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I don’t remember inviting a chain saw.

I assume most of you have used a chain saw or been next to one that was in operation. It’s loud. As a tool, it’s pretty darn terrifying and its destructive capability is intense.

We need to do a better job of getting the average citizen to picture themselves in this all-too-real situation:

Oops. FBI Uses Chain Saw on Wrong Door

Judy Sanchez, of Fitchburg, says she awoke to heavy footsteps in the stairwell on Jan. 26 and walked into her kitchen in time to see a blade chop through her door.

“I took two steps, face the second door, and I heard the click of a gun, and saying, ‘FBI, get down,’ so I laid down on my living room floor,” Sanchez told WHDH.com. “I was screaming, ‘You have the wrong apartment, you have the wrong apartment,’ over fifty times. And then I seen the big blade coming down my door.”

She says she was held face-down on the floor at gunpoint while her 3-year-old daughter Ji’anni cried in another room. […]

Sanchez says she and her daughter now have trouble sleeping. The mom told WHDH she now sleeps with a baseball bat next to her bed.

Our home is our most sacred place of refuge. The place where we’re supposed to feel safe, comfortable, and private. With the mass production of drug war raids, this kind of thing can happen to anyone.

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34 comments to I don’t remember inviting a chain saw.

  • thelbert

    obviously, the police are of “i just want to go home at the end of my shift” school of thought, if a few innocents are harmed that’s good too. that helps control the anonymous mass with fear. that makes the job easier. and you get to put your knee on some 98 lb weakling’s neck. here’s something i found: http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2012/01/eugene_verdict_clarifies_law_p.html ismokeivote has some good comments

  • Chris

    I can’t bring myself to watch it, but there is a recent video of some truly evil people from Mexico showing what else chainsaws can be used for. The drug war makes anything a possibility.

  • Moobies

    Sargent Stedenko: Sorry ’bout that maam we were looking for some of those droogie scum.

    Stedenko on radio: Hello Headquarters we are changing to a code 347, lost due to incompetence.

  • the drug war takes the civil right out of civilization, man oh man.

    While it’s not funny I had to laugh out loud when I read “2 year investigation.” Two years to raid the wrong address? Doih! It’s not just a failure, the WO(s)D is an abomination of incompetence, greed, stupidity and… and and and… damn it.

    I’m flabbergasted. Been there before tho’. Like just a cuppla posts ago. Chainsaws, strip searches of 12 y.o. girls (twice no less).

    And yeah Pete, chainsaws can wreak havoc. When I was heavy into the old growth forest debate living at Opal Creek the boss had a bumper sticker – “stumps don’t lie.” We’ve plenty of experience w/ them saws in these parts.

  • claygooding

    As long as the feds continue to pay grant money on marijuana possession arrests the NYPD is going to try and make every encounter with marijuana an arrestable offense.

    City Has Highest Number of Marijuana Arrests in More Than a Decade

    http://www.wnyc.org/articles/wnyc-news/2012/feb/01/city-hits-highest-marijuana-arrests-more-decade/

    Since this is an FBI bust not sure this was over drugs,,I wonder if the FBI gets money for their arrests?

  • Tony Aroma

    Say hello to my leetle friend! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)

    Middle-of-the-night and early-morning raids carried out by heavily-armed, masked, chainsaw-toting goons… Our federal enforcers make the former KGB look like a bunch of pussies.

    • Francis

      C’mon man, don’t compare these guys to Tony Montana. That’s not fair. If I’m remembering the movie correctly, Tony delivered that line while defending his home from invasion. He wasn’t the home invader.

  • Francis

    Obviously, the fact that the feds got the “wrong door” is what makes this story (and others like it) newsworthy, but it’s important to remember that it’s not the only thing that makes these stories outrageous. There was no “right door” here. The guy they were after was “suspected of dealing drugs,” i.e. engaging in consensual exchanges for the sale of certain politically-disfavored consciousness-altering substances. But even if the suspect (and yes, note the emphasis) had been suspected of an actual crime, that alone wouldn’t justify the kind of no-knock violent, forced entry into a person’s home that was used here. Such tactics could only be justified–if ever–in the most extreme circumstances. The fact that they’ve become routine is an abomination.

    • Maria

      True, so damned true. Our perspectives are shifted, the public and media perspectives are completely warped.

      It speaks volumes that stories like these really only make the news because a “detail” is seen as a little too extreme and absurd; a chainsaw, a dead dog, a small child burned by a flash grenade.

      The entire process from start to finish is what’s so extreme and absurd yet it’s rarely the focus of the story. It’s hardly ever “The News”. Boiling frogs come to mind.

  • off topic… but it’s so good I just had to share:

    Sugar as harmful as tobacco, alcohol, experts say

    Sugar is so harmful that it should be controlled in the same way as tobacco and alcohol, according to a team of leading public health experts.

    Three US scientists from the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) maintain sugar is more than just “empty calories” that makes people fat.

    They argue that high calorie, sweetened food is indirectly responsible for 35 million annual deaths worldwide due to lifestyle-related conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

    [emphasis mine]

    Dick Gregory among others was calling sugar the most harmful drug in America back in the ’70s… a fella tries to tell people but do they listen? Noooo…

    • Emma

      Here is a free PDF of the Nature commentary: Public health: The toxic truth about sugar.

