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Socialists in Congress… Shocking New Evidence

Socialists in Congress… Shocking New Evidence from WND Indicate More than Earlier Reports of 70, As Many As 82

Posted By on August 16, 2010

Unbelievable.

The news came out last week about 70 members of Congress belonging to the Democratic Socialists of America, but that number is now believed to be as high as 82.

From WorldNetDaily, How many socialists sit in Congress today? 1 group boasts 70, but see what WND survey suggests:

WASHINGTON – The Democratic Socialists of America boasted in a newsletter to insiders 70 of its members currently serve in Congress, but an independent survey by WND suggests the number of actual avowed or semi-secret socialists in the House and Senate is considerably higher – at least 82.

The DSA is a political action committee and bills itself as the heir to the defunct Socialist Party of America. Its chief organizing objective is to work within the Democratic Party as the primary, but not sole, method of achieving public ownership of private property and the means of production.

“Stress our Democratic Party strategy and electoral work,” explains an internal organizing document obtained by WND. “The Democratic Party is something the public understands, and association with it takes the edge off. Stressing our Democratic Party work will establish some distance from the radical subculture and help integrate you to the milieu of the young liberals.”

In October 2009, the DSA newsletter reported that 70 congressional Democrats are active members.

The group also claimed 11 socialists sit on the House Judiciary Committee, including Chairman John Conyers, D-Mich.

But, according to an independent investigation by WND, the number of those sympathetic to the socialist goals of the DSA is substantially higher than 70.

In 1998, WND reported the close association between the DSA and the Congressional Progressive Caucus. At that time, the caucus website was actually hosted by the DSA. Following the revelation in WND, the Progressive Caucus website became an official U.S. government website as it remains today.

The Congressional Progressive Caucus website boasts 81 members as well as resource links to numerous openly socialist publications and organizations, reports WND Editor Joseph Farah in his column today. Farah first broke the story of the DSA-Progressive Caucus link 12 years ago in a series titled “Congress’ Red Army Caucus.” (here and here)

Those links include Mother Jones magazine, Moveon.org, OneWorld, The Nation magazine, ACORN and the Institute for Policy Studies.

Last week, WND reported that Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy, D-Ohio, is a member of the DSA. She is not, however, listed on either the Progressive Caucus website as a member or on the list of members published by the DSA last year.

“By my count, Kilroy would make at least 82 members of the House and Senate who are avowedly socialist,” Farah concludes.

The “Socialist List” is below… spread the word and refer to this for the upcoming election. This information comes from an October 2009 newsletter from the Democratic Socialists of America — the newsletter listed 70 members of the U.S. Congress who are active members of the organization.

The anti-constitutional doings of most of these corruptocrats is legendary. I’ve written about some of these politicians before — as have many other conservative bloggers — and so, I’ve provided links to a few previous posts should you want to quickly read up on them and not get the “happy-happy-joy-joy” spin of the Obama JournoList media.

In some cases, I’ve written about these socialists multiple times — and usually not in a way that would be considered flattering (right, Pete Stark, Alan Grayson, and Charlie Rangel?).

This explains SO much and affirms suspicions that many pundits and American citizens have had for quite some time — including the explanation for the truly nauseating fawning by the Congressional Black Caucus during their visit to Cuba in April 2009. They ignored the suffering and poverty of the Cuban people and drooled over and heaped praise upon Fidel Castro, as though the aging tyrannical dictator was a rock star. At least two who attended that trip — Rep. Linda Richardson and Rep. Barbara Lee — are socialists, per the list below.

Some of these incumbent miscreants have recently lost in their primary elections, so voting citizens of their states have already wised up.

