Austin Government Officials Seize Man’s Home because he had a Bunker

Joe Del RioEarly one Saturday morning, 70-year old retired Air Force reservist and former state employee Joe Del Rio was awoken by a knock on his front door. It was the city of Austin’s local code enforcement team. One of the agents told Mr. Del Rio that he needed to speak to him right away.

After getting dressed Mr. Del Rio went and opened his front door. He was immediately bum rushed by the Austin Police Department’s SWAT Team and then detained and interrogated for over 10 hours.

What was this 70-year old mans crime?

It seems that the Mr. Del Rio had an underground bunker, and apparently in Austin, Texas that enough to have the SWAT team storm your home and hold you at gun point.

The bunker in question was previously built as a bomb shelter during the cold war. Mr Del Rio had recently renovated part of the old fall out shelter and had been using it as a makeshift workshop.

City of Austin Seizes Property

concrete trucksAfter his ordeal of being detained at gun point, Mr. Del Rio’s problems were far from over. First, the city fenced off his home and prohibited him from entering the residence. They then brought in contractors and completely filled in his entire basement and bunker with 264 tons of concrete.

To add insult to injury the city then sent Mr. Del Rio a bill for $90,000 in repairs, that they say were critical to make his home safe. Shortly later the City seized his property without a penny of compensation. Mr. Del Rio is now in the process of trying to sue the city for what he says is an unconstitutional seizure of his property.

Mr. Del Rio told a local Austin news outlet:

“The ordeal they put me through was unnecessary,” Del Rio, now 72, said the afternoon before the second anniversary of his forced eviction. “I’ve gotten the runaround. I think they want the property. Condemning it is a cheap way to get it.”

132 Comments

  1. Patricia Long
    May 8, 2012 at 10:45 am

    What ever happened to our constitutional rights??????? We can own our own homes, but they’re not really ours???? I hope this man wins his law suits! Outraged! That’s all I can say! Good Luck Joe!

    • throat puncher
      May 8, 2012 at 12:06 pm

      what happened? OBAMA!

      • Hil Ai
        May 8, 2012 at 12:34 pm

        That’s ridiculous. Do you really think Obama has time to be plotting against an old man in Austin, TX? Give me a break. This is a gross breach of this man’s rights though and this is all under a GOP run state government. I’d say your finger is pointed the wrong way.

        • jrm43231
          May 8, 2012 at 2:15 pm

          That’s the most ignorant logic I’ve heard in a while. obummer and his goons don’t have time to plot against an old man, but the gop-run state gov’t does? If you think dems and reps are separate, adversarial entities, you’re a moron.

          • Jim
            May 8, 2012 at 2:22 pm

            Your congress voted again for the Patriot Act, NDAA and soon CISPA. You HAVE no fourth Amendment rights…….. But you gave your liberty away for ‘free stuff’. Don’t worry though. Romney OR Obama will keep supporting you.

          • cindy
            May 8, 2012 at 2:39 pm

            jrm43231 you must be the most ignorant person on here to believe that Obama has not done this. Along with some congressmen and senators yes they did pass the Patriot Act, NDAA but Obama all on his own passed the Executive Order and several wars. He says we are coming out of Afgan, that was 4 years ago he said that.You should do your own research and open your eyes. YOUR BLIND

          • Hmmm. I don’t see how you can blame Obama for this one. I see no mention of Federal agents in the raid. Nope this was a home-grown Texan episode. Very surprising that it would occur in Texas if you ask me. And I have to agree with Jim. Since the Patriot Act, any semblance of civil rights have been thrown out the window. We paid with our votes and got what we paid for.

          • Dylan
            May 9, 2012 at 1:02 pm

            It’s Austin, Greg, the most liberal and assine city in Texas. If something this stupid is going to happen in Texas, it’s going to be in Austin.

            And there is no doubt in my mind that he is going to win the case since now our tax dollars are going to have to pay for this mess.

          • Jon
            May 9, 2012 at 3:24 pm

            The Congress already steam rolled CISPA last week now it’s up too ths Senate and if Obama keeps his word he says he’ll veto it, but he also said that about NDAA. But this poor old man’s story makes me so mad my toes curl, boy i hope he wins his suit.

          • joe
            May 9, 2012 at 3:26 pm

            you are all idiots it is both sides that are selling out Americans

          • Eddie
            May 9, 2012 at 5:25 pm

            Hehe. Its funny that you guys think there is a difference between Republicans and Democrats.

