The combined number of armed personnel from various federal agencies is estimated to now be around 120,000. That is a standing army folks and we were warned about that!
In time of actual war, great discretionary powers are constantly given to the Executive Magistrate. Constant apprehension of War, has the same tendency to render the head too large for the body. A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defence against foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. Throughout all Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending, have enslaved the people. (James Madison)The federal government is arming its departments to the teeth while simultaneously attempting to disarm the citizenry. Do you see a pattern here? Wayne Winsley does, Mark Levin does, as do the editors at Investor's Business Daily.
Why are the federal government's several agencies stockpiling billions of rounds of .40 caliber and 9mm hollow point bullets? Some of the agencies requisitioning large amounts of ammo include Homeland Security, Social Security and Interior Department, not to mention those departments whose traditional roles are law enforcement; i.e. FBI, Treasury, IRS, etc.
Quietly, and under the radar, local police forces across the nation have become increasingly militarized largely as a result of goodies provided through federal largess. Examples of such quasi-military equipment include armored vehicles, unmanned search robots, and aerial drones.
Constitutional scholar and veteran broadcaster Mark Levin sizes up the problem (Feb 15, 2013):
"The lack of a credible official explanation for such awesome ammunition acquisitions is feeding all sorts of conspiracy theories mainly centered on federal anticipation of some kind of domestic insurrection. I'm going to tell you what I think is going on. I don't think domestic insurrection. Law enforcement and national security agencies, they play out multiple scenarios, they simulate multiple scenarios. I'll tell you what I think they are simulating: the collapse of our financial system, the collapse of our society, and the potential for widespread violence, looting, killing in the streets. Because that's what happens when an dconomy collapses, not talking about a recession, I'm talking about a collapse, when people are desperate, when they can's get food and clothing, when they have no way of going from place to place, when they can't protect themselves. There are not enough police officers on the face of the earth to adequately handle a situation like that. But I suspect that just in case our fiscal situation, our monetary situation collapses and following it the civil society collapse, that is the rule of law, they want to be prepared. There is no other explanation for this. And having been close enough to law enforcement...from my days in the Justice Department I expect that they're running through these scenarios, just in case. Drones, domestic drones, an enormous amount of ammunition, not for the military, but for all kinds of law enforcement and quasi-law enforcement federal types."Click here for Mark Levin's analysis (hosted audio 5:13)