‘Is that all there is to it?’

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The busiest commercial bridge in the  world

On the Texas-Mexico Border – A commander of armed patriots helping property owners slow the tide of illegal immigration and drug smuggling had a national impact on a protest scheduled to take place over the weekend, an action that would have slowed international traffic from San Diego to the Gulf of Mexico.

All he had to do was post a simple statement on a social media site, his Facebook wall. The word spread like wildfire.

K.C. Massey, III, heads up Camp Lone Star in Brownsville’s “no man’s land” – an area walled off from the rest of America. With command of a lean force of a dozen men, he is particular about who he welcomes and when he receives visitors.

He put his foot down Friday when he learned that a man he had previously run off was spreading rumors about a bomb attack on the international truck bridge at Laredo, something that would have had a devastating impact on the economy of an entire continent.

To complicate matters, he came in off a patrol with his men and found yet another unwelcome guest, this one a man who claims ties to a militia in Arizona, holding forth for a video production crew from Home Box Office. The problem: he demands approval before, during and after interviews during visits from the media.

All this occurred about sundown on Friday, September 19, and he marked the occasion by posting this announcement on his Facebook wall:

We are being tricked! We have patriots turned bad + moles + press that is trying to make people think this is a militia event. They are hoping that because of their reporting that militia will come. It is all being put in place to use us patriots to start a war. I have been working on this Intel for a while now. Please do not attend this event. It will only hurt everything that we are trying to accomplish and that is the mission of several people behind this event!!! KC Massey III

A war prosecuted by whom, waged upon which enemies?

Asked point blank, Massey said he meant a war by the U.S. Government, carried out against the people of the United States. Nothing doing. He sees all such rumor and innuendos as the deeds of agents provocateur. Massey suspects these men – and a few women – are secretly working for the government of the U.S.

When the reply came at 5 a.m. California time, it was concise and to the point:

There has been an unsubstantiated threat of mass violence to attendees, along with very suspicious activity on the Facebook site. These two items are more than enough for me to immediately stop any protest that was going to occur.

Your lives, and the lives of our law enforcement, are more important than any protest.

…Staysi Barth, Lake Elsinore, California

Predictably, there was no protest at any border crossing – from California to Texas.

When the HBO crew came back as previously invited for the next day, he took them on a patrol to the river, to a busy crossing place where concrete debris makes natural stepping stones. When he poked his head through the brush, he confronted a group of five in a makeshift boat fashioned from a water tank, just as they reached the American shore.

They turned tail and beat it back to the bank on the Mexican side.

“She (the HBO correspondent) asked me, ‘Is that all there is to it?'”

The formula, he explains, is simply to place American  men between the illegal immigrants and drug smugglers. They leave immediately because they don’t want a confrontation. This uncommon solution to a very complicated problem he attributes to common sense. There isn’t much of it around any more, according to Massey.

To carry a rifle in self defense is a God-given right, he explains. The U.S. Constitution merely guarantees that the central government will not interfere with that.

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K.C. Massey, III, Commander of Camp Lone Star

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From the memory hole

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Judson Witham, Glens Falls, New York

This last was for the disposal of waste paper. Similar slits existed in thousands or tens of thousands throughout the building, not only in every room but at short intervals in every corridor. For some reason they were nicknamed memory holes. When one knew that any document was due for destruction, or even when one saw a scrap of waste paper lying about, it was an automatic action to lift the flap of the nearest memory hole and drop it in, whereupon it would be whirled away on a current of warm air to the enormous furnaces which were hidden somewhere in the recesses of the building. – George Orwell, 1984

Houston – This guy is from old-line upstate New Yorker origins, looks like he just stepped out of a Washington Irving tale, and claims multi-generations of relations with a long line of “poor fellow soldiers of Christ of the Temple of Solomon at Jerusalem,” the famed Knights Templar of the Crusades.

Until you get a chance to talk to the man, you don’t really grasp the burning anger that drives his need.

Judson Witham has spent years upon years making smirking, half-insulting videos in which he makes obscure references to people and places that seem so remote from the normal person’s life that one gets lost in the blur. The simple truth is, he is here to tell all comers, is he got ripped off by bankers and public officials he feels he can prove have deceived he and millions of other people to the tune of trillions of dollars raised through illicit means to finance undeclared, clandestine wars they can’t begin to pay for from the public coffers of the U.S. Treasury.

How?

He says it all goes back to the push by the neoconservative adherents of the Reagan Administration in the pell mell headlong dash of the early 80’s to deregulate the operation of savings and loans and banks, a national policy move that made it possible for anyone, literally anyone, including mafia chieftains, arms merchants, real estate hustlers and other assorted con men, to acquire and maintain a thrift or bank, finance and “flip” marginal property developments through rigged appraisals, dummy partnerships, and quickie paper chase transactions, then borrow big and pay back slow – or not at all – from behind the impenetrable veil of corporate finance, coupled with the black ops world of no questions, no prisoners – and no-tell national security.

