In another example of how the Department of Homeland Security has expanded far outside the purview of its original function, six vehicles full of DHS agents were required to seize a Land Rover from a couple in Statesville, N.C. due to the fact that the vehicle allegedly violates EPA emission standards.
As part of its mission to “protect the Homeland,” the DHS has been busy seizing imported vehicles that don’t comply with safety and CO2 regulations.
Jennifer and Bill Brinkley were satisfied that their $60,000 dollar purchase of a Land Rover Defender on eBay complied with regulations because it fell into the exemption category of a vehicle 25 years or older.
However, when DHS agents turned up at the property, they compared the car’s Vehicle Identification Number to a list and immediately seized the Land Rover. The couple were not given “a chance to debate the issue.”
WBTV’s Steve Ohnesorge said DHS agents conducted “almost like a raid to get the car.”
“it’s just unnerving the way they did it,” said Bill Brinkley.
The feds have given the Brinkley’s 35 days to appeal the seizure but refuse to tell them where the vehicle is located. The DHS has also failed to respond to media requests about the incident.
The Department of Homeland Security, created in the aftermath of 9/11, was tasked with the role of protecting America from terrorists, man-made accidents and natural disasters. However, the DHS has been turned into a national police force with a remit that extends from seizing websites for copyright infringement to confiscating fake NFL merchandise.
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The “law” that they violated was probably added as an addendum to some dumb a** treaty with Israel or Pitcairn Island; something so ridiculously unrelated so they can push their weight around and act like big boys.
Gracias a Jorge W. Arbusto!
What in the world is happening in this country?…Daily we hear about this or that intrusion by force by law enforcement upon the lives of ordinary people…Intrusions committed upon folks who are not terrorists as they have threatened no one nor have they made any threats towards our government…These are folks who were just going about their daily lives and business like everyone else…Something sinister is up in this country…Nothing like this had ever happened during the days of my parents nor my days as an old man until within the last 15 years or so…This is a bad turn of events for everyone…Liberals and conservatives…Republicans and Democrats…
Libertarians and Indepentdents…No matter your political affiliation…We are talking about every citizen in this nation…The bigger government gets and the more corrupt our politicians the more destructive they become towards the freedoms and liberties beholden to those of us who charish it dearly!
It was one of 40 illegally imported trucks. Check your facts, Gary. Stop being sensationalistic.
What is happening is that we have a country of sheeple, not people, as this should enrage every citizen enough that civil disobedience should and must come into play rather then whining on the computer as this communist regime is confiscating private property under false and illegal premises and this is just the start! Tommorrow it could be you or me that the "civilian army" of the new Hitler decides to come after next! I'm not exaggerating one iota when I assert that REVOLUTION will be the SOLUTION to the TYRANNY at hand!
We now have our own version of the Gestapo courtesy of President Obama. The use oversized SWAT teams to go after innocent citizen in the name of some government agency without reference to the Fourth Amendment which does not allow such behavior. This is over the top and dangerous. Only liberal Democrats see Americans as the enemy. See my blog at http://cranky-conservative.blogspot.com
why would you blame Israel, this car is a land rover made in great britain????
I don't care if it is one of 40 where is the due process, maybe it needed a catalytic converter, but to seize property that isn't being "sensationalistic"
I agree also. Tea Party Economist often does NOT tell the whole truth as well, just like many other websites that have an agenda. This is just one of those things here on this site, that sent up red flags with me. Vehicle was seized because the VIN number had been "altered" in an attempt to make it look older than twenty years old, and therefore exempt. Check it out here and elsewhere on the web http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8yg-4IoRPo . On the other hand even so, I see no reason why Home Land Security was in the act, with six of their vehicles, and all of their people, seems way overkill to me, and none of their business to boot. Why didn't Department of Motor Vehicles in their state take care of this? Signed, seething in California.
Some ne finally figured it out. That was a ood piece of "Info" Hadenuf. Semper-Fi, "OORAH-RECON"! JUST LET THEM TRY…….. "Obumer-the-new-Hitler"!!
Do you think DHS has far more important things to do as our borders are over run ? This is beyond absurd .
You sure missed the point of this …. Swat teams?? going after people like us? maybe not you as you may be a swat team member who thinks this is just fine… To many of these types of situations are going on in my once great nation. I am not even sure it is worth writing back to you but I got it off my chest anyway.
Obama is using the HS just as Hitler used the SS and the Gestapo . Obama is setting himself up as the Supreme Ruler of the United States.
Interesting you should land on the phrase illegally imported. Does the phrase illegal alien mean anything to you?
Where do these people come from? Are they really this stupid? The answer, of course, is yes. While they wouldn't like it for their families to be treated that way, they never knew we have a Constitution or what it says. They make little bitty tyrants of themselves. Would-be bullies. And everyone knows what happens to bullies.
This is just one of the idiotic EPA regulations to take away the freedoms and cause havoc in our country….the EPA is the cause of the coal industry being destroyed (50% of your electricity is powered by coal) Thousands of workers make their living and have for generations in the coal mines…I also understand that there are several local fire departments that were given old militray vehicles to help locals fight fires….they have all been reclaimed and are being picked up and destroyed because the EPA says they are causing pollution…..what the heck do they think the fires these locals won't be able to fight will cause in polluting??? Another example of a tyrannical government that we need to rise up against…..This is ridiculous idiocy…….When will the public rise up and say "No More!!!!"
