Dear Senator Grassley

Dear Senator Grassley,

I have been corresponding with your assistant John Kaufman since 2006. He advises me that you are aware of my complaint. John has through the years advised me of several things that did not materialize as he said it would. My complaint is that my local government officials used chemicals unlawfully applied to my private property with intent to cause me serious injury or death. The chemicals were applied by a neighbor who purchased his legally nonconforming lot from the Mayor. He illegally redeveloped the property causing nuisance drainage, loss of value and structural damage to my property. My complaints to the building administrator were ignored. His duty to address my concerns were refused. Instead this neighbor’s brother, a County Detective, with an obvious conflict of interest began acting as a city building authority. This County officer had no authority or jurisdiction to act as any official in this City. The actual building administrator continued issuing this neighbor fraudulent building permits. As expected when this neighbor went to get his redevelopment recorded on the County plat map, it was rejected.

It was at this time he, along with the City officials and the County attorney determined his remedy was to eliminate me. With the addition of my property added with his he would be in compliance with State building code. 

He began applying chemicals to my side of the 300′ common boundary in spring of 2005. I developed a “rash” on my shins at this same time. I had owned my property for ten years, I have never had any type of “rash”, never so much as poison ivy. Through the advice of a dermatologist and the process of elimination it has been determined the “rash” was caused by the chemicals my neighbor had exposed me to. I requested him to stop, asking for an incident report from the police chief. The neighbor would not stop. I received an incident report 16 months after the initial exposure. By this time the “rash” had developed into a severe skin condition. It was unbearable to simple wear clothes. I was completely unable to function from what had become a full body condition of eruptions on my skin. I researched the chemical and it did have a history of being known to cause rashes on peoples skin. In this case I was exposed intentionally by this neighbor in which I had no control. I requested the City and the County attorney file a trespassing complaint against him on my behalf. They refused stating they did not believe in neighbor against neighbor complaints. A double standard as I was criminally charged by the City and the State on fabricated laws and ordinances. This was an attempt to cause me financial harm. The chemicals had already rendered me unable to work. I was an upholsterer. The eruptions constantly caused random bleeding from my hands and arms. If I could have worked I could not afford to get blood stains on clients fabric. I was living on money borrowed from friends. Prior to this chemical exposure I was ready to semi retire. I had excellent credit rating and felt financially stable enough to be more selective in the jobs I accepted. I was referred to an attorney. He was briefed on my case by the person who referred him to me. When we met we both understood that the liable party was the city. It was the city who issued the fraudulent building permits. It was the city who refused to stop the trespassing with chemicals on my private property. It was the Mayor who stated on public record that the builders signature on a building permits alleviates the cities liability. At that time I presented one of the building permits issued by the city to this neighbor with no signature. The mayor had no response. There are many similar incidents where the officials implicate themselves on public record. 

I have never needed an attorney or had any experience in a courtroom. I paid my attorney at our first meeting the amount he needed to file a complaint against the city.  He advised that we would sue both the city and the neighbor, adding that the city is where the money is. I submitted my witness list to him. He was impressed, stating that my witness list is “compelling in itself”, that they are “experts in their own right”. I was naive and actually believed an attorney would always have their clients best interest in mind. I have had a significant reality check since then. My attorney had to have gotten a better financial reward from the opposing party. He never filed the complaint but continued to assure me that he did. I get served papers from this neighbor. He is suing me for “loss of enjoyment of his property”. All along the chemicals have routinely been applied to my property. My attorney still misleading me to believe he had filed the complaint against the city advised we would counter sue the neighbor for nuisance drainage. When I advised him of the severe skin condition the chemicals were causing I assumed he would amend the complaint to include damages I suffered from the chemicals. He did not amend the complaint. At trial he did not question any of my witnesses or submit their written affidavits. He did not submit any of the photo evidence that I had been documenting this entire time. Even with my evidence suppressed the judge cited my right to use my property as I wished. He dismissed both complaints. It was on the last day of this civil trial that I asked my attorney about the case against the city. He snickered and told me that he did not want that case. I did not understand why he would deceive me in this way. I understand now that he was a co conspirator with the opposing party. I did feel a sense of relief knowing that the judge ordered my right to use my property as I wished. That was a false sense of relief. The chemicals continued to be applied to my property without pause. I had lost my eyesight by this time. I could not read or recognize people. Only by their voices could I know who was around me. The vision loss was a result of the massive amounts of steroid injections administered by the ER at the local hospital. The steroids would offer me fifteen minutes of relief, that fifteen minutes helped me want to stay alive and regain my health. During this time I contacted you though John Kaufman. First he gave me specific direction as to where to send my evidence. I recall it was the Davenport office with ATT. Penny. I submitted that large envelope of evidence and never heard another thing about it. Sometime later, in a state of dis pare I contacted you again. I signed another authorization for personal information and was advised that you requested an inquiry on my behalf from the FBI. You advised me that the FBI would contact me. I waited five years, Senator Grassley. No FBI ever contacted me. The chemicals continued in a more aggressive manner as my health deteriorated. I contacted you again. Again you advised me that you would request another inquiry on my behalf. You again advised me that the FBI would contact me. You advised me to “be patient” it “takes time”. Another five years passed and no FBI contacted me. 

