Armed Homeland Security agents monitor Tea Party at IRS protests
Armed DHS guards at IRS protestCredits: Jim Hoft 13Email
On Tuesday, demonstrations took place at IRS
offices nationwide as various Tea Party
groups protested being targeted by the agency. Keeping an eye on
several protests, however, were armed agents of the Department of Homeland Security
, The Blaze
Jason Howerton reported that it remains unclear why "federal
officials felt the Tea Party presence required more than the attention
of local law enforcement."
Jim Hoft of the Gateway Pundit
said that armed DHS guards greeted Tea Party activists in St. Louis.
"Around 300 protesters turned out anyway," he wrote.
According to an account
posted by Hoft, DHS used a helicopter against Tea Party protesters in
Los Angeles and told the group they were not allowed on federal
"Many of our 300 tea party folks were approached immediately by
Homeland Security and told they could not be on federal property. My
lawyer told me as long as I didn’t block passage we were OK. Many
Homeland Security trucks and a helicopter above us scared many patriots
so most of group went to public side walk to rally," an unnamed Tea
Party activist told Hoft.
"Under the watchful eye of Homeland Security —
yes, they were present — protestors carried signs that read 'We Do Not
Consent to Tyranny,' 'Abolish the IRS' and 'Don’t Target me Bro!,'
making it clear they do not condone the use of the IRS as a political
weapon," Tom Tillison wrote.
A protest in Fort Wayne, Ind., actually had more police than Tea
Party. Howerton said that a lone woman "was reportedly accompanied by
three visible security guards in the IRS parking lot, which included a
Homeland Security officer."
"The DHS appears to have finally found a use for all those bullets it’s been buying," Paul Joseph Watson wrote at Prison Planet
, echoing a sentiment at Fire Andrea Mitchell.
"Amazing how Obama can send out his stormtroopers for peaceful IRS
protests by the tea party, yet couldn’t bother with the ‘bumps in the
road’ in Benghazi," Fire Andrea Mitchell
According to reports, the Tea Party protests concluded without incident.
Video of the protest in St. Louis can be seen here