Chicken Alaska…no, it’s not some savory culinary dish a la chicken alexander but rather a small gold mining town with a population of 17.
The members of this town were treated to a rather rude awakening when their little slice of the last frontier was descended upon by a cavalcade of Federal and State agencies. Or more accurately, the Federal Agencies descended while bringing on some token State agencies in order to make it look less like an invasion and subjugation of state sovereignty.
This raid, in which the agencies involved (10) nearly outnumbered the residents of the town (17) is somehow trying to be spun that it was not a raid.
Let me stress one point about the previous sentence. The number of AGENCIES nearly eclipsed the population of the town, not the number of agents which was likened by a resident as a swarm of ants.
“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. Hammond told the Alaska Dispatch.
Somehow, invading a town like army ants, armed to the teeth and in body armor doesn’t constitute a “raid”, according to the EPA. A spokesman for the EPA released a statement saying:
“The ongoing investigation conducted by the AK Environmental Crimes Task Force — consisting of EPA, ADEC, USFWS, ADFG, BLM, Coast Guard, FBI, Alaska State Troopers, NOAA, & US Park Service — did not result in a raid,”
So what was the EPA et al, in their full body armor and superior firepower up to in the sleepy town of Chicken? Was there some intelligence about eco-terrorists or some other threat to National Security that warranted such a heavy handed military style raid?
Nope. The EPA wanted to check the water.
According to them the not raid raid was due to the possibility of violations to the Clean Water Act.
Oh wait…it gets better. Since the August 19th not raid raid there has been increasing outrage from both private citizens and the politicians of Alaska, including both US Senators and Gov. Parnell who ordered an investigation yesterday stating:
“this level of intrusion and intimidation of Alaskans is absolutely unacceptable.”
Hear hear Gov. Parnell. The reaction from the EPA…not only to stonewall the inquiries but also to add new allegations that the not raid raid was in response to rampant drug and human trafficking. I can tell you that that’s bogus from the start.
You want to know how I know? Because of all the alphabet soup agencies involved, there is one conspicuously absent in an investigation of rampant drug trafficking. Namely, the DEA. Also, is the EPA saying that they didn’t raid a town that they suspected of drug and human trafficking? Really?
Even the State Troopers weren’t going to back up the EPA’s lies when a spokeswoman for the AK State Troopers stated that they did not advise EPA officials to conduct the raid, adding that no evidence exists to believe those crimes are occurring.
So what can we take away from all of this.
First, all agencies of the Federal Government are becoming militarized.
Second, these formerly non-militarized agencies need bullets and have gotten about 2 billion of them over a ten month period as the federal government continues to stockpile and hoard ammunition.
Fourth, if this military style raid is going to happen over water, and then get trumped up with false allegations when some people object, just imagine what will happen when these agencies turn their attention to gun owners.
The possibility that gun owners will be subject to such not raid raids in which the myriad of Fed. Agencies descend up their home on trumped up charges and fishing expeditions is very real. And of course, if some law abiding citizens or their dogs get killed along the way the Feds can no doubt trump up some more charges because the deceased won’t put up much of a defense.
And THAT is not, “the sky is falling” or conspiracy theory talking. That is a rational extrapolation of the previous four facts. I’m not saying it is going to happen, all i’m saying is that it could happen, because it all ready is, just not to gun owners…yet.
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