To maintain status quo

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“Status Quo, sir? Why, that’s the Latin for the mess we done got ourselves into now…” – Texas Ranger testifying from the witness stand

Somewhere in the Global Electronic Village – The battle lines are clear.

CNN’s excellent documentary on the “Texas Biker Brawl” that aired on Monday, May 16, the eve of the one-year anniversary since the massacre at Twin Peaks, focuses on the full frontal assault on the First Amendment – and all the rest of them.

Freedom of association, expression, and assembly, the right to keep and bear arms, freedom from unreasonable search and seizure, a guarantee against having to testify against oneself, the right to a speedy trial and an attorney and compulsory means of discovery – all are at stake in this monumental dispute between a feared and in some quarters despised biker culture, and the forces of law and order.

It all reminds one of another story on another day, a Sunday.

As a half-dozen candidates stumped for the 2006 primaries one Sunday afternoon at Jim’s Motorcycle Shop in Axtell, a hostile Baptist preacher burning with zeal and anger – his poll rankings showing him dead last in the heap trying to unseat State Senator Kip Averitt – spoke up in answer to a biker’s question about profiling.

Mike “Big Leg” Dixon, whose Texas Wheels chapter had patched over to form a new Bandidos outfit riding out of Bellmead, had mentioned that fast food franchises such as Jack In The Box and Wendy’s automatically locked their doors when his club rode on the lot, and refused them service in the drive-thru. Could the candidates do something about that, if elected to the Texas Legislature?

The old boy, whose visage and posture just oozed a pugnacious air, placed his hands firmly on the lectern and said, “Son, sooner or later, you will have to take responsibility for who you are and who you are with and what you are doing. Until you do, there is no help for your problems.”

You could have a pin drop; “You could have heard time crawl,” as singer-songwriter John Hiatt said in his hit, “Paper Thin.”

It really wasn’t what folks wanted to hear, to say the least. This was a meeting of the Texas Motorcycle Rights Association, an organization that kept a full-time lobbyist on the job at Austin – Sputnik – who goaded then State Senator Jerry Patterson into co-authoring and sponsoring the Texas Concealed Handgun Law and helped shepherd it into its passage.

Both Sputnik and Patterson said it wasn’t what they wanted, but it was they could get.

People kind of looked at the toes of their boots, the light fixtures, big red tool boxes and shiny Harley fenders for awhile, bemused, fuming with the reality of the injustice as evinced by this Bible-thumping bigot with nothing to lose, a loser who was running dead last against a kingmaker – a rain-making tax expert with his own plane who consulted with some of the biggest wigs and deepest pockets in an oil-rich state that might as well be a member of OPEC, along with Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, and parts of New Mexico and California.

The awkward moment passed, but the war goes on.

Following CNN’s fast-paced and comprehensive review of precisely what happened and its aftermath, Hempstead attorney Paul Looney said it best and with the greatest economy of words.

Asked by CNN Correspondent Ed Lavandera if any of the three defendants he represents will ever see a trial date, he said, in a word, “No.”

In agreement with Lavandera’s analysis, that the “epicenter” of the war against motorcyclists and their rights is in San Antonio, the administrative seat of the Western District of the U.S. District Court for Texas, Looney said the state’s indictments are there to “maintain the status quo.” The real work is being done behind the scenes by a joint federal task force of FBI and ATF agents named “Operation Rocker Arm.”

One of the three Bandidos national officers named in a federal indictment for a laundry list of charges including extortion, murder and various other types of racketeering, National President Jeff Pike scoffed at the allegation that his worldwide, trade-marked organization “declared war” on the Cossacks.

He snorted, “What’s that, an act of Congress? How do you do that? Write them a letter?”

Big Pete” James, former president of the Chicago Outlaw Motorcycle Club, who served as a point counterpoint biker spokesman throughout the broadcast, laughed and said “The Bandidos? They’re not a problem. All you have to do is stay out of their way.”

Some highlights from the 41 minutes of audio track preserved here from the presentation:

  • A Cossack identified only as “Dean,” his face and voice purposely distorted, said “For some people, this thing isn’t over. He accused Bandido Jake Carrizal of deliberately steering his bike into a Cossack when he arrived, something Carrizal denies.
  • Dean alleges it was a Bandido who fired the first shot.
  • Waco Chapter President John Wilson, owner of Legends Cycles, alleged that police purposely denied first aid and transport to hospital in ambulances held at by for two wounded men, “Mohawk,” and John Kirschner, both severly wounded. They lived a half-hour and wound up bleeding out.
  • Bandidos President Jeff Pike said “one uniformed cop” could have prevented the whole thing by standing on the sidewalk. “They promoted it,” he added, by lurking in the background, filming, and with their assault rifles at the ready, locked and loaded.
  • The dispute over Texas rocker arm patches arose when Bandidos assaulted and beat a Cossack outside an Abilene restaurant in 2013. A Bandido accused of stabbing the man was exonerated. Matters began to come to a head in a 2015 assault at a Gordon, Texas, truck stop, then peaked when a group of Cossacks allegedly attacked a lone Bandido at Lorena, forcing his scooter into a highway blockade barrier and beating him with a pipe.
  • John Wilson alleged he and others lay on the floor of the Convention Center in handcuffs for the first 18 to 19 hours of their detention.
  • Cossacks claim the reason for the dispute was the demand by Bandidos that clubs in the Confederation of Clubs “pay dues” to the Bandidos – or else forego membership.
  • Bandido Jeff Pike concluded that “I would doubt there’s going to be any more problem down the road.” He expressed surprise that the Cossacks were at Twin Peaks on Sunday, May 17, 2015, because, “The Cossacks are not members of the COC.”

