Sheriff John D’Agostini has prohibited US Forest Service agents from enforcing State Laws within El Dorado County, which includes El Dorado National Forest. This article, would have you believe it is only about the right to carry guns in the El Dorado Forest, but there appears to be even more involved.
As the article states:
Cory Ward is an avid outdoorsman who frequents the El Dorado National forest. But he’s concerned this paradise could turn into a police state.
“I have felt intimidated,” he said.
He’s got a long list of complaints against federal officers who patrol the forest.
“They want to know what you’re doing here, where you’re going, do you have any firearms on board.”
Intimidation. It seems the Forest Service employees are intimidating the visitors. Why all the questions? And why ask if they are carrying guns? If they have a concealed permit to carry, they are abiding by the Law. If they are open carrying, it would be plainly obvious. What business is it of the Forest Service where the visitors are going? As visitors they might choose to go anywhere in the Forest.
Even if a visitor is not carrying firearms, it is a matter of intimidation to ask if they are carrying. Also from the article:
“The sheriff’s department says they’ve received more than 50 complaints from people just out enjoying the woods when they were stopped by an overly aggressive forest service officer.”
Intimidation. Just as Police Departments everywhere are becoming more militarized, more intrusive, and more intimidating, so we see this example of the US Forest Service becoming intimidating and intrusive. Just as too many police are forgetting who they are paid to serve, so it is, seemingly, becoming the way with these Forest Service employees.
Thankfully there are Sheriffs like John D’Agostini, who recognize it is the people they serve. We applaud his actions in limiting the powers of the Forest Service.
From NSA wire-tapping of all our communications, to TSA groping of our bodies, the Federal Government has embarked upon a systematic plan of intimidation, geared, not to saving us from terrorists, but to cause us to cower in fear of the power of the Federal Government and all their alphabet agencies. They are of the mindset that they are the masters, when it is “we the people” who are their masters.
The Federal Government is out of control. The Constitution is no longer respected or obeyed as the Supreme Law of the land The Bill of Rights is being totally ignored. They say they are protecting us. Not so. They are steadily bringing us into slavery.