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OUTRAGED Midwest Farmers Protest EPA Spy Planes Over Iowa Ranches
Gateway Pundit ^ | 7-3-2012 | Jim Hoft

Posted on 07/03/2012 2:49:31 PM PDT by radioone

Midwest farmers were outraged to hear that the Obama EPA was spying on ranches in surveilance planes. Rep. Tom Latham sent a letter to the EPA demanding answers,

“No federal agency has the right to treat the American farmer like the Taliban.”

To the Obama EPA – Iowa farmers are the enemy.

The AP reported:

Midwest ranchers have never been enamored with environmental regulators, but they really began to complain after learning that federal inspectors were flying over their land to look for problems.

The Environmental Protection Agency flies over power plants and other facilities nationwide to identify potential air, water and land pollution. It began using aerial surveillance in the Midwest in 2010 to check farms for violations of federal clean water regulations.

Ranchers who object to the program said they’re not trying to hide anything. It’s the quiet approach the EPA took with the program designed to spot illegal disposal of animal waste that they find upsetting. Most were not even aware of the flyovers until regional EPA officials mentioned it at a meeting three months ago.

“For me, it just creeps into the ‘Big Brother is watching you’ area, to where the government just feels like it’s getting more and more intrusive,” said Buck Wehrbein, who manages a cattle feeding operation in Mead, Neb., about 30 miles west of Omaha.

EPA officials explained during a meeting with ranchers in West Point, Neb., that they lease small planes that fly EPA staffers over cattle operations. The staffers take photographs as they seek evidence of illegal animal waste running off into rivers and streams.

Ranchers complained to their members of Congress, who responded angrily and then grew even more annoyed by what they considered the EPA’s sluggish response to their inquiries for information about the flights. Nebraska Sen. Mike Johanns, a Republican, introduced an amendment to a multifaceted farm bill to stop the flights, but it fell four votes short of the 60 needed. Although most backers of the amendment were Republicans, 10 Democrats supported the proposal…

…The agency conducted three flyovers in Iowa in 2010, five in 2011, and one this year. In Nebraska, there were six flights last year and three this year.

Two more flights are planned this year in each state.


TOPICS: Politics
KEYWORDS: dronesiowa; dronesus; epa; farmers; obama
Your food supply is on the line here, boys and girls. The Soviet Union had the 5 and 7 year "programs". This is all about "control" as soon as they can figure it out.
1 posted on 07/03/2012 2:49:42 PM PDT by radioone
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To: radioone

having grown up in Iowa, I find this disturbing.


2 posted on 07/03/2012 2:54:55 PM PDT by brivette
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To: radioone

Farmers first- we’re next.

There’s expected to be cca 30,000 drones in US skies by the end of the decade, some no larger than a golf ball!

MADNESS

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3 posted on 07/03/2012 2:55:01 PM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: brivette

btw, I believe they’re called “farms”. never saw a ranch..


4 posted on 07/03/2012 2:56:20 PM PDT by brivette
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To: brivette

Laser to the optics. $300 will get you one that can burn through wood.


5 posted on 07/03/2012 2:58:55 PM PDT by bicyclerepair ( REPLACE D-W-S ! http://www.karenforcongress.com)
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To: radioone
If we can't win the election this fall with all this rich material to work with; we better give up.
6 posted on 07/03/2012 2:59:29 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland ("The writing is on the wall - Unions are screwed. reformist2 10:04 PM #27")
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To: radioone

As I’ve mentioned in a previous thread, this has been a routine regulatory practice by government at all levels for decades.

My sister was county planner in a rural MD county and used aircraft photographs to spot unlicensed car junkyards in the woods; this was two decades ago.


7 posted on 07/03/2012 3:01:58 PM PDT by Strategerist
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To: radioone

All show, they will vote for whoever promises the most subsidies


8 posted on 07/03/2012 3:03:22 PM PDT by jwalsh07 (.)
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To: radioone

It’s already past time to ban drones from flying over US territory for any reason other than testing, or to prevent a terrorist attack, the latter reason not to be taken lightly or abused. The EPA doesn’t need them, and this nation doesn’t need a federal EPA, not at all, but especially not to spy on us.


9 posted on 07/03/2012 3:07:23 PM PDT by pallis
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To: radioone

Too bad these farmers enjoy voting for democrats.


10 posted on 07/03/2012 3:07:23 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: HereInTheHeartland

I keep hoping GOPDC will eventually become enraged and stand up to the madness. Say no more!! There is no way the executive branch was EVER meant to have this kind of power. Wake up! We are living in a dictatorship.


11 posted on 07/03/2012 3:10:56 PM PDT by formosa (Formosa)
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To: radioone
This is all about "control" as soon as they can figure it out.

They have. It's called Agenda 21.

12 posted on 07/03/2012 3:11:55 PM PDT by Noumenon (I will not pay the Obama jizya.)
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To: brivette
Every single think about the Obama administration is Soviet-like. He is the worst thing that has ever happened to our country and we are powerless to do anything about him because we have such a weak bunch of Republicans. His going around Congress is horrific but everyone that is in the position to do something about it just talks about how wrong it is but do nothing. It's very disheartening.
13 posted on 07/03/2012 3:13:59 PM PDT by dandiegirl
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To: radioone
How would Washington, Adams, Jefferson and other founding fathers react?

