Federal police

One phenomena that illustrates the slowly encroaching erosion of established practice started with the FBI. The Bundy case illustrated a new highlight and some are starting to notice. The Washington Times reports Utah lawmaker moves to disarm BLM, IRS, says ‘They’re not paramilitary units’.

Rep. Chris Stewart of Utah, concerned about the armed agents that surrounded Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s property, introduced a bill to cut funding for any “paramilitary units” that work for the Bureau of Land Management, the Internal Revenue Service and other federal regulatory agencies.

“There are lots of people who are really concerned when the BLM shows up with its own SWAT team,” he said on the House floor on Tuesday, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. “They’re regulatory agencies. They’re not paramilitary units, and I think that concerns a lot of us.”

The preference for local policing with the federal government only being involved with military outside the borders is a long standing tradition going to the Bill of Rights items about housing soldiers. These days, it seems every federal agency thinks it needs its own SWAT team and LEO qualified personnel. There are reasons to worry.

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