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    http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=45516 THIS LAND WAS YOUR LAND Eminent domania! Another Supreme home scoped for confiscation ...
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      Eminent domania!
      Another Supreme home scoped for confiscation

      Posted: July 29, 2005
      8:30 p.m. Eastern

      By Joe Kovacs
      © 2005 WorldNetDaily.com

      Justice Stephen Breyer

      Call it eminent domania.

      Public outrage over the recent Supreme Court ruling allowing
      governments to seize private property and give it to another private
      party has spread to a second justice whose home is now targeted for

      Justice Stephen Breyer has joined his high-court colleague David
      Souter in feeling the wrath of the public, specifically the
      Libertarian Party of New Hampshire, which wants the city of
      Plainfield, N.H., to seize Breyer's 167-acre vacation retreat by
      eminent domain.

      In its place, Libertarians hope to see a "Constitution Park"
      featuring monuments celebrating the U.S. and New Hampshire

      "The point is: What goes around, comes around," party spokesman Mike
      Lorrey told the Concord Monitor. "This is a way of saying, 'You're
      going to be held to your own standard.'"

      Lorrey told the paper that Edward Naile, president of the Coalition
      of New Hampshire Taxpayers, has already recruited some town residents
      to seek signatures for the petition regarding Breyer's land.

      "We just started it up the other day," Lorrey said. "We're just
      getting going."

      New Hampshire home of Justice David Souter

      This latest attempt to put the justices' own property in the
      crosshairs follows the effort by Californian Logan Darrow Clements,
      who wants the public to use eminent domain powers to snatch the home
      of Justice Souter in Weare, N.H., in order to create the "Lost
      Liberty Hotel," a kind of museum commemorating the lost right to
      private property in America.

      That effort recently hit a roadblock when town selectmen decided
      against moving ahead with Clements' plan.

      As WorldNetDaily reported, Clements is now targeting the selectmen
      themselves to be ousted from office.

      Clements wrote to the board, explaining he needed to find out if
      members already opposed the proposal so he would know whether it was
      worth the money and effort to produce a formal presentation.

      Selectman Joseph Fiala replied, saying in conclusion, "While I
      understand your frustration with the offending decision of the Court,
      I hope you will reconsider your position and take one I'm sure you
      are more comfortable with – that is to defend the property rights of
      all citizens, whether we agree with them or not. Peace, Joe Fiala,
      Weare Selectman."

      Logan Darrow Clements

      But Clements contends Fiala doesn't understand that in taking that
      position, he is giving Souter special rights.

      The Los Angeles entrepreneur is encouraging people to write to the
      selectman board members "and explain that giving Mr. Souter a special
      exemption from his own ruling is not defending property rights, as
      they are trying to assert."

      "Equal justice under the law means we all are treated equally," he

      Clements said he's asking the residents of Weare to continue with a
      ballot-initiative drive to circumvent the board and to investigate
      whether local laws allow them to remove the entire board of selectmen
      from office.

      "America now needs the assistance of the residents of Weare so that
      the torch of liberty can enlighten one who has so soundly turned his
      back on all those who died to keep it lit," Clements says on his

      The town of Weare has been inundated with calls in support of the
      proposal since WND first publicized the story of how Clements plans
      to turn eminent domain against one of its champions.

      Clements says he's received more than 5,000 e-mails and over 400
      phone calls.

      The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 last month that local towns and
      cities can seize homes and private businesses through eminent domain
      and turn the properties over to private developers for no other
      reason than the fact that it would result in higher tax revenues for
      the municipality.

      A few days after the ruling, Clements faxed a request to Chip Meany,
      the code enforcement officer of Weare, seeking to start the
      application process to build a hotel on 34 Cilley Hill Road, the
      present location of Souter's home.

      The Kelo v. City of New London decision allows the New London, Conn.,
      government to seize the homes and businesses of residents to
      facilitate the building of an office complex that would provide
      economic benefits to the area and more tax revenue to the city.

      Though the practice of eminent domain is provided for in the Fifth
      Amendment of the Constitution, the case is significant because the
      seizure is for private development and not for "public use," such as
      a highway or bridge. The decision has been roundly criticized by
      property-rights activists and limited-government commentators.


      Joe Kovacs is executive news editor for WorldNetDaily.com.
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