All in all, the Cossacks are reported to having alleged that they believed there was truce. They came to the Confederation of Clubs and Independents meeting at Twin Peaks Restaurant seeking peace.

Asked on camera about the future of the indictments he is holding, McLennan County Criminal District Attorney said only, “We’re not done; we still have a lot more work to do, and we’re doing it.”

An associate of Paul Looney, Abigail Anastasio, will file a motion on Tuesday, May 17, seeking the disqualification of Reyna, First Assistant District Attorney Michael Jarrett, and Assistant District Attorney Mark Parker.

Knowledgeable court observers speculate that the dismissal is sought because the prosecutors prepared the affidavits of warrantless arrest used in charging the first 177 defenants to be arrested, then presented them to a Detective Chavez of the Waco Police for his signature. Chavez was not there. He came to the case from another location where he was working, allegedly because no other officer on the scene would sign the affidavits and present them to Judge Pete Peterson, who was serving as Magistrate and set bond on each defendatnt at $1 million.

In effect, it may be argued that this turns their legal status from that of prosecutors to witnesses who may be subpoenaed, examined directly, cross examined and redirect examined. They should either recuse themselves, or face disquaification.

The showdown is scheduled for high noon on the courthouse steps.

Lawyers’ showdown Tuesday at High Noon

The Steps

DUELING WORD PROCESSORS AT THE READY, TURN, FIRE…

Waco – Defense counsel for  Twin Peaks defendants will face off with tres hombres from the DA’s office at high noon Tuesday.

Criminal Defense Attorney Abigail Anastasio will file a motion to disqualify DA Abel Reyna, First Assistant DA Michael Jarrett, and Mark Parker for undisclosed reasons.

According to Roxanne Avery, a legal assistant for Paul Looney, Ms. Anastasio will hand out copies of the motion to the press and broadcast representatives at 11:45 a.m. on the steep Steps that lead to an unused door on an upper floor of the building.

Questions will be taken.

Mr. Looney hinted at a reason for such a motion in a speech he delivered on Saturday in the same location to bikers gathered to commemorate the one-year anniversary of an attack by Waco Police and DPS agents wielding assault rifles that left 9 dead, 20 wounded, and saw the arrest of 177 for the vague conspiratorial offense of engaging in organized criminal activity, a first degree felony that carries a penalty of from 5 years to life.

According to Looney, Jarrett wrote the affidavits of warrantless arrest that Waco Detective Chavez signed after he arrived from a remote location.

It is his allegation that Chavez had no personal knowledge of events that had taken place at Twin Peaks Restaurant prior to his arrival.

In the affidavit, an aggravating factor is noted, that the alleged criminal conspiracy by a “combination” of actors led to the Capital Murder and/or aggravated assault of the dead and wounded.

“Jarrett wrote it and he signed it,” Looney told the gathering of bikers.

Ms. Anastasio is representing Ray Nelson. She is one of 20 lawyers recruited by Looney and Ms. Avery to represent defendants who could not afford a lawyer and had to settle for a court-appointed attorney. According to Looney, all have agreed to serve for what they would make in a day’s fees, “if not pro bono.”

A WPA Mural, Except A Yellow tape halves it

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Six Shooter Junction – The story is like one of those heroic WPA murals you see on Post Office Walls, except a yellow tape runs through it and everyone arrives wearing badass buttons astride shiny hand-built, custom thunder machines from a big two-hearted river that say po-tay-toe, po-tay-toe, po-tay-toe before THEY SCREAM!

Consider the set and setting, a grim looking courthouse with a towering set of steps worthy of a medieval scaffold from which they toss down bloody severed heads, or an Aztec pyramid where sacrifices are made to the Sun, the heart ripped from the chest with a keenly whetted obsidian knife, still pumping for the viewing pleasure of the crowd below.

Paul Looney stepped up to the mic to give the small throng of bikers gathered for the one-year anniversary of the Twin Peaks massacre of 9, wounding of seven and the arrest on a fill-in-the-blank affidavit with no specifics as to the allegation of engaging in organized criminal activity; what’s more, there was no proper charging instrument for the offense that put 177 people behind bars – some of them for weeks – on a $1 million bond.

He had three major points to make.

1) When the police become a highly militarized presence in the community, commanded and controlled like armies, using Army equipment, “…We become the enemy,” he concluded.

It is his hope that the blowback from what happened at Twin Peaks will result within 5 years in a demilitarization of domestic civil police forces.

