Mass hysteria – by design

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Mobile data terminal in a patrol car, May 17, 2015, click for full size

Waco – Somewhere, William Anderson is alive and well, even though the words of the indictment of more than one hundred people insist that “and/or William Anderson” died, murdered on May 17, 2015 “by shooting and/or stabbing and/or cutting and/or striking him.” Do tell, oh, ye People of the State of Texas…

But that was just a “clerical error,” according to District Attorney Abel Reyna, who insists there is no way he can go to trial without a lot more “analyses” of video, physical crime scene detritus, and witness statements, ballistics reports, autopsy records – whatever.

About what? About a classic L-shaped ambush, a military tactic as old as the Alps, something out of the caves and ravines of forgotten epochs, played out by men and women only vaguely resembling today’s humanity.

We’re talking about the kind of small unit infantry tactic that has been used everywhere from Lexington Green to Calcutta, Cairo to Cape Town, Vietnam to Malaysia – and every other European colonial toilet in between.

In short, the advance party obtains intelligence, identifies the players and their numbers, and puts signalmen in the crowd, taking up positions on the perimeter well in advance.

No matter the occasion – wedding reception, political rally, protest march, political meeting – some prearranged event signals the onset of hostilities with a pistol shot, loud arguments, whatever.

As people panic and the fighters square away to defend themselves, the armed proponents of law and order on the perimeter lay down suppressing fire.

This way, most people begin to flee, mostly crawling to keep out of the line of fire, and the targets who remain standing to keep from getting hurt any worse, are cut down.

So mote it be.

Couple this with the U.S. Department of Defense Special Operations Command announcement in early spring of 2015 of the grand scheme, JADE HELM – 15 (Joint Assistant Defense Executive – Homeland Elimination Local Militants – 2015), an operation that would play out on the streets and highways, pastures and deserts, swamps and mountain passes of the American southwest, Texas to California, Florida to Louisiana.

One is reminded of Jerry Della Femina, the Mad Ave pitch man who wrote the memoir, “From Those Wonderful People Who Gave You Pearl Harbor,” complete with the picture of the Japanese Imperial Army Samurai leaning on a huge console model color television, complete with Coke bottle bi-focals and a big, toothy grin.

The really frightening thing, the dude said, was when he got back stateside, he learned the inscrutable corporate types of Nippon had gone for the presentation, hook, line, and sinker. Without knowing it, he had signed the deal. They ate it up. Couldn’t get enough, and they wound up selling a lot of home entertainment centers than they would had he never boarded the jet in New York, bound for Tokyo.

Why wouldn’t they? Think about it. After all, he wasn’t selling advertising, he was selling products – their products, built with American electronic devices such as transistors and other semiconductors – miniaturized and made to work in a cabinet no bigger than a sideboard or a buffet. The Bushido were here, and they had the inside track on shrinking the globe, putting America front and center in the avant global electronic village, to take us from the linear, train-track era of communications by telegraph and telephone and into the future, spherical pattern of talking heads and instant streaming “news” events. The TV’s? Imported under the new rules. We’re talking dinosaur age tech, here. Today, the stuff comes from everywhere out east – Korea, China, Malaysia, Vietnam – and it’s big, bouncy, meaty, beaty, and better than ever.

Cheap? Not so much. But they liberalized credit terms to sell it because it’s “new and improved,” meaning what you have already is “old,” and “inferior.” Feel that itch? They got the calamine, right there on the Wally World website – you see here.

They say when Lyndon B. Johnson saw the first television at the New York World’s Fair, way back before World War Two in the midst of the Depression, he exclaimed, “You could sell anything – ANYTHING – with that!” He spent the rest of his life trying to prove it.

So, when it comes to the Twin Peaks story, what is for sale, here?

These dudes – a city police force’s SWAT unit – were armed with Armalite AR-15-style “assault weapons,” firing the deadly little .223 Remington round through an extremely accurate 16-inch barrel from a rapid fire action capable of both full auto and semiautomatic cycling, using variable electronic sights from a range of 150 feet, or less. Point, shoot, repeat. A recoil compensator and muzzle flash suppressor work to keep the weapon on point and ready for the next shot. Weapons of war? You bet. Battle tested in the green hell of everywhere.

Take a world map, color every part of it that isn’t Europe or America “Vietnam.” End of story. Now you has jazz.

The cops admit to a kill ratio of four out of 9 dead and haven’t yet released reports on the 20 wounded. The folks at the DA’s office don’t want to go to trial, not just yet – there’s so much to do – and the judges concur. What information is really available? Not so much.

Mostly gibberish in the dialect of high glaze – figures that won’t stand up to a grammar school-age kid’s arithmetic skills – and the stone-faced assurance that the matter is “under investigation.”

Like George Carlin said in one of his last appearances, ranting about the “owners – the real owners of this country” and what they don’t want.

I’ll tell you what they don’t want,” said Carlin, speaking painfully out of an old man’s semi-crouch from a darkened set. “They don’t want people capable of critical thinking. What they do want is people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork – work, and pay taxes…” As the stage lights came up, the audience realized he was standing in a graveyard surrounded by high rise buildings, simulated snow drifts all around him.

Carlin’s words include the media. They keep saying three cops fired a total of 12 shots, according to Waco Police Chief Stroman, who said all this at a highly restricted, invitation-only news conference, written material from which was limited to only those media outlets trusted enough to take it all in with a smile of gratitude and a noted absence of questions.

