Alert: Federal Agents Demand Customer Lists From Mormon Food Storage Facility

Autarchic 2011/12/10 17:04:59
Oath Keepers has learned that federal agents recently visited a Latter Day Saints (Mormon) Church food storage cannery in Tennessee, demanding customer lists, wanting to know the identity of Americans who are purchasing food storage from the Mormons.

This incident was confirmed, in person, by Oath Keepers Tennessee Chapter President, Rand Cardwell. Here is Rand’s report:

“A fellow veteran contacted me concerning a new and disturbing development. He had been utilizing a Mormon cannery near his home to purchase bulk food supplies. The man that manages the facility relayed to him that federal agents had visited the facility and demanded a list of individuals that had been purchasing bulk food. The manager informed the agents that the facility kept no such records and that all transactions were conducted on a cash-and-carry basis. The agents pressed for any record of personal checks, credit card transactions, etc., but the manager could provide no such record. The agents appeared to become very agitated and after several minutes of questioning finally left with no information. I contacted the manager and personally confirmed this information.

This event points to a new level of federal government encroachment on the basic freedoms of the American people. Likewise, it points to a confused policy within federal agencies. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in their “Are You Ready?” guide to “In Depth Citizen Preparedness” recommends that citizens store emergency supplies, including bulk food, in the event of a natural disaster or man-made event (the new politically correct term applied to a terrorist attack). The FEMA guidance is spot-on as it allows individuals and families to be self-sufficient during an emergency situation.

And here in Tennessee, we just learned that Nashville Metro Public Health and the Tennessee Department of Health are conducting “door-to-door assessment of disaster preparedness … using a tool designed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to go door to door and check to see how disaster ready you are. .. in 30 neighborhoods in Davidson County [TN] that have been randomly selected to be the target of a door to door assessment.” I have confirmed that that is a state run effort.

So on the one hand, government agencies both state and federal are urging you to be prepared and even checking up on you to see how prepared you are, and on the other hand, we now have federal agencies that are attempting to gather information on individuals that are following FEMA suggestions. What is the reasoning behind gathering this information? Are American citizens now being “listed” by DHS if they are simply following FEMA guidance and purchasing bulk food and emergency supplies for their families? It appears as so.

This should be a red flag to all Americans. Not unlike the “trip wires” identified in the Oath Keepers list of orders that will not be obeyed, this incident should be considered as further evidence that our federal government is out of control. What business is it of the government if any of us purchase and store bulk food? Answer: It is none of their damn business! Maybe during the next Katrina-type event federal agents will storm your home to take your food stores along with your firearms. We can only theorize as to the motives of the government for this type of “list” being developed, but it goes against the very fabric of what a free people should allow by our government.” – Rand Cardwell.

Additional comments by Stewart Rhodes, Founder of Oath Keepers:

As Rand noted, it was fortunate that this particular cannery does not keep records of its customers. And Rand is correct that this is a very serious red flag. There’s a very good reason why one of the top ten orders that active duty Oath Keepers will refuse to obey is “We will NOT obey any orders to confiscate the property of the American people, including food and other essential supplies.” As our Declaration of Orders We Will Not Obey goes on to state:

“Deprivation of food has long been a weapon of war and oppression, with millions intentionally starved to death by fascist and communist governments in the 20th Century alone.

Accordingly, we will not obey or facilitate orders to confiscate food and other essential supplies from the people, and we will consider all those who issue or carry out such orders to be the enemies of the people.”

If those who carry out such orders to confiscate food are enemies of the people, then that same label also fits anyone in the government compiling lists of Americans who store food. There is no legitimate reason for the Department of Homeland Security to compile such lists. Al Qaida suicide bombers are not known to store powdered milk and buckets of wheat. Nor are they known to store away dehydrated carrots and instant potatoes, or fruit punch mix for the kids. But the Mormons are known to do so, and so are many other Americans who have the common sense and maturity to take personal responsibility for ensuring that their families will have food, come what may.

It is part of Mormon Church religious doctrine to store food for hard times and emergencies, with a recommendation that each family store a year’s worth of basic dry goods along with three months worth of store-bought canned and boxed foods. To facilitate that practice, the Mormon Church runs its own food storage canneries selling powdered milk, wheat, flour, rice and beans, sugar, salt, and various other dry goods either in bulk 50 lb bags or in #10 cans for long term food storage (up to 30 years for some items). These Church canneries also often sell food storage items to non-church members, seeing it as both morally right and prudent to help their neighbors store food, whatever their faith. The cannery in Tennessee that was “visited” by federal agents follows that practice of helping the general public become better prepared.

So why do federal agents want to know who is storing away long-term food storage? We suspect it is for the following reasons:

1. DHS/FEMA wants to know which Americans have food storage so the federal government can at some future point confiscate that food. Just as with lists of gun owners, compiling such lists is the first step toward future confiscation.

2. DHS wants to identify those Americans who are “switched on” and squared away enough to actually store food for coming hard times (such as during an economic collapse). That population of awake, aware, and prepared Americans poses a “threat” to whatever DHS and its masters have in store for the American people, and as Joseph Stalin so ably demonstrated, one of the easiest ways to subjugate defiant people is to confiscate their food and starve them into submission.

