EPA spends millions on military-style weapons

EPA spends millions on military-style weapons, watchdog group reports

By Kellan Howell – The Washington Times

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/oct/10/epa-spends-millions-on-military-style-weapons-repo/

The Environmental Protection Agency has spent millions of dollars over the last decade on military-style weapons to arm its 200 “special agents” to fight environmental crime.

Among the weapons purchased are guns, body armor, camouflage equipment, unmanned aircraft, amphibious assault ships, radar and night-vision gear and other military-style weaponry and surveillance activities, according to a new report by the watchdog group Open the Books.

“Protecting the environment just got real. With millions of dollars spent on military style weaponry, the EPA is now literally ensconced with all institutional force,” said Adam Andrzejewski, founder of Open the Books and the author of the report.

“Our report discovered that when the EPA comes knocking they are armed with a thousand lawyers, arrest/criminal data, credit, business and property histories, plus a ‘Special Agent’ with the latest in weaponry and technology,” Mr. Andrzejewski added.

The agency spends nearly $75 million each year for criminal enforcement, including money for a small militia of 200 “special agents” charged with fighting environmental crime.

Congress granted police powers to the EPA in 1988, during the Reagan administration.

The special agent “enforces the nation’s laws by 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,” according to the EPA’s website.

The EPA estimates that each Special Agent costs taxpayers $216,000 per year in salary, travel, equipment, training and other expenses, according to the report.

The EPA’s military weapons spending is just one example of the agency’s questionable purchases highlighted in the 40-page report.

Open the Books, a nonpartisan and nonprofit group based in Illinois, scanned tens of thousands of the agency’s spending contracts totaling more than $93 billion from 2000 to 2014.

Among the findings were hundreds of millions of dollars on high-end office furnishings, sports equipment and “environmental justice” grants to raise awareness of global warming.

The report also reveals that seven of 10 EPA employees make more than $100,000 a year and more than 12,000 of its 16,000 employees were given bonuses last year despite budget cuts.

The EPA also employs more than 1,000 attorneys, making it one of the largest law firms in the country.

The agency also sent over $50 million since 2000 to international organizations, including groups in Mexico and China.

5 responses to “EPA spends millions on military-style weapons

  1. What is up with having all those weapons? Do they intend to kill all poluters?
    What is the purpose for this insanity? Is it to kill those who know and say that global warming is false? We know they”ll be doing rotten things and all of it boils down to the fact that men have an insatiable lust for power, control, and money . They’ll do whatever it takes, by any means possible to get their way.
    We do
    know that one day, they will be rewarded by living in a cosy warm pit, just for them and a few like minded cohorts for company.

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  2. Congress granted the EPA police powers in 1988. I did not know this. We need to take away police powers from ALL the letter organizations. If they want someone charged with a crime, then let them make their case to the Sheriff’s office. They can run amok and get away with anything. See the danger here?

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  3. AbsolutelyCalvin! Granting the EPA police powers was a crazy thing to do, another blunder by the Reagan administration. Reagan’s woerst blunder was to sign an agreement with Russia to use their methods/philosophy in American schools. That was also insane and look how the schools are faring.
    And now Commie Common Core is the coup de ta to education.

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  4. Forget police powers. 1,000 Atty’s sheesh.

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  5. Actually, it’sfrightening isn’t it Steve.

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