(NaturalNews) There is nothing more pathetic, ugly and insidious than a tyrannical government thug who uses his power to destroy the lives of law-abiding citizens. Today, we have witnessed the outrageous acts carried out by jack-booted scumbags in Michigan's Department of Natural Resources (DNR) who masterminded armed raids on two ranches in that state, all with the intention of shooting and killing traditional livestock and arresting ranchers as felons. This is part of Michigan's new "Invasive Species Order" which maliciously and unlawfully targets traditional pig livestock as an invasive species, based entirely on their hair color and other physical traits. (http://www.naturalnews.com/035372_Michigan_p...)
According to our sources, the person behind this effort is DNR director Rodney A. Stokes (see contact information below). Rodney Stokes, we've been told, is the decision maker behind these armed raids on Michigan ranchers. He's the one who demands that traditional heritage pigs be slaughtered at gunpoint and that Michigan ranchers be arrested and charged as felons if they resist.
In investigating this story, I called and left a message for the DNR's media contact, but he has so far failed to return my call. I am not necessarily expecting a return call, as experience has taught me that these cowards prefer to operate in darkness and quickly flee when someone with any real journalistic integrity begins to ask real questions.
Forced to murder his own livestock
This entire story stems from the DNR's forcing of Michigan small-scale pig ranchers to slaughter their own livestock or be arrested as felons. (Yes, you read that correctly.)
Just this last week, one Michigan farmer was forced to shoot his own livestock in cold blood -- including twenty baby piglets and pregnant sows. As he says in his own words:
"I was served a search warrant yesterday at 7: 45am. I have killed all my hogs. [DNR] gave me papers that say I do not have any hogs on my property. All they saw were dead hogs laying around from my mass slaughtering. It took 12 guys 4 times in there to kill all of them, sows with young, Pregnant sows, dozens of piglets, and old mature boars. It has been a sad few weeks. Does anyone know what it feels like to open fire on 20 baby piglets in one group which weigh between 5 lbs and 15 lbs. They are so adorable and cute. They commented to everyone that they never saw a fence built so tough and no way would a hog get out of this area." (www.BakersGreenAcres.com)
This is directly a result of the orders of DNR director Rodney Stokes.
NaturalNews has received word that many of the front-line DNR enforcement officers are completely opposed to this agenda put forth by Stokes. I will state here on the record that any DNR officers, employees or whistleblowers who wish to come forward with information about this case can contact NaturalNews with the complete assurance that their identity will be protected. You can reach us at this contact page. Obviously, do NOT use government computers to reach us or send us email, as that will be tracked. Do this from a public internet cafe using a hosted email address such as Gmail. Reach us through: http://www.naturalnews.com/newstips/NewsTips...
We are specifically looking for whistleblowers who wish to step forward and expose the actions of Rodney Stokes or others who are directly responsible for the terrorizing of Michigan farmers. We will expose this information publicly, and we will aggressively defend the anonymity of our sources in order to see justice served.
Michigan's DNR is out of control
As anyone can see from the facts surrounding this case, the Michigan DNR is, under the "leadership" of Rodney Stokes, acting as a rogue government agency gone completely mad and now running across the countryside with the intent of murdering livestock and terrorizing farmers.
As a freedom-loving American and strong advocate of common law, farm freedom and the rights of citizens to be free from such acts of government aggression against the People, I have called for the immediate arrest of those responsible for these illegitimate and utterly unjustified armed raids. At the very least, a criminal investigation needs to be initiated against the DNR and its director. Someone must resign over this fiasco for there to be even an inkling of justice served in this case.
I, for one, will not stop investigating Michigan's DNR until I see justice served against those responsible for these actions. And I assure NaturalNews readers that I will immediately go public with every piece of information on the DNR that comes my way. Lawyers are standing by (as usual) to defend my right to exercise my First Amendment, even if Michigan's DNR thinks it can deny people their entire Bill of Rights.
By the way, I also question just the basic I.Q. of the Michigan DNR about this whole issue of feral pigs. You know, here in Texas, we're smart enough to shoot the pigs running around OUTSIDE the fences (well not me personally, but others who actually shoot the pigs). But in Lansing, Michigan, where these city bureaucrats have apparently never even seen a farm, they're so stupid they think feral pigs can be eradicated by shooting pigs INSIDE the ranch fences! That's about as retarded as thinking you can eliminate a coyote problem by shooting your family dog... (see below).
