SWAT TEAMS DISPATCHED
Posted by Andrew Roman on April 30, 2010
Am I missing something here?
Perhaps I’m operating under a complete misconception, but I must ask: Since when does the Department of the Interior have their own SWAT team, and why are they being sent to the Gulf of Mexico to inspect oil rigs?
I didn’t realize that SWAT teams were trained to conduct such investigations. (Actually, I didn’t realize that SWAT teams were trained to conduct any investigations).
I wonder if the Department of Agriculture has its own paratrooper unit.
The word SWAT, of course, stands for Special Weapons and Tactics.
As Wikipedia accurately explains:
They are trained to perform high-risk operations that fall outside of the abilities of regular officers. Their duties include performing hostage rescues and counter-terrorism operations, serving high risk arrest and search warrants, subduing barricaded suspects, and engaging heavily-armed criminals. A SWAT team is often equipped with specialized firearms including assault rifles, submachine guns, shotguns, carbines, riot control agents, stun grenades, and high-powered rifles for snipers. They have specialized equipment including heavy body armor, entry tools, armored vehicles, advanced night vision optics, and motion detectors for covertly determining the positions of hostages or hostage takers inside of an enclosed structure.
The move is a response by Obamacrats to the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion of April 21st. Nearly 5,000 barrels of oil are pouring into the Gulf of Mexico each day.
Whether SWAT teams will be able to negotiate a peaceful resolution with the escaping oil is unknown at this time.
Perhaps next time someone in Washington can send highly trained personnel with weapons to the border ofh Mexico instead of the Gulf of Mexico.