2) “They’re up to their ass in really good lawyers,” he announced. Over the past months, he and his legal assistant Roxanne Avery have been able to attract 20 top-notch lawyers to represent those charged on the vague charges for “less than what they would earn for a day’s fees, if not pro bono.”

The prosecution is not sitting anywhere near as pretty as they were a year ago, he explained. He and his colleagues have learned that the officer who signed the affidavits of warrantless arrest for 177 persons had no personal knowledge to that which he swore before a Magistrate.

He alleged that Prosecutor Michael Jarrett handed the documents to him to sign, sight unseeen.

3) During the past year, not one biker has violated conditions of bond, something that McLennan County authorities depend on when they string out criminal dockets for “three-four years.” When a defendant violates his bond in any of a myriad of ways, he is put back in jail and forced to plead guilty to get out of jail. “They keep them coming back over and over and over.”

His conclusion is that his clients are really good people who have chosen a life-style that some feel threatens them. Let them feel the way they wish, said Looney.

“We’re going to win.”

Friday 13th, a good day for history of a dispute

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To commemorate the Friday, October 13, 1307, arrest of 15,000 Poor Knights of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon by the Sept. 9 order of King Philip IV, lest we forget…

Six Shooter Junction – The legend is clear. They say that as Jaques de Molay, Grand Master of the Knights Templar, burned slowly over a charcoal fire, he screamed to the heavens that within one year, both the Pope who condemned him and the King who ordered his arrest would die.

His words came true.

His sin: His order of warrior monks, the special forces of the day with a chain of command that bypassed the church hierarchy of cardinals and bishops, reported directly to the Pope, had too much money, owned too much prime property acquired through foreclosure from defaulted loans, and held too many mortgages of nobility and royalty alike.

He was a dangerous man, and he confessed to a litany of sins rather than face torture in hopes that by remaining alive, he could help his men. But when he reneged on a planned public confession from a scaffold in the forecourt of the Cathedral of Notre Dame, recanting his earlier confession, he was sentenced to burn alive in order to save his soul from everlasting perdition.

Not all the Templars perished. Some escaped in ships and began to fly the death’s head as a flag of convenience, symbolizing no quarter given – and none expected. They sailed from their redoubt on the Firth of Forth near Midlothian, in the Kingdom of Fife. Hence, the traditional approach to what some call piracy and others from the British Isles have often considered a business.

Speak of Sir Francis Drake to any Hispanic of Caribbean origin, and you will hear the rejoinder, “Do you mean Drake the Pirate?”

Precisely.

And now, on Saturday, May 14, at 1 p.m. on the Courthouse Square in this city, members of the motorcycle enthusiasts’ community will gather to inveigh against all law enforcement officials from the Lord High Sheriff and Criminal District Attorney to the Chief of Police and all their staff, for what they perceive as cold-blooded murder of 9 men, the wounding of 20, and the arrest of 177 persons who were held on a bond of $1 million on May 17, 2015, nearly a year previously.

The keynote speaker is to be Paul Looney, a Hempstead attorney who has established through cross examination of the Department of Pubic Safety Lieutenant in charge in examination hearing that the key element of the state’s case against those charged and indicted on the fill-in-the-blank set of identical charges is that anyone wearing a patch signifying a club affiliation was arrested, and that a support patch featuring the Bandidos Motorcycle Club logo in red and gold was considered evidence of affiliation with a “criminal street gang.”

Those whose clothing featured the black and gold colors of the Cossacks Motorcycle Club received equal treatment under the eyes of the Texas.

Looney has made motions to the Court, saying that he needs no further discovery of the evidence to be presented against his clients. He just wants a trial date, be it four years from now, or day after tomorrow. He cares not.

Prosecutors continue to demur.

What happened last time the motorcycle enthusiasts gathered on the square, on August 22, 2015? The Sheriff ordered them to leave when his men noticed someone had dropped off a cooler, a suitcase and a backpack, then left them on a street corner at 5th and Austin, a block away from the Courthouse without returning to claim them.

What happened previous to this development?

A contingent of members of the Texas Motorcycle Rights Association had arrived bearing AR-15-style assault rifles, locked and loaded. They took a position on the corner of 5th and Washington under a shade tent in the parking lot.

CID Capt. Bubba Colyer asked the Legendary, “Are they down here to hassle us?”

I replied, “No, sir, they were always about rumbling each other, remember?”

When he asked why they had rifles, I replied, “Because they can, Captain. It says here.” True story. Both the U.S. and Texas Constitutions say so, unequivocally.

Sheriff McNamara let the throng pray, listen to a singer intone the National Anthem, and waited while a chaplain rang a bell and read the name of each man who lost his life.

And then, the organizers of the All For 1 rally, including members of the Sons of Liberty Riders and Two Million Bikers to D.C., agreed to mount their scooters and leave the area quickly as Sheriff McNamara and his men stood by, watching carefully. The bomb squad found no explosives in the abandoned luggage and beer cooler.

American Biker Community Rights has prepared a Department of Justice complaint letter that conforms to the rules of court for violations of civil rights both criminal and civil by persons acting under color of law.