Co-Chairs

Hon. Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-07)
Hon. Lynn Woolsey (CA-06)

Vice Chairs

Hon. Diane Watson (CA-33)
Hon. Sheila Jackson-Lee (TX-18)
Mazie Hirono (HI-02)
Hon.
Hon. Dennis Kucinich (OH-10)

Senate Members

Hon. Bernie Sanders (VT)

House Members

Hon. Neil Abercrombie (formally HI-01, now Gov. of Hawaii)

Hon. Tammy Baldwin (WI-02)
Hon. Xavier Becerra (CA-31)
Hon. Madeleine Bordallo (GU-AL)
Hon. Robert Brady (PA-01)
Hon. Corrine Brown (FL-03)
Hon. Michael Capuano (MA-08)
Hon. André Carson (IN-07)
Hon. Donna Christensen (VI-AL)
Hon. Yvette Clarke (NY-11)
Hon. William “Lacy” Clay (MO-01)
Hon. Emanuel Cleaver (MO-05)
Hon. Steve Cohen (TN-09)
Hon. John Conyers (MI-14)
Hon. Elijah Cummings (MD-07)
Hon. Danny Davis (IL-07)
Hon. Peter DeFazio (OR-04)
Hon. Rosa DeLauro (CT-03)
Rep. Donna F. Edwards (MD-04)
Hon. Keith Ellison (MN-05)
Hon. Sam Farr (CA-17)
Hon. Chaka Fattah (PA-02)
Hon. Bob Filner (CA-51)
Hon. Barney Frank (MA-04)
Hon. Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11)
Hon. Alan Grayson (FL-08)
Hon. Luis Gutierrez (IL-04)
Hon. John Hall (NY-19)
Hon. Phil Hare (IL-17)
Hon. Maurice Hinchey (NY-22)
Hon. Michael Honda (CA-15)
Hon. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (IL-02)
Hon. Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30)
Hon. Hank Johnson (GA-04)
Hon. Marcy Kaptur (OH-09)
Hon. Carolyn Kilpatrick (MI-13)
Hon. Barbara Lee (CA-09)
Hon. John Lewis (GA-05)
Hon. David Loebsack (IA-02)
Hon. Ben R. Lujan (NM-3)
Hon. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14)
Hon. Ed Markey (MA-07)
Hon. Jim McDermott (WA-07)
Hon. James McGovern (MA-03)
Hon. George Miller (CA-07)
Hon. Gwen Moore (WI-04)
Hon. Jerrold Nadler (NY-08)
Hon. Eleanor Holmes-Norton (DC-AL)
Hon. John Olver (MA-01)
Hon. Ed Pastor (AZ-04)
Hon. Donald Payne (NJ-10)
Hon. Chellie Pingree (ME-01)
Hon. Charles Rangel (NY-15)
Hon. Laura Richardson (CA-37)
Hon. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34)
Hon. Bobby Rush (IL-01)
Hon. Linda Sánchez (CA-47)
Hon. Jan Schakowsky (IL-09)
Hon. José Serrano (NY-16)
Hon. Louise Slaughter (NY-28)
Hon. Pete Stark (CA-13)
Hon. Bennie Thompson (MS-02)
Hon. John Tierney (MA-06)
Hon. Nydia Velazquez (NY-12)
Hon. Maxine Waters (CA-35)
Hon. Mel Watt (NC-12)
Hon. Henry Waxman (CA-30)
Hon. Peter Welch (VT-AL)
Hon. Robert Wexler (FL-19)

From Diary of a Mad Conservative, 70 members of Congress belong to the Socialist party:

Two things of note in this revelation. The first is the astonishing number of Democratic House members who not only belong to the Socialist Party of America but even more incredible, don’t mind if people find out about it.

From Nice Deb: Can We Call Them Democrat Socialists, Now?:

I’ve been saying for a year and a half now that it’s time to rebrand the whole party. Even though most Dems are not on the record, they’ve greenlighted Obama’s Socialist agenda every step of the way.

And make no mistake. Obama is a Democratic Socialist, himself.

I find it mighty difficult to believe that out of so many avowed socialists in Congress, only one is in the Senate and all the others in the House of Representatives.

