If anyone supports government inspections of private property, this should be a warning to them.
If you think it would be OK to have government agencies inspecting your home for guns, or even keeping you on a list of gun owners, here is the kind of evidence that shows that governments are, at best, inherently arbitrary and unjust. At worst governments are corrupt and tyrannical.
So now they don’t seem to know what happened to his bees. “Golly. I didn’t know we were supposed to keep track of the property we “confiscate” (i.e. steel) from citizens. I thought we could just arbitrarily go wherever we wanted, taking anything we wanted at any time… with impunity. Why would we have to keep track of it or return it?”
It’s sort of like the gun confiscations that went on after hurricane Katrina. What gives the government a right to take a $300 gun from someone who isn’t causing any trouble at all and who only wants it to protect his property? That is money that government entities are stealing outright from citizens. Would you be OK with some military or law enforcement officer say, “Hey. Give me that valuable object you own.”? Me neither. What if they could just “confiscate it no matter what it was? That’s what we’re looking at here.
Honey bees are absolutely necessary to the growing of food. Just ask the thousands of big farmers that contract with bee keepers to pay to have honey bees put next to their fields or orchards. Without bees, food doesn’t grow. Now our ever-beloved Monsanto has managed to wipe out droves of bees and coming back for the ones that are resistant to their pesticide. The government is apparently on their side.
Should we not have the right to grow food if we want? We should probably leave that up to the government too. They do such a great job with everything else…
The Illinois Ag Dept. illegally seized privately owned bees from renowned naturalist, Terrence Ingram, without providing him with a search warrant and before the court hearing on the matter, reports Prairie Advocate News.
Behind the obvious violations of his Constitutional rights is Monsanto. Ingram was researching Roundup’s effects on bees, which he’s raised for 58 years. “They ruined 15 years of my research,” he told Prairie Advocate, by stealing most of his stock.
A certified letter from the Ag Dept.’s Apiary Inspection Supervisor, Steven D. Chard, stated:
“During a routine inspection of your honeybee colonies by … Inspectors Susan Kivikko and Eleanor Balson on October 23, 2011, the bacterial disease ‘American Foulbrood’ was detected in a number of colonies located behind your house…. Presence of the disease in some of your colonies was confirmed via test results from the USDA Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland that analyzed samples collected from your apiary….”
Ingram can prove his bees did not have foulbrood, and planned to do so at a hearing set in April, but the state seized his bees at the end of March. They have not returned them and no one at the Ag Dept. seems to know where his bees are.
The bees could have been destroyed, or they could have been turned over to Monsanto to ascertain why some of his bees are resistant to Roundup. Without the bees as evidence, Ingram simply cannot defend against the phony charges of foulbrood.
Worse, all his queens died after Kivikko and Balson “inspected” his property, outside of his presence and without a warrant.
Of note, Illinois beekeepers are going underground after Ingram’s experience and refuse to register their hives, in case the state tries to steal their private property on phony claims.