Thursday, December 25, 2008

Food co-op hit by SWAT raid fights back

Food co-op hit by SWAT raid fights back'Government basically engaged in intimidation'
Posted: December 24, 20088:21 pm Eastern
By Bob Unruh© 2008 WorldNetDaily

A LaGrange, Ohio, family whose food co-op connecting local consumers with local farmers was raided by sheriff's deputies is fighting back with the help of two organizations aimed at protecting the basic rights of Americans.
"We hope that the Lorrain County Court of Common Pleas recognizes that government is overreaching in this case and is basically engaged in intimidation tactics to frighten people into believing that they cannot provide food for themselves," said Pete Kennedy, a spokesman for the
Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund.

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Blogger Joyful Housewife said...

What in the world was this all about???

6:47 AM  
Blogger RL said...

Here is a more updated article concerning this issue which explains it in a little better detail.
This paragraph from the article pretty much sums up why the authorities stepped in,

"The confrontation began developing several years ago when local health officials demanded the family hold a retail food license in order to run their co-op. Thompson said the family wrote a letter questioning that requirement and asking for evidence that would suggest they were operating a food store and how their private co-op was similar to a WalMart."

It seems ridiculous that something like this could even happen. Someone obviously dropped the ball in regards to settling the matter in a more peaceful fashion. It’s hard to say where to place the fault but, it surely would look as though the authorities over did it just a tad bit. As indicated by these words from the article:

'That case also was highlighted by a SWAT team-like raid on Mark Nolt's farm, when government agents confiscated tens of thousands of dollars worth of his products as well as pieces of machinery he used for his milk handling and sales.
Online bloggers raged over the situation involving the Stowers.
"Agents began rifling through all of the family's possessions, a task that lasted hours and resulted in a complete upheaval of every private area in the home. Many items were taken that were not listed on the search warrant. The family was not permitted a phone call, and they were not told what crime they were being charged with. They were not read their rights. Over ten thousand dollars worth of food was taken, including the family's personal stock of food for the coming year," said one.'


8:10 PM  

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