Friday, December 5, 2008

The Advancing Police State: Swat Team Food Raid in Rural Ohio

In rural Ohio, a family that runs a food coop was raided by a SWAT team under orders from the Department of Agriculture.

From what I've been able to gather they are accused of violating a rather minor law, at most they could have been subject to a small fine. Nothing justifying the gestapo-tactics and abuse of their rights that took place. Take note of the following:

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. All of their computers, and all of their cell phones were
taken, as well as phone and contact records. The food cooperative was virtually
shut down. There was no rational explanation, nor justification, for this
extreme violation of Constitutional rights.

Notice that? Their own personal food stores for the following year taken...

More details are at:

It seems the following is what started this:

The issue appears to be the discovery of a bit of non-institutional beef in an
Oberlin College food service freezer a year ago that was tracked down by a
county sanitation official to Manna Storehouse. Oberlin College’s student food
coop is widely known for its strident ideological stance about eating organic
foods. It seems that the Oberlin student food cooperative had joined the Manna
Storehouse food cooperative in order to buy organic foods in bulk from the
national organic food distributor United, which services buying clubs across the
nation. The sanitation official, James Boddy, evidently contacted the Ohio
Department of Agriculture. After the first contact by state ODA officials, Manna
Storehouse reportedly wrote them a letter requesting assistance and guidelines
for complying with the law. This letter was never answered. Rather, the ODA
agent tried several times to infiltrate the coop, as described above. When his
attempts failed, the SWAT team showed up!

Remember that whomever controls the food controls the people. The government, in bed with industrial agriculture giants like Monsanto (monsatan may be more accurate a description of that company), wants absolute control over our food. NAIS should have woken us up to this fact if nothing else did.

Take note also of the following: the Ohio Department of Agriculture agent involved and behind this thuggery is Bill Lesho. Obama is planning to appoint him as head of the USDA!

We are headed down a very dark road in this country.

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