During the Second World War, the head of the German Nazi SS (Hitler's secret police), Heinrich Himmler, decided that he wanted his organization to field an army on the Eastern Front against the Soviets right alongside the Wermacht. It wasn't the SS's job or mission, but he did it anyway, and the Waffen-SS was born.
As Bill Cosby used to say, "I told you that story to tell you this one":
The headline of an op-ed by economist Stephen Moore in Investor’s Business Daily sums it up well: “Why Does the EPA Need Guns, Ammo, and Armor to Protect the Environment?”
And not just a few weapons. Open the Books found that the agency has spent millions of dollars over the last decade on guns, ammo, body armor, camouflage equipment, unmanned aircraft, amphibious assault ships, radar and night-vision gear, and other military-style weaponry and surveillance activities.
“We were shocked ourselves to find these kinds of pervasive expenditures at an agency that is supposed to be involved in clean air and clean water,” said Open the Books founder Adam Andrzejewski. “Some of these weapons are for full-scale military operations.” [emphases added]
Looks like Homeland Security has some competition for all that military war surplus equipment, huh?
Now let's remember that the Environmental Pollution Agency is, first and foremost, unconstitutional; there is nothing in any of the seven articles and twenty-seven amendments that delegates any authority to the federal government from the States over environmental protection or regulation. Consequently, EPA is a rogue agency by definition.
So why do a supposed bunch of ecologists need an army? Because Grüneführers Lisa Jackson and Gina McCarthy decided they wanted one? Now why would they want or need an army? Logically, its only purpose would be if they anticipated having to fight large battles. Why would the EPA anticipate fighting large battles? Logically, the only two possibilities would be if (1) they anticipated their roaming bands of ecologists being attacked, in which case they could certainly have had armed escort from local or federal law enforcement, one would think; or (2) they planned acts of aggression against American businesses and citizens to seize land and property by force.
If any of you have any plausible alternative scenarios, feel free to leave 'em in the comments. Heck, I'll even grant you that the above military hardware list doesn't make EPA a full-scale army.
But it does make them a full scale....SS. Only difference is the identity of its targets.