By The Legendary Jim Parks and The Wicked Bitch, Amy Irene White
Why is Twin Peaks important? Because it’s the opening shot in a civil war against freedom, the kind of guarantees that say you can attend meetings and talk about pending legislation, associate with whom you may choose, go armed, join an informal but well-regulated militia.
Charges must be supported by a sworn affidavit of probable cause before the power people can send the hounds to effect arrests, search premises – and then they have to state exactly what they’re looking for, and where they intend to search.
You have a right to a speedy trial, reasonable bail – and under Texas law, that bail can’t be used as a punitive measure.
Can’t be called to answer charges for the same offense twice, or to be compelled to testify against oneself; all accused have a right to know the charges, to have compulsory means of discovering the witnesses and evidence against one, and the right to confront those witnesses.
But this is something new. People are terror-stricken, afraid to talk to one another. Attorneys are smacked down and made to keep silent; people give up their right to learn the evidence to be used against them and opt for reduced or modified conditions of bond rather than go through with examining trials.
They have been isolated because they are part of a culture – a culture that reveres riding motorcycles of a certain design – American. They are reviled as gangsters, undesirable, bad people, criminals. Doesn’t that sound a lot like the Nazi party line, the things the Gestapo and SS said about all sorts of people, including the President of the U.S. and his Armed Forces?
Consider, then, the utter cruelty of the prosecution of 177 unindicted co-conspirators charged in the Twin Peaks cases with engaging in organized criminal activity resulting in capital murder.
Everyone who is charged is an unindicted co-conspirator in a capital crime carrying a possible sentence of from 5 to 99 years. The depressing truth is that there is almost no evidence of their guilt. All jurors need to do is find they were present and participated in a meeting. The fact that they are witnesses who didn’t even see events with which they are charged with complicity and participation doesn’t really seem to matter. The state need not prove they even knew one another, just that they were there.
Meanwhile, the state’s most credible representatives have spouted to millions of television viewers worldwide that the defendants are members of “criminal street gangs,” that by having a certain decoration on their vest, they are members of an “alter ego” for a criminal organization whose logo is trademarked internationally – the Bandidos Motorcycle Cllub, headquarters, San Antonio, Texas.
Much is made of a “gag order” under which the defendants live and breathe.
There is but one defendant who is subject to a “gag order.” He is Matthew Clendennen, a Baylor grad and lawn service operator who sought video to prove his innocence as charged in order to get a bond reduction and modification of the conditions of his release. His attorney, F. Clinton Broden is subject to the same order.
All the other 175 who have been released on bond are subject to some kind of bond conditions precluding their speaking to one another, if not about anything at all, then about the case, as is John Wilson, a motorcycle dealer. He and Clendennen are allowed to converse about the sale of the lawn man’s motorcycle. Wilson, who is the Chapter President of the Waco Cossacks, is a used motorcycle dealer.
Clendennen is a member of The Scimitars, a support club of the Cossacks.
There is but one person who is charged but has not been released on bond, and who is not subject to the order. He is Bandido Marcus Pilkington, locked up in Ellis County for the organized crime charge, as well as a narcotics charge, a weapons charge and a family violence assault charge levied in Limestone County, for which he was arrested in Ellis.
This is his third jail since May 17 following his treatment for two gunshot wounds to his leg; upon his release, he was immediately arrested. He has not reached day 90 in any location yet, precluding his application for release on a writ of Habeas Corpus due to an inability to raise bail, a provision of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure.
In addition, there are 62 other persons who were arrested, but not charged on May 17, then released. We may assume they are under no such strictures. So mote it be.
This sounds just like Argentina, Venezuela, Hungary, Kosovo, Egypt, Syria, Nazi Germany, The Soviet Union – and other garden spots world wide, including Metropolitan Chicagoland.
The burning question includes just how long will they be able to hold out with a plea of innocence when prosecutors beckon with bargains in return to a reduced charge to some other offense which they did not commit any more than the one for which they have been charged.
There are mouths to feed, rent, utilities, and grocery bills to pay, court fees for electronic monitoring, and attorney’s bills. How long can a family really expect to hold out?
