EPA Spends $75 Million to Equip 200 Special Agents With Drones, Night Vision Goggles, Guns and Assault Ships

Gateway Pundit – by Jim Hoft

The Obama administration is spending $75 million a year arming EPA special agents with drones, night vision goggles, guns and assault ships.

The EPA special force was formed to take out US polluters.
The Spectator reported:  

According to a report released last week by a watchdog group called Open the Books, the EPA has spent millions of dollars recently on guns, ammo, body armor, camouflage equipment, and even night-vision goggles to arm its agents in the war on polluters.

The Illinois-based investigative group examined thousands of checks totaling more than $93 billion from 2000 to 2014 by the EPA, and its auditors indicate that about $75 million is authorized each year for “criminal enforcement” of America’s clean air and water laws. This includes cash for a cadre of 200 “special agents” that engage in SWAT-style ops.

“We were shocked ourselves to find these kinds of pervasive expenditures at an agency that is supposed to be involved in clean air and clean water,” said Open the Books’ founder, Adam Andrzejewski, a former candidate for governor of Illinois. “Some of these weapons are for full-scale military operations.”

Some of these military operations have been reported in the media. Two years ago, the EPA was involved in an armed raid at a small town in Alaska where miners were accused of polluting local waters, as Fox News reported that EPA “armed agents in full body armor participated.”

The EPA’s own website describes the activities and mission of the criminal enforcement division as “investigating cases, collecting evidence, conducting forensic analyses and providing legal guidance to assist in the prosecution of criminal conduct that threatens people’s health and the environment.”


13 thoughts on “EPA Spends $75 Million to Equip 200 Special Agents With Drones, Night Vision Goggles, Guns and Assault Ships

  1. “… the EPA has spent millions of dollars recently on guns, ammo, body armor, camouflage equipment, and even night-vision goggles to arm its agents…”

    More mobile re-supply units.

  2. Agreed on the mobile resupply for when the SHTF.

    In the meantime, each of us needs a good weapon NOW. For those with tight finances, a 12 gauge like the Mossberg 590A1 with Brenneke slugs (preferably the Maximum Barrier Penetration) is the way to go. If your opponent is armored, aim for the face/head, even if he’s wearing a helmet. At close range, you need to drop your opponents FAST.

    For a 5.56 AR, the 20″ barrel versions are the most reliable. A 16″ barrel AR with midlength gas system is also good. Both of these can be bought from Bravo Company. Their quality is top notch, as is their customer service, and the prices are very reasonable. You also can’t go wrong with a Colt LE6920. It’s identical to the military M4 except for the 16″ barrel and the lack of the stupid three-round burst setting.

    For those who can afford it, there are some great semi-auto .308s out there, especially the FN SCAR 17S and LMT MWS. These aren’t cheap (about $2500-$3000), but they kick ass in all ways that matter. Daniel Defense has a .308 AR coming out later this month, and that could be another solid option. S&W has the M&P10 for a lot less money (maybe $1300?), but I don’t know how good it is. The FNAR is supposed to be a good rifle too, and I think it’s only about $1000.

    A reliable handgun is also a must, preferably with an identical one kept as a backup or for dedicated training use. After trying lots of guns over the years, I only trust H&K and high-quality revolvers.

    1. 7.62×39 chambered AKs of various makes are usually cheap too..around 400.00. If that’s a little over budget the common ammo is so cheap you’ll make your money back. At mid to close range, these AKs give the most bang for the buck. They won’t just pop right through the target like .223, they drop it.

      1. I like AKs too and own one in 7.62×39. A well-made AK is super-reliable. But some of the ones on the US market can be hit-or-miss. They typically aren’t built to a certain standard the way the Colt LE series M4 is. Arsenal is supposed to have good stuff, but their AKs are even more expensive than ARs.

