my tin foil hat
remember that little brouhaha over whether it was the noaa fisheries people or the weather service who had ordered those 46,000 hollow point bullets, i.e. bullets that are used never for target practice, and always for taking down human beings, not uncoincidentally in conflict with the geneva convention? (that's right, the us army can't use 'em). well, those 46,000 hollow point rounds for game wardens and weather stationeers is just the tip of that iceberg. the social security administration ordered 176,000 hollow point rounds. the us department of agriculture ordered 326,000 rounds. the department of homeland security ordered 450 MILLION rounds. (for scale, consider that the us army expends about 5.5 million rounds during an average month in iraq and afghanistan, meaning that DHS is now armed for 7 years of actual war).
back in the old days, they called it "REX 84", and it was a government blueprint for martial law. these days it goes by the NSDP51 (national security defense protocol) and HSDP20 (homeland security defense protocol) monickers, and it includes over three thousand detention / "civilian labor" camps to receive all those so designated by the government without due process according to the powers granted under the patriot act.
yup, our government is armed for 7 years of fighting against its own citizens, using ammunition not allowable in international conflict by the rules of the geneva convention, including forced detention and labor camps (nowhere in my reading of the government sites did i see the word "concentration", but i couldn't help but be reading it nonetheless) and targeted assassination.
but, of course, you will say that i'm crazy. our government would never do that.
so why do they need all that ammo???