It’s all clear as the muddy waters of the Mighty Mississippi or the chocolate-toned flow of the Buffalo Bayou: Said Stroman, “…there are a total of 44 shell casings recovered from the Twin Peaks scene. This number does not include the revolver rounds fired by non-law enforcement shooters. Those casings are still being counted. 12 of those casings were from the rifles of 3 Waco Officers who discharged their weapons in defense of their selves (sic) or a third party. The Waco SWAT Officers’ weapons are .223 caliber rifles that are capable of full-auto fire; Officers only fired in semi-auto mode during the incident. There was no full-auto gunfire from any of the Officers at the scene. As is normal practice, rifles carried by the Waco SWAT Officers were deployed with sound suppressors. No other Officers fired rounds from any other weapon during the incident. The Officers involved in the shooting have been assigned administrative duties pending the outcome of the investigation…

The involved firearms have been transferred to the ATF for analysis. Videos of the incident have been transferred to FBI Investigators for analysis. Full autopsy and ballistics analysis is being conducted by outside labs and the completed and final results have not been returned to us as of this release.”

There you have it. This man has transferred everything out of the house for “analysis” of other, federal agencies. In fact, the entire affair is an FBI investigation into the idea that the Bandidos Motorcycle Club “declared war” on the Cossacks, that the conflict is all about a rivalry over who gets to control dues paid to a lobbying organization known as the Confederation of Clubs and Independents. Naturally, the ATF is the lead agency on the crime scene investigation.

The operant part of speech, the past tense verb “recovered,” is key to the statement. Recovered from whom, from where, how? No word on that, you see. Nothing further to say, except the cases have not yet been counted. How do you count them? By twos, like sheep jumping over a wicket, or “a-one, and a-two, and a-three…?”

Most of this kind of “information” was peddled to the American public via satellite within an hour after the smoking guns went silent and 177 people stood around in the parking lot in zip-tie handcuffs, awaiting their transportation to the “Waco Convention Center” downtown.

But, wait, there’s more.

More from Stroman: “The number of officers initially assigned to the Twin Peaks event on 5-17-15 are as follows: There were 16 uniformed Waco Police Department Officers to include 5 Supervisors (3 Sergeants, 1 Commander and an Assistant Chief). Included in that number was a Tactical Element (SWAT Officers) assigned and present. None of the Officers were assigned in a sniper capacity and all Officers were in their vehicles at the time the suspects began the shooting. Those Officers were stationed in the parking lots adjacent to the Twin Peaks and were visible to patrons entering the Twin Peaks parking lot. There were 6 marked Waco Police units and 4 unmarked Waco Police vehicles. This does not include DPS vehicles. There were also Texas Department of Public Safety Officers assigned to the event as well.”

Wait, I thought there were 14 officers? No, you said at first there were twelve?

Things just get curiouser and curiouser – “also…as well” – you see.

In examining hearings, the defense attorneys were able to pry the testimony out of the Department of Public Safety commander on the scene at Twin Peaks that he and his men had installed a “pole camera” at the pivotal point, the apex of the L-shaped formation that overlooks both the patio and parking lot area on the eastern side of the former “Breastaurant” and its front elevation, which faces the frontage road for scenic State Hwy. 6.

His answers showed the meticulous planning that went into their end of the operation, and he was allowed to testify on direct examination to many things which he admitted he has no direct knowledge, in spite of the Texas Rules of Criminal Evidence.

More mirrors and blue smoke. The judge, a retired jurist visiting from downtown Comanche, Texas named James Morgan, finally, in exasperation, to defense counsel’s numerous objections, said, “He was the one doing the arresting; I’m going to allow his testimony.” And that was that.

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No one was counting on a retired Houston homicide detective’s daughter, Paula Carroll Swann, who went to the crime scene as soon as it was released and stepped off the distances based on where the officers are depicted standing in video both leaked and made by spectators. Using the same techniques as investigators who studied the Zapruder film of the Kennedy assassination, she made an approximate study of the sequence of events through correlation with dispatch audio made at the time, the recollections of eye witnesses, officers’ incident reports – all that stuff.

The numbers just don’t add up, and Paula won’t let them forget it.

…I keep pointing out stuff that others are overlooking…I don’t understand why people are not getting it…If 14 officers fired, and were placed on administrative leave. .then how is it the cops fired 12 shots. And why isn’t anyone doing anything about these indictments of the 106 people being charged with 10 peoples’ murder? William Anderson was not only not even there, but is alive and well?

“I just want people to understand the facts. Of 14 officer’s fired 44 shots. 3 officer’s fired 12 of the 44 shots. Leaving 32 rounds of 11 officer’s. . BINGO… THE BIKER ROUNDS HADN’T BEEN COUNTED…”

All that and more is awaiting further “analyses” at headquarters, back in D.C., Houston, San Antonio, and other points up the food chain from Jerusalem-on-the-Brazos.

Bet on it? Yeah, do that. The big house. The ranch. Just leave mama the homestead, her mink and her stones, and go head on, throw them bones, Junior.

Baby needs new shoes.

So mote it be.

– The Legendary

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Indictment for organized crime in the murder of a man who didn’t die…

Money machine spins, eagle grins, cases sour

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Criminal cases are like milk; they don’t improve with age…” – District Attorney Abel Reyna on the campaign trail, ca. 2010

Six Shooter Junction – The debacle of May 15 is beginning to reveal signs of being  just the kind of unfunded federal mandate conservatives rail against.

