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The Environment Cops? Budget Records Show EPA Has Been Building a Small Army

Washington DC – According to a report recently published by the watchdog group “Open the Books,” the US Environmental Protection Agency has been spending millions of dollars on military-style weapons.

The report indicated that over the past decade, the government agency has equipped hundreds of “special agents with anything from guns, body armor, weaponized drones, amphibious assault ships, night-vision gear and other military-style weapons.” The agency reportedly has a “criminal enforcement” budget of $75 million per year.

Adam Andrzejewski of Open the Books told the Washington Post, “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.”

“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,” he added.

According to the EPA’s website, the agency “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.”

In addition to the weapons purchases, the report also showed billions of dollars in frivolous expenses in the EPA’s budget.

According to the Post:

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.

In the public arena, the EPA is seen as a friendly organization that is here to help the environment, but according to their budget sheet, they don’t look very different from a highly paid military or spy agency.


John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter-culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work, he organizes a number of large events including the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” at bookpatch.com.

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  • so we can expect them to be kicking in the offices of shell and monsanto anytime soon or are they sponsored by nestle?

  • I’d give every damn one of them a straw, and make them suck up the messes they made.

  • just another alphabet agency dispensing your daily dose of “freedom”, folks.

  • And what have they done BESIDES poison our water ways and create superfund sites for money?

  • Same for FDA, USDA, and soon likely the CDC.

  • Same thing every other alphabet agency has done under Obama.

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  • Are we getting the picture yet? 😉

  • America is going to war against its own people they will get their arses kicked eventually

    • Well said. How ironic if they end up kicking their own arse. Lol

  • I’m not suprised by this, it was bound to happen, but the thing with the EPA, they try not to misuse their authority which is very limited.

  • It’s archer the tv show

  • Abolish the EPA NOW!

  • ALIEN HUNTERS! or CRAB PEOPLE!?!? DUn dun dunnnn

  • American individuals must buy more weapons.

    The US government has been giving more and more weapons to this agencies

    You must be prepared to rise against the government and shoot government officials, and that requires physical means to defend life: firearms, private defense

    It is no surprise the raising intention to disarm and to control guns by the government, it is the final stage to implement a totalitarian fascist state

  • Because corporations generally don’t give a shit about the environment. I’m fine with a small army defending our environment.

    • LOL how extactly have they helped the enviroment

    • A quick internet search could yield thousands of cases. If that is too burdensome, ask a librarian.
      Feel free to ask for any more guidance if you need it. I’m only here to help;)

  • to be fair their “enemies ” already have paid militia

  • And the impact on the enviroment is? Or are they so armed and big for other future use?

  • must be russ cargill getting ready to blow up springfeild

  • The department of education has a swat team

  • EPA is as the simpsons movie depicts. End of.

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    • Yep because the EPA’S “army” of 200 is going to take over the country….

    • They are coming for your raw milk and tomatoes.

    • Really….cause my mother in-laws farm in North Dakota is doing just fine… 😉

    • But they better not mess with my tomatoes!!

    • Well, it is happening.

    • The only thing happening…is a lot of people are making money off of people’s distrust of the government…

  • Meanwhile, the fire burns at the landfill, 1000 feet from the nuclear dump in St. Louis. Way to go EPA!

  • if they would only use this army to do their job against the big boys

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