          • EE
            May 10, 2012 at 6:53 am

            It isn’t just the goverment that does just as it damn well pleases,it’s Big Business that also liks to push people around and take there homes and property away from them with out paying for it.
            It helps to keep their cost down and their profits high.I think if you were to look into who made a (killing)profit on gitting his property you may find out who got the local goverment to help the steal it in the first place.
            And yes,! Oboma and our goverment always knows what’s going on with Big Businesses, after all they are the ones helping our goverment to steal and give away our country to the rest of the world for self profit!! Because you know damn well we the people will never see a damn dime of a profit!!!!!

          • BondingSlick
            May 10, 2012 at 5:03 pm

            It’s called Agenda 21!!! Research the internet while it’s Still Free!! Learn what the Federal Reserve has PLANNED FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!

          • Rick
            May 10, 2012 at 7:08 pm

            You know, I used to be a Democrat until I learned to read, then I was a Republican until I learned to read between the lines. The fabric of this country is being torn to shreds and all you people can do is call each other names. GROW UP, history is about to repeat its self, you better learn to stand together or fall alone.

          • Dawn
            May 10, 2012 at 11:35 pm

            The United States Government has been corrupt for far longer than Obama has been in office.He is just the latest idiot that has made it to be president. Its amazing how everything thats wrong is “Obama’s fault” wake the f^ck up!

          • me
            May 11, 2012 at 6:21 pm

            now i know it is getting BAD when you cant even dig your own hole to save your own ass !!!!! or the fed will get you !!!!!! END THE FED!!!!!!! RESTORE AMERICA !!!!!!! VOTE RON PAUL FOR PRESIDENT !!!!!! RONPAUL2112.com

        • cindy
          May 8, 2012 at 2:37 pm

          Hil Ai I think you are wrong and the government is getting ready to do this to everyone who is not compliance. You included and yes it is Obama and his NDAA and his executive order. Do the reading. Your not safe at all, and we have very few constitutional rights left unless your willing to fight for them and if you are hey join Congressman Ron Paul

          • John
            May 8, 2012 at 10:17 pm

            It’s sad that so many Americans are either blind or stupid. Wake the heck up people, this is going to happen to all of us because of Obama and his house of tards from all parties. Look up AGENDA 21 Kiss your freedom goodbye if you don’t vote him and his tards out on election day.

          • b-ran
            May 9, 2012 at 7:30 am

            I like how you say we still have rights. Name 1 right that we still have that we never have to fight for!!! The govt can do whatever the hell they want to with us cuz they can. They have the firepower to do what they want. I bet if they didnt have the military backing them up like little scaredy cats then they wouldnt try to do anything to take or restrict our rights at all.

          • Jon
            May 9, 2012 at 3:35 pm

            Yeah people have been mis-guided on Obama, i do agree that he has signed some funky stuff in to law but he is fighting an uphill battle against the crooked Congress and Senate. He says he’ll veto CISPA, he has shown public support for OWS and this is only his first term most Presidents don’t do much first term for fear of not being elected too a second, so if he wins again we’ll see if he is the man we voted in to office in 2008. And it’s ridiculous to say he is the most Liberal ever, he’s been more conservative then Reagan on taxes and more conservative then Bush W on Medical Cannabis.

          • Drew
            May 10, 2012 at 6:29 am

            Obama had nothing to do with this it was Bush if you want to blame anyone. This is the cities stupidity. Stop blaming the president because he is black. All of a sudden the world is in peril because we have a black president where were you all when Bush and CHENEY were plotting to take every single one of your rights. Cheney admittedly stated that he believes the American people have to many rights but that’s okay because he is white. You all are a bunch of conspiracy theorist retards and exactly what is wrong with america. I probably will be hearing about one of you idiots getting shot up trying to storm the white house gates in the future.

          • Jennifer
            May 10, 2012 at 3:48 pm

            Agreed!

        • Me
          May 8, 2012 at 3:00 pm

          Yes, the state government is GOP run, but Austin is a VERY liberal city. Watch most elections, the GOP win most of the state but Austin votes solidly liberal.

          • Sparki
            May 11, 2012 at 9:18 pm

            Who in the world said anything about black and white till you drag it up??? You’re the biggest part of the racism issue in America…

        • Jim Joling
          May 8, 2012 at 4:36 pm

          You obviously don’t know Texas. Austin is run by liberal Democrats and is nothing like the rest of Texas. Liberals are taking away freedoms every day.

          • Ran
            May 8, 2012 at 9:12 pm

            No one owns property if they have social security numbers and receive government benefits. If you have these, you have privileges not rights, meaning your a slave.

        • Guy
          May 8, 2012 at 7:37 pm

          bullshit. Is everything the fault of the GOP !?!? Dumbass !