        I have mixed feelings about the 7.62×39 round. If you use good softpoints like the 123-gr Federal Fusion, it will do more damage in tissue than 5.56. It’s also better at punching through most cover. But it’s not as good at penetrating body armor or helmets as the 5.56 M855 green tip (unless you have true 7.62×39 AP rounds, which I’ve never seen for sale in the US). 7.62×39 also isn’t as accurate as 5.56, and it doesn’t have the effective range, which may or may not be a factor, depending on where you’re fighting. Then there’s the extra weight of the ammo and mags, which I’m not sure is worth what you get from the round.

        A 7.62×39 AK of proven reliability is a great survival gun. I love mine. Still, I think if I had to take just one rifle out the door with all the ammo I could carry, it would be the AR, some key spare parts, and all the ammo I could carry.

    2. “If your opponent is armored, aim for the face/head, even if he’s wearing a helmet.”

      Why, BMF? You already have the obvious solution to that…

      “For a 5.56 AR, the 20″ barrel versions are the most reliable.”

      That’s all you need. A 20″ barrel with a 1/8 twist using 55 gr. .223 or 5.56 ammo will blow right through body armor.

      30.06 or .308 won’t even do that.

      1. Well #1, that depends on what armor you’re talking about.

        Just about any rifle round will easily punch through any of today’s soft armor (the highest rating is NIJ Level IIIA) out to several hundred yards. At close range, soft armor will barely even slow down a rifle round. That includes 5.56, 7.62×39, .308, .30-06, etc. Any of these will go through MULTIPLE soft armor vests. Lots of armor tests can be found on YouTube.

        But then you have hard armor plates like the military SAPI and E-SAPI, and the NIJ Level III and IV plates. I urge people to research these on the Web. The lower-level hard armor plates can stop just about any non-AP round (even .338 Lapua!), and the more protective ceramic plates can each stop at least one round of .30-06 AP. (.50 BMG blasts right through these, especially the AP rounds.)

        Helmets used to be easily penetrated by rifle fire, but there are helmets developed in the last few years that can stop common non-AP rifle rounds. These can stop 7.62×39 lead core and mild steel core, but not 5.56 steel core (M855) or .308 AP or .30-06 AP.

        This brings us to shotguns. They SUCK at penetrating armor, even with slugs (unless you have some kind of AP steel-core slug like the AP-20 by DDuplex, or a homemade equivalent). But with a heavy slug like the Brenneke Maximum Barrier Penetration or Black Magic Magnum, a shot to a helmet doesn’t even need to penetrate to be lethal. A direct hit will crush the helmet and the wearer’s skull beneath.

        Headshots are also the best way to get an immediate stop in CQB, which is where it’s most important. Even if you shoot someone straight through the heart, he can still possibly continue to shoot back for up to 10 seconds before he dies. But destroy someone’s head, and he drops instantly.

        Everything above is open source knowledge on the Web if you dig enough, but not many people are aware of it. I highly recommend verifying it to your own satisfaction and then spreading the word to all who can use this important info.

        1. Sorry, BMF, I’m a bit behind on the comments. I’ll get back to you later tonight on this one. There’s a video I need to find.

  3. 6920le. Thousands downrange, not “one” malfunction/misfire with assorted use and well manufactured rounds that are relatively inexpensive. m855 included.
    shop wisely.

    1. Yes, the LE6920 is a superb carbine, and its price is comparable to all the inferior copies out there. Bud’s Gun Shop online has the ones with Magpul furniture for around $900 last time I looked. I’ll take a real M4 from Colt over a fake one from Bushmaster, Oly Arms, DPMS, or any of the other “corner-cutting” manufacturers any day.

      Bravo Company, LMT, Daniel Defense, and Noveske are also of very high quality and offer some options that Colt doesn’t. These companies also have great customer service, though you’ll probably never need it.

  4. Body armor will not help with a flamethrower or maltof cocktail.
    Ever play Grand theft auto or saints row. What they are not counting on is “Low Tech”! That is what will be they’re demise. Crossbows, paintball guns etc..
    They have hundreds of thousands of incendiary making facilities.
    They’re called Gas Stations. Then they can run screaming like Richard Pryor setting himself on fire freebasing. Body armor won’t do them much good at that point.

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