The federal government already tipped their hand by sending the FBI to military surplus stores (as we reported), gun stores, and pawn shops to encourage those businesses to spy on their customers who buy MRE’s (Meals Ready to Eat), bipods, “night flashlights”, high capacity magazines, rifle bipods, and bulk ammo. Maybe some of you fooled yourselves into thinking there might be some legitimate reason for them to track purchases of such items. But powdered milk and wheat berries? Those are hardly items that could be used in a terrorist attack. It must be the storage of food itself that the feds now find so offensive and so “dangerous.”

And while the door-to-door preparedness assessments in Tennessee appears to be well intended (and we spoke with a friendly state preparedness officer who said it was motivated by the recent natural disasters in Tennessee), Americans are well justified in being concerned about such efforts and how that information may be used in the future, in light of these other well documented and confirmed incidents of federal law enforcement collecting information on those who purchase preparedness items and indicating that the purchases of those items may be “indicators of terrorist activity.”

If you are one of the many Americans who still have on rose-colored glasses, or who still have your head buried in the sand (or stuck somewhere else warm and dark), it is time to pull your head out and face the reality of what the federal government is telling you by the actions of its agents. Those actions show both what they fear and their intent. What they fear are prepared, equipped, and “switched on” Americans, and their intent is to identify who they are, where they are, and then plan on dealing with them when the time comes. And rest assured that time will come. The recent U.S. Senate passage of S. 1867, which authorizes military detention and trial of U.S, citizens under the international laws of war (as if we were conquered Iraq or Afghanistan) is also an expression of their intent, and their contempt for the Bill of Rights.

Clearly, in light of the above, if you purchase food storage, along with any other preparedness items, you should be concerned about those purchases being tracked and your name winding up on some government list. But don’t let that stop you from storing food and other essential supplies, and don’t let this disturbing incident keep you from using your local Mormon cannery to do so. You need to get prepared. But do it while following the advice of James Wesley, Rawles over at www.survivalblog.com, who repeatedly urges his readers to “think OPSEC!” – if at all possible, buy with cash and pick it up in person, just like the customers of this particular cannery did, which left the “agitated” agents empty handed and frustrated. Good. That is as it should be. Don’t make it easy on them. And if you have not yet begun to store food, now is certainly a good time to start. You’re going to need it. Time is short, and you need to be prepared for what is coming. “Are You Ready?” indeed. – Stewart Rhodes

Recommended Preparedness and Self-reliance Resources:

http://www.providentliving.org/ (LDS website with links to church guidelines on preparedness and food storage)
www.survivalblog.com (one of the very best prepper websites, with tons of information. Use the search feature and enjoy)
http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com (EXCELLENT radio show by Oath Keeper Airborne vet Jack Spirko. Also has great articles, forum, and how-to videos too)
www.operationsleepinggiant.com (an Oath Keepers sister project, just getting off the ground, to wake up veterans and get them focused on individual, family, community, and state: preparedness, security, sound money, and state sovereignty and independence).

www.alt-market.com (how to build strong communities, barter exchanges, food independence, sound money independence, the Montana Safe Haven State project, and excellent economic analysis by Brandon Smith).

www.americanpreppersnetwork.com (another great site with tons of information, a podcast show, articles, videos, and chat)

www.onpointtactical.com (innovative scouting, tracking, wilderness and urban survival school. Stewart Rhodes has attended several of these classes and personally recommends this school to those who understand that “training trumps gear” as Kevin Reeve says)

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  • ndaye 2012/01/09 11:54:05
  • WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB 2011/12/11 14:54:26
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    What were "federal agents" doing, operating in that County without the Sheriff's knowledge/permission?
  • Autarchic WannaBe... 2011/12/11 14:57:00
  • WannaBe... Autarchic 2011/12/11 15:04:13
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
  • Comanche Elder Wouldn't talk 2011/12/11 10:17:50
    Comanche Elder Wouldn't talk
    to survive the future one must plan and execute secretly. this is now the way things are.
    notice all the fema public service ads coming on the radio and tv?
  • david shiel 2011/12/11 07:08:17
    david shiel
  • Biki~pwcm/potl~ 2011/12/11 03:21:12
    Very scary incident. Things are heating up.
  • tomas Biki~pw... 2011/12/11 05:49:00
    This administration are going to ratchet it up until they get their way, rioting. Immediate Martial Law, we're f**ked.
  • Biki~pw... tomas 2011/12/12 18:24:22
    Right out of the Rules for Radicals handbook.
  • Matt 2011/12/11 02:48:16
    Maybe they fear a terrorist attack from Mormons !
    Mitt Romney terrorist
  • Jackie G - Poker Playing Pa... 2011/12/11 00:10:18
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    Demand a warrant - even the feds must obey the law
  • gimini210 2011/12/10 23:46:19 (edited)
    Guess his White House Rural Council is at work already. I guess we are looking at the first trial dictator in office. It does say they will check all aspects to ensure every avenue meets their standards of the use of our assets.
  • jubil8 BN-0 PON 2011/12/10 23:19:06
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    What happens if someone comes to your door and you say "I prefer not to answer your questions."?
  • Autarchic jubil8 ... 2011/12/10 23:22:46
    I tell them: None of your business!
  • jubil8 ... Autarchic 2011/12/10 23:46:13
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    That works too. :)
  • Hobbitt / Oldsquid 2011/12/10 22:02:25
    Hobbitt / Oldsquid
    Tell the feds to go stuff themselves.
  • tomas 2011/12/10 21:29:58
    This goes right along with one of this administrations description of a "terrorist", anyone with seven or more days of stored food. You know, someone who might need to be locked up for the 'good of America'.
  • Jake Bl... tomas 2011/12/11 06:11:25
    Jake Blanton
    7 or more days of stored food? Hell, that's just leftovers from Turkey Day !!!
  • tomas Jake Bl... 2011/12/11 07:20:21
    You terrorist you.
  • Tink123 2011/12/10 21:28:15
    Evidently being prepared makes you a suspicious person.
  • Centurion~PWCM~JLA 2011/12/10 20:53:59
    It is not any business of the government who is buying food. They are getting way too intrusive. Pray that we vote the overwhelming majority out of their offices in about eleven months.

