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The recent uproar over armed EPA agents descending on a tiny Alaska mining town is shedding light on the fact that 40 federal agencies – including nearly a dozen typically not associated with law enforcement -- have armed divisions.
The Environmental Protection Agency, whose armed agents in full body armor participated, acknowledged taking part in the Alaska Environmental Crimes Task Force investigation, which it said was conducted to look for possible violations of the Clean Water Act.
The article says there are now 73 known armed federal agencies to include such crime busters as Library of Congress, the Federal Reserve Board and the National Institutes of Health.
And this suprises people? What kind of law enforcement or secucurity could and agency provide if they did not have some armed agents or guards. In other news the security guards at car lots are often armed as well. The US does not have a large interior paramilitary force like Russia for intenal policing. In fact compared to many nations in the first word the US police to population ration is nowhere near the top. As much as people seem to wish for a police state the fact of the matter is the US is completly unprepared for large scale police actions.