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by Sharon Rondeau

Darren Huff was convicted on October 25, 2011 on a federal firearms violation never before prosecuted successfully. Has the FBI been told to focus on legal gun owners and members of patriot groups such a the “Oathkeepers?”

(Aug. 18, 2012) — Darren Huff, who was arrested on April 30, 2010 and convicted of “transporting firearms across state lines with the intent to cause a civil disorder,” is now able to communicate with acquaintances via email, for which he has to pay.  The Post & Email has received several messages from Huff over the last three weeks describing his surroundings at the federal prison in Texarkana, TX, where he was relocated last month.

Despite having been convicted of the intent to do violence, Huff is in a minimum-security facility.  He told The Post & Email that his file at the prison is marked “Sovereign Citizen,” a pejorative assigned by the Obama regime to several classes of people with wide-ranging beliefs and practices.  The FBI instructs law enforcement officers that “Sovereign Citizens” often use fake license plates, do not believe that state or federal laws apply to them, and devise fraudulent money schemes, for which some have been arrested.

Huff and Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III were depicted as “sovereigns” in a law enforcement training program reported exclusively by The Post & Email and produced by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Justice, and the Department of Homeland Security with taxpayer dollars.  “Sovereign citizens” include a father and son team who tragically killed two police officers in West Memphis, AR on May 24, 2010.

The Department of Homeland Security and certain websites have depicted individuals advocating for individual liberties and constitutional rights as “far-right extremists.”  Local media reports described Huff as a “right-wing militia member” after he drove to Madisonville, TN to observe an arraignment hearing for Fitzpatrick on April 20, 2010.  On April 1, Fitzpatrick had attempted to conduct a citizen’s arrest of the then-acting Monroe County grand jury foreman for over-serving his term.   The arraignment hearing had been expected to take “five minutes,” according to Fitzpatrick, who also told The Post & Email that he was not aware that Huff or anyone else was planning to attend.

One person who attended from a Midwestern state believed that she was followed by someone on part of her return trip.  She also reported that she had been told that about half of those who traveled to the arraignment hearing were audited by the IRS.

The Knoxville FBI and U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee reported after Huff’s conviction last October that he had attempted to “take the law into his own hands” and was a “domestic terrorist.”  FBI Agent Scott Johnson said that Huff had “hundreds of rounds of ammunition” with him on April 20.  Following Huff’s conviction, Johnson stated, “This case is monumental to the FBI because it will set precedent for case law in future domestic terrorism cases throughout the United States” and “It was the first time this violation was successfully prosecuted.”  Huff had denied any intention of committing violence.

If Huff committed a crime on April 20, 2010, why did the FBI not arrest him then?  Did it take ten days for them to find a violation of law which might be made to fit the circumstances?

Will the “case law” to which Johnson refers limit individuals’ Second Amendment rights?  Was it their intention in conducting Fast & Furious, for which Holder has been cited for contempt of Congress both civilly and criminally?

So-called news companies appear to be echoing talking points raised by the Department of Homeland Security in its report dated April 7, 2009 on “right-wing extremism.”

Huff told The Post & Email in several recorded interviews prior to his incarceration that he intended no violence on April 20 and that the federal agents who testified at his trial lied under oath.  Huff claimed that Shane Longmeyer, the bank manager who testified against him, also lied. “As evidence of his false testimony, there are two things in his written statement that contradict his testimony. 1) he stated that I “did not mention anything about violence”, and went on to elaborate, after knowing me for 12 years that 2) I “never at any other time said anything about violence,” Huff told us.  He added that Longmeyer “willingly divulged my private banking information without a warrant, or consent of XXXX or myself, or any documentation from anyone at DOJ.”

The person who claimed responsibility for the large police turnout in Madisonville on April 20, William L. Bryan, has neither been questioned nor apprehended to the best of our knowledge.

“All of these organizations that showed up that day have to explain themselves,” Fitzpatrick said.  “The information didn’t come from me, and it didn’t come from Darren.  They’re using Darren as the scapegoat.  They were hoping to get me that day, but it just didn’t work out that way.  There was nothing that happened that day.”

Fitzpatrick believes that Barack Hussein Obama is directly involved in the events of April 20, 2010 in Madisonville, TN.  “Obama is using Darren as a cover to protect himself.  This is on the cover of TIME Magazine of September 30, 2010.  Mr. Gellman didn’t talk to me, and I am quite certain he didn’t talk to Darren.  Those things that he wrote about Darren and me are completely false.  Mr. Pettway never was a foreman.  He was never in the jury; he was a judge advocate, a director of a delegation.  Is he there now?  No.  Is TIME Magazine covering that?  No.”

Barton Gellman described the two Navy veterans in his piece in TIME Magazine as “twisted patriots.”  While having claimed to have interviewed “extremists” from all over the country, Gellman never spoke with Huff or Fitzpatrick.  Gellman also referred to Pettway in his article as the “real grand jury foreman,” although after Fitzpatrick requested it, the court clerk could produce no appointing orders or evidence that Pettway had ever been sworn in.   Several longstanding grand jury “foremen” in various Tennessee counties have been dismissed since Fitzpatrick performed the citizen’s arrest of Pettway on April 1, 2010.

Huff’s most recent email reads, in part:

If you look at my case, judge Varlan ruled my actions to be a “crime of violence”. This poses a challenge to all that is logical for two reasons.

First, there are no victims, no damaged party of any sort, no accuser, and no police report of any kind. To whom then did I commit this atrocity?