        • Allan
          May 8, 2012 at 9:47 pm

          You are a moron!

        • Jeff
          May 8, 2012 at 10:23 pm

          I don’t think it’s ridiculas at all.

          I take it you have not noticed things like fast and Furious, the Gibson Company raids, Farm raids, and the increased incidences of Police abuse ?.
          This has all occured since Obama stole his office and he is now in control of 100% of all our lives, just look at one of his recent Bills that authorize him to kill or detain Americans with out due process.

          • Niki
            May 12, 2012 at 1:27 pm

            that started with bush

        • ks
          May 9, 2012 at 1:49 am

          Austin is a Democrat RUN City .. not Republican at all… I hope he gets millions out of these JAs.

          • Dylan
            May 9, 2012 at 1:05 pm

            Those millions will come from tax dollars. The city can care less. Austin’s city council voted to pay 3/4 of a million dollars to some hoodlum that was shot by a cop all because the cop forgot to turn on his dash cam. The other cop car had it’s dash cam on and the cop did nothing wrong, but yet they were OK in paying off some hoodlum’s family.

          • RioSam
            May 11, 2012 at 10:27 pm

            They will come up with some kind of code violation and he won’t get a dime..bet on it! I feel for him..

        • Brian Fields
          May 9, 2012 at 10:40 am

          This is what Obama wants is all americans homeless and dependent on big government. This is just the beginning. research Agenda 21 google it. This is what’s to come for all of us.

          • Julie Quinn
            May 10, 2012 at 10:23 am

            This is only going to be the beginning before they pack you all off to the FEMA camps. Time for all of you to wake up!!

          • ybnrml
            May 12, 2012 at 10:39 pm

            Agenda 21 is part of the problem. The United Nations is becoming the NWO. Agenda 21 is just part of the treaties that were signed years ago. Agenda 21 is already in every city govt. aka ICS or something. They are taking all the federal land and property owners are losing more rights every day. Go to the United Nations website and search “Agenda 21”. It’s all there. Sustainability! Bill Gates wants to kill 80% of population for Sustainability. But it will be good for you because the call it a vaccine. Hillary is ready to sign the small arms treaty calling for UN registeration of guns. Tighter control on selling guns, basically you can’t. Limiting areas gun free. And no one is talking about it. It’s real and its fact. Read it!

        • Block
          May 13, 2012 at 11:54 am

          Just another case of a government with too much power. Examples are everywhere. So much for “we the people”.

        • Kat
          June 22, 2012 at 10:36 pm

          Rick Perry probably had nothing to do with it, but all in all as Governor, he should Condemn this city and side with the homeowner.

      • SHTF
        May 8, 2012 at 12:35 pm

        God-damn BUSH and TEXAS, do you need to know more?

        • Jules
          May 8, 2012 at 2:01 pm

          What the hell are you talking about. Bush has not been President in 3 1/2 years. He never had any control over local police departments much less now. He is a private citizen. Don’t you think it is about time you get over your Bush derangement syndrome.

          • char
            May 8, 2012 at 4:59 pm

            If you think Bush Snr. doesn’t have a hand in the shadow government, you are sorely mistaken. How do you think his idiot child got into the Whitehouse if the first place!

        • Bob
          May 8, 2012 at 2:20 pm

          Hey, ass-hat. A different president is office. Haven’t you noticed?

          • Cinder
            May 8, 2012 at 2:38 pm

            you bush supporters, obama supporters – you’re all idiots. They are all the same and they all work for the same people. When are you ignorant people going to get off your stupid party high horse and realize they are all crooks and all work for Goldman Sachs and the like. The push is for UN Agenda 21, globalization, and no sovereignty. And the only reason they are getting away with it is because folks like you have such big egos when it comes to your precious Republican or Democrat party. When are any of you ever going to learn? Unbelievable!

          • danny
            May 8, 2012 at 4:24 pm

            you do understand that U.N. Agenda 21 is the statement of principles for the management of forests and the rio deceleration on environment and development right? sory, no secret new world organization is coming to get you. It sounds like to me this is just a shitty way for some one to get there home seized.

          • Lidia
            May 8, 2012 at 7:19 pm

            @Cinder, I couldn’t have expressed it any better. I so totally agree w/you.

          • Xavier Spade
            May 8, 2012 at 7:38 pm

            I completely agree with Cinder.
            Cinder ^^ is absolutely 10Google% right.