Michigan DNR can come and shoot your dog next
Just how out of control is the DNR? Imagine this: Using the exact same logic they have now put forth to justify their recent raids of farmers, the Michigan DNR could simply declare domesticated dogs to be an "invasive species" and then unleash swarms of armed DNR agents across the state to enter your house and shoot your dog, then arrest you as a felon for even owning that now-dead dog!
This is exactly -- precisely! -- what the DNR has done with farmers' pigs, which they claim are "feral" pigs. But that's no different than claiming your household dog is a "feral" dog. If it's domesticated in your house (or on your ranch, within the fences), then it's not feral, is it? It's domesticated. It's fenced in.
Michigan's DNR argues that "your pigs MIGHT escape" into the wild, and therefore the state of Michigan has the right to come shoot all your pigs on sight, with no judge, no jury, no trial, no law, no due process and no opportunity for appeal! How's that for total, runaway tyranny in Michigan?
But by the same logic, the DNR could argue that "your DOG might escape" into the wild, and therefore the DNR should just murder all family dogs in Michigan, see? It's the same (warped) reasoning. These people are insane! I wonder if DNR director Rodney Stokes has a family dog? And I wonder how he would feel if four government vehicles stopped at his house, a dozen armed agents burst into his home, and then they shot his dog right in the head? That's what he ordered done to Michigan pig ranchers, you see. It's no different. (For the record, I am not calling for anyone to actually shoot Stokes' dog, if he even has one. I repeat my call for non-violent resolution of these issues -- even though that's a philosophy the Michigan government has long abandoned in favor of violent escalation.)
If the DNR is not sharply rebuked for its outrageous actions of forcing farmers to shoot their own baby piglets in cold blood, there is no telling where this madness will end. Emboldened by the mass slaughter of pigs, DNR director Rodney Stokes could simply declare (like the Emperor) that cows are now an invasive species. Or goats. Sheep. Cats. Backyard chickens. Without any law being passed whatsoever, the DNR could simply invent its own new "directives" (exactly as happened in this case) and then use those directives as the quasi-legal justification to just run around the state using people's animals as target practice.
And by God, the DNR front line agents would do what they were told, too! "We're just following orders!" they would say as they put a bullet in the head of your family dog. Such is the nature of tyranny -- there's always some poor sap willing to carry it out in exchange for a government paycheck and the promise of retirement benefits that they'll never receive because the state will be bankrupt long before that date ever arrives anyway.
If government will not halt its own abuses of power, such tasks fall upon the People
So the question right now is whether the Michigan government will reign in these outrageous abuses of power by the DNR -- a rogue, criminal agency operating right under the nose of Governor Rick Snyder.
I urge you to contact the Governor (and other key state officials) using the contact information I'm publishing below. It's time to let these people hear what you think about their policy of the mass slaughter of pregnant pigs and baby pigs because of the ego-tripping power desires of its most insane departmental tyrants.
If Michigan will not investigate itself and put an end to this tyranny, I fear the only solution to this will involve deputized citizens rising up against their state government and making these lawful and legal arrests on their own, without the assistance of government, if it comes to that.
After all, when government becomes the criminal, there is no option left but to invoke the Constitutional right to keep and bear arms in a common defense of the People against tyranny. This is precisely what our founding fathers wrote about when they spoke of the "right to keep and bear arms" as well as the Fourth Amendment's protections against illegal search and seizure. In Michigan, we have now approached a decisive moment where either the government must investigate its own terrorist activites, or the People of that great state will inevitably rise up against their oppressors and assert their protections under law to be free from government tyranny. (And to be free to farm without ill-conceived government interference, above all.)
Let's be honest about what we're witnessing here. What Michigan has done is an act of state-sponsored terrorism that specifically has targeted innocent farmers who have done nothing wrong.
As the DNR refused to debate their ISO (Invasive Species Order) in the courts and instead resorted to an escalation of violence by bringing guns onto illegal farm raids, their actions are clearly those of government tyrants who resort to tactics of fear, intimidation and violence in order to get their way.
This is simply not acceptable. Such actions must be halted by peacekeeping citizens who lawfully and ethically act to preserve their rights to pursue life, liberty and happiness. Even if it means lawfully and legally arresting government terrorists who have been conspiring against them.
While DNR director Rodney Stokes could have decided to hold off on the armed raids and argue the merits of the ISO in Michigan's courts, he instead decided to escalate the violence and bring guns to farms where unjustified violence has now been committed against the animals there. This shows a striking disregard for valuing life and liberty. It is a very dangerous sign to see a departmental director openly advocating such acts of terrorism against the People. (Should Rodney Stokes be prosecuted under the Patriot Act? That's something worth investigating, even if the Patriot Act is a bad law to begin with...)
