Occam’s (Rent Seeking) Razor
Both RT and Reason have reported on a story that apparently got its roots over at Infowars, regarding the Department of Homeland Security purchasing paper targets for law enforcement officials to practice gunning down ordinary citizens. This has been picked up by other blogs, with predictable hyperbole:
This puzzle isn’t difficult to assemble, folks. We’ve got the U.S. government already on record purchasing 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition to be used domestically, inside the united states. The government is also purchasing thousands of full-auto assault rifles, calling them “personal defense weapons.”
On top of that, there are hundreds of thousands of multi-body coffins being stored right now at FEMA camp facilities, and there’s also strong evidence that FEMA camps are being activated with core staff coming on line.
And then we’ve also got the feds saying they want Americans to turn in all their guns and completely disarm themselves so that only the government has guns.
Um… how much evidence do you need, folks? I’m just wondering how so many Americans can still be living in a state of total denial about all this. It is abundantly clear that the current occupying government of America — which is an illegitimate occupying force of anti-constitution traitors and criminals — literally has a plan to mass murder tens of millions of Americans by either gunning them down in the streets, or rounding them up and stuffing them info FEMA coffins (or mass graves).
Well, let’s examine another likely explanation for this phenomena, shall we?
According to a link provided by the Reason blog post, Law Enforcement Targets, Inc. has received $5,471,126 in federal money, with $3,124,271 of that coming from the DoD, and $1,913,489 coming from the Department of Homeland Security. Interestingly, however, all $5,471,126 of this has been spent by… Minnesota.
Law Enforcement Targets, Inc. is… surprise! A company in… Minnesota.
The head of the DHS in Minnesota is Kris Eide, an interview with her regarding expenditures here. For those unaware, the Department of Homeland Security generally does not purchase items directly, for itself. The department provides grant services for first responder organizations. So this isn’t a case of “The Department of Homeland Security is buying these targets”… it is instead a case of “Some law enforcement agency purchased these using grant funds provided by the Department of Homeland Security”. As Ms. Eide mentions in her interview, it’s not her job to assess the applicability of the expenditures, beyond their qualifying status. So if a head of a local police department is allowed to charge $100,000 worth of expenditures under the category, “training aids”, the local police department can buy anything they determine is a “training aide” and the DHS foots the bill, up to $100k. This is an approach that gets props from the folks at Reason, generally, yes? Local control over expenditures. Block grants are preferable to assigned expenditures, since those local folk generally know what they need better than some faceless government bureaucrat somewhere in Washington, yes? Law Enforcement Targets, Inc. appears to be a privately held company.
Would anyone care to hazard a guess what degree of separation exists between those people who are the owners of this for-profit institution and the person(s) in charge of procurement for the law enforcement agencies that purchased these targets?