In a fairly unknown story, the Chinese owned Fufeng group recently purchased 300 acres of farmland to build a wet mill in North Dakota and many in the region are rightfully upset about the foreign incursion and what it means for their community just a stone’s throw away from an Air Force base.
The farmland is 20-minutes from the Grand Forks Air Force Base and the Chinese company recently purchased it and the corn mill. In response, many local citizens are concerned about the new purchase and have been opposing it locally.
Back in May, the Grand Forks Herald reported that Fufeng group had ties to China and the Chinese Communist Party had a role in the company as most Chinese companies do.
The story began when a consultant named Ross Kennedy published a post on his blog that rung the alarm on what doing business with the Fufeng group could mean.
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He contended that the company’s expansion was a threat because they were getting massive tax breaks, was tied to the Chinese Communist Party, had factories near a forced labor camp in China, and the new plant was very close to the Grand Forks Air Force Base where sensitive drone technology was held.
The story got more interesting however when a local opposition voice to the building of the plant, named Jodi Carlson, posted the following message on Facebook on June 23 and it caused quite the stir.
“We have petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. When a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Depotism (oppressive absolute power), it is our right, OUR DUTY, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for our future Security.” (The word “their” (the people) replaced with “our”).”Jodi Carlson posted on Facebook
That’s a paragraph from the Declaration of Independence.
In response, the local police and the FBI visited Carlson’s home to follow up on the social media post. They found no cause for concern, but it is concerning is they felt the need to investigate the woman at all for such a benign remark.
Watch Jodi’s remarks about the FBI visiting her at the 22 minute mark.
“They introduced themselves, they were with the Criminal Investigation Unit from the Grand Forks Police Department,” Carlson said. “The asked if they could step in and visit with me. I’m like sure come in. The first thing out of their mouth was “well we’re calling regarding a social media post that you made on the Fufeng website.”
In another turn, it turns out that the FBI also visited her home but did not identify themselves, according to The Grand Forks Herald.
“This is a group that is fighting against government overreach, and promoting the voices of the people who live in the community,” Carlson later wrote in a post to her Facebook group. “We are not here to be censored, nor harassed by the local police department.”
This story should send shivers down the spine of everyone and shows the intersection between major international business and our rights. It seems this woman was unfairly targeted for the fact that she does not tow the communist party line and is standing in the way of one of the party’s major investments.
This is just pure government overreach. Why did this woman get targeted for an obvious check up? Who made that decision? It’s troubling to say the least and shows just how far our federal authorities will go on behalf of multi-million dollar foreign business dealings. Let us know your opinions on it.