Abuse of power?

News Story:

“A small organic farm in Arlington, Texas, was the target of a massive police action last week that included aerial surveillance, a SWAT raid and a 10-hour search.”

“Members of the local police raiding party had a search warrant for marijuana plants, which they failed to find at the Garden of Eden farm. But farm owners and residents who live on the property told a Dallas-Ft. Worth NBC station that the real reason for the law enforcement exercise appears to have been code enforcement. The police seized “17 blackberry bushes, 15 okra plants, 14 tomatillo plants … native grasses and sunflowers,” after holding residents inside at gunpoint for at least a half-hour, property owner Shellie Smith said in a statement. The raid lasted about 10 hours, she said.”

 

The above excerpt came from an article over at the Huffington Post. Thanks to reader Ronnie for sending it in. Seems that more and more news stories are being told where military-type tactics and equipment are being used by local law enforcement on what many would call “lesser” crimes. Of course – these crimes are suspected – not proven.

I totally understand that today’s world is getting more violent and law enforcement needs to protect themselves. Law enforcement serve the public and I appreciate that. The recent events in Boston after the Marathon Bombings are a crystal clear example that abuse of power IS being used as warrant-less searches were conducted all over the city. I suspect law enforcement agents are often being used like puppets on a string to do the work of someone else. This apparent trend towards military equipment and what appears to be an improper use of equipment and tactics at times……

……what do YOU think?

Rourke

 

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9 Comments

  1. Rourke-re the organic farm. This is an outrage and the farmers need to be reimbursed for the berry bushes etc. We all need to contact our representatives very often about every issue that is an abuse of power. Probably the
    squad didn’t know the difference between marijuana and blackberrys.
    Good conversation Rourke- were on the debating team in high school? You would have been good.Arlene

  2. I would like to get ahead of the ‘raid’ and take a look at the ‘planning’ stage of it. Who got together and called in who to read over what ‘complaint or tip’? What ‘policy’ was followed to undertake this raid? It would be interesting to take a look at the ‘type’ of … officer… swattee… wannabe warrior that staffed that raid. More so, it would be of interest to know who signed off on the warrant and what it listed as cause.

    Rourke, The ‘State’ is doing an outstanding job cowing the general public with this shock and awe crap. ‘Paranoia alert’ Now a fella wouldn’t wanna get in a fight with a stick load of these Gestapo so .. wada ya do.. lay down and wait till they get the knee off your neck? I ask a lot of questions and I am sorry for that. They are a way to decide on a course of action or develop opinion or more. So how do you stop an MRAP? If you don’t care to ‘submit’ what are the options against such overwhelming force? As to “… contact or representatives..” I get the gut feeling that if ‘We the Folks’ don’t actually clean out the DC beltway in 2016 with a majority that will in act… uphold the oath… well what could I say that you have not thought or heard before? Oh…. a random brain fart….. A gallon juice jug… a nice thick petrochemical additive… High octane lawn mower fuel… ahhh… a road flare and duct tape…. Naw…. what a waste of money. (The former list of household junk is listed in my attempt to entertain those that watch, list, sort and ponder the ramblings of the everyday citizen on line.) One last thought… and it is not mine.

    “Constitutions are utterly worthless to restrain the tyranny of governments, unless it be understood that the people will by force compel the government to keep within constitutional limits. Practically speaking, no government knows any limits to its power…… except the endurance of the people.” (Lysander Spooner in “Trial by Jury”) End of Rant.

  3. Maybe they should have had pictures of pot plants at the planning stage and issued them in case the police forgot what the plant looked like.

  4. If you were to mount a map of the US on your wall and push-pin the location of every similarly questionable military style intervention by law-enforcement and DHS over the last few years, you’d need a lot of push-pins. We can be assured of little else other than as fedgov tries to manage our decline, these events will occur at an even more accelerated rate, and with less and less of their veiled justifications. I can imagine that a time will come when there will be a push-back. I am not making any veiled threats. If I heard the rumble of armored heavy vehicles traveling down my long drive I well might drop to my knees, interlock my fingers behind my head and wait on the kick to the gut and the cable-cuffs….. yes…. I well might. But logic dictates that at some point the “folks” will have had enough. When they have tired of endless internet cell phone videos and news stories and witnessing, thru their windows families, cable-cuffed and dragged from the ‘used to be’ safety of their homes for; holding an un-permitted bible study; selling un-inspected home grown produce to the community; selling farm fresh chicken eggs at the farmers market that were stored in an un-certified refrigerator; being a day late paying a $1000 fine to the county court or, after taking your child to a second hospital for a second opinion, having your home raided, the parents handcuffed and charged with child neglect and the child taken. Yes…. once critical mass is reached, the folks will tally the toll, and find something due. We can imagine when the Gestapo’s rape of someones liberties doesn’t go so smoothly. A time when the invasion will be expected….. and planned for. When the target home is booby-trapped and the surrounding community, armed with their lifestyle weapons… bolt action hunting rifles, shotguns and a mini 14 or 3 and the will to save themselves and perhaps their country, surround those who surround the house. Minutes after the military clad “protectors of our rights” enter the home, it erupts in flames, tyrannies mercenaries hit the exits. That’s when the 1st crack of a deer rifle echos thru the night air…. followed by many more. Fedgov warrior’s body armor, never designed to alter the trajectory of a 300 Winchester magnum…DOESN’T.

    Over the course of the next 2 months a dozen similar altercations take place across the country, marking the beginning…… of what, who can say….

  5. Arlene, I appreciate your comments greatly. Although admittedly my comments don’t show it, I am a pragmatist at heart. History ‘and our lives’ have taught us that anything worth having, is worth earning. I have learned and seen with my own eyes the costs payed by many to get us where we are, I won’t betray that historical investment… I simply won’t do it….. ever…. I agree with your path, I am all in and an active participant…. I look foreword to the future, I have high hopes, but in all honesty…. it’s not looking good for our side.

    • John, I believe we are coming to a point where people will say enough.
      Justice and truth must prevail. Our Constitutional rights must be preserved. The next election will prove this and any others for Congress and the Senate in between.
      Those that are distracted and apathetic just don’t realize how fragile
      these rights are.
      Freedom is such a precious gift and every so many years the blood of patriots must be shed to preserve it.(I cannot exactly remember that quote) You are a very important voice for me and others on this fine site.Arlene

  6. John-hmm. I think I would ask forgiveness from my Creator and then
    leave the earth plane if I were outnumbered by the power and control.-
    or engage in self defense -not sure.
    We need to VOTE in real Statesmen and Woman not politicians.
    Pray harder everyone we need to be Protected by Divine Power because we are up against EVIL on many levels.
    This ex. shows that a neighborhood or region must work together.
    Arlene

  7. its terrorism, plain and simple. the swat raids n such are not meant to affect the swatted but the observer, to keep us frightened and in-line with fear. thats terrorism….hey tinker,can you say 50 b-m-g, a-p-i-t? thought you could 😉 the tipping point is near.

  8. “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. … God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion; what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms.” — Thomas Jefferson to William Stephens Smith, 1787

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