Government intrusion by an omnipotent government is why we drove the King of England from our nation.

14 posted on 07/03/2012 3:17:51 PM PDT by jody2 (Legislature veto governor's bills)
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To: formosa
“There is no way the executive branch was EVER meant to have this kind of power. “

And the EPA has also caused the shut down of many coal power plants.

15 posted on 07/03/2012 3:18:04 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland ("The writing is on the wall - Unions are screwed. reformist2 10:04 PM #27")
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To: dandiegirl

I’ve been active before, maybe it’s time I got involved again....


16 posted on 07/03/2012 3:23:03 PM PDT by brivette
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To: radioone

Time to dust off your MANPADs


17 posted on 07/03/2012 3:29:20 PM PDT by InsidiousMongo
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To: radioone

Framers should align themselves with the computer geeks who were able to gain control of them and bring them down. We need to hear from our elected conservative officials on REMOVING EVERYONE DOWN TO THE JANITOR


18 posted on 07/03/2012 3:33:57 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (B B)
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To: dandiegirl

>we are powerless to do anything about him

1) read my tagline, and profile
2) consider


19 posted on 07/03/2012 3:37:12 PM PDT by ROTB (Live holy, forgive all & pray in Jesus' name. Trust He is willing & able & eager to ANSWER BIG!)
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To: radioone

Surveilance of what Cows, Corn rows?


20 posted on 07/03/2012 3:37:58 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: bicyclerepair

That’s what I was thinking. 150 - 250 mw ought to do it, for non military grade systems.


21 posted on 07/03/2012 3:41:41 PM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: bicyclerepair

That’s what I was thinking. 150 - 250 mw ought to do it, for non military grade systems.


22 posted on 07/03/2012 3:42:21 PM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: dandiegirl
Every single think about the Obama administration is Soviet-like. He is the worst thing that has ever happened to our country and we are powerless to do anything about him because we have such a weak bunch of Republicans  neighbors.
23 posted on 07/03/2012 3:46:03 PM PDT by mbarker12474 (If thine enemy offend thee, give his childe a drum.)
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To: bicyclerepair
Problem with that is, people are being thrown in jail for shining lasers at aircraft, even the kind that teachers use in the classroom.

I can' imagine being a little kid now, that's exactly the kind of thing I would have done when I was a kid in the 1960s. Good thing there weren't lasers back then, except that back then, I could have shined a laser at a plane, and no one would have cared.

24 posted on 07/03/2012 3:49:12 PM PDT by FlyVet
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To: dandiegirl

The Republicans will go the way of the Kadet Party (the Constitutional Democrats) in Russia in 1917.

Our Bolsheviks are already doing flyovers to identify the kulaks. Next step, collectivization of agriculture, comrades. It’s more FAIR!


25 posted on 07/03/2012 3:58:32 PM PDT by Argus
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To: radioone

Law enforcement officers cannot search a suspected criminal’s home without a search warrant. However, the Government apparently has no qualms about putting law-abiding citizens under surveillance with no permission required, not probable cause. This is very serious.

I think a strategic shift is necessary to get our country back. The GOP has for too long played defense and whined and complained about the encroachment of the Federal Government. This strategy has failed. It is time to finally play offense and seriously roll back the power of that government...let agencies like the EPA be afraid. People on our side of the aisle should run for office not promising to limit the EPA, but to totally dismantle it due to its obvious lack of objectivity, accountability, and abuse of power. The states have their own agencies. Having a federal agency is totally redundant. To have our taxpayer dollars fund such monstrosities is sickening.


26 posted on 07/03/2012 4:05:28 PM PDT by winner3000 (ss)
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To: rabidralph; All
Too bad these farmers enjoy voting for democrats.

B-I-N-G-O-!

Until people pull their heads our of their manure containment facilities and get off the gub'mint dole, we'll keep getting this stuff and losing our nation.
27 posted on 07/03/2012 4:07:50 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (I'm for Churchill in 1940!)
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To: dandiegirl

Incorrect. We have all the “power” we need to do what is necessary, we simply lack the will.


28 posted on 07/03/2012 4:15:02 PM PDT by Pox (Good Night. I expect more respect tomorrow.)
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To: brivette

Gold star for you. Most people don’t know the difference between a farm and a ranch, nor between farmers and cattlemen.


29 posted on 07/03/2012 4:37:45 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: radioone
Potato Gun SAM Unit
30 posted on 07/03/2012 4:39:07 PM PDT by maddog55 (OBAMA: Why stupid people shouldn't vote!)
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To: dandiegirl

The communist have been planning this for more than 50 years and no one has really tried to stop them after they took down Joseph McCarthy. What is happening today is what the Dies Committee, House Unamerican Activities Committee, and Senator Joseph McCarthy were investigating. The communists are very cunning long term planners.


31 posted on 07/03/2012 6:15:26 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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