Bid it up, merge, buy, sell, or just flat out get cronies in the world of understaffed, de-funded and diminished-thunder bank regulatory agencies to declare the institution insolvent, take the money, and run. All this and more is fair in the New World Order.

Back in the mid-80’s, way before anyone had heard of the Resolution Trust Corporation, too-big-to-fail, or any of the rest of the teflon-coated jazz that comes with it, Witham and a partner named Andrew W. Mark invested in some lots in what is known as Pine Village, Sections 1 and 2, a development in the woods of Montgomery County near Conroe, Texas, near The Woodlands, an enclave of proud neocon fame.

What kind of place is it? Here are a couple of hints. Names of the old-time turpentine camps and logging hell towns number among them such monikers as “Point Blank,” and “Cut and Shoot.” Behold the verbiage from a federal lawsuit against the Sheriff’s Department litigated during the same era.

The evidence presented to the jury demonstrated that on or about January 10, 1983, the plaintiff was taken into custody by a Montgomery County Deputy Sheriff after an automobile accident in which plaintiff was involved as a passenger. Testimony was presented that at the time plaintiff was placed in his cell, the officer incited the other inmates to assault the plaintiff by telling an inmate to ‘take care of’ the plaintiff because he had ‘shot two little kids on a three-wheeler.’ Plaintiff was severely beaten while in the cell and sustained bodily injuries.”

At the time, Mark and Witham filled out an owner financing loan applications with Western Bank, an outfit with headquarters near the glitzy Galleria off South Post Oak Road at Westheimer, near River Oaks, a deep dish oil business refuge for black gold money, both old and new.

When the two learned they could get no assurance of a clear title due to transactions that took place prior to their financing arrangements with Western Bank, they filed suit in April, 1986, claiming deceptive trade practices and fraud. Witham estimates that liens previous to those stipulated in his sales contracts amounted to a figure “in excess of $590,000 prior to their ‘flipping’ the project for the fifth time to Clesson Land Development.” According to court papers Witham filed later, there is a judgment against a previous owner for $1,850,000.  All this over two lots he acquired for $1,850 apiece and a home he built valued at $100,000.

What’s more, he was right on time for Congressional hearings into the White House’s undercover dealings with arms merchants trading airplane parts for cash to buy weapons for secret private armies in Nicaragua and Honduras, and the cocaine they used to finance their operations in order to resupply the “contras” without Congressional oversight. Neocons everywhere credit Oliver North, Richard Secord and John Singlaub with their patriotism and “stopping Communism before it reached the Mexican border.”

Did I hear someone mention the legendary exploits of Milo Minderbinder Enterprises and Catch 22?

Witham demanded clear title and $250,000 in damages.

And then lightning struck. “I went over to my friend’s house and found the door standing wide open, all his guns and valuables in plain sight, and my friend, lying face down in a pool of blood with a gunshot to his head,” Witham recalls.

A motion filed by Andrew Mark’s brother made a euphemistic reference to the event as a “suggestion of death.” His executor sought to stay with the suit.

Quizzed about what he thinks happened, Witham recalls that just days previous, his friend had accompanied agents of the government of The Phillippines to take a look at many acres of property owned by Ferdinand Marcos, the dictator deposed by Corazon Aquino. They were looking for their money, too.

What happened to the lawsuit?

The Texas Banking Commission informed the Court that Western Bank was insolvent and informed the FDIC.

Says Witham, “That wasn’t the truth. The truth was that the Western Bank declared ITSELF insolvent.”

One may believe that Witham’s verbal delivery includes the distinct impression that the letters of some of his words are CAPITALIZED.

Witham’s attorney Tim Herron got cold feet when his client refused to settle for clear title from Western Bank – and no assurance of the satisfaction of previous liens. He made a motion to withdraw in which he told the judge, “Judson Witham more recently indicated that he would be agreeable to settlement; however, he now indicates he wishes to pursue the lawsuit. Such position has put this law firm in an ethical compromise and the pursuit of such objective as espoused by Judson Witham is repugnant or imprudent, causing fundamental disagreement between this law firm and Judson Witham…”

Guy wanted out badly, and it showed in the motions he filed.

In his second request to be allowed to withdraw, he showed the judge that he had assured Witham that, “,..the FDIC would give you title to the property made the subject of this lawsuit, clear of any liens the FDIC may have on the property, However, the FDIC cannot warrant clear title beyond their own liens. It is my opinion this is a good settlement and I would propose to you that should any other liens be found on the property, I would be willing to pursue suit on your behalf…”

When the attorney walked away, the judge dismissed the suit and ordered both parties to pay their own expenses.

Only the motions and orders relating to those transactions are today extant in the Harris County District Clerk’s office. The original and amended petitions, the plaintiffs’ answer, and all other relevant papers have been destroyed – down the memory hole. Like the party officials of Ingsoc in Orwell’s classic novel about totalitarianism, the past being prelude to the future, the government controls the history of what happened. Relying upon one’s own memory is purely a matter of “doublethink.”

