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The Show / Re: NY COP we dont need no warrant
« on: March 28, 2011, 08:54:29 PM »
The pig is technically correct that they don't need a warrant to steal someones property, but the way asset forfeiture is done in America is total bullshit.

  They are only authorized to do what is laid down in Statute, there is no Statute. Its a policy/custom.

The Show / NY COP we dont need no warrant
« on: March 28, 2011, 08:22:35 PM »
Cop claims that warrant is just for searching


General / Anti Government Workbook
« on: June 21, 2010, 01:18:08 PM »
A bureaucrat's workbook on how to handle the freedom movement;


The Show / Re: Man refusing to pay tax is evicted and arrested
« on: February 05, 2010, 05:42:29 PM »
Merrell refuses to leave Wilson Point home, is arrested
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'Rowayton Cowboy' faces Tuesday eviction02.01.2010 04:33 a.m.

NORWALK -- Calling himself a political prisoner, Scott Merrell threw his hands up like an Old West cowboy and insisted on being arrested during his eviction from his multimillion-dollar waterfront home Tuesday morning. He was then handcuffed after refusing to leave his home of nearly 20 years.

As if another point needed to be made in the bizarre episode, Merrell, wearing a black cowboy hat, threw out his hand to approaching officers just before his arrest and introduced himself as a candidate for governor.

Merrell, who ran unsuccessfully for Norwalk mayor in the last two elections and said last March he would seek the Republican nomination for governor this year, was charged with first-degree criminal trespass and held in lieu of $5,000 bond.

His rundown Tudor-style home was sold at a city tax auction 18 months ago for $725,000 because of a delinquent $110,000 city property tax bill.

Since then, the Rowayton native and former California racetrack veterinarian has been unable, or unwilling, to pay the overdue tax bill and save the 4,000-square-foot home, which sits on nearly 1 acre in exclusive Wilson Point.

Merrell, who bought the home in 1990 for $785,000, owned the property free and clear. City taxes on the property are $59,000 per year.

Refusing to call a bail bondsman, Merrell, who calls himself the Rowayton Cowboy, spent the rest of Tuesday in the Police Department jail and is scheduled for arraignment at state Superior Court on Wednesday.

While Merrell was walking a reporter around his neighborhood at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, pointing out how much less he thinks other property tax assessments are compared with his, two state marshals arrived at the house and, with the help of a locksmith, quickly opened his locked front door.

When he walked back up to the home with the reporter in tow and saw the front door open, he launched into a diatribe against Norwalk and state property tax policies as three news cameras rolled.

"They want to make a criminal out of me," Merrell said, his voice rising. "I am proving this is a police state. This is a police action."

Merrell said he was being made a "sacrificial lamb" for standing up for all property owners who could not take on the city over taxes.

During the eviction, a man drove into the driveway across the street from Merrell's home, but he declined comment on what was happening.

Police Chief Harry Rilling rolled up in a car to watch the high-profile eviction; he said Merrell had many opportunities to get his home back.

"It is a sad situation, but he was evicted, and he is now trespassing on property that isn't his. It is a very sad situation," Rilling said.

Merrell accused the marshal of breaking and entering his home; he also called the eviction an illegal search and seizure. He insisted he filed a court motion Monday that would bar the eviction from going forward.

Although he filed a motion to quash the eviction Monday, Norwalk Housing Court Clerk George Papallo said the motion would be sent to Judge Referee Jack Groggins for action at a later date. Papallo said Merrell filed the wrong motion to stop the eviction.

"You are destroying the American dream that I worked seven days a week and 12 hours a day for," said Merrell, who insisted that his property taxes were paid up to 2016.

At an earlier court hearing, Groggins said he did not believe Merrell's argument the city agreed not to charge him taxes for the next six years.

Walking up the driveway Tuesday morning, State Marshal Edmund Makowski told Merrell, "If you don't leave the property, you will be arrested." Makowski said he asked police to accompany him.

"All right, arrest me then. " I want to be arrested for being a homeowner. " They want to force me out to steal my property so they can sell it to a developer," Merrell said as police began walking up the driveway.