The form includes the names of all the alleged victims of the Twin Peaks massacre and the names and titles of all law enforcement staff members who participated. One may download it by clicking here.

These addenda are  produced by the Western District of Texas U.S. District Court at San Antonio. They explain in more detail the procedure that may be followed to make similar complaints at law to the Department of Justice at Washington, D.C.

https://www.justice.gov/crt/addressing-police-misconduct-laws-enforced-department-justice

https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdtx/victim-witness-assistance

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This is the Beauseant, the banner carried into battle by the Poor Knights of Christ, emblazoned by the Templar cross. Some 15,000 soldiers burned alive for wearing this regalia by order of a Pope and a King, both of whom died within one year of their order to execute their Grand Master.  

I am sincere.

So mote it be.

  • The Legendary

ATF – ‘Arsonist set fire causing blast at West’

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West – The ATF told the world today that an arsonist caused the April 17 blast that killed 15 and destroyed dozens of homes in 2013.

It’s something people seemed to know all along. A mass murderer caused the death and devastation at the agribusiness location in this farming community.

DPS troopers guarding the site of the devastation at the West Fertilizer Company and the surrounding residential neighborhood told newsmen when they turned them away that “They (ATF) are treating this as a crime scene.” 

Within a week, an insurance adjuster told The Legendary she had uncovered evidence that the ignition point of an electrical fire in the area where the blaze that caused the explosion was extinguished earlier in the day. The problem involved a golf cart that was recharging, and after an electrician isolated the cause, someone again plugged the charger in. She said her efforts to investigate were frustrated and eventually stymied by ATF investigators. 

A former paramedic and fire fighter named Bryce Reed entered a guilty plea to building a destructive device with explosives. He is cleared in the investigation following 21 months in federal custody, according to an ATF official.

No suspects are named in the case.

In a history of break-ins and intrusions dating back 25 years or more, dozens of cases are left open, most of them involving theft of anhydrous ammonia fertilizer, a component of methamphetamine cooking desired by speed “cooks.”

According to a search of crime reports by patrol officers of the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office, there was no fence, no burglar alarms, video surveillance, or fire alarms and prevention equipment at the company. The lack of security arrangements presented a significant crime hazard for the owners of Adair Seed Company and West Fertilizer. 

In an earlier determination of the unknown cause of the fire that led to the blast, ATF concluded that any of these factors could lead to the solution of what happened.

After months of investigation in 2013, officials of the ATF Violent Crimes Bureau at a press conference concluded that the origin of the fire was unknown and could be attributed to a number of factors.

 

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Guy with a gun walks into a courthouse – legally

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“…in the hope that your invitation was sincere.” – Mike Dixon, lawyer

Six Shooter Junction – There is no greater venue of constant and abiding conflict than the County Courhouse – anywhere, any town, any state, U.S.A.

What goes on there is an attempt to arrive at civil solutions to generally savage situations – the kind that make people wake up in the middle of the night screaming – the kind that make your hair hurt when you think about them. That is, if you can think at all.

COMES NOW: Ken Paxton, by and through his assistant, and would humbly show unto the Court that the Legislature acted to allow properly licensed visitors to public buildings while armed with firearms.

The County Commissioners of McLennan County, acting on the advice of 19th Criminal District Court Judge Ralph T. Strother, have opted to ignore the AG’s opinion and to defy clarification of that opinion as offered in response to an appeal.

According to Mike Dixon, a private attorney who represents the Commissioners’ Court and County Judge Scott Felton, the officials in question have done all they can to designate the areas that serve the courts.

They will be happy to see We The People in Court, it seems, that dreadful and expensive place where the pigeons – ah, well, drop droppings – and hole up with very dreadfully expensive paperwork that gets ignored at the rate of what the law allows a lawyer to charge – after you lose the case.

The areas that serve the courts are everywhere in the double-domed wedding cake at 501 Washington Ave., where you have to come through a metal detector, take an elevator to the third floor, go across a catwalk, then take an elevator to the ground floor of the building next door if you want to visit a trial in progress in the “auxiliary courtroom” located in the “annex” building. You go down one floor from the District Clerk’s Office in order to visit the District Attorney’s spread.

That includes Judge Strother. He’s thinking ahead, about the husbands who could possibly lose their cool with estranged wives in divorce hearings, criminal defendants whose bail has been revoked, office holders whose offices have been eliminated – after they were elected.

But the AG doesn’t intend to budge, according to a recent opinion our man R.S. Gates had to sweat blood to get when he dropped by to pick it up at the offices of the attorney who serves the Commissioners’ Court on the public payroll – Dustin Chapman, twin spin anti-hero of the two bag killing, legal-style, which most people seeking answers to questions encounter when Felton & Co. hand them off to the tender mercies of Dixon of Haley & Olson, and Chapman, of McLennan County.

An audio recording of the event shows that Chapman told Gates he was in a meeting, just stepped out to see him and say he wouldn’t get what he came for, then concluded his remarks with “Goodbye, Scott.”

Charming.

Read all bout it by clicking here.

