Tuesday, June 12, 2012

DHS agencies to buy up to 7,000 new 5.56x45mm NATO 'personal defense weapons'

Madison Ruppert, Contributor
Activist Post

The behemoth Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is seeking up to 7,000 select fire (meaning that they are capable of both semi-automatic and automatic fire) 5.56x45mm North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) personal defense weapons (PDWs) on top of the hundreds of millions of hollow point rounds they recently acquired.

Unfortunately, the reason for both of these major purchases and the continuing heavy armament of DHS agencies like Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) continues to go unexplained.

The newest weapons order – which was originally posted on June 7, 2012 and has a response date of July 9, 2012 – is for so-called personal defense weapons which would be used in close quarters combat situations when maximum concealment is required.

I find that last part quite interesting, as requiring maximum concealment for a 5.56x45mm NATO weapon is not really a run-of-the-mill request.

Each prospective vendor has been asked to provide to the DHS their weapons, which will be tested at the National Firearms and Tactical Training Unit (NFTTU) in Altoona, Pennsylvania, which is run by ICE.

The DHS solicitation (PDF) says that each vendor is to provide, “Only one specific nomenclature firearm … for solicitation testing [to be] considered for contract award.”

It is also interesting that the solicitation specifically states that, “The awardee or awardees of the subject contract agrees to allow DHS to release testing data of their firearm samples to Federal agencies, Military, and law enforcement.”

The solicitation also specifies that the guns will be quite small for a rifle at a mere 30 inches or less with the stock fully extended and 20 inches or less with the stock fully retracted or folded.

They also specify that the barrel must come equipped with a flash suppressor and/or muzzle brake, noting, “The muzzle device will be rated on its ability to reduce muzzle signature.”

Furthermore, they state that every firearm will be tested with a whopping 4,000 rounds, meaning that 28,000 rounds will be spent just testing the firearms before they are put into service.

If the guns pass that test, three samples will be tested with an additional 3,500 rounds per firearm while the guns will also be tested for resilience in high temperature, low temperature, salt water immersion, sand and dust and drop conditions.

At the time of writing the contractors who have expressed interest are Ohio-based Ares, Inc., Florida-based Material Integration, Inc., and Virginia-based FNH USA, LLC.

Unfortunately, the information we have on the actual reason behind these large procurements is non-existent.

If we can take the DHS’s history with the refusal to explain the reason why they need hundreds of millions of hollow point bullets, it is safe to say that they will likely thwart any attempt to get them to explain why they need these thousands of firearms as well.

Personally, I find this quite sickening in a time when our national debt – against which the American taxpayer is being used as collateral – is rising to unimaginable heights.

With the levels of debt we have right now and no cutbacks in government spending in sight, I seriously doubt that we will ever realistically be able to pay back these ludicrously massive sums of money.

Yet the government continues to spend like there’s no tomorrow between hundreds of millions of rounds of ammunition, thousands of new weapons and even hundreds of millions on drones we don’t even use because they don’t work (see below).

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Anonymous said...

The completely treasonous government is openly declaring war on the American people. It is all because of the planned economic collapse and the approaching Planet X. the day of the next false flag to invade Iran is the day America will be annihilated by Russia, China and the SCO.

William said...

Let's see: electronic voting fraud that got us an unelected buffoon (Bush) who acted as the 9/11 gatekeeper, took us off to illegal wars against Israel's enemies, shredded the constitution based on the 9/11 lie and the Muslims boogieman; creating the DHS police state edifice.

Bush, worked with Alan Greenspan and Wall Street, kept interest rates artificially low, loosen under-writing standards, repealed the Glass Steagal Act, and left OTC derivatives unregulated; acts which lead to the largest economic (housing) bubble in history, destroying investments world-wide, leading to the financial bail-out of the very same perpetrators of this same scam, the public insurance mechanism, Leaving US taxpayers on the hook for trillions of dollars, imposing austerity on the very people ripped off by this ponzi scheme. Millions impoverished, jobless, homeless.

Our jobs are being off-shored to China, who buys the Treasury bills that fund the budget deficit that burgeoned astronomically due to military expenditures meant to fight...China and its expansion into Africa; and "al Qaeda" the CIA contrivance meant to distract us while we are enslaved and our pockets picked.

