August 3rd, 2011
By: Mike Adams
This is a NaturalNews exclusive breaking new report. Please credit NaturalNews.com. A multi-agency SWAT-style armed raid was conducted this morning by helmet-wearing, gun-carrying enforcement agents from the LA County Sheriff’s Office, the FDA, the Dept. of Agriculture and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control).
Rawesome Foods, a private buying club offering wholesome, natural raw milk and raw cheese products (among other wholesome foods) is founded by James Stewart, a pioneer in bringing wholesome raw foods directly to consumers through a buying club. James was followed from his private residence by law enforcement, and when he entered his store, the raid was launched.
Law enforcement demanded that all customers (members) of the store vacate the premises, then they demanded to know how much cash James had at the store. When James explained the amount of cash he had at the store — which is used to purchase product for selling there — agents demanded to know why he had such an amount of cash and where it came from.
James was handcuffed, was NEVER read his rights and was stuffed into an UNMARKED car. While agents said they would leave behind a warrant, no one has yet had any opportunity to even see if such a warrant exists or if it is a complete warrant.
Note to NaturalNews readers: This was an ILLEGAL raid being conducted mob-style by government thugs who respect no law and no rights. This is an all-out war by the government against people who try to promote healthy raw and living foods.
James is now being held at the Pacific division police department at Centinela and Culver in Los Angeles. He is being held at $123,000 bail with no possibility of using bail bonds. Law enforcement has demanded that if he comes up with the money to cover bail, he must disclose to them all the sources of that money. (This is an illegal demand!)
Law enforcement is now destroying all the Rawesome Foods inventory by pouring the raw milk down the drain and collecting the raw cheese for destruction.
Massive public protests are needed to teach these criminal law enforcement agencies that they cannot illegally arrest and persecute individuals merely for buying and selling raw milk and cheese. We are organizing a public protest day in cooperation with James. Please watch NaturalNews for an announcement of that. Story is developing…
Right now, James needs help raising money with his legal defense needs. Our non-profit Consumer Wellness Center is currently serving as the collection point for donations. You may donate right now at www.ConsumerWellness.org (100% of the donations go directly to James’ legal defense needs, the Consumer Wellness Center keeps nothing).
See this video of James Stewart talking about his farm: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foKg-oShJP0
Here’s background on Healthy Family Farms which was also targeted in the raid:
Healthy Family Farms in Santa Paula, California:
“Healthy Family Farms is a sustainable, pasture-based farming operation. We raise all our livestock on pasture. We raise all of our animals from birth. We do not feed any of our animals soy, choosing instead to feed animals as they are designed to be fed. This results in healthy, sturdy animals needing no hormones, antibiotics, or other artificial “enhancements.” We harvest our animals humanely by hand before they are delivered to the farmers markets. We never freeze our products. In addition to farmer’s markets sales, we have an active CSA, which offers discounts to our valued members.”
March 10th, 2011
If someone admits to a federal official that he’s used illegal drugs, that information should be sent to the FBI so that person can be disqualified from purchasing a gun, Sen. Chuck Schumer said Sunday.
Noting that the alleged shooter in the Tucson massacre had admitted to military recruiters that he had used drugs on several occasions, Schumer said he is proposing to the Justice Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that the military be required to notify federal officials about such admissions. The New York Democrat said such a process does not require new legislation.
Jared Lee Loughner is charged with five federal counts in the killing of a federal judge and shooting of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. The mass shooting January 8 outside a Safeway grocery store resulted in six dead and 13 injured.
A military official told Fox News last week that Loughner was rejected from enlisting in the Army in 2008 because he admitted he had used drugs. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because privacy laws prevent the military from disclosing such information about an individual’s application.
Schumer said if military recruiters or other officials report admissions of drug use to a national database, those individuals could be denied a gun.
“After Jared Loughner was interviewed by the military, he was rejected from the Army because of excessive drug use. Now, by law, by law that’s on the books, he should not have been allowed to buy a gun,” Schumer told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“But the law doesn’t require the military to notify the FBI about that, and in this case they didn’t. So I –this morning — I’m writing the administration and urging that that be done, that the military notify the FBI when someone is rejected from the military for excessive drug use and that be added to the FBI database,” Schumer said.
The issue of limiting Second Amendment rights has exploded in the wake of the Arizona shooting as lawmakers and officials discuss whether increased curbs should be put on gun ownership.
Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell said Sunday that a citizen protecting his home or hunting doesn’t need a gun with 33 bullets per clip.
“I think the nation’s spirits would be lifted if the Congress acted quickly with the president and reinstated the assault weapons ban which also had the ban on these large magazines, these clips that carried 30-plus bullets,” he said.