Meanwhile, attorneys and other people walk right past the metal detectors, their baggage sacrosanct, their persons not scrutinized. After all, they work there. You can trust them not to smuggle the odd hog leg into the courthouse in order to let some bull goose loony gun down the rival for Little Susie Rotten Crotch’s hand.

Evah time, guv’nor. Evah time.

That’s what they told the Warren Commission in that great plantation town where President Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald gwine up to hebbin after folks like Jakov Rubenstein and E. Howard Hunt rumble on the Courthouse Square in Big D.

So mote it be.

– The Legendary

Kidnapping led SWAT to Aryan Brother’s door

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LAW MEN SHY AWAY FROM SEEKING SEARCH WARRANT

Bruceville, Texas – McLennan County law men are keeping their mouths shut about just exactly whom a known Aryan Brotherhood member named David Lee Woodruff, 32, kidnapped over the weekend of April 17 – 18 – and the reason for why he did it.

Deputy Jeffrey Aguirre wrote in an affidavit for a search warrant, “Woodruff has…reportedly kidnapped one person who has spoke with the affiant and has refused to pursue charges due to fear for personal safety.”

Though Aguirre interviewed that person by phone on three separate occasions, the conversations resulted only in a refusal to budge on pressing charges due to the fear of violent reprisal.

It’s not an unwarranted fear when it comes to the AB. Their bag of tricks often includes kidnapping backsliding members, those who falsely claim membership, or for the purpose of the murder of people who cross them.

In a 2015 case, court testimony included the grisly details of a top lieutenant in Ft. Worth, an individual whose specialty was the torture of those singled out for discipline before he went away to prison for an extended sentence. James “Byrdman” Byrd was known for stuffing a victim’s wound with bread, then eating the icky substance.

Authorities had issued a “blue warrant” on Woodruff for parole violation. They weren’t sure who or what they would find when they served it, but surveillance confirmed that he was there as late as 24 hours previously. They opted for a search warrant for “the body of David Lee Woodruff” only.

A Waco magistrate opted to honor Aguirre’s request for a no-knock warrant to search 2036 Theresa Lane for Woodruff because of his well-known gang affiliation and the fact that deputies responded to a report of a shooting at the location as recently as last January. He has a previous criminal record for flight by motor vehicle from officers seeking to arrest him, and is “known to surround himself with multiple armed persons,” according to entries on white supremacist social media sites, Aguirre wrote.

So when the SWAT team made their move on the hill-top modular home about 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, they left the road and charged across the prairie grass in an armored military surplus MRAP vehicle, breaking through the fence and pulling up to the house at the top of the hill to dismount the war wagon in full armor and battle dress, where they found Woodruff and two previously unknown companions sitting in surprise, loaded weapons at the ready, but unused.

In the aftermath of the swift assault by SWAT, they readily agreed to allow a full search of the premises, it is noted in Aguirre’s affidavit of warrantless arrest. The officers filed charges for “theft by possession” of a late-model pickup stripped of its interior and .3 of a gram of methamphetamine.

Along with Woodruff, they charged Crystal Trotter, 41, of the same address, and Thomas Holt, 30, of the 4600 Block of Houghton, Ft. Worth, also known as “Kid Rock.”

They seized the pickup, two stolen motorcycles, two rifles, two 9 mm semiautomatic handguns, and an additional 5.6 grams of suspected methamphetamine found in a string bag owned by Holt.

According to Sheriff Parnell McNamara, additional charges may be filed on the trio.

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Woodruff (L), Trotter (C), Holt (R)

Open Records Division officials at the Texas Attorney General’s Office overruled an objection by McLennan Sheriff’s Office Records Division Chief Tamma Willis that release of the material quoted in this article might presumptively affect the outcome of an open case following an appeal by Texas Liberty Watch.

In this previous series of articles, The Legendary recounts how 19th Criminal District Judge Ralph Strother dismissed indictments of a number persons connected to the Aryan Brotherhood in the case of an auto theft in which the stolen vehicle was taken to an undisclosed location in the Bruceville-Eddy area following its theft from a car lot on LaSalle Avenue. The Waco Police Department refused to allow prosecutors to know the names of confidential informants connected to the case; Prosecutor Michael Jarrett and Criminal District Attorney Abel Reyna declined further prosecution due to their trepidations over the provisions of the Michael Morton Act.

http://downdirtyword.blogspot.com/2012/10/flame-war-extends-to-allegations-denial_20.html

http://downdirtyword.blogspot.com/2012/10/sack-chasers-and-all-night-jick-house_8673.html

http://downdirtyword.blogspot.com/2013/03/warrants-fines-led-to-car-theft-7.html

http://downdirtyword.blogspot.com/2013/04/videos-of-ab-investigation-reveal.html

Corporate jail spots backdrop to Shanghai date rape drug trade

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THIS ADDRESS ON A LONELY STRETCH OF HAMILTON COUNTY PRAIRIE IS WHERE CUSTOMS AND DHS AGENTS BUSTED A SHIPMENT OF DATE RAPE PRECURSOR CHEMICAL FROM CHINA 

From an Island in the Corporate Texas Gulag – The sick man found it hard to fight back when the guards brought a very angry, very violent black man to his cell for what he and witnesses allege was the specific purpose of beating him bloody and senseless.

