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The federal government needs to stop cheating the rules and start requiring federal police agencies to operate in an accountable fashion.
It happened again late last month: The FBI comes to town and raids a local establishment using a search warrant that is sealed from public disclosure. It executes the raid and confiscates property, makes, or doesn't make arrests and stonewalls all public disclosure of the operation.
Agents from the U.S. Department of Agriculture did the same thing last November, raiding Hermes Vineyard and refusing to disclose why or provide any information about their secret operation in our community.
The U.S. Coast Guard routinely and arrogantly withholds public information without concern with requirements of the statute or common practice.
The U.S. Border Patrol refuses to disclose any information about who it arrests, their status, whether charges are ever filed or if suspects are ever released. The agency also appears to have an approved practice of allowing agents to refer to people who appear to be Hispanic as "wetbacks," an offensive word.
The behavior of these agencies is anti-American.
Our federal representatives — U.S. senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman, and U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur don't live here in our community — but we do and we don't want federal police agencies operating in secrecy in our community.
Brown, Portman and Kaptur, and every local and state elected official all are not being responsible if they don't take a stand against these anti-American police practices and demand federal agencies immediately begin to reform their practices to become accountable to an acceptable community standard.