After all, the FBI is probing a “war” allegedly declared on the Cossacks by the Bandidos, and though examining trials consisted by and large of testimony from a state police supervisor, the ATF is the lead agency on the investigation of exactly what happened at high noon at an upscale beer joint on May 17.

If each of 106 indictments returned in the Twin Peaks massacre goes to trial, the cost to taxpayers could top a quarter of a billion dollars – $265,000,000, according to a writ pending in the 10th District Court of Appeals.

An initial round of indictments charge the alleged offenders with the first degree felony of engaging in organized criminal activity – which carries a possible sentence of 15 years to life.

At that rate, It’s the kind of allegation to which a defendant cannot simply acquiesce, especially since the prosecutors will not allow trials to go forward, pending further “analyses” of the evidence.

What the mainstream media outlets like to call a “melee” has now turned into a “standoff,” rather than a “shootout.”

What that evidence may consist of is difficult to imagine in the case of dozens upon dozens of people who merely ran – or crawled – to shelter, only to hide from whizzing bullets when shots rang out at Twin Peaks Restaurant on May 15, leaving 9 dead, 20 wounded, and a nation scratching its head while police flacks and TV pundits brayed about “punks” and “thugs” who converged on this ultra-conservative Baptist bastion 9 months ago to hear about pending legislation – handgun legislation.

The indictments, which are identical and specify no particulars as to how each defendant could have contributed to the capital murder or aggravated assault of another human being while low-crawling to the nearest toilet, garbage can, or refrigerator to stash their guns, knives, blackjacks, whips or chains, are as close-mouthed as the Sphinx. Annuit Coeptis, etc. 

CRIMINAL DISTRICT ATTORNEY Abel Reyna, a Republican, campaigned against long-term incumbent John Segrest, a Democrat, in that year of wrath against all things left of the aisle on the notion that it was taking far too long to clear criminal cases.

He told resentful Tea Party throngs that the present policies of plea bargaining in which only half of indictments returned resulted in a conviction was, basically, “a coin flip,” thus unacceptable to a new and get-tough-on-crime awakening of a right wing loudly demanding its money’s worth.

HERE IS WHAT ALL THAT BOUGHT THEM:

According to a “Request for the Earliest Possible Trial Setting” filed on behalf of Cody Ledbetter by his attorney, Paul Looney of Houston, last November 16, “A felony courtroom costs well over one thousand dollars an hour to operate, when the costs and benefits of court personnel, technology, utilities, maintenance, and expenses are all factored in (the undersigned does not the numbers for McLennan County, but is aware that every felony court in Harris County, Texas costs over $1,500 an hour to operate)…

If each of the cases takes 24 hours (three days) of court time to try, that cost alone could quickly surpass $2.5 million dollars – and that is only the first round of indictments, with the belief being that additional indictments will be forthcoming…

These figures, of course, will be significantly increased if it becomes necessary to try many if not most of these cases out-of-town. Room, board and transportation alone could easily run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Judges will be unavailable to deal with other cases, even during breaks. With a population of under 250,000, the costs of such litigation cannot be born by McLennan County, Texas without putting a huge burden on the county purse.”

In a hearing on December 7, 19th District Court Judge Ralph T. Strother ordered a trial date for Ledbetter of May 31. Without notification or further hearing, he reversed the order.

Looney renewed his motion, filing again on December 28, a request that has fallen on deaf ears. Now, he is attempting to have the appeals court direct the Judge to set a trial date at the earliest possible time because, “Someone has to go first,” and his client is ready to stand trial based on the evidence that has been presented to the Grand Jurors as probable cause to bind them over for trial.

As visiting Judge James Morgan said in an examining trial, “Mr. Looney, you make a good argument, but I think it’s one for a jury to hear.”

Keeping cool in a bomb scare, AC man makes a call

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Residence near Fredericksburg where pipe bomb makings were found

Fredericksburg, Gillespie County,TX – Jose Raul Cadena didn’t know exactly what he was looking at, but he didn’t like what he was seeing.

An air conditioning technician, he knows quite a lot about many things mechanical, electrical and electronic, thermodynamic – and the basic nuts and bolts, the thread and solder skills of plumbing together devices such as thermocouplers and the copper tubing that carries refrigerant gas.

The reason for the service call to this spacious mansion and guest house with a magnificent pool, located on 60 scenic acres at 1142 Rocky Hill Lane, five miles outside this Hill Country mecca on the back road to Luckenbach, was simple enough.

The ticket read, “T-stat came off wall again – now doesn’t work.”

Again? Apparently, the service company had made a previous visit to address the same, or a similar problem.

And then he looked down at the ground beside the air conditioning unit and saw a foot-long piece of 2-inch diameter galvanized pipe with an end cap on one end that had been drilled. A piece of 24-gauge stereo wire trailed out through the hole, and the other end had no cap screwed on it.

Cadena could see residue from a lot of gun powder inside the pipe.

He didn’t need to look any further. Because he had touched it, Cadena took it to the Fredericksburg Police, who quickly agreed it was the makings for an explosive device and a prohibited weapon, possession of which are both violations of the Texas Penal Code.

Because the location of what Cadena had found is far outside the city limits, police reached out to the Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office. Following procedure, the investigator in charge summoned the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, who readily agreed to work with the deputies on the case.