Rendell, speaking on CBS’ “Meet the Press,” added that had Loughner earlier been classified as having mental illness, he would never have gotten a gun under provisions established in existing gun control laws.
“Had this man been classified, had he been committed civilly at any time prior to his purchasing the gun from Wal-Mart, he would have in fact been denied access to that firearm,” Rendell told “Face the Nation.”
Schumer said he is hopeful legislation would move to reinstate the assault weapons ban. But the senator noted that while the mental illness provision had been added to gun laws several years ago — after a shooting in Long Island in which the gunman had been declared by a court as mentally ill — Loughner was not on anyone’s books because he apparently never received treatment.
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who appeared with Rendell, said that some would argue that if more people had been carrying guns, the alleged shooter may not have gotten off as many rounds as he did. But, he added, Loughner apparently suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, which went untreated.
“The most important thing that would have prevented this is if this Loughner had been identified as what he clearly was,” he said.
Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., who appeared with Schumer, agreed that the law was not written with a case like Loughner in mind.
“There’s a hole in what we need to do. And I’m willing to work with Senator Schumer and anybody else that wants to make sure people who are mentally ill cannot get and use a gun,” he said.
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January 25th, 2011
By: Bill Belew
Brian Aitken was separated from his wife.
He moved from Colorado to New Jersey to be close to his child since the soon to be ex-wife had taken his son there.
He moved in with his mother temporarily until he could find a permanent residence.
He mentioned to his mom he was depressed – and who wouldn’t be having their child taken from them in a custody battle – and left the house.
His mom dialed 911, then thought better and hung up the phone. The police arrived, illegally searched his car where he had legally purchased guns and ammunition, and arrested Brian when he arrived back at his mother’s place later in the day.
RightPundits comments: How is it that absolutely no common sense was used in this case? How did an upstanding citizen, with a clean record who went about things the right way end up being sentenced to 7 years in prison for simply carrying unloaded, locked firearms in his trunk? By living in a very progressive State with harsh anti-gun policies that’s how.
The 912 Project tells us: The guns Brian owned were purchased legally while living in the state of Colorado after going through the normal FBI and CBI background checks to be approved to purchase the firearms…… Brian has an Uncle who served in law enforcement who made sure he was fully aware of the need to contact the New Jersey State Police to see if there were any special requirements needed to register or license. Which he did and was informed that he did not have to register the guns.
Freedom Watch with the Judge reports: To make things worse this illegal imprisonment and false charges became the impetus for Mr. Aitken losing his custodial rights of his young son…..the Judge then Ordered that Brian no longer be able to see his son, except for 1 hour/per week in the presence of law enforcement officers inside the Ocean County Family Court.
Brian Aitken was tried by a judge who didn’t allow Brian’s lawyer to present evidence of New Jersey’s own law that said Brian was on the right side of the law.
Superior Court Judge James Morley also did not allow Aitken’s lawyer to present proof he was still in the process of moving.
Judge Morley was not reappointed to the bench by the governor New Jersey due to poor decisions in other trials.
Most recently, Judge Morley dropped animal cruelty charges against a man accused of having sex with some calves because Morley had no way of finding out whether the calves were “puzzled or tormented” by the sex act.
Brian Aitken remains in jail pending an appeal.
December 21st, 2010
By: Ethan A. Huff
Getting through the airport security line with dangerous weapons is far easier than most people might think, according to a recent ABC News report. Undercover government agents testing the effectiveness of common U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) airport security protocols found that the majority of the time, TSA agents completely missed obvious weaponry like bombs and loaded handguns stowed in luggage.
In the case of Farid Seif, an Iranian-American businessman who travels frequently out of Houston Airport, agents failed to identify a loaded Glock pistol in Seif’s bag that he allegedly forgot had been left inside. After he arrived at his destination, Seif was shocked to find that he has made it through the screening process and onto the airplane with a loaded handgun, and immediately let airport security officials know about the security failure.
And according to the same ABC News report, Seif’s case is hardly isolated. Undercover agents who conducted a test at Newark Liberty International Airport in 2006 found that they were able to get concealed bombs through the screening system more than 90 percent of the time. And similar outcomes have occurred at various other airports as well, including Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has refused to release any more specific data about the checkpoint breaches, but insists they highlight the need for increased security measures. However, some say that the release of this new information is nothing more than propaganda to defend the invasive new enhanced pat-downs and back-scatter X-ray protocols that have received much flack in recent weeks for violating personal and civil liberties.
December 13th, 2010
By: David Knowles
Judge not, lest ye be judged, or something like that.
Today, former U.S. District Judge Jack Camp was stripped of his position on the bench following his admission of guilt to providing a female stripper with cocaine, pot and Roxicodone.