Will keep an eye on further developments on this story.

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The Re-Election of Obama by suspended elections?

The Re-Election of Obama by suspended elections?
Judi McLeod Full Story

imageThe fool proof way for Barack Obama to guarantee his re-election would be to suspend the 2012 election.

Thanks to North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue, suspending elections is an idea whose time has come.

Perdue’s proposal dropped like the proverbial bombshell at a Rotary Club event was offered as a means for politicians to gain time to tackle crippling unemployment and a stagnant economy.
The Trash of Islam
Daniel Greenfield Full Story

imageTwo years ago the Egyptian city of Cairo, the largest city in the Arab world and the “timeless city” of Obama’s Cairo speech, the heart of the Arab Spring, was suffering from a garbage crisis. The crisis had a very simple cause, the pigs that used to eat the garbage were killed to prevent the spread of Swine Flu.

The pigs living in “Garbage City” had served as both organic garbage disposals and food sources for the Zabaleen, families of marginalized Christian Copts who made a living by collecting the garbage, reselling the inorganic garbage and feeding the organic garbage to pigs. The system worked fine so long as there were pigs, but without the pigs, Cairo’s streets are filled with giant mounds of rotting garbage.

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Barack Obama, Democratic Wrecking Ball

Barack Obama, Democratic Wrecking Ball

09.27.2011 – 11:20 AM

Here’s yet more good news for Democrats. National Journal reports:

One of the Democratic party’s leading pollsters [Stanley Greenberg] released a survey of 60 Republican-held battleground districts today, painting an ominous picture for congressional Democrats in 2012. The poll shows Democratic House candidates faring worse than they did in the 2010 midterms, being dragged down by an unpopular president who would lose to both Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Mitt Romney.

 

The story goes on to say that instead of an overall anti-incumbent sentiment impacting members of both parties, voters are taking more of their anger out on Democrats. When voters were asked whether they’re supporting the Republican incumbent or a Democratic candidate, 50 percent preferred the Republican and just 41 percent backed the Democrat. And here’s the really ominous news for Democrats: Voters in these districts said they were more supportive of Republicans than they were during the 2010 midterms, when 48 percent said they backed the Republican candidate and 42 percent said they backed the Democrat. (Republicans won 55 percent of the overall vote in these 60 battleground districts, while Democrats took 43 percent.) In 2010, Republicans netted 63 House seats – their best showing since 1948.

There’s also this: President Obama’s job approval rating in the battleground districts is just 41 percent — and only 43 percent in the 30 more competitive seats that are a little more Democratic.

What this means is right now, based on the data of a respected Democratic pollster, Democrats would — if the election were held today — suffer a wipeout that makes what happened to them in 2010 look like a walk in the park. And things are likely to get worse, not better, as the months roll on.

It may be that Barack Obama will do to the Democratic Party what no one, not even Ronald Reagan, could achieve–which is to bring it to its knees.

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Open Government Partnership and United Nations Agenda 21

Citizen Control: United Nations global control of our economy, our country, our lives, our freedom
Open Government Partnership and United Nations Agenda 21

Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh Full Story

imageAs Americans are trying to make sense of and understand the multi-faceted United Nations Agenda 21, new information emerges daily. Adopted, signed into law, and implemented through non-governmental organizations “sub-rosa” work since 1992, UN Agenda 21 grows at the local, state, and federal levels with new rules, regulations, executive orders, private-public partnerships, and declarations, accelerating the United States’ inclusion into one world government.
King Hubbert’s Theory is to Petroleum What Leeches Are to Medicine
Peak Oil Scam is Based Upon Ideological, Fact-Blind Liberalism