Those same simple economics work in favor of the defendants. Think about it. It’s just as tough for a local government to hold up the progress of their day to day operations in favor of such mass prosecutions.
If nothing changes, there will be 177 juries chosen through voir dire. Expert witnesses will be paid to testify in 177 trials, their expenses paid, meals arranged, and lodgings accommodated.
If defendants seek and get changes of venue, the entire show has to move out of town; McLennan County will be obligated to provide its own security, which means the added expense of paying courthouse security officers per diem for out of town work, their meals and lodgings – the works.
And we’re just getting started. Court-appointed attorneys will be able to seek and receive enhanced reimbursement for their travels…and the list goes on – and on.
Consider the costs of appeals such as the challenge mounted to the gag order imposed by Judge Matt Johnson of the 54th Criminal District Court. None of this comes cheap.
And that’s a clear cut clue as to why it’s so important to the power people – the merchants and bankers, lawyers and cops, prosecutors and judges, politicians and pundits – the people whose word cooks, winds the clocks, walks the dog, writes the checks.
Think about it. And while you’re thinking, listen to the stories of women and men who are terrified to say anything much about their experience with being arrested following their arrest where hid from sniper fire that cut down nine men and wounded an additional twenty.
Listen to what they experienced.
BE IT REMEMBERED: ATF is the lead investigative agency on the case
As a now long term participant in this situation, I agree with Jim. There is a miscarriage of justice on the basic level of laws and courts, yes. There is indeed a new terror filled presence on display, as well.
The mainstream media refuses to run the handful of victim testimonies that have been secretly sent to me, under the strict agreement that I would die before I release their names. This is the level of fear that has been instilled in these people. The common viewpoint is ‘they deserved it.. They are criminals.’ This doesn’t hold water when you read the story from a girl who just went there for a Bloody Mary brunch… And wound up being guarded by fearless Boozefighters until cops in paramilitary regalia stormed the building and frightened her to death…
It was a lazy Sunday morning. I wanted a Bloody Mary. we were just having lunch… Thats all.
I can start from the beginning and even provide a picture after cops FINALLY had us come out with our hands up. They had my phone, but I had one of the waitresses email me a picture she took….
Her innocence rings through even the very first words of this story. She’s not a criminal, or a biker at all… As you delve deeper into her horrible nightmare, you earn a few of your own.
No, I didnt see any of how it began.. I was just happily beginning to have my lunch. when the shots rang out, We just hit the ground. We saw a bunch of them who had been shot after it was all over and we came outside… With our hands on our heads like we were involved. Surreal, primal fear etched on the faces of the bikers scattered across the war zone that used to be known as a parking lot.
They wouldn’t let me get my purse, wallet, keys, phone.. Nothing at all.. As we were marched single file out into the daylight that seemed overly bright over such a gruesome panorama. When we FINALLY dragged home like penniless vagabonds, we wound up having to break in like cat burglars to get in our own house that night. After we get home, and watch the news and realize how serious it really was, mind you I didn’t know anything about biker clubs at all, until that day….
So, once I realized how serious it was or could have been, I really seriously starting to get freaked out. My face was on the news that very Sunday, and then again at 10 p.m. that night. I am not sure if it was a chill or a cold sweat that threatened to overtake me. I felt raw, as if my skin were peeled away, exposed and vulnerable, and so undeniably angry that I was almost numb at the same time. My hand felt strange with no phone to offer its modern creature comfort… In a weird way, Waco effectively made me a prisoner too.. In my own skin. Then.. I get this phone call that sent a chill shivering down my back. It was message from a biker, asking if I could tell him what other clubs were there that day.
I am not meaning to accuse the cops of anything here, but I find this strange for two reasons…
First of all, that’s not really how bikers do things.
Secondly, in the early weeks after Waco, we got some strange reports in on Biker Lives Matter of phone calls being received from the biker’s phones that were supposedly being held as evidence. I can’t help wondering if this was a nefarious, terroristic fear tactic by someone who was not a biker at all…
One so powerful that even young, beautiful girls haven’t said a word about the fact that the WPD took and kept their phones. Losing their phones probably wasn’t as traumatic as losing their faith in America and protection by the police However. Read how it has affected this innocent girl..