Meanwhile, because in the aftermath of 9/11 Cheney acts to deregulate deep water drilling, we get the Gulf of Mexico oil blow-out, an environmental, health, and economic disaster that is only dwarfed by the HAARP/Stuxnet Fukushima Daiichi radiation nightmare that now threatens the existence of all human beings in the northern hemisphere.

So, what do these miscreants do? Do they act to arrest those responsible for these massive crimes against humanity? Do they allow for a process to free the electoral system, the MSM so people can restore democracy to their countries? Allow for an unfettered investigation into what really happened on 9/11? Do they punish BP for destroying the ecology and economy of the Gulf; demand the MSM to tell the people about the real dangers of Fukushima, and move heaven and earth to allow for the badly needed repairs to Fukushima reactor #4?

No, they buy 770 million rounds of ammunition and get ready to slaughter their own citizens, and march the survivors off to FEMA camps!

Anonymous said...

Why do all of you fear these pathetic bureaucrats?
The US population probably bought 7,000 semi auto rifles SINCE YESTERDAY...
Remember the 450 million rd purchase by DHS?, we probably bought 450 million rds last month!
Just in Wisconsin last year, there were 600,000 deer hunting permits issued, 750,000 in PA & 700,000 in MI.

That is over 2 million accurate, high power shooters IN JUST 3 STATES!
Imagine adding all the other states...
Imagine all of the gun owners who don't even hunt...
We are many, they are few, they fear us.
Never forget that.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if this is too small a bid for Israel to take a look at?

Anonymous said...

“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?... The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin's thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If...if...We didn't love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation.... We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”
― Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn

Anonymous said...

Obama wanted a domestic security force equal to that of our regular military and it looks like he's getting it. When are people going to wake up? Do people not realize that by definition a "civilian" security force is to secure against civilians? Conventional military is there for foreign enemies.

When Obama made that speech I remember thinking, "why would we need such a thing? What do they plan on doing that would piss us off to the point that they would have to defend against us?", but the adoring crowd just clapped and cheered like a bunch of Jim Jones Kool-Aid drinking zombies. God help us.

Anonymous said...

Too many facts, not enough analysis, no attempt to present a balanced perspective and completely lacking in "context".

Nemetron 2000 said...

What this tells me is that the employees of these various government agencies are literally being conscripted for war.

I know their idle minds probably haven't figured that out yet (they're to busy salivating at the idea of shooting that pesky next door neighbor of theirs that likes to mow his lawn on Sunday mornings at 7:00am).

One thing to remember is that these people aren't seasoned soldiers. Most are desk jockeys and paper filers that in a live fire situation will probably do more harm to their own people than those they are actually trying to kill. Giving them weapons capable of full auto fire might be equivalent to dropping a tomato into a blender.

Alas, the method of the savage mind never changes.

Anonymous said...

The Geneva Convention prohibits the use of hollow point ammunition on the battle field. But in USInc. it's been used for years on our own people. Make no mistake, it is for us. I suggest we all seek weapons training ASAP. Dont shoot to kill shoot to stay alive.

bloodyspartan said...

William you truly are a Maronon.

Idiot 6 news papers verified Bush won. But hey the margin would have been even larger if they did not call the State for Gore.

Imbecile. Compromise is for losers, now another Romney to assist in the Decline.

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

"Learning is not virtue, but the means to bring us to an acquaintance with it. Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful. Let these be your motives to action through life, the relief of the distressed, the detection of frauds, the defeat of oppression, and the diffusion of happiness.”
--Brigadier General Nathanael Greene

Anonymous said...

So, Crappy Nappy's corrupt outfit needs 7,000 close-quarters fully-automatic machine guns, aka "assault weapons," eh? Whom, exactly, do they plan on assaulting?

Anonymous said...

Another DHS snafu: LinkedIn and others, should be using non-decryptable encryption. http://bit.ly/KBvUdZ It only leaves the brute force option. But, the # of permutations and necessary tries are astronomical. The permutations make this encryption very different from a street algebraic approach. Which means, an infinitesimal chance of decryption. A much better way, IMHO. Theoretically & practically. Certainly better than the razz-majazz of hashing.

There are also the social issues of gov't & control. Non-decryptable encryption has been around since 1930s & one time key encryption. But, restricted to military use. In limited forms, it should be permitted for civilian use, IMHO.

Scott said...

What good is an army without guns and bullets? What's the problem here?

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