Although the four officers talked to Merrell and tried to get him off the property, Merrell kept telling them to arrest him.

After he was taken away in a squad car, five or six workers came walking up the street with bundles of boxes over their shoulders and began emptying out the house.

Makowski said he expected Merrell's possessions to be moved out by Tuesday. After going into the house, Makowski called the view of Long Island Sound "breathtaking."

As the possessions were packed up, the city Health Department put them into a large truck and will store them for 15 days, when they will be put up for auction.

Norwalk Tax Collector Lisa Biagiarelli, who sold Merrell's property in the July 19, 2008, tax sale, said every property owner has to pay their taxes.

"There is a very simple answer: If you really and truly do not want to pay another dime in property taxes, don't own any taxable property," she said. "It is unusual that a homeowner or property owner would allow their property to be lost through a tax sale because the vast majority, in my experience of 25 years, has paid the tax bill prior to the sale in order to avoid sale or redeemed it within the six-month period.

"In this case, it was a deliberate decision on his part not to redeem the property."

She said Merrell could have negated the city's claim on his property by paying the back taxes and interest on the $725,000 bid on his property by Wilton resident Carmelo Tomas, who is now the home's owner. Biagiarelli said she treated Merrell just like any other taxpayer and even gave him more attention by going to his home and talking to him about how he could get the property back.


The Show / Man refusing to pay tax is evicted and arrested
« on: February 05, 2010, 05:26:15 PM »
NORWALK -- When Scott Merrell opened the front door to his multimillion-dollar waterfront Wilson Point home Thursday afternoon, the folded paper stuffed into the jamb seesawed to the ground.

"I guess they've been here," Merrell said as he stooped over to pick up the Norwalk Housing Court eviction notice.

"If you do not move your possessions and personal effects on or before Feb. 2, 2010, at 8 a.m., I will return to move your possessions and personal effects out of the premises and put them on the street," the notice, signed by State Marshal Edmund Makowski, said.

Since Merrell's rundown Tudor home was sold at a tax auction 18 months ago because of a delinquent $110,000 city property tax bill, the Rowayton native and former California racetrack veterinarian has done little to forestall Tuesday's day of reckoning.

The cowboy-hat-wearing Merrell -- the self-pronounced "Rowayton Cowboy" -- announced last March that he would seek the Republican nomination for governor; he tried but failed to get on the ballot for the office in 2006. He unsuccessfully ran for mayor of Norwalk in 2009 and 2007 as an independent.

Merrell's 6 Woodland Road home, which was assessed by the city at $3.2 million, sold at a tax sale in June 2008 at a fraction of its estimated market value of $4.5 million.

Merrell had filed suit to challenge the city tax assessment, but did not try to redeem his home by paying the tax bill and interest on the $725,000 that Wilton resident Carmelo Tomas paid for the property.

On Jan. 21, 2009, Norwalk Tax Collector Lisa Biagiarelli filed the deed in Tomas' name. Last September, Merrell lost a short court skirmish when a Norwalk Housing Court judge referee ruled that Tomas was the rightful owner of the property Merrell bought for $785,000 in 1990.

Merrell filed an appeal, but it was dismissed in December when he did not pay a $6,500 per month use fee to stay in the home while the case wound its way through the courts. The money remaining from the tax sale -- about $615,000 -- is waiting to be picked up by Merrell at state Superior Court in Stamford.

Tomas has since taken up the fight against the property's assessed value by filing his own assessment appeal in Stamford court. Taxes on the house cost Tomas $59,000 per year, his lawyer Michael Lynch said.

On Thursday, winter was settling back in after a thaw, but that did not stop Merrell from leading an impromptu tour of properties in his multimillion-dollar neighborhood that he claimed were assessed much lower values than his.

From what could be seen inside his home, there were no signs that Merrell has made any preparation to leave his 4,000-square-foot house built in 1945 and ride quietly into the sunset.