“At that point, my right to discovery became moot,” Witham recalls.

Nevertheless, the public may yet get a look at what went on in those heady days of the Gipper ascendant if the judge of the 334th District Court allows revisitation of the suit.

Witham filed on Monday, September 15, an action for “fraud upon the court.” He says he can prove that Western Bank and RLG Holdings, based in Geneva, Switzerland, are far from insolvent.

“I have learned beyond any doubt that they are not broke…These people have billions, many times over.”

He is suing for a pre-and-post judgment of $1,250,000, plus $5 million in punitive damages.

He fairly shouted a string of references to “Charlie Wilson’s War,” in which the east Texas Congressman made it easy for the CIA to funnel lots of money to the Taliban in “Operation Cyclone,” Oliver North, Richard Secord, and an obscure police-involved shooting.

Richard Carnaby, a man long regarded as an agent for CIA, died at a freeway road block after a Houston Police officer shot him.  The cops trailed Carnaby for several miles after they said an officer observed him speeding.

Following the 2008 shooting, the CIA disavowed any relations with Carnaby, though his ex-wife and bride-to-be, as well as friends and family, had for many years regarded him as a spook with papers, identification, credentials, and the mementos of a career bureaucrat to prove it.

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Constitutional amendment To Nullify Citizen United v. FEC

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BULLETIN: With 3/5 required, the Senate rejected a motion for cloture on Senate Joint Resolution 19 with 54 yea votes and 42 nays, 4 not voting, on Sept. 12…Had the motion passed, the matter would have been closed for debate and brought immediately to the floor for a yes or no vote.  The vote split along party lines with Democratic Senators in support, Republicans in opposition. 

SENATE TO VOTE ON CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT MONDAY, SEPT. 8 – SJR 19 would nullify Citizen United v. FEC

Citizen United v. F.E.C. Is a landmark high court decision handed down in 2010 that granted First Amendment rights to corporations and political action committees to buy and pay for political advertisements, granting those legal entities the same right to political speech as individuals. Backers of the litigation included such deep pockets conservative luminaries as the Koch Brothers, funders of many astroturf Tea Party conservative causes. These Senators seek to nullify that right through this constitutional amendment, which if it passes both houses by a super majority of three-quarters, will be sent to be ratified by at least three-fourths of the 50 states.

 Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico is the author of the amendment, which was backed by petition signatures of more than two million voters. He stated that the proposed amendment is about “restoring the First Amendment so it applies equally to all Americans.” He went on to say that “our access to constitutional rights and our ability to participate in the democratic process should not be based on our net worth.”

Mr. UDALL of New Mexico (for himself, Mr. BENNET, Mr. HARKIN, Mr. SCHUMER, Mrs. SHAHEEN, Mr. WHITEHOUSE, Mr. TESTER, Mrs. BOXER, Mr. COONS, Mr. KING, Mr. MURPHY, Mr. WYDEN, Mr. FRANKEN, Ms. KLOBUCHAR, Mr. UDALL of Colorado, Mr. JOHNSON of South Dakota, Mr. MENENDEZ, Mr. REED, Mr. BLUMENTHAL, Mr. HEINRICH, Mr. MERKLEY, Mrs. FEINSTEIN, Mr. BEGICH, Mr. CARDIN, Mrs. GILLIBRAND, Mrs. HAGAN, Ms. MIKULSKI, Ms. BALDWIN, Mr. MARKEY, Ms. WARREN, Mr. BROWN, Mr. WALSH, Mr. DURBIN, Mr. REID, Ms. HIRONO, Mr. CARPER, Mrs. MURRAY, Mr. SCHATZ, Mr. SANDERS, Mr. ROCKEFELLER, Ms. STABENOW, Mr. BOOKER, Ms. HEITKAMP, Mr. MANCHIN, Mrs. MCCASKILL, Ms. CANTWELL, and Mr. NELSON) introduced the following joint resolution; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

Section 1 – To advance democratic self-government and political equality, and to protect the integrity of government and the electoral process, Congres and the States may regulate and set reasonable limits on the raising and spending of money by candidates and others to influence elections.

Section 2 – Congress and the State shall have power to implement and enforce this article by apprpriate legislation, and may distinguish between natural persons and corporations or other artificial entities created by law, including by prohibiting such entities from spending money to influence elections.

Section 3 – Nothing in this article shall be construed to grant Congress or the States the power to abridge the freedom of the press.”

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The drug corridor

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C-D-G stands for Cartel Del Golfo

No Man’s Land – Brownsville – In a spy vs. spy dispute that looks like it might be a double cross, federal agents kept armed volunteers busy in a dispute over whether a volunteer citizen soldier had the right to carry a weapon on private property.

When K.C. Massey’s  III%er’s arrived at their post in “no man’s land” with intentions to keep a watch for persons attempting to cross the river from Mexico, they didn’t realize they were smack dab in the “corridor” drug smugglers use to bring in contraband through a wooded area of a wildlife refuge.