One afternoon a County sheriff’s officer who was aware of the situation stopped by my home. He advised me that this neighbor had no intention to stop applying the chemicals to my property. The neighbor had to acquire my property or the court would order him to bring his structures into compliance to State building code, or remove the structures and return the lot to its existing condition. Having no protection of the law I had only two options that would eliminate the chemical exposure. One would be to commit a criminal offense myself or I could flee and seek compensation when and if I regained my health. Staying at my home was certain death. I fled homeless, blind and with a severe full body skin condition. 

I am still waiting for an investigation into my case. I contacted an agent though the County Sheriff. Against my gut knowing he had a conflict of interest with the opposing party. 

The agent took 14 months to come to my home. The purpose was specifically for him to review my evidence. He arrived announcing that he had no intention of reviewing any of my evidence. He advised me to verbally tell him my story. I protested. I attempted to point out the violations of Federal law that have been committed against me. Such as violation of my private property rights. He did not recognize that as a violation of Federal law. In fact he was not interested in what I was telling him. He seemed lethargic. He was steady checking the time on his wrist watch. He gave me 2 1/2 hours to tell him a story that took a student lawyer the better part of three days to review the evidence I have documented in this case. Two hours after this agent left my home I receive in my mailbox a letter from the Washington DC headquarters a letter signed by Deputy assistant director JC Hacker. The letter stated that the agent had determined no violation of Federal law has occurred. This investigation was a fraud. this agent did not interview any of my witnesses, he did not interview my Dr. He did not look through financial records for a payment of a bribe. It is not possible for an agent to send a report to Washington DC, and an assistant director to get a decision back to me in Iowa in a period of two hours. This agent pre determined his decisions based on false information the County Sheriff gave to a third party. Several weeks later I received a letter stating as much of the same.

You advised me to document everything. I did that Senator Grassley, the part that has not been done is a competent authority to review my documented evidence. 

 ​Attached is a heartfelt letter I sent to the FBI Omaha division. Still nobody responded, this was soon after your last request for an inquiry. These actors will not go unpunished. In a case of crimes against humanity and torture there are no Statute of Limitations.  Senator I am giving you this one last opportunity to do your job and follow through on what you have the power to do. 

If I do not get a response in a timely fashion I will accept the fact that you have given your permission to take the law into my own hands and serve justice myself using my 2nd amendment right. I hope that if this letter is intercepted by one of your staff members they personally hand it to you. You can reach me at 319-520-0253. It is unfortunate that I have not been allowed to talk directly with you. You present yourself as a supporter of Constitutional Rights and support whistle blowers. I pray that you do not force me into committing a criminal offense. I have no criminal history. I do have a paper trail of my contact with you that will be exposed after you let choose to allow a tragedy occur.  I would like copies of the FBI reports following up on your requests for the inquiries you requested on my behalf. If there are none then it is clear that no legitimate investigation has been done in this case. I will know when an investigation is being done because I have the evidence supporting my allegations in my possession. Advise the FBI there is no statute of limitation for torture. Advise the FBI that this is a case of cruel and unusual punishment. Advised the FBI that hearsay is not evidence. Advise the FBI and the US Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa that they do not have the authority to violated my Federally protected Constitutional Rights anymore that these local government officials did. Hold them accountable for the crimes against humanity they have committed. Good Day Senator.

