Skip to comments.Feds raid S.C. home to seize Land Rover in EPA emission-control crackdown
Posted on 08/01/2014 7:46:40 AM PDT by null and void
When it comes to environmental regulation compliance, the Department of Homeland Security isnt playing as evidenced by a recent federal raid of a South Carolinians home to confiscate a Land Rover that violated EPA emission rules.
Jennifer Brinkley said she saw a line of law enforcement vehicles approaching her home and wondered what was wrong, the local WBTV reported. Homeland Security agents then went to her 1985 Land Rover Defender and lifted the hood.
They popped up the hood and looked at the Vehicle Identification Number and compared it with a piece of paper and then took the car with them, she said, WBTV reported.
Ms. Brinkley said on Fox News that she had spent considerable money ensuring her vehicle would pass inspection laws and that it was in compliance with emission rules.
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But I bet they've already crushed it.
Why exactly is this a federal law enforcement case, again?
Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping!
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The DHS has become the administration’s go-to brown shirts.
I asked this on the other thread.
Who in their right mind pays 60 grand for a mid 1980s British vehicle?
Did it have rocker panels full of cocaine?
That’s not the right question.
The question should be: WHY IS DHS INVOLVED IN A CIVIL CODE VIOLATION?................
Once your vehicle in New Jersey is 25 years old...
General inspections are not required for historic or collector vehicles. To be classified as a “historic vehicle” it must be:
At least 25 years old
Specially registered and display QQ plates
What is the DHS doing enforcing EPA rules? Am I missing something here? When did they become a new form of FBI or other federal police force? I thought they were supposed to defend us from terror threats.
One bureau to rule them all...
DHS Motto- “We do what we want, where we want, anytime we want to”.
They aren’t directly enforcing EPA’s rules. They’re enforcing customs rules.
If the vehicles entered this country illegally it’s a customs issue. DHS’s ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) component has appropriate and proper jurisdiction.
I propose eliminating all, or at least almost all, armed federal law enforcement positions. If desk agents of some FLEA-bag think they have a case against someone, they contact the local sheriff’s office and present their case. If the sheriffs go along with it, the arrest or seizure is made by said sheriffs. If not, the feds might reconsider whether what they are doing is important or not (to say nothing of being compliant with the Constitution. Where’s the EPA in that document, again? To say nothing of the DEA, FBI, CIA, BATFE, DHS, etc.)
But, but, but, the EPA is just fulfilling its assigned role to be the Gestapo Wing of the Democrat Brotherhood Government!
Why do you think we pay taxes?
Reid’s BLM Police can’t be expected to do all of the punishment to us here on Welfare Plantation America!
Besides, it might make nice wheels for a daughter of one of the High Command’s Officials, possibly whose Initials are BHO, or is it BS?
It is soooooo difficult to figure out with all this transparency, sealed records, and destroyed hard drives.
I just noticed the tailgate stopped the bullets.
“She also said her vehicle was just one of 40 that feds seized in various locations that same day for the same reason.”
I thought this was the same car as the other article. Possibly not
” WHY IS DHS INVOLVED IN A CIVIL CODE VIOLATION?................”
Because a police state is a safe state.
There is reason to suspect that VIN on the vehicle in question had been altered. That’s illegal.
There is no such thing as a 1985 Land Rover Defender. That name came into use in 1990.
It would seem that the VIN was changed to one appropriate for 1985 to fool unsuspecting buyers into thinking that the 25-year exemption would apply.
Are you inferring that a Police State is safer that the good old days when Law and Order kept us safe?
Addendum: ...”to whoever we want...”.
It appears to have one of those thick plastic bedliners. Those things are tough. About 5MM thick. Look along the top of the bed rails.
If only they were half as enthusiastic about enforcing immigration law.
They may have jurisdiction, but good grief! Who cares if 40 Land Rovers are gathering dust in American garages. Don’t they have anything more important to look into? And couldn’t one cop and a tow truck handle this just as well as a caravan of DHS vehicles?
Insanity. Some push back has got to happen against these fed thugs sooner or later.
If true, this is a very weird story. Why is DHS involved? Why is the federal government confiscating this vehicle without even testing it? In my state, auto emission compliance is checked every two years when you renew your license tabs, it has nothing to do with the federal government. And if you fail the test, they don’t impound your car, but you are given time to fix the problem. You won’t get your tabs, but they won’t take your car.
Probably a legit 85 LR 110.
If someone called it a defender, I doubt many would say it is a wrong description.
I mean the bullet “dents” in the tailgate. They are not holes.
Because at it’s heart it’s a customs issue, not emmissions. The vehicles look to have entered the country illegally.
Now, I’m not saying that this is a good use for guys who could be running down illegal aliens, but as a legal matter this is a Federal matter and ICE (which is the DHS component involved) does have jurisdiction. As it’s pre-DHS predecessor (the old CBP, I believe) would have as well.
What gets me is the placid, almost sonambulistic, manner in which people accept this kind of behavior. I’d be jumping up and down yelling for somebody’s head.
There is reason to suspect that VIN on the vehicle in question had been altered. Thats illegal.
So what? That makes it the business of jackboots at DHS?
If this is legitimately the concern of DHS then it is past time to openly acknowledge that DHS is the State Police, the domestic military.
Thus, since we have been previously informed that the DHS is not subject to the 4th amendment (or any other part of the Constitution), it logically follows that the feds have effectively suspended the US Constitution in toto.
Based on what the Republicans are doing in congress to combat mass lawlessness of the feds (nothing), it is also reasonable to assume that 2014 and 2016 elections will do nothing to change the direction of our burgeoning police state.
You may want to exercise more discretion when talking with your liberal neighbors. All it takes for a swat team to hit your home is an anonymous tip from one of your offended Democrat comrades saying you have a couple 30 round mags for your AR15.
Regardless of the name, DHS had a list of VINs that they were looking for. Where did that list come from?
Did some European agency bust an exporter and get the list and pass that along to the DHS? Were the vehicles owned legitimately by the exporter, or were they stolen? If they were stolen, it’s almost a given that the VINs were altered.
Probably a different gang, but this article from 2010 describes what may well have been going on:
Another one (from 2013):
Or this (from 2012):
Whew. I guess all that ruckus on the border is solved freeing up the manpower to go after the real criminals.
If the government has such a list, why do they not publish it?
I wonder what Governor Nikki Haley will do about this violation of the Constitution.
Thanks for that link.
And linked through the Jalopnik site is this very interesting 2013 piece from Car & Driver, including a screen capture from an eBay sale ad for an LR said to be a 1987, but was described as a model that wasn’t actually marketed until 2003:
The EPA had nothing directly to do with this. The action was taken by what used to be the US Customs Service when it was under the Treasury Department, but is now part of DHS as the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.
I’m not defending their tactics, though it does appear that they were acting under a court order, and I certainly don’t endorse the regulations that are the basis for this.
But it appears that the exporters/importers of these vehicles are engaged in fraud, and possibly dealing in the sale of stolen goods, which is a far more serious offense than violating an emissions control regulation.
The added x bracing may be what stopped the projectiles.
I own a 1965 Chevy pick up that me and my son are working together to restore, he rode in this truck on his very first fishing trip and many substantial ones. He really wants to see this truck road worthy again. I am now rethinking this whole thing.
A ‘65 Chevy with a verifiable title and registration history is about as far from this scenario as you can get. There’s no reason to abandon that project.
so glad that they are doing this stuff rather than protecting our borders.....
Yea, I guess they have to take their frustration out somewhere.