David Lee Newman, Jr., an aging Navy veteran who suffers from Gulf War Syndrome, panicked. He ran to the door to protest on January 25, 2016. when the LaSalle Corrections officers brought Clifton Curry, a black man with a history of hostility toward Newman.  They had been together in a convalescent tank for some time earlier.

Curry made no secret of why he was there, according to a written statement by an eye witness named Roberto Rene Luna.

I hope you can fight,” he shouted. “Yeah, I came in here just to beat your ass…”

At this point I saw several guards standing outside the door watching,” Luna wrote. “I don’t know why they didn’t come in sooner, and I began to be concerned for inmate Newman’s life.” A fellow inmate named Andrew Tyler Fenske tried to call Curry off, but to no avail. Luna retreated to his bunk where he had “a clear view” of what happened.

The assault started when Curry punched Newman in the jaw where he stood at the door, shouting, “He’s not supposed to be in here. Open the door.”

Curry beat Newman to the floor, yelling, “Snitch on me again, bitch; snitch on me again.”

In his statement, Luna alleges that Curry left Newman severely injured in a “huge puddle of blood on the floor and blood splattered all over the walls, table, and door” of the tank. A guard came a couple of hours later to clean up the mess.

It wasn’t the first time the two men had clashed. Curry and Newman had a history, according to the veteran’s lady friend, Rachel Crutcher.

Following his arrest on the federal complaint on August 11, 2015, for operation of a manufacturing lab near the Hamilton County hamlet of Pottsville, where he allegedly “cooked” a key component of the “date rape” drug called Rohypnol, he had made the rounds of county jails, including Fannin County’s, which is operated by LaSalle Corrections, the same contractor that operates the Jack Harwell Detention Center at Waco. Following processing at the Oklahoma City Bureau of Prisons Transfer Facility, Newman was sent to Waco, where he faced charges in U.S. District Court.

A ‘FIASCO’ RECALLED, REMARKED

In that round of processing, he went without the important anti-rejection medication he is prescribed to keep his transplanted liver healthy. Many pathologists and internists believe that Gulf War Syndrome is caused by the regimen of military inoculations given soldiers, sailors and Marines prior to their service in that conflict. One common complaint associated with Gulf War Syndrome is severe hepatic inflammation that renders the liver function inoperative, requiring a transplant if the patient hopes to live.

His family recalls it was a struggle getting LaSalle officials to give Newman his medicince after he arrived at the Jack Harwell Detention Center, too.

It was a fiasco getting him his transplant meds there. He went several days without them and got very sick,” said Ms. Crutcher.

After numerous complaints to the US. Marshals, to the Assistant Warden Stacy King, and finally after David’s mother called down there and got ugly with someone on their medical staff, David was transferred.”

Part of the problem, she alleges, was the setting where Newman spent his time. He was lodged in a gladiator tank, a very large tank where very violent, very loud men argue – at the top of their lungs – day and night, smashing dominoes down on table tops, screaming threats at prisoners in other tanks, pounding on the door, fighting at the drop of a hat, the blink of an eye.

This was an aggravation to Newman’s condition of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, according to Ms. Crutcher.

Thank God his attorney finally listened to me and called and threatened to file a lawsuit if he didn’t receive his meds immediately.”

Since Newman was to be held in a medical tank, “allegedly that meant that he would have his medications brought to him in the tank (without) having to be taken to the infirmary. And also that he would be more closely monitored by the medical staff at the facility.

They never brought medication to the tank once. It was David and three African American men, one of whom (Clifton Curry) eventually decided to threaten to rape David.”

The bullying went on for a month or more, and at one point, when Newman was taken to U.S. District Court on a Monday to consult with federal officials, a move that netted him a sentence of 10 years in the federal correctional system, Curry decided that since it wasn’t a court day for inmates facing federal charges, Newman, who was in conference with federal homeland security agents, must have been somewhere informing authorities of his, Curry’s, illegal activities. He put a “snitch jacket” on Newman.

It is Newman’s belief, and the conviction of his lady friend Rachel Crutcher and his mother, that a certain Sergeant of guards named Paul Massey is known for “dog fighting inmates for his own entertainment…

And I believe that is what happened,” according to Rachel Crutcher’s statement.

The beating Newman took from Curry was allegedly arranged in retaliation for their complaints and the family’s demands for Newman’s medical attention and scheduled medication.

After this beating Mr. Curry was not in any way punished other than to be put in gen pop (general population), where he still walks by and harasses David daily banging on the glass windows of his tank and threatening about how next time he won’t walk away,” Ms. Crutcher said in a written statement.

Warden James Duke, a veteran of the Mississippi State Penitentiary system, did not return a phone call seeking his reaction.

LOSING MONEY IN THE JAIL BUSINESS AND LIKING IT 

All this activity has been carried out by a corporation that claims in the open setting of McLennan County Commissioners Court that it has yet to make any money off its contract, which they won in 2013.

