DHS adds high-powered battle rifles to its arsenal

On May 7, 2012, I did a post on a rumor that the Obama administration is preparing for civil war.

Interviewed on a radio program, a private investigator claims that his contact in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) told him that the Obama administration expects and is preparing for civil war in America.

If true, maybe now we know why:

Now comes news that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is adding high-powered battle rifles to its arsenal. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for each Colt LE901 rifle is more than $2,000.

Kurl Nimmo reports for Infowars.com, July 13, 2012, that on July 5, DHS announced on the FedBizOpps.gov website that it plans to buy thirty-six Colt LE901 rifle systems. The latest DHS purchase follows a solicitation issued on July 13 for the purchase of .223 Caliber Remington Enhanced Performance Ammunition in excess of $500,000. The Colt assault weapons are designed to accept the .223 ammunition.

The 901 is much more than your typical assault rifle,” notes the Prepper Podcast Radio Network website. The weapon will allow “the DHS/FEMA foot soldier to go from an assault rifle to picking off ‘terrorists’ at a distance by only changing the upper receiver.”

This how Outdoor Life describes the Colt LE901 rifle:

“Colt Defense LLC offers the LE901-16S, a modular, multi-caliber rifle, built with both the modern hunter and the tactical professional in mind.  It’s modular, in that the rifle can be easily changed from a .308 Winchester (7.62×51 NATO) to a .223 Remington (5.56×45 NATO) by switching out the upper assemblies and buffer systems … In the classic .308 Winchester, the LE901-16S is a great choice for the big-game hunter.  Change over to the .223 upper assembly and you have a fine caliber for mid-sized game and varmints, as well as the top choice for a law enforcement officer’s tactical rifle … It weighs 9.4 pounds and measures 37.5 inches with the stock extended. It has an effective range of 700 meters in .308. Exceptional accuracy comes by way of the free floated, 16-inch, chrome-lined barrel and one-piece monolithic upper receiver … All operating controls on the LE901-16S are ambidextrous, including the magazine release, bolt catch and fire control selector … Currently offered in black, though other finishes are planned for later this year.

 MSRP: $2,129

In June, FedBizOpps.gov listed a “Personal Defense Weapons Solicitation” issued by DHS calling for 5.56x45mm NATO select-fire firearms “suitable for personal defense.” The due date for the solicitation is mid-October of 2012.

The American Dream blog had this comment about DHS’s purchase of ammunition: “I could understand if the U.S. military was ordering ammunition in this quantity. When you fight wars you can go through ammunition very rapidly. But the Department of Homeland Security is only supposed to be shooting at people very rarely.”

Also in April, Paul Joseph Watson reported on the DHS purchasing bullet resistant guard booths. “The purpose behind the bullet proof booths is unknown, but the DHS has publicly announced that it plans to increase the number of unannounced checkpoints manned by TSA VIPR teams and other federal agents beyond the 9300 that were set up last year alone,” Watson wrote at the time.

Kurt Nimmo concludes with this unsettling observation:

“It looks like DHS and the feds are gearing up for something big. A growing chorus of urgent voices are warning that the economy will finally implode this year and the result will be social chaos.”

~Eowyn

19 responses to “DHS adds high-powered battle rifles to its arsenal

  1. Yesterday on the radio there was a discussion of the civil army that is created on page 1000 something in the Obamacare Law,, thats right, you google it and find the page and wording,, the guy quoted the page numbers and the wording but at 70 mph i couldnt write it down,,
    There is more to theis Obama care bill than cheap insurance,,, and its scary as hell, ,this guy and his other communists have to go…this election is not about Obama and Romney, its about Socializm as a form of government or Democacy as we know it,, dont let the little personal issues mask that, its all about the form of government each party represents, not the puppet that the party selected.
    Democrats select a puppet, the republicans take a year to beat up a volunteer canidate sic , didnt we just watch that all year,, the Democrats select one from the sewer with no vetting whatsoever..
    and now the Obama people want all of Romneys tax returns to pick apart, but all of Obama’s history from birth to present are sealed and admitted on the floor of the Supream Court that they are fraudulent.
    Forgive the spelling, i gotta go to work the company I created all by my self, and dont have time to look up the misspellings

    • dh,

      Beginning on page 996 of the actual Obamacare law (PUBLIC LAW 111–148: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act), published by the US Govt Printing Office, there is mention of a National Health Service Corps Service (NHSCS). It’s not an army; and certainly not Obama’s private army.

