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Posted: 9/5/2001 6:48:11 PM EDT
The Donald Scott case is still ongoing... [url]www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Sep-02-Sun-2001/opinion/16893248.html[/url] COLUMN: Boy, do they ever want Trails End Ranch Boy, do they ever want Trails End Ranch The Donald Scott case isn't as well known as the government atrocities at Waco and Ruby Ridge. But it should be. In October of 1992, millionaire recluse Donald Scott and his bride of two months, Frances Plante Scott, lived in a storybook wooded valley in the mountains high above Malibu, Calif. Trails End Ranch is almost completely surrounded by state and federal park land, and the neighboring government entities had made numerous attempts to buy out Scott and annex his property. Frances Scott contends the National Security Agency and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratories have also had a less-well-known role in the attempted government land grab -- the ranch sits in the midst of a government antenna array, perfectly sited to receive data from the Pacific Missile Test Range, and, "My husband was the only local resident to testify against the placement of those antennas." Stymied in their attempt to buy the Scott ranch, government officials hit on an alternative plan. Contending an officer had seen "marijuana plants growing under the trees" during a drug-seeking overflight, agents from various jurisdictions gathered quietly outside the locked gate to the ranch in the morning mists of Oct. 2, 1992. After greedily studying the maps of the 200 acres of prime land they were told they'd be able to grab under federal asset seizure laws should they find as few as 14 marijuana plants, they cut the chain on the gate with bolt-cutters and raced a mile up the dirt drive to the ranch, complete with police dogs. Frances Scott was in the kitchen, brewing her morning coffee, when dozens of men in plainclothes and brandishing guns -- no badges or warrants in evidence -- came swarming in. Understandably, she screamed for her husband, still asleep upstairs. Donald Scott, 63, came hurrying down the stairs, a handgun held over his head. The officers shouted for him to lower his weapon. He did. They shot him dead. Frances Scott contends the photograph of two plainclothes cops displayed at her web site, www.savetrailsend.org, was taken mere minutes after her husband's death. The two officers wear grins of triumph. Ventura County District Attorney Michael Bradbury, after a six-month investigation, concluded a voluminous report (www.savetrailsend.org/report.shtml) by branding the fatal raid "a land grab by the [L.A.] Sheriffs Office." He confirms the odd fact that "Two researchers from Jet Propulsion Laboratories (JPL) in Pasadena" were also present for the so-called drug raid, and asks in his conclusion, "Did the Los Angeles County Sheriff obtain the warrant in order to obtain Scott's land? Did the National Park Service orchestrate the investigation or killing in order to obtain the land?"
Link Posted: 9/5/2001 6:49:13 PM EDT
(continued) Not a single marijuana seed or stem was ever found: "All they had to show for their trouble was this body on the living room floor," reported the Los Angeles Times. The multiple government agencies settled a wrongful death suit for $5 million. One would think that would leave Trails End Ranch securely in the hands of the widow Scott, who has made it her life's work to see the government never gets the property. But if one assumed that, one would not be properly accounting for the creativity and plain, cussed persistence of today's government land thieves. A year after the raid and shooting, the widow Scott had to stand alongside 15 local firefighters and watch as the main house, cabins and other outbuildings of Trail's End Ranch burned to the ground. She says a county firefighter told her with tears in his eyes that a National Parks spokesman denied the firemen permission to dig a firebreak, since, "It violates our rules to disturb the natural beauty of the land." Many would have expected Mrs. Scott to depart after being burned out of house and home. Instead, she's spent the past six years camped out on the property in a teepee. Mrs. Scott's current problem? The ranch went to Donald Scott's estate, of which she controls only a minority share, the rest going to his children by a previous marriage. The IRS appraises the ranch at $2.4 million, and wants inheritance tax on $1 million of that sum, at 55 percent. The attorneys for the children have advised them the ranch would be hard to market -- the official appraisal describes it as inaccessible, though Mrs. Scott says the mile-long access road is still perfectly functional -- and that they'll be better off selling the property to pay the taxes. Thus, on Aug. 2, a police SWAT team accompanied by two helicopters arrived to evict Mrs. Scott. Out of the $5 million wrongful death settlement, 40 percent went to the lawyers off the top, while the rest was split six ways. Once Mrs. Scott paid off her own eight years worth of legal bills, that left her barely enough to offer a $170,000 down payment to back her $1.95 million bid for the ranch in the upcoming tax auction, she says. But now, "The lawyers have kept my $170,000 down payment for potential damages. ... I won't have a single dollar to take to this auction, so the National Park Service will be the only party to place a bid," Mrs. Scott told me last week.