SOMETIMES THE NARRATIVE that is couched in the official, dry-as-toast bureaucratic language of law men who are describing the facts to which they are prepared to testify is as chilling as anything authored by Stephen King or Edgar Allan Poe. As the story unfolds, one feels an electric trickle up and down the spine, the vision becomes sharper, sounds are more acute, one’s attention is honed to a degree of razor sharpness.

They have your full attention – and it’s all about “What if?”

Records show the search warrant came came August 28, more than a week after Cadena had made his discovery and alerted authorities. The paper trail shows that investigators had been busy getting their facts straight in the community.

For instance, there is a sales slip for various pieces of galvanized pipe, and end caps, as well as stereo speaker wire – all bought from Sutherland Lumber Company in Fredericksburg. The purchaser paid cash.

When the cops came calling, they found a lot of what their affidavit of probable cause listed as items to be sought.

There were two additional pipe bombs, drilled and fully assembled, with both end caps attached and speaker wire threaded through the holes. Both lay on the kitchen counter. They were very similar to the one that Cadena found near the air conditioner.

Agents found about 10 pounds of smokeless powder – the kind used to reload ammunition – of various grades, in the plastic containers in which reloading powder is sold. There were pieces of strings Christmas tree lights – the kind that twinkle on and off – pre-cut at various lengths.

Since the agents didn’t know what was inside the two assembled pipe bombs, they took the precaution to have the devices x-rayed. The McLennan County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad were standing by, having left Waco to perform the task there, at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Robert and Janet Wolters, five miles outside Fredericksburg, a journey of about 170 miles.

The x-rays showed they were empty. Apparently, bomb disposal units worldwide have discovered that you don’t just haul off and disassemble pipe bombs or explosive devices of any kind without first getting a good picture of what you’re dealing with – if there is time. Some bombers rig their weapons to explode when the fuse has been disconnected, or part of the bomb has been removed.

SUMMARY REPORTS of the interviews with the Wolters family members, including their two adult children, make note of the fact that none of them are “prohibited persons” who are not legally allowed to possess or purchase firearms, ammunition, or reloading supplies.

They first intereviewed Mrs. Wolters, who let them know that she and her husband moved to the place on Rocky Hill Lane after he inherited property with producing petroleum wells and leased deposits of oil and gas. He quit his practice as an opthamologist at that point, and they began to live on their income from the family’s mineral wealth.

The agent noted Mrs. Wolters “stated she does not have a good relationship with her son, Jacob Wolters.”

On the day the air conditioning tech discovered the pipe bombs, she had gone to a motel to rent a room. She furthermore stated that her son, Jacob Wolters, “messes everything up when he comes to visit.” He usually stays in the guest house when he is at his parents’ home.

And then, the screw turning ever tighter, she related that two weeks previously she found a silver piece of pipe in the yard. She told the agent she “did not know exactly what she had found in the yard aside from it being a pipe and stereo wire…she believes that Jacob Wolters has knowledge of how to make pipe bombs. Wolters further stated that Jacob Wolters is brilliant.”

He lives with “an older woman” and their children in the rural Travis County suburb of Manor, and commutes to his job at Rackspace, a cloud computing company in Austin. He previously worked at Dell Computers, according to the report.

When they interviewed his sister Anna Elizabeth Wolters, who had just checked out of a hospital and returned to classes, she was just as circumspect. She said Jacob had tried to cheer her up by detonating a pipe bomb in the yard, “but it didn’t work.”

The agent said she was not only very nervous, but she explained in surprise that she had no idea there is anything wrong with playing with explosives or improvising bombs, just for fun.

She declined to show them just where the detonation was to have taken place “in fear of incriminating her brother.”

Wolters’ father, Robert, said his “son should know not to pack the pipe completely full” – to leave space for compression and gas expansion, as in “reloading a cartridge.”

When agents confronted his son Jacob Wolters at his home in Manor, he appeared to be “extremely nervous.”

Materials obtained from the Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office through a public information act request included no return of service on an arrest warrant for any person as a result of the investigation.

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This is what the air conditioning tech saw next to the machinery

Cossack’s appeal for speedy trial in Waco

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Paul Looney, Houston attorney representing Cody Ledbetter

Waco – Cody Ledbetter watched in horror as an unidentified man wearing a cap that was imprinted, “I support the Bandidos” pumped two bullets into his father’s head, execution style.

That was 9 months ago, on May 17, as Danny “Diesel” Boyett’s life’s blood pumped out on the concrete of the Twin Peaks parking lot. He was one of 9 bikers who bit the dust from gunshot wounds.

His son Cody is one of 177 arrested on that day for engaging in organized crime, a first degree felony for which he is indicted under an enhancement that his alleged offense led to the capital murder of his fellow bikers, one of whom was his own father.

According to a petition for mandamus relief seeking a trial twice denied – once scheduled, then canceled – Ledbetter is not seeking a dismissal of the charge.

He is looking forward to his day in court, according to his lawyer, Paul Looney of Houston.

Ledbetter totally denies he was there on that day to engage in violence, that both he and his father were in a low crawl position, seeking safety between parked motorcycles, when the assailant directed his pistol fire at the his father’s head and murdered him in cold blood, Looney told the justices of the Texas 10th District Court of Appeals in the petition seeking a trial date.

Looney alleges that 19th District Court Judge Ralph Strother has refused to perform a ministerial duty – that is, a required function of his constitutional office as a District Judge – and that prosecutors including Criminal District Attorney Abel Reyna are in concurrent “combination” to refuse to do so.