Local officials are just tickled to have them. Said County Judge Scott Felton in glowing testimony after voting to continue the contract last June, We’re glad to extend it with LaSalle because we trust them and they’re good business people,” he said, speaking as a member of the McLennan County Public Facility Corporation’s board of directors. “They pay the note payment on the bonds to pay for the jail and they’ve never missed a payment, even without making money.”

Felton said the jail has been losing money steadily since it was built because the prisoner population has not met expectations. Immigration officials have de-emphasized the policy of locking up undocumented aliens. The facility has capacity for 816 prisoners, but has housed fewer than 700 at any one time. During November and December of 2014, the average daily population fell to 445.

The contract extension approved by the county commissioners includes a provision that takes effect on June 13, 2016, stating the contract can be declared void after a 90-day notice period if the jail population falls below 575 prisoners for two consecutive months.

[LaSalle is] a for-profit business, and they have to have some assurance that they can be able to hang on here without being financially punished until things change,” Felton said in reference to the 90-day termination provision. “It’s been a great relationship on both sides, and that was said right upfront.”

UNTIL THINGS CHANGE…

Until things change,” then, LaSalle is comfortable with taking a financial beating, and their reasoning is sound, when viewed in the context of the three principal factors in commercial real estate development.

  1. Location
  2. Location
  3. Location

Jack Harwell Detention Center is next door to the McLennan County Jail, which is near the intersection of State Highway 6, a heavily trafficked route between the Houston metro area and Abilene, the Panhandle, and California – at I-35, the Main Street of the NAFTA auto manufacturing trade between Canada and Mexico, the Jack Harwell Detention Center is in position for convenient air connections at Texas State Technical Center, site of the Connally SAC Base, and the Union Pacific Railroad.

The Waco lockup is in an excellent position to serve the 68 counties of the Western District of the U.S. District Court of Texas, which sits at San Antonio and stretches to El Paso – halfway between Los Angeles and the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex.

Sheriff Thomas Parnell McNamara, Jr., is the eldest son of Thomas Parnell McNamara, Sr., the former Deputy U.S. Marshal in Charge for the Waco Division of the Western District Court – and a multi-generational Texas law man, carries on in the family business. He is retired from the same position his father held.

You might say it’s the family business.

But, then, like the fella said, you could just as well keep your mouth shut about all that.

No matter what you do, one must agree that reason dictates the truth of the matter. Sheriff Parnell McNamara is responsible as the Constitutional Officer who is charged with the ministerial duty by We The People of the State of Texas safely to keep inmates both convicted and awaiting transfer to correctional facilities, and those who have yet to make bail, no matter what kind of industrial development the city dads have in mind, or which corporate securities one may trade.

That is, “until things change.”

D’AFFAIRE NEWMAN, DAVID LEE, JR.

The David Lee Newman, Jr., affair came about through the works of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) investigation of three shipments from Puying Chemical Technology, Room 503, Number 35, Shanhai, China, 200232, to Nolte’s Naturals Flavors, 1186 FM 2842, Pottsville, Hamilton County, Texas.

Just like the British shipment of opium to the strife-riven provinces of Qing Dynasty China in the power vacuum that developed just prior to the “gear wheel” revolution of the Nationalist Chinese, chemicals from China arrive on American shores via clipper ships, but these are jet propelled by giant turbine engines; they have huge wings instead of wind-jamming sheets of canvas and fly non-stop far above the weather and waves below, striding between continents in hours instead of weeks.

They carry everything from Apple computers to household goods and garments bound for Wal-Mart, as well as just- in-time deliveries of aircraft and electronic components in the brisk trade promoted by the permanent most favored nation status granted by the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) in 2001, an arrangement which guarantees low import duties and high volume quotas for Chinese goods. Corporate war lords find the trade in the chemicals that are used to make drugs as useful as their equally militant Chinese counterparts did in the days of the “treaty trade” enforced by the U.S. Navy’s riverine squadrons that plied the Yangtsze prior to the First War.

Homeland Security Investigators (HSI) Andres Gonzalez and Garret Huling, working with agents from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and Immigration and Customs Enforement (ICE), intercepted a 27-kilogram package (approximately 59.4 pounds) delivered by DHL Delivery Services that was labeled on the manifest as Ethyl laurate

A search of previous manifests showed two additional shipments of the same chemical.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, the empty containers were found in the garbage near the front gate to the property and “A presumptive test of the substance resulted in a positive for the presence of Gamma Butyrolactone, a precusor chemical used in the manufacturing of gamma-hydroxybutync acid. (GHB)…an addictive depressant used for its euphoric and sleep inducing effects…

GHB has been commonly associated with other ‘date rape’ narcotics such as flunitrazepam (Rohypnol), being very easy to add to drinks when (an) unsuspecting vicim is vulnerable due to intoxication with a sedative, generally alcohol.”

The raid netted the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office seizures of $10,379 in U.S. currency, the residence and open land at the address, a 2009 John Deere tractor, a 2008 Kia SUV, $55,000 in U.S. currency from a bank account at First State Bank Central Texas and the contents of a safe deposit box at that institution.

