Why would Feds raid a group of secessionists that can’t possibly be any danger to anyone?
As readers of this blog will already know, some conservatives think there is much to be said for peaceful secession as a force that resists the rise of Big Government. This doesn’t have much of anything to do with any romantic delusions about the Confederate South. It doesn’t even have to be something that happens in the United States. Internationally, secession holds the promise of breaking up the pretensions of the New World Order and its various transnational experiments.
Nor is secession some kind of exclusively “right wing” concept, as can be seen by the group advocating it in Hawaii (which, as far as I know, has never had the Feds raid them).
But what are we to make of this incredible use of police power that was reported by the Houston Chronicle a week ago.
Minutes into the meeting a man among the onlookers stood and moved to open the hall door, letting in an armed and armored force of the Bryan Police Department, the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office, the Kerr County Sheriff’s Office, Agents of the Texas District Attorney, the Texas Rangers and the FBI.
In the end, at least 20 officers corralled, searched and fingerprinted all 60 meeting attendees, before seizing all cellphones and recording equipment in a Valentine’s Day 2015 raid on the Texas separatist group.
He [the county sheriff] acknowledged he used a “show of force,” grouping officers from city, county state and federal law enforcement to serve a search warrant for suspicions of a misdemeanor crime.
Police searched and fingerprinted each person at the meeting, but they did not perform cheek-swab DNA testing as the warrant allowed.
No arrests were made in the raid, but the case is still under investigation, Hierholzer said. The FBI and Texas Rangers would not comment.
This was how the so-called “law enforcement” officers treated a group of people who submit to the laws of their state and nation and pay their taxes, and who do not use or espouse violence.
To be clear, from this story the Republic of Texas sounds a little goofy to me, and I doubt they are going to get much traction. Allegedly, a couple of their members sent a “summons” to a Kerr County judge and a bank employee.
The sheriff claimed this was tantamount to “filing false documents.” Since there is no such thing as a real Republic of Texas government, I don’t see how this charge can stick. The people received a summons from a non-existent government that they knew did not exist.
But even if there is such a misdemeanor as “simulating legal process,” then why not simply charge the two people who sent the document?
What seems to be happening is that the possible charges and penalties, plus the chances of winning in court, didn’t look powerful enough to the powers that be. So they had feds raid a meeting and give them the full police state treatment. Supposedly they are going to search all those confiscated phones and laptops “to determine if others conspired in the creation and issuance of false court documents.”
That is an illegal search on its face. If I send out a document in the name of the President, Barack Obama’s smart phone is not going to be confiscated to determine if he “conspired” with me. There is no basis for treating everyone in the group this way.
But if any member of this group had a child that they had caught smoking pot, or is in marital counseling, the Feds now know about it. They get to read every email and every text message, as well as probably go into all their social media accounts, if the victims were not alert enough to immediately change their passwords.
And what counts as “evidence” of a conspiracy, mere prior knowledge of this misdemeanor?
The irony of the situation is that we have a marginal group that the Feds have now publicly vindicated. All their accusations against abuse of Federal powers have been confirmed.