OUTRAGED Midwest Farmers Protest EPA Spy Planes Over Iowa Ranches

Midwest farmers were outraged to hear that the Obama EPA was spying on ranches in surveillance planes. Rep. Tom Latham sent a letter to the EPA demanding answers,

“No federal agency has the right to treat the American farmer like the Taliban.”

To the Obama EPA – Iowa farmers are the enemy.

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The AP reported:

Midwest ranchers have never been enamored with environmental regulators, but they really began to complain after learning that federal inspectors were flying over their land to look for problems.

The Environmental Protection Agency flies over power plants and other facilities nationwide to identify potential air, water and land pollution. It began using aerial surveillance in the Midwest in 2010 to check farms for violations of federal clean water regulations.

Ranchers who object to the program said they’re not trying to hide anything. It’s the quiet approach the EPA took with the program designed to spot illegal disposal of animal waste that they find upsetting. Most were not even aware of the flyovers until regional EPA officials mentioned it at a meeting three months ago.

“For me, it just creeps into the ‘Big Brother is watching you’ area, to where the government just feels like it’s getting more and more intrusive,” said Buck Wehrbein, who manages a cattle feeding operation in Mead, Neb., about 30 miles west of Omaha.

EPA officials explained during a meeting with ranchers in West Point, Neb., that they lease small planes that fly EPA staffers over cattle operations. The staffers take photographs as they seek evidence of illegal animal waste running off into rivers and streams.

Ranchers complained to their members of Congress, who responded angrily and then grew even more annoyed by what they considered the EPA’s sluggish response to their inquiries for information about the flights. Nebraska Sen. Mike Johanns, a Republican, introduced an amendment to a multifaceted farm bill to stop the flights, but it fell four votes short of the 60 needed. Although most backers of the amendment were Republicans, 10 Democrats supported the proposal…

…The agency conducted three flyovers in Iowa in 2010, five in 2011, and one this year. In Nebraska, there were six flights last year and three this year.

Two more flights are planned this year in each state.

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  • tj

    Farmer humor..

    Q. How many EPA officials does it take to grease a combine?

    A. Three – if you feed them in nice and slow.

  • Patty

    EPA Drones Now Spying On Midwest Farmers Livestock Activity

    Congress has launched an inquiry into the EPA’s use of drones to monitor the livestock activities of farmers in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri.

    In the latest escalation of the government’s all out assault on freedom and liberty in America farmers have become the latest target Uncle Sam’s multibillion dollar spy-machine.

    The EPA is now using the same drones the military uses to track and assassinate people overseas to spy on the livestock activities of farmers throughout the Section 7 area of the midwest United States which includes Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri.

    A bipartisan group of lawmakers is demanding answers about privacy and other concerns from EPA Director Lisa Jackson who defends the practice as cost-effective.

    American citizens should not only be demanding answers but should also be demanding an immediate stop to the use of drones to spy on Americans far outside of the realm of protecting us us from terrorists which was the deception used to trick us into accepting their use in the first place.[………..}

    http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/2012/06/03/spy-drones-spying-terrorist-american-farmers-140401/

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  • Militant conservative

    Drones or manned?

    If drones, target practice.

  • owl

    “It began using aerial surveillance in the Midwest in 2010 to check farms for violations of federal clean water regulations.”

    There it is. They are judge and jury and put the IRS in the shade for power.

    Most Americans have zero accurate information on this abuse. These vicious tin Gods can ruin small farms that have been in the family for generations.

    I DESPISE this agency. HATE it. Eliminate EPA. They are America’s enemy unless you are a Fed. Defund the entire EPA. If we had any ELECTED officials on our side, they would do something about these monsters that hide under the beds.

  • Patty

    EPA POWER IS A OVERSTRETCH.

    This is what happens when a department has gone wild. And when Americans aren’t paying attention to left wing radicals.

  • anti-bho

    Just heard Sherriff Andy Griffith and deputy Barney Fife are back together in that big Mayberry in the sky.
    Griffith was one of the more liberal of the Hollywood set, but in a kindlier way. And you have to agree he and Ol’ Barn could make you laugh…..
    RIP Andy Griffith.