Then repeal it. The "president" has a phone and a pen. The only fair thing to do with a bad law is to repeal it.
By the way, you are running out of time to keep blaming Bush. That's fading away just like when you call someone "racist". It's so yesterday.
No, they don't. Their job is to intimidate the American people into accepting everything the Amerikan government wants to do to us. If you're too dumb too understand that the government is your enemy,just give it a little more time (until they invite you to a nice new residence complete with showers. Lock and load. The tree of liberty needs refreshment and the government and it's minions must be made to fear the people or complete tyranny is imminent. Semper Fi!
~ Declaration Of Independence, July 4, 1776
P.S. I just went and looked up about VIN numbers. It is a Federal "FELONY" offense to tamper, alter, deface, remove, replace, or change, etc. any VIN number, and other 'major assembly numbers' such as engine block numbers, on any vehicle, it is against the law in most if not all states. I think the reason for this goes back to Timothy McVeigh (sp.). They managed to track him down, if I remember correctly, via the casting number, on the rear end, of the rented truck that he used in the Oklahoma bombing, that was found two or three city blocks away. I still think it was way overkill to have Homeland Security involved, but perhaps not, with what I have mentioned above in this paragraph. Seething in Calif.
You wanted Demoncraps in, you got ’em.
They don’t want white people polluting the air with their SUV’s but they sure don’t mind brown skins and black skins coming in the open border with disease not seen before and even disease like EBOLA!
A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.
The border is totally secure and Homeland InSecurity really has nothing else to do.
America? Enjoying being a Marxist State? Trust me on this one. Yes, it will get rather bloody. That is the blood of citizens. Yes, yours and mine.
Another Liberal blaming Bush. That's so 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013. Never forget 2008 when Obama ranted in Denver about having a civilian defense force as well funded and equipped as the military. The idiots in Denver cheered. And that's coming from a guy who despises the US and the US military. The nut does not fall far from the tree. In the case of Obama, from the Communist tree of his white grandparents; the Atheist tree of the uterus that dropped him and the Muslim father in Indonesia that raised him. The other Muslim is a legend and never there – typical. So much for Kansas heartland values. So now local cops have access to MRAPS and other surplus military gear to serve common warrants. C'mon folks, does this really rise to the level to use overwhelming force and intimidation? Dangerous times.
Different issue entirely, puss.
Wow, based on all the negative votes, you people sure do love your illegal activity.
The real tragedy is there is/will be No Resitance to Der Leader's Regime and it's Repub Quisling Enablers. We, the citizens, in the USA have, like a former championship team, only the empty memorabilia left. Keep waving the flag on the 4th, it's meaningless without Liberty. Welcome to the USSA, Comrades.
Of course it's inconvenient and dangerous to remain Free, and we couldn't "afford" that.
Si' se puede! Comrade Shane! Mi amigoes en la Raza y MS-13 habla buenas dias usted!!!!!
How about the seizure of the guitars, some gnarley wood used from the forest of bu*f*ck that Holder and the Epa deemed that fender couldn't use! WAy out of line!
Florida has a regulation that allows police to pull the tag of any car that smokes too much (visible emissions per the EPA) which I like. I have watched them pull the tag of an out of state car that smoked so much it was a hazzard to traffic. These people were scammed as the seller probably couldn't license the car due to the lack of emissions equipment required here when it was built. They overpaid for the car, but should be given the oppertunity to bring it up to the regulations. They also should be able to get their money back from the seller for selling an "illegal" vehicle.
It doesn't matter the issue, ilegal is illegal no matter where you use it. "illega 1.forbidden by law or statute. 2. contrary to or forbidden by official rules or regulations. 3. an illegal immigrant." – Webster's Universal Collrge Dictionary. Illegal is illegal no matter what situation you use. Same principle apples.
Did you actually read the article you posted? One of the trucks is a 1983 work truck, but the DHS officials took it anyway — clearly not part of the more recent "illegally imported" trucks. The point of the article is overreach by law enforcement. The article you cite confirms this.
But home land security?? That's OVERKILL however you look at it!! Never give up liberty for security or you lose both!
So a full platoon from the armed forces of Homeland Security was necessary to seize property from this poor couple. Well, I guess they're lucky at that. A full company from the armed forces of Bureau of Land Management was necessary to defend against a rancher in Nevada.
There seems to be a trend here, but I can't quite put my finger on it.
Doesn't that thought make you want to puke.
To whom are you refering?
Outlaw many semi-automatic weapons for Americans while providing fully automatic weapons to the drug cartel in Mexico. Disarm Americans at all cost using unconstitutional laws and if that doesn't work, sign a Treaty with the UN to get help from Countries like Iran, Russia, China, Venezuela, Cuba, Syria through the auspices of the UN to disarm any terrorists citizens who might resist. Meanwhile I'm going golfing.
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