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Oregon police arrest man for being too self-reliant

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One of the most important core values that Sovereign Man promotes is self-reliance. However, in the US and other countries, governments are making it increasingly difficult to live sustainably because of the threat it poses to the profits of private corporations and crony politicians. CNS News reports on the developing story of an Oregon man being sent to jail for recycling rain water and melted snow:

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.

According to Oregon water laws, all water is publicly owned. Therefore, anyone who wants to store any type of water on their property must first obtain a permit from state water managers.

Harrington said he applied for three permits to legally house reservoirs for storm and snow water runoff on his property. One of the “reservoirs” had been on his property for 37 years, he said.

Though the state Water Resources Department initially approved his permits in 2003, the state – and a state court — ultimately reversed the decision.

“They issued me my permits. I had my permits in hand and they retracted them just arbitrarily, basically. They took them back and said ‘No, you can’t have them,’ so I’ve been fighting it ever since,” Harrington told CNSNews.com.

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  • geepers

     you need to have some ideas for people with only $5000 and where they
    can move to on that. Some of us have worked as office clerks, typists,
    janitors, construction workers, etc, most of our lives (the ones that
    actually work and have had our money stolen too). thanks. I was thinking of maybe Chili or El Salvador but not sure.

  • geepers

    you need to have some ideas for people with only $5000 and where they
    can move to on that. Some of us have worked as office clerks, typists,
    janitors, construction workers, etc, most of our lives (the ones that
    actually work and have had our money stolen too).  I was thinking of Chile or el Salvador or maybe Sofia Bulgaria. Let us know. We are important people too. thnx

    • Hoaxed and Maimed

      I will second that! Though I am 55 years young, I am very physically able to perform hard work if need be. Just give me the keys of opportunity to jump into that life-raft and abort this sinking ship.Hey Simon, let me work on your farm in Chile. Or do I need a net worth statement? 

  • li_bri

    Most people do not have the time, money or vigor to fight these fights.  Thank you, Mr. Harrington, for doing what many wish they could do.  And GOOD LUCK in your fight.

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