          • Brian Fields
            May 9, 2012 at 11:09 am

            Cinder your right!!!!!!!! And the rest of these idiots that don’t believe it, will when they are told to leave their homes and go to the nearest fema camp for food and water. and a safe place to sleep. at least that’s what they will be told. In reality. Agenda 21 is real and we will be doomed if we don’t get together and say no to all of this crap.

        • Rick
          May 8, 2012 at 4:17 pm

          @SHTF – figures you can’t or won’t use your real name punk. But if God does damn something, I am quite sure your name is on the list. Please pay me a visit here in Texas and we can discuss it man to man.

          • Renegade Ray
            May 9, 2012 at 2:04 pm

            Nice! you tell him Rick, call me over I’ll help discuss your side of the argument

          • Livefree1200cc
            May 11, 2012 at 10:04 am

            Bush is just as much of a criminal as Odumbo. You candy a$$es that are still picking sides between Dems and Repubs have your heads shoved up where the sun don’t shine.

          • me
            May 11, 2012 at 6:30 pm

            ALL YOU PUPPIES NEED TO RESEARCH YOUR HISTORY ,, AND READ THE BIBLE WHILE YOUR AT IT !!!! THIS IS THE NEW HOLY WAR !!! IT EITHER STARTS HERE OR IT STOPPS HERE !!! ITS YOUR CHOICE !!!!!!! SO CLOSE YOUR MOUTH’S AND OPEN YOUR EYES !!!!!!!!!!!

      • Snitch-in-Time
        May 8, 2012 at 1:05 pm

        Democrats totally control both city of Austin and Travis County. Most municipal governments are controlled by liberals. Just go to a TML or NLC meeting. Austin liberals are as bad as Mass & Cal. This was the work of local librals not state of Texas. I avoid Austin like a plague zone.

        • Caral Freeman
          May 8, 2012 at 1:40 pm

          you are entirely correct, while Texas may be generally GOP, the dems run Austin and the surrounding area. Houston and Austin are democrat feeding grounds, they make the rules and they do whatever they want. I hope something can be done about this because this is totally unconstitutional!!

          • Mo Hanson
            May 8, 2012 at 9:53 pm

            ahh, so local government is good until it does something you don’t like.

          • David
            May 9, 2012 at 3:14 pm

            Hey Mo Hanson, I take it you never heard of a thing in our history called the Revolutionary War. It was a bunch of people that didn’t like the laws so they decided to have a tea party and evict the crown from our shores. Might want to read about it. Kind of important.

        • Renegade Ray
          May 9, 2012 at 2:06 pm

          hell yes thats true, Austin just made it ILLEGAL to smoke OUTSIDE in Public parks and OUTSIDE of public buildings….whats next? you must pay a breath the air tax?

          • carol
            May 9, 2012 at 8:08 pm

            Renegade.. don’t give them any more ideals.. Next week we’ll be reading about dirty harry wanting a breath air tax..

          • Drew
            May 10, 2012 at 6:47 am

            Yes that is good they have these laws. Kill yourself on your own time. It is a public park not a smokers park. I hate good to a park only to have to walk through a crowd of cancer lung having idiots.

          • Livefree1200cc
            May 11, 2012 at 10:07 am

            Drew – I don’t smoke, but I can’t imagine anyone being moron enough to think that prohibiting people from smoking OUTSIDE is a good law !!!!!

      • Big Mike
        May 8, 2012 at 2:56 pm

        While Obama has been a force against our constitution just remember that little thing called The Patriot Act by the Bush Administration. Both have been highly responsible in the destruction of our Constitution.

        As for this story, it’s very sad but it’s just the beginning. People better wake up and get ready!

      • Scott
        May 8, 2012 at 6:34 pm

        @throat(donkey)puncher
        You are a f@cking moron…kill yourself now.

      • Randy
        May 9, 2012 at 6:57 am

        See Blaylock’s book: Leviathan: How Local Government Destroys Liberty if you want to understand the forces at work here.

      • pat
        May 10, 2012 at 6:16 pm

        God you are stupid!!!!!!!!!!!!! Time to kill liberals!!!!!!!!!

    • Bryan
      May 8, 2012 at 1:00 pm

      They need their asses thrown in jail for not upholding the Constitution What a bunch of frickin tyrants.

      • Rombamba Obamney
        May 10, 2012 at 3:43 pm

        Property rights include the land BELOW you and the air ABOVE you, regardless of local ordinance laws and variances needed – which, by the way, are only ADMINISTRATIVE in nature. You’re a natural born sovereign citizen whether it is realized or not. Unlawful, unconstitutional seizure, period. YES, Dr. Paul is this nation’s last hope folks, may God Bless every man, woman, and child in the very near future.