My heart pounded at the ratcheting fear and initial paranoia. It’s better now. I’ve been pretty quiet since then, so if you could, please forgive me for this anonymous story, for the sake of my sanity. When you are quiet a lot, you have a lot of time to think and notice things. I have noticed that news is all full of shit. They don’t care about the people or the truth.. Only the ratings.
As I said, I cannot tell you how it started. I can’t really tell you anything that happened, we were inside. The cops said there were thousands of rounds shot… Then twelve.. I say maybe closer to a hundred? I don’t know, really, I wasn’t counting. It was absolutely carnage and hardcore chaos, terrifying. But..I honestly just don’t think it was that many shots fired?
Cops said they were there for a fight… But you know what? That’s not what I initially felt there.
When we pulled up and saw all the bikes we didn’t think anything of it. We thought it was a benefit, and we didn’t hesitate to walk right on in.
Cops said these are vicious criminals there to fight, dangerous men, villains, murderers. When my friend pulled me through that entire crowd of them to get inside, they were all so polite… In retrospect I don’t think I ever been that upclose to even one biker.. They were such gentlemen! They made nice comments, saying things like, ‘ Why excuse me Ma’am!’ Or ‘Happy Sunday!’ in my opinion very cordial, well mannered men. They all smile at you Ina way that makes you feel pretty..or safe.. Or free as a little girl running barefoot as fast as she can go. I absolutely, in no earthly way felt a moment’s discomfort, never felt threatened at all.. until the gunfire.
I really couldnt say one way or the other what th club stuff we about. I was completely oblivious to all of this, until that day. I DID see one vest that said Bandidos, but I never heard of them either, up until that day. And again, he was just this super nice person to me. He didn’t look angry or like a man spoiling for a fight.
There WAS some extremely intimidating, frightening people there, though. The cops came rushing in like foot soldiers, stomping and yelling ‘Get your fucking hands up, get down, then on the fucking ground..” And the line that maybe echoes through my fears the most, ‘put your phone down, i WILL shoot you.” They were so much more terrifying to me than the bikers.
It was this black cop, that had some kind of assault rifle, pointed at me. He kept screaming profanities and threats and he was just extremely frightening to me.
I am, of course, still yet trying to process it.. Analyze it as I replay it over and over. What they are all saying in the media? I just can t get it to add up in my head? I KNOW which ones made me feel safe and which ones made me cry and gives me nightmares. Like i told you earlier, the men who were really protecting us? They are bikers.
They had weapons, yes.. But they were SAFELY, legally carried and handled.. well.. this is Texas! Who doesnt? My mother carries! They behaved wisely… Like perfect gentlemen, even when facing corrupted chaos.
These men were the only ones on their feet in the entire restaurant, while all of us customers and staff were cowering on the ground. If they would release the damn video, you would see.. Nothing is like they are saying.
The bikers were the ones who were trying to herd us into the freezer, get us to a secure environment with no concern for their own well being.
The cops were the ones pointing the guns, from what i saw. Which doesn’t add up to their side of things. They also said it started in the bathroom.
False. I was in the middle booth on the left side of the restraunt. I was facing the bathroom the entire time.
Would i have missed a huge fight and gunshots? I wouldn’t think so.
I have spoken with several detectives in attempts to get my property and I get nowhere. They just transfer me, then transfer me to someone else, who then turns around and… well, you know. They aren’t helpful at all. Can’t tell me anything, and have no clue where our $800 a piece phones are. let me show you something…
WPD won’t help me out at all. I have two kids, i didn’t have $700 laying around to keep my damn phone on! I dont even know what to think. This seems more like marshall law than civil liberties and rights. I feel like they should be responsible for this. They took our phones, our autos, then wouldnt give them back! Am I supposed 3 weeks without a car, still phoneless, just for eating lunch… with 3 kids much less?
