The dream of many Americans is to get out of the hustle and bustle of the daily city grind. And what better dream to have then to move your family outside of city limits to the countryside so that you can grow your own food, produce your own electricity with solar power, and live outside the purview of an ever expanding government apparatus?

That was the goal for hundreds of residents living on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Many own their land outright and have been living on it for decades without so much as a peep from their local government. They’ve built their homes using whatever means they had available to them. They planted their own fruits and vegetables. They even set up their own personal power production stations using solar panels and miniature wind farms.

And they’ve lived peacefully without violating the rights of those around them and leaving a very small “carbon footprint” to boot. For all intents and purposes, they achieved a life of independence and freedom.

But the tentacles of tyranny are everywhere and no one is protected from their grasp.

Recently, agents of the Los Angeles county government started paying visits to these rugged individualists. They claimed they were “here to help,” as one resident puts it. But, as is generally the case when the government comes knocking, they were there for exactly the opposite.

What was once a dream come true for many quickly turned into the new American nightmare.

Code enforcement agents for the county showed up in droves. But they didn’t come alone. Along with them came heavily armed “Nuisance Abatement Teams” who raided the homes and land of these peaceful residents as they would those of a terrorist.

(Pictured: Armored Nuisance Abatement Team – similar vehicles are in use across the United States)

The collection of rugged individualists who [want to live here] are being chased away.

Last year the county began performing unannounced inspections on his property.

Gallow says he cooperated with the county – clearing brush, then moving his shed, then getting rid of his motor home.

Finally, the county made a demand that shocked him.

“They told me… you have to get off the property. I said get off the property?’ They said ‘yeah, you can’t live here.’ ”

Gallow says county officials told him that neighbors, whom they would not identify, had complained about unsightly structures on his property.

He could keep his land, they told him, but would not be allowed to live on it.

“I said, for what? My closest neighbor is half a mile away. We’re not living in Beverly Hills here, this is my home. All of sudden you got police at my front door – bullet proof vests, guns, and then they surrounded the place. Everything I worked for was just melting away from me.”

“I don’t know where I’m going to go.”

Mr. Gallow is not alone. County enforcement officials with militarized Nuisance Abatement Teams in tow have made similar threats to other residents, ordering them to destroy everything on their properties and to get off their own land.

Watch this shocking, yet unsurprising account of the plight of these Americans who want nothing more than to be left alone:

In the new America, everyone is criminal.

Hattip Steve Quayle, 21st Century Wire


Original article written by
Mac Slavo
January 3rd, 2014

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10 Responses to “Gov SWAT teams target “Rugged Individuals” who grow their own food, produce their own electricity”

  1. Jed

    AMERICA = Land of the NOT free and Home of the SCARED.

  2. Hugh Johnson

    This isn’t a “off grid” issue. these people simply failed to comply with EXISTING zoning laws and building code regulations. They refused to change or seek changes. The chose not to seek rezoning. Eventually LA County had no choice but to act. If these people were allowed to simply disregard the laws they didn’t like, why should you have to stop at stop signs? Why can’t I just camp on your front lawn? Why should Shell have to follow a zoning law that says they cant drill for oil next to your house? These are basic guidelines for society and we all have to follow them, or seek changes through a variety of means. There is no story here.

  3. RickE.

    @b dixon, I’m thinking that the main reason why the Amish don’t get messed with is because of outward appearances.
    The Amish have farms, some large, and in comparison, the folks out in the Antelope Valley in California, where this story is taking place, are relatively poor.
    I know, I used to live in that area, and know one great guy that was compelled to leave by LA county. He was poor, but honest and hard working.
    And that basically was his crime-being comparatively poor.
    He utilized water the old fashioned way; by hauling it himself and by using buckets, wash basins, and hand pouring-not running water.

  4. b dixon

    really think abatement on plp is total crap sht. This kinda remind me of what minorities had to face and deal with on a daily basis right here in America. should not be shocked by how low- life, law enforcement & govt really operates. Its strange these scums of the earth never harasses the Amish communities, who do not depend on the govt for nothing. They grow their own foods. Most live off grid, have their own solar panels and what ever they want. NO ONE DARE- force them off their land! so Wtf ????

  5. kev

    its all about agenda 21 the green terrorists are infiltrating local govt and pushing thru their agenda its happening here in the uk too

  6. anarchy

    when united we can can never be divided…if they wanna treat peaceful people like terrorist. Act like it…I don’t mean kill innocent people but anybody that says you cant live on your property needs a tiger pit and 1000 rounds to the face…Benjamin Franklin wrote, “Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

  7. way f.

    it’s all about oil.

  8. Andyj

    Once upon a time the Mafia simply walked into shops and ordered shops to pay for “insurance” – to stop vandalism. Now they have morphed into Gov’t. Nothing has changed.
    Their masters want the land, cheap.

    The only way to fix this problem is to find who emits emits or follows these orders. Out them. Burn them down.

  9. Richard R

    They cannot stop an idea. The people will always prevail.

  10. Stanley J. Gocal

    I think everyone has a right to live their lives the way they choose. May Jesus Christ come soon to weed out those who judge others. May he cast those aside who have caused these people hardship.


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