        • jo
          May 10, 2012 at 6:59 pm

          Nope sorry, the air above your property belong to the FCC (for broadcasting wavelengths)and the military.
          You don’t even own the minerals in the dirt under your home IF your deed of purchase does not include the mineral rights. If you didn’t get the mineral rights in your deed contract(and few do)and tptb find some mineral or oil or something under your home you get mined under sideways to avoid having to pay you oil rig and mining rights. Then you can say sinkhole in 30 years if not sooner.

    • Enter your name...
      May 8, 2012 at 2:21 pm

      Your rights? Your congress voted again for the Patriot Act, NDAA and soon CISPA. You HAVE no fourth Amendment rights…….. But you gave your liberty away for ‘free stuff’. Don’t worry though. Romney OR Obama will keep supporting you.

    • Leslie
      May 8, 2012 at 4:36 pm

      @Patricia, we do not!!! own our land or homes,here in Texas the last HOMESTEAD LAW, was abolished in the 70’s…. We were the last state to get that right taken away,if you really think you own your land/home, look around you at all the city/state/federal areas that have taken, sometimes with no payment to the leasee….There is no HOMESTEADING in the U.S. any longer.We lease the land /home from the countys , thats what county tax is, if you don’t pay it, what happens????? You loose your property to the leaser ie. GOVERNMENT,,,Take off your ROSE coloured glasses and wake up PEOPLE,Most likely, if a radical gets inpower again, we will never VOTE again, IT MIGHT BE YOUR LAST VOTE,,,Make it a wise choice,if you see your preceint doing something out of the norm,(bussing in people, not checking for voter registration,intimadation of any sort) call the press, do anything, just don’t stand there shrugging ♥

      • kara
        May 8, 2012 at 10:07 pm

        actually alaska was the last state to allow homesteading it went on til 1986

      • jo
        May 10, 2012 at 7:02 pm

        I agree.
        wait until some of the rose colored eyeglass wearers actually read the super fine print on the backs of their car/road tax and vin licenses papers or vehicle registration paper( forget which one) but on the backs it says in high speak but it means that at anytime the government wants us off the roads for any reason they can remove the right to OWN & drive our vehicles.

    • David Madewell
      May 8, 2012 at 7:07 pm

      When leadership is weak, the weak begin to lead. Welcome to Goofytown.

      • Derby
        May 9, 2012 at 2:57 pm

        It seems the city government is plenty strong.. what is weak is
        the self-government of the people.

    • One8
      May 9, 2012 at 4:39 am

      Lol we haven’t got any rights anymore. The goverments trying to get rid of us one by one

      • Brian Fields
        May 9, 2012 at 11:14 am

        Yes they are trying to get rid of about 6 billion people all in the name of sustainability…………………. We all have to stand up to these bastards.

    • Phil
      May 9, 2012 at 6:06 am

      What happened to our constitutional rights? Too many pseudo-communists in office over the years. Homes not really ours? Recall the first Plank of the Communist Manifesto – Elimination of private property. Realize that no matter how long ago you may have paid off your house/property, you still WILL have it seized, at gunpoint if necessary, and at the cost of your life depending on how much resistance you put up, if you don’t PAY YOUR PROPERTY TAXES. So, do you really EVER own your property as long as you must continue making payments to stave off seizure, which is forever? No. If you are willing to die for it, then I guess you could say you own it until the S.W.A.T. team comes and shoots you for resisting them. Like it or not, America is at least partly communist, and heading deeper fast.

    • John Doetsky
      May 9, 2012 at 10:19 am

      it isn’t that they aren’t really yours, but that often states claim that ownership of land only means the surface and what is found above the surface…it is likely that the man didn’t read the laws in his state well enough…these kinds of laws are in place so that the state can come in and claim any resources that are found underground, like precious metals, oil, coal, or natural gas…not saying i agree with it, just saying that is the reality

    • Renegade Ray
      May 9, 2012 at 11:14 am

      IF the government was to do that to me they would have to carry me out in a bag along with MANY of there own.. It is Time we STOP the corruption. STOP the POLICE STATE, STOP the Blatant Disregard for Our Constitutional Rights! Fellow American’s… we are coming Very Close to Nazi Germany mid 1930’s WAKE UP!!

    • May 9, 2012 at 11:45 am

      You pay property taxes, right? You don’t own it if the government can take it for non payment of tax (rent).

    • Klaus
      May 9, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      It’s not just Obama, who is way out of control himself. It’s government in general and these people that violate our rights and usurp their authority like this should be rounded up and publicly executed on national television. I’m sick of the mother F***ers in government. Where the hell is the local outrage? The people in that community should be storming the city government buildings. WTF!!!!

