As many times as we publish the increasing amount of ammunition for various federal agencies, we continue to be baffled by the apparent unconcern on the part of the DHS that the American people are watching and Congress wants answers. Since the agency has already purchased more than 2 billion rounds, and since hollow-point bullets are forbidden under international law to be used in war, what in the world does the DHS need them for.
For those among our readers who are not familiar with weapons and ammunition, hollow point rounds are bullets that are designed to expand once a soft target is hit. The result is messy, painful, and deadly. Hollow-points cost about twice as much as regular bullets, so they are rarely used in training, and, as the article below explains, the government’s argument that the bulk purchases ‘save money’ are ludicrous.
One can only speculate on why the DHS is continuing to purchase enormous quantities of bullets that they cannot use in battle, and that are hardly ever used in training. As for the numbers, as mentioned here, our soldiers in Iraq used approximately 15 million rounds a year. Using that as a benchmark, it would take a war of 140 years to use up the amount of ammunition that the DHS has purchased over the last two years. So what exactly do they need it for?
An excellent question that needs an answer now! It seems clear, if not nearly unbelievable, that the DHS is planning for a very big war. But against whom?
Lurking at the outside fringes of American reality is the following scenario, suggested obliquely in the Forbes article: The federal government is spending us into oblivion, and printing paper money that will soon become worthless; the banks will begin to fail (as they have in Cyprus); the social security checks will stop coming; unemployment will rise; the people who can barely support themselves now will become desperate; crime will rise astronomically; and the people will take to the streets to protest the government’s wildly irresponsible spending and wanton taxation that has brought on this crisis; chaos will overcome law and order, but the police themselves will be without sufficient firepower to stop it. Is the the war for which Janet Napolitano is preparing?
Congress has now asked the questions. The DHS is stonewalling Congress, not unlike the way that the Department of Justice, who were the authors of Fast and Furious gunwalking that sent 1200 untracked guns into Mexico; and the State Department, whose most senior officials refused to answer any substantive questions about the Benghazi massacre; and, most recently, the State Department (again!) who refused to appear at a Congressional hearing over the brutal imprisonment in Iran of an American citizen there for practicing his Christianity.
The government, that was supposed to be the “most “transparent in American history”, has been more opaque, secretive, and dishonest than any in history. And it is time to call them to answer for all of their subterfuge and stonewalling. The continuing scandal of the DHS cornering the market on billions of lethal rounds of ammunition when no logical explanation for such enormous purchases can reasonably be explained is long overdue.
———— Ilana Freedman, Editor
DHS To Buy 360,000 More Rounds of Hollow Point Ammunition
Arms build-up continues as Congress demands answers
(Info Wars) – While the Department of Homeland Security continues to ignore members of Congress demanding to know why the federal agency is engaged in an apparent arms build-up, the DHS has just announced it plans to purchase another 360,000 rounds of hollow point ammunition to add to the roughly 2 billion bullets already bought over the past year.
The DHS has now purchased over 2 billion rounds of ammo.
A solicitation on the Federal Business Opportunities website details the DHS’ plan to purchase 360,000 rounds of “Commercial leaded training ammo (CLTA) Pistol .40 caliber 165 grain, jacketed hollow point.” The bullets are to be delivered to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, New Mexico, the same destination for 240,000 hollow point rounds which were purchased only last month.
Although the DHS has attempted to explain its mammoth purchase of ammunition by claiming the bullets are being acquired in bulk to save money and that they are for training purposes only, this has been disputed by reputable voices such as former Marine Richard Mason, who told reporters with WHPTV News in Pennsylvania earlier this month, “We never trained with hollow points, we didn’t even see hollow points my entire four and a half years in the Marine Corps.”
Hollow point bullets are almost twice as expensive as full metal jackets, therefore the DHS’ explanation that it is buying huge quantities in bulk to “save money” doesn’t make sense.
As we reported yesterday, concerns about the apparent arms build-up are growing, with retired United States Army Captain Terry M. Hestilow sending a letter to Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) warning that the ammo purchases represent “a bold threat of war by that agency (DHS), and the Obama administration, against the citizens of the United States of America.”
Questions from members of Congress about why the federal agency is buying up ammo, exacerbating shortages across the country, have been met with silence.
- Kansas Congressman Timothy Huelscamp said last week that threats should be made to withdraw funding from the DHS if it didn’t explain why it was purchasing so many bullets, remarking, “They have no answer for that question. They refuse to answer to answer that.”
- Earlier this month, New Jersey Congressman Leonard Lance said, “Congress has a responsibility to ask Secretary Napolitano as to exactly why these purchases have occurred,” signaling his intention to get answers.
- Californian Congressman Doug LaMalfa and 14 of his House colleagues have written a letter to the Department of Homeland Security asking if the purchases are, “being conducted in a manner that strategically denies the American people access to ammunition.”
Although members of Congress are treating the matter with the seriousness it deserves, the mainstream and leftist media have attempted to ridicule the entire issue as a conspiracy theory, with Atlantic Wire even suggesting that the story had its origins in a debunked email, a report that completely failed to even mention the admitted fact that the DHS had purchased around 2 billion bullets.
While the DHS continues to purchase bullets in large quantities, police departments have been forced to barter amongst each other in a desperate scramble to meet their ammo needs.