Why would DHS need to purchase and/or commit to purchase 1.6 Billion bullets, the amount of bullets equal to fighting 24 Iraq Wars? You read that right… an agency of the government, not the military, is buying and/or reserving enough bullets equal to 24 Wars.
It has been all over the alternative news websites and blogosphere for awhile now, but the thing is, now some of the main stream is picking up on it as U.S. Congressmen are now questioning DHS for answers…
While the DHS employs the following agencies…
Customs and Border Protection
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
…how many bullets do they need? Training requires lots of bullets; but 1.6 Billion of them? The numbers clearly seem to be way outside of normal.
From the Denver Post,
Federal solicitations to buy the ammo are known as “strategic sourcing contracts,” which help the government get a low price for a big purchase, says Peggy Dixon, spokeswoman for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Ga.
The Department of Homeland Security responded Friday to questions from Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., about why the agency was allegedly planning to buy some 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition over the next five years. DHS said it regularly fills all of its goods and services requirements at one time because it’s cheaper for the agency…
In a letter to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, Huelskamp wrote that it had “become clear” that DHS was “purchasing vast quantities of ammunition” and that “estimates show that this … would be enough for 24 Iraq wars.”
So… If we are to believe that these bullets are for a span of up to 5 years, then why is DHS buying enough bullets to fight the equivalent of 5 Iraq Wars every year?
Rep. Huelskamp went on to say,
“The extraordinary level of ammunition purchases made by Homeland Security seems to have, in states such as my own, created an extreme shortage of ammunition to the point where many gun owners are unable to purchase any.”
One wonders if this is a form of ‘ammunition control’, as it is well known that ammunition supplies throughout the country are depleted or non-existent.
From FOX News,
Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz said that the Department of Homeland Security is using roughly 1,000 rounds of ammunition more per person than the U.S. Army, as he and other lawmakers sharply questioned DHS officials on their “massive” bullet buys.
“It is entirely … inexplicable why the Department of Homeland Security needs so much ammunition,” Chaffetz, R-Utah, said at a hearing.
1,000 more rounds per person than the Army?
From the Inquisitr,
Ammo Shortage Forces Some Police Officers To Barter For Bullets… The ammunition shortage has gotten so bad, some Oklahoma police departments are rationing and even bartering, for bullets…
DHS is maintaining that the 1.6 Billion bullets are for ‘training’.
Training? Enough bullets to actually fight 24 wars?
Here’s another factoid… They’re Hollow Point bullets. Bullets banned for War by NATO member nations. Any gun owner will tell you how expensive these bullets are compared to normal bullets (‘Ball’ ammunition) used for target practice. While people do practice with hollow point bullets, it is definitely not the normal – due to its expense (except apparently DHS because you and I are paying for it).
A hollow-point bullet is an expanding bullet that has a pit or hollowed out shape in its tip, often intended to cause the bullet to expand upon entering a target in order to decrease penetration and disrupt more tissue as it travels through the target.
So… why is it that not only is DHS apparently buying, or committed to buying an extraordinary 1.6 Billion bullets, but why too are they purchasing the very expensive Hollow Point bullets?
DHS primary responsibilities within the U.S. are to prevent terrorism, secure and manage the U.S. border, and deal with man-made accidents and natural disasters. DHS is the equivalent to the Interior ministries of other countries. They do not fight wars. They are not the military.
PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BARACK OBAMA: “We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”
Watch this short 2-minute video, and let the numbers sink in. Say them out loud a few times to try and get your head around them, and then try to think of each individual person as a human being that loved someone and was loved by someone else, and remember these are ONLY THE ONES WE KNOW ABOUT from historical records. Then recall the source of all this misery…