Your Land is no longer your land! U.S. Government Stealing Land

So what do you do when the U.S Government tells you that the new land you just bought, is no longer yours?

Think it can’t happen? Think again! A couple in Priest Lake, Idaho thought that they found the land of their dreams, but instead the EPA turned it into a complete nightmare.

It all started when a couple, Chantell and Mike Sackett, purchased a .63 acre parcel of land where they planned to build a new home. They obtained all the needed permits, followed all the local laws, and then started work on their new home.


Just as the couple started work on their new home, the Environmental Protection Agency showed and demanded that they stop building. They then issued a “compliance order” that the couple restore the land to its native condition, plant trees and shrubs every 10 feet, fence off the property, and let the land sit untouched for three years.

They then demanded payments of over a quarter of a million dollars,to “request” permission from the U.S. government to build on their own land. To make matters even worse, they began to fine the couple $37,500 per day. Those fines are now over $40 million.

With few options available, the couple decided to fight the Government in court. That’s where the story takes another ugly turn.

Apparently, the government has the power to block these types of cases because they are “administrative decisions” that can not be questioned by the court. So far, the couple’s case has been thrown out by the district court and the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Here is the video from the Pacific Legal Foundation who is helping the couple fight the case.

Between people being arrested for living off the grid, and now this, are any of us safe on our own land? What happened to the American Dream?


  1. Between not being allowed to live off the grid, collect your own rainwater, and actions like this, living in one of those Chinese land-grabs are looking pretty good right now.

  2. Tim Harp
    September 25, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    I thought we were living in a chinese labor camp.
    Another sad day for americans. We pay taxes on the land and any day the government can take it for way below market value.

    • Dylan
      August 15, 2016 at 7:35 am

      Stand strong. Speak the truth. Find the Lord and do what he wants!

  3. mike
    September 26, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    this is so freaking insane. this is what our country has come to wow honestly give me a break this country is getting more stupid by the minute if you ask me

  4. vlad
    September 27, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    The Black Arrow by Vin Suprynowicz
    page 41
    Jerry Westheimer was just a tax man, medium level cog in a very big machine. He knew that people did not like him but did not expect to be killed for what he did, which as to steal the property of the productive class, a little at a time gradually driving his own country deeper and deeper into the sinkhole of socialist corruption and induced redistributionist poverty.

    • Jason Bladzinski
      November 8, 2013 at 3:04 pm

      What? That is totally beside the point! Don’t use this poor couples situation to distract the situation and then sneak in a manipulative statement about your political views. There is nothing socialist about this at all, it’s just a way to bully people into paying money hoping because the trouble of fighting the government is an almost insurmountable nightmare. Those kind of tactics are typical in the history of capitalism, not socialism. My heart goes out to this family, they want to live there for their obvious appreciation of the beauty of nature, to fine them for destroying nature is slap in the face.

  5. Tina
    September 27, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    God bless the Sacketts and Pacific Legal Fund.

    Sic ’em!

  6. Susan Smith
    September 28, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Maybe they stumbled onto a nuclear warhead site. Makes one wonder what the government might be hiding underneath that land.

  7. AR
    September 30, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Makes me wonder if they purches land on part of a national park or some sort of reserve. But none the less if they don’t want it changed don’t put it up for sale, is this the goverments sick way of making money for land they want?

    • Arden
      October 11, 2012 at 9:04 am

      If the land were a national park or preserve of some kind it wouldn’t have been for sale in the first place. These lands are owned by either the federal or local government and are never listed for sale by these entities. It is possible that the government had been looking to expand a nearby park or preserve onto that parcel and then when it wasn’t sold to them started this harrassment, but then it becomes the responsibility of the courts to send the government packing after apologizing to the owners and reimbursing them for any money that was paid in fines or lost due to stopping the construction.

  8. Robbie Eagle
    October 2, 2011 at 4:44 am

    Welcome to Agenda 21.Plants & animals are more important than people.

  9. Preston
    October 27, 2011 at 11:08 am

    That’s unconstitutional because the constitution guarantees a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

    • Brandon
      January 4, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      And the right to private property.