Kelly O’Connell Full Story

While it cannot come as a surprise after so many liberal hoaxes, it’s still shocking to find we’ve been duped again—this time by the “Peak Oil” myth. Peak Oil is the theory the world is on the verge of a catastrophic decline in global petroleum reserves that will result in major energy crises causing chaos across the world. This notion has now been proved demonstrably false—yet, how was it accepted in the first place?
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas: “We shall not recognize a Jewish state”
No Acknowledgment of Israel? No More Money

Arnold Ahlert Full Story

Shortly before taking the podium to address the United Nations’ General Assembly last week, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said everything the world needs to know about where the so-called peace process is headed. Speaking to an assembly of 200 senior representatives of the Palestinian community in the United States, Abbas laid his cards on the table. “They talk to us about the Jewish state, but I respond to them with a final answer: We shall not recognize a Jewish state,” he proclaimed.
United Nations has become both a “house of lies” and a “theater of the absurd” in its obsession to delegitimize Israel’s right to exist
The United Nations House of Lies Fawns Over Abbas

Joseph A. Klein Full Story

In a fiery, no holds barred speech on September 23, 2011 to the United Nations General Assembly, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas presented Palestine’s formal application for full membership to the United Nations. Although he was speaking on the first day of fall, Abbas proclaimed the “Palestinian Spring,” which he repeated to cheering crowds welcoming him home Sunday in the West Bank.
According to the Elizabeth Warren, private property is a false construct
Serfs in Warrenville

Daniel Greenfield Full Story

If nothing else, Elizabeth Warren’s campaign for Commissar of Massachusetts deserves to be credited for getting at the heart of the issue. And the issue is private property.

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Corruption, thy name is Democrat Mindless Marxist Minions

King Hubbert’s Theory is to Petroleum What Leeches Are to Medicine
Peak Oil Scam is Based Upon Ideological, Fact-Blind Liberalism

Kelly O’Connell Full Story

While it cannot come as a surprise after so many liberal hoaxes, it’s still shocking to find we’ve been duped again—this time by the “Peak Oil” myth. Peak Oil is the theory the world is on the verge of a catastrophic decline in global petroleum reserves that will result in major energy crises causing chaos across the world. This notion has now been proved demonstrably false—yet, how was it accepted in the first place?
Corruption, thy name is Democrat
Mindless Marxist Minions

Michael Oberndorf, RPA Full Story

The Democrat left’s mindless, moronic, Marxist minions were marching in Manhattan this weekend. They don’t seem to realize that the Wall Street “fat cats” corporate CEOs they have hated and vilified for oh-so-many years, are, along with foreign fat cats, fascist dictators, drug cartels, and oil sheiks, the major source of Big Donations (read, boat-loads of laundered cash) for their Democrat masters, in general, and their Lord and Messiah, Obama-Soetoro, in particular. So, there they were, chanting the same old, worn out leftist slogans, harassing the cops, alienating themselves from the working public, and generally making pathetic fools of themselves. Some things never change.
Islam will never make peace with a non-Muslim state, especially if the Muslim foot trod triumphal upon that same territory once occupied in the name of Allah
Netanyahu’s Speech and the Deafening Silence

Victor Sharpe Full Story

If Israel shrank to just one downtown city block in Tel Aviv, it would still be reason for an all-out war of extermination by the Arab and Muslim world.
Mr. Reeve, could you please not apologize for naming your second dog America because as one patriot to another, go right ahead! Hurrah for dogs, hurrah for America. Hurrah for dogs in America!
Dog’s Name Offends Islamic Watch Dogs

Ashraf Ramelah Full Story

Just recently The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia interfered in a Canadian organization’s right to place a TV ad on Canadian television which educated Canadian consumers with statements of true facts. Yes, that’s right. A foreign dictatorship policing another nation threatens individuals with a cease and desist letter to halt the airing of their ad. More recently, Mr. Derek Reeve, a councilman in the California town of San Juan Capistrano, is chastised and shamed by another Saudi-style agent of censorship into removing the name of his family’s pet dog. They would like him to rename his pet something acceptable to them, I guess.
Web Site servers breached by TiGERM@TE
Stand Up America Us and many other web sites have been attacked at the server hosting the site

News on the Net Full Story

Bigfork, Montana – September 25, 2011 – This morning, a very devious hacker called TiGER-M@TE from Bangladesh attacked the servers of thousands of web sites hosted by InMotion. The Stand Up America US web site is one of the many who are now recovering.

