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Gold miners near Chicken cry foul over 'heavy-handed' EPA raids [SWAT team - just like with Gibson]
Alaska Dispatch [link only] | September 3, 2013 | Sean Doogan

Posted on 09/04/2013 7:05:56 PM PDT by grundle

link only:

http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/20130903/gold-miners-near-chicken-cry-foul-over-heavy-handed-epa-raids


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: epa

1 posted on 09/04/2013 7:05:56 PM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle

Bump


2 posted on 09/04/2013 7:06:58 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: grundle

.... Must be the new The Gaia Tactical Assault Team at work.


3 posted on 09/04/2013 7:11:26 PM PDT by R_Kangel ( "A Nation of Sheep ..... Will Beget ..... a Nation Ruled by Wolves.")
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To: grundle

Nothing against them being armed in the Alaskan wilderness, however the need for the tacticial vests is defiantly excessive To check the water from the wash operations.


4 posted on 09/04/2013 7:13:16 PM PDT by matt04
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To: Jet Jaguar

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5 posted on 09/04/2013 7:14:00 PM PDT by A. Morgan (Ayn Rand: "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.")
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To: grundle
When all you have is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail.

The excuse of "rampant drug and human trafficking" doesn't wash real well in a remote town of 17 (yep, seventeen) people.

6 posted on 09/04/2013 7:17:07 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: grundle
Did any or all of the agencies officers get to kill someones dog... because then it would not have felt like an empty wasted trip.
Has anyone noticed how under the tone set by the Obama goings on that the enforcement officers of most agencies are getting even more militaristic?
7 posted on 09/04/2013 7:20:29 PM PDT by JSteff (It was ALL about SCOTUS... We are DOOMED for several generations. . Who cares? The Dems care!)
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To: Eska

Ping


8 posted on 09/04/2013 7:35:55 PM PDT by B4Ranch (AGENDA: Grinding America Down ----- http://vimeo.com/63749370)
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To: grundle
the new normal...
9 posted on 09/04/2013 7:40:48 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode

The next administration needs to pull the Army-man toybox from these alphabet agency freaks! All of them.


10 posted on 09/04/2013 7:50:42 PM PDT by Bshaw (A nefarious deceit is upon us all!)
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To: Bshaw
that and put a goodly number of them in prison...
11 posted on 09/04/2013 8:00:05 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: grundle
I went through there back in 1974 when I was about 16 and on a family month long vacation drive from Tennessee to Fairbanks and back. It was in the sticks so to speak except for the road back then and I imagine not much has change. Beautiful country though. We have way too many federal agencies with way too much police powers.

Funny thing reading the article they worry about human and drug traffic there? LOL yea right. But they ignore everything on our southern border where it's a war zone. Yep that's our feds.

12 posted on 09/04/2013 8:04:18 PM PDT by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: cva66snipe

Hope and change. Welcome to the new America.


13 posted on 09/04/2013 8:42:48 PM PDT by logic101.net (How many more children must die on the altar of "gun free zones"?)
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To: grundle

This is fascist overreach!

There is no justification for this show of force to “investigate water quality”.


14 posted on 09/04/2013 9:18:33 PM PDT by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
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To: grundle; Grampa Dave; tubebender; hedgetrimmer; forester; dixiechick2000; BOBTHENAILER
Mrs. Wasp and I drove through Chicken, AK last summer on our 50th wedding anniversary. Watched a beautiful moose munchin on stuff in a super lookin pond on the outskirts of the town that is in a state of arrested decay and so quaint!

Screw these over zealous storm trooper pooper scoopers and all the rest of the GovernMental EnvironMental goons!!!

15 posted on 09/04/2013 9:40:53 PM PDT by SierraWasp (I pledge to the USSA & 2 the democrazy for witch it stands, a nation with liberalism & misery 4 all!)
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To: cva66snipe

The response of heavy drug trafficking and human trafficking...was so bogus....that the Senator having the phone chat with the EPA official even said the same thing.

You can imagine the respect around law enforcement circles in Alaska now with the EPA crowd. The Alaska folks are always looking for gossip or some joke...and the EPA will be a daily target now for amusing jokes.

