What’s The Beef? USDA Goes Shopping For Submachine Guns

What’s the beef? USDA goes shopping for submachine guns (RT, May 16, 2014):

What does the National Weather Service, Social Security Administration and now, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), all have in common? These government agencies are all hoarding weapons and ammunition for no good reason.

In August 2012, it wasn’t just conspiracy theorists who sounded the alarm after it was revealed that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was in the process of buying 750 million rounds of ammo. That mindboggling order came on the heels of another 450 million rounds of hollow point bullets it already bought earlier that year. The ostensible reason: target practice.

That’s 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition for an agency, created in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks, that is supposed to “respond to domestic emergencies.” But what would such a “domestic emergency” look like that requires the firepower to fight the equivalent of about a dozen Iraqi wars, with ammunition that is banned by the Geneva Convention?

Even Forbes magazine, the fountainhead of elitist conservative thinking and probably not a few NRA subscribers, raised its stony eyebrows at the smoking gun.

If some of us may be getting just a bit paranoid, DHS certainly isn’t making it easy to resist that temptation,” wrangled Larry Bell, a commentator who usually spews hot air on the ‘global warming hoax’. “Then, to cap it off, we find out that DHS, through the US Army Forces Command, recently purchased and retrofitted 2,717 Mine-Resistant Armored Protection (MRAP) vehicles formerly used for counterinsurgency in Iraq.

Um… is the Second Amendment making anybody feeling safer yet? (That snarky aside was certainly not to suggest we do away with an amendment designed specifically to guard against the threat of tyrannical government, but rather to point out that it has become, for all intents and purposes, largely irrelevant and toothless in our hyperactive age of hyper power and hyper weapons).

But the story just gets weirder and creepier. Not only are the good folks at DHS bullet hoarding for some sort of domestic apocalypse, or the biggest turkey shoot since the Pilgrims docked at Plymouth, but so is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (16,000 rounds of .40 Smith & Wesson hollow point bullets), as well as the Social Security Administration (174,000 rounds of hollow point bullets that were delivered to 41 locations across the country).

And let’s not forget to arm to the teeth the United States Department of Agriculture while we’re about it. Yes, apparently American cattle are just getting so damn big and aggressive on those hormonal steroid additives that USDA employees can’t roam the prairies without some massive firepower. Or perhaps the beef bureaucrats are arming themselves to the teeth against the big, bad wolf?

Whatever the case may be, a solicitation posted on the Fed Biz website states: “The US Department of Agriculture, Office of Inspector General, located in Washington, DC, pursuant to the authority of FAR Part 13, has a requirement for the commerical (sic) acquisition of submachine guns, .40 Cal. S&W, ambidextrous safety, semi-automatic or 2 shot burts (sic) trigger group, Tritium night sights for front and rear, rails for attachment of flashlight (front under fore grip) and scope (top rear), stock-collapsilbe (sic) or folding, magazine – 30 rd. capacity, sling, light weight, and oversized trigger guard for gloved operation.

Even for the non-gun-enthusiast, that sounds like some heavy-duty stuff, and certainly much more than should be required by USDA employees.

Perhaps it’s nothing more than coincidence that just last month a feisty Nevada rancher named Cliven Bundy, together with a horse-riding posse of cowboys, squared off against the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) over a little parcel of government property that Bundy claimed as his own and miraculously emerged victorious.
Bundy had stopped paying state taxes for grazing his cattle on federal land and officials said he had ignored court orders.

So the BLM, the latest acronymous government agency to spook the bejesus out of freedom-loving Americans, showed up with a team of armed rangers just outside Las Vegas to seize some 1,000 head of cattle. However, despite fears of another Waco catastrophe, the BLM beat a retreat “in the interests of public safety.”

Based on information about conditions on the ground and in consultation with law enforcement, we have made a decision because of our serious concern about the safety of employees and members of the public,” the bureau’s director, Neil Kornze, said in a statement.

Most ranchers would probably respond to the news, saying: Bulls**t. The Bundy clan may have won the first battle, but you can bet your sweet Smith & Wesson that the war ain’t over. Not by a long shot.

Judging by the timing of the USDA’s request for submachine guns (submachine guns!), just one month after the Bundy embarrassment, it seems that the USDA, which oversees America’s vast tracks of forested land, may be preparing itself in the event some cowboys want their heads of cattle to munch government-owned grass.

In an interview prior the BLM’s announcement, Bundy said he was impressed by the level of support he had received.

I’m excited that we are really fighting for our freedom. We’ve been losing it for a long time,” he said.

Ironically, however, thanks in part to Bundy’s victory, and yet another US government agency arming itself to the teeth for unstated purposes, it looks like American freedom is more at risk than ever.

 

So the BLM, the latest acronymous government agency to spook the bejesus out of freedom-loving Americans, showed up with a team of armed rangers just outside Las Vegas to seize some 1,000 head of cattle. However, despite fears of another Waco catastrophe, the BLM beat a retreat “in the interests of public safety.”

Based on information about conditions on the ground and in consultation with law enforcement, we have made a decision because of our serious concern about the safety of employees and members of the public,” the bureau’s director, Neil Kornze, said in a statement.

 

 Reuters / Gary Cameron

Reuters / Gary Cameron

Most ranchers would probably respond to the news, saying: Bulls**t. The Bundy clan may have won the first battle, but you can bet your sweet Smith & Wesson that the war ain’t over. Not by a long shot.

