govt would come to the negotiating table. The gubmint NEVER comes to the negotiating table. UNLESS you’re MUSLIM.

        Bundy and everyone at Malheur will be in jail for decades. LaVoy, though, LaVoy knew EXACTLY what was up when he saw the roadblock. It all flashed through his brain in a millisecond. Knew they’d all be arrested. They’d all be found guilty. All be sentenced to 20-40 years. Knew the gubmint would make BIG examples outta them all. And at the moment of decision to go out shooting or get on his knees, he panicked. Ran back and forth. Reached for his piece then thought better of it. Reached again and WHAM!

        LaVoy Finnicum, though, died for what he believed in. But I don’t believe he was ready to go out. He was just stunned, caught like a rat in a trap, he didn’t know what to do. Because he HAD NO REAL PLAN.

        How many guys are REALLY ready to die for their freedom? To leave their wives widows, their kids orphans? Freedom has a cool ring to it these days. But how many know what it really means?

        Hey, I’m not denigrating the movement or anyone in it. I’m just a miserable old bastard who might benefit from another set of eyes and a different perspective. I follow a few sites where the owner knows exactly what he’s talking about. They’ve seen the elephant, participated in the banana wars, and know a thing or two about toppling and replacing gubmints.

        But one or a hundred of them isn’t enough. Not in 2016. A guy in his MT, ID, WY redoubt can do only one thing. Wait for the enemy to come to him. There’s your battle. That ain’t gonna tear down this tyranny we’re in.

        What’s needed is for us to go to them. Once we get there and start business we can’t roll from, say, D.C., back to Kalispell and wait till the next raid. This ain’t the 1800s when Butch and Sundance could hide at the Hole a few months and sneak back out when it’s all clear. Or when Jesse and Frank could lay on the lam for months at friendly farms. We roll someplace for an op, we ain’t got nowhere to retreat. We gotta prosecute the mission successfully. Once we’re in, we ain’t comin’ out. Not without armor, arty, air, commo, and a centcom someplace.

        I’m with ya, Lineman. I really am. But I wanna go into the ring prepared, with a plan to win. Not a plan to “keep swinging and hope I hit the SOB and he goes down”.

        If you gotta plan I’m all ears.

        • lineman says:

          I don’t think you understand where I’m coming from at all Brother… Your looking at the whole elephant and saying how in the world are we going to take that on…I’m looking at his foot saying how can we eat that and once we get that done we will move on to his leg and so on and so forth…I’m not looking at forting up anywhere and waiting for them to come to me…I’m looking at building a Community of Patriot’s that will make them irrelevant (gov) because everything we do will not involve then…A few examples would be currency(gold, silver, copper), food production, energy, etc…Once that gets established and others can have a blueprint going forward then we will see more and more Communities spring forth…Your idea of going to DC would only bring pain and suffering because the gov is a reflection of the population and even if you got rid of all the corrupt politicians the people would just vote more back in so you would have to install a dictatorship to get Liberty…Which would be against everything you fought for…I think at this point in time a breakup is going to be the best option of retaining Liberty for us but you first need an established alternative before you can do that which is what I’m striving for…That is my plan do you have something better?

          • Boots says:

            Well, I’m not bad with a chain saw. Can build just about anything with wood. Good with axe and hatchet. Figure I can handle a spud, draw knife, log scriber, broad axe. I can use a come along and anchors or rig a gin pole to haul the purlins and ridge log in place.

            I’ll need a big remote lot with a view from the cabin site, year round spring and lots of straight trunked pines on it. Oh, and a good amount of standing dead wood close by to cut for heating in my old(er) age.

            I had a long day and I’m tired, so this is brief.

            I’m a perfectionist by nature. I strive to do something as best as possible, whether it’s replacing front end parts on my vehicle, building a deck, etc.

            When I think of “taking back” the country, my vision is a return to exactly what the Founders gave us. Out of “good”, “better”, or “best”, they gave us the “best”.

            That’s what I want, the best. To get that – to get the “best”, that which the Founders left us – I think ya gotta take down the whole, rotten, stinking elephant.

  4. Steve says:

    Wonder if this isn’t an accounting sleight of hand…..The feds can claim that the military isn’t in the “red” due to their sales of excess equipment.

  5. Jeffery in Alabama says:

    My first thought on this was “are there actually people in these non-essential .gov agencies who are proficient in the use of any or even some of this gadgetry listed?”. I realize some of the equipment listed is fairly “idiot proof”, but some is not. The left is always whining about guns being in the wrong hands. The fact is telephones and desktop computers are a challenge for many. Do they really need to be handling “real assault weapons” capable of firing fully automatic (i.e. M-4’s and MP5 sub-machineguns)? I wonder if the feds are expecting something “big” or if they are just feeding the military industry beast.

  6. Gnome Sane says:

    Those NOAA guys are a tough outfit.

  7. crazyeighter says:

    Something to consider though: These armed agency members are working under a disadvantage no other occupying army has ever faced; they and their families are living amongst the (very hostile) people they’re occupying. When/if the gloves come off, their first priority will be staying alive and guarding their families against an armed and pissed off citizenry.

  8. Exile1981 says:

    Seriously I have no problem with the Smithsonian having a few handguns for sercurity staff to prevent theft of our heritage. I don’t see them needing automatic weapons and riot gear.

  9. ChuckN says:

    For some of these agencies, I’d want to know what they’re buying before
    I get upset. For instance, is NOAA loading up on ARs and tear gas or
    are they buying hunting rifles and shotguns? Considering where some
    of the remote stations are, you can sure as heck bet that no sane person
    would go without any way to stop from becoming Yogi’s dinner.

    And what about the Smithsonian? Are they purchasing new equipment, or
    are they rehabing/preserving firearms and had the budget gurus log them
    under the same category as depts “needing” M2s?

    I’m not saying I disagree that overall the government seems to be militarizing
    certain agencies but I want a list of what, where, and why before I get too
    bent out of shape on a lot of these.

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