I don't want to make you feel paranoid, but they ARE comin' to get ya.

If you were to ask conservatives why the Environmental Protection Agency should be abolished, probably the most common answers would be something like these:
  • It’s a waste of taxpayer money.
  • We should not give unelected people the power to infringe upon individual’s property rights.
  • We already had a system in place to deal make and enforce laws dealing with environmental issues.  The EPA didn’t even exist before 1970, and we managed to get by just fine.

But there’s another reason to abolish the EPA - It gives the government the power to circumvent our constitutional rights.  I’m not talking about property rights here (although the infringement upon property owner’s rights is reason enough all by itself to abolish the EPA), I’m talking about the basic rights of any free citizen, property owner or not.

Check out the story below.  Mark my words, as our governments (local, state and federal) get more intrusive, they will also become more tyrannical.  These two things always go hand in hand.


source: The New York Post

Cherry tycoon kills himself amid drug raid on factory


Cherry tycoon kills himself amid drug raid on factory
Arthur Mondella, owner of Dell's Maraschino Cherries, fatally shot himself inside his Brooklyn factory on Feb. 24.Photo: Buck Ennis/Crain's New York Business
The owner of one of the country’s largest maraschino cherry companies fatally shot himself Tuesday as authorities raided his Brooklyn factory — a suspected massive drug front.
Dell’s Maraschino Cherries owner Arthur Mondella, 57, stood by and nervously watched as authorities spotted suspicious shelving in a storage room at his Red Hook facility — then opened up a door to the false wall behind it and the smell of weed wafted out, law enforcement sources said.
Mondella immediately “asked to use the bathroom, he went in the bathroom, and, ‘Boom,’ ” a source said.
Before shooting himself once in the head, Mondella told his sister, “Take care of my kids,” sources said.
Investigators later found three large bags of pot stashed behind the fake wall at the landmark business, which Mondella’s grandfather started.
Read more.  This is one of those times when you really should “Read more”.


For those of you who didn’t bother to “Read more”, here’s the important parts:

Authorities wanted to get a warrant to search the place after getting tipped off that it was a front for a marijuana business, but when they couldn’t, they decided to try to do an end run through the Department of Environmental Protection, sources said.

Investigators from the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office and the DEP were technically searching the place for possible violations involving the dumping of waste when Mondella killed himself, sources said.

The probe kicked off when Brooklyn DA detective investigators got a tip from a confidential informant in 2013 that the factory was a front for a marijuana operation.
Investigators kept close watch over the business for about six months — but couldn’t figure out if pot was being grown inside.
Finally, they used environmental agencies to secure search warrants.
“We figured one way or another, that would get us in there and then we’d find the marijuana,” a law enforcement source said.

In my opinion, this is abuse of power and authority of the highest magnitude.  There were reasons that the police couldn’t get a regular search warrant, such as lack of evidence and lack of probable cause.  We have such restrictions in place to protect our citizens.  See the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America.  

Now the agency involved was called the Department of Environmental Protection (not the EPA, but kind of a local EPA), but it gives you an idea of how such departments, (local, state, and federal) can be used to circumvent our constitutional protections, and as we witnessed with the IRS, our government(s) no longer have any qualms about abusing the power of such agencies.

Yeah, yeah, I know what a lot of you are thinking, “I don’t grow pot or break any other laws so what do I care?”  I tell ya, you might be a law abiding citizen right now, but what about when they make doing something that you take for granted as being legal right now, and make it a crime?  Like gun ownership, or speaking out against the government?  Do you think that can’t happen?  Look at all the things that happened in the last eight years, that as little as ten years ago, you would have said could never happen.

Things like this are not just going to go away or even become less frequent.  Trust me, incidents like this are only going to become more and more common as time goes by.  By the time most of us will feel like the time has come to do something about it, it will be too late.  The government(s) will abuse the power of their agencies (ones that were never meant to be used negate our constitutional rights) to stop us before we can even start.

I fear our government(s) more than I fear all the pot growers and drug dealers combined.









6 comments:

  1. I agree with the abolition of the EPA and a number of other federal agencies. They have all become entities unto themselves with no oversight and no regulation from Congress.

    The states have a fairly good handle on environmental issues and there is much citizen awareness on that front without the EPA. I don't think all EPA employees are inherently evil but they do a number of things collectively that damage property rights and civil liberties everyday.

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    1. Even if the employees of the EPA (and other government agencies) are trying to behave themselves, higher powers (like Barack Hussein Obama) misuse the capabilities of these organizations to infringe upon citizens' rights.

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  2. Hey Neil,

    As far as they are concerned..the end justifies the means....and that is the scary part...when the government is willing to totally circumvent our constitutional rights, something the government is supposed to adhere to....this is the bad thing.....and there is a mindset that this is "ok"

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    1. We got a real problem here. Our founding fathers probably never envisioned the plethora of government agencies and bureaucracies we have today. They tried to prevent government from becoming too intrusive by limiting the power of government branches and agencies that existed at the time. We really need to put limitations on the EPA and other government agencies, like we have on the police.

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    2. That's why I vote Republican, to to shrink big government and preserve my rights.......oh wait...never mind.

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    3. Like so many other things, this is so much easier to prevent than rectify. Even with the best of intentions, even with the purest of motives, government (when left to its own devices) cannot help but to grow ever more intrusive and tyrannical. When attempting to choose between the lesser of two evils, we must go with the one that at least pays lip service to what is good. Especially when the other side is actively promoting evil.
      P.S. - Always sign your real name. It's your ticket to credibility.

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