sincerely serious,

Melody Boatner. ​​

2-12-2011 MB to FBI Omaha

My Doctor says “I am pioneer of the effects Roundup by Monsanto can cause to the human body after being intentionally exposed to the chemical for over five years on a routine basis.

 

Hard to keep local government officials within the guidelines of Federal law?

I was recently advised of this by an attorney, in fact over these past few years several attorney’s have had similar advice for me.

I have gone to extreme lengths to get the proper authority to review the evidence in my case and to proceed to have justice served.

My case is non typical of any other case in this Nation. The criminal acts committed against me have been intentional. They have been as brutal as a civilian in this Country have ever experienced. The pain and suffering continues to exist from the time my eyes open till the time they go to sleep.

The fact that no Federal authority chooses to prosecute my attackers should not have ever been considered in this case. There are Federal laws on the books that are in place to protect citizens from exactly what has happened to me. These laws are not optional for prosecution. Those who have the duty to investigate and prosecute and have not preformed their duties and just as guilty as the ones who physically attacked my person and property, in my opinion they are more liable. They have provided me with no means of having justice be served. The violations of my State and Federal Rights are not to be violated anymore than those who have attacked me. For any person to be held above the law in serious criminal offenses against another citizen is difficult to understand. I know this neighbor is suffering from psychopathic personality disorder. I know that the other officials were in it for personal financial gain. I know the facts because I was a witness, and I have the documentation supporting my allegations.

To the extent in which I have been violated lets get right to the bare bones. Corrupt local government is a common reality in the entire USA. Generally it does not take the form of intentionally causing physical harm and suffering to an innocent civilian. When Senator Chuck Grassley advised me that he requested an inquiry into my allegations I felt a sense of relief. The Senator has great influence over the Federal Government. He advised me that the FBI would be contacting me. I waited for five years and nobody from the FBI contacted me. I contacted the Senator again, he advised me that he would request a second inquiry on my behalf. He advised me to be patient, it takes time. Another five years pass and nobody from the FBI contacted me.

Have you ever tried to contact the FBI, well don’t waste your time because you are only going to be disrespected and hung up on. You can never get the name of the person you are speaking with and quite frankly the statistics show that they as a whole are incompetent. In my case the same is true. I reached out to an agent through the County Sheriff, I knew he had a conflict of interest, that’s how desperate I was.

During these ten years of waiting for a response from the Senator’s inquiry I continued more advanced degree of suffering. My entire body was reacting to the chemical exposure. I had no choice but to stay at my private property with would have resulted in my death I am sure, or flee to escape the chemicals. I chose the latter believing that at some time I would be compensated for the damages I suffered from the intentional actions of my corrupt local government officials. They terrorized me, I was afraid to go to sleep at night because I knew they were not beyond setting my house on fire with me in it. I know that for a fact. You don’t know that because you have never had the opportunity to read my story.

The Senator still has an obligation to assure my evidence has been properly reviewed, however he has now suggested he can do nothing on my behalf. So to sum up what he did, he requested two inquiries on my behalf. He apparently was never given a follow up report from the FBI disclosing what they discovered in my case. I can tell you what they discovered. They discovered nothing, they have never reviewed the evidence. The agent who I finally got connected with came to my home for the purpose of reviewing my evidence. He arrive announcing that he had no intention of reviewing anything. He later disclosed to me that the County Sheriff had given information (hearsay) to a third party and that is how he determined no Federal law has been violated. I can tell you and most of you know that when it come to telling the truth about any subject a law enforcement officer is the last source you can trust to be honest. I was not privy to the information given to this agent, for the purpose I am sure that I would not have the opportunity to present evidence that he was making false statements. This agent was supposed to be investigating on my behalf. He instead cover up the violations of Federal law committed by corrupt local officials.

