Representatives Demand Answers on Ammo Purchases
By Harold Hutchison
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano refused to answer questions about reported purchases of ammunition by her department. The questions have come from Representative Leonard Lance (R-NJ) and Timothy Huelskamp (R-KS), and center on a stockpile of 1.6 billion rounds, most of them for 9mm and .40 S&W pistols.
To put this ammo into perspective, this is enough ammo to fight Operation Iraqi Freedom for 24 years. One contract, awarded to ATK, involves 450 million rounds of ammo, and was issued on 12 March. Homeland Security has denied reports that it has purchased 2,700 Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected vehicles, or MRAPs, with spokesman Peter Broogard telling SOF, “ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) currently utilizes 16 mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles nationwide in the course of criminal investigations. These MRAPs, obtained in 2008, are used by HSI special agents under hazardous conditions such as the execution of criminal search or arrest warrants for known drug trafficking organizations. Additionally, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) utilizes 16 MRAPs in border operations. These 32 MRAPs - operated by HSI and CBP - were provided free of charge from the Department of Defense. DHS has no plans for future MRAP purchases.”
The Obama Administration has stonewalled Congress before. At present, a court case is pending over Contempt of Congress charges filed against Attorney General Eric Holder, who has refused to turn over e-mails and documents pertaining to Operation Fast & Furious.
Check out this video of Rep. Lance discussing the ammo purchases: