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“PROPAGANDA” SINGLES OUT THOSE EXPOSING ENDEMIC CORRUPTION IN EASTERN TENNESSEE
by Sharon Rondeau
(Apr. 30, 2012) — The Post & Email is in possession of training materials used by the FBI across the nation to train law enforcement officers on how to approach those suspected of being members of the “Sovereign Citizen Movement” which one of the narrators claims began in 1992 with the incident at Ruby Ridge, ID involving Randy Weaver.
A CD labeled “Sovereign Citizen Movement and Extremism” which contains several training segments depicting alleged members was produced between June 2011 and September 2011 by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), whose website is flashed on the screen at the conclusion of the presentation with a link to an area of the website where “law enforcement” can log in to obtain more information.
In October 2010, it was reported that the SPLC was acting as an advisory agency to Obama’s Department of Homeland Security.
The SPLC states on its website that the “Patriot movement” has exploded since 2008 after Obama’s election allegedly because Obama is black and the economy is poor. The incidents of Ruby Ridge; Waco, TX; and the Oklahoma City bombing mentioned by the SPLC are also pointed out in the training video by a retired ATF agent, James Cavanaugh. The SPLC considers “sovereign citizens” to be people “whose ideology first developed in white supremacist groups, generally do not believe they are obliged to pay federal taxes, follow most laws, or comply with requirements for driver’s licenses and vehicle registrations.”
An individual who has viewed the training materials commented that the “propaganda” it contained is aimed at “white men.”
One story depicts two violent men, Jerry Kane and his son, who murdered two police officers and injured another in West Memphis, AR. Another subject is a 69-year-old Tennessee man who stated that he opposes violence and seeks to do “what is right” in keeping with the U.S. Constitution. A third person labeled a “Sovereign Citizen” is a man giving a training session on bank fraud and the preparation of various documents to a class of adults.
A news report dated April 29, 2012 states that homeowners across the country have joined and launched a “landmark lawsuit” against major federally-chartered banks for allegedly laundering money “alleging that while the Obama Administration was publicly encouraging loan modifications for home owners, it was privately ratifying the formation of these shell companies in violation of the United States Patriot Act, and State and Federal law.”
The Post & Email condemns all violence and extends its condolences, however belatedly, to the families of the 32 officers listed on the video as having been killed in the line of duty since 1995. We support all law enforcement which serves the public lawfully under very difficult conditions. In 2007, this writer personally volunteered five hours of time after a police officer was violently killed by a criminal in a nearby town.
Some sections of the training video advise law enforcement personnel to observe the Bill of Rights and civil rights when apprehending suspects and to take proper precautions to avoid any tragic outcomes.
Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III and Darren Wesley Huff are listed and pictured in a PowerPoint presentation which asks the question “What do They Believe?” appearing over their photographs. The Post & Email will be inquiring of several attorneys if the materials could be grounds for a defamation lawsuit.
Fitzpatrick has a hearing regarding a charge of “tampering with government records” on Monday, April 30, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. in the Monroe County courthouse in Madisonville, TN. The court clerk, Martha M. Cook, has admitted that she did not sign the documents used to charge Fitzpatrick and perform a search and seizure of his home for the papers. The person who signed Cook’s name “MM Cook” has not been identified. Fitzpatrick’s computer and two printers were taken by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department and have not been returned. The documents in question have been given to law enforcement, although it is unknown if they were ultimately returned to Monroe County.
Darren Huff remains incarcerated after having been convicted of transporting a firearm in interstate commerce with the intent to use them in a civil disturbance on April 20, 2010. Huff has denied intending to cause harm, stating that he traveled to Madisonville to give moral support to Fitzpatrick at an assignment hearing scheduled for that day. Other local news reports erroneously reported that Fitzpatrick had arrested the grand jury foreman on April 1 over issues regarding Obama’s legitimacy to hold office and that Huff was “armed to the gills” and planned to “join a mob of Obama birthers” on April 20. Huff has stated that he never displayed his guns after arriving in Madisonville and testified to the same during his trial.
Fitzpatrick and Huff have their own Wikipedia entry in regard to Obama’s eligibility, which was not the issue on April 1 or on April 20, 2010.
It is believed that an Obama operative told the FBI or another law enforcement entity that a “takeover” of the Monroe County courthouse and the town of Madisonville was planned for April 20, which generated a presence of approximately 100 officers consisting of a SWAT team, sniper team, bomb- and drug-sniffing dogs, Tennessee Highway Patrol, local police, FBI and TBI agents. Local news reports stated that an FBI affidavit affirmed that as many as “14 people” were carrying guns that day. However, no arrests were made, and people who traveled to attend the hearing reported having been denied entry to the courthouse. William L. Bryan bragged on the internet that he was responsible for the police deployment in Madisonville that day but does not appear to have been questioned by the FBI.
