Friday, December 19, 2008

Ohio SWAT Team Raids...a Food Co-Op! (Uh-oh, Must be Terrorists)

I read an article recently where a SWAT team in Ohio raided a food co-op called Manna Storehouse. While I do understand that there are legitimate reasons for a swat team raid, is this type of force really necessary to shut down a food co-op?

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. 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.

Source: World Prout Assembly

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