Until he is cleared in a court of law, Looney asserted, Ledbetter is prohibited by law to collect death benefits that are rightfully his for the because of his father’s demise.

An aggravating circumstance includes the setting for jury trial in a December 7, 2015 arraignment hearing for May 31, 2016.

According to Looney, Judge Strother withdrew the setting without consultation, notification, or setting a hearing into the dismissal because prosecutors say they need more time to analyze evidence sought in discovery motions by defendants. “The State of Texas did not appeal this Court’s scheduling order in Defendant’s case,” Looney wrote in his motion for a rehearing for a speedy trial.

He noted then that the case will have to be disposed by a jury trial or dismissal because the defendant is in no position to accept any plea arrangement offered by the State. Looney wroe that the state’s case is based on a theory that has not been previously addressed in Texas law.

According to the mandamus petition, Looney argues that “To arbitrarily erase a trial date set in open court, without setting a new, specific trial date, after a hearing on the issue is an abject denial of due process and denial of the Relator’s right to a fair, speedy and public trial.”

He has requested oral argument before the appeals court.

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DPS Lt. Schwartz testifies about Twin Peaks melee in an examining trial

Remarks by Waco JP who ‘sent a message’ improper – but not really that bad

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Austin – The state regulatory commission that rides herd on judges found that Judge W.H. “Pete” Person’s actions in setting bail bond of $1 million on more than 170 alleged offenders following the May 17 massacre at Twin Peaks Restaurant “not necessarily appropriate.”

According to its counsel, Erik Nielsen, the commissioners examined witness statements and pronouncements the McLennan County Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace made to national media regarding his motive to “send a message” to people who think it’s okay to wear the kind of adornment they feel is appropriate and meet with persons of their choosing to discuss political matters by setting their bail at $1 million and charging them with the identical offense of “engaging in organized criminal activity.”

Nielsen termed the remarks Peterson made to the media “improper” and added the Commissioners “made the judge aware of the concerns.”

According to a complainant, Dallas attorney F. Clinton Broden, “While the State Judicial Conduct Commission chose to use its “discretion” not to sanction Judge Walter Peterson, I think it is important to note that the Commission also concluded that his actions in relation to the Twin Peaks incident were “not necessarily appropriate” and that the Commission shared its concerns with Judge Peterson regarding his actions.

It should also be noted that Judge Peterson was required to appear personally in front of the Commission on February 11, 2016 in response to the complaint.  Although this meeting was closed to the public, it is unusual for the Commission to require that a judge personally appear before it.”

As yet, Peterson is not necessarily out of the woodshed. Nielsen invited Broden to share any additional evidence of misconduct on the part of Judge Peterson – on a one-time basis, within 30 – days for further review.

‘Narc for hire’ fights California grass

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Former collegiate football player Chad Ward reading warrant

A FED-UP CONFIDENTIAL INFORMANT FLIPS TO TELL HIS STORY ABOUT ‘MONEY FUNNELS’ AND MAKING DEALS 

Georgetown, TX – Police had been watching Chad Ward, shadowing his movements, and they had a case against him they felt was good enough to persuade a judge to revoke his probated sentence for marijuana possession.

Ward is a string-bean 6-foot, two-inch 26-year-old jitterbug with a California Medical Marijuana card in his pocket, a little souvenir of his trip out west where he addressed his attention deficit disorder with a holistic approach through ganga and the Earth Mother, Gaea. He is a former Central Texas high school football player who went on to a college career playing ball at San Marcos, according to court papers.

When he emerged from his house at 2100 Juniper Trail about dark-thirty on February 24, 2015 – a bungalow located on a corner near the drug-free zone of a public park in this bedroom suburb where Ostentatious starts getting weird – they followed him as he drove away, according to a complaint authored by McGregor Police Department Detective Joe Coy.

A search of his car turned up contraband, including enough cash money – $713 in seven bundles of five twenties each – to detain him for investigation of money laundering in connection with drug transactions.

Acting on a no-knock search warrant for his residence, Coy found Ward’s girlfriend Ashley White had 13 one hundred dollar bills in a coin purse in addition to another $80 in currency.

Since the door-knockers had already confiscated the car, they just helped themselves to the house key on the key ring and strolled on in with no announcement because, as the warrant explains, “drug traffickers fear arrest…”

Further search turned up a stash of $2,700 in an envelope located in a night stand. The total, $4,793, is just under the legal limit of five thousand iotas that divides the punishment for the offense of money laundering between a State Jail Felony, punishable by a maximum of two years behind bars with no obligation to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, and a “high power” jolt that could ball an offender up for many years to come, all things considered.

INTERSTATE MONEY FUNNELS

Ward says the money came from his income tax returns and employment.

Coy pointed out to the judge who issued the arrest warrant that deposit records from Wells Fargo Bank showing large sums in twenties and hundreds “is not justified by Ward’s employment.” He also pointed out that it’s a common indicator in the drug trafficking world, that he, Coy, is “aware that individuals involved in the trafficking of high grade marijuana obtained from California often utilize bank accounts referred to a ‘funnel accounts’…” which allows cash to be deposited in one location while withdrawn in another.

These funnel accounts are a means of transporting currency derived from the illegal distribution of narcotics without personally transporting the currency from one state to another.”