They got there at the invitation of a caretaker who said he needed help cleaning up garbage and trash left behind by smugglers. It helps when you need to determine if they have come through since the latest time you read their tracks.

As they settled down to wait, they saw a man whistling and beckoning to others who were out of their line of vision, followed by Border Patrol Agents who had agreed to let them help force illegals into an ambush by pursuing them down the wooded path.

But when an agent turned around and saw a member of the trio named Jesus, so nicknamed because of his flowing hair and beard, armed with an AK-47, he fired five rounds at him.

Things came to a screeching halt, and the agents detained K.C., Wolf, and Jesus for 5 hours before Sheriff’s officers made a decision to confiscate their weapons and a video camera in an investigation of the shooting incident. Meanwhile, the smugglers ostensibly went their merry way.

Now, Massey, who is facing the prospect of court action in order to get his weapons back from the Sheriff’s Office, feels that the entire affair was “orchestrated.”

He is a rangy building tradesman from North Texas who has been on volunteer border patrol for three months, six weeks at the Southmost location in “no man’s land,” in territory between the border fence and the river that is equally claimed by law men, outlaws, and volunteers looking to slow down human and drug trafficking.

Massey has obviously reached the flinty-eyed, tight-jawed affect of exasperation many patriots evince when they are frustrated in their efforts to see to it their government complies with the powers that guarantee the security and safety of U.S. citizens under the provisions of the U.S. Constitution.

In this exclusive interview, he tells of his suspicion of what, exactly, has landed him in a court battle to persuade the government to return his firearms.

“I think they wanted to make sure we weren’t able to be in that corridor,” Massey said when quizzed about the irony that the first shots fired in this particular border dispute came from a government agent who fired in reaction to the fact that a citizen showed up armed on private property where he was invited to patrol. A judge will have to decide if Jesus, who has been “off paper” for five years following a felony conviction, is indeed authorized to keep and bear arms.

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To live in no man’s land

Rusty

“Rusty Monsees”

“Southmost” – Brownsville, Texas – Cuban Alfredo Monsees lives in “no man’s land,”  a neighborhood the locals jokingly call “the gated community,” which lies between the Rio Grande and the fabled border wall, cut off from America by a tall fence of steel pickets that cuts through his land.

He’s lived on his grandfather’s 34-acre farm most of his life. His father rode with Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata, raiding and skirmishing along the Texas border because, “He knew that if there is no middle class, there is no possibility the people of Mexico may accumulate wealth.” A rotund, russet-colored man, “Rusty” is 66 and lives on about $750 per month in Social Security benefits.

According to tax information posted on-line, its agricultural use value is $2,703; agricultural market value is $21,966; land value, $13,000; building value $13,534; total value for property, $26,534; land type, “improved pasture.”

His speech is peppered with references to individuals he identifies only as “an agent,” men who gather intelligence for “an agency,” and his conversation is the type of well-informed narrative one would expect from a scion of a family he describes as “gypsies,” people who lost numerous relatives to both the concentration camps of Auschwitz and Dachau, as well as to the machine guns of Soviet troops in the 1956 uprising of  youthful Hungarians at Budapest.

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A surveillance “tower” at the Monsees farm

He and a force of about a dozen armed, volunteer citizen soldiers who refer to themselves as “patriot volunteers” and eschew the term of “militia,” keep a vigil at this outpost along the levee in an ox bow of the meandering river, sandwiched between a wildlife refuge and a neighborhood of modest homes. In all, he estimates that about 300 people live outside the fence, a population that controls about 30,000 acres of agricultural land that stretches from the outskirts of Brownsville to the outfall of the river at the Gulf of Mexico.

Here, in a subtropical climate of “two summers,” farmers produce crops of cotton, strawberries, citrus, produce, and grain in the rich alluvial soil irrigated by wells and canals.

The gated community

The levee near the 4300 block of Monsees Rd.

Human traffickers and drug smugglers controlled by “CDG,” the “cartel del golfo,” cross the Monsees farm on a routine basis, whenever the Border Patrol and Customs agents aren’t watching, according to Rusty, who says he sees soldiers dressed in the uniforms of Mexican Marines, Iranian guards, Albanian soldiers, as well as Hamas an ISIS activists.

Refugees can scale the iron pickets in “less than a minute,” he says. He’s watched them on a daily basis. He scoffs at government claims that in the year prior to the fence’s erection, 90,000 apprehensions were made, followed by an improved record of 150,000 once the iron barrier went up.

He points to the numerous scuff marks left on the rusty iron by the shoes of illegal immigrants.

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Footprints on a Wall

The going rate for a stolen child sold into sex slavery in brothels located anywhere from Matamoros to Asian and European capitals trips off his tongue.  According to “an agent” for a government intelligence outfit, 15 children have been abducted this year from local neighborhoods. “They know exactly where a kid is sleeping in the house,” he says. Two have been returned, ransomed by contributions of concerned citizens and family.

