This story is a harbinger of things to come with the new more aggressive policies and authority that the EPA has granted to itself and which will take effect after the theatrical presentation of a 90 day public comment period expires.
The EPA is granting itself the â€œrightâ€ to seize private property from anybody without a judicial order. All they need to do is claim that someone has violated their mandates and strap on the vests and gun belts.
The plan is simple. They need money to operate their unconstitutional agency and the American people have money. Redistributing American wealth into their own through garnishing wages and attaching property fits with their agenda and philosophy. It is also an effective means through which to mold the American people into an obedient population of compliant royal subjects; environmental slaves to the dictates of the collective.
It is the EPAâ€™s claim that they, just as with any other federal bureaucracy or agency, have an authority which supersedes the Constitution and the protections under the Fourth Amendment against illegal search and seizures. They claim that authority wasÂ grantedÂ under the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996.
The Fourth Amendment reads, â€œThe right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
The U.S. Constitution requires a warrant for the conduct of seizures and the specific location of the place to be searched or where the property is located is mandated. Nowhere in the Fourth Amendment does it exclude the EPA, DHS, Â or any other agency from compliance. They are in fact a perfect example of the abusive government entities the founders undoubtedly had in mind when it was written.
Ms. Brinkley, the victim of the tyranny, was not named on the paperwork, as it was issued in the name of a previous owner. That fact ensures that the name and address on any paperwork were incorrect, rendering it invalid under the Constitution. She did not state whether the seizure took place with or without a warrant, but the plan of the EPA does not require one. After all, they work for Obama. They can’t be expected to stoop to the level of the Constitution or theÂ Judicial Branch.
Brinkley also states that the purported violation was unknown to those conducting the seizures, that they assumed it was a Clean Air Act Violation. Warrants, if they are obtained, require specificity. Judges are for the most part insistent that the rule of law be respected. Untouchable bureaucrats can do as they please, Constitution be damned.
Agencies such as DHS and EPA, which frequentlyÂ operate above and outside of the law, do so increasingly in violation of the basic protections of the U.S. Constitution, without accountability or challenge by our elected officials.
Why should the EPA bother waiting until September? They obviously already know that they will grant themselves authoritarian power. The wait is all for show and thereâ€™s that orange Land Rover youâ€™ve had your eye on. It would be a great second car for the wife, just perfect for unexpected winter snow storms.
This isnâ€™t America anymore; go ahead, you want it, just go take it.
Rick Wells is a conservative author who recognizes that our nation, our Constitution and our traditions are under a full scale assault from multiple threats. Please â€œLikeâ€ him on Facebook, â€œFollowâ€ him on Twitter or visitÂ www.rickwells.us