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Marine Holds His Ground

For some the war never ends...

Marine Vietnam Veteran Joseph Diliberti
Marine Vietnam Veteran Joseph Diliberti

(SAN DIEGO) - That’s sort of a “dog bites man” story; but Joseph Diliberti, the Marine in question, is holding off a very large and dangerous dog indeed.

Courtesy: Chaparral Institute

A County government as bankrupt as it is corrupt, that wants to seize a man’s home of thirty years for what they claim are unpaid property taxes, is a particularly nasty dog. Its demands are bullsh*t.

Here’s why…..

I guess I have to start at the beginning, which for Joseph was the hard streets of Brooklyn, NY; the sound of which glides thru every word he speaks.

As was the norm back then, Joseph enlisted as the war against Viet Nam raged. In the Marine Corps, he found a world as tough as Brooklyn’s streets, and he fit right in… until what he saw in Viet Nam repelled him. He vowed at that point to neither war against people, nor be a participant in a society that would glorify such things.

Thirty-odd years ago Joseph found a remote canyon, far from the city. It was a wet, spring fed bit of oasis amidst the desert chaparral. He built a large tree-house where eventually his daughter was born. Over the years, he studied his small corner of the planet, and started building roomy houses out of clay, which he then fired, creating ceramic, fireproof, and indestructible houses which, frankly, astound[1]

He became a “bush vet” and Rastafarian.

Diliberti: horrors of war

Then, about ten years ago, houses started going up around him. To put things into perspective, you have to understand the nature of San Diego county politics. This is a seething Petri dish of teabaggers,, fundamentalist crackpots, merc and militia wannabes, and the kind of political hacks who use these elements to get elected. It has to be seen to be believed.

To them, a guy like Joseph Diliberti, an actual veteran speaking simple truth to the elaborate lies of Empire, is someone to be feared and hated. And to the County who serves these people, another easy victim, someone that is easily pushed around - Big mistake.

Fast forward a few years, the area becomes more populated and we have massive wildfires, for many reasons, not the least of which is the balding of fire resistant native species & the proliferation of invasive weeds, which turn the countryside into a vast firebomb. After the ’03 fires that swept thru the backcountry, ash fell from the sky like snow for days. Then came the usual hysterical response, which we’ve seen in say, the “Patriot Act”- a really stupid idea, rushed thru the system, so politicians will feel “safe.” [2]

In THIS case, the stupid idea was giving a secretive company, with only a PO Box, a no bid contract to “clear” dangerous weeds, and submit a no oversight bill.

This clearing was to be done based on anonymous “complaints.” The outfit, Fire Prevention Services, determined what was to be cut, where, and how much to charge. They were fired for cause soon after trashing Joseph's green piece of canyon bottom, AFTER the surrounding area, full of weeds, burned[3].

The County paid FPS $25,000 with no documentation of what was cut, how much, and where. The San Diego Rural Fire Protection District, under whom this no bid, no oversight contract was awarded, has let out at various times that the work was performed by 1 truck and two people; or 4 people; and for 1, 2, or 3 days - depending on what day it is. An LA Times story states that “records” shown to the reporter declared 800 cubic yards were removed. That’s about 140 dump truck loads. No dump trucks were ever seen in the area at the time, much less 140. Joseph can’t see these “records” - indeed NO record, but for the bill[4].

Ever since this assault on Joseph has taken place, the County Tax Assessor has refused to accept Joseph's actual tax bill, but demanded the entire amount, now with 150% interest - his actual tax payments are in escrow. He will be happy to pay his tax bill tomorrow. The extortion? No.

Meanwhile, the vig - well, this is extortion & racketeering so let's use the right terms - has inflated the original bill to over $65,000! That is nothing short of Mob interest rates, and the County now wishes to steal Joseph's land to make good the payment THEY made to a corrupt, oft-sued, pack of swindlers. AND along the way, will naturally grab a few bucks for themselves.

What would YOU do? Well, WE are doing THIS?. Visit: HELP JOSEPH DILIBERTI! - Artist, Teacher, Independent. These are the sort of people who can’t operate in the light of day. YOU are that light! While San Diego County goes under - the county is known world-wide as “Enron by the Sea” - don’t let them make up for THEIR criminal incompetence by seizing Joseph's home and selling it at auction to be bought by who, the unknown neighbor who sic’d this corrupt company on him in the first place?

The fact these crooks and crackpots are doing it to a Marine combat vet is just frosting on the cake.

Richard Halsey, of the Chaparral Institute, is NCOIC this operation. He knows every detail. I'm the squad Cherry….

Chuck Winant 'Mutt', VVAW-SD, reporting.


[1] AUDIO SLIDE SHOW: Former Marine does it his way - LA Times.

[2] Fire & Nature - California Chaparral Institute

[3] Fire as a disruptive force - California Chaparral Institute

[4] Brush battle pits Rastafarian against tax collector - LA Times

Special thanks to Vietnam Veterans Against the War - San Diego

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ConcernedCitizen May 5, 2011 12:14 pm (Pacific time)

This man is a shameless habitual drug-abuser-lier-thug-thief-manipulator, and he gives the Diliberti clan a bad name.
He also burned all his mail to avoid in order to avoid the responsibility that comes from getting excessive amounts of court appearances and tickets that he racks up.
He has a mental-health disorder, he is verbally abusive, and if he lives in a clay hut he deserves to get removed because he was aware of the fact that you need permits.
He is too stupid to follow through with what he wants/wanted which is to make a beautiful garden and work-shop/nursery for all of his illegitamite children that he so hopelessly forced upon society by means of seducing under-age women and then brain-washing them.
This half-man/half beast is stuck on stupid and only wishes he had the balls to be a mexican and jump the fence to make his ass a cardboard shack down in Baja somewhere.

Editor: This man served his nation in Vietnam as a U.S. Marine, I do not respect your opinion and lack of tolerance.  Did you serve in Vietnam?  Did you watch your friends die and experience that sort of trauma?  Didn't think so.  Please try to understand that people do become reclusive for reasons beyond their own control.  I doubt he is abusive to anyone who treats him decently; I am in contact with people who know this gentleman and they think a great deal of him.  I think you do not understand and probably will not in the future.   

Tim King May 10, 2010 1:54 am (Pacific time)

It is an honor to hear about this man, thank you for the story Chuck and Semper fi...

Bill May 9, 2010 11:00 pm (Pacific time)

Since i have had the same trouble. The county here, judges do not operate by the law, If you are unliked or in my case standup for myself.  I lost $ 100,000 in old car parts that would have be worth 200,000's by 2015.  Do not talk about someone not in this state, we need to clean the legal system up here.

Amanda May 9, 2010 8:16 pm (Pacific time)

What else is new? The agencies are geared to go after individuals, if there is money to be made. They will refuse to protect an individuals Civil Rights, if the shoe is on the other foot.

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