It’s not a pretty picture. Last week, a tipster told one of the band of patriot guardsmen that a coyote for the cartel would be bringing a group across the river. They would cross at a wildlife refuge nearby. When the men witnessed the crossing, he explains, Border Patrol Agents detained them for the Sheriff of Cameron County, who confiscated their weapons and a video camera. “So far, they haven’t gotten them back,” says Rusty.

Typical, he explains, of the way things are in Southmost, this incident is only one of a hundred daily occurrences amongst people whose family pedigrees he can recite at will, where they played their football, went to school, who they married. He recalls that just downriver, there is a large landowner who is left in peace by the Gulf cartel and its enforcers, the feared band of ex-special forces soldiers, los Zetas, because, “He keeps his mouth shut about when the loads are coming through.” He explains that he, himself, is ranked eighth on the list of Southmost border dwellers who have a price on their heads.

How does he know? An “agent” has confirmed it, he declares.

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According to K.C. Massey, commander of the band of patriot soldiers, the man whom agents fired upon, a youthful soldier named “Jesus,” has been cited by government agents and Texas authorities as a known felon. He claims the young man has been “off paper” for the requisite five years, that Texas law sees him as a man fully restored to his civil rights. It’s a matter pending in the courts. A judge will decide.

Brownsville Fence

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Agent fires at militia

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“We really don’t need the militia here… It just creates a problem from my point of view, because we don’t know who they are.” – Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio

Brownsville – To catch people making an illegal crossing from Mexico, you search for the place where they have left their trash in the well-worn grooves of the “porous” U.S.-Mexican border.

They drop plastic jugs, garbage sacks, empty food containers, all the stuff men and women on the move leave behind while they hide and wait their chance to make an illegal foray into the land of the Big Store.

Members of the Three Percent – so-called because historians estimate that only about three percent of the population actually participated in the American Revolution as it surged and raged around the colonial population – have volunteered to clear away trash at known trafficking sites, then wait to see who comes their way, looking for signs of new deposits of the cruddy stuff people on the move leave behind.

Members of an “unorganized militia” that the Constitution guarantees the right to keep and bear arms in a God-given effort to defend themselves, their families and businesses – and their nation -they have no real legal authority to patrol the border. The Governor will never write an “SOP” authorizing them serve in that capacity. That’s reserved for the National Guard, or the Texas Militia, the Border Patrol, ICE and DEA agents.

But they do have the human right secured by the First Amendment to associate with whom they choose, and they choose to befriend property owners and managers who need someone to help clean up the garbage and trash the “surge” of illegal immigrants leave behind on a daily basis in places shared with the water fowl, the ocelot, the snake, falcon, tortoise, rabbit and rat that inhabit this rich riparian habitat, the place the real estate hustlers call the land of “two summers.”

That’s why the trio of irregular soldiers went to see a man known as “Mr. Aguilar” after “Archie” met him drinking coffee at the Stripes filling station near the border road that skirts the big river,  to talk about cleaning up the garbage. Their names – nom de guerres that trip off the tongue like something out of a Louis Lamour paperback – are unknown to non-hackers. The folks at “Camp Lone Star” call them “KC, Wolf, and Jesus.”

Mr. Aguilar is the caretaker of one of the numerous wildlife refuges that line the river, so designated to help protect the environment from the ravages of artificial barriers and fences, the kind of stuff that fouls up the natural ecology. He needs help, and he invited them to come to work at his operation, where they cleared away garbage and trash last  Wednesday evening at three heavily trafficked locations. And then, they settled down to wait.

As the shadows grew longer and the dove came in to roost, according to a statement released by the Camp Commander, a man who signs documents as K.C. Massey, they ran into a Border Patrolman walking along the river road. They asked if they could help, and he said yes, that his team was “pushing” illegals into the area, chasing them. They took positions in the brush about 75 yards apart, and it wasn’t long before they heard voices.

KC’s report says he both saw and heard an heavily tattooed man whistling and calling to his companions to come ahead. “My first impression was, it was the cartel flexing their might to attempt to intimidate us as they had done previously to BP.”

That’s when things grew hectic. The agents gave chase, but the aliens and coyotes gave them the slip, and when a Border Patrolman turned around, he saw Jesus standing in the road behind him, armed with an AK-47 pistol.

KC heard five shots ring out. He and Wolf came running, and when they got there, they found the Border Patrol supervisor with Jesus’ confiscated weapon, a shocked and embarrassed agent walking behind him, his features gone white from the stress involved.

The agent in charge told them that his man, rattled and excited, fired without warning. He said it was time to investigate, and asked if he could “secure” their weapons in the government vehicle. The trio gave them their sidearms and rifles, and surrendered a video camera for safe keeping.

The investigation was extensive. They waited the better part of an hour for a team of investigators from the Cameron County Sheriff’s Office to arrive. The lawmen checked to make sure the firearms were not stolen, checked the volunteers’ identification and determined they were not wanted men, that they had legal authority to carry firearms.

