A self-sufficient communal farm in Arlington, Texas called "Garden of Eden" was raided by SWAT forces looking for a marijuana grow but they found only tomato plants instead.
While it's now old news in North Texas, Police State Watchers around what used to be a "free country" might be interested in knowing just how incredibly dull-witted and unaccountable America's militarized cops have become.
(Keep in mind while reading this report that police forces all over America routinely disqualify applicants if their IQs are too high.)
According to Storyleak.com, It seems to have begun when an Arlington police detective was "researching" the sustainable organic community online and discovered a description of the food grown there as "uber dank culinary artistry" which she unaccountably interpreted as pothead slang for growing and selling marijuana.
Had she been smart enough to consult the Urban Dictionary she would have learned that for today's youth "uber" means "the ultimate, the best" and "dank" means "something of high quality." Checking a mainstream dictionary she would have discovered "culinary" means "relating to the kitchen" and "artistry" means "artistic quality."
A non-cop without the IQ restrictions might have quickly concluded that "uber dank culinary artistry" meant "Really great home-grown food."
But this SWAT cop put two and two together and came up with "420" – cannabis!
Taking that "evidence" and a "confirmed" marijuana grow sighting from a police helicopter the SWATs got a search warrant from a judge who also apparently had a cop-level IQ.
That plus an "inspection and abatement warrant" from code enforcement officers listing such trivial victimless offenses as tall weeds, high grass, improper land use and running a food business out of their homes, became the justification for a full-blown military style SWAT raid that lasted several hours, terrorized the compound's occupants, destroyed most of their crops and left them with $3,600 worth of fines.
Reports run from the pedestrian in the status quo press (Ft. Worth Star-Telegram) to an unusually hysterical Anonymous video report claiming it was a nefarious plot to destroy organic food in a Police State effort to force everyone to eat GMO frankenfood.
P.J. O'Rourke is famous for saying "Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys."
Libertarians can add a corollary to that. "Trusting cops to keep us safe is like asking civil service pen-pushers to administer our medical care."
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