I would like readers to look at the image below, take a good, hard look at the type of people that, in the eyes of law enforcement, including the FBI, warranted a 20 man raid from a variety of enforcement agencies, who then physically searched their persons, their vehicles, fingerprinted them, detained them and confiscated their personal belongings, including cell phones, iPads, laptops, business papers, paperwork, coinage and other valuables.
The image comes from a 2013 RT Documentary, which will be shown below, of a group called "The Republic of Texas," who RT describes as "Texans who are proud of their heritage, embrace self-reliance and are ready to live by what they preach, even if it strays from the norms of mainstream American society." The image is representative of the Republic of Texas members as a whole.
Chron.com describes the reason for the raid during a meeting help on Valentine's Day 2015:
The raid was a response to legal summons sent by Republic of Texas members to a Kerr County judge and bank employee, demanding they appear in the Republic's court at the Veterans and Foreign Wars building in Bryan the day the officers stormed in. Jarnecke's group, the subject of a half-hour YouTube documentary, maintains a small working government, including official currency, congress and courts.
"You can't just let people go around filing false documents to judges trying to make them appear in front of courts that aren't even real courts," said Kerr County sheriff Rusty Hierholzer, who led the operation.
He 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.
Make no mistake, that reason is nothing more than a pretext, because ladies and gentlemen, The Republic of Texas, like many Americans, have grievances with how the US Government and our politicians in Congress are running this nation:
The Republic has a lengthy list of qualms with the federal government, among them that Texas was illegally annexed in 1845. But most of their complaints have to do with the behavior of the American legislature and executive. Robert Wilson, a senator in the Republic, equated politicians in Washington D.C. to the "kings and emperors" of the past, and sees Texas independence as part of a worldwide movement for local control.
"This is the century for colonialist ambitions to be reversed," the 78-year-old pastor said. "I've watched a lot of things happen, and the people of the world are fed up. The spirit of the world right now is: make things smaller, move governments closer to home, take back self-rule."
Kerr County sheriff Rusty Hierholzer claims he "he had worries that some extremists in the group could become violent, citing a 1997 incident when 300 state troopers surrounded an armed Republic leader for a weeklong standoff."
Republic of Texas describes the type of people who are members of their group on their website as " generally seniors of respected middle-class business, farming, broadcasting, engineering, scientific, health, veterans, and faith-based backgrounds..."
I call BS on the Sheriff's claim.... this was a deliberate warning sent out to Americans... comply or else. Don't make waves, don't question Big Brother or the feds will show up at your doorstep, harrass you, take your personal belongings and treat you like a criminal.
In an article written by Blacklisted News, they conclude "The irony of the situation is that the thuggish tactics employed by the police and federal government actually validate the concerns of the members of the Republic of Texas and other Americans who would prefer independence from the United States federal government."
This is the police state mentality that is so prevalent in the US these days, this "show of force," is overkill but it certainly makes their warning to Americans clear doesn't it?
This isn't the America I grew up in, this isn't America "land of the free." America has become the Stasi USSA - Police State.