 

The attack of the Bilderbergers!
A.J. Cameron
It is time to realize how the Bilderbergers are orchestrating the debates and the media coverage in attempting to control the outcome of the Presidential election of 2012

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History Lesson on Your Social Security Card

History Lesson on Your Social Security Card
http://www.flickr.com/photos/49192997@N07/4508529302/
Dick Kantenberger
Gifted Education Writer
Examiner.com
History Lesson on Your Social Security Card

Just in case some of you young whippersnappers (& some older ones) didn’t know this.
It’s easy to check out, if you don’t believe it. Be sure and show it to your family
and friends. They need a little history lesson on what’s what and it doesn’t matter
whether you are Democrat or Republican. Facts are Facts.
Social Security Cards up until the 1980s expressly stated the number and
card were not to be used for identification purposes.
Since nearly everyone in the
United States now has a number, it became convenient to use it anyway
and the
message, NOT FOR IDENTIFICATION, was removed.
http://blog.kir.com/archives/images/social+security.gif
An old Social Security card with the “NOT FOR IDENTIFICATION” message.
Our Social Security

Franklin Roosevelt, a Democrat, introduced the Social
Security (FICA) Program. He promised:

1.) That participation in the Program would be
Completely voluntary,

No longer Voluntary

2.) That the participants would only have to pay
1% of the first $1,400 of their annual
Incomes into the Program
,

Now 7.65%
on the first $90,000

3.) That the money the participants elected to put
into the Program would be
deductible from
their income for tax purposes each year,


No longer tax deductible

4.) That the money the participants put into the
independent ‘Trust Fund’
rather than into the
general operating fund, and therefore,
would
only be used to fund the Social Security
Retirement Program, and no other
Government program, and,

Under Johnson the money was moved to
The General Fund and Spent

5.) That the annuity payments to the retirees would never be taxed
as income.

Under Clinton & Gore
Up to 85% of your Social Security can be Taxed

Since many of us have paid into FICA for years and are
now receiving a Social Security check every month —
and then finding that we are getting taxed on 85% of
the money we
paid
to the Federal government to ‘put
away’ —
you may be interested in the following:

———— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— —-

Q: Which Political Party took Social Security from the
independent ‘Trust Fund’ and put it into the
general fund so that Congress could spend it?

A: It was Lyndon Johnson and the democratically
controlled House and Senate.

———— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— —

Q: Which Political Party eliminated the income tax
deduction for Social Security (FICA) withholding?

A: The Democratic Party.

———— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— —–

Q: Which Political Party started taxing Social
Security annuities?

A: The Democratic Party, with Al Gore casting the
‘tie-breaking’ deciding vote
as President of the
Senate, while he was Vice President of the US

———— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— –

Q: Which Political Party decided to start
giving annuity payments to immigrants?

A: That’s right! Jimmy Carter and the Democratic Party.
Immigrants moved into this country, and at age 65,
began to receive Social Security payments! The
Democratic Party gave these payments to them,
even though they never paid a dime into it!

———— — ———— ——— —– ———— ——— ———

Then, after violating the original contract (FICA),
the Democrats turn around and tell you that the

Republicans want to take your Social Security away!

And the worst part about it is uninformed citizens believe it!
If enough people receive this, maybe a seed of
awareness will be planted and maybe changes will
evolve. But it’s worth a try.

How many people can YOU send this to?

