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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  • 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

    GREAT! Need more! Yum yum!

  • Rose

    #33 July 3, 2012 at 11:41 am

    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


    “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.

  • http://AdamRobertRyan.livejournal.com Adam Robert Ryan

    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


    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?


  • 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.


    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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