The search turned up methamphetamine, marijuana, and the deputy noted that Newman has an ‘extensive criminal history.”

BADMOUTHING GHB ‘BAFFLING’ TO SOME…

In her statement, his girlfriend Rachel shared her impressions about Rohypnol – its use as a recreational drug.

GHB has gotten a bad rap because of some people using it as a date rape drug. But by and large the community that uses it is using it recreationally. Do people use it and make bad choices? Well, definitely. But people use every drug including alcohol and then make bad choices. But I cannot fathom how a person could mistake the taste of GHB for anything else; it’s the absolute saltiest thing a person could ever taste…I know of athletes who use GHB to help them get better results; meth addicts who use it to get REM sleep and then stay up a few days longer; housewives who aren’t that into their husbands anymore but can do a little GHB and suddenly they’re not so irritated with the dude anymore. I also know some people who are hardcore addicts that drink 4-8 oz a day. Keep in mind the therapeutic threshold for a normal person like me or David is typically met at 3ml. On occasion, maybe 5 or 6ml, but one oz is 30 ml, so you can imagine how far out these people can get when they really get addicted to it. 

The whole ‘date rape drug’ concept is baffling to me… 

Even the local law enforcement folks seem pretty confused. They told me the reason it is illegal federally is that people have been raped. But I wonder how a drug that cannot be detected in a blood, urine, sweat, saliva, or hair follicle drug test was able to be associated to a rape? I’m not a scientist, and there is probably an explanation, but I am honestly not aware of it being used for that purpose, ever.”  Screen Shot 2016-05-02 at 10.49.17 PM

SHANGHAI’S GLITTERING BUND, THE FOREIGN TRADE ZONE WHERE EXPORTS ARE SHIPPED TO MOST FAVORED NATIONS

McNamara’s band in succession of posts

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McLennan Sheriff allows another key Captain to resign 

Waco – A certain pattern emerges in the administration of Sheriff Parnell McNamara. When an officer fails to satisfy, or is caught doing something objectionable – sometimes plainly felonious – they are “allowed to resign.”

Until last Friday, Patrol Captain Steve Smith had an employment history that reportedly included occasional breaks in service of as long as a couple of weeks – time taken off to untangle the mind and adjust his feelings toward his employment.

When the axe fell, it was because Sheriff Parnell McNamara allegedly heard he had bad-mouthed the Chief Deputy who replaced retired Texas Ranger Matt Cawthon after being allowed to resign in October, 2014. McNamara allowed Cawthon to resign following a heated dispute over the disposition of a criminal investigation involving allegations of tampering with disciplinary records by former and present Lieutenant Chris Eubank. 

McNamara and Smith talked the situation over, and McNamara allowed him to resign last Friday. He replaced him with District Attorney’s Investigator Steve January as of the first of this week.

Word around the campfire is that January will take Criminal Investigation Division Captain Bubba Colyer’s place when he retires and recently promoted Patrol Division Lieutenant Chris Eubank will when be promoted to Patrol Captain.

Eubank no longer has anyone in his way,” said a knowledgeable observer from the law enforcement community who said he does not wish to be identified.

Lawmen who have been closely monitoring the situation recall that Eubank left previous employment as the Lieutenant in charge of training and qualifications at the Sheriff’s Department when he admitted to Cawthon that he had in fact shredded a document that recounted for the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) that a former patrol mate from the Gatesville Police Department, Spencer Rowell.

Former Jail Captain John Kollnek dismissed Rowell for misconduct at an off duty beer and reefer party that got out of control at a Waco apartment complex near Baylor University, where he and other Corrections officers lived. When Waco Police arrived, they called brass from the Sheriff’s Office who flocked to the scene to take action.

Eubank later furnished a notarized statement admitting he had destroyed the documentation of Kollinek’s firing his associate, Rowell. A woman who worked for him gave investigators a statement recalling how he threatened her to destroy the document for him. When she demurred, he did the job himself.

Eubank and Rowell were later sued in federal court for using excessive force against a couple they beat and TASERed for getting loud prior to their taking jobs at the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office. Attorneys for the City of Gatesville negotiated a settlement without admitting any wrongdoing on the part of the City. 

Still other lawmen recall that Eubank ran afoul of the Chief of the Hewitt Police Department after he had been nailed for destroying a record of an infraction of conduct rules and a subsequent reprimand.

Faced with the threat of dismissal under off color circumstances, he reminded the Chief he had audio tapes of him using racial epithets toward a certain individual.

It worked. He was allowed to resign, whereupon he sought employment with the Gatesville police force.

And then there was the saga of the K9 Officer named Ace, a Belgian Shepherd the certifying training breeder and vendor alleged was abused by his handler Joseph Ballew and his supervisor, then Lt. Chris Eubank. The dog later attacked a child of his new handler after the two were moved into the Patrol Division when he left him alone with a child of a former marriage who came to visit while he was away from his home.

One may read of that development by clicking here:

Report: Officer’s child let K9 out to play before bite