Armed Bureaucrats May Be A Sign That The Federal Government Is Simply Too Large


“I think we have bigger problems in our country than sending armed FDA agents into peaceful farmers’ land and telling them they can’t sell milk directly from the cow,” said Senator Rand Paul during a speech on the floor of the Senate questioning why so many federal bureaucracies have armed agents. “Some of you might be surprised the FDA is armed. Well, you shouldn’t be.”

I wrote about this topic last year, and the Wall Street Journal has covered the dizzying number of federal bureaucracies that have armed law enforcement agents including some real head-scratchers like the Social Security Administration and the NOAA.

This is symptomatic of a federal government that has grown far beyond what is prudent.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • SigFan

    Add to that the fact that they are now flying armed drones over American cities and it just gives you a nice warm, secure feeling doesn’t it?  On the plus side though, my stock in firearms companies is doing quite well, thank you very much.

    • awfulorv

      An excellent hedge would be Amalgamated Barbed Wire, for the concentration camps sure to come if the idiots elect ole big ears again…

      • Bat One

        “Hedge” … “Barbed Wire”… very nice!

        Personally, I’m going with Smith & Wesson, Armalite, and Federal.

  • Econwarrior

    It’s not necessarily too large, but too dictatorial; armed agents are inevitable with a govt that uses mandates instead of following the will of the people.

    • Rob

      It’s not necessarily too large, but too dictatorial

      Exactly the sort of hair-splitting I’d expect from a big-government liberal like you.

      • Econwarrior

        You lie, as usual, port.  The govt is definitely too large, but the armed bureaucrats are a symptom of dictatorship, no matter the size.  Typical of you to pounce on anything you can twist to turn into your usual tactic of lying smear and namecalling.  You are the big govt liberal, who wants big govt to force drug legalization and so-called “gay” marriage on an unwilling populace.
        I support the people to vote for what they want, which is the exact opposite of your big govt activism.

        • thevoiceofreason

          Public opinion polls disagree with you on both matters that you stated in your post. Quit making things up

          • Econwarrior

            The real polls, where people vote, prove those agendized polls to be false.  Get in touch with reality.  Everywhere drug legalization and so-called “gay” marriage are put to a vote, they lose.
            None of your distraction changes the fact that port wants to mandate his ideology for all of us, using big govt as the hammer.

    • $8194357

      A government big enough to give everything to everybody
      is also big enough to take everything away from everybody..

  • Bat One

    I recall a similar post about the Department of Education’s SWAT team, complete with automatic weapons and armor-piercing rounds.  There is something dangerously wrong when agencies such as these are fielding what amounts to their own special operations forces.  If this came to light under a GOP administration the howls from the Left would be deafening… as much as their silence is now!

    • Roy_Bean

      It doesn’t bother me that they are armed as much as it bothers me that they want to disarm me.  I think that just because you get a job with the federal government shouldn’t mean that you lose your right to self defense.  I think that everyone, in and out of government should be able to provide for their own security, including us “ordinary citizens”.

      • $8194357

        It is the way its suppose to be according to #2..
        The Constitution don’t mean much to folks anymore.

    • $8194357

      Hitlers brown shirt, hitler youth,  SS, come to mind for some reason..

  • mikemc1970

    Because getting a warrant and going to local officials to authorize the use of their armed law enforcement agents wouldn’t be circumventing the authority of said local officials. This is what this is about removing any notion that the federal government has a duty or courtesy to inform local or state officials of any law enforcement business they are conducting in their jurisdiction.

  • HG

    It has been rather disconcerting that the federal gov’t has moved to arm so many of its agencies.  More so because of the inference drawn from the conbination of so many questionable moves the feds have made, like massive ammunition buys, stepped up public surveillance, militaristic manuevers over large cities,  the political push for excessive regulation, and attempts to usurp free citizen’s personal decisions.  If none of these things mean nothing more than government is misguided, it still needs to stop.  This kind of infasctructure within gov’t is never a good thing, no matter how well intentioned.

