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General News    H3'ed 2/7/09

Exposing Wisconsin's civil rights and criminal abuse against its farmers

Message Linn Cohen-Cole
I have written here before about Mr. Paul Griepentrog and posted a letter and an article he wrote himself.

Bush's USDA promoted NAIS (Premises ID goes along with it) as voluntary though in most states, farmers are led to believe it is mandatory and many means have been used to force them on involuntarily.   Bush suddenly made it mandatory in the last few months before he left and NAIS is one of the Bush regulations receiving an extended (60 day) comment period) by the USDA, though comments have no force and Monsanto helped write it and Vilsack heads the USDA and is a Monsanto crony and has been pushing it strongly.

Farm groups have sued the USDA to halt it entirely.
All that said, the DATCP in Wisconsin has itself made NAIS mandatory, making it a darling of the corporations pushing it. Though the Amish who have very clear and fundamental religious precepts forbidding them from such identification and numbering, Mr. Emmanuel Miller has already been charged by the state for not registering and Mr. Griepentrog was been donating his time to help him, working "pro se" (doing the legal work himself though he is not a lawyer).  

What is happening to Mr. Griepentrog reflects Wisconsin's DATCP methods of ramming farmers as fast as possible and by any means - even terrorizing and illegal - onto Premises ID.  In mild terms, this could be called regulatory abuse.  In legal terms, there are issues here of violations of civill rights, of anti-trust issues, and of criminal conspiracy.
Below is my letter to Rodney J. Nilsestuen, the head of the DATCP in Wisconsin.  I encourage all of you who read it to write Mr. Nilsestuen yourselves.  His address and email are included.  The last things the corporations or their corrupted government agencies want is national attention to the harm they are doing and your contact will let them know that we across the country now have Paul Griepentrog's back, as well as that of the Amish and all the farmers in Wisconsin.  

Rodney J. Nilsestuen
Secretary of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection
P.O. Box 8911
Madison, WI 53708-8911 

Dear Mr. Nilsestuen,

I am writing in reference to Mr. Griepentrog and the DATCP's
intrusion onto his farm, its threatening him, and its unconstitutional discrimination against him and all farmers in Wisconsin.

His property has been trespassed onto repeatedly, his home and outbuildings broken into by two men who've been spotted running away, his virus and spyware stripped off his computer, his emails are being tampered with, and his property buzzed by 2 helicopters and a plane, resulting in the death of one of his sheep.  

When Mr. Griepentrog reported the break-ins and trespass to his local sheriff, the sheriff would not record the information but instead urged Mr. Griepentrog that he should go ahead and sign onto Premises ID and NAIS and started telling him about animal diseases, clearly acting as an "agent" of the DATCP and failing in the most basic protective law enforcement responsibilities he was paid to carry out by citizens in his county, including Mr. Griepentrog.  In his behavior and his words, he associates the break-ins with NAIS and then pushes it himself on Mr. Griepentrog, while denying him as a citizen his right to police protection from criminal behavior.
NAIS was formulated by Monsanto, the big meat packers and the tag companies.  It is the one of the most massive, corrupt and Orwellian regulations in the history of this country.  The DATCP is is acting in a criminally conspiratorial way in pushing NAIS forward.  And it is most certainly betraying its primary purpose which is to serve the farmers in the state of Wisconsin - not to harass and threaten and control them
into non-existence on behalf of corporations which are their competition.

NAIS is a regulation never voted on, beyond the means and capabilities
of small farmers and in its overwhelmingly bureaucratic, industrial non-fit
to farming, destructive in its essence. The penalties alone are draconian
and clearly aimed to terrorize and then bankrupt and ruin small farmers.

Premises ID strips away full ownership rights to property, comes with
easements that devalue a farmer's land immediately, allows for warrantless
access to their property by government agents and is a blatant "taking."
The primary legal questions of who will have control of the land and what
Premises ID does to ownership of property have never been answered
much less addressed by the DATCP or the USDA, and yet farmers have
been lied to, coerced, forced, and even been signed on without their
knowledge and against their will onto a "contract" that steals from them.
And now the DATCP is trespassing on people's property to intimidate
them with the threat of court and fines for not going against their own
constitution rights of ownership and their own fundamental instinct of

The DATCP appears to be going after the Amish first because they are
pacifist people and do not use the media so they are easy to attack and
eliminate in silence, and that the DATCP is next threatening Mr. Griepentrog
because he was good enough to help Mr. Emmanuel Miller, an Amish
neighbor, and because he is a leader in the country against NAIS.

Wisconsin is blessed to have the Amish and such people as Mr. Griepentrog
in its state and has a duty of care and should have gratitude for the work
they do there and the benefits they deliver to its citizens and economy and
general well-being. To treat these people as the DATCP is doing is
unconscionable and discriminatory and its criminal corruption will be

Mr. Nilsestuen, I am sure you have heard of Rosa Parks and Alabama.
The person and the state became symbolic of racial discrimination and
set off the civil rights movement. I am sure you are also aware of the
profound disgust with which Americans viewed George Wallace's efforts
to deny constitutional rights to a class of citizens in his state. You are
looking at the beginning of such a civil rights around farming and Mr.
Griepentrog is now becoming symbolic as a Rosa Parks figure, and
Wisconsin faces being held in the same national contempt as Alabama
was. You and the DATCP are in the position of George Wallace, as the
agents who stand against constitutional rights of its own people as well
as against human decency itself.

You are in a difficult position, caught between powerful corporations that
are intent on taking over the food supply in this country by almost any
means (and right now it is via USDA regulations they wrote themselves
which have never been voted on by any legislature), and the farmers in
your state who are the salt of the earth and your tax-payer-awaiting legal
responsibility to help those farmers not only survive but do well.  

If you serve those corporations, Mr. Nilsestuen, I can assure you that
you will be written about as George Wallace was and Wisconsin will be
tarred as Alabama was because Mr. Griepentrog is becoming symbolic
nationally of farming itself.

Farmers who were once isolated and sitting ducks for such corporate
abuse, are now finding friends across the country and those friends are
now organizing on their behalf to expose what you and the DATCP and
the state of Wisconsin are doing to Mr. Griepentrog, the Amish, and all
your farmers, as a series of major constitutional violations of their civil
rights, and your agency's actions as criminally corrupt.

I encourage you to look at one case being filed now in Canada that is an
indication of where things will be moving in this country.  
_michael_schmidt_slams_criminal_charges.htm.  Americans are becoming aware of regulatory and police state attacks
against their farmers and at just the time when more than ever we all want local
farmers and an end to regulatory (corporate influenced) tyranny.

I encourage you to look as well at the growing outrage wild/ that is going to be directed toward Wisconsin and the DATCP for its
corruption, discrimination and out and out abuse of Wisconsin's farmers.

You have a problem, Mr. Nilsestuen.  Mr. Griepentrog is becoming a national hero.  More and more attention is going to be brought to bear on your state and on the DATCP in particular, and in that attention, people will be angry at those attacking him and his friends, the Amish.

Sincerely ...
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