Protesters across Bosnia set fire to government buildings and fight with riot police amid protests over unemployment and corruption
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Federal agency has purchased around 2 billion bullets over last year
While the second amendment is under assault from gun control legislation across the country, the Department of Homeland Security is gearing up to use some of the roughly 2 billion rounds of ammunition it has purchased over the last year, by leasing a $10 million dollar firearms facility in Boston.
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“The Department of Homeland Security, Office of Procurement Operations, Federal Protective Service Acquisition Division, East Consolidated Contracting Group has a requirement for a firearms facility within 25-miles of the Boston, Massachusetts area for use by the Federal Protective Service, Region 1 (New England),” states a solicitation posted on FedBizOpps.
The proposed contract will consist of a 12 month initial base period followed by two 12 month renewal options and further 6 month option, a total of 3 and a half years. The cost of leasing the facility is listed as $10 million dollars.
Further details about the firearms facility are unavailable because the documents for the solicitation are listed as “sensitive/secure” and only authorized companies are allowed to view the attached PDF file.
As the DHS attracts increased media attention over its acquisition of massive amounts of ammunition, the agency is becoming increasingly less transparent and preventing the public from seeing details of its purchase activity.
As we reported last year, in some solicitations the agency has redacted information pertaining to the amount of bullets purchased by blacking out figures in PDF files.
Whether the facility in Boston will be used for target practice, the storage of firearms and ammunition or both is unknown, but it is sure to provoke more questions about why Homeland Security appears to be gearing up for domestic disorder as it rapidly expands while the American people are having their right to bear arms eviscerated.
The DHS has committed to purchasing roughly 2 billion rounds of ammunition over the course of the last year, enough to fight a near 30 year war given that U.S. troops at the height of combat operations in Iraq only expended around 5.5 million bullets a month.
Last September, the DHS also purchased no less than 7,000 fully automatic assault rifles, labeling them “Personal Defense Weapons.”
Whether or not the DHS will purchase more shooting targets for use in its new Boston facility from Law Enforcement Targets Inc. remains to be seen. The company, which previously received $2 million dollars in contracts from the DHS, was forced to apologize last week after producing “no hesitation” threat targets of pregnant women, children and elderly gun owners in residential settings.
(Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Spaniards marched through cities across the country on Saturday to protest deep austerity, the privatization of public services and political corruption.
Gathering under the banner of the “Citizen Tide”, students, doctors, unionists, young families and pensioners staged rowdy but non-violent demonstrations as a near five-year economic slump shows no sign of recovery and mass unemployment rises.
“I’m here to add my voice. They’re cutting where they shouldn’t cut; health, education … basic services. And the latest corruption scandal is just the tiniest tip of a very large iceberg,” said Alberto, 51, an account administrator for a German multinational in Madrid, who preferred not to give his surname.
Protests in Spain have become commonplace as the conservative government passes measures aimed at shrinking one of the euro zone’s highest budget deficits and reinventing an economy hobbled by a burst housing bubble.
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has introduced some of the deepest budget cuts in Spain’s democratic history in an attempt to convince investors the country can weather the economic crisis without falling back on international aid.
But, with more than half of the country’s young people out of work and growth not expected until sometime next year, the measures have only scratched the surface of the budget shortfall which is expected to be more than double the target in 2014.
Meanwhile, corruption scandals which have hit the ruling party as well as the once-popular royal family has left many Spaniards disenchanted with their leaders on all sides of the political spectrum.
In Madrid, under a clear, cold winter sky, Saturday’s marches convened from four different points by early evening in Neptune Square, between the heavily policed and barricaded parliament, the Ritz Hotel and the stock exchange.
Carrying placards which condemned everything from cuts in the health sector to massive bailouts granted to Spain’s banking system, crowds banged drums and chanted, while dozens of riot police stood on the sidelines.
The march coincided with the anniversary of a failed coup attempt in 1981 by Civil Guard officers who stormed Parliament and held deputies hostage until the next day.
(Reporting By Paul Day; Editing by Jason Webb)