While walking to an empty property on Shagbark Road, one house over from his own, Merrell said he did not know what he was going to do Tuesday -- a statement he repeated over and over after dropping hints that his eviction will end everything he has worked so hard to accomplish in his life.

"Chances are, I will probably have to go down with the ship. It is probably too late," Merrell said somewhat cryptically. "I don't know what I am going to do. They ruined my life," he added.

Merrell said in 2005 he left the California racetracks, where he had a successful veterinary business, after spending years paying lawyers to challenge his Norwalk taxes.

He said he came back home to become governor and enact what he called the Merrell Amendment, which would cap property tax increases at 1 percent of the property's cash value -- exactly like what California's Proposition 13 accomplished in 1978.

Merrell said he will not turn away from his home and his principles.

In a rambling six-page, single-spaced, typo-filled e-mail to city Corporation Counsel Robert Maslan a year ago, Merrell wrote, "My house is not for sale and will never be. How can the city of Norwalk sell my home without never buying it unless they are selling stolen property."

Merrell says that Norwalk has stolen his home and he is "trapped" because he is the only one willing to fight against the state revaluation system that decides what a property is worth.

"I worked seven days per week, 12 hours a day for 20 years and lived conservatively for what I have. The city of Norwalk thinks I am a tribute slave," he said.

At the end of Shagbark, Merrell pointed out a vacant waterfront lot that is about 25 percent larger than his whose owner, Merrell said, was paying 25 percent of the taxes Merrell pays for his property. He said the comparison was fair because his six-decade-old home is going to be a teardown.

On Valley Road, he pointed out a $10 million home with a tax assessment that is less than half of his, he said.

On Friday, Norwalk Assessor Michael Stewart said he could not vouch for the accuracy of Merrell's figures and did not want to comment on them.

"If there is one thing about real estate properties, no two properties are exactly the same," he said. "I feel badly when anyone gets evicted. ... We give every property owner the opportunity to appeal," he said.

Biagiarelli said the taxes she collects are based on the property value, not on the willingness or ability of property owners to pay them.

She said Merrell had numerous opportunities to pay his bill and retain his property.

"Our tax revenues provide services for 90,000 people. I believe the city of Norwalk does a lot of good for its taxpayers," she said.

Assistant Tax Collector Al Palumbo said, "We have been out of this whole process for 18 months and it is truly unfortunate it has played out this way. The sole purpose for us to have a tax sale is to collect revenue for the city. In no way is our intent to redistribute property to or from any individual."

Lynch said, "From our standpoint, we look forward to completing this process. Mr. Tomas can finally gain access to the property he purchased one year ago. It has been a very difficult process for everyone involved. And while I do not like to see anyone displaced from their residence, the law provides that that is what should happen in this case."

Merrell said Tuesday will be his "final humiliation" for returning home to try to change the tax laws in Connecticut -- a state he calls "the evil empire."

"The only thing I wish is that on Tuesday, people from `60 Minutes' show up and tell my side of the story and all of America what they do to people who own homes that look over the water."

The Show / Former Senator Says Child Protective Services Can’t Be Trusted
« on: November 28, 2009, 07:42:52 PM »
Table of contents for CPS
Child Protective Services & the Business of ‘Legalized Kidnapping’
Former Senator’s Remarks on CPS
Former Senator Says Child Protective Services Can’t Be Trusted

“The system cannot be trusted” is a phrase former Georgia Senator Nancy Schaefer (NS) continues to use in reference to Child Protective Services (CPS), a.k.a. Child Welfare, a.k.a Social Services. Government child welfare agencies are out of control, she maintains, as a result of President Walter Mondale’s 1974 Adoption and Safe Families Act which has turned “child welfare” into big business. Financial incentives – into the millions of dollars – are benefiting most states and come in the form of assistance for foster care and adoption services.


Schaefer’s battle against CPS began five years ago and led her to introduce Bill 415 in 2008, calling for significant changes in the CPS system. She continues to fight today, although no longer an elected official and she serves as President of Georgia’s Eagle Forum and is the group’s National Chairman for Parents’ Rights. She recently spoke with The Black House News’ (BHN) Adeeba Folami about her current views and advocacy efforts.

