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Fox News Pushes Homeland Security Ammo Stockpiling Conspiracy Theory From Alex Jones

| by Michael Allen

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' website Infowars.com has been pushing an unproven sinister claim that the Department of Homeland Security's recent request for 141,160 rounds of ammunition might be used to attack and/or enslave Americans.

Conservative websites such as Drudge Report and FoxNews.com are promoting the conspiracy theory, notes MediaMatters.org.

FoxNews.com actually reprinted Paul Joseph Watson's article from InfoWars.com, while the Drudge Report screamed the headline, "'Homeland' Purchasing 141,000 Rounds of Sniper Ammo."

Infowars.com began this conspiracy theory in 2012 by claiming that the Department of Homeland Security planned to purchase 450 million rounds of ammunition.

However, the Department of Homeland Security's "evil" plan to buy the ammo was actually set up to purchase 450 million rounds over five years, which would only provide 100,000 bullets to all the government agencies that are under the Department of Homeland Security.

The bullets were bought in mass in order to save the U.S. government money, noted MediaMatters.org in 2013.

Ironically, InfoWars.com, Fox Nation and the Drudge Report are often complaining about US government spending under President Obama, not President Bush.

InfoWars.com, Fox Nation and the Drudge Report also didn't mention was that the Department of Homeland Security's bullet purchases have actually gone down since 2010.

The "sniper ammo" claim by the Drudge Report per InfoWars.com was in reference to the Department of Homeland Security buying hollow point ammunition, which is normally used by federal and state law enforcement, noted the right wing NRA.

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) published a detailed listing of where the ammo is going within the Department of Homeland Security.

Sources: NRA, MediaMatters.org, Fox Nation, InfoWars.com, Drudge Report, Coburn.Senate.gov