They detained them for five hours.

When they told the they were free to go, they returned their identification, but put their weapons and their video camera in a police car to take back to headquarters.

“…I was informed they were ‘Part of the investigation’ into the discharge of a weapon by a federal agent…” Massey wrote.

He protested. They hadn’t done anything wrong, he told them. They had proven that by standing by in all apparent docility. They can’t even prove what was confiscated. “I was not given an inventory list of the weapons being held…”

Come to the Sheriff’s Department on Monday, September 1, the Deputy Sergeant told them, if they want their guns returned.

From there, the stories diverge like the poet laureate Robert Frost’s fabled two paths in a yellow wood, and the road not taken.

“The statement reported by AP is completely false. We never identified ourselves as ‘Militia”; as a matter of fact, we all stated we are NOT Militia, just Concerned Patriotic American Citizen here to help protect and serve our fellow Americans being victimized by these illegals aliens and support the Border Patrol in the deterring of illegal incursions onto American soil,” according to Commander Massey.

Sheriff Omar Lucio told the Associated Press, “We really don’t need the militia here… It just creates a problem from my point of view, because we don’t know who they are.” He reminded the public that earlier during the month of August, Border Patrol agents were surprised when a group of seven armed men dressed in camouflage combat attire stepped out of the dark at a spot on the river near Mission, Texas, and helped round up illegals.

The government agents were shocked to learn they were ordinary citizen soldiers. They had assumed they were part of a Texas Department of Public Safety team deployed to the border by Governor Rick Perry.

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To smack down Tax Man

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Six Shooter Junction – Some of the people who collect taxes in McLennan County, Texas, let the tax appraisers know they think they’re crooked.

The city dads at Robinson and the board members at McLennan County Community College don’t aim to pay as big a share as the Appraisal District has them down for in the coming fiscal year – up by 29.77%  in the college district’s case.

Robert E. Cervenka, city manager at Robinson called for Chief Appraiser Andrew J. Hahn, Jr., to step down “to allow for new direction within the organization.”

Aside from a 5% across the board salary increase for staff members in a county that hasn’t seen even cost of living increases for public servants in several years, there’s the issue of the nearly breathtaking judgment of nearly a half-million dollars the appraisal district sustained in a dispute with former landlord Hoppenstein Properties of Amarillo over breaking a lease at its former downtown headquarters across the street from the courthouse.

Hahn advised his board that, in the words of the appeals court at Amarillo, “a new building be purchased, and advised it that the District had the discretion to end the contract by simply omitting from future budgets money earmarked for lease payments.”

The courts disagreed. In fact, one of the judges said it’s beyond chutzpah to kill your father, then plead for clemency and mercy because you’re the only support your mother has.

Hence the laconic recommendation of MCC’s Randy Cox, chair of the Board of trustees. “There is a major increase in the contingency fund to offset the potential cost of the judgment against the district, and we are uncertain what measures MCAD has taken to reduce other costs to absorb legal expenses rather than automatically passing them along to the entities.”

He added, “…Our overall concerns are reflected in our desire for MCAD to identify means to absorb costs rather than to pass them automatically along to us.”

It would help if there were term limits, and the folks at Robinson and at the community college said in their letters that they are opposed to city councilmen and other elected officials sitting on the MCAD board.

A background rumble that may be heard from the Courthouse to the home offices of every taxpayer in this sprawling megalopolis on America’s Main Street, I-35, of a quarter million deep in the heart of Texas is the fact that a builder named Marvin Steakley serves on that board.

Steakley sued Chief Deputy Matt Cawthon for libel and a breach of contract during the fervency of the Republican primary election of 2012, when he and former Deputy U.S. Marshal in Charge – now Sheriff Parnell McNamara – were on the campaign trail. There was the matter of what Steakley saw as a $70,000 failure to come up with his end of the bargain, something Cawthon and his wife Shelly proved through a meticulous survey of their financial records they had paid directly to the subcontractors who were hanging out there for their dough.

Says Cawthon today when he thinks back on that time. “I couldn’t stand it if I was in HEB or somewhere and had to stand there looking the other direction when I see one of those old boys.”

During a 5-day trial, an 11-woman, one-man jury listened with rapt attention while the Cawthons’ attorney elicited testimony that proved the constant delays, miscommunications and inattention to detail that led to massive cost overruns.

The straw that broke the camel’s back came early on, when State District Judge Gary Coley handed down a restraining order enjoining Steakley and his son Andrew from handing over any more of the Cawthons’ financial records to incumbent Sheriff Larry Lynch or the opposition candidate, then Chief Deputy Randy Plemons. Though they denied it, there was ample proof that the law men had copies of the Cawthons’ cancelled checks, mortgage applications, tax returns, credit card receipts, and other financial correspondence named in the discovery order of the lawsuit.

“It didn’t have anything to do with the election of Parnell McNamara,” the retired Texas Ranger recalls. “It was just all about how I was associated with him in his bid for election as Sheriff.”

