by: Marti Oakley (c)copyright 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Vilsack alludes to the fact that USDA will establish “partnerships” between state and federal government.  These partnerships are necessary as Title 7 of the US Code is non-positive law.  This means Title 7 Agriculture, has never been codified into law and is not enforceable on the federal level as agriculture is not in the enumerated powers of the federal government. 

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A March 2, 2010 Agriculture Committee hearing televised live on CSPAN gives a clear picture of what’s ahead for domestic farmers, ranchers and herders in the US..  Deputy Secretary Kathleen A. Merrigan cheerfully announced the “new age of enforcement” citing the intent to increase “risk assessment and better surveillance”.  In other words……based on only their assumption there might be a problem but with no real cause or evidence, the USDA in cooperation with bought and paid for state agriculture departments that took bribe money to implement the USDA business plans for creating a police state, USDA is stepping up its assault on domestic farming and ranching. 

One way or another, the seizure of privately owned agricultural property is going to take place; the USDA will seize control of the US food supply.

Doing most of the questioning during this hearing, which was obviously a well rehearsed stage show, Senator Herb Kohl (D) Wisconsin carefully lead Secretary Vilsack and his deputy through their scripts.  (you remember Herb don’t ya?  He worked with Rep. David Obey (D) Wisconsin to store the illegally gathered premises ID info in the Oracle database on Wisconsin farmers and ranchers in Canada where it could not be accessed under FOIA)

Vilsack made clear in his speeches that although NAIS was said to be dead, it would continue under its new name, “National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA)”.  Going on to cite the fact that premises ID had seen less than 35% participation (he never mentions that a large percentage of those claimed to be participating had been enrolled either without their knowledge or under threat) he then claimed that USDA had little to no opposition from sheep herders, poultry & pork producers.  According to Vilsack, the only people opposing the program were beef producers!  That should come as a surprise not only to them but to the small poultry and sheep owners who fought back against this takeover.  We won’t even mention the equine owners who were to be forced into this program also.

He did however admit that at the 15 listening sessions conducted across the country (but not in Wisconsin where they are actively prosecuting and persecuting farmers who refused to hand over their property), there were some complaints.  Although Vilsack claimed these complaints dealt mostly with privacy, confidentiality and costs, he never once alludes to the fact that what these complaints primarily dealt with was the knowledge by those who attended that this plan had less to do with tracing disease and more to do with the taking of property and establishing a police state environment for those not corporately connected.

Using some really nice sounding words, Vilsack alludes to the fact that USDA will establish “partnerships” between state and federal government.  These partnerships are necessary as Title 7 of the US Code is non-positive law.  This means Title 7 Agriculture, has never been codified into law and is not enforceable on the federal level as agriculture is not in the enumerated powers of the federal government.  Therefore, Mr. Vilsack will be hauling bags of USDA corporate cash into each state (more bribe money), signing corporate contracts between corporate state Ag departments and the corporation operating as the USDA.  Oh!  And he is soon to meet with the heads of each state’s Ag departments to work this arrangement out.  I can only assume this will be a meeting to synchronize the seizure of private agricultural property of all kinds across the country and seize control of the production, supply and sale of food in the US..  

Vilsack also claimed there had been “great participation” in Wisconsin.  What??  The Secretary seems totally unaware of the monumental battle being waged in Wisconsin as farmers and herders are:

  • Prosecuted and persecuted, forced out of business,
  • Had their licenses to operate revoked or withheld,
  • As dairy farmers have been targeted and,
  • Had their right to conduct a lawful business interrupted or stopped altogether
  • Swat team raids on private property without cause or warrant take place
  • Individual farmers are prosecuted for refusing to enroll in what was to be a voluntary program

Of course Sen. Kohl sat compliantly silent, never once admitting the notion that he was even remotely aware of what is being done to Wisconsin farmers or that he had personally helped to set these things in motion. Neither did he make any mention of the fact that this plan is being implemented in nearly every state as family and independent producers come under attack by state agriculture agencies contracted to, and acting on behalf of USDA. 

Vilsack also co-opts the Commerce clause of the Constitution; supposedly this gives USDA the access to interstate trade.  Only thing is, commerce, just like Agriculture is a non-positive law.  Title 15 of the US Code is another of those “laws” that have not been revised, enacted or codified into enforceable law.  The constitution says the federal government cannot interfere in the business between states unless there is a dispute.  The loophole here is that the federal government can contract with the states as they would with any other foreign government.  And this is how the federal government treats the governments of each state; as foreign corporate governments. 

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Title 15 USC

http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode15/usc_sup_01_15.html

Title 7 USC

http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/07/usc_sup_01_7.html

Non-Positive Codes and Titles

http://www.llsdc.org/attachments/wysiwyg/544/usc-pos-law-titles.pdf