Being the sole commenter on this site, one could wonder just how much interest the Duarte situation has generated in the Ca Farming community. A number of us have been paying attention however, and are not surprised by the recent adverse court ruling. If Mr Duarte and his lawyers had any illusions about fair treatment in a federal court - ironclad case or not - they have certainly been disabused. They were in a Federal Courtroom, with a Federal Judge, opposed by Federal lawyers who were representing a federal entity. How do you suppose a situation like this will turn out ?..Of course, this gross abuse of an honest farmer by the Army Corps of Engineers is merely an isolated incident , right ? You at Ag Web know as well as I do that it is not. But "Maybe if I keep my head down and stay quiet, the crocodile will eat me last"......The fact of the matter is that we are seeing a war on rural America, prosecuted by a phalanx of predatory federal agencies - Army Corps - BLM- USFS - EPA , and abetted by a biased court system. Can any of you at AGWeb refute this statement ? What is the last resort in defending our livelihood and way of life in the face of this - only one word for it - Tyranny ? We know the answer, and have been the fire brigade at a number of hot spots. We have become the scourge of these Govt racketeers, defeating them over and over again, but we didn't win by knuckling under like Duarte. View our fight at Redoubt News, Valley Forge Network, Oathkeepers, The stampede.