Regardless of the evidently unstable psychology of the man who masterminded this criminal conspiracy against Michigan farmers, the actions of the DNR are wholly illegitimate, unethical, immoral, illegal, unconstitutional and despicable. This is the kind of government behavior you might expect in North Korea, not Michigan. Yet through its recent actions on threatening home gardeners, SWAT-teaming innocent mothers while stealing their children with CPS workers (http://www.naturalnews.com/032090_Maryanne_G...), and now raiding farms at gunpoint, the state of Michigan has cemented its reputation as the most terror-driven state government in America today.
Where is Michigan Governor Rick Snyder on these issues? Why has he not spoken out for the People of Michigan and sought to defend them against the tyranny of the very rogue government agencies he now commands? Governor Rick Snyder could put a stop to this with a single phone call (or by firing a single person, probably). Encourage Snyder to take action by contacting his office about this issue (see contact information below).
DNR director Stokes could have stopped it, too, but he actually ordered the raids to move forward. At no point have the representatives of government in Michigan actually stood up to protect the fundamental rights and protections of Michigan farmers and ranchers. We aren't asking the Michigan government for handouts here. This isn't a request for corporate welfare or even individual welfare. We are only requesting that government get the Hell off our farms and leave us in peace to pursue the difficult work of being a rancher.
In this time of economic desperation, with Detroit gutted by the downfall of the automobile industry in America, and with agriculture suffering under GMO contamination and the onerous regulations of the FDA and USDA, it is beyond belief that the state of Michigan would spend taxpayer dollars to seek out and destroy local farming and ranching operations that are contributing to the economy at many levels.
Take Action Now!
Today, I am urging you to join hundreds of thousands of NaturalNews readers and InfoWars listeners across the country in taking action to loudly and confidently denounce the Michigan state government's actions in terrorizing farmers, and demand an investigation into the actions and decisions of DNR director Rodney Stokes -- decisions that led to the inexplicable terrorizing of Michigan farmers and the forced shooting of one man's entire herd of livestock.
Here's how you can help:
#1) CALL the office of Governor Rick Snyder PHONE: (517) 373-3400 PHONE: (517) 335-7858 (Michigan constituents) FAX:(517) 335-6863
When you call, DEMAND an investigation into DNR director Rodney Stokes.
#2) CALL the Michigan office of Attorney General and demand an investigation into the illegitimate terror-style tactics of the DNR operating in that state.
Main Number (517) 373-1110 Facsimile (517) 373-3042
Policy Coordinator, Donna Stine Phone: 517-241-3774
Senior Executive, Patricia Stewart Phone: 517-335-1833
#4) CALL the law enforcement division of the Michigan DNR to denounce their use of taxpayer dollars to conduct armed raids on private ranches and farms:
Law Enforcement Division Gary Hagler, Chief Phone: 517-373-1230
#5) SHARE this story on Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere. LINK to this page and spread the word.
#6) WATCH this video interview of Mark Baker on the Alex Jones Show, who provides yet more details of what led up to these mass slaughter hit squads being deployed by the Michigan DNR:
Heed my warning or you may be next
This is real, my friends. This is happening. After we published our first article on this topic (http://www.naturalnews.com/035372_Michigan_p...), I remember reading some of the ignorant comments from the usual trolls who claimed we were "exaggerating" the directive. "There won't be any raids, that's ridiculous," one comment claimed. Another said that we made up the whole thing, that there was no such law on the books (it's not a law, it's a "directive") and that our entire story was pure fiction.
And yet, once again, we were right and the trolls were wrong. Again and again, this is how it works: NaturalNews warns readers about the coming tyranny, and people ignore it and think we're making it up. Then that tyranny kicks in and people end up in jail (or dead) thanks to government tyrants. Read the story of Andrew Wordes if you don't believe me (http://www.naturalnews.com/035372_Michigan_p...).
These reports are all real, folks. You won't find them in the lamestream media, however, because the mainstream media is a journalistic joke. They don't report much real news anymore, didn't you know? They only report sports, entertainment and corporate-packaged propaganda. Mainstream media is to your brain what junk food is to your body.
The real news about what's really happening in America is now solely reported in the alternative press -- sites like NaturalNews.com and InfoWars.com -- where real journalism is still kept alive by hard-working writers and researchers who dare to ask the tough questions and pursue the tough stories. Sure, any word-wrangling hack can win a Pulitzer prize at a mainstream newspaper by coughing up a feel-good propaganda piece, but the real news in America today isn't going to be found at any conventional media outlet (all of which are driven entirely by corporate interests and government boot licking). With rare exceptions, the only place you'll find real news now is the alternative press and independent sites, from the Drudge Report on down.