Now what options do I have to seek justice in a case that destroyed my life? You know and I know the only resolution I have available for justice to be served. The media has much responsibility for the mass shootings we hear of in today’s world. I can testify that these random shooters are not mentally ill. They have been violated to the degree that they will not allow to be disrespected for one more minute. That is what the media should be reporting before it comes to this extreme.

I have pleaded with the media to publish my story. The local editor has been sent the evidence as it took place by me. He stated that my case looks cut and dry. He is right there is no reasonable justification for the criminal offenses that have been committed against me. But he will not publish my story because he has a good relationship with the County Sheriff and does not want to put that in jeopardy. Should I happen to decide I will not go one more minute being disregarded and disrespected to be a human being I am certain that this local editor will withhold the evidence that has been submitted to him by me.

Protecting corrupt government officials is not in the best interest of them. It takes a tragedy and still they are protected from being exposed as the animals they have become.

The buck stops here. https://poisonedbymyneighborfromhell.com terrorist governments using chemical weapons against civilians happening in the USA today. But don’t tell the general public. Let them put themselves in a life threatening situation, that is in the best interest of all involved, right?

Give me my day in court or an AR-15.

I get more pissed off with each day that passes, you will not take my private property without paying the price. Hey I have not paid my half of the court fees as ordered in the civil case Conlee vs Boatner. File a contempt charge against me on that one, State of Iowa!

I am so upset this a.m. Let me tell you why. I am 61 years old, just started getting arthritis in my knee. I spent the entire day and night at a river park in Keokuk, Ia. I have to go there now to work on my vehicles. I had a garage that had heat and AC. I have air compressor and air tools. I had room for two cars in my garage if I wanted to put two cars in there. I have nothing, I was offered nothing and I am not about to settle for nothing.  The chemicals that I was intentionally exposed to caused me to have a chronic skin condition that I cannot control. Prior to being exposed to these chemicals I never so much as had poison ivy. I want you to understand completely what the evidence supports happened to me at the hands of my government officials. I want you to understand that at every opportunity for the government to intervene they have made the choice, not to act on my behalf in their duties according to Federal law.
But let’s get back to why I am feeling intense stress at this time. I have always maintained my own equipment. I like maintaining my own equipment. I am replacing a leaking break line on my car at this time. However instead of having my garage and equipment to assist me in such endeavours I had to leave my vehicle at the river park on a jack stand for the rest of the night. I am simply to tired to finish the job tonight. It takes me much longer to complete any given task now that I was force to flee from my private property, including my well laid out garage. I have to depend on trying to contact someone to give me a ride down to the park to attempt to finish the brake line tomorrow.
The entire day and night the RR crossing arms were down and the warning bells are loud and were ringing constantly during my attempt to get some needed maintenance done on my car. My head is pounding and the ringing seems as if I am still at the park. Why in the hell should I have to go to the park to work on my vehicle. How in the hell is this acceptable. I cannot use my air tools at the park, the hose to my compressor is not 2 miles long. The lifestyle I chose allowed for me to put my car in my garage and use my tools in an efficient manner. Not only did I have to leave my car in the park on a jack stand this morning. But I also had to call friends twice during the time I spent at the park today. I happened to forget a couple of the tools I needed for the brake line repair. I chose to have a garage so I would have all my tools conveniently located for any given task. I will have to ask someone to give me a ride back to the park tomorrow. I chose to have my own garage at my own home on my own property because when I was in charge of my own destiny I did not plan on needing to ask people for favors. I did not plan on being taken out of the working class 20 years earlier than I had planned to retire. Had I have been in charge of my own destiny I had planned to use my private property as a source of income in my golden years. If I had control of my own destiny I damn sure would not be in the riverpark barely able to crawl in and out from under my vehicle or get up off the ground due to the arthritis in my knee at 61 years old.
I am absolutely livid. Here are the basics of my environment complaint. I was intentionally exposed to glyphosate by my neighbor Mark Conlee. Is that a crime? Yes it is the crime of trespassing at the minimum. Trespassing complaints a commonly filed in Lee County Iowa. There is no good or legal reason I should have been denied the right to file a trespassing complaint against Mark Conlee.
Conspiracy against rights. … If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person […] in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same;…
Ok, so whoever the individual was that refused me that right can be viewed as a conspirator against my rights. My right to enjoy my private property, my right to use my private property as I wished as cited by Judge John Linn.
Iowa District Court Lee County
 Case no.   No. EQEQ004304
Conlee vs Boatner.
Right off the top the three who denied my right to file a criminal complaint for trespassing against Mark Conlee are
  1. former City of Montrose Police Chief Brent Shipman,
  2. former Lee County Attorney Mike Short and
  3. current Lee County Iowa Attorney Ross Braden.

