SWAT-Style EPA Raid In Alaska Shines A Light On Federal Agencies With Arrest Power


After EPA agents in tactical gear swarmed a mining operation in the tiny Alaskan outpost of Chicken last week, the State’s governor blasted the Feds, calling the raid an “absolutely unacceptable” example of government resorting to intimidation tactics to enforce something as nonviolent an (alleged) offense as the Clean Water Act.

Now, a new analysis of government data reveals the EPA is only one of dozens of Federal agencies that have self-contained armed divisions.

Looking past the DEA, FBI and, since 2002, the DHS, there are about 12,000 full-time Federal officers across 40 agencies who can carry firearms and arrest suspects, according to a Fox News analysis of a Justice Department report. Of those, at least a dozen agencies aren’t concerned at all with law enforcement, but nonetheless retain enforcement officers with guns.

“Though most Americans know agents within the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Federal Bureau of Prisons carry guns, agencies such as the Library of Congress and Federal Reserve Board employing armed officers might come as a surprise,” the Fox report states:

The number of federal department [sic] with armed personnel climbs to 73 when adding in the 33 offices of inspector general, the government watchdogs for agencies as large as the Postal Service to the Government Printing Office, whose IG has only five full-time officers.

The late-August raid on Chicken, a small gold mining town near the State’s eastern border, involved officers from the EPA, FBI, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, Coast Guard, NOAA and the U.S. Park Service. The Federal agents were allegedly acting in concert with the Alaska Environmental Crimes Task Force, but the State’s Congressional delegation, as well as the State police, weren’t buying it.

“Their explanation – that there are concerns within the area of rampant drug trafficking and human trafficking going on – sounds wholly concocted to me,” said Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)… This seems to have been a heavy-handed, and heavy-armor approach. Why was it so confrontational? The EPA really didn’t have any good answers for this.”

Chicken is a tiny place, with nothing resembling a block-grid infrastructure. Lying near the State’s Eastern border with Canada, it has a current population of seven. The only year-round access to the town is via a small local airstrip.

An Alaska State Trooper spokesperson also told the Alaska Dispatch that the State police had not advised the EPA of any “dangerous drug activity” in the area. “We do not have evidence to suggest that is occurring,” said Trooper spokesperson Megan Peters.

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  • garygerke

    That raid was practice, nothing more. The government is getting ready for something big in the near future, these kinds of raids are happening across the nation.

    • podunk1

      Once again we face a legislative failure to protect citizens! When the ridiculous starts happening, defund it! Mandate treble damages from any idiot in the chain of command, who gives orders to march!! No big deal – Gatlin guns and swat teams aren’t needed to give out “parking” tickets to pack mules, or arrest whores, vagrants, & drunks in a town of 7 that’s maybe 100 miles away from another town of the same size!


      • garygerke

        You my fellow patriot are right on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Doc Sarvis

    When even census takers are shot/killed for doing their jobs who could be surprised that Federal Law enforcement agencies are armed?

    • jdn

      Come on Doc , how big of a hood does Chicken Alaska have with just 7 people ? Oh I see on the internet its the north western headquarters for the Crips .

    • Vis Fac

      Why do we need census takers to garner “personal” information the government can use against us? What I have know live or anything else is strictly PRIVATE the government has absolutely no business having ANY information other than what they collect from my tax return.

      If I had my way we would still have an army behind us rather than against us It used to be the case now we must fear our government to the point of arming ourselves. The gist of having the Second amendment. In case you are unaware there is tyranny within our government. Too bad most are oblivious to this fact!

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est

  • brownstoneconstr

    and ya’ll thought hilter was dead. jews have more to fear from obama than previously thought. he’s back again just in a different color.

    • Doc Sarvis

      TOTAL B. S.

      • brownstoneconstr

        then your living in a different country than the rest of us doc. look around you and see how the government wants to take away your liberties little by little.

        • Vis Fac

          “The best way to take control over a people and control them utterly is to take a little of their freedom at a time, to
          erode rights by a thousand tiny and almost imperceptible reductions. In this way the people will not see those rights and freedoms being removed until past the point at which these changes cannot be reversed.” – Adolf Hitler

          In case all of you have been in a deep coma you should realize this is happening as we read and post on this thread. It is NOT BS as some would like to believe!!!!

          Libertas inaestimabilis res est

      • vicki

        You are welcome to believe that Doc. But when they come to take you to the showers, who will speak for you?

    • friday51

      Yes and so do the whites when Sharia law takes over.