    • terry
      May 9, 2012 at 4:10 pm

      You pay for your house with currency that has debt/lien’s attached to it

    • Jo
      May 9, 2012 at 4:19 pm

      What do you people think happened to our Constitution? You still vote for the Status Quo. You still expect the govt to take care of all your needs and for security, you had allowed the govt to infringe on your Constitutional Rights and you stay quiet. Vote Ron Paul 2012 to get your constitutional rights AND PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS back.

      • David
        May 9, 2012 at 4:39 pm

        It is all well and good to vote for whomever you want in office but remember that it is the electoral college’s vote that actually counts. There have been several presidents in our history that have lost the popular vote. If we really want a change for the better we have to push to disbanded the elector college and remove lobbyists from capital hill.

    • Enlightened
      May 9, 2012 at 5:17 pm

      Constitutional rights went out the window with the last election.

      • rorak
        June 4, 2012 at 11:17 pm

        The constitution started to go bye bye with or before Nixon and Hover. People should have realized that when it became illegal to own a firearm when your a felon that soon everyone is going to be a felon.
        Its really sad when you know that 90% or more of our government would have been executed by the writers of our constitution as traitors.

    • Jeff
      May 9, 2012 at 9:20 pm

      Strictly speaking we don’t own our homes if we have to pay taxes in order to keep them. Anything you have to pay fees or taxes in order to utilize is not inherently your property. We are lead to believe it is, but if we had sovereign authority over what we believe is our property, the government would have no ability to tax it, nor could they confiscate it without compensation.

    • SovereignMary
      May 9, 2012 at 10:32 pm

      I sure hope this poor man gets to sue all involved for their eye teeth. That bunker probably could have been used for a good tornado shelter. And, by the way – what was the reason for also cementing up his basement too? So much for property rights in Texas!

    • Stephen gardipee
      May 10, 2012 at 5:51 am

      I think this is a wake up call! The Constitution does not protect itself. We now have a secular progressive government. We need to elect conservative “Tea Party” conservatives who will respect the constitution. Get informed and get involved. I am voteing for tea party favorite, Glen Addison for Senate.

    • David Work
      May 10, 2012 at 7:41 am

      The sad reality is that we don’t own anything, we merely lease it from the government. They can take it from us any time they please. It didn’t start with Obama, our country has been going down this road for decades. Obama’s administration is probably just the final nail in the coffin for freedom.

    • Wolfman
      May 10, 2012 at 9:00 am

      All I can say is More Government=Less Freedom

    • pat
      May 10, 2012 at 6:15 pm

      Time to over throw this communist government. Get your guns ready and lets do it.

    • todd bly
      May 10, 2012 at 7:04 pm

      its texas theyve been using eminent domain at least since bush2 was governor there in texas you dont have constitutional rights

    • darvin
      May 11, 2012 at 1:42 am

      we never really own our homes. after they are paid off, if you dont pay your taxes they take your house so we will always be paying on our house or it will be taken from us

    • matt oller
      May 11, 2012 at 6:11 am

      Caesar said, divide and conquer. give them bread and circus.
      nothing has changed. i was watching a film, and all that is done is to dehumanize someone, lie often, and loud, and voila! that is now the truth.
      It matters little what puppet is in office as long as the same puppeteer pulls the strings…

    • element
      July 13, 2012 at 1:52 am

      texas is n energy point for illuminati rituals and agenda… and also a point they have to keep secure from the borders not people gettng in, but when shtf people getting out. good luck all and god speed. ake up before your bed is filled with concrete while ur in it ;-]

    • JM
      December 25, 2012 at 4:40 am

      4th Amendment Constitutional Rights have now all but disappeared under the “Homeland Security Act.” We all saw it coming. Our Senate and Congress saw it coming. Now we have a Fourth Reich, with policies being enforced by a new Gestapo.

  2. Derrick
    May 8, 2012 at 10:49 am

    this is outrageous! This should not have happened. He served his country, and worked for the state; and this is how this elderly man is going to be treated. This is how we know time are getting bad and we shouldn’t fall back but hold our ground!

  3. Carol-Lee Kim
    May 8, 2012 at 11:10 am

    I thought Texas at least was the last stronghold for the constitution being upheld. The even sadder thing is if this gentleman wins, and I hope he does mightily. That it won’t be the idiots in office that have their property removed to give to the gentleman, it will be the tax payers of the city. This is so sad, and senseless.

