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Hmm – I'VE WONDERED ABOUT THIS, TOO – AT 10:40 A.M. ET:  The federal government has been stockpiling vast amounts of ammunition, and not for military use.  No rational explanation has been given.  It's rather frightening, I think.  From Andrew Malcolm at IBD: 

In a puzzling, unexplained development, the Obama administration has been buying and storing vast amounts of ammunition in recent months, with the Department of Homeland Security just placing another order for an additional 21.6 million rounds.

Several other agencies of the federal government also began buying large quantities of bullets last year. The Social Security Administration, for instance, not normally considered on the frontlines of anything but dealing with seniors, explained that its purchase of millions of rounds was for special agents' required quarterly weapons qualifications. They must be pretty poor shots.

But DHS has been silent about its need for numerous orders of bullets in the multiple millions. Indeed, Examiner writer Ryan Keller points out Janet Napolitano's agency illegally redacted information from some ammunition solicitation forms following media inquiries.

According to one estimate, just since last spring DHS has stockpiled more than 1.6 billion bullets, mainly .40 caliber and 9mm. That's sufficient firepower to shoot every American about five times. Including illegal immigrants.

To provide some perspective, experts estimate that at the peak of the Iraq war American troops were firing around 5.5 million rounds per month. At that rate, DHS is armed now for a 24-year Iraq war.

The perceived need for so much ammunition in federal custody is especially strange given Obama's double-barreled emphasis in his inaugural address on the approaching end in Afghanistan "of a decade of war." And he also noted, "We, the people, still believe that enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war."
The lack of a credible official explanation for such awesome ammunition acquisitions is feeding all sorts of conspiracy theories, mainly centered on federal anticipation of some kind of domestic insurrection. Napolitano has at times alluded to threats from the extreme right-wing.

Other conspiracists harken back to an Obama Colorado campaign speech in July, 2008. That day he deviated from his prepared text to say:

"We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded."

COMMENT:  Is it too much to ask that some news organization actually inquire into this, and demand some answers?  The press has become so disgraceful in its obeisance to The One that even the acquisition by the feds of billions of rounds of ammo, unexplained, doesn't get their interest.

I'm no conspiracy theorist, but I have concerns.  One of them is the possibility that the administration is buying up huge amounts of ammo to help create the current ammunition shortage, keeping rounds out of the hands of law-abiding private citizens.  A secondary effect would be to drive the price of ammunition higher, which seems to be a goal of some gun-control advocates. 

February 8, 2013