A key conservative in Congress who now is retired warned America back in 1997, when Bill Clinton was in the Oval Office, of problems that would develop with an armed Bureau of Land Management.
He also said there would be problems with the weaponization of the Internal Revenue Service, the use of the feared federal agency to attack critics of the Washington bureaucracy or the White House agenda.
And the warning from then-Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, quoted WND founder and CEO Joseph Farah, who then was running the Western Journalism Center in Sacramento and had researched the massive number of federal officers Washington was arming.
Paul, whose son, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is a leading contender for the GOP nomination for president in 2016, warned Congress: “Thanks to a recent article by Joseph Farah, director of the Western Journalism Center of Sacramento, California, appearing in the Houston Chronicle, the surge in the number of armed federal bureaucrats has been brought to our attention. Farah points out that in 1996 alone, at least 2,439 new federal cops were authorized to carry firearms. That takes the total up to nearly 60,000. Farah points out that these cops were not only in agencies like the FBI, but include the EPA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and the Army Corps of Engineers. Even Bruce Babbitt, according to Farah, wants to arm the Bureau of Land Management. Farah logically asks, ‘When will the NEA have its armed art cops?’ This is a dangerous trend.”