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Obama’s America: EPA Officials Visit Man For Sending Email
The POH Diaries Blog ^ | May 24, 2012 | Blogger TWB

Posted on 05/25/2012 3:03:44 AM PDT by w4women

About a month ago, EPA regional official Al Armendariz made news when a YouTube video of him describing the way the agency handles oil and gas companies surfaced. In it, Armendariz said an analogy he liked to use about enforcement was how the Romans used crucifixion to keep smaller towns and villages under their thumb. Since then, Armendariz has resigned his post at the EPA. Case closed, right? Wrong.

A local North Carolina man named Larry Keller didn’t particularly like the analogy that Al Armendariz used, so, along with thousands of others assumably, he set about to contact Mr. Armendariz to discuss his views on the oil and gas industries. One of our basic rights and privileges in a free society is to be able to petition our government for a redress of grievances without fear of repercussion from said government simply for voicing our grievance.

Keller proceeded to try and contact Mr. Armendariz by Googling him. His domain was a subset of Southern Methodist University, he was directed to contact a Dr. David Gray who is the Director of External Affairs for the EPA. Keller wrote a simple, one sentence email to Dr. Gray which said simply, “Hello Mr. Gray-Do you have Mr. Armendariz’s contact information so we can say hello?”

On May 2nd, just a little over a week after the Armendariz crucify comments had flared up, two special agents from the EPA and a local police officer showed up at Mr. Keller’s home. Here is the story in his own words:

On Wednesday, May 02, 2012 at about 1:45PM two Special Agents from the EPA and an armed police officer who stood 6’6” tall visited our house in Asheville, NC. Their visit was a total surprise as we had not received any communications requesting an appointment. The agents presented very official looking badges and asked if we could sit and chat awhile. We moved to the back porch and took our seats with the exception of the armed officer who stood by the door to the house the entire time.

Keller was asked by the agents if he ran a business out of his home, and if so, what kind of business. Keller runs a consulting business from his home. Then he was asked if he had ever sent an email to anyone at the EPA. Keller, not remembering the email initially said no, then remembered his email to Dr. Gray trying to get the contact information for Al Armendariz. This is what happened next:

At this point Agent Woods reach into a file and from it he pulled out a copy of my email to Dr. Gray. He handed it to me and I asked what was there about the content that justified their driving across the state of NC to visit me with no prior warning. The other agent then stated that my choice of words in the email could be interpreted in many ways. At that point I asked them to be specific as they were wasting my time. I stated that I pay for agents’ salaries and that of the police officer and they have bigger fish to fry. Special Agent Woods then asked if I had ever been arrested – the answer was a swift no. I then asked for a copy of the email they presented and they said that was impossible as the investigation was not yet complete.

Keller asked the agents for business cards that they had previously promised him and they were miraculously out of business cards. The two agents, who had driven four hours from Raleigh, North Carolina for this encounter with Mr. Keller, left via the back staircase as quickly as they had appeared without supplying Larry Keller with their contact information. He also states that the agents had parked blocking his driveway and that the local police officer had parked in his neighbor’s driveway.

Larry Keller was interviewed by Pete Kaliner, a local conservative radio host about the incident. You can listen to the interview here. I heard today on Kaliner’s show that Keller has hooked up with the John Locke Foundation to pursue the incident further. I’ll keep you updated as soon as more information becomes available.

Is this really the America that we live in now? A concerned citizen tries to contact a government official over statements that he made in public and the next thing you know armed agents show up at his home?


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: abuse; epa; nc
This is unbelievable! What do you suppose the mission of the EPA was here?
1 posted on 05/25/2012 3:03:52 AM PDT by w4women
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To: w4women

To gather information to pass on to IRS.


2 posted on 05/25/2012 3:09:02 AM PDT by gusopol3
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To: w4women

Oh yeah! Here’s your classic example of “Hope & Change,” more realisticly Hype & Chains.


3 posted on 05/25/2012 3:11:17 AM PDT by Fighter@heart (Ask The American Indian how ignoring immigration worked out for them!!! WAKE UP!!)
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To: w4women

How many times do we have to say it?

Don’t Talk to Police
http://youtu.be/6wXkI4t7nuc

Based on the Martha Stewart case, this guy could be prosecuted for telling the agents he didn’t send an email to the EPA.

Does he at least have a badge number for the cop? Cell phone pics of the guys retreating down his driveway?


4 posted on 05/25/2012 3:12:45 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: w4women

Not only do they try to ruin anyone and everything they see as being in their way to advancing their agenda, they’ll do it once they know they’ve failed and when those things are not necessarily in the way.


5 posted on 05/25/2012 3:20:37 AM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: w4women
>"Is this really the America that we live in now? "

1930's Germany.

Heil Hillary.

6 posted on 05/25/2012 3:21:37 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: w4women

The proper answer to an unannounced visit by the authorities who want to come in and chat awhile is, “No and do you have a warrant?”


7 posted on 05/25/2012 3:21:47 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: w4women
We had to move this blog article from the News forum into our Bloggers forum. We also have changed the date to match the date of publication.

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/bloggers-forum/index

In the future please post blog articles in the Bloggers forum only.
Thanks.