His opinion?

“These people say they don’t raise taxes, but they do when they appraise your property at a much higher value than it was the previous year.”

The episode ended badly for Steakley in a take nothing judgment.

The jurors decided that Mrs. Cawthon’s statement in an e-mail to her banker that Steakley is a thief and a liar, and that she aimed to run him plumb out of town was substantially true. Truth is the one assured and affirmative defense against the charge of libel or slander.

So it goes, and rest ye assured, the floggings will continue until morale improves.

– The Legendary

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The envelope method

Common Law Grand Jurors test access and insularity of proceedings

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Dixie County, Florida – The four of them headed up the highway to Tallahassee so they could meet with state officials about their efforts to indict the State’s Attorney for jury tampering, the local school superintendent for blocking parental control over curriculum by inserting Common Core instead of a traditional course of studies.

The Common Law Citizens Grand Jury had returned true bills of indictment, and the Sheriff forwarded them to a state agency called the Florida Department of Law Enforcement at the State Capital, a two-hour drive from this rural county located on the fabled shores of the Suwanee River. Population, 16,000, with one major state highway, a half-hour’s drive west of Gainesville on the quietest part of the Gulf Coast.

The meeting was a study in the grim realities of intimidation by seasoned bureaucrats, according to Rodger Dowdell, Florida state coordinator for the National Liberty Alliance. It’s a New York movement that is aiming to return the power to file information, presentments and indictments to We The People, a God-given right, as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, and the Magna Carta of 1215, many centuries before.

“These people are trained interrogators,” Dowdell said, his voice a reedy electronic wheeze as it came over the conference call. In the early stages of the conversation, they “pummeled us with questions,” he told the national audience listening in. A female investigator from the state cops was particularly hostile. “We were having trouble getting a word in…If you really don’t have your head together, she will pick you apart.”

How did it all begin?

After the Grand Jury met and returned the sealed indictments against the State’s Attorney and the School Superintendent, they turned them over to the Sheriff. In a subsequent meeting, he admitted that he had no knowledge of common law, no knowledge of common law grand juries, or true bills.

Besides, his instructions had been very clear. “We’ve been instructed that when we get anything strange for a court filing, we’re to send it to FDLE,” he told the delegation.

Instructed? No knowledge of…? This from the chief law enforcement officer of the jurisdiction? Something didn’t add up.

What were those filings?

Quite simply, the State’s Attorney had met with the statutory Grand Jury, the foreman of which is a member of the Common Law Grand Jury movement, according to Dowdell. He declared the proceedings are “really controlled by the state’s attorney…The state’s attorney went into the Grand Jury session and said this is really his jury. He’s in charge.”

Wrong.

And so, the Common Law Grand Jury indicted him for jury tampering, interfering with the deliberations and investigations of what Mr. Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court has termed a “fourth branch” of government, independent from the other three, in a landmark case.

The actions of the school superintendent presented Grand Jurors with a similar case. He defied members of the community who are opposed to children receiving their instruction per a mandate from a central government authority situated at Washington, D.C. They perceive Common Core as an effort to “dumb down” their kids. They want them to learn from a more classical course of study.

They returned an indictment against him for his refractory behavior.

In a meeting, he and his staff began to back pedal; they wanted to hold them off, to negotiate a compromise, but the Grand Jurors were having none of it. Their demand: 1) Parents must retain control. 2) No lawyers are allowed to dictate the policies of the school system insofar as the instruction of their kids, in areas other than the administrative requirements of doing business.

They demanded that the Sheriff arrest he and the State’s attorney, take them before a magistrate to be charged.

Copies of the legal instruments will be posted on the National Liberty Alliance website under the “News” tab as soon as they are received, according to John Darash, founder and national coordinator.

Dowdell left his listeners with a bit of practical advice on how to test their local officials to find out if the secrecy requirements of the grand jury system is truly observed, and if they have ready access to the proceedings.

He calls it the “envelope method,” and it’s a simple procedure. You put an envelope sealed with the imprint of the Grand Jury inside another another marked “For the eyes of the Grand Jury Foreman Only.”

Inside that envelope, there is a phone number to a pre-paid telephone which, when called, will yield a transfer of information meant to be turned over to the Grand Jurors for their investigation.

If the number never rings, then the message has been intercepted. Tampering with such communications is a felony crime both at the state and federal level.

Is there a remedy at law? Yes, and it’s called a writ of mandamus.  It commands local court officials to keep grand jury proceedings secret, to communicate their presentments and bills of indictment to the Court, forthwith, or suffer the consequences of a felony prosecution. Dowdell left his listeners with no doubt that he and his colleagues in Florida fully intend to apply for and use it.

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DHS predicts increased violence over perceived victory at Bundy ranch

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A “perceived victory” by armed citizen militia soldiers at a tense mid-April standoff at Cliven Bundy’s Bunkerville, Nevada, ranch will lead to more violence, according to a leaked 7-page intelligence report from the DHS Intelligence and Analysis division.

