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SWAT Targets Family for Drinking Tea
The American Interest ^ | March 27, 2014 | Russell Mead & Staff

Posted on 03/30/2014 5:30:13 PM PDT by QT3.14

In 21st-century America, the most innocent of activities could have a SWAT team busting down your door. Reason profiles the Harte family, who were the victims of a SWAT home invasion after police raided their garbage cans (h/t Ben Domench). An unreliable field test falsely identified Addie Harte’s trashed teabags as marijuana, and SWAT leapt into action. The Hartes didn’t just suffer the trauma of the raid—they had to spend $25,000 just to find out why they were targeted.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; US: Kansas
KEYWORDS: cops; donutwatch; drugraid; leosoutofcontrol; police; policestate; swat
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1 posted on 03/30/2014 5:30:13 PM PDT by QT3.14
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To: QT3.14; Alaska Wolf; TexasFreeper2009
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2 posted on 03/30/2014 5:33:34 PM PDT by null and void ( Everything evil in the world may not be Islamic but everything Islamic is evil.)
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I drink Brown&Bigelow “Constant Comment” and Lipton “Black Pearl”.
Come get me jackboots!
(I’ll make sure the cat litter is well used and in the trash so you can dig through it!)


3 posted on 03/30/2014 5:36:53 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: QT3.14

They weren’t targeted over tea. It’s all about the WOD, which trumps your rights.


4 posted on 03/30/2014 5:37:00 PM PDT by umgud
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To: null and void

JBs being JBs.

If they’re too stupid to not know the difference between tea bags and pot, they should not be wearing any kind of a uniform.

What morons.


5 posted on 03/30/2014 5:38:09 PM PDT by 2111USMC (Aim Small Miss Small)
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To: QT3.14

The family is lucky they didn’t have a dog.

What would have happened if the law-abiding residents were armed and ready to defend themselves?


6 posted on 03/30/2014 5:38:29 PM PDT by jameslalor
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To: QT3.14

AmeriKa is coming.


7 posted on 03/30/2014 5:40:48 PM PDT by SkyDancer (I Believe In The Law Until It Intereferes With Justice. And Pay Your Liberty Tax Citizen.)
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To: QT3.14
good thing they didn't have a dog...
8 posted on 03/30/2014 5:42:33 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: jameslalor

Oo! Oo! Oo! Pick me! I know the answer to this one! They would have been shot where they stood. Every one of them. And each of them would be found to have been a “good shoot” because the police would, in each case, have been found to have been following proper procedures.


9 posted on 03/30/2014 5:44:40 PM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: SkyDancer

Don’t look now, but it might already be here.


10 posted on 03/30/2014 5:45:15 PM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: QT3.14

Police field tests for illegal drugs are garbage. They misidentify common substances as contraband. No wonder the police often find out they were mistaken.


11 posted on 03/30/2014 5:45:26 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: QT3.14

Article is a bit weak on details. I would like to know about the $25,000 to find out why they were targeted. Did the author think this wasn’t important?


12 posted on 03/30/2014 5:45:44 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault
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To: QT3.14

End the WOD now.


13 posted on 03/30/2014 5:45:57 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: jameslalor

“What would have happened if the law-abiding residents were armed and ready to defend themselves?”

Dead bodies on both sides. This is just nuts. Time that the government got out of the drug, alcohol and gun business. Just hope that when it does happen, that the cops get their collective noses bloodied. Something simply has to underscore that this kind of lawless behavior by LEOs is not going to be tolerated any more. And time to start Jailing Sheriff’s and Chief’s of Police who drive this kind of “law enforcement.”


14 posted on 03/30/2014 5:46:35 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: goldstategop

“Police field tests for illegal drugs are garbage. They misidentify common substances as contraband. No wonder the police often find out they were mistaken.”

And I bet they refuse to document the reliability of the tests. Same as the drug sniffing dogs. They don’t want to document and show the truth, that it is BS. The actually value would fall well under any concept of probable cause if the truth was accepted.

Same thing with SWAT. A state had to ORDER their police to track SWAT use, reasons, accuracy, convictions, etc. Why? Because cops know that people would balk at SWAT raids because far too many end in crap like this story here.


15 posted on 03/30/2014 5:50:01 PM PDT by LevinFan
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To: QT3.14

Way short of dates, current status and possible outcome at link.

I DO AGREE that there is an over-use of SWAT but also know that there have been ugly incidents of out-gunned police in the past. Still I remember USAG Janet Reno’s various adventures in military attacks and USAG Eric Holder seems to follow that same meme, and the average citizen caught has the feeling of a fly under the swatter. This is NOT what the US Constitution authorizes but it seems endlessly compliant judiciary has lost their copy of that document!


