EPA Thugs Destroy Vet Family Over Definition of Navigable Waters

 Big-government socialism claimed another victim days ago, leaving an elderly widow to carry on a cause for basic individual rights that were crushed under the tyranny of the federal EPA.

Joe Robertson, 80, is survived by his wife, and he served with distinction in the U.S. Navy before retiring to the big-sky country of Montana, staying busy with supplying critical water for state firefighters.

It was this business that federal EPA thugs targeted and destroyed on the fraudulent grounds that several ponds on Robertson land created a disturbance to a tiny babbling brook that bureaucrats in Washington DC classified as a navigable waterway.

Oh, the irony. The retired navy man did not see the brook as navigable.

Robertson neglected to obtain a permit, so Robertson must be destroyed, was the moniker the EPA operated by, using the oft destructive Clean Water Act.

Through an extensive and arduous legal struggle that involved the Pacific Legal Foundation, the EPA pursued the matter to an 18-month sentence on Robertson’s back that he served.


The fight to clear Joe Robertson is a fight to restore EPA and other government departments to Constitutional perimeters, to include shuttering the EPA as no such authority is described or delineated in the Constitution. (Free Thought Project photo)

The EPA also slapped a $130,000 restitution fine on the Robertson family that syphoned their Social Security benefits for good.

Little more than a year after his release, the rouged and imposing mountain of a man, navy veteran and partner to area firefighters passed because of what his widow Carri described as natural causes.

Imprisonment and an ongoing case seeking his life and legacy didn’t help, surely, and passing away under the shadow of a 20-month active probation order is an insult this veteran did not deserve.

According to PLF attorneys, the case suffered because of unclear rulings at the level of the U.S. Supreme Court.

A PLF statement reads, “Whether this conviction was lawful depends on the definition of ‘navigable waters.’ In Rapanos v. US (a PLF case), the Court sought to define the scope of the Clean Water Act. The Court split on a 4-1-4 vote.”


The PLF has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Robertson’s conviction

Pacific Legal Foundation statement

So the EPA thugs wing it on the broad interpretation that Justice Kennedy favored, while Justice Scalia’s moderating of federal jurisdiction is ignored, though equally expressed by the Court.

Under Scalia’s plurality opinion, “Robertson would have been found not guilty, if charged at all,” the PLF stated, “since [Robertson’s] ponds are more than 40 miles away from the river, and do not abut lakes or streams.”

The PLF is pursuing a new Supreme Court review of the case, and attorneys are active processing papers in the sad routine to transfer the case to the name of Carri Robertson as petitioner.

“The PLF has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Robertson’s conviction,” they stated.

The Supreme Court is expected to decide this month whether it will hear the Robertson case’s appeal.

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Da,,,  Still waiting for the link to THEY... who are they?  I know what the CFR is ... and it is not a THEY. It is a registry for Government regulation... not a they.  

I shared the link and so did Tif. I have better things to do then enjoy your one blind eye.

Wrong... CFR as used here doesn't apply to the Council on Foreign Relations

Code of Federal Regulations - (CFR)... means:

"The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is the codification of the general and permanent rules and regulations (sometimes called administrative law) published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the federal government of the United States. The CFR is divided into 50 titles that represent broad areas subject to federal regulation."

And I guess you believe these are the good guys?

And I guess you don't read what I have posted over the years... go back and review my posts... some 18 plus thousand of them.

Until then, rest assured I am not for the current debacle called our government... it is too large, over authoritive, liberal, and quickly bankrupting the nation too mention just afew of its shortcomings.

The country has been bankrupt for a long time. read the governments own docs.

 The last time CFR was investigated, for using the Magna Carta in a DACA forum, CFR deleted the blog.

Hank... Wrong again

When this article refers to the CFR  it is not talking about the Council on Foreign Relations.. It is talking about the 'Code of Federal Regulations' used to record and codify regulations by various government agencies... somethimes called Administrative Law. 

And you support that?

No ...not just no ... H*** No.  I don't support Administrative law or the use of Regulations, EO's or other administrative rules as LAW... they are not.  The only Constitutional laws are those passed by Congress...  

It is time to strip the Administration and its agencies of the power to legislate thru the use of Regulatory Authority... The Administration may prepare INTRENAL rules to stream line the administration of the law...