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  • Kissmygrits

    Another secret govt project just like F&F. Wonder how many more secret projects are going on that we haven’t heard about from the most transparent regime evah!

  • anti-bho

    Never knew there were lyrics to the theme song……..

    Andy Griffith sings TV Show Theme Song. – YouTube

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PVUit1-0Ck&feature=related

  • Betty Dean

    My understanding is that once they have found a violation and contacted the farmer, he is not told exactly what he must do to mitigate the situation. They tell you to fix it. If you fix it and they don’t like it they will contact you again. But never will they tell you that you are off the hook. It just keeps hanging over your head like a sword.

  • LibsRstupid

    Time has long past to begin the 2nd American Revolution. This Govt is the PROBLEM and needs a complete and total cleansing. Are YOU just going to roll over and let America be destroyed by these crooks and liars that are in complete control of every aspect of American life? How much evidence do you need to come to the conclusion America is broken beyond repair? The time has officially arrived to “throw off” this corrupt incompetent bunch of liars and thieves.

  • Tim in Cali

    C’mon guys,Obama would never come after hard working Americans

    They’re just doing surveilance for a new “Fema Camp”..that’s all

    I’m requesting a room with a view

  • LibsRstupid

    As far as Andy Griffith goes, good riddance you flaming moron Libtard…

  • Bitter Clinger

    When I called my congressman to complain about the drones spying on Americans without warrents, I also pointed out that the army was in the streets of St Louis! What in the name of all that is American is going on I asked……crickets……..They know, they’re intimidated and cowering in the face of this malignancy in OUR White House!

  • LibsRstupid

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

  • “For me, it just creeps into the ‘Big Brother is watching you’ area, to where the government just feels like it’s getting more and more intrusive,” said Buck Wehrbein, who manages a cattle feeding operation in Mead, Neb., about 30 miles west of Omaha.

    George Orwell (Eric Blair – a former English communist who became disillusioned during the Stalin era) wrote “1984” as a warning.

    These people view it as an operating manual.

    Betty Dean’s comment (# 11) suggests that Kafka is also an inspiration.

    I’m sure that 1984‘s “Room 101” is there, somewhere.

  • Hoser

    Bolshevik administration to ranchers:
    Shut up, look up, smile and wave.Continue to produce food for the greater good and expect new “government enforced pricing” on all food produced after the election.
    If you are simply too tired or irritated with us watching you, please let us know, we will take over your ranches and farms and give them to the people who are more interested in the greater good than your selfish profits or secrecy/privacy.

  • bigL

    I was thinking (and feeling oppressively) Koestler’s “Darkness at Noon”

  • how dumbed down are we bg

    ++

    not to worry..

    they’re just keeping track of the drug cartels..

    /truth sarc/

    ==

  • Lee

    I used to like Andy Griffith until he made that commercial for Obamacare.

    Sorry, I won’t miss him. He helped screw over the country I loved.

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  • If you see a drone snooping over your property shoot the damn thing down..This is just another attempt by EPA to regulate farmers out business…….Marxists wants complete control over the masses, they will decide whom grows and raises the food, who will be able to eat that food…..

  • Jo

    Shoot the damn things down! They’re UFOs.

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  • maynardb61

    Back in my day, the cow patties were allowed to dry, then burned. I guess that is against the law too.

  • Blue Hen

    If you think that black panthers should threaten people with clubs when they try to vote, or post dead or alive posters without question, but conduct warrantless aerial survellience on farmers, you’re a leftist.

  • Valerie

    OT- just a quick note: You might not know how to take this story, if you’ve never lived in DC.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/07/03/DC-Out-of-Power-Obama-on-Vacation

    Yeah, there was some breathless coverage of a line of thunderstorms that swept up the east coast, and yes, the power’s out — again. In the usual areas. That storm was nothing unusual, if you take into account what you can expect in that area about every other year.

