And feel the need to use it. Not to invade the evil polluting corporations armed with automatic weapons (seen on TV), but to do routine Clean Water checks. From Reason:
Chicken is a small roost, boasting all of 17 full-time residents and lots of seasonal mine workers, according to the Dispatch. The EPA wouldn’t explain why it has suddenly shifted to an armed team to check for Clean Water Act violations. According to the Dispatch, one Senate staffer was told the EPA sent an armed team because they were told by Alaska State Troopers there was “rampant drug and human trafficking” in the area. A spokesperson for the troopers denies they told the EPA any such thing.
Because, y’know, the EPA needs its own heavily armed agents to take water samples in the dangerous part of Alaska. And we’ll use the magic term drugs to explain.