Sunday, November 22, 2009

They're still after your water ~ By Henry Lamb

Commentary from WorldNetDaily
"The expanding power of the federal government must be reined in; the only power on earth that can do it are the people who choose the representatives who go to Congress."
Henry LambBy Henry Lamb Posted: November 21, 2009 ~ 1:00 am Eastern © 2009 The Fourth Amendment is quite clear: An American citizen's right to be secure in his property against search and seizure without a warrant – shall not be violated. The Fifth Amendment underscores this right: "… nor shall private property be taken without just compensation." This is the clear, unmistakable language of the highest law of the land: the U.S. Constitution. Congress is about to pass another law that completely ignores the Constitution, the Clean Water Restoration Act (S. 787) (See video at the bottom of this page). For the first 100 years, the states set water policy. The feds got into the business in 1886 with the River and Harbor Act, and expanded their interest in 1948 with the Federal Water Pollution Control Act. From the outset, the federal government was interested only in "navigable" waters that affected interstate and foreign commerce, consistent with federal powers authorized in Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution. The federal government dipped its hand deeper with the 1972 Clean Water Act, in which the first goal was to "to attain a 'zero discharge of pollutants' into navigable waters by 1985." It is significant that the word "wetland" did not appear in law. Almost immediately, green advocacy groups began filing lawsuits claiming that the Clean Water Act required the protection of wetlands, as well as "navigable" waters. Interestingly, many of the lawsuits were settled out of court through a consent decree. This means that the green advocacy group and the federal agency got their heads together and wrote a definition of wetlands that far exceeded the congressional language and intent. When the judge approved the agreement, his "decree" became the law. Between 1973 and 1977, the federal government's representative involved in writing the consent agreements with the green advocacy groups was Russell E. Train, EPA administrator. Before assuming this position, Train headed the Conservation Foundation. When he left the EPA, he became president of the National Wildlife Foundation. For all practical purposes, these green advocacy groups wrote the definition and the rules of implementation that allowed the federal government to seize control over any land that it designated as a wetland. Federal agencies had a field day prosecuting people for polluting the navigable waters of the United States. The Sierra Club created its Swamp Watch Committee of volunteers who rode the back roads to find bulldozers at work so the feds could descend on the worksite to inspect for wetlands. The definition of "navigable" waters expanded to the point that the Corps of Engineers adopted its "Migratory Bird Rule," also known as the "Glancing Goose Rule." [CLICK HERE TO READ MORE]
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