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Chicken Supreme

My weekend column was headlined “Park Service Paramilitaries.” Just to prove the point they showed up today in riot gear.

Meanwhile, as part of our continuing series on the paramilitarized bureaucracy, following Seal Team Six I’ve tipped my hat in this space to Bunny Team Six and Deer Team Six. Now we have Chicken Team Six:

EPA Facing Fire For Armed Raid On Mine In Chicken, Alaska: Population, 7

I think that “EPA facing fire” stuff is metaphorical. As we’ve seen with the IRS, and no doubt with the Park Service, too, the thug enforcers of the bureaucracy can get away with almost anything. I doubt anyone at the EPA is worrying too much over this:

The Environmental Protection Agency is coming under increasing fire for a raid conducted in Alaska this summer by armed agents seeking violations of the Clean Water Act.

Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell announced late Thursday that he has named a special counsel to investigate the August incident in the tiny town of Chicken, Alaska, shortly after Republicans at a House subcommittee hearing characterized the episode as an effort to intimidate miners…

“We consider them raids,” said Mr. Maier. “It was a serious invasion.”

“An EPA SWAT team”? My Senate campaign platform will include a promise to introduce a bill abolishing the SWAT teams of the EPA, IRS, NPS, Department of Education et al. One of the most repulsive features of contemporary American government is the way every tinpot agency head has his own personal stormtroops. In civilized societies, if the paper-shufflers want to kick a citizen’s door down, they should be required to get a warrant from a judge and have it served by the regular constabulary. 

Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.


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