    • Sarah Henry
      May 8, 2012 at 12:20 pm

      perry is a banker backed Bilderburg flunky just like all the rest of them-Austin is ran by Liberals,nuff said

      • Scott
        May 8, 2012 at 6:38 pm

        Screwn Texas and Texans…bunch of inbred redneck pig f@ckers

        • Desertman
          May 8, 2012 at 7:30 pm

          @ Scott, don’t get your panties in a wad, the people of the great state of Texas don’t need your ignorance anyway. Enjoy your mom’s basement while you can, who knows her home may be next.

        • Chris
          May 9, 2012 at 8:20 am

          Actually is the yankee carpet baggers that are screwing it up.

          • David
            May 9, 2012 at 4:45 pm

            Ok first off, Scott, your an idiot for generalizing. Two, Chris, this isn’t the post civil war south. Don’t paraphrase things you read about in U.S. History class in high-school.

        • J. D.
          May 10, 2012 at 12:40 am

          Scott, what is wrong with being a redneck? I’m proud to be a born and bred (NOT inbred) redneck. I’ve visited Texas many times and I like Texas and Texans. Excluding some of them from Austin.

    • Jeff
      May 8, 2012 at 7:48 pm

      Austin seems to be the exception to that Carol

      • Chris
        May 9, 2012 at 8:21 am

        Add Houston to that list as well.

  4. Ken
    May 8, 2012 at 11:11 am

    We’ve got to get our gov’ts back to serving us, not ruling us. Smaller is better. I think more and more people are realizing the police state we are now finding ourselves in. This is a very sorry state of affairs. I hope Joe gets his home back and is compensated for the stress.

    • JC
      May 8, 2012 at 11:22 am

      I couldn’t agree with you more Ken. We need smaller government. The government employees are public servants, not rulers of the citizens.

  5. jess
    May 8, 2012 at 11:53 am

    nice reporting. you forgot the part where it was reported that he had signifigant quantities of explosives on the property.

    Turned out not to be true, but it’s the reason why the SWAT and everyone else was there in the first place.

    • Kroton
      May 8, 2012 at 12:04 pm

      Yes that is just the cover story they tell the sheep to get a way with it

    • G Money
      May 8, 2012 at 12:06 pm

      I agree: If someone LIED about explosives to get the warrant so SWAT could come to the party (which is pretty much guaranteed), then that should be reported.

    • Off Grid Survival
      May 8, 2012 at 12:11 pm

      First, maybe you should watch the video because he mentions the so called explosives in the video, so we really didn’t leave anything out of the story.

      Second SWAT showing up had nothing to do with the so called “explosives”. There were barrels filled with gravel in the backyard that were discovered during the raid NOT EXPLOSIVES. The bomb squad was called out over barrels filled with dirt and gravel.

      He did have a couple old inert Grenades that were also found during the raid but again they had nothing to do with SWAT showing up at his door. They were old NON-WORKING grenades that people collect.

      The explosive B.S. which even you admit was not true, was in my opinion a cover story created by the city to save face. The fact is, they raided a 70 year old mans home over zoning and permit issues. If they really feared this guy there is no way they would have let the zoning officials knock on his door.

      • suzi more
        May 8, 2012 at 7:48 pm

        I heard one thing that this man said that brought an “aha!” to my mind, he thought that they may have wanted his property for some reason. Who knows, his little piece of property may have been what someone wanted and this whole thing could have been a way of intimadating him into selling it. Especially with a whopping bill that he couldn’t ever afford. I think all of you are reading into this incorrectly. Somebody wanted to make trouble for him, maybe even frighten other property owners in his neighborhood so they might sell out. You need to watch and see what happens next.

    • Brian Fields
      May 9, 2012 at 11:19 am

      Jess Don’t believe everything you read or see in the mainstream media. They say what they want so they can do what they want!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Constance Griffin
    May 8, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    we have elected these people… the appointments
    are by the people we have elected… the thing is that people are too busy trying to stay afloat to do the research on the canidates…( and that is deliberate) so the lies get them elected… we have sold ourselves into slavery and now have devils for masters.

  7. James
    May 8, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    “I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.” — James Madison

  8. Dinah
    May 8, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Is there a mailing address where we can donate money to help this man’s fight?

  9. nativeATX
    May 8, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    I live in Austin, and this is disheartening to hear about. It makes me anxious, because of what these days are coming to, and keeps my finger on the trigger because i won’t be a victim. I pity da fool that comes to my house looking to barge there way in and violate my rights and disturb my castle.

  10. John
    May 8, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Cities condemning properties is not a new thing. This has been done may times.