    • Jimmy the Greek

      Oboma is a tool of the zionest , who the hell do you think put him in office !

  • jdn

    So the little town of chicken has 7 residence . Suspected of human trafficking , major drug smuggling and making muddy water mining for gold out in the middle of asbsolutely nowhere without even a passable road . These must be the 7 most dangerous people on earth to fly in swat teams from multiple agencies . So there was no mention of arrests or executions , what has happened with these dangerous felons ?

  • dan

    They don’t even have a STOP SIGN…how much traffic can there be :)
    The mercenaries were probably just worried that they might have to fight their way OUT of Chicken.


    just a reason to practice taking out the law abiding people of this country!all these warning signs and yet some people still have their blinders on!
    wonder how things like this would go if SWAT met up with equally numbered and armed citizens!??!food for thought!

    • Jimmy the Greek

      It happend in Waco ! The goverment boys took a aris beating they had to regroup and get help and burned the place

      • Robert Messmer

        I mentioned Waco in my posting above (FB Conversations), in that they learned their lesson not to pull these inter-agencies training exercises where there are witnesses.

  • Jimmy the Greek

    With only seven people in the town i think the town drug lord would need food stamps to eat !

  • Vis Fac

    Once again we have the makings of a police state hell bent on usurpation of OUR Constitutionally Guaranteed Freedoms! No warrant no probable cause just someone’s power hungry idea to “prove” who’s the boss!

    Your local police are not police; they are extensions of the military who act with impunity against those who they “swore to protect and serve”. These thugs only “serve” to protect their interests (and A$$ES) and wreck havoc among the citizenry gloating amongst themselves because they operate unopposed and have the backing of government.

    I have posted this a few times and find it apropos here:

    The Department of Homeland Security has ordered another 21.6 million bullets to add to the 1.6 billion it has bought in the last year. Before the order, DHS had more than enough bullets to shoot every U.S. citizen four times and keep
    hundreds of millions of rounds in reserve. For perspective, during the height
    of the Iraq war, U.S. soldiers were using 5.5 million rounds per month.

    The immigration reform legislation currently under discussion would place many more drones into U.S. airspace to spy on citizens along the border and within the 100 mile border zone over which DHS claims jurisdiction. It also calls for biometric ID cards maintained by the government that would be necessary to secure employment and perform other interactions with government functionaries and bureaucracies.

    Police officers are teaming with National Guard and other U.S. military units to carry out training exercises that resemble military invasions on U.S. soil in
    violation of Posse Comitatus.

    The Obama regime aided by a complicit Congress passed into law just more than one year ago the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which gives the regime the power to arrest and indefinitely detain American citizens without habeas corpus.

    Police across the country are becoming more militant and more militarized. Almost daily now are media reports of cops training their weapons on children, tazing and arresting them in schools, and shooting down civilians in their
    homes during no-knock warrant executions.

    The surveillance state is growing more intrusive by the day. Police now have scanners that can peer beneath our clothes and in our cars and homes on street corners and in mobile units. Cameras and audio recording devices are everywhere.

    High Schools students are being required to carry micro chipped cards that record their whereabouts and to submit hair samples for mandatory drug testing.

    Lawyers are being arrested for informing people of their rights.

    Police officers are accompanying electric workers to enforce installation of so-called “smart meters” on houses that have the capability of spying on homeowners and supplying the state with terabytes of data on day-to-day activities. This opens the homeowner up to abuse from state enforcers and identity theft from thieves.

    The elite behind the scenes count on the ignorance of the American people — who have been dumbed down with drugs, tobacco, alcohol, debauchery, a craze for national sports, instant gratification, debt and no rule of law — to ignore these and the many other loses of freedoms as they advance their agenda to confiscate all the world’s wealth and enslave the populace.

    Libertas inaestimabilis res est

  • JLouisK

    Fox news is misleading the public by including the Federal Reserve Board as a government agency, or at least implying it

    • CommonSense4America

      That’s all you’ve got for Fox News? Boy,,,you really had to reach deep for that one.

      • JLouisK

        I was only pointing that out for those who might have missed it. As it is I don’t listen to Fox News.

    • Robert Messmer

      According to the article they simply did an analysis of a Justice Department report. Excuse me, armed agents for the Library of Congress??? Fines aren’t enough, besides can you really check a book out? And do you need an ID?

  • ibn insha

    Disband all federal agencies except Department of Defense and the State Department. Government’s job is to protect us not control us.

  • Newspooner

    Government is out of control at all levels.