I received this email from a reader in a western state. I have redacted the county and state because he doesn't wish to make this a public case just yet. However, I think this case needs to be highlighted. You will see why when you read below.
From: Patrick (REDACTED)
Sent: Mon, Feb 8, 2010 4:21 pm
Subject: Should I be concerned?
I have been hitting your site for well over a year, everyday basis now that I am retired, I'll be 60 in March.
I am a Threeper and my question to you is, do I have anything to worry about?
Here is what happened, I have been emailing the White House since O got elected and have been hammering them on their marxist czars, Pelosi, Reid, pretty much expressing my First Amendment rights.
I have never made any threats, just things like, "we the people are wolverines and if you don't stop your socialist move, we will rip your ball off" pretty funny I thought.
So last Friday, two REDACTED County Sheriffs show up at my home (south of REDACTED), they tell me the FBI said I made threats against Pelosi, I wrote "off with her head" a joke related to her being "Queen Nancy".
Well, I told them that I didn't think that was a threat, they told me to knock it off and next time they won't ring the doorbell and I could end up in Ft. Leavenworth.
So now I have a FBI folder on me, phone could be tapped, computer spying? is that true?
One question I have is, I am not concerned about the phone tap, that would be some boring eavesdropping.
Will I have a problem flying?, "no fly list" etc.
Really, if they came after me, what do they do to the real threats they receive , truly the morons I believe them to be.
Also the sheriffs asked me about guns I own, did I have an AR 15,( I was REAL vague in that area) who I lived with, (my wife).
I decided to be polite and not give them any grief, but I felt like telling them, they should check out the Oathkeepers.
These young cops are scary as I don't think they understand the CONSTITUTION and that is how all of this started.
Obama and his clowns will NOT destroy the CONSTITUTION and that is when I got involved doing my part fighting these marxists.
I guess I hit a raw nerve.
So, Mike, what is your expert advise on what I have described to you and do I have anything to concern myself with.
I am a law abiding tax paying citizen and feel my rights have been intruded upon, even though I started the emails, there is a First Amendment.
Thanks in advance, Mike for letting me know what grounds I stand on and should I be concerned with the feds. What can they do? I am writing you because no one I know has the knowledge in this that you do, and I need answers that will either put me at ease, or? and that's why your advise is needed.
Thanks again Mike.
My reaction to Patrick via email:
My first reaction would have been, "So, you're REDACTED County, right? What are you doing carrying the FBI's water for? If the FBI has a frigging question for me, why didn't they come themselves? Or are they trying to get you guys used to being their servile mokes?"
THEY (REDACTED County deputies) don't have the authority to enforce federal law. THEY don't know anything about you but what their FBI masters deigned to tell them. Are they used to taking cases on that basis? Since when did Eric Holder die and leave THEM in charge of First Amendment issues? The Constitution has a lot to say about the walls between local, state and federal law enforcement, and where each authority derives. REDACTED County doesn't take orders directly from the Imperial federals -- do they want to explain in court why they think they do? Do they REALLY want to explain why they're federal bootlickers in public in a case regarding political speech?
Then tell them, "You know, if you do ANYTHING in this case that blows back on you, the Fibbies will leave you simpletons hanging out to dry and will blame everything on you. Are you REALLY that stupid to risk THAT?"
You want protection? Get public and dare them to do damn all about it.
If county mounties came to anybody here in Alabama and did that they'd be laughed off the porch.
I'd LOVE to shine a light on these bastards.
Folks, if this happens to you, start by asking them for their AUTHORITY to ask you such questions and then (after they fumble around trying to answer that question and finally saying "because I said so"), SHUT UP, LAWYER UP, and dare them to pursue it. -- MBV