Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Chertoff Gets Sued Over Border Wall Land Grabs

Michael Chertoff, You’ve Been Sued
By Jay J. Johnson-Castro, Sr.
Atlantic Free Press

February is not a good month for Secretary of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff. He has just been sued by a team of legal experts headed by Peter Schey of the Los Angeles based Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law.

When Chertoff began wielding his power to build a border wall along the US-Mexico border, border residents knew it was an abuse of his power and that he was violating human rights and the Constitution. Finding someone to defend the owners of property along the border was not easy, especially when elected officials in highest offices of the respective states, California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, in concert with the nationally elected officials, turned their heads, covered their eyes and failed to protect the people who elected them to protect them and their property rights from such abuses of power.

It became even more difficult to level the legal playing field when the political talk show hosts in their techno towers referred to border residents, opponents of the border wall and the property owners in degrading and demeaning terms. The federal officials began stalking property owners to persuade them to grant access to their private property. They even bullied city and county officials, using every tactic in the political play-book. Things changed when Chertoff began abusing his powers against the property owners in Texas. A legal team of experienced professionals has since come together to defend and protect the human rights and constitutional rights from such abuse of power.

The law suit is filed by Peter A. Schey, Carlos Holguin and Dawn Schock of the Center of Human Rights and Constitutional Law as well as James Harrington, Abner Burnett and Corinna Spencer-Scheurick of the South Texas Civil Rights Project. The lawsuit they filed states that the “plaintiff the United States and Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff have acted in flagrant disregard of the laws of the United States” and “obviously are not authorized by the Constitution or Congress to seize land owned by cities, private property owners, and land-grant owners in violation of federal laws. Yet this is precisely what is appears that they are doing in their actions to immediately seize ownership of border properties.”

What does this mean? This means that Chertoff knowingly has abused his power over the citizens of the United States of America. Can a man legally commit such acts of aggression against US citizens? Can a man who was not elected by the people of the United States disregard the Constitution and the Congress and seize citizens’ property?

While it is true that the Secure Fence Act of 2006 provided for the construction of 700 miles of border wall, that act was amended by the 2008 Appropriations Act and signed into law on December 26, 2007.

The reality is that Chertoff does not have to build the wall on anyone’s land. The reality is that Chertoff wants to build the wall there. The reality is that Chertoff does not have the authority to build the wall on any land without consulting those affected by it. The reality is that he has never consulted with those who would be affected and whose land he is seizing.

It is a pity that sincere hardworking citizens have to fight the abusiveness of their own government in order to protect their rights. What’s worse is that they are forced to defend themselves against the very agency that was set up to protect citizens from terrorism, an agency that is causing more terror in the lives of such Americans then they’ve ever experienced before.

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