That's why it's up to YOU to help get this story out there. The mainstream media won't touch it. It reveals far too much about the corrupt, criminal nature of government. While daily newspapers are more than happy to run stories about school shootings where citizens go crazy and government comes in to rescue everybody, they absolutely will not touch stories where government goes crazy and the citizens are victimized.
See the difference? A school shooting gets front-page press, but a farm shooting waged by government tyrants gets zero coverage.
The real agenda? Total destruction of America's small farmers
It's all an agenda, my friends. It is layer upon layer of dark agendas of control, tyranny, economic destruction and public brainwashing. There is an agenda at work today to destroy America's farms and gut the small-farmer agricultural sector in its entirety. The federal government wants nothing left but a centralized corporate-controlled genetically modified factory food monopoly, where food is stripped of all its nutrient value and contaminated with GMOs, MSG and other toxic chemicals. Michigan's DNR is playing right into this agenda with its attempt to crush and outlaw local pig ranching (for starters).
The FDA openly says it wants all food to be irradiated, pasteurized or fumigated in order to kill everything living. That's the agenda, folks: Dead food and centralized corporate control over all food and seeds. Mass chemical contamination. Mass genetic modification. Police state gunpoint enforcement. Criminalization of non-hybrid seeds. Armed teams of state-sponsored "hit squads" running around shooting your animals. Criminalization of farmer's markets, raw dairy, raw almonds, backyard gardens, live foods and medicinal herbs. It's already here. More than half of what I just described already exists and has been reported and documented here on NaturalNews.
We are already so deep into this quagmire of food tyranny that I seriously wonder how we're ever going to restore liberty in this nation. In Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Illinois and California, we are now seeing criminal government gangs running rampant and terrorizing the citizens. In those states (and many others), government has gone from being just plain bad to insidiously evil -- to the point where it now threatens the very fabric of our republic.
This is a time when, more than ever, we must heed the warnings of people such as:
• Ron Paul
• Judge Andrew Napolitano, author of It Is Dangerous to Be Right When the Government Is Wrong: The Case for Personal Freedom.
• Jonathan Emord, author of Restore the Republic and The Rise of Tyranny (Emord actually predicted much of what we see happening today).
• Alex Jones, the InfoWars pioneer who has been proven right over and over, again and again, so many times that he's actually become one of the most reliable sources in the world for intel on what's about to go down.
• James Wesley Rawles from SurvivalBlog.com, the former Army intelligence officer who wrote about much of this nearly twenty years ago!
These people all warn about the dangerous rise of tyrannical government; the stripping away of due process and the Bill of Rights; the dangerous centralization of power in Washington, and the terrible price of citizen apathy, where people refuse to take action against the destructive forces of bad government.
Food fascism is upon is NOW
Allow me to add my voice to their urgent warnings: Freedom is rapidly eroding in America at a pace we've never before witnessed in human history. We are losing our nation not by the decade, not even the year, but by the month! At this pace, we are less than five years away from a total police state takeover of the economy and a permanent end to nearly all freedoms and liberties among the People.
Runaway tyranny is biting at our heels right now, at this very moment, and tyrants in state capitols are hurriedly plotting their dictatorial takeovers of their own regions, even while bowing down and kissing the boots of the black-garbed federal thugs in Washington. Their agenda is clear: Obliterate freedom at all costs! Enslave the people! Destroy local food and farms! Tax and regulate people into a state of perpetual economic slavery! Invoke fear and intimidation to keep everyone in line! These are the very tactics now openly demonstrated by the Michigan DNR, which can only be honestly called a terrorist organization run amok.
These are the dark signs of the new fascist Amerika that's now rising from the underworld like some sort of undead demonic force of evil. This evil is what we must meet at the gates, with our courage and our defenses, and we must defeat this infectious tyranny before we lose our nation and our future into its screaming, slithering jaws. Everything is at stake here -- our future, our liberties, our dignity, our children, our farms, our land, our very souls. We must not let these tyrants stomp our faces into the dirt. We demand justice; we demand protection under the law; we demand fundamental human rights; and we demand the arrest and prosecution of those agents of government evil who plot in the dark corners of their diseased minds to strip us of those rights.
Live free or die, my fellow Americans. If we do not believe in that, then we are not Americans at all.
JOIN ME in taking action on this day to demand the arrest and investigation of DNR agents working as terrorists for the government of Michigan. And if the Michigan government decides not to take action against its own rogue agents, then that government is, itself, illegitimate.
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