Senate demands answers on EPA’s armed raid of Alaskan gold mine

The Daily Caller reports:

Republican senators are demanding answers from the Environmental Protection Agency after agency officials participated in an armed raid of gold mines near Chicken, Alaska.

According to reports, in late August agents of the Alaska Environmental Crimes Task Force swarmed the mine in groups of four to eight and even went so far as to wear body armor and carry guns while investigating a supposed violation of Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. No arrests were made in the raid and no citations were issued.

“Imagine coming up to your diggings, only to see agents swarming over it like ants, wearing full body armor, with jackets that say POLICE emblazoned on them, and all packing side arms,” gold miner C.R. “Dick” Hammond told the Alaska Dispatch.

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9 thoughts on “Senate demands answers on EPA’s armed raid of Alaskan gold mine”

  1. All trained by Israeli security, so that Israel can sell these tactics (and the security technology they stole from us) to our local law enforcement PEACE officers. Turn them all into jack-booted thugs, dressed like Star Wars, and looking at their fellow Americans as criminals, instead of friends and neighbors. The Israelis have been doing the same with the Canadian and US border patrol. Don’t believe me? Let an Israeli-American explain it to you. Starts around 10 minutes and goes to 25 minutes. We really need to get this warmongering un-American Israeli influence out of our country. The DoEd and EPA need SWAT teams?
    Watch Jeff Halper. He’ll explain it to you.

  2. It is reported that the Dept of Education has a SWAT team. So you say the dog ate your homework? We’re here to check on that dog.

  3. I think the Senate should amend the next EPA appropriations bill to require this bunch to carry toilet plungers instead of weapons. More appropriate to their status.

  4. If you buy fancy gear and weapons for a group or buy them an armored urban assault vehicle (light tank) they are going to want to use them. Plus some of these jobs are very boring. Imagine being the SWAT team for the EPA. Not a lot of work there, so they have to make work to stay sharp and avoid boredom. The solution is to start paring down unnecessary SWAT teams. Not buying billions of rounds of ammo for Homeland security and EPA, etc.

  5. It isn’t just the EPA every government agency is getting armed troopers – at both federal and state level. Remember Giggle? HUD has them as well.

    Local police forces are taking folks property as well – claiming the objects could have been used for drug trade. The person is never charged and evidence is not found but the person won’t find it worthwhile to pay the impound fees and go to court s they let the property go. Police then auction the stuff off and earn money for the local force.

    Part of the problem is that federal agents get a raise if they get an armed officer permit – so everyone is getting armed for the pay raise – and then with everyone armed the agency “legitimately” requests funding to supply the armed. Force.

  6. Its not just the EPA. This SWAT type raid is becoming more and more common for the smallest of alleged infractions. Just ask Gibson Guitars. They have been raided twice, inventory and computers confiscated, no charges filed, no arrests – nothing. Plus they have never gotten there inventory or equipment back.

  7. A simple knock on the door would have been all that was needed. “Sir, can we inspect your mine and see your permits?” But noooooo. We’re the EPA and we’re here in our full regalia, arms, and might!

    Bunch of wannabe dictators! When do we cut this useless agency of their funding?

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