Link Posted: 9/5/2001 6:49:42 PM EDT
(continued) The widow Scott has paid out at least another $55,000 to a series of three backers who agreed to bid on the ranch in her behalf, but each has been raided or otherwise intimidated by local police and the FBI, she contends. No officers were ever charged in Donald Scott's death, of course. Police are rarely charged with murdering mere civilians, any more, in this Land of the Free. Mrs. Scott invites those wishing to "help save Trails End Ranch" to contribute to the Donald Scott Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 6755 Malibu, CA 90264, or c/o Bank of America, Point Dume Branch, 29171 Heather Cliff Road, Malibu, CA 90264, (tel.) 310-456-6296. Vin Suprynowicz, the Review-Journal's assistant editorial page editor, is author of "Send in the Waco Killers." His column appears Sunday.
Link Posted: 9/5/2001 6:53:02 PM EDT
[url]www.fear.org/scott.html[/url] A few more links to the case. This is the one I was trying to remember when discussing the Santa Clarita case.
Link Posted: 9/5/2001 7:19:30 PM EDT
Didn't someone here suggest an ar15.com group land purchase? Imagine if they ever came to raid a bunch of well-armed, motivated, believers in private property!
Link Posted: 9/5/2001 7:30:03 PM EDT
Now why couldn't someone like that Scott guy have offed a couple JBTs instead of a James Beck? I'm still waiting for that to happen. Eventually they will raid the wrong place.
Link Posted: 9/5/2001 9:01:39 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Garmentless: Now why couldn't someone like that Scott guy have offed a couple JBTs instead of a James Beck? I'm still waiting for that to happen. Eventually they will raid the wrong place.
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Didn't they in Waco?
Link Posted: 9/5/2001 11:41:11 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Garmentless: Now why couldn't someone like that Scott guy have offed a couple JBTs instead of a James Beck? I'm still waiting for that to happen. Eventually they will raid the wrong place.
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Here is what would happen: Jesus Christ (JC) while healing the terminally ill in a run down house gets raided by MJTF - Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force composed of the ATF, DEA, LACSD based on an anonymous tip by a nosy neighbor. One of the JBT "accidently" fires his MP5 and then the rest of the goosesteppers join in and start killing people. JC strikes down those that murdered the innocent and allows the remaining JBT to retreat. The news helicopters begin circling and media starts live coverage of an armed standoff with officers being shot and killed. This goes on for an hour. Then the JBT spokesman holds a press conference. "Today based on an anonymous tip by a concerned citizen that a right wing domestic terrorist group with a leader that, much like David Koresh, believes himself to be Jesus Christ had moved into the compound. At approximately 3:45pm today agents of ATF, DEA and LACSD converged to serve a search warrant on the premesis. As the agents were entering the front door, they were ambushed by an unknown number of suspects firing fully automatic assault rifles. I am sorry to report that 5 agents were killed in the ambush. It is not known exactly how many of the suspects are wounded." The media then begins to run old Waco footage and talking heads from SPLC and the ADL begin demonizing those held up in the "compound". By then AR15.com is going full tilt discussing the event: "They are kooks and deserve to die!" "Kill the cop killers!" "Oh you cop bashers must be rejoicing because 5 cops are dead." "They murdered law enforcement! The guy thinks he is Jesus Christ and should die! He must be a child molester like David Koresh, the hero of you tin foil hat wearers!" You get the picture. Then the tear gas starts. Some of the "terrorists" stumble out coughing and gagging. They are immediately taken into custody and charged with murder of a police officer. By now the media has been pushed far back and not covering the actions of the JBT "in case the suspects are watching the live broadcast". Soon the house catches on fire and finally JC walks slowly out the front door. The JBT scream "Put your hands in the air!". JC brings his hands forward palms out showing that he has nothing. "HE HAS A GUN!" Then all of the JBT open up on him. The guy on the APC fires off 100 rounds from the M60, tracers starting small grassfires. JC dies. Later on AR15.com "He had a gun and you don't go pointing it at cops and not expect to get shot." "I say it is ok for the police to have that M60. They were terrorist and who knows what type of guns they had in that house." "You koresh worshippers lost again! Hahaha!" The official report later states that in the rubble there was evidence of a meth lab (a bottle of asthma pills containing ephedrine) and bomb making materials (water pipe).
Link Posted: 9/6/2001 6:09:46 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Ratters:
Originally Posted By Garmentless: Now why couldn't someone like that Scott guy have offed a couple JBTs instead of a James Beck? I'm still waiting for that to happen. Eventually they will raid the wrong place.
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Didn't they in Waco?
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Koresh was too weird for your average voter. Most people think he deserved to die just for being weird. Scott is about the weirdest you could get without people saying he deserved to die just because he was weird.
Link Posted: 9/6/2001 3:01:39 PM EDT
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