A busy week in the real world kept me from this virtual one. A year ago I posted a piece, “Janet’s Ammo Stockpile”, questioning the executive branch massive weapons and ammo acquisitions for numerous federal agencies. I linked to a Forbes piece from 3/11/13, “1.6 billion Rounds Of Ammo For Homeland Security? It’s Time For A National Conversation” Yes, whenever you raise the question of federal government run amok, the political Left chimes in with the “tinfoil hat” accusation, relegating your concerns to those of a kooky, conspiracy-nut, best laughed at and shooed away. Of course, the Left would prefer all this shooing away to include confiscation of legal, privately owned firearms from said conspiracy-nuts.
I’m just an ordinary working American taxpayer. I spent most of my adult life as a homemaker, while my husband served in the US Army and then I found an ordinary job when he retired from the military. We moved a lot with the Army and I enjoy observing people. Likewise, I watch the news, in print, on TV and now online videos, in addition to listening to and reading the news reporting. Often the pictures don’t fit the audio and print reporting. Here’s a link to a piece on the Blaze about the Bureau of Land Management in this ranch stand-off story. Look at the photo with the caption, “Armed agents for the Bureau of Land Management outside the Cliven Bundy Ranch in Nevada.” On another site, you can find pictured a photo of a BLM agent, identified as a special forces soldier. A blog, SOFREP, (which I have followed for quite a while and enjoy), wrote a lengthy rebuttal of sorts on the photo and recording of said special forces solider, albeit, the SOFREP author is still trying to reach ground truth on the matter.
Here are a few common sense things I know (take that with a pillar of salt, lol) about the military and soldiers whose careers were in actual combat arms. When combat arms types leave the Army, they face a harsh reality, unless they spent a lot of time preparing for this eventuality. Most don’t fit in well with the corporate America mentality and their skill sets aren’t compatible with most civilian job offerings. Police forces often would rather train some fresh recruits without ingrained military habits. Private contractors for security adventures overseas hire many of these types of former soldiers and it wouldn’t surprise me that federal agencies building the “Obama Civilian National Security Force” would hire former soldiers.
The Annenberg Public Policy Center, presents FactCheck.org on the matter and this link pops up as the first Google link for a Obama Civilian National Security Force” search. Don’t dig deeper, they’ve got it answered:
Q: Is Obama planning a Gestapo-like “civilian national security force”?
A: This false claim is a badly distorted version of Obama’s call for doubling the Peace Corps, creating volunteer networks and increasing the size of the Foreign Service.
FactCheck goes on to expand that President Obama was being grossly misquoted and taken out of context on the matter. Okay, but then how to explain regulatory agencies, not the military or law-enforcement, building paramilitary forces, stockpiling weapons and ammo, and even acquiring military-type vehicles?
Luckily for the mainstream media, the old rancher, Mr. Bundy, provided the perfect opportunity to avoid questioning what this BLM armed force is, how many comprise their force, what it’s purpose is, how much firepower does it stockpile, and exactly what in the hell it’s mission, legislative parameters are and who trains, commands and funds it. We won’t find that out, because now, alas, Mr. Bundy, aside from being on the wrong side regarding his legal knowledge, also possesses some unsavory racial opinions too. Thus the media focus can happily pivot from that unhappy line of inquiry and place the full force of its attention on rabid, right-wing racists, assuredly, a much more comfortable area for their investigative vigor.
So, with Mr. Bundy, turning out to be a worm in one bad apple, whom even Glenn Beck wants to avoid being associated with, the press happily can avoid the BLM armed force questions. Yes, it’s back to being happy Obama propagandists again for them. Much easier to focus on the worm in one apple than get too close to the cesspit that is the Obama administration’s “change you can believe in”. Once again, who are those armed BLM agents in the pictures from the ranch in NV? How many armed agents does the BLM have, who funds, trains, commands them? And if you’re really daring, how about disclosing information about the armed forces in other “regulatory” federal agencies and for the most intrepid, tell us about the Department of Homeland Security’s massive arsenal and just who it is they’re arming and training to fight. Yes, FactCheck, bravo for your pat answer:
“Here is the relevant portion of what Obama actually said, with the sentences quoted selectively by Broun and others in bold.
Obama, July 2, Colorado Springs, CO: [As] president I will expand AmeriCorps to 250,000 slots [from 75,000] and make that increased service a vehicle to meet national goals, like providing health care and education, saving our planet and restoring our standing in the world, so that citizens see their effort connected to a common purpose.
People of all ages, stations and skills will be asked to serve. Because when it comes to the challenges we face, the American people are not the problem – they are the answer. So we are going to send more college graduates to teach and mentor our young people. We’ll call on Americans to join an energy corps, to conduct renewable energy and environmental clean-up projects in their neighborhoods all across the country.
We will enlist our veterans to find jobs and support for other vets, and to be there for our military families. And we’re going to grow our Foreign Service, open consulates that have been shuttered and double the size of the Peace Corps by 2011 to renew our diplomacy. We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set.
We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded. We need to use technology to connect people to service. We’ll expand USA Freedom Corps to create online networks where American can browse opportunities to volunteer. You’ll be able to search by category, time commitment and skill sets. You’ll be able to rate service opportunities, build service networks, and create your own service pages to track your hours and activities.
This will empower more Americans to craft their own service agenda and make their own change from the bottom up.
Does that sound like a force that could kick down your door in the middle of the night and haul you off to a Gulag or concentration camp? You decide.”
– Brooks Jackson
You’re exactly right FactCheck, it doesn’t sound like a force that could kick down your door in the middle of the night, but from my observation, it sure looks like it could… Yes, absolutely, you decide.
PS: If you get really curious about the BLM, Victor Keith posted a piece at the American Thinker, “One of the Biggest Fat Cats in America is the BLM”:
“The BLM controls some 40 percent of the national coal supply and collects more than 1 billion dollars a year in bonus and royalty revenues. In 2012 alone, they collected a record 2.4 billion dollars. There is great incentive for the federal government to put as many private coal producers as possible out of business. It also shows why cattle ranchers are being inexorably driven off their lands by governmental policies. The federal government has a much more lucrative plan for those lands that does not involve private property owners.”