It’s hard to bring it up to my friend. He tries to be all strong for me, I guess. I know he’s having a hard time, too. There was blood everywhere outside and guns all over the ground. We watched four of them dying on the back side of the building. They WERE alive when we first came outside, but cops wouldn’t go near them. The just kept on pointing their guns…
It’s really hard for me to sleep, I’ve lost 20 lbs (which I don’t REALLY mind). Sometimes late at night, I hear the sounds again… I fear sometimes the sounds will begin and never go away. My life may never be the same.. Maybe nothing will.
She is the only one of several stories like this out there… I can’t even imagine what cops could say to innocent people to instill this level of intimidation. Read the commentary from a waitress, which backs up the story told by the Cossack who claims the police were instigating it all: I was a waitress there. The bikers are telling the truth. They saved our lives. The policemen in Waco really were pretending to be bikers. They have been trying to be setting up the bikers for months because one approached me trying to get me to help him. He was here as a biker and as a policeman that day. They scared us all to death and treated us like common crimimals. I still have nightmares of the black policeman screaming at me that he was going to shoot me. I may forget what it smelled like in the freezer. I may forget watching them scream at dying men and wouldn’t let them have ambulances or doctors. I may forget that biker cop and the way he smiled at me like he was having fun. I will never forget the fear I felt that day because I felt like I was in a war and the policemen were the bad guys.
Her story was confirmed by ‘Jennifer.’
I was there too. And on the news as well. They never contacted me. But guess what. Neither did the police. And they were the scary ones. That cop. I know exactly who you are talking about. He pointed that assault rifle at all of us. And shouted profanities. We were calmly walking out of that freezer with our hands on our heads. After protecting us those bikers distanced themselves from us to show we had no affiliation. They did what they could for us considering. And that was a whole lot more than the police did. We had just finished eating when the shots started. Two small bangs, and then it was all assault rifle. The news is really portraying this wrong. Completely wrong.
These people all lost their phones and as far as I know have not and will not get them back. Allegedly, many of them were told that the phones were ‘wiped clean’ and or ‘given to the FBI.’
For a couple months, we gathered used cell phones and had them sent to people who then gave the to the bikers who were incarcerated.
This served two purposes. First of all, they needed phones to try to get jobs and talk to lawyers and all the other stuff imposed on them by the unfortunate occurrence of being at a Waco Twin Peaks for a meeting.
Secondly, they all say they were told they were being watched, their phones and social media monitored.. So, sending them phones used by bikers of various affiliation all over America served to scramble the phone grids.
All of this sets several deadly foundations to the loss of freedoms and civil rights, and it’s standard operating procedure for cops these days. It’s called ‘proactive policing.’ The scariest part of it is at least two of these proactive cops are running for the Offices of Sheriff.. Swanton in McClennan County and Clayton Williams in Coryell.
When you read what Waco Sniper Clayton Williams says about ‘proactive police work’ it sounds very positive. PROACTIVE… A very productive, working forward type of adjective with synonyms such as enterprising, take-charge, energetic, driven, bold, dynamic, motivated… When topped off with a boot stomping, flag waving GOD BLESS AMERICA, it sounds like EXACTLY what America is all about, JUST what Coryell county needs in a sheriff, right?
The word PROACTIVE is defined as creating or controlling a situation by causing something to happen rather than responding to it after it has happened. To make better sense of that, look at this word’s description compared to definitions of other less politically correct words…
In criminal law, entrapment is a practice whereby a law enforcement agent induces a person to commit a criminal offense that the person would have otherwise been unlikely to commit. It is a conduct that is generally discouraged and thus, in many jurisdictions, it is a possible defense against criminal liability.
(How do we KNOW the bikers would have had a fight if the undercover cops hadn’t instigated one? We don’t.)
COERCION.. the practice of persuading someone to do something by using force or threats.
The American people have blinders in place that prevent them from seeing how all of this adds up to a Nazi type control of our entire lives. The fact that the liberal media is now pushing ‘Support the Police’ should top them off that the police must be up to something. I only pray someone wakes up in time to see what’s going on… It’s a horrific tragedy that this type abortion of Justice has already occurred.. This country cannot support the repercussions of this type situations… If you wait until it happens to you to get involved, them you have closed the gate after all the pigs got out of the pen.