    • Mike
      October 11, 2012 at 9:08 am

      Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness… Look closely at that, it says the Pursuit of happiness, not the having, holding or maintaining happiness merely the pursuit of it.

  10. Bruce
    November 14, 2011 at 3:12 am

    This case probably will be won or lost on the registered status of the land at the time of the work commencing, i.e. the wetland-inventory and the true co-ordinates of the land in question. If the Sacketts referenced the wrong co-ordinates, it’s game-over for them. If the inventory is proved to be inaccurate, the EPA will correct it and attempt to sweep this case under the carpet.

    • Gerry
      February 12, 2012 at 9:53 am

      The USA government and it EPA are as corrupt as the Canadian government and it’s municipalities. Your land is not secure. Your livelihood is not secure.

  11. Travis Simpson
    December 2, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    This is what the Federal Regulative Agencies do…they infringe upon our rights as citizens and because they are “untouchable” in the fact that they themselves can not be individually sued when they innaccurately apply regulations. The regulators have no skin in the game and their indifference is readily apparent to anyone who has had to deal with them. I have some experience in dealing with these people and the first thing you can not do is show them that they intimidate you in anyway. Your first response needs to be one of absolute outrage and you have to let them know immediately that you are going to personally get into their business and you are going to be their worst nightmare; you need to threaten negative media exposure and you also need to find out who their bosses boss is and maybe even find the person at the top of their orgchart and contact them and fill them into the injustice that’s taking place and contact any politicians that may have influence over the situation. You may be in for a long fight, but if you have the attitude that you are not going to quit no matter what you can get through these bastards!

  12. Jim F
    December 7, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    It is all part of the governmental control of the power brokers. The best way to stop it is to track down the officials who initiate the action, Hunt them down and kill their family. Then you will start to see these kinds of action cease.

    I know, its cruel to take it out on their families but at this point, there needs to be a strong message sent.

    Your politicians and the legal system will not back you up EVER!!! You have no other choice now.

    Good luck to all who carry the fight forward. You will be considered heroes.

    • Tz
      June 8, 2014 at 10:51 am

      Really? “…kill their family…”? Wow, what an Ass.
      BTW, I hear that you are related to the government officials. It’s just a rumor but that’s good enough for you apparently. So…go kill yourself.

      • john stagg
        January 13, 2017 at 9:31 am

        If you stay the government will kill you and your family. Do you think that is right. What about Waco and Ruby Ridge and so many other government murders. We are forced to comply to the law but the government can make up laws as they go along. The epa is worse than the carpetbaggers after the 1860’s war against the states by the federal government. Thank God we voted in Donald Trump. Hillary would have put all true Americans in Fema camps.

  13. Ken
    December 9, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Welcome to the USSR

  14. Terry M.
    December 20, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    It’s time to take out the trash!

  15. Luis
    December 27, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    US GLOBALIST NWO Govt’ is pushing us ( The American people) as hard as they can
    because they are looking for a fight!! It is in their agenda to make us revolt ie
    have a revolution if you will!! This will give them the excuse to use all out force

    against us!! Read the Georgia guide stones, listen how Bill Gates wants to help
    the NWO reduce the world population!! Purchase as much weaponery as possible

    before you are no longer able to. Buy up everything you can, food ammo etc.

    Research UN AGENDA 21 he is also on youtube

    Psalm 94:16

  16. Scott
    December 28, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    If the government wants to arrest me and mine for living off grid,or think their gonna come in and fine me for build a home on my land,they better bring their own supply of body bags!!!!!

  17. Enoch
    January 15, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    the perfect example of why you should never let the government know what your doing. It’s your land do what you want to on it. Build your home fortify it and defend what is yours.

    • sks56guy
      January 18, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      This action by the government is further proof of the overall plan to re-wild america, and round people up into cities so that yes we can be controlled and numbers reduced in a organized way. You can call it what you will, but this is the End Game for our constitution as we once knew it to be. I hope there are enough non-cogs in our society to not allow our country to go the way of China. That is to say, every aspect of our lives will be known and approved or dissapproved of by a government agency. The EPA is nothing more than a stepping stone in the next ponzi-scheme of carbon credits, which was partially the brain-child of ex-VP Al Gore, who has majority holdings in these carbon credit dealing companies. This will play as part of the new stock market. It’s important to be ready when SHTF..