Camp, 67, pleaded guilty to the felony charge of aiding and abetting a felon’s possession of the illegal substances, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. In addition, Camp, who is married, admitted to giving the exotic dancer his government-issued laptop computer, a misdemeanor offense.
As Surge Desk reported in October, Camp had originally planned to plead not guilty to the drug charges, but confronted with a strong government case, he admitted that he had often accompanied the stripper on drug deals, sometimes carrying handguns he owned along with him. Police were also said to have found two guns in Camp’s car when undercover agents arrested him attempting to purchase the cocaine and Roxicodone.
Camp, who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan, met the stripper at the Goldrush Showbar in Atlanta. During his 33-year career on the bench, Camp had presided over numerous drug cases.
September 27, 2010
A Texas businessman who has worked extensively in Iraq claims that Blackwater paid him to purchase steroids and other drugs for its operatives in Baghdad, as well as more than 100 AK47s and massive amounts of ammunition on Baghdad’s black market. Howard Lowry, who worked in Iraq from 2003-2009, also claims that he personally attended Blackwater parties where company personnel had large amounts of cocaine and blocks of hashish and would run around naked. At some of these parties, Lowry alleges, Blackwater operatives would randomly fire automatic weapons from their balconies into buildings full of Iraqi civilians. Lowry described the events as a “frat party gone wild” where “drug use was rampant.” Lowry says he was told by Blackwater personnel that some of the men using the steroids he purchased were on the security detail of L. Paul Bremer, the original head of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA). Lowry also claims that Blackwater’s owner, Erik Prince, tried to enlist his help to win contracts for Blackwater with the Iraqi government using an off-shore security company, Greystone, which Prince owns. The purpose, Lowry says, was to conceal Greystone’s relationship to Blackwater.
Lowry made his statements in a deposition on September 10 as part of a whistleblower lawsuit brought by two former Blackwater employees. The suit was filed in 2008 by former employees Brad and Melan Davis. They allege that Blackwater tried to bill the US government for a prostitute for its men in Afghanistan and for strippers in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The lawsuit claims that Prince personally benefitted from alleged fraud. The Nation obtained Lowry’s deposition from publicly available court filings.
Blackwater, Lowry alleges, paid for the steroids using company funds and the purchases were coordinated by Blackwater’s Iraq country manager. “Not only did I purchase the pharmaceuticals,” Lowry said in his deposition, “but I was also given money and asked to acquire syringes and other forms or modes of injection as well.” Lowry said that Blackwater used him to purchase the drugs and other devices because, unlike Blackwater personnel, he could move freely and discreetly around Baghdad. Lowry says he personally witnessed several Blackwater operatives injecting themselves with steroids.
Lowry says in the deposition that he was a close friend of Jerry Zovko, one of the four Blackwater men killed in the infamous ambush in Fallujah, Iraq in March 2004. Zovko, Lowry says, “provided me tremendous insight into the company and confirmed that the use of steroids and human growth hormone, testosterone, were pretty endemic to them and almost companywide.” Lowry said that it was a “wide-ranging problem, and this included individuals that were on [L. Paul] Bremer’s personal detail.” Bremer was guarded by Blackwater when he ran the CPA from 2003-2004. Lowry says he would purchase the drugs for Blackwater “by the case,” adding, “It was as large a quantity as I could get, which was usually a case.” He said that the “volume I was being asked to purchase on a daily basis was going up substantially as time went on.”
Lowry also claims that he purchased a wide variety of weapons, ammunition and armor for Blackwater on the black market in Baghdad. “I purchased no less than a hundred AK47s for Blackwater personnel to keep them safe,” Lowry says. Such purchases, he says he believed, were necessary because Blackwater was not adequately arming its personnel.
Lowry also describes instances of Blackwater personnel firing randomly at Iraqi pedestrians and into buildings for no apparent reason. He details one night where several Blackwater operatives were at his hotel drinking until 5am. When they left, Lowry says, they fired their weapons at random as they drove off. Lowry describes parties that he says some Blackwater personnel would throw at the al Hamra hotel in Baghdad that he says were like “a frat party” with rampant drug use:
One of the suites would be absolutely packed with gentlemen running around with either no clothes on, no shirt on. It was like a frat party gone wild. Drug use was rampant. There was cocaine all on the tables. There were blocks of hash, and you could smell it in the air…walking up to the door.
Lowry described one party where “there was a pile of cocaine that one Blackwater person had estimated to be over an ounce of coke.” Lowry said, “to me, considering the job that these gentlemen are doing…at that time [they] were protecting the US ambassador, Ambassador Bremer, seemed a little bit out—well, beyond out of control. And these parties were a weekly ritual.” Lowry alleges that at these parties on several occasions Blackwater personnel would pull out AK47s and go out onto the balcony and “would just spray the building next door, which housed Iraqi civilians.”
