One of our governments favorite activities is spying on it's own citizens. They don't care for being hindered by such things as the Bill of Rights, and the FBI has been censured by Congress several times for illegal investigations. Along these lines, the BATF sent informant Kenneth Fadeley to pose as a gun dealer to spy on groups that opposed opressive government in Idaho. The BATF targeted Randy Weaver to be set up. |
In October 1989, Fadeley approached Weaver posing as someone interested in purchasing sawed-off shotguns. Fadeley approached Weaver and pressured the mountain man to sell him sawed-off shotguns. Mr. Weaver at first refused, but the agent was persistent and Mr. Weaver eventually sold him two shotguns, thereby violating federal firearms law. They set up a trial date, but Weaver would not deal with with federal gestapo. To justify a militaristic retaliation, BATF agents lied to the U.S. attorney's office. BATF agents claimed that Weaver had a criminal record and that he was a suspect in several bank robberies.
THE GOVERNMENT THUGS SEEM TO ENJOY THEIR DIRTY WORK Both charges were fabrications, even according to BATF Director John Magaw, who admitted the accusations were "inexcusable" in testimony before Congress.The U.S. attorney's office indicted Weaver on weapons charges in May 1990.Weaver was arraigned in January 1991. After missing his February 1991 court date, Weaver was indicted in March 1991 on charges of refusing to appear in court. When federal agents set up Randy Weaver on minor weapons violations, Weaver refused to show up in court for the charge, instead holing up with his wife and four children in his mountain cabin on Ruby Ridge, forty miles south of the Canadian border.
A Justice Department attorney got an arrest warrant for Weaver, despite knowing that a court official notified Weaver of an incorrect court date. (Weaver wasn't going to show up anyway.)
For the charge of refusing to appear in court for a minor weapons violation, the government conducted a military siege of Ruby Ridge worthy of a small war.
As reported by James Bovard in the January 10, 1995 Wall Street Journal, after Weaver's February 1991 missed court appearance, Federal agents then launched an elaborate 18-month surveillance of Mr. Weaver's cabin and land.
David Niven, a defense lawyer involved in the subsequent court case,
noted later: "The U.S. marshals called in military aerial reconnaissance
and had photos studied by the Defense Mapping Agency. ... They had
psychological profiles performed and installed $130,000 worth of
solar-powered long-range spy cameras. They intercepted the Weavers'
mail. They even knew the menstrual cycle of Weaver's teenage
daughter, and planned an arrest scenario around it."
On August 21, 1992, the siege began in earnest. Six U.S. marshals, armed and
camouflaged, went onto Weaver's property to conduct undercover surveillance.
When Weaver's dogs started barking, they shot one of them.
Weaver's 25-year-old friend Kevin Harris and 14-year-old son Sammy saw
the dog die. Sammy Weaver fired his gun towards the agents as his dad yelled for
him to come back to the cabin. "I'm coming, Dad," were Sammy Weaver's last
words before he was shot in the back and killed by a U.S. marshal.
Kevin Harris, witnessing the agents' killing of the dog and child, fired at the
agents in self-defense, killing one of them.
After the initial shootout, the Weavers and Harris retreated into their cabin, and a
small army surrounded the area. Says Bovard: "the commander of the FBI's
Hostage Rescue Team was called in, and ordered federal agents to shoot any
armed adult outside the Weaver cabin, regardless of whether that person was
doing anything to threaten or menace federal agents. (Thanks to the surveillance,
federal officials knew that the Weavers always carried guns when outside their
Against a handful of rural Idahoans with shotguns, the U.S. arrayed four hundred
federal agents with automatic weapons, sniper rifles and night vision scopes.
On August 22, 1992, Randy Weaver went to see his son's body in the shack
where it lay. He was shot and wounded from behind by FBI sniper Lon
Horiuchi. As Weaver struggled back to his house, Horiuchi assassinated his wife
Vicki as she stood in the doorway, holding their 10-month-old baby.
Although the feds later claimed Vicki Weaver's killing was an accident, the New
York Times reported in 1993 that an internal FBI report justified the killing by
saying she put herself in danger.
Everything about the federal government's actions in this case is sickening, but
possibly the worst was their taunting of the Weaver family after Vicki Weaver's
murder: "Good morning, Mrs. Weaver. We had pancakes for breakfast. What did
you have?" That was one of the FBI's tactics revealed in court records, reported
by Jerry Seper in the Washington Times in September 1993.
After the initial shootout, the only shots fired were by federal agents. Eleven days
after the shootout Randy Weaver surrendered. In July 1993, a jury acquitted Randy Weaver of weapons and murder charges
resulting from his set-up and the subsequent siege of his mountain cabin home by
federal agents. Weaver's friend, Kevin Harris, was also found innocent.
Harris, witnessing the agents' killing of Randy Weaver's dog and son during the
siege, fired at the agents in self-defense. Harris killed one of the agents. At the
trial, the prosecution claimed Harris fired first; the defense produced evidence
that the agent had fired seven shots before he was shot himself. The federal government argued that sniper FBI Lon Horiuchi accidentally killed
Weaver's wife Vicki. At the trial, however, Horiuchi testified that he was an
accurate shot at 200 yards.
A jury found Weaver innocent of all serious charges, convicting him only on the
original weapons charge. The jury also found Harris innocent, ruling his shooting
of the marshal to be self-defense. FBI ASSASSIN LON HORIUCHI SHOT WEAVERS WIFE WHILE SHE WAS HOLDING A BABY.
If you look at what has happened since the August 1992 outrage at Ruby Ridge, you can see why this event was the turning point for America. Shortly afterwards you had the election of Bill Clinton, possibly the most corrupt individual to ever slither into the White House. That was followed by the atrocities at Waco, the OKC bombing, school and office massacres on scales unseen before, and then came September 11 2001, and the police state, wars, and chaos that followed. God has been lifting his blessing off this nation in more noticable ways than ever, and I believe it all began right around the time of Ruby Ridge.
The United States government was created to serve it's citizens, not to entrap them, not to defame them, and not to falsify evidence against them, something we have forgotten in this post 9-11 age of Homeland Security. What can be done about the deaths of Vicki Weaver, a mother who was killed with a baby in her arms, and Sammy Weaver, a 14 year old boy who was shot in the back, both innocent victims of their own government? The killers of course got off the hook. But we can let the people know what happened in Ruby Ridge on those 11 days in August 1992. And never let them forget.