    There might be "some" which refuse to leave.
  • DeeB Centuri... 2011/12/10 22:24:07
    Do you really trust that fixed system? I say fire them all now and hold them for treason.
  • Centuri... DeeB 2011/12/10 22:27:39
    Instead of "holding" them for treason,

    try them,

    and then hang them.
  • DeeB Centuri... 2011/12/10 22:36:26
    There ya go!!
  • ed 2011/12/10 20:15:21
    like it's any of their business who buys food
  • Jacob Mahurien 2011/12/10 20:08:41
    Jacob Mahurien
    What happened to the separation of church and state?
  • Autarchic Jacob M... 2011/12/10 20:11:39
    No such thing!
  • DeeB Jacob M... 2011/12/10 22:24:43
    What happened to freedom?
  • Jake Bl... DeeB 2011/12/11 06:13:50
    Jake Blanton
    Ask the Branch Davidians in Waco... Oh, wait a minute... You can't ask them since the government exterminated them in order to manufacture an incident to get the Brady Bill passed.
  • DeeB Jake Bl... 2011/12/11 15:06:45
    What's even worse than that, the people did not stand up. That is what I cannot get over.
  • Walt 2011/12/10 19:18:32
    The next thing they'll be doing is monitoring Wal-Mart purchases and keeping a list of people buying more than a week's worth of groceries.
  • historian Walt 2011/12/10 21:53:37
    Heh, I'm sure they already are. Those grocery club cards they swipe, your debit/credit cards, rewards cards, etc, are not just to save you money, they keep a database of your purchases and feed it through to develop advertising strategies, and could just as easily separate out large purchases of food, weapons, etc, and then further limit those down to bulk items that appear like hoarding. It's here.
  • Jake Bl... Walt 2011/12/11 06:17:10
    Jake Blanton
    I can remember in my much younger days when it was routine to only shop for groceries every few weeks or even just once a month. Since milk did not have that long of a shelf life, we had milk delivery trucks that would come to your house and deliver the dairy products that you ordered.
  • Walt Jake Bl... 2011/12/11 06:31:43
    Same here. I remember my mother doing the bulk of our monthly shopping and filling up two shopping carts.
  • Tasine 2011/12/10 19:14:54
    Get the sheriff out there to protect that company ......... he can put a stop to this horrible destruction of private rights. Others have been successful. If all of us don't step up to the plate on issues like this, we are toast as a free people.
  • Striker Tasine 2011/12/10 19:26:50
    Your Sheriff is sworn by his to protect you, and may be the only one who really can!

    "The County Sheriff, America's Last Hope" by Sheriff Richard Mack.
    http://sheriffmack.com/ -- keep one for yourself and one for your local Sheriff
  • DeeB 2011/12/10 17:37:17
    Nothing I didn't expect and is why they are trying so hard for a cashless society. Not me, I am strictly cash, I refuse to let those psychos track my every move. Everyone should drop all credit cards and show the gangster banksters and government gangsters who the people really are, their boss.
  • Striker DeeB 2011/12/10 19:19:40
    Good for you. Point being, why should people subject themselves to Ruler-Goons who think they can walk into any part of any life and control us? Every single thing in this society is governed not by any morality, but by the "rule of law". How inane is that?
  • DeeB Striker 2011/12/10 19:26:55
    If it was my place they came into, I would have said that even if I had a list, you would not get it, get off of my property. It is way past time to put them in their place, they have no authority to be paying visits checking on peoples food. They only have the authority that we give them, so people better smarten up.
  • tomas DeeB 2011/12/10 21:36:16
    Paying with cash is another of this administrations new definition of a potential "terrorist". And we are headed to being a cashless society, agree with that. Can you say CONTROL?

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