16 posted on 03/30/2014 5:54:31 PM PDT by SES1066 (Quality, Speed or Economical - Any 2 of 3 except in government - 1 at best but never #3!)
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To: Right Wing Assault

Access to information can be very expensive, because bureaucrats often take the long road when it comes to releasing documents.


17 posted on 03/30/2014 5:57:05 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: QT3.14

Since when is it legal for the cops to go through your trash that is on your property?


18 posted on 03/30/2014 6:00:44 PM PDT by Girlene (Hey, NSA!)
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To: Right Wing Assault
I would like to know about the $25,000 to find out why they were targeted. Did the author think this wasn’t important?

It does seem just a tad pricy doesn't it? He got taken by the lawyer, IMO.
19 posted on 03/30/2014 6:02:23 PM PDT by Girlene (Hey, NSA!)
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To: Jonty30

“Access to information can be very expensive, because bureaucrats often take the long road when it comes to releasing documents.”

“We can’t release any information, it’s currently under investigation”.

It will ALWAYS be currently under investigation.


20 posted on 03/30/2014 6:04:21 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: umgud

No boot-licker, po-po can do no wrong fans on this thread...I had to slap one around few days ago.


21 posted on 03/30/2014 6:06:16 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: QT3.14

Well we all know tea is a gateway drug...next thing you know, they’ll be hooked on coffee.


22 posted on 03/30/2014 6:07:13 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Girlene

Since pretty much forever. The rationale seems to be that once you have put something in the trash, you have relinquished possession, and then anyone else is free to use it for any purpose.


23 posted on 03/30/2014 6:11:00 PM PDT by HartleyMBaldwin
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To: QT3.14

Uncle Si Robertson would be tick off if somebody tell him that he can’t drink his iced tea LOL!


24 posted on 03/30/2014 6:18:29 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: Girlene

Although I should add that if the trash is still on your property (within your curtilage), most jurisdictions will still require a warrant. If you have put it out on the street, probably not.


25 posted on 03/30/2014 6:18:45 PM PDT by HartleyMBaldwin
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I buy Yerba Mate by the kilo for $6.99 at a New London, CT store the leans heavily Latin American everything. (Great store!) If they ever looked at my trash they wouldn’t even bother going to the judge to get the warrant. Other loose teas also in use, approach with caution. Irish Breakfast is my favorite.


26 posted on 03/30/2014 6:23:22 PM PDT by USCG SimTech (Honored to serve since '71)
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To: HartleyMBaldwin
The rationale seems to be that once you have put something in the trash, you have relinquished possession, and then anyone else is free to use it for any purpose.

In trashcans that I own and on my property (that I also own)? Wow. Sounds like an illegal search to me. Even if I put my trash on a curb, which I don't, I would expect the trash collector, which I contract to take it to the dump only.
27 posted on 03/30/2014 6:26:56 PM PDT by Girlene (Hey, NSA!)
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To: Right Wing Assault
Article is a bit weak on details. I would like to know about the $25,000 to find out why they were targeted.

The link was somewhat camouflaged.

If You Don't Want a SWAT Team at Your Door, You Shouldn't Be Drinking Tea

28 posted on 03/30/2014 6:40:10 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (I live in NJ....' Nuff said!)
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To: umgud
It’s all about the WOD, which trumps your rights

Yep. Support the WoD, and you support these actions.
29 posted on 03/30/2014 6:41:55 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: SkyDancer

AmeriKa is coming.

*************

It is here. Unremarked and in fact embraced by both wings of the uniparty. When the USSCT upheld ACA as constitutional, the United States of America overtly crossed the threshold to become a totalitarian state. Most people do not understand what totalitarian means. It does not mean as bad as possible, or as controlled as possible. It means that the State regards itself as the arbiter of ALL aspects of life. What the State does not regulate is permissive, but the State has plenary power. Its reach is unrestricted.

This article is worth a close and careful read. I submit that this is the world view and base of action of virtually every official in every branch of the federal government. Understand this, and one understands them.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Totalitarian_democracy

AmeriKa is HERE.


30 posted on 03/30/2014 6:47:37 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (FIGHT! FIGHT! SEVERE CONSERVATIVE AND THE WILD RIGHT!)
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To: QT3.14

My used tea gets put on plants, being a good fertilizer.


31 posted on 03/30/2014 6:51:14 PM PDT by PraiseTheLord (have you seen the fema camps, shackle box cars, thousands of guillotines, stacks of coffins ~)
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To: SkyDancer
Darlin', it's been here awhile now.