Similarly, an affidavit for a search and arrest warrant for marijuana turned up more than four ounces and less than five pounds of “high grade” marijuana – the kind cultivated in California for discerning consumers of green, leafy, herbaceous substance. Ward referred to it as “a half pound of buds, flower tops…” Coy said it was worth just a little less than five grand.

That offense, too, is a State Jail Felony, so somebody knows what’s going on up in here.

All this took place on February 24, 2015.

The arrest warrant return shows that it was not until April 30, 2015, that officers arrested Ward for the marijuana offense, and on the same date for the money laundering charge.

According to Ward, he was placed under arrest, “after I stopped responding to Coy’s calls and text messages.” That’s when he figured out that he was never going to get his car back, that his money was gone, and there would be no deal with the Williamson County District Attorney’s Office.

In the meantime, he claims, he helped Coy make four felony drug cases.

What went on between those two events is a study in the politics of marijuana, California’s largest cash flow crop, Texas forfeiture and seizure law, and one of the goody-grabbing key components of the new militarization of police forces and law enforcement agencies nationwide, in tandem with discounted sales of military hardware purveyed by the Department of Defense.

It’s a brave new world in which the civil police forces have been militarized, just like those in any other third-rate banana republic.

Items such as armored cars, body armor, special weapons and sophisticated gunsights, night vision gear, radios and improved 9-1-1 systems, patrol car mobile data terminals – the works – are bought with funds seized and assets sold at auction, funds from which can then only be converted into bells, whistles, toys and tools for the use of the cop shop and the prosecutors’ offices. It’s all done through law enforcement assistance grants funded by the Department of Justice and requiring matching funds in the form of cold, hard cash.

Some law men and politicos see a gushing gold mine; others perceive a slush fund.

The money is transferred through interlocal agreements made by cities and DA’s, Counties and state agencies. Auditors are close-mouthed, County Commissioners Courts are loath to release public information regarding the set-ups and DA’s – well, you know, everything under the sun is under ongoing investigation, including the rumor that the Earth is actually flat.

As Jimmy Breslin always said from his perch in Brooklyn – it’s all mirrors and blue smoke.

JOE COY IS FAMOUS in Texas law enforcement circles, and it’s a degree of fame that carries a certain amount of controversy among lawmen.

Retired from the Department of Public Safety Narcotics Division, he is widely known for the type of meticulous preparation of affidavits of probable cause and in support of warrantless arrests he has prepared throughout his career.

In fact, examples of his work are used in academies far and wide to teach baby narcs just how to make cases that don’t splatter all over their boots, according to knowledgeable sources.

What follows is a study in a couple of cases of what, exactly, became of the grand promises to bring back the glory days of the drug task force in the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office, Central Texas – and word around the campfire is that Sheriff Parnell McNamara’s Organized Crime deputies stopped cooperating with service of Coy’s warrants back in early 2014 because they don’t approve of his methods.

No problem. Woodway P.D., Bellmead, and others such as Round Rock throughout the heart of Texas are still on board, and it’s very difficult to obtain any details about their dealings, since every inquiry is routed through Chief Steve Foster of the McGregor Police Department, a retired Texas Ranger who is known to go into towering rages and outright tantrums when pressed in appeals to the Attorney General’s office for more information – public information of which he is simply the custodian of record and We The People the true owners.

The establishment media hounds are thrown some vague bones, ceramics in the dialect of high glaze suitable for another day, another dollar in the war on drugs – or that is, the cost of doing business in the game of getting high and getting away with it – California style.

As that dean of bullet lettres, Jim Thompson of the Ft. Worth Startlegram, once made so clear, it’s not what you do when you do it that counts. Anyone can do that. It’s what you do after you do what you do that really matters. That’s what you call the getaway.

He should have known. He wrote the novella that led to the hit Steve McQueen movie by that title – “The Getaway” – and got paid only his option money following the failure of extensive Writer’s Guild mediation. But that’s another story. Oh, well, Thompson started out as the night bell captain at the Texas Hotel in Cowtown. He had only one direction to go, and that was up, up, and away.

Said Chad Ward going into The Legendary interview, “I had just got back my income tax money. It was still in the bank envelopes and everything.” He will let a jury decide on his claim that another confidenial informant put bogus information out on him and Joe Coy acted on it.

No doubt, the proof will be in the details. Coy made note of a detritus of residual fuzzball paperwork from California consisting of old car rental agreements and other impedimenta of kicks on Route 66.

Listening to an hour-long interview of Chad Ward, fomer confidential informant who quit playing ball and is now insisting on a jury trial in the 277th State District Court in the ultra-conservative Williamson County seat of Georgetown, one learns of the intense struggle for the kind of tightly controlled information that will help a defendant his legal representation prepare an adequate defense. Here’s how it’s done.

– The Legendary

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2100 Juniper Trail, Round Rock, a shady bungalow near a park

Midland Man drops suit over visits with his kids

Stephen Warren

Stephen Warren has for 8 years been denied visits with his daughters

Midland – A man who has fought the denial of supervised visits with his children dropped a lawsuit against Family Place (FPL, Inc.), of Dallas, according to his attorney.

John Klassen, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney who represents a builder named Stephen Warren, said that under the terms of the agreed settlement, Warren stipulated he will pay the legal fees of the visitation center’s employee, Christina Coultas, and will not pursue allegations of contempt against the non-profit organization.

