When financial questions arose regarding the Mountain Pure Water Company, Washington did not send a few staffers to inspect documents. Instead, last spring, some 50 armed Treasury agents breached Mountain Pure’s headquarters in Little Rock, Ark. They seized 82 boxes of records, herded employees into the cafeteria, snatched their cell phones, and refused to let them consult attorneys.Here's a news flash, Mr. T-man: you're the reason we've got the Second Amendment.
“We’re the federal government,” Mountain Pure’s comptroller, Jerry Miller, says one pistol-packing fed told him. “We can do what we want, when we want, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”
Police forces at all levels - national, state and local - have been trending toward militarization for years. This seems excessive - and, indeed, absurd - in many cases. I mean, does the freakin' FDA really need commandos?
Update: And why do so many towns, counties and colleges want drones all of a sudden? I guess they all believe that it's preferable to facilitate police pursuit of a criminal after the crime has been committed rather than to permit an armed citizenry that might have prevented the crime in the first place.