I pay almost no attention to the mainstream media. While I’ll occasionally take note of one of their distortions or deceptions, normally I ignore them. They’ve fouled their own nests so thoroughly as to have forfeited all credibility as sources of verifiable information.
Nevertheless, the media are important: not because they convey important information to the general public – they don’t – but because large numbers of Americans still believe that they do. Those Americans trust that “if it’s important, I’ll read about it in the New York Times or see it on the CBS Evening News.” And so the media can deceive by omission: i.e., they can persuade their readerships and viewerships that some event reportage of which would evoke intense interest either didn’t happen or was far too insignificant to merit their coverage.
In the early Tuesday [February 2, 2021] morning hours, motion sensors alerted the occupant, hereafter referred to as John Doe (names have been changed to protect the innocent) that there was movement along the driveway to his home. Given the time of day, the location of the home, and some recent history that will be discussed later, Doe knew he needed to react, but in a non-threatening manner. His decision was to put on a pair of pants, remain barefoot and shirtless, and move to the front porch with his hands raised in the air. What appeared in the driveway was the lead vehicle of three BearCat armored personnel carriers – commonly referred to as personnel tanks (pictured left) – in a convoy of over thirty total vehicles.
The BearCats are armed with a rotating turret for housing customer-specific weapon systems. Five gun ports are located on each side of the vehicle, and an additional two on the rear. The vehicle[s] are often equipped with .50 BMG or 7.62mm rifles. It is a military-grade vehicle often used by U.S. Special Forces and the Australian military.
But on this day, they were cruising the Flathead Valley with thirty other police vehicles in tow.
Also surrounding the house were one-hundred-plus federal agents with a helicopter in support. Federal agents immediately took Doe into custody and placed him in loose-fitting flex cuffs into the back of one of the BearCat vehicles. Inside the vehicle, John was placed on the outer wall, and at his feet were loaded weapons. Doe later concluded that this had to be a setup, for if he were to try to free himself, he would likely be killed.
Got your attention? I’m sure you’re eager to learn the reason for this military-scale raid and arrest of a peaceable private citizen in Montana:
What provoked this Montana this raid? Doe’s former girlfriend from North Carolina filed a restraining order (a civil matter, not criminal) against Doe in that state claiming he was homicidal, suicidal, a threat to her, and had bomb-making materials with the intention to cause harm. She also claimed he had booby traps all over the home and the surrounding property. But none of this was true.
A restraining order filed in a North Carolina state court provoked a military-grade assault on the home of a Montana resident. Give that a moment to sink in. Then read the entirety of the article for yourself. Believe me, it’s worth your time.
If you recall the coverage of the Branch Davidian / Waco incident, you surely remember the attention it received nationwide. The media of 1993 regarded it as highly newsworthy: illegal-weapons allegations against a religious cult whose leader supposedly held underage concubines in sexual slavery. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, known derisively throughout the firearms-rights community as “F Troop,” initiated hostilities with a completely unnecessary SWAT-style raid on the Branch Davidian compound that cost nine lives. The consequences included a 51-day standoff with the FBI, the incineration of the compound after a saturation bombardment with tear gas, and a total loss of 76 Branch Davidian lives, including 25 children.
None of the allegations used to justify the above atrocities were ever substantiated. Even so, the media aided the Clinton Administration and then-Attorney-General Janet Reno by popularizing the federal characterization of the Branch Davidians as a violent cult rife with child abuse, and which engineered its own destruction. The defamation of the Branch Davidians was conducted both through highly tendentious “reporting” and television dramas.
Once the public notices an incident of that sort, the media must begin to report on it, albeit not necessarily honestly. The Waco siege was far too noticeable to cover up. The events of February 2, 2021 in Flathead, Montana are plainly a different story.
The media have given the Montana incident no coverage whatsoever. I’m still looking for further substantiation of the Montana Daily Gazette report, but simply for the sake of speculation, let’s assume for the moment that it’s accurate. The general public doesn’t know about it. What would the majority of Americans have to say about it, were they to be informed of it, the scale and destructiveness of it, and the reasons for it?
There’s been a lot of casual talk – mostly from the Left and the supporters of the Usurper Regime – about “domestic terrorism.” To me, the Montana incident is a perfect example: the use of overwhelming federal forces to terrorize a private citizen for no good reason. Surely if there were a good reason, the feds wouldn’t have kept the raid completely secret. Indeed, they would have trumpeted its success as a stroke in the cause of justice, or national security, or whatnot. Neither would they have persuaded the national media to ignore it.
Governments throughout these United States have been acting against citizens’ rights foe some time now. Especially threatened is our right to freedom of expression. In case you’re unpersuaded that the threat is real, consider this recent report from New York City. Can you imagine the intimidating power of what De Blasio has proclaimed – how chilling the effect upon New Yorkers’ freedom of speech?
Firearms rights? You can forget them. Indeed, the “John Doe” of the Montana incident may have been targeted specifically for that reason. He was a Federal Firearms Licensee, qualified to make, repair, and sell firearms of all kinds. No allegation that he was in violation of any of the terms of his license has been made.
Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence of “the consent of the governed.” Is it plausible that a government that wields such immense degrees of force against a peaceable private citizen genuinely has that consent – or believes that it has it?
UPDATE: For those interested in learning more about the Waco siege, this article by James Bovard provides a fascinating look at the cover-up orchestrated by the Clinton Administration in the aftermath, including its unconcealed aim: “to restore trust in government.” Download it and hold onto it; it’s the kind of explosive expose that attracts unfriendly attention.