I have been saying it for some time that President Donald Trump’s rhetoric about draining the swamp is actually pretty empty when you look at advisors and people he has put into his cabinet, as well as nominees he has put forth such as Bret Kavanaugh and William Barr. Now, on the anniversary of the federal tyranny that took place at Ruby Ridge, it’s time to remind Americans of William Barr’s role in the outcome of all of that.
I don’t claim to be the first to deposit this information. It has been decimated for years in both the mainstream media and alternative media. However, I am doing it because there are lots of people thinking that William Barr is going to deal a blow to the Deep State following the ending of the Mueller investigation. He’s not going to do that. He’s a part of it.
Exhibit A is Barr’s defense of the indefensible in supporting immunity for a murdering FBI sniper by the name of Lon Horiuchi.
Horiuchi is the man who took the fatal headshot and killed Vicki Weaver as she ran into her home with a baby in her arms.
Our friends at Ammo.com took today to remind America of exactly what took place there.
The Siege at Ruby Ridge is often considered a pivotal date in American history. The shootout between Randy Weaver and his family and federal agents on August 21, 1992, is one that kicked off the Constitutional Militia Movement and left America with a deep distrust of its leadership – in particular then-President George H.W. Bush and eventual President Bill Clinton and Attorney General Janet Reno.
The short version is this: Randy Weaver and his wife Vicki moved with their four kids to the Idaho Panhandle, near the Canadian border, to escape what they thought was an increasingly corrupt world. The Weavers held racial separatist beliefs, but were not involved in any violent activity or rhetoric. They were peaceful Christians who simply wanted to be left alone.
Specifically for his beliefs, Randy Weaver was targeted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) in an entrapping “sting” operation designed to gain his cooperation as a snitch. When he refused to become a federal informant, he was charged with illegally selling firearms. Due to a miscommunication about his court date, the Marshal Service was brought in, who laid siege to his house and shot and killed his wife and 14-year-old son.
The one person not mentioned in that piece was William Barr.
However, it has been thoroughly documented that Barr supported what took place and immunity for Horiuchi, who was later promoted in the FBI following the murder.
At the time, Brovard wrote, “The Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for Attorney General nominee William Barr have focused heavily on Barr’s views on Special Counsel Robert Mueller. But nobody is asking about Barr’s legal crusade for blanket immunity for federal agents who killed American citizens.”
Barr received a routine questionnaire from the Judiciary Committee asking him to disclose his past work including pro bono activities “serving the disadvantaged.” The “disadvantaged” that Barr spent the most time helping was an FBI agent who slayed an Idaho mother holding her baby in 1992. Barr spent two weeks organizing former Attorneys General and others to support “an FBI sniper in defending against criminal charges in connection with the Ruby Ridge incident.” Barr also “assisted in framing legal arguments advanced… in the district court and the subsequent appeal to the Ninth Circuit,” he told the committee.
That charitable work (for an FBI agent who already had a federally-paid law firm defending him) helped tamp down one of the biggest scandals during Barr’s time as Attorney General from 1991 to early 1993. Barr was responsible for both the U.S. Marshals Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, two federal agencies whose misconduct at Ruby Ridge “helped to weaken the bond of trust that must exist between ordinary Americans and our law enforcement agencies,” according to a 1995 Senate Judiciary Committee report.
After Randy Weaver, an outspoken white separatist living on a mountaintop in northern Idaho, was entrapped by an undercover federal agent, U.S. marshals trespassed on Weaver’s land and killed his 14-year-old son, Sammy. The following day, FBI sniper Lon Horiuchi killed his wife, Vicki, as she was standing in the cabin doorway. Horiuchi had previously shot Randy Weaver in the back after he stepped out of the cabin. The suspects were never given a warning or a chance to surrender and had taken no action against FBI agents. Weaver survived.
He followed that up in an interview in January of this year.
Months later, Brovard would follow up in another piece at the Future of Freedom Foundation.
What did William Barr know and when did he know it? In 1993, Barr told the New York Times that he had not been directly involved in the Ruby Ridge operation. Two years later, the Washington Postrevealed that “top officials of the [George H.W.] Bush Justice Department had at least 20 [phone] contacts concerning Ruby Ridge in the 24 hours before Vicki Weaver was shot,” including two calls involving Barr.
In January 1995, FBI director Louis Freeh announced wrist slaps for the FBI officials involved with Ruby Ridge, including his friend Larry Potts, who was the headquarters official in charge of the Idaho operation and who signed off on the shoot-without-provocation orders. Freeh recommended that the only penalty Potts receive be a letter of censure — the same penalty that Freeh received when he reported losing an FBI cell telephone. Five months later, when Attorney General Janet Reno nominated Potts for deputy director of the FBI, many Republicans and top newspapers denounced her decision.
The uproar did not stop William Barr from heaping praise on his old friend, telling the New York Times that Larry Potts “was deliberate and careful, and I developed a great deal of confidence in his judgment…. Traditionally the bureau has had a reputation of being very narrow. But he always offered a broader view. I can’t think of enough good things to say about him.” However, a few months later, FBI chief Freeh suspended Potts, along with three other high-ranking FBI officials implicated in the events of Ruby Ridge. Potts was never charged with wrongdoing and retired two years later.