  18. Karl
    February 4, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    On the surface this seems appalling….upon further inspection…

    The documents, obtained from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers under the federal Freedom of Information Act, show that the couple disregarded the opinion of a wetlands expert they hired to evaluate their property. The Sacketts also passed up an offer from the Army, which shares jurisdiction over wetlands with the EPA, to seek a permit that might have allowed work to continue on the site with little delay, according to the NRDC.

    Tom Duebendorfer, a biologist who specializes in wetlands, confirmed to The Associated Press that he advised the Sacketts in May 2007 that their property was a wetlands and that there were wetlands on three sides of their land.

    He also said it would have been relatively easy and inexpensive for the Sacketts to fill out what is called an “after-the-fact” permit with the Corps of Engineers that is intended for situations like the Sacketts’.

    Levine, the NRDC attorney, said the permit is “meant for the little guy.”

    Such a resolution could have avoided the court case that has followed.

    In other words, they knew the deal and chose to ignore it. They were aware when they were PURCHASING this land that they could have issues developing it unless they went through the proper procedures and chose not to. There was an easy solution, these folks elected not to utilize it and now they’re getting whacked for it. It is unfortunate, but come on….don’t be too hard on the EPA.

  19. Ethical Moral
    February 14, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Dear Chantell and Mike Sackett,

    I’m not an attorney and I’m not an expert BUT, I believe you’re going after the wrong “agency” or business.

    I know a little bit about real estate so here is my two cents, please follow my thinking (even though I’ve read the comments above from Karl):

    * When you bought the property, ALL FACTS MUST BE PRESENTED TO YOU via your real estate broker and-or attorney.
    * That’s the law.
    * Nothing can be hidden from you or it’s not a legal sale.
    * If something was hidden from you, then the Realtor or Broker and the Broker’s office is responsible.
    * Also, if there were any “problems” with the property, THE TITLE INSURANCE COMPANY should have disclosed them to you.

    That being said, if “Karl” is right (above) and you had the facts before you made the decision and you ignored the facts, then the EPA is in their right to stop you.


    Good Luck!

  20. Dan
    February 15, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    From what Ive read and heard about Administrative law, it has to be reviewed by the courts if in dispute, in accordance with the APA act, enacted by congress and signed into law in 1946 by President D. Roosevelt. This law was to stop just the things you are claiming here.

  21. dan
    February 15, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Ethical Moral. I like you am not a real estate attorney, but I had a problem with one of my properties and had hired one to help. She informed me the big catch phrase in all the disclosure statements that is also makes it the hardest to win is the ” To the owners best knowledge” If the owners state they had no actual knowledge of any problems, then that is to the Best of their Knowledge. It sucks, Boy do I know. Sucked to the tune of 25grand for me to fix what they didnt disclose, but had to have known about. Just proving it is darn hard apparently.

  22. Josh
    February 29, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    It seems like if it wanted to protect this wetland property than the government should have bought this property when it was for sale. Before the couple bought it.

  23. shadow
    March 1, 2012 at 10:17 am

    D.C is built on wetlands,They just called it a swamp to get away with it, but u cant.
    This country is getting taken over by Warlords is what it is

  24. OneShot
    March 8, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Actually, this has happened prior to this case though not as bad. As part of the wolf reintroduction and a protected caribou species in NE WA and N ID, the US F&W grabbed over 250,000 acres of land as a refuge. No motor vehicles, not type of improvements, etc. The big issue is there is 26,000 acres of private land that the owners can do anything to without obtaining permits, etc. from the US Fish and Wildlife Department.

    A lot of survivalists think buying farm land is the way to go as it will be safe. Ha. The government can take it for any reason or no reason at all. Look at the Supreme Court decision that allows government to take your land and give it to a developer because the government will get more tax revenue from the developer and they can from you.

