I do not have a financial interest in the following film, but it is something you must see.

The irony here is that most of the people who have had their farms raided are on the left end of the political spectrum. Yet, when you hear their shock and outrage at the abuse of power, especially police and judicial powers, they sound like your average Tea Party Patriot.

This is wrong. Please note that the abuses are being carried out in places as diverse as California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and Georgia.

This goes beyond Republican versus Democrat. It is about the fundamental American right to choose what to eat and to eat what you want to eat. It does not get any more basic than that.

We enjoy the delusion in this country that we are “free.” We like to sanctimoniously lecture other countries, like Russia, on how we have freedom and they do not. But after you watch this video, you tell me if our claims about freedom and limited government are delusional.

Wake up America.

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Larry C. Johnson is a former analyst at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who moved subsequently in 1989 to the U.S. Department of State, where he served four years as the deputy director for transportation security, antiterrorism assistance training, and special operations in the State Department's Office of Counterterrorism. He left government service in October 1993 and set up a consulting business. He currently is the co-owner and CEO of BERG Associates, LLC (Business Exposure Reduction Group) and is an expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, and crisis and risk management, and money laundering investigations. Johnson is the founder and main author of No Quarter, a weblog that addresses issues of terrorism and intelligence and politics. NoQuarterUSA was nominated as Best Political Blog of 2008.
  • gonzotx

    Travesty.I think this could be a powerful film. Whole foods and Trader Joe should promote to at their stores along with all the smaller venues.

  • KenoshaMarge

    Cannot thank you enough Larry Johnson for bringing this to our attention. With so many assaults on our rights under the Constitution it is hard to be aware of them all.
    The thing I find most alarming is how many people just don’t give a rat’s ass. Give them a “smart” phone and a wide screen television and they’re content.

  • elizabethrc

    Most of us here knew Obama was going to be bad for America, but few of us realized just how bad he would be.
    I just had a long conversation with an otherwise intelligent friend of mine about global warming. She was going on about the loss of polar ice, how we were fouling the atmosphere, etc., etc. I reminded her that it was utter arrogant and quite silly, really, to think that we human have the power to destroy this planet earth which has existed for billions of years, has gone through more weather and cataclysmic cycles that we can count and how it will continue.
    Sure, we want clean air (no one wants to inhale carbon monoxide), but as Krauthammer said recently, we can clean ourselves silly (parapharasing) and the air will still be fouled by China and other countries with high pollution and we will have had no impact of meaning on it.
    I believe at the heart of all of these regulations is money which will see it’s way into the pockets of our ‘leaders’. Having watched them for far too long, I do not believe any sort of altruistic thought is within their capabilities. We need to watch our backs. Government certainly isn’t going to do it.

  • KenoshaMarge

    It saddens me to see how few comments there are on this thread. Those are American LAW enforcement people acting like gestapo and very few people seem to care. This one issue is just a small sample of what is happening to our country and our people every day. From Eminent Domain to Obamacare one by one our freedoms are disappearing. Like “boiling a frog” it doesn’t seem to matter until you are the one being cooked.

    The farmers in this film must be shaking their heads and saying:

    ” First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out—
    because I was not a communist;
    Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
    because I was not a socialist;
    Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
    because I was not a trade unionist;
    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
    because I was not a Jew;
    Then they came for me—
    and there was no one left to speak out for me.”

    • DianaLC

      I didn’t comment earlier as I had visitors, but mostly I didn’t comment because I couldn’t get past the point of the video where the woman said they took her sheep and killed them.
      I grew up on raw millk, ate the best cream puffs made by my dad, with his Jersey cow supplying the best cream.
      I ate eggs from our own chickens who mostly roamed free during the day and ate the natural food we provided.
      Makes me sick how far we have moved away from our roots as a pioneer nation.
      It’s one issue that makes me too sad to do much commenting on, but I do thank LJ for posting the story.

      • KenoshaMarge

        I didn’t mean any one in particular, I’m sure lots of people were busy living their lives.
        I just cannot wrap my head around the fact that it seems to elicit so little interest. I find that deeply disturbing.

        • DianaLC

          Kenosha, I have grown used to the disinterest in this sort of issue–when it involves farm animals. People are so disconnected from the production of their food that it is now an issue they just can’t wrap their minds around.
          It does make me very sad, and I know you weren’t pointing your comment at any of us.

          • KenoshaMarge

            I too have grown used to the disinterest in what happens to farm animals. The same people who have a fit about a poodle or a caribou could care less about the terrorizing of food animals.
            And now the terrorizing of those who have farm animals. This is simply unacceptable and I cannot understand why so few seem to care.

            • DianaLC

              It’s because they don’t want to think of the farm animals as living creatures. they just want to see the eggs, the milk, the cheese, and the slabs of meat for sale in the grocery stores.
              If you have eve lived on a farm, you see the animal, the creature. I love that word “creature.” It mean it was created by God in my mind, and we have been appointed to have “dominion” over them. I do not take that duty as though I were asked to be a brutal, unthinking tyrant. It means we are to treat those creatures as our creator treats us, with love and concern.