    • Econwarrior

      In Saddam’s Iraq, the minority Sunnis ran the country, using armed might, just like obama’s goons are doing.  Even a small govt can be dangerous, if it uses armed force.

    • awfulorv

      There are eleven separate police agencies in, and around, Washington, D.C.

    • $8194357

      Germany in the 1930’s..

  • Stan Brewer

    That is where all of our ammo is going. To supply the growing armed Fed agencies that are not even supposed to pack heat mandated by federal law.  But since when did any of the Federal agencies obey the law?

  • WOOF

    Everybody is strapped, why not the Feds ?
    Armed Feds are polite Feds….maybe not.

  • sbark

    Your pic of these beuracrats with covered faces brings up a point famous gun instructor Col. Jeff Cooper made…….he was at the time reflecting upon Waco…..of Clinton / Janet Reno fame.

    quote….. Let us reflect upon the fact that a man who covers his face shows reason to be ashamed of what he is doing. A man who takes it upon himself to shed blood while concealing his identity is a revolting perversion of the warrior ethic. It has long been my conviction that a masked man with a gun is a target. I see no reason to change that view.”

    …….and that brings up the reason why Liberals rise in power inside govt much faster than other………they will do things to fellow citizens that people with morals, principles and convictions would find repungant.

    • $8194357

      Notice Hamas, Palistinian radicles and the jihadist groups, OWS and a very large
      part of the anarchist protesters also were masks, scarves and hoods..

  • mickey_moussaoui

    Yup, before you know it the Columbians will be taking over the milk industry

  • 11B40


    Of course, when they say sending in, they don’t mean sending in when there is the best reason of all for sending in, namely, people being killed, in which the best armed of government agents use that most special of all SWAT tactics, establishing an effective perimeter. For the children, no doubt.

  • Obamapoop

    I agree, these agencies should have to present their argument to seek a warrant for arrest to be served by real law enforcement. There is a huge conflict of interest in them having their own army.

  • two_amber_lamps

    Tac’ed out FDA = creepy.

    • $8194357

      Barrys private army?

  • J. D’ansel

    The most distressing and disturbing aspect of this to me is the sad reality that there are AMERICAN men and women taking their WEAPONS PAID FOR BY THE CITIZENS MONEY, and using them AGAINST their FELLOW homeland citizens! THESE people are the ones who should be put in fear of chains! How long, how LONG will we SUFFER THESE TYRANTS?
    First thing we MUST do, REPLACE the Imposter in the White House.

    First acts:
    Begin with REPEAL of the Patriot Act.
    Follow that up with ABOLISHING the Fed.
    Then REPEAL the individual income tax. Take this demented monkey off the backs of
    the WORKING people forever. The money collected from them does NOTHING to improve the financial condition of the American people. It goes to pay off the INTEREST to the Federal Reserve (a private cabal of bankers and financiers). (study the Grace Commission report) It is TOTALLY a means to control the behavior of the working class, as well as keep CONTROL of the social agenda of the nation, by a handful of unelected BUREAUCRATS.
    Read “Modern Money Mechanics”.
    Also here’s a book I recently heard about. Excerpts onsite.
    Then cut Federal gov’t by at least 50%, ruthlessly. We would be amazed at how efficiently things might run, and how little of OUR money it might take.
    One final comment.. please, do not be so foolish and idealistic as to throw the vote away in Nov. on a 3rd party candidate. That’s why we ended up with The Imposter. People who knew better thought they’d teach the conservatives a “lesson”. Conservatives voted both for 3rd party, write in’s, and Obama just to let the “R’s” know that they were unhappy with McCain. I too was repulsed by him. But! Has that approach ever worked out well??? Better to have put hard core Tea Party legislative representatives in place with him, to keep him steered in the right direction.

    Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course other may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death.
    Patrick Henry, Speech in the Virginia Convention March 23, 1775

    Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
    – Martin Luther King