(BHN) – You were an advocate, when you were a senator, of reform in the CPS system. Give a summary of what you’re doing in that area now that you’re no longer a senator.

(NS) – I am hearing from so many people across the country that are having great difficulty with Child Protective Services and many people have lost their children, many people are losing their children and it’s just continuing to keep me busy in this issue. I am working on some publications about it, am also considering writing a book about this as I have quite a lot of resources that I have put together. It’s a situation that looks as though [CPS] is just a protected empire built on taking children and separating families.


This is not to say that there are not those children who do need to be removed from horrible, wretched situations. I think all of us do agree that those children need to be removed but what I’m concerned about now is the fact that [CPS] is taking children from families unnecessarily. Many of them are taking children for the money. There are financial incentives that come down from the federal government and it’s just been turned into a business.


When I first went to the Senate in the state of Georgia, I was not aware of this but I had several mothers and a grandmother, in particular, that came to me about their situation and I listened to them and they were telling me the truth. That was 5 years ago and one grandmother, to this day, has still yet to be able to get her grandchildren back to her and to their mother who was so traumatized when her 2 little girls were taken from her. That was the beginning of my coming into play in this issue. Those 2 little girls were literally placed in a foster home where there were 18 children and there was a pedophile case worker who lived in the home. The situation was absolutely horrible and was covered up and is covered up to this day.


Then there was another county in my district that had an unbelievable rate of removing children and so I got involved in that county. I had some officials come in to listen to 37 in this ONE county tell their story and it was heart breaking and heart wrenching to hear them tell the story of how their children had been removed off of school buses, out of hospitals, out of their homes in the middle of the night; how terrorized this county had been because of [CPS]. They even had a business operating within the Department of [CPS] where they were making extra money by requiring parents to have 10 or 15 drug tests and the parents had to pay for it. They already had made over $100,000 and that was just in one county in my district.


From there, I have gone to cases all over the state of Georgia, now cases all over the United States and even into foreign countries who are patterning themselves after [CPS] in the United States, so it is a situation that has got to be dealt with and it probably needs to be dealt with on a federal level. The financial incentives that are there to take children, move them around in foster care and adopt them out for bonuses needs to be brought to an end.


(BHN) – The Manager of of Human Services in Denver calls it an outrage to suggest that CPS, Child Welfare, is making money off of the system. What would you say to that statement coming from someone in her position?

(NS) – Maybe she is a very fine person and maybe she does not do anything like this. I’m sure there are pockets across the country where the employees with [CPS] are good people and want to protect children and do the right thing but the overall picture across the country is taking children unnecessarily for the money and it is everywhere and it is rampant. As a matter of fact, I was just reading over the weekend about something …. the finances that are going through the family court where many of these deprivation cases are presented, families are never allowed to speak up, the parents are never allowed to say anything at all. This was a report made by the Census Bureau in 2002 where they stated that $40 billion in transfer payments were made between households and that money is under the direction and control of Family Court judges. That’s 40 billion [dollars], so money’s involved here and if anyone wanted to go back, look at the formula that is developed for individual states based on a baseline number of expected adoptions, which is based on the population of the state, you can begin to see how the finances come into play. All of that goes back to the Adoption and Safe Families Act that was set in motion in 1974 by Walter Mondale. Later, in 1997, Pres. [Bill] Clinton enlarged upon that act and offered cash bonuses to the states for every child they adopted out of foster care.


I think it was Walter Mondale, when he passed that act he said, ‘I hope this doesn’t turn into a business.’ Well it is a business and if you’re gonna get cash bonuses for every child you adopt out, then you’re gonna need more children and as I have said in my report, from all the cases that I have seen, I would say the majority, it’s those who are poor, who cannot afford to hire an attorney and cannot afford to fight the system, who are targeted. I have seen children removed because the mother fed her children three times at McDonalds in one week; children have been removed because the family didn’t have bunk beds; children have been removed because the home was not as adequate as it ought to be according to [CPS]. But some of the money that [CPS] has could go to helping a family improve their home and keep their children; help a single mom who is struggling to keep a roof over her head and food on the table and keep up a job and look after her children, but the situation is completely out of control and there is no place for these families to turn to get help.


