The same happened about 2 years ago in Ohio when undercover agents
pressured an Amish farmer into selling him raw milk.
The Bush regime has a pattern of going after dissident religious
groups---the Amish, the Roman Catholics, the FLDS among others. The
neocons are paid handsomely by fundamentalist groups in the form
of 'campaign contributions' (read bribes) to go after anyone standing
in the way of their social engineering schemes.
To see a great documentary about one in particular, check out:
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Armed jack boots confiscate family's personal food supply. Is this
a prelude to government created depression, or even famine?
SWAT raid on food co-op called 'entrapment'
Lawyer says family badgered by agent to 'sell' eggs
By Bob Unruh © 2008 WorldNetDaily
A state agent from the Ohio Department of Agriculture pressured a
family whose members run a food cooperative for friends and neighbors
to "sell" him a dozen eggs, sparking accusations of entrapment from a
lawyer defending the family.
The case brought by state and local authorities against a co-op run
by John and Jacqueline Stowers in LaGrange, Ohio, came to a head on
Dec. 1 when police officers used SWAT-style tactics to burst into the
home, hold family members including children at gunpoint and
confiscate the family's personal food supply.
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Two organizations, the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund and the
Buckeye Institute's legal arm, the Center for Constitutional Law, are
working to defend the family.
Jacqueline and John Stowers
In an audio podcast posted online, Maurice Thompson of the Buckeye
Institute said the family has run the Manna Storehouse, focusing
mainly on organic supplies, for several years near Cleveland.
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.
The Stowers family members simply "take orders from (co-op) members
then divide up the food," Thompson explained.
"The health inspector didn't like the tone of the letter," Thompson
said, and the result was that law enforcement officials planned,
staged and carried out the Dec. 1 SWAT-style raid on the family's
Thompson said he discussed the developments of the case with the
health inspector personally.
"He didn't think the tone of that letter was appropriate," Thompson
said. " I've seen the letter. There's not anything there that's
"Government officials have egos as well. The problem is when
government officials have egos, they use the power of government
against us," he said.
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Thompson explained the genesis of the raid was a series of visits
to the family by an undercover agent for the state agriculture
"He showed up (at the Stowers' residence) unannounced one day,"
Thompson explained, and "pretended" to be interested in purchasing
The family explained the co-op was private and they couldn't
provide service to the stranger.
The agent then returned another day, stayed for two hours, and
explained how he thought his sick mother would be helped by eggs from
range-fed chickens to which the Stowers had access.
The family responded that they didn't sell food and couldn't help.
When he refused to leave, the family gave him a dozen eggs to hasten
his departure, Thompson explained.
Despite protests from the family, the agent left some money on a
counter and departed.
"You hear people scream entrapment," he said. "But in this
He said the state agency came from "nowhere" and then worked to get
the family involved "in something that might require a license."
Even that remained in dispute, because of a long list of exceptions
in the state law, some of which may apply in this case, he said.
The organizations have filed a complaint on behalf of the family
naming the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the Lorain County General
Health District and the state's attorney general as defendants. A
spokeswoman at the Department of Agriculture told WND today she was
unable to comment, and officials with the local health agency did not
answer WND calls to three different office numbers.
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The Administrator of Ohio Dept. of Agriculture is Robert Boggs:
A prosecutor assigned to the case previously declined to respond to
WND's request for a comment.
Pete Kennedy of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund said the
case was government "overreaching" and was designed more to
intimidate and "frighten people into believing that they cannot
provide food for themselves."
"This is an example where, once again, the government is trying to
deny people their inalienable, fundamental right to produce and
consume the foods of their choice," said Gary Cox, general counsel
for the FTCLDF. "The purpose of our complaint is to correct that
In a video posted both on YouTube and on the Buckeye Institute's
website, the couple explained how they just wanted to provide a
resource for both farmers and consumers.
Watch the video that is embedded on the web page for this article.
"We had a sheriff's department group of about 11-12, I don't know,
13 men come into our home. It was violent, it was belligerent, they
didn't identify themselves," Jacqueline Stowers said.
She and 10 children were forcibly herded into a room and held there
for at least six hours, she said.
"In the meantime we had people with guns inside and outside," she
(First they take your guns. Then they take your food.)
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Thompson said officers confiscated the family's personal computers,
cell phones and food supplies, even though the Manna Storehouse food
supplies were in another building.
Officials with the Weston A. Price Foundation, a nutrition
education non-profit, said several of its members had been
participating in the co-op, but now their food supplies are
Watch this video:
The Future of Food - It's not looking good
The raid on Manna was not the first such case of authorities
invading a home over issues involving the operations of food co-ops
and direct producer-to-consumer arrangements. WND reported several
months ago when authorities in Pennsylvania demanded $4,000 in fines
from a farmer who provided raw milk to friends and neighbors.
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.
The complaint notes Manna Storehouse deals with wheat, flour,
sugar, grass-fed beef, lamb, turkey and eggs from free range
chickens, mostly coming from local farmers. The raid was based on an
affidavit from Ohio Department of Agriculture agent William Lesho
that "makes numerous conclusory and unsubstantiated claims," the
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What some research turned up after an email to the Ohio Dept. of
Agriculture regarding the raid on the food-cooperative:
Ohio Department of Agriculture
Agro Bio-Security Office
8895 E. Main St
Phone: (614) 728-6240
Does Homeland Security now control our food supplies???
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