The Department of Homeland Security has placed an order for 700 pounds of High Density Ammonium Nitrate and 700 pounds of A-5 Flake RDX--the primary ingredients in explosives akin to both the Improvised Explosive Devices being used against the U.S. in the Middle East and that used by Timothy McVeigh.
The question is why does the Department of Homeland Security need such an absurd amount of high grade explosives? The governments answer - that the materials are needed for "Canine Explosive Training Activities" - fails the laugh test.
A former K-9 officer who has extensive experience training police dogs said, that amount of explosives would train - at a minimum - 11,000 bomb dogs. But according to the DHS websites page on Explosive Detection Dog Teams, the agency only operate about 70 bomb sniffing dog teams. Each team, presumably, has one dog. (Labradors, it turns out, are DHS's favorite breed.)
So either DHS is planning an exponential expansion for its K-9 unit or government officials are being less than truthful about the nature of this federal purchase of an unseemly amount of high grade explosives. And, if this incident were not nefarious-seeming enough already, the agency seems to have gone back and wiped all record of the bid.
Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.