Second, the statute, Title 18, section 231(a)(2), starts by stating the action of the offense: “Whoever TRANSPORTS or MANUFACTURES FOR TRANSPORTATION….”. Since when did transporting or manufacturing become a violent action? (Obviously I did not commit any act within this statute or any other, but the judge, through “judicial construction”, made a quantum leap of logic by using what they THINK “COULD HAVE HAPPENED”)

I was convicted and sentenced for possibilities and interpretations. The prosecutors even used terms like “substantial likelihood” and “potential” to demonstrate what MIGHT have happened.

A Freedom of Information Act request to the U.S. Department of Justice made on March 27, 2012 was initially responded to by the DOJ claiming that it possessed no documentation of who ordered the heavy police presence in Madisonville, TN on April 20, 2010.  An appeal with a request for officials to perform a second search for documentation sent on May 1, 2012 has received an acknowledgement but no other response by mail or telephone.

An affidavit located on PACER in the case against Huff incorrectly states that Fitzpatrick’s citizen’s arrest of the grand jury foreman occurred on April 2, 2010.  Assistant District Attorney General Jim Stutts, who prosecuted Huff and Fitzpatrick following the citizen’s arrest, has been identified as possibly being guilty of prosecutorial misconduct by The Chattanooga Times Free Press, which has suddenly begun to report on public corruption in eastern Tennessee.  Prior to the newspaper’s recent six-part series on public corruption in the Tenth Judicial District, writer Pam Sohn had characterized Huff and Fitzpatrick as intending to “take over the town” without having interviewed either of them and with the assumption that government officials were acting lawfully.

If the prosecutors are guilty of misconduct, then were Fitzpatrick and Huff justified in participating in the citizen’s arrest on April 1, 2010?

The Times Free Press inaccurately claimed that it was the only news organization covering corruption in eastern Tennessee.  An email to Managing Editor Alison Gerber to that effect from The Post & Email went unanswered.  Fitzpatrick has contacted members of the publication’s upper management to raise their awareness of the work that was done prior to their decision to report on grand jury and prosecutorial misconduct in the district.

Fitzpatrick told The Post & Email that although he and Huff were attempting to stand up to government corruption in the Tenth Judicial District in April 2010, the Times Free Press quoted inaccurate information which he believes emanated from the federal government.

On May 14, 2012, Fitzpatrick discovered laws which had ordered the reorganization of the criminal courts in Tennessee.  The statutes, which remain current through the 2012 legislative session, have not been abridged or repealed.  However, county criminal courts continue to convene grand juries which issue indictments and trial juries which issue verdicts.  The recent investigative series published by the Times Free Press confirmed Fitzpatrick’s claims that grand jurors are unduly influenced by long-serving grand jury foremen and that prosecutors control the deliberations of the grand jury to a greater or lesser extent when the grand jury is supposed to be an independent investigative entity under the Fifth Amendment.

Fitzpatrick has also reported witnessing a Monroe County judge hand-picking jurors in violation of state law.  Instances of jurors serving consecutive terms have been dismissed by judges as not having been proven by the defendant or denied by a prosecutor without evidence.  The judges who Fitzpatrick has named as “criminals” have presided over an unknown number of criminal trials with tainted grand juries, trial juries, and witnesses which is finally being reported by the mainstream media.

While prosecuting alleged “right-wing extremists,” the Obama regime appears to have lent its support to left-wing extremists.

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  1. It seems more like “substantial liklihood” and “potential to demonstrate” are legal terms that would apply to the “Obama Administration” and all its criminal assistants that have robbed and destroyed America on a “race card” ride as a “Bonnie and Clyde” sham that has netted the DNC billions to line pockets of Union Bosses and corrupted officials under their tent. Darren Huff is a good Navy Veteran who wanted to follow the law that officials were clearly breaking there in Tennessee. The Democrats under Obama’s OK gave the orders to set up the entire scenario. No one in the Federal paycheck program will come forward and say the truth; after all, paychecks are number one when it comes to honesty! Who cares about sworn oath, being honest and loyal to the self is the right thing to do, right? Wrong, but not in today’s modus of operation. Coverups and excuses are front line, especially in the Gen X state of mind which shows itself everywhere you look. As long as government paychecks abound, all is good. How long will this last? Hard to say since there seem to be more stupid and ignorant people coming out of the popcorn machine lately and logic and common sense built on EXPERIENCE are in great shortage.

  2. Darren’s conviction must be overturned on appeal so it can not be used as precedent. Unfortunately Darren can not afford an attorney and his public defender works for a firm that specializes in traffic tickets.

    Note that Darren’s conviction goes to the very core of the 1st Amendment. Darren was blocked from exercising his first amendment rights to peaceably assemble. He was charged for possessing the instruments to protect his 4th Amendment right to be secure. The right to bear arms is unalienable and a necessity to assure a person is secure in their persons, houses, etc. Ironically, Darren made this argument before the judge at his sentencing hearing.

    The NRA will be MIA on this issue as they are all about the 2nd Amendment and the money it can bring in for their scheme. GOA has been approached. We shall see what their interests are.

  3. It took ten days for the scheme to convict Darren to be hatched and participants willing to lie to agree to it. Finding a “judge” to create law wasn’t hard after all they enjoy good pay only when they please their overseers who are not the public anymore. It’s obvious the conviction of Darren was just to set precedent and give any rogue police agents the power to invent a crime whenever they need to cover up illegal activity.

    I have one question on this whole debacle. What will happen when the laws controlling the Tennessee courts are finally upheld?

    As far as those who have lied, their careers will end soon enough even if they are not prosecuted for perjury. Political power swings will see to that for sure.