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EPA to property owner: ‘Your land is our land’

$40 million in fines pending over plan to build new home


Posted: September 23, 2011
9:50 pm Eastern

By Bob Unruh
© 2011 WND

 

 


Mike and Chantell Sackett

Just imagine. You want to build a home, so you buy a $23,000 piece of land in a residential subdivision in your hometown and get started. The government then tells you to stop, threatens you with $40 million in fines and is not kidding.

That’s the case now before the U.S. Supreme Court, with briefs being filed today by the Pacific Legal Foundation on behalf of a Priest Lake, Idaho, family, Chantell and Mike Sackett.

Attorney Damien Schiff, who will be arguing before the high court in the case, said it’s simply a case of a government run amok, and it poses a potential threat to perhaps not every landowner across the nation, but untold millions.

“Constitutional Chaos: What Happens When the Government Breaks Its Own Laws”

The Sacketts, Schiff said, “bought property, and the government in effect has ordered them to treat the property like a public park.”

“The EPA has not paid them a dime for that privilege,” he said. “The regime we have operating now allows the EPA to take property without having to pay for it, or giving the owners the right to their day in court.””

The organization has prepared a video to explain the case:

 

The case developed when the Sacketts bought a .63-acre parcel of land for $23,000 in a subdivision in their hometown of Priest Lake, Idaho. The land is 500 feet from a lake, had a city water and sewer tap assigned, had no running or standing water and was in the middle of other developed properties.

The couple obtained all of the needed permits for their project and started work. Suddenly, the Environmental Protection Agency showed up on the building site, demanded that the work stop and issued a “compliance order” that the couple remove the fill they had brought in, restore the land to its native condition, plant trees every 10 feet, fence it off and let it sit for three years.

(Story continues below)

Then they would, for costs estimated at roughly a quarter of a million dollars, be allowed to “request” permission from the government to build on their own land.

Or else, warned the agency, there is the possibility of fines of $37,500 per day – with the total now surpassing $40 million.

Chantell reported she was told by the EPA that if “you’re buying a piece of property you should know if it’s in wetlands.”

“I started to do research. I said, ‘So how do I find this piece of property in the wetlands [registry]’? And she said, ‘Here’s the coordinates.’ When I actually pulled up the coordinates, it’s not there.”

No matter, said the government. Do what we want.

So the Sacketts went to court, only to be told the courts can’t address a decision like this, as it’s an administrative decision. The couple would have to meet the demands of the “compliance order” and pay the $250,000 to apply for a building permit, then challenge the eventual decision.

Or they could expose themselves to $37,500 per day in fines by refusing to cooperate.

The “taking” of their private property without due process now is the focus on the high court’s hearings.

The brief explains that the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires that “no person shall be … deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” But the Clean Water Act gives the EPA authority to issue compliance orders, then fine defendants who are “in violation.”

“Any citizen engaged in a range of activities may run afoul of the act,” the brief explains. “The Clean Water Act’s reach is extremely broad, requiring a permit for the discharge of ‘pollutants’ from a ‘point source’ into the ‘waters of the United States,’ which phrase has been interpreted by regulation to include ‘wetlands.'”

The regulations, the brief contends, had been defined so broadly by the EPA that they have pertained to “land that appears to be totally dry.”

“If the EPA has completed an analysis and made a determination that the property contains jurisdictional ‘wetlands,’ the citizen has no right to judicial review of that analysis. If the citizen hires professionals to conduct a ‘wetlands’ determination, EPA is not obligated to accept it. Despite any evidence, professional opinions, or agency advice the citizen obtains, EPA may still impose sanctions by a compliance order if it has ‘any information’ that” it wants to use to call it wetlands, the brief explains.

Further, the “compliance order” also demands that the private property owners give the EPA full access not only to the lands but to their private records about what is done to the land.

“Given that the order is not based on probable cause, it withdraws the Sacketts’ constitutional right to be free of unreasonable searches by requiring them to grant access to ‘all records and documentation related to the conditions at the site and th restoration activities conducted pursuant to this order.'”

