Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The FDA Can't Track Down Contaminated Peanut Butter

...but it can prosecute humble American citizens just trying to get by and take care of their families.

My husband and I have been talking about this one...

This is REAL not made up.

Ok I believe in laws. I believe in rules to protect the greater good.
This is neither lawful, or in protection of the “greater good”.

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=84445 < longer detailed article

“The Buckeye Institute's 1851 Center for Constitutional Law today took legal action against the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the Lorain County Health Department for violating the constitutional rights of John and Jacqueline Stowers of LaGrange, Ohio.... ODA and Lorain County Health Department agents forcefully raided their home and unlawfully seized the family's personal food supply, cell phones and personal computers. ... The Buckeye Institute argues the right to buy food directly from local farmers; distribute locally-grown food to neighbors; and pool resources to purchase food in bulk are rights that do not require a license. In addition, the right of peaceful citizens to be free from paramilitary police raids, searches and seizures is guaranteed under the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution and Section 14, Article 1 of the Ohio Constitution.

'"The Stowers' constitutional rights were violated over grass-fed cattle, pastured chickens and pesticide-free produce.... Ohioans do not need a government permission slip to run a family farm and co-op, and should not be subjected to raids when they do not have one. This legal action will ensure the ODA understands and respects Ohioans' rights.'...

"On the morning of December 1, 2008, law enforcement officers forcefully entered the Stowers' residence, without first announcing they were police or stating the purpose of the visit. With guns drawn, officers swiftly and immediately moved to the upstairs of the home, finding ten children in the middle of a home-schooling lesson. Officers then moved Jacqueline Stowers and her children to their living room where they were held for more than six hours."

Complaint Filing with OHIO State courts (on behalf of the Stowers)

Worse yet their son is serving in Iraq – serving to protect people from unreasonable search and seizure.

The Irony of Chad Stowers

That’s a lot of food, but it’s a big family and there are a many mouths to feed. It would normally be even larger, but the Stowers’ oldest son, Chad, 27, Katie’s husband, who helps with the co-op, is currently stationed in Iraq where he is a Seabee with the U.S. Navy.

The irony of Chad Stowers serving his country overseas while government agents raid the family farmstead was not lost on author and Business Week columnist David Gumpert, who has a blog where he discusses food and health care issues and cases like the raid on Manna Storehouse.

“[Chad]’s been there [in Iraq], separated from his family, for the last five months, supposedly protecting our rights from abuse—the sort of abuse that appears to be taking place on an ever-more-frequent basis at farms and food outlets around the country,” Gumpert observed in an online piece he titled: Seems U.S. Forgot to Tell Navy Seabee Chad Stowers the Real War is being Fought Here …and He’s the Enemy.
Gumpert says that he asked Katie if she was aware of “the irony of her husband putting his life on the line in Iraq, while she was being held at gunpoint in her home by American law enforcement officials, and she said, ‘It occurred to me.’”

Please keep the Stowers in your thoughts prayers AND pray for the people in office, local state and federal, who can’t seem to act in good faith.

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