              • KenoshaMarge

                I spent a good part of my life on a farm. A small one where my husband and I raised our 3 kids. My youngest son was allergic to cows milk so I got a goat – which of course had to have a “kids” to give milk and that led to another goat and another – bottom line I was soon milking 12 goats and selling milk to other people with allergies. I also made ice cream and cheese.
                I loved those damn goats, even the stinky male. We also had chickens and turkeys. I never ate one of the chickens or the turkeys because I just couldn’t eat a creature I knew. I think that sowed the seeds for my vegetarianism some years later.

                • DianaLC

                  You are a women after my own heart, and that of my younger sister also.
                  We grew up on a small farm. I helped with milking the cows and then weaning the calves. She had chicken coop duty. (She also now, in her retirement) has the fanciest chicken coop you can imagine for her four chickens, who live like royalty.
                  We both became vegetarian for the reason you mention. We couldn’t eat my friends, but I also did for health reasons.
                  My favorite goat story is about the goats they same younger sister kept for a while to provide the goat milk that some needed instead of cows milk.
                  She had young goats and decided to show them at a fair. She practiced with one all the time, the one she liked best, leading him and training him. She gave me the one she had not worked with.
                  We had to wear all white in the arena–white slacks and shirts. She walked around with hers just fine. Then it was my turn. That goat was so ornery. It balked and jumped and did all sorts of silly efforts not to go around where it was supposed to go. My clothes were a muddy mess by the end.
                  Guess what–my goat placed higher than hers. Goats are supposed to be that way.

                  • KenoshaMarge

                    Goats have their own reality and it is not necessarily the same one as their human “masters”.

                    I was away from home for a couple of hours one day – the goats got out and in just a short time turned all my lovely blue spruce trees along one fence into blue spruce umbrellas.

                    Only goats on a farm would eat spruce trees. Mine did and those trees always looked like umbrellas til the day we sold that farm.

      • binky354

        I started out life on “raw”…I can’t remember when the Pasteurized was brought into our house. My sister and I have survived so far.

  • TeakWoodKite

    HA! Now milk is the new Tennessee Moonshine.

  • TeakWoodKite

    Having worked a dairy split shift….and training my Australian Shepard to “Get the Cows” at 03:00…saving me a ride on the tractor in the middle of the night, I still recall the amount of injections of Bovine Growth Hormones and anti-biotics that the cows had. If people want the milk from more natural food streams as it currently available or possible in a large commercial setting they should support their 4H. It is important to teach keep such a basic skill as goat hearding…
    I mean after all wernt Barry’s gandpa one?

  • beyond partisan

    You know what’s really scary? I tried to explain to my Dem dad that the government is too involved in food choice, i.e., raw milk. He went on this massive tirade about how people who want raw milk are anti-science and that we now have pasteurized milk for a reason and anyone who wants otherwise wants us to move backwards. He also brought up a straw man about parents forcing their kids to drink unsafe milk. (HOW on earth did humans survive for millennia drinking milk straight from the cow, I have to wonder, if this fear-mongering about raw milk were actually true?)

    In other words, to a die-hard, authoritarian progressive, it’s more important to “move forward” than to give people a choice.

    • KenoshaMarge

      Funny how progresives are only interested in choice when it comes to abortions. And for themselves. The rest of us can just pound salt I guess.

    • Madame_deFarge

      Too true. During WWII, my grandmother had a cow on the back lot and we had fresh milk as well as butter. She sold butter too and we didn’t always have to use the big loaf sizes of lard with the orange tablets to make it look like butter. Never got sick from any of it. In the summer in the south I loved milk with ice in it. So refreshing.

  • no_longer_a_democrat

    Thanks Mr. Johnson for posting this. Will be watching it and passing it on.

    I used to be a staunch demonRat…. what I realized is I am a classical liberal aka a libertarian….let each person live their lives as how they want as long as they don’t infringe on other people’s right do the same.

    “Liberals” as the progressives call themselves ARE NOT LIBERAL! they are totalitarians!!! forcing people to buy healthcare, etc etc.

    • beyond partisan

      Same here. Libertarian all the way now.

    • KenoshaMarge

      I’m beginning to think I may be a libertarian too. I KNOW I am not a Democrat and I disagree with too many “social” issues to be a Republican. I kinda think I’m a libertarian leaning Independent. And as such, I don’t trust any of the rat bastards.

      • stodghie

        i am a registered independent.

  • KenoshaMarge

    I’ve known we weren’t free since 1983 when the damn government told me I “had” to wear a seat belt. For my own good of course. Nearly everyone I knew thought I was silly for being so upset about it. After all, it was for my own good. It amazes me how easily people give up their right to make their own choices.

    Since then I’ve seen more and more things that I “must” do up to and including buy insurance – because the government says so.

    That they are raiding farms and acting like a bunch of Nazi thugs doesn’t surprise me. Look at those people in uniform who are terrorizing those farm families – what is their excuse for what they are doing? Just following orders? Seems we’ve heard that line before.