The EPA ordered the planting of specific trees and shrubs and then demanded that the land “be fenced for the first three growing seasons.”

“Monitoring of vegetation on the restored site for survival and ground coverage shall be performed in October 2008, June 2009, October 2009, and October 2010,” it ordered.

“The very existence of the order, subjecting the property to a federal mandate, prohibiting the intended, authorized use, and requiring expensive remedial actions, substantially reduces the value of the property and limits the Sacketts’ ability to [use] it,” the brief said.

“Although there has been no judicial decision to establish EPA’s jurisdiction and authority to impose these deprivations, the compliance order threatens the Sackets with various ‘sanctions.'”

The couple’s eventual lawsuit claimed the EPA does not have jurisdiction and the order violates their due process and other constitutional rights.

“The second claim turns on the basic principle that, before a person can be deprived of liberty or property, he is entitled to a full and fair hearing ‘at a meaningful time and in a meaningful manner,'” the brief argues. “The third claim is based on the related principle that a person cannot be punished for conduct that violates an ‘impermissibly vague’ law.”

The district court rejected their case, as did the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

“The court created a constitutional problem by reading the Clean Water Act to preclude judicial review of the compliance order,” said the brief. “The court acknowledged both that the Clean Water Act’s express language does not mandate the interpretation it ultimately adopted … and that courts should avoid statutory interpretations that raise serious constitutional questions,” the brief said.

“The court never considered whether contrary inferences might support the conclusion that Congress did intend for individuals like the Sacketts to obtain review under the APA. Similarly, the court never considered whether the nature of the compliance order itself supports review.”

Additionally, it’s an order issued without probable cause and “the process that produces the order is entirely secret, with no notice given to property owners like the Sacketts.”

“In sum, the compliance order has deprived the Sacketts of the only economically viable use of their property permitted under local law, deprived them of their right to exclude unwanted persons from their property, and deprived them of their right to be free from unreasonable searches of their property and effects. The Sacketts have never received any review, let alone meaningful review, of the compliance order,” the brief argued.

Schiff earlier told WND the significant property rights and due process issues need to be resolved.

“When the government seizes control of your land, and you disagree with the justification, shouldn’t you be allowed your day in court? Just as important, should EPA be a law unto itself, without meaningful accountability to the courts and the Constitution?” he said.

“We’re very encouraged that the Supreme Court has recognized how important our case is,” said Mike Sackett in a statement released earlier by the foundation. “We are standing up against an agency that seems to have unlimited resources and few if any limits on what it can do to property owners. We’re standing up for everyone’s right to go to court when the government hands you a raw deal – or takes over your hard-earned property. Thank goodness PLF has been helping us, and now PLF will be making our case in the nation’s highest court.”

Schiff told WND earlier that there is “no question that the power the EPA is claiming it has under the Clean Water Act is significant.”

“Even if you have a good basis the think the EPA is wrong, the EPA won’t let you get into the courthouse,” he said. “They are able to shut the courthouse door by issuing compliance orders that are not judicially reviewable.”

That puts a landowner in the impossible situation of either complying with the order with its potential cost of tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars or facing that same penalty in fines.

And it’s not just the Sacketts’ land that could be subject to such orders. The foundation arguments suggest that private property across the nation could be at risk.

EPA officials have declined WND requests for comment. They referred WND to a Department of Justice office, which did not respond.

The legal team noted that between 1980 and 2001, the EPA issued up to 3,000 compliance orders every year across the nation.

“The reality of the Sacketts’ situation is that they have been unambiguously commanded by their government not to complete their home-building project, to take expensive measures to undo the improvements that they have made to their land, and to maintain their land essentially as a public park until the property is ‘restored’ to the satisfaction of the EPA. They have been threatened with frightening penalties if they do not immediately obey; but they have been refused the prompt hearing they should have received as a matter of right in any court,” Pacific Legal argued.


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