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Author Topic: Oregon Man Sentenced to 30 Days in Jail -- for Collecting Rainwater  (Read 1096 times)


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Oregon Man Sentenced to 30 Days in Jail -- for Collecting Rainwater on His Property

CNSNews.com) – A rural Oregon man was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in jail and over $1,500 in fines because he had three reservoirs on his property to collect and use rainwater.

Gary Harrington of Eagle Point, Ore., says he plans to appeal his conviction in Jackson County (Ore.) Circuit Court on nine misdemeanor charges under a 1925 law for having what state water managers called “three illegal reservoirs” on his property – and for filling the reservoirs with rainwater and snow runoff.

“The government is bullying,” Harrington told CNSNews.com in an interview Thursday.

“They’ve just gotten to be big bullies and if you just lay over and die and give up, that just makes them bigger bullies. So, we as Americans, we need to stand on our constitutional rights, on our rights as citizens and hang tough. This is a good country, we’ll prevail,” he said.

The court has given Harrington two weeks to report to the Jackson County Jail to begin serving his sentence.

Source: http://cnsnews.com/news/article/oregon-man-sentenced-30-days-jail-collecting-rainwater-his-property


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Re: Oregon Man Sentenced to 30 Days in Jail -- for Collecting Rainwater
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2012, 02:27:26 PM »

Mr. Harrington is right when he says that "the government is bullying" him.  This story shows that we have to be vigilant against government power at all levels, not just the federal level.  Government at all levels opposes any effort by citizens to become self-sufficient because such efforts reduce government power.  This story dovetails with the threads on preparedness and the growing sense of unease many people are feeling.  The government punishing someone for the dastardly deed of--gasp!--collecting rainwater on his own land is definitely something to feel uneasy about.