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As I type this, the public officials of a community in Florida named Destin are defying, under pain of arrest and jail, an order from the U.S. Coast Guard to not attempt to protect beaches and estuaries from the onslaught of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Let me repeat that: the Coast Guard threatened local public officials with jail for trying to save their beaches and their inland freshwater resources from the oil, simply because the Coast Guard had not approved the plan.
Read more: technorati.com...
DESTIN — Okaloosa County isn’t taking oil spill orders any more.
County commissioners voted unanimously to give their emergency management team the power to take whatever action it deems necessary to prevent oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill from entering Choctawhatchee Bay through the East Pass.
That means the team, led by Public Safety Director Dino Villani, can take whatever action it sees fit to protect the pass without having its plans approved by state or federal authorities
Originally posted by Jean Paul Zodeaux
It is interesting that the locals ignored the threats and exerted their inherent political power anyway. It seems to me the Coast Guard had no proper jurisdiction in the matter and this was a test to see how the public would respond to martial law. A+ for the public, epic fail for the Coast Guard.
Originally posted by theability
reply to post by OurskiesRpoisoned
Finally the people remember the phrase, "We the People.."
Governments come last, people are always first.