      The NHSCS is created by the Public Health Service Act. From the quick glance I made, it appears the NHSCS is “a training demonstration program [created by the Dept of Health & Human Services] for family nurse practitioners (referred to in this section as the ‘program’) to employ and provide 1-year training for nurse practitioners who have graduated from a nurse practitioner program for careers as primary care providers in Federally qualified health centers…and nurse-managed health clinics….” (see page 995 of the Obamacare law)

      I also did a search for the word “army” in the Obamacare law, but came up with 0 results. A search for the word “corps” brought me to the National Health Service Corps Service. No other type of corps is found in the Obamacare law.

      See for yourself. Go to: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-111publ148/pdf/PLAW-111publ148.pdf

      • edward oleander

        If it would let me carry a cool rifle like that 901, I’d get my Nurse Practitioner cert and march in the Red (Cross) Berets… I can see it now… An army in scrubs, treating wounds with one hand, and gunning down anarchist rabble-rousers with the other… It all fits!

        Seriously, even I’m having trouble not seeing SOMETHING going through official Washington’s collective head… It’s starting to get weird. Some days it really seems like there are at least two people living in Obama’s head. There’s the one I like, and want to give another 4 years to, and then there’s the one signing shit like NDAA and the PATRIOT extension…

        And yeah, I know the 901 is EXACTLY the rifle that I lobby to keep off our streets and out of civilian hands, but it’s f-ing cool anyway… :-)
        ~ed

  2. Wow! An whole thirty-six rifles to war against the armed populace of the United States! If true, that’s going to be a short fight. Thirty-six rifles?!? I suspect that one could find several dozens of similar although semi-auto-only privately-owned rifles just among the citizens of my southern Missouri home town of 12,000 souls.

    On a more reasonable level, doesn’t the DHS also have jurisdiction over the Border Patrol and ICE? Isn’t it true that there is effectively a shooting war going on now on our border with Mexico with smugglers (both of humans and of drugs) on the one side and law enforcement officials on the other? Are our Border Patrol agents supposed to continue using bean bags against AK-47 rifles and being killed as a result the way Brian Terry was?

    • edward oleander

      The 36 are obviously for test evaluation. If the rifles live up their hype (and damn they look sweet on the videos), there will be bigger orders to come.

      Taken purely by itself, the purchase of these guns is no big deal. The 901 seems to be an ideal field weapon for a small mobile team like Border Patrols. If we start hearing about this gun becoming a replacement for several existing, but older systems, then I won’t be so concerned. But it needs to be a more transparent process, just to avoid worrying folks.

  3. See also my previous posts:

    1. “There Really are FEMA Camps,” Dec. 14, 2011.

    2. US Army has a field manual on civilian internment, May 8, 2012.

  4. I thought the new Obama issued SOP for Border Patrol
    was to run and hide…I wish they could be equipped and allowed
    to do their mission but better two rifles than two receivers/barrels.

    …and don’t forget that half-crazy doesn’t mean half-right :)

  5. Jim, an email acquaintance who works for the DoD, wrote this to me:

    “My thoughts are that this is not a big deal:

    1) It’s only 36 rifles. Peanuts. DHS has something like 30,000 personnel. It’s a guarantee they have hundreds/thousands of rifles, and if they don’t, they should.

    2) It’s only $500,000 worth of .223 ammo. Peanuts. That means probably around one million, maybe two million rounds of ammunition. They’ll shoot that up in a couple years just through training.

    3) DHS is wasting money. They can buy M4 carbines that are identical in every significant way but one at half that price. The one significant way this rifle is different from a standard M4 is in being convertible from the standard .223cal to .308cal. Worthless for a huge agency like DHS. DHS has the size and resources to just buy some .308 rifles (like the M1A or M21) for their snipers, equip their entry teams and other enforcement personnel with .223 rifles (like the M4) and not worry about trying to buy multi-purpose rifles that can change calibers.