(too many of these jbt forays deserve to be one-way trips)

32 posted on 03/30/2014 6:52:00 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: QT3.14

“Honey, where’s that pot you bought the other day? Shouldn’t we throw that away now? Oh and be sure to get it all wet before you put it in the garbage so it will look like used tea.”


33 posted on 03/30/2014 7:32:27 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Girlene

any damn time they want to. DEA probably. Not cops.


34 posted on 03/30/2014 7:42:13 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer seems to be working.)
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To: Girlene

Also trash is usually located on city property.


35 posted on 03/30/2014 7:43:25 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer seems to be working.)
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To: dfwgator

“Well we all know tea is a gateway drug...next thing you know, they’ll be hooked on coffee.”

Then comes the dreaded cigarettes.


36 posted on 03/30/2014 8:09:21 PM PDT by Foundahardheadedwoman (God don't have a statute of limitations)
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To: SkyDancer
AmeriKa is coming.

It's here.

37 posted on 03/30/2014 8:43:01 PM PDT by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft insult free zone... but if the insults to Mac users continue...)
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To: jameslalor
What would have happened if the law-abiding residents were armed and ready to defend themselves?

I don't know, but I suspect when they do a gun grab, we will find out.

38 posted on 03/30/2014 8:56:57 PM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: TribalPrincess2U

They were cops. From an earlier story =>

“A Leawood couple filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday over a 2012 “SWAT-style” home raid by heavily armed sheriff’s deputies who wrongly believed the couple were growing marijuana.”

http://www.kansascity.com/2013/11/12/4616876/suit-filed-over-johnson-county.html


39 posted on 03/30/2014 9:07:59 PM PDT by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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To: Girlene

Silly peasant! Where do you get such ideas?


40 posted on 03/30/2014 10:41:53 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: HartleyMBaldwin
Since pretty much forever. The rationale seems to be that once you have put something in the trash, you have relinquished possession, and then anyone else is free to use it for any purpose.

But that doesn't include entering your property to rummage through it does it? When I had a security clearance the Chief of Security at the facility at which I was employed ordered my trash on my property to be searched and photographed. After seeing photos of my trash on the chief's desk when he exited during an interview, I reported it to the company ombudsman and after a time the chief was demoted.

41 posted on 03/30/2014 11:38:18 PM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished)
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To: QT3.14

Tea is supposed to go in the compost pile in the backyard.

I suppose they think the only plant that can be grown with hydroponics is Pot????? They’ve lost their freakin minds.


42 posted on 03/31/2014 12:13:11 AM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Focault's Pendulum
The link was somewhat camouflaged.

OK, I missed that link. Thanks.

43 posted on 03/31/2014 2:13:20 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault
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To: QT3.14

They targeted these people because they were tea party people.


44 posted on 03/31/2014 3:14:19 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Girlene

See post 25. As for the trash collector, does your contract specify that the collector is responsible for the trash between when it is placed at the curb and when it is actually collected?


45 posted on 03/31/2014 7:02:57 AM PDT by HartleyMBaldwin
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To: luvbach1

See post 25.


46 posted on 03/31/2014 7:03:56 AM PDT by HartleyMBaldwin
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To: HartleyMBaldwin

Yep. You posted an addendum regarding the sanctity of trash on one’s own property while I was raising that question. I saw yours after I posted mine. But apparently some authorities think they have the right to trespass by virtue of the catch all: “probable cause.”


47 posted on 03/31/2014 7:46:47 AM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished)
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To: HartleyMBaldwin

No, I’m sure it doesn’t. I live in the country. My trash is placed on MY property before the trash collectors pick it up. After looking into it, it does seem to be okay with too many jurisdictions that is fine for LE to steal your trash.


48 posted on 03/31/2014 8:07:57 AM PDT by Girlene (Hey, NSA!)
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To: LevinFan
Same as the drug sniffing dogs.

When I got 'swatted' by the local police, they stated that a 'sniffer dog' had 'hit' on a bedroom and the kitchen. Both my wife and I don't smoke, drink, swear (much) or do drugs; so I have to assume that the dog 'hit' on the SIX F***ING cats my wife and I have. I had to move to lower our stress levels and help manage the nightmares.

An article in the Chicago Tribune stated that these mutts are only 45% accurate.

The use of those four-footed bastards (oops) should be OUTLAWED!

49 posted on 04/02/2014 10:45:44 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (Yehovah saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: who knows what evil?

” An article in the Chicago Tribune stated that these mutts are only 45% accurate.

The use of those four-footed bastards (oops) should be OUTLAWED! “

That is actually pretty high for these dogs. By the way, the dog isn’t the bastard, the cops misusing it is.


50 posted on 04/02/2014 2:07:49 PM PDT by LevinFan
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