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Detroit News blogger wonders why land management agency has armed officers to manage land

by: Eric B.

Mon Apr 21, 2014 at 14:21:32 PM EDT


Detroit News blogger and retired editorial writer Jeff Hadden thinks that after waiting for two decades for Nevada welfare bum Cliven Bundy to settle up what he owes the feds that they should have waited some more, and thank god a bunch of armed nuts showed up to attract Tee Vee cameras so they would. Then, after saying that people shouldn't provoke potentially violent confrontations with armed federal officers carrying out court orders, wonders the BLM has agents in the first place.

I don’t recommend or support armed citizens confronting armed federal agents. But Investors Business Daily, which quoted Napolitano, reasonably asks why so many federal agencies and departments, including the Bureau of Land Management, EPA and even the National Oceananic and Atmospheric Administration, have armed agents.

The idea that a land management agency would have its own internal law enforcement agency to deal with laws governing the management of public land seems like it would answer itself. So instead lets go with an even more strange example ... NOAA.

NOAA is also one of the oldest agencies, and used to stick to charting the coasts. Now, a lot of what it does is scientific. In fact, the clowns in the House have legislation pending that would prohibit NOAA from studying climate, which seems like a good idea. Why do they have armed agents? I wonder if the answer is so arcane that going to NOAA's website and look around for a FAQ page is not a solution. Well, no.

We protect marine fisheries, wildlife, and habitat by enforcing domestic laws, international treaties, and obligations to ensure these global resources are available for future generations to use and enjoy. We are the only federal law enforcement agency fully dedicated to the enforcement of federal fishery regulations. Our work supports NOAA Fisheries’ core mission mandates—maximizing productivity of sustainable fisheries and fishing communities and protection, recovery, and conservation of protected species.

Hadden suggested that law enforcement functions of those agencies be turned over to the FBI and Marshal's Service. It wouldn't save any money, because they'd still need people who are experts in fisheries law to enforce fisheries law, which means the agents currently employed by NOAA would stimply be folded into another agency with yet another layer of bureaucracy.

None of this, on the other hand, explains why Cliven Bundy's supporters would have been any less threatening if they were dealing with federal agents from the FBI rather than the BLM.

Eric B. :: Detroit News blogger wonders why land management agency has armed officers to manage land
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Is he aware (0.00 / 0)
that Michigan's own Department of Natural Resources officers are armed?

Now you've done it. (0.00 / 0)
The state's governor is Republican, so that simply will not work into the oppressive big government storyline.  

Great Lakes, Great Times.

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Maybe (0.00 / 0)
The reason these officers are armed is because there are a bunch of yahoos out there who believe they can do whatever the f**k they want with public resources, and are willing to come armed to back up their beliefs?

Hadden's head is in the sand (4.00 / 1)
Since Hadden is a "blogger" I'd suggest he visit and correspond on some of those right wing blogs. Then he ought to review some of the video taken at Bundy's place. Granted it presents a slanted view but a couple of minutes should convince even the likes of that fool that carrying a firearm is a most wise decision to make when facing the nut case fringe element.

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The far right has strange taste in martyrs (0.00 / 0)
Cliven Bundy is a scofflaw, pure and simple. He's Leona Helmsley with a hat, a herd of cattle, and an arsenal.

At least Ms. Helmsley was honest enough to say that "only the little people pay taxes." Bundy spouts off constitutional nonsense that would earn him an F in the course in every reputable law school in the country.

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always count on the support of Paul.



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