I think it’d make a great reality TV series (EPA-SWAT). Toss in a couple of nutcase wannabe cops to play EPA agents, a couple of Alaskan Indians, some hippies, a couple of hardcore miners, some meth guys, and a bartender. Discovery would make millions off the pretend-to-be-EPA series.


16 posted on 09/04/2013 10:22:18 PM PDT by pepsionice
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To: pepsionice

The EPA goons thought this up as an excuse to take a paid vacay to AK and get a little fishing in. Bet on it.

Someone should dig deep and find out how long the members of this “team” where up there, how they got there and where they stayed, before and after their Chicken coup.


17 posted on 09/04/2013 11:11:52 PM PDT by Valpal1 (If the police can t solve a problem with brute force, they ll find a way to fix it with brute force)
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To: Valpal1

I’m agreeable with that comment. There’s probably only one such team in all of the EPA. You can figure it’s their one and only SWAT team....with at least $15,000 worth of gear for each member.

Yeah, they probably flew up on $4,000 ticket....carrying the gear with them. They needed to show some action, to write the report that would show the necessity of them being there for a week.

If you ask them....they will likely admit they went to only one mining claim....one simple show. And it’d be curious to have the trip report made public. Perhaps...some Senator would be bold enough to ask for that one trip report?

Final words....whoever hired this EPA SWAT team....needs to stand up in a congressional meeting and justify the cost to this. I’d say this is four-star cut material, and likely saves the organization at least two million a year on salary and operational cost.


18 posted on 09/05/2013 12:17:34 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: Valpal1

Excellent point. A taxpayer-funded vacation with a little jackbooted thuggery to justify it.

Welcome to the USSA, comrades.


19 posted on 09/05/2013 6:06:27 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: pepsionice; Travis McGee

The other element is the need for an agency to demonstrate the need for their SWAT team once they’ve gotten into their budget.

So they have to go looking for ways to use it in order to continue justify it’s budget.

I’m also betting that the sequester prompted them to stretch the boundaries in looking for justifications, because if there is anything that needed sequestered out of existence it is an EPA SWAT team.

That “use it or lose it” mentality in federal budgets is probably the number one cause of stupid decision making and wasted tax dollars in every agency at every level of government.


20 posted on 09/05/2013 9:01:47 AM PDT by Valpal1 (If the police can t solve a problem with brute force, they ll find a way to fix it with brute force)
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To: Valpal1

I think one of the worst consequences of 9/11 was the flood of money that went to agencies—federal, state, and local—to outfit these sorts of teams. It’s absurd that a local police force now has a SWAT team that they’re using to serve a summons for not mowing your grass.


21 posted on 09/05/2013 9:06:28 AM PDT by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: matt04

A federal bureaucracy with its own army is ‘defiantly excessive’ especially in a country that used to be free.


22 posted on 09/05/2013 3:41:12 PM PDT by hedgetrimmer
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To: grundle

If anyone should be arrested it is former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson AKA Richard Windsor.


23 posted on 09/05/2013 3:49:20 PM PDT by Captain7seas (Fire Jane Lubchenco and John Pistole.)
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To: Captain7seas
Thanks B4, we live in Eagle, 50 miles up the road from 40 mile bridge. Up here in Eagle, we had our own problems a couple years back. The park cops ended up fired (one was a convicted felon, How'd get hired?)and we got new ones that go outta their way to be nice to the locals.

It all comes down to whether we have a dem or repub in the White House. When Repub, no problems from BLM, Park Service, ect. When dems are in, it's Gestapo Games from US Govt; kinda a shame actually, cause often the local Park Supers are good people, not instigators from DC. Soon as Obama came in they got a wolf luvin greenie at Yukon Charlie. He made a comment to the locals that if visitors to the park didn't hear wolves a howlin, he wasn't doing his job. Man, the locals eat moose, not wolves; they were ready to tar & feather the guy. By the same token when Repubs are in, we get decent park Superintendents. Reality is when the Dems are in there's bull crap happening from time to time, opposite when Repubs are in.

We're so far removed that not many people get upset about anything unless it's happening to them, then there might be trouble, gun fire, and the like. Seems like it has always been that way in America I believe. What I find funny is that Dave character mentioned in the article is a liberal democrap, couldn't be happening to a better guy.

24 posted on 09/06/2013 10:26:30 AM PDT by Eska
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