Originally published April 21 2015
Arkansas sheriff's department with DHS deny family's civil rights and kidnap their 7 children over legal dietary supplements
by Daniel Barker
(NaturalNews) The Stanleys of Garland County, Arkansas, would be considered by most to be an average American family. Hal Stanley, the head of the household, served his country honorably and is an ordained Baptist minister.
Hal has never been in trouble with the law (until now) and is considered by his neighbors and others who know him well to be a loving father who considers the well-being of his children above all else. The same applies to his wife, Michelle.
But since January 12, 2015, the Stanleys have been living a waking nightmare in which their home was raided by a large contingent of law enforcement agents (including a SWAT team with snipers positioned nearby) and DHS authorities. At the end of the ordeal, the seven children living in the household were kidnapped by the authorities and the family's Fourth Amendment rights were trampled upon.
The case was ostensibly centered around Hal Stanley's possession and use of a perfectly legal water purifier product sold under the name "MMS." The substance is not FDA-approved but can be legally bought online, and there are no laws prohibiting its use (more info on MMS and its active ingredient later in this article).
However, the details of the ongoing drama would seem to indicate that the real issue leading to the kidnapping of the Stanley children and the harassment of the parents by the authorities has more to do with the fact that the Stanleys have chosen to raise and educate their children outside of the system.
The Stanley children were home-birthed and have been home-schooled. Increasingly, it appears that authorities across the nation are seeking to punish those who choose this path in raising their families.
Although the Stanleys are religious, they are not fanatics. They live a modest, quiet life and by all accounts (except those of the authorities), the children are happy, healthy normal kids.
But on the January evening in question, as the Stanleys were preparing dinner, there was a knock at the door. Expecting the visitors to be their invited dinner guests, Hal and Michelle were shocked when they opened the door to find a large number of authorities, other personnel and vehicles surrounding their home.
From a report posted by MedicalKidnap.com:
Garland County Sheriff's Deputies and DPS entered their home, demanding that Hal and Michelle wait outside in the cold while they searched the house and talked to the children. There were reportedly at least 30 people, including a SWAT team, Arkansas State Troopers, a coroner, a doctor, a dozen cars, a medical van, and a sniper in a ditch allegedly aiming at the parents on the front porch.
The Stanleys were not told what the raid was about, and they were not given a copy of the affidavit required by law to accompany the search warrant. This was in clear violation of the Fourth Amendment, which in no uncertain terms states that:
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.
The Stanleys were not told that the authorities came to seize the MMS in their possession or that they were there to remove the children. The full truth was not revealed until the affidavit was finally produced quite recently, and then only after the intervention of a judge who tracked it down on the Stanleys' behalf.
In fact, when the authorities left the Stanley home with the seven children at the conclusion of the raid, they left the original bottle of MMS on the shelf where it sat in plain sight, while inexplicably confiscating a bottle of hydrogen peroxide that sat next to it.
When the affidavit was finally produced, it contained wild accusations that Hal Stanley had tried to force his children to ingest the MMS. He maintains that he was the only one who took the supplement and that it was primarily used to purify the water used in the family's aquaponic system. The main ingredient contained in the MMS product is sodium chlorite, a substance routinely used for purifying and disinfecting water. It is safe in small doses and can be used on food as an antimicrobial agent. In Hal's case, he also used MMS to control his own body's pH levels.
The affidavit also revealed that the removal of the children was intended in the first place. Even though the social service workers, health authorities and the doctor on the scene examined each child, finding them all to be perfectly healthy, Garland County Deputy Sheriff Sgt. Michael Wright ignored their opinions and ordered the children to be removed anyway.
Since the raid, some of the younger Stanley children have been allowed to return home but are still considered to be under the custody of the State. Meanwhile, the Stanleys are being instructed how to raise their children -- they have even been forced to allow a psychologist to spend 20 hours per week in the home, to "promote harmony" in the family.
For the record, the Stanleys have not been charged with any crime.
If the case of the Stanleys were an isolated incident, it would still be a tragic and troubling story. However, the kidnapping of children by the authorities, particularly in families who choose "alternative" approaches to parenting (e.g. home schooling, choosing not to vaccinate, etc.) is becoming alarmingly common and widespread.
Only in totalitarian societies are parents forced to raise children according to strict state-mandated rules and regulations. Families like the Stanleys should never be subjected to this type of abuse if we are to consider ourselves a free nation.
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