Update December 10th: This story is now debunked; both the LDS Church and the two canneries involved say they weren't visited by the Feds. Updated post HERE.
The Oathkeepers.org website is reporting that federal agents recently visited a cannery operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Tennessee and demanded a list of names of those purchasing in bulk, but finally left empty-handed when the facility manager couldn't provide the information. The specific cannery wasn't identified, but a recently-published list indicates there are two of them in Tennessee; in Hendersonville and in Knoxville.
Shortly afterwards, Oathkeepers went offline, but the same information has also been posted on other websites including GodLikeProductions, on Free Republic, and Tennessee Sons of Liberty. Oathkeepers switched servers and is now back online; you can read it for yourself and decide upon its reliability.
From the original post:
This incident was confirmed by Oath Keepers Tennessee Chapter President, Rand Cardwell. Here is Rand’s report:
“A fellow veteran contacted me concerning a new and disturbing development. He had been utilizing a Mormon cannery near his home to purchase bulk food supplies. The man that manages the facility related to him that federal agents had visited the facility and demanded a list of individuals that had been purchasing bulk food. The manager informed the agents that the facility kept no such records and that all transactions were conducted on a cash-and-carry basis. The agents pressed for any record of personal checks, credit card transactions, etc., but the manager could provide no such record. The agents appeared to become very agitated and after several minutes of questioning finally left with no information. I contacted the manager and personally confirmed this information.
The specific federal agency was not identified. Ironically, another arm of the federal government, FEMA, actually advises citizens to store emergency supplies, including bulk food, in the event of a natural disaster or man-made event.
This could easily be a legitimate enquiry. The federal government could be investigating some possible genuine subversive group or activity in the area, and a visit to the cannery could be a legitimate part of the investigation. To avoid compromising such an investigation, the federal agents would not unnecessarily reveal additional details. But the federal government's mania for secrecy fuels suspicion among many Americans who believe that government has become increasingly intrusive, invasive, and oppressive.
Further fueling suspicion of government among some residents of eastern Tennessee are some other questionable activities. A Knoxville middle school teacher reportedly assigned her students the task of taking pictures of their refrigerators and pantries at home and submitting them as homework; students who objected were threatened with a letter grade of "F". In addition, TSA VIPR teams have reportedly exercising police powers on Interstate 40 throughout the state under the guise of "anti-drug" and "anti-terrorist" activity; highway policing under non-emergency circumstances is normally the exclusive province of local and state cops. At present, TSA seems to be focusing their activity on truckers at weigh stations on the interstate.
When local residents start connecting all three of these issues, one can easily understand why they become suspicious of the motives of government. Not a day passes by in which government, in one form or another, is constantly prodding, pushing, and testing you, demanding that you prove your "worthiness" at every turn. It can be like living under a microscope.