8 posted on 05/25/2012 3:21:53 AM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: w4women

Is that a drone over your shoulder?


9 posted on 05/25/2012 3:40:23 AM PDT by vanilla swirl (searching for something meaningfull to say)
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Hussy Junior's "EPA Speshul Agents"








10 posted on 05/25/2012 3:41:24 AM PDT by devolve (------ ---- ---------toss_subhumans_in_Hannibal*s_wild_boar_pit----------- ---------------------)
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To: w4women

Bump


11 posted on 05/25/2012 3:42:18 AM PDT by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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To: w4women

12 posted on 05/25/2012 3:47:14 AM PDT by tomkat (:^)
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To: w4women

Interesting that nearly every very stoopid federal agency now has highly armed swat teams.
F-ing EPA should be defunded and many of it employees should be incarcerated forever. And it is but one of MANY federal agencies in the same boat. Shut em down.
EPA? F-em


13 posted on 05/25/2012 4:08:40 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Hey Mitt, F-you too pal)
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To: FreedomPoster

They were going to roll into this man’s drive and crucify him to settle every one down. Next time, don’t talk to the Roman soldiers. Let them nail their own asses somewhere else.


14 posted on 05/25/2012 4:45:49 AM PDT by healy61
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To: Truth29

nd make sure to check the back to see if it is signed and by who.

It should be signed by a local judge.


15 posted on 05/25/2012 5:06:09 AM PDT by phockthis (http://www.supremelaw.org/fedzone11/index.htm ...)
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To: w4women
I'll bet they weren't EPA. They were probably DHS. He should contact the police officer who was with them and verify.
16 posted on 05/25/2012 5:12:01 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: Joe Boucher

Absolutely.


17 posted on 05/25/2012 5:36:56 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: w4women

W4women,

What happened to Mr. Keller is outrageous.

Did the EPA send agents out to everyone who sent email to David Gray asking how to contact Dr. armendariz?

In hindsight, mr. Keller could have gotten the information from the Web; anyone owning property in Texas is in the public records.


18 posted on 05/25/2012 5:54:50 AM PDT by WildHighlander57 ((WildHighlander57 returning after lurking since 2000))
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To: w4women

Repeat after me....Never talk to the COPS esp w/o your lawyer present.


19 posted on 05/25/2012 5:56:09 AM PDT by 556x45
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To: w4women

the EPA has its own Stasi?
Who knew???
Next target, global warming deniers?


20 posted on 05/25/2012 5:59:57 AM PDT by silverleaf (Funny how all the people who are for abortion are already born)
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To: w4women

Police state...


21 posted on 05/25/2012 6:03:17 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: w4women

Was also wondering how they got Keller’s home address in only a week... unless Kentucky is similar to Texas in regard to public record AND Keller owns property (property owners are in that database) AND there is only one Larry Keller in North Carolina.....


22 posted on 05/25/2012 6:17:04 AM PDT by WildHighlander57 ((WildHighlander57 returning after lurking since 2000))
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To: w4women
This is unbelievable! What do you suppose the mission of the EPA was here?

They were giving truth to the crucify anology - too stupid to realize it though.

23 posted on 05/25/2012 6:46:21 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: w4women

Found this:
http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2012/05/25/fundamental-change/

embedded link in his own words

http://ashevilleteaparty.org/?p=3690

hear the interview

http://www.wwnc.com/player/?station=WWNC-AM&program_name=podcast&program_id=PeteKaliner.xml&mid=22083528


24 posted on 05/25/2012 8:11:11 AM PDT by Whenifhow
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To: w4women

Yet, we are supposed to believe that Obama will be powerless if he wins and we take the senate and keep the house. If that scenario plays out, this type of thing will become more common and prevelent.


25 posted on 05/25/2012 8:52:33 AM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: w4women
Keller was asked by the agents if he ran a business out of his home, and if so, what kind of business. Keller runs a consulting business from his home.

From an EPA agent, I would interpret this as an attempt at intimidation: "If you run a home business that involves the creation of anything physical, expect an EPA raid".

26 posted on 05/25/2012 9:02:17 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (If I can't be persuasive, I at least hope to be fun.)
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To: w4women

Mr. Keller needs to get on TV with his story, as well as to contact his Senators and Congressman with this obvious story of abuse of power.

He should also appear at his town council meeting and ask why the local police were dispatched to assist Federal agents for a routine interview.

He should also get an attorney, and now deal through the attorney.

He never should have talked to anyone without a warrant.


27 posted on 05/25/2012 9:16:02 AM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. Be Andrew Breitbart.)
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To: w4women

Grab your cellphone and start taking pictures, all the while asking if they mind. If the do, “See Ya!”. I’ll bet they would have run like roaches when exposed to having their pictures taken.

I’ve gotten to be a firm believer in that ANY meeting with an officer of whatever authority should be videoed, even their refusal. If they try to confiscate said phone on they are on your property, yell bloody murder (or have your wife videotaping from an inconspicuous spot in the house). Also get a pic of their car and license plate.


28 posted on 05/25/2012 1:54:56 PM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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