Lowry also says that he had several meetings with Erik Prince where Prince asked him for assistance in winning contracts with the Iraqi government for an off-shore company Prince owns called Greystone. It is registered in Barbados. Lowry, who says he knew the Iraqi Interior and Defense Ministers “very well,” claims Prince wanted to offer the Iraqi government Greystone’s training and security services. Lowry says that Prince stated “very clearly” to him that Greystone was “set up to deflect any liability, future liability, that he may have with respect to any weapons sales or any bodily harm or anything else, contract issues with both the US and the Iraqi governments.” Lowry claims the Iraqis were aware of Greystone’s connection to Blackwater and “detested” the companies.
Lawyers representing the self-exiled Blackwater owner have asked a federal judge in Virginia for a protective order against the tenacious lawyer who took Lowry’s deposition. For years, attorney Susan Burke has pursued Prince and Blackwater with a string of civil lawsuits. In August, Burke flew to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, where Prince and his family have relocated, to conduct a seven-hour deposition of Prince in connection to the whistleblower claim she filed on behalf of the former Blackwater employees. After the deposition ended on August 23, according to Burke, Prince threatened to “come after” her.
Soon thereafter, Prince’s lawyers declared the entirety of the transcript of Prince’s deposition to be confidential material and asserted that it should be sealed. Prince’s attorneys filed papers in the case asking the judge to allow Prince and his lawyers to classify any information or documents Prince provides or any information or documents Burke obtains from Prince or Blackwater as “confidential” and therefore barred from public dissemination. Prince’s lawyers have also asked that all documents they provide in the case be destroyed or returned within 120 days of the conclusion of the case.
Prince’s lawyers have alleged that Burke intends to use the media to embarrass Prince and to litigate her case outside of court and have asked for a “gag order” against her and the other attorneys litigating the case. Burke, in her court filing, points out that the actions of Prince and his companies have generated tremendous publicity and attention. Burke writes:
Defendant Prince and his companies create the media stir by their own actions. Indeed, their misconduct has led to a series of indictments, charging letters from the State Department, and criminal trials. Indeed, Defendant Prince seeks publicity that serves his own ends. He voluntarily participated in a Vanity Fair interview, pressing his view that anyone who criticizes his misconduct must have a “political agenda.” Defendant Prince voluntarily cooperated with a book about his life, called Master of War. In the book, he voluntarily revealed, among other things, that he fathered a child out of wedlock and cheated on his wife who was dying of cancer.
On September 22, Burke filed a motion opposing the gag order and what she sees as Prince’s attempt to “seal everything.” In her motion, Burke reveals that she provided the US State Department with a transcript of the deposition for review of potentially classified material. A State Department contracting official wrote, “As contracting officer I do not require any redactions to the subject transcript of the Erk Prince deposition before it is made publicly available.”
In arguing against a gag order, Burke writes that media coverage results in witnesses coming forward who will “be helpful in showing the jury that [her clients'] claims of widespread fraud and misconduct have merit.” To support her argument, Burke cited Howard Lowry, whom she says contacted her after seeing media reports on Prince and Blackwater.
Lowry says he contacted Burke “because I believe there is a tremendous lack of moral and business ethics on behalf of the owner of the company and, I believe, companywide.” He added, “Because of that, I feel that numerous families of individuals of Blackwater employees that have been killed on the job are not getting the true story.”
September 29, 2009
By Bill Stewart
After a terrible tragedy like the murder of Georgetown Police Officer Chad Spicer, gun-control advocates usually come out in force. The gun that Officer Spicer was murdered with was not registered. It wasn’t purchased by a citizen with proof of identity.
Almost every household in South Dakota legally owns at least one gun. In our nation’s capital, gun ownership is illegal. Both populations are about 650,000. Yet Washington’s crime rate is nine times higher than South Dakota’s and its murder rate is 35 times higher. This is in spite of the fact that Washington’s police force is five times the size of South Dakota’s.
Guns don’t equal crime. Criminals equal crime.
Why don’t the anti-gun advocates look at Australia and England, which have banned all guns for the last 20 years? They are now first and second on the violent crime scale, far outranking the United States in those areas. If the anti-gun lobby has its way, soon the U.S. will be the leader in violent crime.
Gun bans simply make the crimes easier, make the law-abiding citizens defenseless prey and give criminals the upper hand.
Government fails to protect us, especially from repeat offenders. In our present environment, to be unarmed is to be helpless. Why should we allow criminals to hurt us or to end our lives?
Gun control would force us into that situation. An armed populace helps to keep the felons away, especially in times of high crimes or terrorism.
Benjamin Franklin said, “If you make yourselves sheep, the wolves will eat you.”