      “A growing body of scientific evidence is showing that fructose can trigger processes that lead to liver toxicity and a host of other chronic diseases. A little is not a problem, but a lot kills — slowly.”

      • WilliamDuftyRocks

        This is what a 48 year old woman looks like if you keep sugar away from her for 25 years: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_profilepage&v=BkmR_w5cSFs

        • Windy

          I looked better than that at age 48 and I’ve been a sugar lover all my life. Sweets are as much a desirable snack for me as savory or salty snack foods. I never started putting on weight until I hit 60, and then it was likely because I started drinking a glass of wine with dinner and a Kahlua and CREAM every night and became a LOT more politically active on the internet. Those added calories were not needed at a time when my metabolism was slowing down, my determination to get sufficient exercise was fading, and my time at the computer was increasing. But still, I’m only 25# over my ideal weight. And I’m still drinking the drinks, tho I am making myself exercise more, got my 50th HS reunion coming up and I want to be back in trim by then.

    • Windy

      The food police strike again. Dammit, why the hell can’t some people just stay the hell out of other people’s decisions? It’s no one’s business and especially not the government’s business what I eat or smoke or do as long as I am not violating someone else’s unalienable rights.

      • Windy

        Some of that post disappeared, weird.

        Anyway, it’s no one else’s business, especially not government’s business what I, or anyone, choose to ingest or to do (as in exercise) or not do in my life as long as I am not violating someone else’s unalienable rights.

  • I’m sure somebody here can find an occasion for that to be useful in discussion.

  • Lennie Kravinator

    I agree ban everything and the government MUST do something about sugar since every good thing in the world comes from government. What about the kids who will protect them from sugar.

  • N.T. Greene

    Well crap, we better make everything illegal just to make sure we cover everything that could kill you in excess. Wait, if you drink too much water you can DIE from that too? We’re totally screwed.

    I remember when temperance was a virtue and didn’t mean total self-denial of things. Must of been dark times where civilization was total chaos. Where men and women were slaves to addiction and substances ruled the land with an iron fist.

    …wait, that wasn’t more than a hundred years ago? Amd the world didn’t end? And there was that whole prohibition thing that was a certifiable god-awful failure that created criminal syndicates and widespread violence over a substance that was at one point available widely and taxed?

    My summary of the drug war is as such: It is little more than the TOTAL IGNORANCE OF MOST OF HUMAN HISTORY. It is waged by unthinking men driven by personal profit who cannot see the true consequences of their actions — or won’t because they are probably in some way being paid not to.

  • Servetus

    Unlike the FBI, the DEA doesn’t require a bachelor’s degree, and preferably a master’s degree or JD, to be an agent thereof.

    This makes the FBI’s chainsaw door massacre all the more disturbing. I would have expected more from the FBI than a the typical drug cop address snafu.

    It would appear from this incident that it isn’t stupidity or ignorance that makes prohibition the evil entity it is. It’s the prohibitionist mind and the prohibitionist system itself that combine to form the social chaos and destruction we who pay attention witness on a daily basis.

    Prohibition is radioactive. Anyone, including the authorities who go near it, gets burned.

    • pt

      In fairness, most bachelor’s degrees aren’t worth the paper they are printed on these days……

      • darkcycle

        I’ll agree a BS or a BA doesn’t mean much on the market. But it really depends on the institution, a four year degree from a State school is a different animal than say bachelor’s degree from a jesuit school. Private institutions didnt go through the “grade inflation” of the puI got my BS from a jesiut school, butafter transferring at the end of sophmore year from a public university. My first task was bringing my work up to the quality they demanded. My4 4.0 went away immediately, much to my shock and surprise. By the time I got into graduate school,

      • darkcycle

        I’ll agree a BS or a BA doesn’t mean much on the market. But it really depends on the institution, a four year degree from a State school is a different animal than say bachelor’s degree from a jesuit school. Private institutions didnt go through the “grade inflation” of the puI got my BS from a jesiut school, butafter transferring at the end of sophmore year from a public university. My first task was bringing my work up to the quality they demanded. My4 4.0 went away immediately, much to my shock and surprise. graduate school was easier.

  • FlawedImagination

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    “God called me to the Republic of Mexico in 1982. Eleven months later, on October 28, 1983 Wanda, three of our younger sons, and I arrived in Mexico. The Lord has been faithful to Wanda and I and kept us here ever since.

    “The only hope for the Mexican people today is Jesus in them, the HOPE of glory.”

    Shawn Casias, went to his parents’ home around 4pm Tuesday to pick up a trailer. A sister-in-law in Dallas had spoken to their mother around 11am Tuesday and everything was fine.

  • someguy

    SUE THE FASCISTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • FlawedImagination

      Keith-1952 seems to think that’s like locking the coop after the rats have eaten the eggs:

      “The MO here is, no knock, bust down the door, shoot the dogs, throw a flash granade and kill who ever still moves. – If it is my house at least three officers die before the dogs do.”.