  11. Mo Hanson
    May 8, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Actually, the right to seize property for other than Gov projects (ie: roads, public works) was granted by the Supreme Court in about 2002, right before the real estate bust. Florida wanted to redevelop expensive property with expensive homes, and confiscated the pre-existing homes on grounds of urban redevelopment. Florida won (Republican state, conservative court)

  12. agentsteg
    May 8, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    This is from 2 years ago..

  13. Rob
    May 8, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Where is the governor? Why isn’t he helping this man? Was he told about this?

  14. Harry Nutczak
    May 8, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    I don’t give a ratzass what political party is in that towns government, this mans property was illegally seized! Many people had fallout/bomb shelters in the 1960’s. Why is it so horrible if someone still has one? From the looks of the way things are going these days, we no longer need to worry about another nation taking an offensive step, it is our own government that has declared war on US citizens. Under BATFE rulings, every single Mormon in this country fits under their definition of a terrorist because their religion tells them to stockpile food! I am probably considered a terrorist threat because I preserve food myself. How has being self-sufficient become a crime?

    • old soldier
      May 8, 2012 at 5:50 pm

      I agree whole heartedly. The city destroyed this man’s property and had the audacity to bill the man. Also, yes, many people had bomb shelters from the 50’s, and most likely still do. In the 50’s , the govt actively promoted building shelters. Not only that, but shelters were set up in the basements of many govt bldgs, local and state. It’s kinda ridiculous that the govt would reverse itself and do what they did to this man’s property. Finally, don’t forget about the two previous stories on this site where a state or federal govt entity took action like this story: Michigan with the pigs and Maryland with the seizure of a couple’s bank account.

  15. Debbie
    May 8, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    it’s not like he didn’t see this coming….

    a little research reveals the whole story
    2008

    Aug. 8 – City receives first complaint regarding a “large hole” under the driveway at 2006 Canterbury St. The owner told a city investigator he was building a handicap ramp.

    2009

    Sept. 30 – City receives complaint that a large hole on the property had been filled with water.

    Oct. 7 – Investigator visits 2006 Canterbury and is told by the owner that he is filling a sinkhole and building a retaining wall. Owner receives a warning notice for working without a permit, and a stop work order is posted.

    Oct. 12 – City approves a site plan exemption requiring a building permit for the property.

    Oct. 23 – After the city finds no building permit has been issued, an investigator visits property, finds no one at home.

    Dec. 11 – Follow-up inspection. Owner told he needs to obtain a building permit.

    2010

    Jan. 6 – Follow-up inspection. Appears no more work has been done.

    March 25 – Follow-up visit. No one at home; investigator leaves card.

    March 26 – Phone call to owner. No answer; investigator leaves message.

    April 27 – Follow-up visit. No one at home; investigator leaves card.

    April 28 – Owner contacts city; inspection scheduled.

    May 4 – Inspection finds extensive excavation beneath house.

    May 8 – Follow-up inspection. Administrative search warrant issued.

    May 13 – Follow-up inspection. Notice of violation posted.

    • Matt
      May 8, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      Could you link your sources please?

  16. sharpinla
    May 8, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Agenda 21 wears no color exclusively (i.e. blue or red) and it starts locally and moves up the food chain to the national level.

  17. Simple Simon
    May 8, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    This is very similar to the Andrew Wordes fight in Roswell, GA which ended with his tragic death in the face of heavily-armed police.

    And to support previous comments, I have lived and worked in Austin – it is E San Francisco, not Texas.

  18. Raven
    May 8, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Look here Liberals, this is what you trun a blind eye to every day… Your constitutional rights as well as mine and other conservatists are being taken away,,(by force” not be lawful procedures.. You may be next

  19. stephen g
    May 8, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Some progressive liberal told the police department the old man had a under ground set up and made a bunch of shit up about the man-blam looked what happened to this man and his home-why could not the police ask him if they could look at his under ground set up-something is wrong about the whole thing-someone wanted to get this man,since when can a home owner not have a under ground set up.I hope he sues the police and city and wins millions of dollars-he should win by all means.this country has become a police state but you can not do any thing to an illegal alien,black person but if your a white male you have no rights at all-This makes me so dam mad…

    • “Some progressive liberal told the police department the old man…” Pretty firm statement with no proof offered. Could it possibly a neighbor who didn’t like the idea of a standing pool of water in the neighborhood? Maybe a property owner concerned about the value of his own property? As long as we keep up this liberal vs conservative dialog, the forces that be will continue to hose us. They want us to keep fighting over non-issues while they pick our pockets.

  20. Mune Shadowe
    May 8, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Remember folks;
    There is a method to the madness and if you don’t see it coming you are nothing more than a fool….

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