Austin, TX: Officials Seize 70-Year-Old Man’s Home Because He Had a Bunker

More out-of-control BS from a government gone crazy.  However, what is particularly disturbing is that this happened in Texas!  Sure, I can see this happening in a Libtarded state like Massachusetts, but Texas???  Something very strange is going on here.

(Note to self: If the government comes-a-knockin’ at my door, it’s a “storm cellar,” not a bunker):

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

Early 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

After 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.”

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7 Comments on “Austin, TX: Officials Seize 70-Year-Old Man’s Home Because He Had a Bunker”

  1. lodabullah Says:

    Call it a mosque & they’ll leave you alone.

  2. AgileBulletDodger Says:

    I looked at the schematic of the home and underground structures. Not sure why they took such an aggressive position on this and feel they didn’t have to concrete it all in. The two 55 gal barrels, compressed gas tanks and lead-acid batteries may have been cause for haz-mat concern but that could have been addressed by helping him clean it up and/or properly dispose of hazardous materials. This is way overboard – even speaking as a Texan.

  3. Gonzo Says:

    I wonder if he is an Oath Keeper. Gvt has started taking a hard line with them as of late.

  4. Big Frank Says:

    Using the police to enforce building code violations sure looks to me like something that used to take place on the other side of the ‘Iron Curtain’. Instead of just the building code enforcement this citizen got the ‘Stazi’ and Volkspoliezi’ treatment, just as Mr. Ted Nugent did. This is nothing new , the use of local and state codes as a means to punish, silence, and intimidate ‘troublesome’ citizens who have balls enough to speak up and challenge the system.

  5. t.w. Says:

    big brother is watching you. listening to you, and can pin point a dime from space. its all about control. keep the people ignorant and they can control all. getting more naziest all the time.

  6. islams not for me Says:

    Just goes to show ya…

    Make a ‘shelter’ in or under your home and all of a sudden your a ‘terrorist’.

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