Judging by the timing of the USDA’s request for submachine guns (submachine guns!), just one month after the Bundy embarrassment, it seems that the USDA, which oversees America’s vast tracks of forested land, may be preparing itself in the event some cowboys want their heads of cattle to munch government-owned grass.

In an interview prior the BLM’s announcement, Bundy said he was impressed by the level of support he had received.

I’m excited that we are really fighting for our freedom. We’ve been losing it for a long time,” he said.

Ironically, however, thanks in part to Bundy’s victory, and yet another US government agency arming itself to the teeth for unstated purposes, it looks like American freedom is more at risk than ever.

3 thoughts on “What’s The Beef? USDA Goes Shopping For Submachine Guns

  1. The world as we have known it over the last several hundred years has never collapsed (imploded) as it is now doing, so all the groups handling essential services, food, water, medicine…….all are being armed to the gills. Since 1650, most of us have been able to raise the food to feed ourselves. All of those things, a relatively clean environment, a fertile sea………all of the things we grew to take for granted are disappearing.
    There are greedy guts lining up to do something we have not seen unless we lived in the South during and after the Civil War…….profiteering on the hunger of others. Even then, people were able to get food, enough to keep them from starving to death. Food shortages could be ended by busting the greedy guts, but not this time….this time, the shortages will be real. Also, supplies we have taken for granted are going to be no more. What happens? We know we have a corrupt government, they could care less as long as the greedy guts on top get enough food…….and the mobs will be strong enough to break their brick walls down…….but they have never needed to worry before.
    The speed of all of this is happening very quickly. Thank the Japanese, their genocide has really pushed us over the cliff.
    All is going to change, and it is already happening.

    What I see coming is beyond terrible…….all the fish of the Pacific are dying, along with the livelihoods of millions.
    Does anyone have a clue as to how much money is taken from King Neptune each year? And, now it is dying, and nobody is told a thing. But, as rotting abalone show up, dead sardines, yellow salmon……the list is already endless…..it does not take a genius to see the changes that are coming.
    A dead sea. Has anyone ever seen one? 80% of our oxygen comes from the living oceans. How can we breathe if there is no living ocean? Where do the winds originate? Will this bring storms, or lessen them? We don’t know, because it has not happened in written history before.
    Beads, skin care items, health products, beautiful items from empty abalone shells………all have been abundant. 80 years after splitting the atom, all has been set up for total destruction. As a young girl, we had abalone shells all along the outside of our home where the small gardens were, petunias and the like…….they were so beautiful with their iridescent rainbow colors………….I washed them periodically to show their beauty.
    I have always loved beauty, and have been blessed to find it everywhere, especially in nature. Now, it is all dying, and my heart breaks at the folly of mankind. How destructive and foolish a species we have shown ourselves to be.
    No sardines, yellow salmon. All of these creatures eat of other species that keep them growing and healthy.
    The most obscene thing I have seen to date on this terrible tragedy was the headline in the local paper telling people to “enjoy” the unusual show of humpback whales, dolphins, sea lions and the like in the San Francisco Bay. The truth is far grimmer. The entire ocean, 5200 miles is poisoned, and they are coming to the bay in their last desperate attempt to find food and oxygen here in the bay. When that oxygen and food is finished off, they will beach and die.
    There are no services to aid people in removing the bodies of the dead radioactive creatures, the vulture animals won’t touch them because they can smell the difference, and they will just beach and die. The stench will be unbearable. For all my good friends living on the ocean, I urge them to move away, the sooner, the better. Most of them deny it, watch US media religiously, and go on their merry, denial filled existence.
    In the movie “On the Beach” about a post nuclear war destroyed world, released in 1959, there were stands set up for people to give their names and take pills that would kill them. Today, the government is too broken and poorly organized to do a thing………..They could go home, take the pills and go to sleep.
    Today, there is nothing left of the government of, for and by the people……instead, just more committees and fools eating from the public trough.
    The government has become a feeding trough for greedy guts, and those who are too lazy to earn on their own basic skills……if they have any.
    We have fallen a long way in the hast 30 years. As one who grew up in a political family……my grandfather served for many years as a politician……..he would be appalled by the mindless for sale jerks we have in power today. Back then, a man didn’t draw a salary, it was an honor and duty. If someone was so well respected as to be offered the role of senator or assemblyman………..it was expected he earn enough in his political position to make up any difference………no new vehicles were bought for him every year……it has become a greedy gut feeling trough. They get into public office for the free ride, not to serve. As a result, we are over the cliff.
    Nobody has infinite money, and these clowns have spent us into poverty. Who pays? The people. Such things breed revolution, nothing good because these people don’t know how to walk and chew gum at the same time…….
    We have buried ourselves. How sad, how depressing. What is coming now is something we have never seen, God help us, nobody else can.

  2. Reading this, then Marilyn’s response, saddens me.
    We are ALL in the same corporate controlled petrie dish.
    Whilst those of us who analyse facts can’t fail to determine the pyramid structure of greedy bribed politician, bowing to global corporation browbeating, bowing to bankster demands to keep the miniscule elite happy, it seems we are being programmed to accept the inevitable fate directed by the elite.
    Fortunately, not everyone will accept it.

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