Ross Braden was told about my situation soon after he accepted his position of Lee County Attorney and he advised that he was not interested. He and the prior named all knew that criminal acts were being committed against me and they chose not to protect me from harm or protect my Federal rights leaving all of the above co-conspirators against my rights.

Random medical records

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5-22-2001 medical records
medical attention
cataract exam
medical attention
effect glyphosate had when in direct contact with my skin. Chemicals were applied to my property not by me or a family member, but by a neighbor whose goal it was to acquire my property
cateract after care
2-16-2007 lipoma removal pg 9

Public Corruption and Private Property Rights in Violation of Federal Law.

I have always been searching for a private attorney, clearly I do not have a retainer. My assets were unlawfully seized. Prior to this I could have gotten anything I desired on my excellent credit rating.  That being said this is why I believe the Feds have the duty to protect my Constitutional right to private property.

The Fourth Amendment protects Americans from “unreasonable searches and seizures” by the government. But the Supreme Court’s interpretation of “unreasonable” has varied over time. Some searches require warrants, but others do not. In general, the Fourth Amendment protects a person and their property from searches by the government wherever there is a “reasonable expectation of privacy.” For instance, trash that is still inside a person’s home is protected; trash sitting beside the street curb for pickup is not. In the age of the Internet, where so much personal information is shared over social media such as Facebook and Twitter, some people argue that privacy has become a myth. After the 9-11 attacks, Congress passed laws making it easier for the government to use such information when investigating terrorism. The Fifth Amendment protects the right to private property in two ways. First, it states that a person may not be deprived of property by the government without “due process of law,” or fair procedures. In addition, it sets limits on the traditional practice of eminent domain, such as when the government takes private property to build a public road. Under the Fifth Amendment, such takings must be for a “public use” and require “just compensation” at market value for the property seized. But in Kelo v. City of New London (2005), the Supreme Court interpreted public use broadly to include a “public purpose” of economic development that might directly benefit private parties. In response, many state legislatures passed laws limiting the scope of eminent domain for public use.

Rights content written by Linda R. Monk, Constitutional scholar

My property was illegally seized by local government officials. Any control of use of my private property was violated by my neighbor and the local government officials. Unlawfully assaulting me with chemical weapons with the intent of eliminating me from my property is an act of terrorism resulting in torture, that I can testify to and the evidence supports. There is no other side to this story, I am fully disclosing the evidence that supports my allegations are factual.

Public corruption involves a breach of public trust and/or abuse of position by federal, state, or local officials and their private sector accomplices. By broad definition, a government official, whether elected, appointed or hired, violates federal law when he/she asks, demands, solicits, accepts, or agrees to receive anything of value in return for being influenced in the performance of their official duties. One of the most high-profile forms of public corruption is bribery of a public official. Title 18 of the U.S. Code, Section 201 provides the statutory framework for bribery prosecutions. Federal legislators are continuing to work on legislation that increases penalties for public corruption and that attempts to close loopholes created by previous legislation. Ethics violations occur at all levels of government (local, state, and federal) and includes allegations of judicial, legislative, regulatory, contract, and law enforcement corruption. Law enforcement corruption accounts for more than one-third of the current corruption investigations. These cases typically involve law enforcement officers accepting money to protect (or facilitate) drug-trafficking and organized criminal activity. Breaches of the public trust can impact everything, from how well our borders are secured and our neighborhoods protected, to verdicts handed down in courts of law, to the quality of our roads and schools. Public corruption is one of the FBI’s top investigative priorities—behind only terrorism, espionage, and cyber crimes. Federal cases of public corruption are prosecuted by the Department of Justice. Individual states also prosecute cases of public corruption, including charges of bribery, receiving unlawful gratuities, and misuse of confidential information. Private criminal defense lawyers often specialize in either state or federal cases. State court penalties for public corruption range from six months in prison and a $1,000 for misdemeanor misuse of confidential information to a prison term of 8 years and up to a $250,000 fine for felony bribery. A federal offense can likewise garner serious penalties, which may include thousands of dollars and/or time in federal prison.                                                                         