    We all know that trees can take down power lines in windstorms, mainly because they do it every year. You have three choices: lose power, trim the trees, or put the power lines underground. I chose to live in an area with buried power lines. I had no problem with power outages. I know people that lived in Alexandria who installed a generator. They had no problem.

  • Valerie

    The EPA has a problem: it’s initial goals have been met. It is an agency looking for a new mission, kind of like the March of Dimes after polio was eradicated in this country.

    The EPA needs to be given direction, namely to quantify what is an approvable manufacturing facility, so that people can make decisions and build new manufacturing facilities on a reasonable schedule.

    Lacking direction, the bureaucrats at the EPA have been busy expanding their mission, all the way to non-pollutants and non-polluters.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    Wanna put a stop to those flights? Bring one of them down.

  • Mongo

    Maybe we can buy some Stingers from the Taliban?

  • LibsRstupid

    Thats exactly what they want Blacque, they can then justify the schwaarm over the rest of us.

  • LibsRstupid

    We as Americans have traded Liberty and freedom for perceived safety and now have neither.

  • Chelie

    Funny how liberals don’t care about flyover country until they make up a reason to fly over it.

  • Monkey Wrench

    Unfortunately, after 9/11 Americans were far too willing to grant the government broad powers in the area of domestic surveillance. Soon you will see government cameras everywhere. Congress recently ok’d the purchase of something like 30,000 spy drones for domestic use.

    With all the billions and billions of dollars being poured into Dept of Homeland Security, this is only going to get worse.

    Btw, with few exceptions, this is being supported by both parties.

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  • stuart

    “No American agency has the right to treat American farmers like the Taliban”

    What, are you kidding me? Americans now have just two “Rights”.
    You have the right to remain silent.
    You have the right to privacy. That is to say, you have the right to destroy your unwanted offspring, (with a government subsidy no less).
    As for all the other rights, they are now subjected to congresses unlimited right to tax them out of existence. Sure, let freedom ring. Let it keep on ringing. We ain’t answering the phone.

  • creeper

    We have relatives who own a small business and they live in terror of the EPA. This is an agency that is utterly out of control.

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  • bg

    ++

    flashback to S510..

    oh, and by the bye..

    “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!”

    ~ Barack Hussein Obama ~

    albeit a maze of links, pertinent info is throughout..

    ==

  • bg

    ++

    scary stuff & much more..

    ==

  • Rose

    DISMANTLE THE EPA – put their executives on trial for OVER-REACH to the point of TREASON. The forest fires, the closed Electric power plants, the unburied cables – in lieu of extravagant wasted fines, the uncleaned-out forest deadwood undergrowth kindling for forest fires, etc etc etc etc… the lack of Hydro-electric generators on the high sides of rivers like the Niagra…

    Charge them for Treason for all this anti-American, UN-American plotting and subterfuge, and destruction.

  • Rose

    #1 July 3, 2012 at 9:40 am
    tj
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    GREAT! Need more! Yum yum!

  • Rose

    #33 July 3, 2012 at 11:41 am
    LibsRstupid
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Well, the answer to that is to NOT STOP until MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! That might not be the way, but FIND SOMETHING THAT IS and DO ENOUGH OF IT to GIT ‘ER DONE!

    Don’t roll over and play RED CARPET for them – they like THAT even BETTER!

    We better start raising some SERIOUS cain with them, pronto, or put on a T-SHIRT with “RED CARPET” written on the back, and lay down on yer face.

    Write out your apologies to TODD BEEMER and George Washington, NOW!

  • Rose

    #34 July 3, 2012 at 11:42 am
    LibsRstupid
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    AMEN!

    “Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.” – Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence, 2nd Paragraph, IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

  • Rose

    Let’s see… We need Tar, Feathers, Rails, and lots of ROPE. Oh, and a CITIZEN-PICKED Judge and jury.

  • Gateway commentators don’t seem to have received the memo, but the EPA spy drones has long been discredited as an urban legend. And as for using aircraft to search for lawbreakers, please tell me again what’s new about that. You’re not under the impression that the EPA — or anyone else — doesn’t have the right to use the airspace over private property, are you? That was settled generations ago.