Divorced from his wife Leslie Bird in 2005, Warren obtained a standard possession order as a joint managing conservator of his three children in a jury trial. A Dallas State District Court Judge who was acting as a visiting judge at the time modified his custodial rights by requiring strictly supervised visits when his wife first alleged he committed an aggravated sexual assault against her, then later leveled the same allegation against him for the forcible rape of their oldest daughter.

In both cases, prosecutors were unable to substantiate her allegations and declined to prosecute after first obtaining indictments.

A lawsuit alleging 121 separate counts of contempt of court against his former spouse is still pending a hearing on numerous matters, including a Bill of Review that stem from Leslie Bird’s refusal to allow him to visit, participate in decisions regarding his children’s health care, and other alleged violations of the original decree of divorce.

The Odessa law firm of Cynthia Clack and Lane Haygood obtained permission from the judge to be relieved as attorneys of record for reasons unexplained.

Meth pipes tip law to bomb in pickup truck

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Recovered meth addicts say smoking crystal is like sticking the devil’s penis in your mouth. It does something to you – no turning back. Ouch!

Waco – Bryce Powers was visibly nervous after he nearly ran a Sheriff’s Deputy off the road near the Delmar Ranch on Highway Six. That was about 4 pm on Friday afternoon, Feb 5.

Jeff Aguirre, who drives an unmarked Tahoe with concealed lights, is a plainclothesman for the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office, organized crime division. He didn’t much appreciate it when the black pickup that passed him in a no passng zone forced his SUV off the traveled part of a very broad highway.

He brought the driver to a screeching halt; he asked Powers for permission to search the truck. Permission denied, he radioed for backup.

Aguirre could see two of the kind of glass pipes used to smoke methamphetamine crystals on the floorboard of Powers’ truck. According to an arrest affidavit, that’s probable cause to turn the world upside down. Inside, he found an “explosive device,” and summoned the bomb squad. They x-rayed the infernal machine and declared it a prohibited weapon.

By the time darkness fell, thousands of impatient rush hour weekend commuters were forced to detour by a circuitous route on County roads that left a huge dust cloud and chains of blaring headlights traveling narrow, battered back roads out of route for many miles while the Bomb Squad did its thing.

Powers, charged with the third degree felony offense, posted a $10,000 surety and walked out of the County lockup on Saturday.

We have no picture of the bomb, nor do we have a mugshot of Powers. The protectors of public information at the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office are locked in the struggle to obtain a legal opinion from lawyers located all along the I-35 access corridor, from Six Shooter Junction to Ostentatious, just to make sure that the news game remains one of the most competitive businesses on the face of the planet. So, we stole these off the internet – fair and square. So mote it be.

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To petition the government…

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What you say here, who you see here, when you leave here, does not stay here…Hear. Hear. 

Portland, OR – Ammon Bundy is locked down for a minimum of 23 hours a day in a 6×6 solitary cell with a bean chute and a wooden bunk, according to his wife.

Neither he, nor seven co-defendants are likely to make bail any time soon. No bond has been set, and there are reasons for that, federal prosecutors say.

The reasons, when read in black and white, appear by turns as serious, tragicomic, Kafkaesque, draconian, or capricious. But they are still considered reason enough to deduct time spent seeing one’s attorney or getting medical attention from the one hour of exercise time allowed outside a solitary lock-down in the Multnomah County Jail.

That’s what folks who have pulled a federal jolt call jammed in a drum all day and all night, and it’s serious business. Other members of the Patriot community, charged with similar offenses elsewhere in the federal system, have been similarly treated as they awaited their trials.

The federal criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court by U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams is like a chapter out of any old out-west struggle with law an order, from the Wobblies to the Mormons, La Raza, the American Indian Movement, or the Seamen’s and Longshoremen’s unions.

Here’s a sampler:

Bundy addressed the media speaking for “Citizens for Constitutional Freedom.” In an appearance on a morning network news program, he said, “We are serious about being here. We are serious about defending our rights, and we’re serious getting some things straightened out…” Asked if his commitment would lead to violence, he said, “Only if the government wants to take it there.”

Williams and his staff filed a memorandum in support of pre-trial detention in the cases, stating, in part, “By its very nature, this offense demonstrates a remarkable inability on the part of all charged defendants to follow the law, and thus comply with the terms of court-ordered supervision.

In this case, all defendants deliberately and publicly disregarded repeated orders, requests, and pressure to obey the law over a sustained period of time.”

The charge: Violation of Title 18 U.S. Code Section 372, “Conspiring to impede officers of the United States from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation, or threats…”

In the memo to the Court, the prosecutors characterized Dylan Anderson, whose call sign is “Captain Moroni,” as “unemployed, with no income.”

The inspiration to join the armed occupation was validated by God in the form of a flock of geese.”

Officers observed Anderson walking around the occupied Mahleur Wildlife Refuge headquarters armed with a rifle.

He told a news reporter, “I’m willing to die here.”

Social media podcaster Pete Santilli was recorded saying he had buried some weapons during a time when he was ordered to turn all firearms over to the law. There is no combination of conditions that will guarantee his appearance in Court, according to the prosecution staff.

Ryan Payne visited Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward many times during the build-up to the occupation. He and Bundy warned the Sheriff there would be “extreme civil unrest” if the government did not heed their call to free the Hammonds.

He gave an interview to a Missoula, Montana newspaper in which he described having counter sniper positions on top of all snipers, saying militia forces could have slain all federal snipers had they begun firing.

