Woman Placed On Terrorist Watch List – For Owning A Lemon Tree

Natural News reports:

The US government’s assault against innocent American citizens continues to get more aggressive and just plain strange, with new reports of harassment against honest owners of ordinary lemon trees.Health Freedom Alliance(HFA) reports that officials from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) are now spying on people whom they suspect are in possession of ordinary lemon trees, and threatening them with excessive fines and even federal raids if they refuse to surrender the plants on demand.

Several years ago, Bridget Donovan, who has now been dubbed “The Lemon Tree Lady,” purchased a Meyer lemon tree from meyerlemontree.com. A resident of Wisconsin, Donovan purchased the tree legally and in full accordance with all federal and state laws regulating citrus transport, and had lovingly cultivated and cared for her indoor citrus plant for nearly three years.

Then, out of nowhere, Donovan received an unexpected letter from the USDA informing her that government officials were going to come and seize her tree and destroy it — and that she was not going to be compensated for her loss. The letter also threatened that if Donovan was found to be in possession of “regulated citrus” again, she could be fined up to $60,000.

The truly disturbing part about all of this is not just the fact that the government is threatening old women with prison and fines for growing lemon trees, but how the government knew the woman was growing a lemon tree in the first place.

How did the Feds know this woman had a tree in her house?  The tree was INDOORS – so how could any Feds have possibly known about it?

Of course, the Feds must have searched her banking transactions to determine that she purchased such a tree.  But what probable cause could the Feds have had to conduct such a search of her credit history to begin with?

The adjoining article notes:

They invaded her privacy, tracked her down through her purchases, and sternly warned they would get that tree one way or another. It appears she is on a “citrus watch list.”

The government is completely out of control.  It is now targeting old ladies who threaten the citrus industry by growing their own lemons.  It is randomly searching the credit history of innocent Americans for any possible violations of the millions of pages of US legal code.  There is no other possible explanation.

Do you still think we live in a “free” country?

  • Ezra Goldstein

    The law is the law and she new the law when she broke it so she cannot plead ignorance this time.

    The FBI cannot let this lady slide, otherwise they will have to let slide every other illegal lemon tree owner and that sets us on a slippery slope to anarchy. 

    She should have hired an attorney before making such a purchase, this is a ‘nation of laws’ afterall…. But some people are impatient and make purchases without even consulting their local laws.  It is totally irresponsible.

    She had her chance and she blew it.

    • http://www.libertariannews.org/ Michael Suede

      lol

    • Bridget

      Hi Ezra, I am the “Lemon Tree Lady” and I did not break the law when I bought the tree.  It was, and still is, legal to purchase a lemon tree and have it shipped to Wisconsin.  It was the company that apparently did not follow the law, but even the USDA seems iffy as to when they were shipping complaint trees, and when they were not.  Just wanted to clear that up!

      • http://www.facebook.com/armywifeam Abigail Michel

         He’s being sarcastic. “Slippery slope to anarchy” over a lemon tree is a bit to drastic for reality.

      • Christin

        Whatever happened with this? Why would they go so far as to place someone on a terrorist watch list?

    • Lanakila7eo

      Ezra, I the the irresponsibility is, in this case (and too many cases), on the side of “the law.”  The law is the law.  If everybody said that we’d end up living with a whole host of laws that don’t make any sense or do working-folks any good.  Oh wait, that’s already happening isn’t it?

  • Akagaga

    I suspect they found this horrendous criminal, not by searching through her transactions, but by searching the records of the seller.  The question then becomes, why didn’t the seller get a lawyer?  Then again, they’re probably like the phone companies, and set up special access for the gubmint.

  • Barb

    Why is the seller allowed to sell illegal lemon trees??  And WTF is an illegal LEMON TREE??

  • MJ

    My understanding of the case is that the tree was purchased legally.  Apparently around the time of purchase a tree fungus was attacking citrus trees in Florida.  The USDA decided (3 years later) that it now must destroy this healthy tree that is not remotely near any citrus crop.
     
    The information was most likely taken from the company (either by raid or edict).  Why it took 3 years for the fascists to track down a deadly tree that must be incinerated is beyond me.

  • Ldhaml

    Any news yet on the gunrunners in the Govt selling automatic rifles and grenades to Mexican drug cartels murdering and beheading 10′s of thousands just across our border??   Any news yet on the banksters who have defrauded America out of trillions colluding with govt?? Any news on those investigations and arrests??  Any news??  Or is there only funding to catch little ole ladies with healthy lemon trees in their homes??  Any news on the federal government dealing with the crimes that threaten American lives and prosperity in government??  I mean, THANK GOD THIS LEMON LADY WAS STOPPED!!  I mean, the DANGER AND THREAT THAT SHE HAD A HEALTHY LEMON TREE IN HER HOUSE — HOW COULD WE SLEEP AT NIGHT KNOWING THIS INCREDIBLE THREAT TO AMERICA’S SAFETY AND PROSPERITY COULD BE NEXT DOOR!!  But, anyway, any news on arrests related to Fast and Furious and the bankster fraud??

  • Giftedgirl218

    That’s it I am for sure getting me a lemon tree now..and I don’t even like lemons :)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_K7PAPU3AJCO3S6U7L4IFENIGTU TJ

    Several states are considered a citrus state. Myer lemons carry a virus which does not show up in the plant but does infect other citrus trees.This is why they are banned from citrus states.THIS VIRUS CAN BE DEVASTATING TO THE CITRUS INDUSTRY.FL,TX AZ,and several other states ban these plants.

  • jack peppers

    This is ridiculous fucking tyrants running this country i’m going to grow a lemon tree there is no way in hell that it is illegal WTF.