Without a record of criminal activities and resistance meriting deployments backed by lethal force capabilities, an audit team with a warrant would seem more than adequate in the case of an established company that proudly bills itself an “industry leader.”
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A morning raid was conducted against a Montana used ammunition casing processor by agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Environmental Protection Agency Criminal Division and the Bozeman Police over “alleged violations of environmental law,” NBC KTVM reported Thursday, leading to speculation this week’s action ties in with that lead exposure violations identified last fall.

“Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA, workers found the company overexposed workers to lead and failed to provide basic safeguards to reduce lead exposure, including breathing protection and protective clothing,” the report recalls, noting “In September of 2013 the US Department of Labor cited USA Brass with 10 serious violations and proposed more than $45,000 in penalties and fines.”

Why such apparent sweeping and coordinated law enforcement action is considered a justifiable and standard practice against American citizens and businesses is a fair question. Without a record of criminal activities and resistance meriting deployments backed by lethal force capabilities, an audit team with a warrant would seem more than adequate in the case of an established company that proudly bills itself an “industry leader.”

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