    I’m guessing maybe these 36 rifles are for 18 sniper teams, where typically the spotter carries a .223cal rifle while the shooter has a larger caliber weapon. This way they carry the same basic weapon, which has some advantage in terms of familiarity with both and maintenance of both, both in the armorer’s shop and out in the field. Still, it seems like wasted money to me.”

    • Hardnox,

      I do think it’s a big deal, or I wouldn’t have posted about it. Just thought Jim’s opinion might be of some interest. But then, since he works for the DoD, his perspective is not surprising.

      • James L Habermehl

        I am Jim. To set the record straight: While I am retired USAFR, I no longer work for DoD. Also, I have great respect and admiration for “Eowyn” and all her good work. :-)

        I in no way meant to belittle any concern over this subject. I have great trepidation over the number of federal police agencies and their tens of thousands of heavily armed and equipped agents/troops. I know Eowyn would vouch for me on this and on my patriotic bona fides in general.

        I only meant to give a bottom-line, no-BS assessment without the extra histrionics that sadly so often accompanies the breathless, whites-showing-around-the-eyes tone so often taken by the patriotic press each and every time anything comes up regarding another possible increase in FEDGOV’s JBT posture. Sadly, there is some very good reason for many among us to lean that way, as I think even a sober, just-the-facts assessment paints a very alarming picture of where we stand overall, and of where we are headed.

        However, in that vein, I will point out that an earlier poster has it right: DHS encompasses agencies like Border Patrol and ICE. It seems to me that if any federal agencies have a legitimate need for some number of snipers and heavily-armed and equipped agents, it is them. I do have some problems with federal drug laws (in particular the *federal* part), but I’m strongly in favor of regulation of *illegal* aliens. Unless and until those laws change, there is a huge amount of illegal activity crossing our borders and it certainly makes sense that DHS would need many more than merely 36 rifles and $500,000 of ammo for them (and I’m sure they already have far more than this). This is part of why I said “peanuts;” I would guess Border Patrol alone has thousands of rifles.

        • Thanks, Jim, for your clarification. I can most definitely vouch for your patriotism and political libertarianism and, like so many of us on FOTM, reverence for the U.S. Constitution.

    • ah…when you put it into team form ,the math makes sense.
      But don’t we have non-politically motivated units to handle
      this mission….well, the CIA and the FBI and the Dept.of Education
      have them….

  6. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this sobering post. I am worried about what the timing is telling us, specifically with regard to the upcoming election.

  7. Honestly,from the news I have been seeing and what Oboner has been personally doing,especially with his “By all means neccessary” document,it sounds like we won’t make it to the election as he has it in mind to stage some sort of “event” at the right time to lock us down and suspend the conny and election.

  8. Hmmm…36 rifles? No big deal I guess. But on top of everything else they are accumulating, makes me wonder what they are planning for.

  9. I don’t think they’re hunting wabbits (insert Elmer Fudd laugh)

  10. in my humble opinion in the event of civil war people will fight cops and troops( no matter from what country), then you have drug gangs,gangs,nutbars,criminals,psychos armed with god knows what,drug money can buy a lot of firepower. i dont think it will be safe for anyone, given the fact that people do not care for their fellow man or woman, while i believe that a war is coming i pray all the time for this not to happen, if it does who ever wins will only have a total destroyed country

    • Left/libtards don’t care if the country is destroyed as long as they win and have power… even if it’s only over a pile of debris, other people are just expendable toward that end for them.

  11. The more I think about this, the more it seems likely that those rifles are for test and evaluation purposes. I just can’t imagine any government agency the size of DHS buying only thirty-six rifles. It’s a new design that I could see proving useful with regard to commonality of parts between close range 5.56mm and longer range 7.62mm rifles if it proves sufficiently reliable. But it is a new concept. That being so, I strongly suspect that this purchase is for testing and evaluation purposes only.

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