FDLS members have lost all children under five. In an extreme travesty of justice, families have been separated without due process in each of the individual cases. From watching video and reading internet news, the best I can glean is that some 16-year-old alleged that she was raped and abused by her older husband. Authorities say they don't know for sure who she is. They say they've never physically met her to discuss the charges. One wonders if she even exists at all.
A warrant is issued to search the YFZ compound and the state systematically separates the families? I say "systematically" because... notice how they did this. First, the women and children are together in some other location. Maybe folks in America wouldn't be so outraged if the children can stay with their mammas. Suppose the men living there see they're going to leave their wives and children safe somewhere else, so they don't fight just then. Throw a few juicy tidbits on the evening news about how weird it is to have SEX WHEN YOU'RE 15 (yowie! That could never happen in mainstream America!!) and how the girls all dress like some backward Laura Ingalls, and you have yourself covered. People will lose interest and talk instead about a celebrity having too big a butt or learn the latest about the perfect tan.
Oh... but now the families are not "cooperating," (would you?) and we have to take away all children over the age of five so that we can get them away from the influence of the parent and question them properly.
I'm sure the state would be more than happy to admit if it made a mistake and just give the kids back. No way CPS would lead the children to say something that isn't entirely true. No way a scared kid would tell these strange adults who have total charge of their lives right now ANYTHING they think they want to hear.
Incidentally, the criticisms directed against the moms' leaving their children in CPS care to go to meetings, etc., even when they feel their children are in danger by CPS *does* make perfect sense. Who has the power here? Don't tell me you wouldn't go along with just about anything, tell them just about anything, and try to stay together with your family if you can. Know what? I'd probably be one going to the womens' shelter for "abused" women because it would play right into their hands. Tell them what they want to hear, oh, thanks for saving me! You're so wonderful (kiss kiss kiss) and I'm gonna divorce my husband and can you help me find a job and join the Democratic party and the Unitarian church blah blah blah.
Then when I get my kids back you will NEVER hear from me again. What was my name again?
Texas, America is watching. If you don't want another Waco, you'd best watch how you handle this. Give those kids back and apologize. Next time make sure you have a bunch of evidence before you act. All you're doing is teaching these folks that cooperation is going to make things WORSE and will lead to ever-tightening restrictions on the family and loss of their very homes and lives.
Shame on you.