Government analysts link the killing of two Las Vegas Metro police officers by a husband and wife team named Jerad and Amanda Miller, who in turn then killed themselves, to the confrontation that resulted when agents of the Bureau of Land Management attempted to seize the Bundy family’s cattle over non-payment of grazing fees.

The report notes that according to Mr. Bundy, the couple had been told to leave the ranch after a brief visit in which it was discovered their thinking did not align with that of family members and their militia supporters.

Analysts were careful to delineate a difference between citizen militia soldiers and sovereign citizen adherents, saying the people from the sovereignty movement are expected to continue at the pace of about 4 violent incidents per year. Militiamen, on the other hand, they predict will begin to ramp up violence at a much brisker pace.

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Grand jury potency a factor of judge and prosecutor control

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Former Hill County Sheriff Jeffrey T. Lyon

It’s an election (year) and anybody with any axe to grind is coming out of the woodwork.” – Vic Feazell, Sheriff Jeffrey T. Lyon’s attorney 

Hillsboro, Texas – If it’s not down and dirty, it’s not a Sheriff’s race in the Lone Star State.

Primaries both before and after the Reagan Revolution, a happening in which the world turned upside down and Democrats “boll-weeviled” their way to the GOP, have the psychological affect of a pagan house purification ritual. Reading the written record is like getting down on hands and knees to analyze the patterns of blood and feathers on the floor.

Consider the 2012 re-election failure of Hill County Sheriff Jeffrey T. Lyon. It’s a poor county, a cotton farming community with a small population situated on the road to everywhere, America’s Main Street, Interstate 35, an hour south of Dallas and a half-hour from the Baptist bastion on the Brazos, Waco.

Local government jobs really, really matter in the scheme of the local economy. It’s the difference between having plenty – and catch as catch can.

They play for blood. It’s as if human souls were on the line.

The case was as dramatic as a teen-aged temper tantrum, the sizzle on the steak as bold as allegations of a Sheriff exposing himself to female employees, routing ambulances across the county to favor one company over another, and a pistol-waving supporter getting raunchy in a restaurant.

By the time a couple of special prosecutors and the judge got through with the Grand Jury investigation, it was all over in an hour, but it was an hour spent on stage in advance of a bitterly contested primary runoff election in which the incumbent plummeted from the heights of power to a perch in ignominy.

Through the adroit management of State District Judge F. Bob McGregor, who appointed the husband and wife legal team of Bill and Susan Johnston, the Grand Jury investigation of the inflammatory allegations against Sheriff Jeffrey T. Lyon turned into a non-event, according to a complaint filed with the State Commission on Judicial Conduct by Barbara Leetun.

Though numerous witnesses were subpoenaed – including five female employees and ex-employees, some of whom alleged the Sheriff made so bold as to unzip his fly and ask, “Who would like a promotion?” – none of them were called to testify before the Grand Jury, a tribunal which, by surprise, convened for the brief time of one hour that took place ten days before the runoff election.

“The Special Prosecutors refused to talk to and receive evidence from eye witnesses. All complaints were not investigated,” Ms. Leetun wrote in her complaint.

“At no time from assignment to the Grand Jury did the prosecutors speak to the complainants.”

In a complaint to the State Bar, she alleged that “During the Grand Jury, no evidence including the written statements of the complainants was provided to the Grand Jury. Only the Special prosecutors’ statements were allowed.”

After 45 minutes of conferring with the Special Prosecutors and pondering the words of a Texas Ranger assigned to investigate, the jurors deliberated for 15 minutes and decided the steak came off a total dud – all sizzle and no meat, all hat and no cattle – and returned no bill of indictment.

She added three other elements to her complaint:

– The proceeding was an ambush that took place ten days before the election – when the complainants had been assured the hearing would take place following the contest.

– By “appointing a number of known associates and supporters of the Sheriff to act as jury commissioners and jurors, and by withholding evidence from the Grand Jury, the Judge… failed to assure the integrity and independence of the process…”

– County officials refused to disclose the names of the Grand Jurors.

Her entreaties fell upon deaf ears; both tribunals demurred in letters of polite consolation.

Reading through the record further, the paper trail reveals it was all about the money – all along. As it turns out a 56% “completeness” factor in the department’s crime clearance statistical reports left grant money on the shelf, a dynamic that affected other departments in the county, according to a Heart of Texas Council of Governments honcho.

A lucrative ambulance contract for an out-of-town operation named “Care Flite” was on the line in competition with a non-profit outfit. The Sheriff escorted company representatives to the county line following a contentious community meeting.

Where is he now?

An ex-Marine with experience working security contracts for the Department of Defense in various Balkan hellholes and a work history with the high-flying, globe-girdling outfit, Chrysler Airborne Systems, Sheriff Jeffrey T. Lyon today holds down a position as General Manager/Security Specialist with the national truck stop chain, Petro Travel/Stopping Centers.

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