Armed raids against peaceful U.S. citizens

We’ve gotten used to TV and movies depicting armed police and FBI bursting into dens of iniquity and crime, shouting out the name of their agency and that timeless phrase: “You’re under arrest!”

Photo at left: hat tip to Urbano411 blog.

We’ve heard of the ATF, or BATF, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms doing armed raids and worse.

But armed U.S. Fish and Wildlife agents??? Raiding guitar factories? We imagine most of our readers have heard this  news of agents looking for illegal wood parts. How business-friendly is that?

There are no actual charges yet, but the linked article says the issue has to do with who finishes the wood – the exporters (India and Madagascar) or the importer (Gibson). For this they do an armed raid????

Boy, we bet those USFW guys looked really tough going in to the factory, not like the little wimpy guys we always picture when we think of them tracking down dangerous, oh, excuse us, endangered, butterflies.

But enviros say rain forests are in danger and some news reports linked the raids to this and ignored the little detail about whose workers finish the wood. Even if that’s so (and since so many charges by enviros turn out to be exaggerated or outright lies, we reserve judgment on that allegation), there is a better solution than raiding customers’ places.

Wait. Customers? Who else has been raided? Surely one little guitar company couldn’t be responsible for destroying an entire rain forest, could it? After a cursory Internet search, the only other USFW raids we read about were seizures of eagle feathers a long time ago. Eagles and all their parts are protected by U.S. Laws. Protected means no one can use them.  But we digress.

Anyway, the solution is to guarantee that the forests are privately owned and ownership rights are protected by the rule of law.  If you had a plantation of valuable trees, you’d make darn sure they lasted forever, wouldn’t you? That’s why we have so many trees on private lands here in the PNW.

However, we weren’t referring to that matter. We don’t even know whether anyone has been charged with any kind of crime. To the best of our knowledge, so far, no one has.

Isn’t it time for the govt to stop attacking its citizens?

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One Response to Armed raids against peaceful U.S. citizens

  1. There’s another USFW raid we just found out about. It’s not that easy to find these episodes on the Internet, but thanks to Simon Black of Sovereign Man, [http://www.sovereignman.com/] here it is:

    http://www.wusa9.com/news/article/161065/158/Woodpecker-Saving-Daughter-Costs-Mom-500
    A little girl in Virginia rescued a woodpecker and then it all hit the fan.
    “The … woodpecker is a protected species under the Federal Migratory Bird Act. Therefore, it is illegal to take or transport a baby woodpecker. The Capo family says they had no idea.”
    After a USFW worker saw them at a local Lowe’s store and told them it was illegal, they let the bird go, but that wasn’t the end of it.
    “… roughly two weeks later, that same woman from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service showed up at Capo’s front door. This time, Capo says the woman was accompanied by a state trooper. Capo refused to accept a citation, but was later mailed a notice to appear in U.S. District Court for unlawfully taking a migratory bird. She’s also been slapped with a $535 fine.”

    The federal agency backed off in the flurry of bad publicity, but you get the idea.

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