Green Gestapo: EPA Spends $75 Million a Year on SWAT Teams

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Most people would probably assume that the EPA is just another benign government agency, that is nothing more than dead weight on the American taxpayer. After all, most bureaucracies don’t amount to much more than that. But in the American police state, even an agency tasked with protecting the environment can turn to armed paramilitary thugs to enforce the law.

According to an investigation by the Illinois based watchdog group known as Open the Books, the EPA has been dabbling in law enforcement for some time now. They examined thousands of checks worth $93 billion, that were written by the agency between the year 2000 and 2014. They found that the EPA spends roughly $75 million on “criminal enforcement” every year, which mostly goes to 200 special agents capable of conducting SWAT raids. They bought body armor, ammo, firearms, drones, amphibious assault ships, and night vision goggles with these tax dollars.

According to Open the Books founder Adam Andrzejewski “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…Some of these weapons are for full-scale military operations.” But what do you expect? The war on drugs crime terrorism pollution isn’t going to fight itself.

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  • jim_robert

    Leftist fascists at it again.

  • Tatiana Covington

    But it can go fuck itself.

  • Razedbywolvs

    Well that is one strange way to spend the Colorado river superfund money.

  • ccambridge

    Disband the alphabet agencies.

  • RandyJ/ProudSurvivor

    The use of the word “war” on any activity where the government is attempting to stop or interdict something, is only a tool for conditioning the sheeple’s minds. Eventually, they begin to accept as necessary these tools of war because the government is, after all, fighting a “war”. But they don’t seem to notice all the tools of war they’re accumulating to enforce quite generic, white bread laws against the most ordinary citizens. Thus, it has worked to perfection.