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DHS Under Investigation For Purchasing Billions Of Rounds Of Ammo

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 14:26
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The Department of Homeland Security his under investigation after the corporate media confirmed alternative news reports on the purchase billions of rounds of ammunition.

It was the story that wouldn’t die in large part due to the fact that using a majority of ammunition purchased anywhere else except in America against American citizens would be considered a war crime in violation of international law.

As alternative media documented DHS plans to purchase billions of rounds of ammunition the inevitable question became that popped up was is the federal government preparing for a civil war?

The continued attention to the purchases forced the corporate media to investigate and confirm the plans which then prompted Congress to question the Department of Homeland Security about the purchases.

But after the Department of Homeland Security flat out lied and denied their plans to make the purchases, even though their solitications to make the purchases are a matter of public record,the Government Accountablity Office has launched an investigation into the matter.

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The Department of Homeland Security is under investigation for purchasing large stockpiles of ammunition, days before legislation was introduced that would restrict the amount a government agency can legally buy.

The Government Accountability Office is now conducting the investigation into the alleged DHS purchases, which is “just getting underway,” GAO spokesman Chuck Young told US News & World Report.

DHS officials have repeatedly denied stockpiling ammunition, but AP reports claim that the agency plans to buy more than 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition over the next four or five years, and has already bought 360,000 rounds of hollow point bullets and 1.5 billion rounds in 2012.

DHS claims that it is buying ammo in bulk to save money, but experts have pointed out that hollow point bullets cost nearly twice as much as full metal jacket rounds. They also explode on impact for maximum damage, which has caused some Americans to wonder what purpose they would serve the DHS domestically. Purchasing 1.6 billion rounds of ammo would also give DHS the means to fight the equivalent of a 24-year Iraq War. Members of Congress say the DHS has repeatedly refused to tell them the purpose of procuring such large amounts of ammo.

“They have no answer for that question,” Congressman Timothy Huelscamp told Infowars in March, pointing out that the purchases are being made at a time when sequestration should be limiting the agency’s spending. “…We’re going to find out… I say we don’t fund them until we get an answer.”

DHS officials testified last week that it was only planning to purchase up to 750 million rounds of ammunition for training centers and law enforcement over the next five years. The agency’s spokesman, Peter Boogaard, told Congress that the media reports are ‘misleading’. But Boogard also mentioned a second five-year contract for up to 450 million rounds of ammunition for law enforcement purposes. Together, the two DHS contracts for ammunition would result in purchases of up to 1.2 billion rounds of ammo.

“With more than 100,000 armed law enforcement personnel in DHS, significant quantities of ammunition are used to support law enforcement operations, quarterly qualifications, and training, to include advanced firearms training exercises,” Boogard said. 

But the DHS testimony did not provide an adequate explanation for the large amount of ammo it plans to procure, prompting a GAO investigation at approximately the same time as the introduction of the AMMO Act.

The new legislation, which was introduced in both the Senate and the House on Friday, would prevent government agencies from buying any more ammunition if its stockpiles are already larger than what they were in previous presidential administrations.

Proponents of the bill suspect that government agencies may be making large ammunition purchases to keep the supplies out of the hands of Americans at a time when the administration has been trying to reduce gun violence.

“President Obama has been adamant about curbing law-abiding Americans’ access and opportunities to exercise their Second Amendment rights,” US Sen. Jim Inhofe, who introduced the bill, said in a news release. “One way the Obama Administration is able to do this is by limiting what’s available in the market with federal agencies purchasing unnecessary stockpiles of ammunition… [DHS] has two years worth of ammo on hand and allots nearly 1,000 more rounds of ammunition for DHS officers than is used on average by our Army officers.”

Congressman Frank Lucas cited an ammunition shortage in Oklahoma and blamed the DHS for taking away Americans’ Second Amendment rights by removing ammo from the market.

The GAO investigation will attempt to determine whether there truly is a reason for the large ammo purchases, or whether DHS is simply buying large quantities to save money in the long run.

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  • time to try that ammo out, somebody go get that Napolitano guy named Janet and put him against the wall.
    :twisted:

  • The problem is, the fox is watching the henhouse.

    • Yeah, exactly what came to mind. OOOOOOOO! The government is investigating itself…that’s like the Fast and Furious scandal where an internal DHS auditor looked over the issues with the top cop, Eric Holder and declared ‘nothing to see here folks’ LOL!!!!

  • If I seem a bit cynical, it’s because I am when it comes to the feds investigating the feds. I simply do not trust them, at all to be honest with the people. All government agencies have a self serving interest in protecting all government agencies. I expect an answer like this:

    “These are not the droids you are looking for. Move along, move along.”

  • I’m sure Eric Holder can’t wait to prosecute. Kinda like the way he went after the banks.

  • such an important story! they are buying hollow point bullets that are so horrific that they are against international law. so they can only be used in our homeland. they are too expensive for target practice. they cut meals on wheels for seniors, people on medicare are being denied treatment and they are dying. i know a police chief that was told to conserve bullets cause of low supply. also, a mexican border patrol were told to conserve too. i heard recently the social security dept. and the US weather service ordered a large amount of bullets. is that wacko? what do these departments need ammo for? even the msm is bringing this up. does DHS think it has no accountability to have to answer these charges? i hope they get what they deserve. the guillotine……………..heads should roll.

  • I wonder, I mean I try to envision the potential responses of the corporation that poses as a government if an individual or group of, had ordered paper targets printed in the general likeness of a variety of federal CORP.T.P.A.A.GOV. employees, representatives, and workers…I also ponder what goes through the minds of those in the DHS that discuss, and then order paper targets printed that depict pregnant women, women with babys/strollers, children, the elderly, for target practice/training to go with the 1.6 billion rounds of .40 cal hollow point ammunition. Five rounds for each man woman and child in the US.

  • “An ‘investigation’.” That is lamer than a 1.200 pound fat guy stuck in bed swilling junk food and pure lard and saying he has a glandular disability. Congressional mewling at its most degenerate. maybe demonstrate a hollow-point .40 caliber bullet on a raw full roast and tell the mewlers in congress that American military does not typically use this caliber but Russians and Chinese do.

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