But according to Potts, any federal misconduct was irrelevant. When he testified on Ruby Ridge before the Senate Judiciary Committee in late 1995, he said he hoped the hearings “will have a positive effect in helping citizens understand the potential danger of armed resistance to lawful authority.” But it takes more than a badge and a gun to make authority “lawful.” Potts had also overseen the Branch Davidian confrontation at Waco; he justified the FBI’s final tank assault — which ended with 80 corpses — because “these people had thumbed their nose at law enforcement.” Barr apparently never quibbled with that comment.
In 1998, Boundary County, Idaho, filed criminal charges against FBI sniper Lon Horiuchi for the killing of Vicki Weaver. Barr sided with the Clinton Justice Department, urging absolute immunity for FBI snipers. He spearheaded efforts to get other top government officials to join that cause. He was joined by three other former attorneys general in a 2000 brief urging a federal appeals court to dismiss charges against Horiuchi: “The sniper’s job in law enforcement requires split-second judgment that must depend exclusively on his/her federal training and policy…. To subject the performance of that function to second-guessing in the context of a state criminal action is to severely undermine, if not cripple, the ability of future attorneys general to rely on such specialized units in moments of crisis such as hostage taking and terrorist acts.”
But that brief ignored what the FBI snipers actually did at Ruby Ridge. At the federal trial in 1993, Horiuchi testified that he never saw Weaver holding a gun before he tried to kill him. Horiuchi explained the plan of the FBI snipers at Weaver’s trial: “We were planning to shoot the adult males.” The Justice Department confidential report noted that one FBI SWAT team member “remembered the Rules of Engagement as ‘if you see ’em, shoot ’em.”’ FBI sniper Peter King, who was also deployed at Ruby Ridge, told the Senate committee in 1995 that the shoot-to-kill rules of engagement were “crazy.” Five FBI agents took the Fifth Amendment at the Senate hearing rather than tell the incriminating truth about their activities on the Ruby Ridge case.
Barr, along with three former U.S. attorneys generals Griffin P. Bell, Benjamin R. Civiletti and Richard L. Thornburgh wrote, “The sniper’s job in law enforcement requires split-second judgment that must depend exclusively on his/her federal training and policy,” the brief for Webster and the former attorneys general stressed. “To subject the performance of that function to second-guessing in the context of a state criminal action is to severely undermine, if not cripple, the ability of future attorneys general to rely on such specialized units in moments of crisis such as hostage taking and terrorist acts.”
There was no second guessing and no federal agent was in harm’s way or threatened. Weaver and his boy were shot in the back. Vicki was shot in the head running into her house with a baby and these despicable clowns want immunity for their murderers.
More on Bill Barr:
- While William Barr “Goes After The Deep State,” He’s Working With Them On Gun Confiscation
- Senate Confirms Gun-Confiscating, Swamp Creature William Barr For Attorney General
- Now It’s William Barr: When Will Christians And Conservatives Stop Making Excuses For Donald Trump?
- William Barr Is A Gun Confiscation Advocate
Just on the CIA drug running front, Kevin Barrett reminds us:
According to former Bush-CIA black ops specialist Chip Tatum, Barr was part of Operation 40, an Agency-linked criminal gang that moved huge quantities of drugs and was involved in many high-level political assassinations, including those of the Kennedies, Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, and dozens of others. Ironically, Trump—who tossed a few rhetorical punches at the Bush Crime Family during the 2016 Republican primaries—has just nominated a man who represented the Bush CIA drug cartel, both within the CIA itself (1973-1977) and later when he served as “Opium Poppy” Bush’s Attorney General.
David “DC Dave” Martin sends the following snippet of Tatum’s conversation with FBI investigator Ted Gunderson:
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Chip Tatum: Several of the members that I flew to this meeting in El Ocatal – here are the people who were there: it was General Noriega, Mike Harari, who was a retired Mossad agent assigned to Gen. Noriega, Felix Rodriguez, Joe Fernandez, who was the CIA station-chief in Costa Rica, Gen. Gustavo Alvarez, who was the U.S. – or the Honduran Army chief of staff, and a guy named William Barr, who represented the assets of this enterprise.
Gunderson: Now, wait a moment. William Barr used to be attorney general of the United States.
Tatum: He later became, under his boss George Bush, the attorney general of the United States, that’s correct.
Gunderson: That’s right. He replaced Thornburgh, wasn’t it?
Tatum: Yes, I believe so.
Gunderson: Well, isn’t that interesting? …so we have Vice President Bush, we have Ollie North, we have William Barr involved in the drug-operation. It’s that simple, isn’t it?
Yes, it is.
Randy Weaver was awarded $3,100,000.00 in compensation for the murder of his wife and son, but no one actually received justice in the matter. Instead, promotions abounded, tyranny marched forward and the swamp settled back into stagnation.
That amount of money is hardly compensating for destroying a man’s life and family.
This is why you didn’t hear from Barr for so long… until Donald Trump.
Barr is not a friend of the American people. He is a swamp creature, one just like Trump tells you he wants to get rid of but doesn’t. He installs them in positions of power, and we already know that Barr is ready and willing to take the lead of Donald Trump in going after your guns, and he’s ok with covering for federal agents that might murder you in the process. He’s already done it before.
Remember Ruby Ridge.
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