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  • bg

    ++

    Blue Hen #27 July 3, 2012 at 11:08 am

    you racist 👿 you.. 😉

    Holders people are heroes!! 🙁

    ==

  • bg
  • mcc

    Remembering the primary debates and Rick’s “moment” —

    Wasn’t it Romney who shouted out, to help him recall the third agency he’d chop:

    “The EPA!”

    Let’s hope it was — and one he’ll gladly take the axe to —

  • Valerie

    #48 July 3, 2012 at 1:36 pm
    Adam Robert Ryan commented:

    You didn’t bother to read the article before you wrote. You can do better.

  • radioone

    This is all about “control” of the food supply. The old Soviet Union had their “5 and 7 year programs”. It will come piece by piece. They aren’t doing this for FUN. Something’s up!!!

  • owl

    Yes. This is about fuel, food and water. They already have our healthcare.

    I can not shout this enough. I DESPISE EPA. Our Elected officials should have stopped this crap a long time ago.

    Rose, you have it right @#43.

    #39 I hear ya. Your relatives have reason to be terrified of the EPA. I would rather have IRS come knocking than EPA. That ought to make it simple to understand.

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  • Lefty

    NEWS FLASH.

    You can be a farmer and a lefty…I know, cause I’m both!

    I don’t want them flying over my place, not because I’m worried about them checking out my horse sh*t, It all gets composted; but because I don’t want them observing our local militia training camp.

    Those of you with the strongest anti – EPA views… yer just shils for the Koch brothers aren’t you?

    Shalom.

  • AuntieMadder

    June 7, 2012
    America: The Home of the…Compliant?
    By Daren Jonescu

    If you want a quick measure of the state of American society, you might consider the federal government’s use of unmanned aerial drones to monitor U.S. citizens, and in particular the EPA’s matter-of-fact defense of its use of drones over the Midwest as necessary to “verify compliance” with environmental laws. And as the EPA’s “environmental justice” agenda is quickly becoming the government’s official overarching priority (see here), we might describe the Obama era as the dawning of the Age of Compliance.

    (snip)

    Whenever some apologist for communism commented that crime rates in Russia were lower than in the West, a critic would quip, “Sure, we could have fewer crimes if we put a policeman on every corner.”

    On the other hand, if someone objected to a nanny-state intrusion upon his rights and privacy, he was sure to be told, “But if you have done nothing wrong, you have nothing to fear.”

    This clash of clichés sums up pretty neatly the two basic trains of thought on the government’s role in providing for public order. The first cliché begins with the assumption that government is not to be trusted. The second begins with the assumption that private citizens are not to be trusted. In other words, the first assumes that unrestrained government is the greater threat, the second that unrestrained citizens are the greater threat.

    Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/06/america_the_home_of_thecompliant.html#ixzz1zemURa9v

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  • I’ve been complaining about this for a long time. At my site, I was challenged, quite successfully, by a poster who I believe is a law student. He/she cited a number of old and recent Supreme Court rulings stating that aerial surveillance, even passive like what the EPA is doing- just flying around looking for violators- is quite legal. If they can see it from the air, you have no right to privacy.

    I disagree on a principled position. “Just because you can, does not mean you should!”

    My complaint is based on the fact many of the cases are older. Before we had cameras that could not only see you from a mile up, but read the text on the book you are reading! That is too much intrusiveness. The courts never really address the technology, only the fact if anyone can see it, with or without help, it is open view.

    The poster and I go back and forth for sixteen rounds. He wins on points. I win on principle. Sooner or later, the government is going to have to be put back in a box.

    No matter how hard it squirms.

    http://truthandcommonsense.com/2012/06/08/a-short-note-about-the-government-fielding-small-drones-judge-napolitano-speaks-out/

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  • Millennium

    But have no fear. They are the government and they are here to help.
    Hopefully, Americans start waking up. Our country has been hijacked by communists and traitors.