(BHN) – For some of those reasons you were citing that children were taken out of homes, was that completely up to case worker discretion or were these things written into policy?

(NS) – There are all different kinds of ways. Nearly every [CPS] Dept. in every state is probably different. They’re even different from county to county but what is so incredible is the power they have. They can come into the home, they can knock the door down and come in even without a warrant and take these children and remove the children even in the middle of the night or with children kicking and screaming, because they have the power to do so and [CPS] should not have that kind of power. There should not be that financial incentive for social workers to take children.


(BHN) – When you mentioned bonuses, does that have anything to do with block grants?

(NS) – There are state grants and there are federal grants and the cash bonuses are given to the states for every child that is adopted out to foster care and then, in order to receive the adoption incentive bonuses, local [CPS] has to have the children and so some counties are known to give 4000 to 6000 [dollar] bonus for each child adopted out to strangers and an additional 2000 for a special needs child. Then, of course, if you have special needs children, you adopt them out, often times those children are put on medication – then Medicaid comes into play and then there’s more money.


(BHN) – If someone wanted to track this, if you looked at an agency’s records, would something show up as “bonus” or what would you be looking at specifically?

(NS) – You could possibly go to the state and get a recording, a record, statement of the funding that comes into the state, where the funding comes from, how much [it] is. Sometimes that is hard to get but the funding continues as long as the child is out of the home. There is funding when the child is placed with a new family and then if the child is to be adopted out, adoption bonus funds are available. When the child is placed in a mental health facility and is put on drugs, and I had a family in my own district where 2 children in one family were on 16 drugs a day. The cases are unending and the program is ordered from the very top, it’s run by Health and Human Services.


(BHN) – In the video address available on YouTube, you said something like, sometimes you wonder if there’s any hope that the system can be changed. Is there really any hope?

(NS) – Well, I really feel that it should be completely closed and start over without financial incentives and strictly to protect those children who are truly abused and need to be removed and find the proper care for them. As it is now, there is such injustice, they just use the words “in the best interest of the child” over and over and over when the child has never even been considered. In the best interest of the child has now been redefined. It’s really not in the best interest of the child. I don’t think any child that comes out of the foster care system can ever be really whole again. They suffer so terribly and if I gave you case after case after case, you would just be overwhelmed because of the tragedy of it.


I really do not believe that reform of the system is possible, it cannot be trusted as I put it in one of my reports. It does not serve the people, it obliterates families and children simply because it has the power to do so and honestly, I don’t think the taxpayers understand the big picture of [CPS]. If they did, they would pull the house down because all of these financial incentives are taxpayer dollars and that’s why this whole situation with [CPS] needs to be completely exposed and dealt with. I really think, more than likely, that having gone on so long that it probably should be completely shut down and started over.


(BHN) – What kind of opposition and backlash did you receive for taking the stance that you did as a senator and even now?

(NS) – I had a bill in the General Assembly here in Georgia, in the Senate, that got sidetracked because of what it was talking about. It was trying to open Family Court and I was trying to remove immunity from case workers so they would have to be held responsible for what they’ve done and it had 4-5 very good points and at the last minute, it was sidetracked, a substitute was written in place of the one I wanted to have introduced and of course, the substitute just stripped my bill of the important points. It also cost me my next election as we have learned in many different ways that the powers that be had bearing on that election, but I haven’t worried about that at all because I really have felt like it freed me up to spend some time on this issue, to work on a book so that I can get the truth out and can really give some real illustrations of what different families are going through and what they are dealing with.


As it is right now, it’s like CPS is out of control and we need to change it but no one ever really focuses on the exact examples of what families are going through and I would like to put some real illustrations of what I’ve seen and what is happening and how really desperate these families are.