Bryan “Booda Bear” Cavalier has been characterized by a published report in the UK editions of the “Daily Mail” – which is hyperlinked in the memo – as one who has “stolen valor” by claiming to be a Marine veteran of the war in Afghanistan. According to the correspondent, the Bear responded to his questions and accusations by saying, “That’s unfortunate.”

Something they all have in common is that they have no community ties to people or jobs and no title to property in Oregon.

According to the government, their main loyalty, like all fighting men, is to one another. Prosecutors characterize their movements as that of a team of armed bodyguards surrounding Ammon Bundy. This is their chief reason in arguing that there is no combination of requirements or conditions that can guarantee they will appear in court to face the indictment.

Ranger calls for polygraphs for all

CALLS HIS INTERLOCUTORS LIARS, DEFIES ALLEGATIONS

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Ranger Matt Cawthon, ex-Chief Deputy of McLennan Sheriff’s Office

Waco – In reaction to a broadcast television report that the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) cleared Sheriff Parnell McNamara and his staff of any wrong, ex-Chief Deputy Matt Cawthon differed.

According to Cawthon, “Anything Eubank says from here on in is a lie…I challenge any of them, including Parnell McNamara, Chris Eubank, or anyone else, to take a polygraph…I will if they will.”

He says the author of the TCOLE report, Sgt. Jason Hufstetler, related a confrontation between he and former Lieutenant Chris Eubank, who now works as a patrol supervisor with the rank of Sergeant, that “…never happened.”

In that investigation finding, the TCOLE investigator alleged that he, Cawthon, intercepted the documentation of McNamara’s passing part of the certification process for a Texas Peace Officer at the printer located in the office’s headquarters, 901 Washtington.

There, according to Hufstetler’s report, he quizzed Eubank about whether he, Eubank, had not, in fact, taken the preparatory courses required for the Sheriff to be allowed to sit for the final exam at Austin, and signed off on them on the computer in place of the Sheriff.

Because of a failure in the Sheriff’s printer at his auxiliary office located at the Bosqueville Community Center, Eubank obtained access to his e-mail account and had the documentation printed at the Sheriff’s Office headquarters.

The confrontation that is related in the TCOLE report is not the truth, said Ranger Cawthon.

The way Cawthon relates the confrontation with Eubank is that it took place while the two were seated in their patrol cars, driver’s window to window in the parking lot at Westview Shopping Center, located at the intersection of W. Waco Dr. and N. Valley Mills, as previously reported.

He told me he was being blackmailed by his girlfriend because she had a picture of him sitting at the Sheriff’s computer with a caption that said, “I made another 90.”

The reference, Cawthon says Eubank admitted, was to his having taken exams for McNamara.

Cawthon has said, once before, and now for the second time – for the record – that he advised Eubank to resign his position as a Lieutenant in charge of various duties, including attending to personnel matters, training records, and the like.

It is a matter of record that Eubank did, in fact, resign his position as a Lieutenant. It is a known fact that Cawthon had previously confronted him with evidence of what he considered a felony crime, that of tampering with a government document.

The Sheriff disagreed. After talking to Eubank, he agreed to re-hire him as a Sergeant supervising the night shift of Sheriff’s Office patrolmen who work from 6 pm to 6 am.

TCOLE investigated numerous other allegations, all of which were supported by the record, and found no evidence of any wrongdoing, according to the Hufstetler report.

We of RadioLegendary received extensive anonymous documentation of these and other allegations, much of which involved personnel disciplinary reports and records of employment termination due to misconduct.

We were able to authenticate this anonymous information, though much of it was deemed unsuitable for publication, due to length and space requirements.

In each case, information activist Randall Scott Gates made a public information act records request and received identical documentation from the Sheriff’s Office.

He initiated a complaint to TCOLE in January, 2015.

In his summary conclusion, the TCOLE investigator declared, “There is a lack of evidence to substantiate the claim Eubanks (sic) and Blossman took the Peace Officer Supplemental class for Sheriff McNamara…The portion of the complaint that addresses Chris Eubank shredding a TCOLE F5 (report of termination due to misconduct) is unfounded…”

He concluded that, “Shredding the incorrect version of an F5 is not a TCOLE violation. This case will be closed as lack of evidence.”

In his investigation, Sgt. Hufstetler, quoted Sheriff McNamara indirectly, saying, “Sheriff McNamara told us he had numerous problems with Cawthon wanting to run things his way and Cawthon ultimately resigned.”

When questioned by RadioLegendary, Sheriff McNamara said one day in the distant past, “I don’t know what went wrong with Matt; I gave him the best-paying job I have, and he got mad at me and quit.”

We of RadioLegendary wish to make it clear that all copy generated in these columns was in pursuit of what, exactly, took place to cause this disaffection because the notion that they had differing notions of the style of law enforcement to be pursued, or personality differences, is extremely vague. They campaigned for the job as a matched set. We set out to examine the causes and conditions that led to their disaffection. The overall thrust of the series was to discover the issues surrounding that occurrence.

Stockholders would expect more from the CEO and Executive Vice President of a public corporation, where money, marbles and chalk are down on the trading floor every day, and the bottom line is the bottom line.

With a multimillion dollar budget, more than 300 employees, a large investment in infrastructure and equipment, pension funds, and all the impedimenta that goes with its five constitutionally defined duties, this diversified subsidiary corporation is no different.

It is ironic that it will require a public information act request to receive confirmation of this conclusion of the TCOLE investigation. Once again, government chooses to not recognize social media as part of the media. What else is new?