Fitzpatrick has stated that he made no arrangements for April 20 other than to attend the assignment hearing as a condition of his probation following the citizen’s arrest and his subsequent arrest. He denies ever having been part of a “militia” and served 25 years in the U.S. Navy, having been discharged honorably in 1995. He told The Post & Email that the extraordinary police presence on April 20, 2010 was “unnecessary” because he had asked for the support of local law enforcement in advance of carrying out the citizen’s arrest.
A “pre-trial affidavit” from an FBI agent allegedly stated that “Huff said he was ready to die for his rights and what he believed in,” which does not equate to a statement of a plan to commit violence or a “civil disturbance.” Another affidavit referenced by the Associated Press allegedly stated that “Huff told officers at a traffic stop that he and others planned to travel to Madisonville in April 20 to assist military retiree Walter F. Fitzpatrick in making citizens arrests.” However, April 20 was the date of a court hearing following the April 1 citizen’s arrest.
District Attorney General R. Steve Bebb stated that April 20, 2010 “was the tensest day we ever had” and that several people were seen carrying guns, though no one was arrested. However, on April 30, Darren Huff was taken into custody, ten days after the hearing in Madisonville.
The Post & Email is also mentioned in the PowerPoint presentation, although written inaccurately and without the internet url address.
U.S. Attorney William C. Killian is seeking an “upward departure” for Huff, whose sentencing has been postponed three times since February 29, 2012. Killian is urging Judge Thomas Varlan to impose a sentence of five years and has labeled him a “militia extremist.”
Fitzpatrick has demonstrated that in Monroe County, judges choose the grand jury and trial jury members in violation of state law. The Post & Email has seen evidence that a large amount of personal information is collected on prospective jurors, and Fitzpatrick stated that he witnessed Judge Amy Reedy personally selecting jurors on December 7, 2011. Defendants in the county are routinely denied their Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights, as stated by a Tennessee appeals court in an egregious case of deception of a jail inmate. These violations of law are not mentioned in the training materials in regard to the entries on Huff and Fitzpatrick, nor is the claim of extraordinary police brutality.
The judge presiding over Fitzpatrick’s probable cause hearing on January 17, 2012 stated three times that a judge would choose a special grand jury to review the latest charge against him.
On November 17, 2011, Capt. Pat Wilson of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department told Fitzpatrick that he was a subject of FBI training materials. Fitzpatrick has reported that 11 members of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department have resigned or been fired since he began speaking out about corruption in the spring of 2010. After many eyewitness accounts of horrendous conditions within the Monroe County jail, The Post & Email has learned that the facility has been placed under a “Plan of Action” and must either make significant renovations or be closed permanently. The conditions in the jail have not been made public by the local media.
Having visited the Knoxville office of the FBI on numerous occasions, Fitzpatrick has told several agents that he is not a “Sovereign Citizen,” but rather, is seeking to uphold the U.S. Constitution and the government which it supports.
When visited by an FBI agent and state trooper on February 7, 2012, The Post & Email was advised by the FBI agent to be wary of “Sovereign Citizens” and report anything we deemed suspicious. We then explained to the agent that our Founders intended that every citizen was intended to be a sovereign over his government, and Alabama Supreme Court Justice Tom Clark appears to agree. Very recently, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia also mentioned sovereignty in regard to the 50 states.
Although mainstream news reports of the events of April 20, 2010 in Madisonville described an “FBI affidavit” stating that people had been armed that day, the FBI has issued a response to The Post & Email’s FOIA request stating that no such affidavit exists, which will be reported on in more depth in the near future along with further detail on the contents of the FBI training materials.
Another FBI category of “Sovereign Citizens” is labeled “the Birthers,” who “contest President Obama’s constitutional eligibility to hold office…based on the belief he was not born in the United States and has provided a forged Hawaiian birth certificate.” On March 1, 2012, a law enforcement investigation stated that Obama had provided a “computer-generated forgery” to the public on April 27, 2011. Recent reports state that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will be releasing more investigative research in the near future on Barack Hussein Obama, who on April 28, 2012 appeared to joke about his alleged name, birthplace, and birth parents. Some believe that all of those items are a fabrication and part of a “synthetic identity.”