The violation du jour is the fourth amendment addressing the unlawful seizures of property, which states:
"The 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."
Apparently the DHS has no regard for the fourth amendment.
"The Department of Homeland Security sees Morses Line as a weak link in the nation’s borders, attractive to terrorists trying to smuggle in lethal materials. The government is planning an estimated $8 million renovation here as part of a nationwide effort to secure border crossings."
"It intends to acquire 4.9 acres of border land on a dairy farm owned for three generations by the Rainville family. Last month, the Rainvilles learned that if they refuse to sell the land for $39,500, the government intends to seize it by eminent domain."
"The Rainvilles call this an unjustified land-grab by federal bullies."
Of course, the statists utilize our safety as a justification to violate our constitutional rights.
Does the DHS feel threatened by farmers? Perhaps, since the DHS declared the tea partiers as terrorists instead of going after the real terrorists that want to do us harm.
The Obama administration attacks Arizona for passing a law against illegal immigration in reaction to the federal government's failure to protect the borders, while terrorists and drug cartels sneak over the Mexican border every day.
Instead of really securing our borders where the real danger lies, the DHS takes the opportunity to violate a citizen's constitutional rights by choosing to attack a poor farmer from Vermont on the Canadian border growing hay to feed their cattle. The DHS resorts to seizure of property to achieve that goal. Will anyone sustain harm in the process? Perhaps, the DHS better watch out for those rebel cows sneaking over the border for foreign hay.
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