  25. john smith
    March 11, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Our way too fat arrogant jack boot thug government is getting out of hand. It is an absolute disaster to allow this to happen to American citizens. They might as well have hung the couple and beat them and probably would if they could get away with it.
    This used to be America but now I have no clue what or who we are. Our useless self serving government officials are more concerned about illegals and recent immigrants rights and benefits then they are legal Americans who have lived here for 50 years and paid taxes into building this country and have sacrificed loved ones in wars protecting it. It makes me sick. They steal our tax dollars and use the money to pander to hispanics and recent immigrants to get votes. They should all be in prison starting with obama.

  26. jesse
    March 15, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Wright when they start telling you what to do on your already purchased land is when you pull out your gun and cap em in the head like the useless zombie they are!

  27. keith
    March 16, 2012 at 11:33 am

    I almost feel paranoid to write this comment now, after seeing this. I’m a (shhh….) and what I find absolutely insulting is the $37,000 dollar per day fine. `

  28. Francisco
    July 20, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    I grew up (until age 25) in the so-called “USSR”. 20+ years ago after the USSR has broken up I predicted that the USSR will move across the pond and be reinstalled in the USSA. Damn! I was right! Outta here.

  29. Arden
    October 11, 2012 at 8:52 am

    You know, the court not being able to get involved because it was an Administrative Decision is plain stupid. The courts are in place for just that purpose, to determine the legallity of those administrative decisions. Has the government forgotten that they are supposed to be a system of Checks and Balances? Am I the only one that remembers that system?

  30. Hang Man1
    October 16, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    What the govornment is doing is just plain evil. The EPA was created to stifle the freedoms of the american pepole. May this country one day fall.

  31. Another Slave
    November 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    More BS from the Kommie Gov. When will people stand up and fight? I will bet never, it is just sickening to think they can dictate what you do with your land. You do NOT own anything in Amerika, you land, cars even your kids.

  32. BBRADY01
    April 2, 2013 at 9:38 am


  33. Gobacktoeuropeandafrica
    February 1, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    You brainwashed nitwits. The land legally was never yours to begin with. Europeans stole the land from the natives then stole Africans from their land, and then later stole Africa, and most recently stole the lands of irag and Afghanistan, implanting a puppet government. Europeans have puppet governments in many nonEuropean countries all over the globe. when you hear European and African nitwits fantasizing about what belongs to them in a foreign country like America , the immediate response should be how did you get in America. EUROPEANS STOLE IT. No one was ever safe from thievery to begin with. It’s obvious that your brains have been stolen also.

    April 2, 2014 at 5:00 pm


    The U.S. Government (federal judges) are complicit to Nevada homeowner association HOA fraud. Apparently, Nevada HOA fraud, embezzlement, check forgery, fraudulent foreclosures are OKAY in Nevada! Don’t believe? Search online with recorders’ offices to see the countless homes being FRAUDULENTLY FORECLOSED by Nevada HOAs! Apparently, in Nevada, anything goes! Federal rulings and the government’s refusal to prosecute Nevada HOA criminals proves this! Stay away from Nevada HOAs! Not legal advice.

  35. thos
    May 18, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    From the first; only those considered undesirables were sent here. The seventh sons of important families were exceptional in that they had a still closely guarded education and strong connections to the inbred nobility of Europe (such as the Bush family for example). Or take the Washington family. When Geo. got here he received many acres from his uncle. Becoming a surveyor he located thousands of acres and divided them between his few wealthy friends. Who do you think the Continental Congress was? Why do you think, when we the people refused to listen to their pleas for capitulation, they appointed themselves Leaders/controllers of the revolution. If we lost, they could get on their knees and be accepted back into their own family. If we won, King George would have powerful agents ready to make England an ally and favored trade partner. I could go on, but Americans need to learn to think.

  36. Tom
    February 8, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    It’s time to cut “Big Brother” down to size! What happened to these people could happen to anyone of us. In life, I’ve learned if you don’t fight back, people will walk all over you. I hate to say this but, I think the day is coming when we’ll have to pick up our guns and take back our country from this corrupt and incompetent government!

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