What is the Internal Revenue Service doing spending $10.71 million on the purchase of guns and ammunition from 2006 to 2014?
According to a new report from American Transparency (pdf) [ht: ja], those arms expenditures are just a small part of the “militarization of America,” which includes military spending by non-military federal agencies (like the IRS, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) and the militarization of traditional law-enforcement agencies (such as the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the Department of State).
All told, American Transparency estimates that 67 non-military federal agencies spent $1.48 billion on guns, ammunition, and military-style equipment from fiscal year 2006 to fiscal year 2014. There are also more than 200,000 non-military federal officers and security personnel not attached to the Pentagon, which is a force larger than the Marine Corps (with its 180,000 personnel).
According to Adam Andrzejewski, the author of the report, “The recent growth of the federal arsenal begs the question: Just who are the feds planning to battle?”