Monday, December 08, 2008

What's up with THAT? "Manna Storehouse" raided by SWAT team.

Hat tip to "Kjos Ministries." I don't know the whole story, but this seems to be a smaller scale version of what happened at YFZ, as if SWAT teams simply roll out to get some exercise once in a while, when they can't find pedophiles and polygynists under one roof. Why not go get some of those crazy organic farmers?

Steve and Paula Runyon's Blogspot - “On Monday, December 1, a SWAT team with semi-automatic rifles entered the private home of the Stowers family in LaGrange, Ohio, herded the family onto the couches in the living room, and kept guns trained on parents, children, infants and toddlers, from approximately 11 AM to 8 PM. The team was aggressive and belligerent. The children were quite traumatized. At some point, the 'bad cop' SWAT team was relieved by another team, a 'good cop' team that tried to befriend the family.

The Stowers family has run a very large, well-known food cooperative called Manna Storehouse on the western side of the greater Cleveland area for many years.There were agents from the Department of Agriculture present, one of them identified as Bill Lesho. The search warrant is reportedly supicious-looking (sic). Agents began rifling through all of the familys 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. 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.

Presumably Manna Storehouse might eventually be charged with running a retail establishment without a license. Why then the Gestapo-type interrogation for a 3rd degree misdemeanor charge? This incident has raised the ominous specter of a restrictive new era in State regulation and enforcement over the nation’s private food supply."

Sound familiar? Should this family brace itself for accusations of pedophilia and polygyny? Are their "kids in danger?"

Several other blogs are following the story closely. "The Quick and the Dead," "Collecting my Thoughts," "Blessed Motherhood," "Survival Acres," "Peace Chicken," "From the Lighthouse," "There Are No Sunglasses," "The Great Adventure," "Break the Matrix," "The Bovine" and "True Discernment." Even "The Daily Kos." To a lesser extent, "The Complete Patient."

The Newspaper, "The Morning Journal" is following the story. You can also find news at "The Christian Worldview Network," The Digital Journal," and "The Salt Spring News."

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