(BHN) – Is the Eagle Forum a group advocating for reform of CPS?
(NS) - No, Eagle Forum of Georgia deals with many issues and there is an Eagle Forum nearly in every state and there’s a national Eagle Forum. I am the Eagle Forum National Chairman for Parents Rights and so I do tie parents rights to this crisis because I feel like parents don’t get a fair shake. We’re seeing judges, guardian ad litems and court appointed attorneys all tied together when money is involved and parents are just left out in the cold and not allowed to speak or they don’t have parental rights and that’s why I believe that Family Court should be open, the press should be able to come in, family members should be able to come in and, before a child is removed from a home, a relative should absolutely be found for the child to at least stay with a little while. Many changes need to be made and many good changes can be made but a lot needs to be accomplished.


The state does not need to become the parent. Parents need to be strengthened, the home needs to be strengthened and our families need to be under-girded by all that we’re doing, not just torn apart at the seams and disintegrated. Families are being disintegrated in [CPS].


(BHN) – Is there any type of network set up or a hotline where people can call to get assistance or what would you advise?

(NS) – Well, I do know that there are little pockets roundabout of people who are trying to help families. I learn more about them all the time and people can go on the internet and find some of those pockets and places where they can get help. Certainly we don’t mind if someone contacts us if they have a serious situation. What we try to do is maybe find someone in their state that can help them.


What has been very disheartening to me is that I have tried to call senators and legislators in other states to see if they would help this particular family or that particular family and they have said no to me because they fear losing their job. I thought I was an isolated case until I talked to other state representatives and senators and realized that they did not particularly want to get involved with this issue because they were fearful of losing their jobs, so it’s been hard to get other state reps and other state senators involved. I’ve been able to accomplish a good bit by working through different ones that I have known over the years in different states who’ve been able to locate some attorneys willing to take these families and help, under-gird and go to bat for them. Some will do a little pro bono work and then there are those attorneys who know that if the family cannot pay them, they won’t take the case at all.


That’s why I feel that the targeting of the poor family, who does not have the wherewithal to fight the system, are the ones that are suffering the most and it has just got to be brought to an end.


(BHN) – Where is the pressure coming from specifically? You say the elected representatives are afraid of losing their jobs. Are we talking about big corporations being involved?

(NS) – We’re talking about money coming into the states, we’re talking about money that makes up the budget in the state, we’re talking about states that don’t want to have to handle this situation. They don’t want to acknowledge that this is going on and it’s coming down from the top, this is coming down from the Dept. of Human Resources, it’s coming down from a federal level and that’s where the incentives were created and those incentives need to be cut off. There shouldn’t be a cash bonus for someone who works for [CPS] to adopt a child out. Eventually, that is going to become a business and the more children you adopt out, the more children you take from the home, the more children that you put in foster care – and there’s money for foster care. There’s money for foster care, for foster care parents, there’s money for the adoptive parents. There’s money as long as the child is there, until he’s 18. The money that we’re talking about is millions and millions of dollars in the states, this is money that the states are dependent on. They don’t want to give up that money. They don’t want anyone investigating [CPS] but the stories that families are going through in losing their children, are horror stories.


What children are going through being put in families with strangers, the statistics are already that many more children are abused in foster care than in their homes, even if their home is not perfect. More children are abused, more children are sexually abused, more children die in foster care than in their own homes, even when their homes are not perfect so .. we just can’t take money and make money off of the backs of children. Children should be protected and we all should be working together to protect these children and be sure that all of these horrible situations are brought to an end.


(BHN) – Have you been moved to tears by any cases?

(NS) – Oh yeah. Oh yeah. In the beginning we had people call and we must have had 50 calls a day, or more, and some of them, we just were moved to tears over the phone talking to parents and then sometimes after I had talked to maybe 20 families in one day, I was so sick that I could barely sleep at night. It was almost more than anyone could stand and it’s almost more than anyone can believe now. That’s why I feel that writing this book is very important because I can start at the very beginning. I can tell the people who came to me right at the very beginning and told me what had happened to their grandchildren. Then, in that same county, I learned of more and more children and then more and more children until I was just absolutely overwhelmed and then it spread and it went all across Georgia and then into other states.


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