Private criminal defense attorneys are hired by those who are accused of crimes regarding public corruption, not the victims of public corruption. In this case the State attorney for Lee County, Iowa discriminated against me, he had an existing conflict of interest. He refused to prosecute this neighbor for criminal trespassing (in violation of a civil court order) He criminally charged me multiple times with fabricated laws. Laws that do not exist. The city clerk also altered city ordinances specifically for my in the best interest of this neighbor/council member. She committed document fraud multiple times. She never even got reprimanded. Fraud is a criminal offense. This clerk actually got a title of higher authority for the crimes she committed against me. I don’t know if you have viewed my website but here are some links that provide the relevant information and the hard copy evidence.                                            https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/12-U-5aB6PuRmxZX4B8uy-hTpaQ2_Qs34lmVYmGo5tic/edit?usp=sharing   

 https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1OQYEN-sOBooq62NUHwyFObWHlLCwUbLGb3tpmyXON00/edit?usp=sharing

 https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1XkyMRhjC-_8toaLl2pfLSt4YWF_9dts69nIWfTaSfts/edit?usp=sharing               

My site is https://poisonedbymyneighborfromhell.com                     

This is an unprecedented case. There is no other case in which chemicals have been used to eliminate a citizen from their own private property.  https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/10o7BgegCaQc5BVIqEabn4KD_9fBbjaf2Xb6TP6F7iX4/edit?usp=sharing

18 U.S.C. § 229 – U.S. Code: the violation of Federal law that should ensure justice is finally served

Letter sent to the City of Montrose by the State of Iowa agency in charge of Environmental violations. The City followed no laws that are in place to protect all living things from toxic chemicals. This letter was sent to the Street Dept Director at the time. There had never been any chemicals applied anywhere in town except the cemetery by city employees. These chemicals were applied precisely on the city’s easement on my property. Not an inch past my boundary or an inch short of my boundary.  Only after Mark Conlee was elected to city council were chemicals applied to the easement.

warning to City of Montrose unlawful application of toxic chemicals


warning to City poison

warning to City poison


Conlee had applied chemicals to my side of our 300′ common boundary the year prior to this. He continued to apply chemicals to my side of the boundary this year and for three years after that. Five years straight I was intentionally exposed to chemicals. I complained to the city. I complained to County attorney Mike Short. Short advised me that Mark  Conlee “said”, “he only applied it to the bottom of his side of the fence. Both the city and county attorney had the same reason not to file a criminal complaint against Conlee. They didn’t believe neighbors filing complaints against neighbors was a good thing to do. I was criminally charged by the City and the State on complaints based on “Mark Conlee said” all charges against me were dismissed.  Doesn’t the county attorney know that hearsay is not evidence? Mark Conlee “said” many false statements throughout this attack against my person and my property.

Intentional glyphosate poisoning

chemicals applied to my side of the 300′ common boundary

18 U.S.C. § 229 – U.S. Code – Unannotated Title 18. Crimes and Criminal Procedure § 229. Prohibited activities 

Unlawful conduct. (a) –Except as provided in subsection (b), it shall be unlawful for any person knowingly–

(1) to develop, produce, otherwise acquire, transfer directly or indirectly, receive, stockpile, retain, own, possess, or use, or threaten to use, any chemical weapon;  or (2) to assist or induce, in any way, any person to violate paragraph (1), or to attempt or conspire to violate paragraph (1).