However, the agencies and offices of the Administration should NEVER be allowed to establish law by regulatory authority... punitive law or administrative.  That is Congress's job... with the exception of US Military Law ... which should be the President and DOD's perview... applying only to the good order and conduct of the Military.

Trump will not do it, its strange what he is doing and I am sad, Steve needs to put up the 2020 Elections.

Tif,

Many more are now believing Trump is not who we hoped for and those numbers seem to be growing. He has done nothing that affects our freedom and liberties. Many in southern VA note they still see the heavy chemtrails, too many homeless Vets and no exposure of SES. where I live we are surrounded by Navy, Marines, Seals, Air Force, and Army Bases. Plus, the CIA Langley, NSA, NASA, CIA,FBI, NRO. Our bar talk is much different than the surrounding states.

He could do the important things for the people because we know he has the tools to start draining the swamp today.

He and those in his admistration including family members have been served of this notice in detail by professional server services. And we got crickets but we do know they know what we know.

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CLAIM: Former Vice President Joe Biden claimed, on immigration: “We didn’t lock people up in cages.”

VERDICT: FALSE. The “cages” were built by the Obama-Biden administration.

Univision moderator Jorge Ramos asked Biden at the third Democrat debate at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas, why Latinos should trust him after the Obama administration continued deporting “undocumented immigrants.”

Biden claimed that the Obama administration’s policies were more humane than those of President Donald Trump: “We didn’t lock people up in cages,” he said.

In fact, the “cages” were built by the Obama administration to deal with a surge of unaccompanied minors who crossed the border illegally in 2014.

Originally, the Obama administration was “warehousing” children — literally — in overwhelmed Border Patrol facilities. Breitbart News broke the story of the surge, which was partly triggered by Obama’s policy of allowing illegal alien children who entered the country as minors to stay in the country (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA).

Above image credit: AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool, File

The above photo was published by the Associated Press in June 2014, and the photo below is of Obama’s Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, touring a Border Patrol facility with “cages.”


Above: Border Patrol officers escort Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Gov. Jan Brewer through the department’s Nogales processing facility for immigrant children. (Photo courtesy Barry Bahler/Department of Homeland Security)

The “cages” are chain-link enclosures in Border Patrol processing facilities that are meant to protect children from adults in custody. They are not permanent accommodations.

In mid-2018, as the Trump administration began enforcing a “zero tolerance” policy that stopped the “catch-and-release” policy of letting illegal aliens go after they were arrested. Detaining adults and children meant that children had to be processed separately; the enclosures prevented adults from harming children.

As Breitbart News reported at the time, children were not housed in “cages.” They were processed and then taken to shelters, where they were given medical care, toiletries, education, recreation, and counseling, and where staff attempted to find relatives or sponsors to whom they could be released.

Democrats began tweeting images of “kids in cages” to condemn the Trump administration. Journalists, too, shared those images.

One problem: they were taken during the Obama administration.

Public outrage at the images led President Trump to end the policy, and require families to be detained together.

Democrats keep repeating the mistake, however: in July, they had to delete a tweet that used an image from the Obama era and cited the “inhumane treatment” of children by the Trump administration.

Republicans argue that not detaining illegal aliens is actually the cruel policy, because it encourages migrants to undertake a dangerous journey, often guided by cartels and smugglers.

As Breitbart News’ Alana Mastrangelo noted recently:

But what’s worse than “cages,” however, are reports of migrant children also being handed over to human traffickers during the Obama administration — while Biden was vice president — according to the New York Times. Between October 2013 and July 2015 alone, nearly 80,000 unaccompanied children from Central American countries were detained by U.S. authorities.

It remains unclear how many of the tens of thousands of children were handed over to human traffickers — including sex traffickers — during that span of nearly two years, as those cases are reportedly not tracked.

“Others were ransomed by the very smugglers to whom their families paid thousands of dollars to sneak them into the United States,” reported the New York Times in 2015, during Obama’s presidency and Biden’s vice presidency. “Some lost limbs during the journey or found themselves sold into sexual slavery.”

Biden told voters in South Carolina last month that he would close all border detention facilities, guaranteeing that the migrant flow would continue.

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