Steve WatsonFeds Step Up Actions In Brown CaseFri Sep 14, 2007 00:11Feds Step Up Actions In Brown Case
Supporters arrested, irresponsible advice leads to escalation
Thursday, Sept 13, 2007
Four supporters of Plainfield tax protesters Ed and Elaine Brown were arrested yesterday and charged with helping the Browns "obstruct justice", in the words of the U.S. Marshal for New Hampshire.
The AP reported on the incident late yesterday:
Four men accused of helping obstruct justice in the case of convicted tax evaders Ed and Elaine Brown have been arrested, U.S. Marshal Stephen Monier said Wednesday.
Monier said the men are Cirino "Reno" Gonzales, 30, of Alice, Texas; Daniel Riley, 40, of Albany, N.Y.; Jason Gerhard, 22, of Brookhaven, N.Y.; and Robert Wolffe, 50, of Randolph, Vt.
Charges range from accessory after the fact to possession and use of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence.
The supporters had been running errands for the Browns and providing internet updates while they are confined to their home. Gonzales has been accused of taking weapons onto the Brown property, though this has not been verified.
Marshall Monier has furthered elaborated on the arrests in a statement:
"In this case, these men are alleged to have helped the Browns in their ongoing refusal to surrender to authorities," Monier said. "The Browns have engaged in a course of conduct that has led to further criminal investigations into their activity. Anyone who aids the Browns is subject to investigation, arrest and prosecution for serious felonies, which carry very heavy prison sentences."
Ed Brown responded in an audio posting last night, stating "It's all nonsense, as usual. They always pick the wrong targets, and they picked the wrong targets again. They don't really do anything. They're just friends."
Listen to Ed And Elaine Brown discuss the arrests of their supporters here.
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Further reports have suggested that the supporters were taking into custody without a warrant and without being told what they were charged with. In addition blog postings from relatives have suggested that force was used on at least one of the men.
Authorities identified Danny Riley during his activities at the recent 9/11 truth events in New York and reportedly waited until he had left the main groups of protesters before following him and arresting him.
Eyewitnesses reported police as saying "we'll wait until he gets away from the group before we take him down."
Marshall Monier has also made it clear that officials now see the case as having gone from being tax related to something more significant because of threats made towards local and federal officials and judges, and due to the increased presence of people in the perimeter of the Brown property.
"This was a tax case," he said, "but over the last seven months, the Browns have allegedly obstructed justice and encouraged others to assist them. Ed Brown has threatened to kill law enforcement officers and other government officials. So, our message to the Browns is clear: Do the right thing, call us, and surrender peacefully."
Over the past weeks some have been advising the Browns to make statements about organisations of supporters planning to seek revenge should the situation end in a shootout. Many believe such actions have exacerbated the situation and have made bloodshed a more likely outcome.
Other supporters have taken to sitting in the woods with guns, an invitation to federal authorities if ever there was one to take forceful action.
Past incidents at Waco and Ruby Ridge have shown that the feds are adept at provacateuring, and will seize on the opportunity to use force should it arise.
As the situation escalates, more social events are planned at the Brown home. As the Browns have vowed to "live free or die" it should now be obvious that a continuing siege is not the place to take women and children.
In continuing coverage of the case, Alex Jones today made a plea (listen here) to both supporters of the Browns and the feds themselves not to allow the situation to deteriorate and have innocent lives lost over income taxes.
The Brown's have been holed up at their home in Plainfield for several months now and have faced increasing surveillance and provocative activity from federal officials.
In June New Hampshire police erected a mile around seclusion zone, set up armed roadblocks, closed airspace, cut the Brown's power and phone lines before descending with a heavily armed SWAT team and APC vehicles, yet denied that they had any intention of carrying out a siege.
It was only when Danny Riley stumbled upon armed agents lurking in the woods, that the siege was rumbled. Riley maintains that he was shot at before being tasered and arrested, only to be released later with a warning that he could be detained again at any point should he continue to support the Browns.
Since this time power and communications to the house have continued to be interrupted and cut off intermittently. the Department of Homeland Security has also flown helicopters over the house, one time during a concert at the property.
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- "You have arrested four innocent men," Shaun Allen Kranish, Fri Sep 14 18:09
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