Exempted agencies and persons. (b) —

In general. (1) –Subsection (a) does not apply to the retention, ownership, possession, transfer, or receipt of a chemical weapon by a department, agency, or other entity of the United States, or by a person described in paragraph (2), pending destruction of the weapon.

Exempted persons. (2) –A person referred to in paragraph (1) is–

(A) any person, including a member of the Armed Forces of the United States, who is authorized by law or by an appropriate officer of the United States to retain, own, possess, transfer, or receive the chemical weapon;  or

(B) in an emergency situation, any otherwise non-culpable person if the person is attempting to destroy or seize the weapon.

Jurisdiction. (c) –Conduct prohibited by subsection (a) is within the jurisdiction of the United States if the prohibited conduct–

(1) takes place in the United States;

(2) takes place outside of the United States and is committed by a national of the United States;

(3) is committed against a national of the United States while the national is outside the United States;  or

(4) is committed against any property that is owned, leased, or used by the United States or by any department or agency of the United States, whether the property is within or outside the United States.

Chemical Weapons

This crime is punishable by any term of years in prison. If the crime results in death, the punishment is death or life imprisonment. Property owned or used by the person is subject to forfeiture. Any property derived from and proceeds obtained from the offense and property used to commit or facilitate the offense is also subject to forfeiture. The statute also imposes an additional fine of up to twice the gross profit or proceeds from the offense (18 U.S.C. 229, et seq.).

A chemical weapon is:

  1. a toxic chemical and its precursors (chemical reactants that take part in producing a toxic chemical) unless intended for a purpose that is not prohibited and the type and quantity is consistent with that purpose,
  2. a munition or device designed to cause death or harm through toxic chemicals that would be released by the device, or
  3. equipment designed for use directly in connection with using such a munition or device.

A toxic chemical is a chemical that can cause death, temporary incapacitation, or permanent harm to people or animals.

The law specifies that it does not apply to self-defense devices such as pepper spray or chemical mace. It also does not prevent uses related to (1) industrial, agricultural, research, medical, or pharmaceutical activity; (2) protection against chemical weapons; (3) unrelated military purposes; and (4) law enforcement purposes such as riot control and imposing the death penalty.

Iowa Code Sec. 237. Section 729.5, Code 2013, is amended to read as follows: 729.5 Violation of individual rights — penalty. 1. A person, who acts alone, or who conspires with another person or persons, to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate or interfere with any citizen in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to that person by the constitution or laws of the state of Iowa or by the constitution or laws of the United States, and assembles with one or more persons for the purpose of teaching or being instructed in any technique or means capable of causing property damage, bodily injury or death when the person or persons intend to employ those Fri Nov 08 16:03:04 2013 59/65 CH. 90 60 techniques or means in furtherance of the conspiracy, is on conviction, guilty of a class “D” felony. 2. A person intimidates or interferes with another person if the act of the person results in any of the following: a. Physical injury to the other person. b. Physical damage to or destruction of the other person’s property. c. Communication in a manner, or action in a manner, intended to result in either of the following: (1) To place the other person in fear of physical contact which will be injurious, insulting, or offensive, coupled with the apparent ability to execute the act. (2) To place the other person in fear of harm to the other person’s property, or harm to the person or property of a third person. 2. 3. This section does not make unlawful the teaching of any technique in self-defense. 3. 4. This section does not make unlawful any activity of any of the following officials or persons: a. Law enforcement officials of this or any other jurisdiction while engaged in the lawful performance of their official duties. b. Federal officials required to carry firearms while engaged in the lawful performance of their official duties. c. Members of the armed forces of the United States or the national guard while engaged in the lawful performance of their official duties. d. Any conservation commission, law enforcement agency, or any agency licensed to provide security services, or any hunting club, gun club, shooting range, or other organization or entity whose primary purpose is to teach the safe handling or use of firearms, archery equipment, or other weapons or techniques employed in connection with lawful sporting or other lawful activity