In an effort to support a media constructed narrative of violent “tea baggers” and Christians being as likely to commit acts of terror as The Religion of Peace the FBI seems to have jumped the gun a little. According to the Toledo Blade, lead investigator Leslie Larsen admitted to having no idea if the Hutaree actually committed any crimes or possessed any illegal weapons even though the judge hearing one of the defendant’s appeals told the government to be ready to present their case a month ago:
DETROIT – An FBI agent who led the investigation of nine Michigan militia members charged with trying to launch war against the federal government couldn’t recall many details of the two-year probe yesterday during questioning by defense lawyers.
Even the judge who must decide whether to release the nine until trial was puzzled.
“I share the frustrations of the defense team … that she doesn’t know anything,” U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts said after agent Leslie Larsen confessed she hadn’t reviewed her notes recently and couldn’t remember specific details of the case.
Judge Roberts is hearing an appeal of another judge’s order that has kept members of so-called Hutaree militia in jail since their arrest in late March.
The prosecutors actually argued that the nine defendants had no legal right call Larsen to the stand, but the judge disagreed and hilarity ensued:
The nine lawyers asked specific questions about each defendant. Ms. Larsen said she had not listened entirely to certain recordings made by an undercover agent who infiltrated the group.
She said that because they were still being examined, she didn’t know if weapons seized by investigators last month were illegal.
At other times, Ms. Larsen couldn’t answer questions because she said she hadn’t reviewed investigative reports.
Defense lawyer William Swor asked if the No. 1 defendant, Hutaree leader David Stone, had ever instructed anyone to make a bomb.
“I can’t fully answer that question,” the agent replied.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Tukel defended Ms. Larsen, telling the judge it wasn’t clear until Monday that she would testify.
Judge Roberts, however, said she told the government to be prepared last week.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Ronald Waterstreet played an audiotape of what he said were several militia members talking freely about killing police.
The participants talked over each other, often laughed and made goofy noises and disparaging remarks about law enforcement.
Sounds like a solid case. The lesson here is this: don’t be a douchebag and make jokes about fighting “the New World Order” to your new Internet friend when the government needs to prove a point about violence from New World Order believers. Even if these guys get off they are going to be bankrupt. Even a bad case that the state can’t win usually ruins the lives of the people who get caught up in it.
I got an email from a source that says Creech has a long history of criminal violence and specifically crimes against women but I haven’t found any evidence of that except this archived copy of a Herald-Journal from 1989. In a piece on the “evils” of guns the article says a Joseph Creech, who was a student at Woodruff High School, brought a shotgun to school, fired it into the floor because he was “upset over a girl” and that no one was hurt. The article doesn’t say much more except that he went to Juvie. But there’s no sure way to know if that Creech was the same as the one arrested for this murder, though the ages match up if you do the math.
But there could be more than one Joseph Creech in South Carolina that attended high school in the 80s.
Since the victim was a homeless woman found in an abandoned house frequented by squatters and the 50+ year old woman was said to be an acquaintance of Creech I’m going to put forward that this is likely a prostitute killing. Prostitutes are of course the favored victims of serial killers, but they are also simply easy targets for anyone with a mind for mayhem. Hopefully they have the right man and have caught him before he hurt too many people.
Video from WSPA:
Just ask Kenneth Ray Rice, who just received a 25 year sentence for a robbery spree that ended with police finding him hiding in a dumpster. If that’s not a great metaphor for drug addiction, I don’t know what is. Prosecutors say Rice committed the crimes to support his crack habit.
That Trey Gowdy is having his office pull out all the law and order stops these days while he’s running for congress. Not that I’m saying the two are connected…
But I almost hope he doesn’t win because his office is fighting crime the right way. We need you here Gowdy!
Last Tuesday afternoon when Joshua Bryant took his mother to the Dollar General on Augusta Road, he decided to wait for her in the car and enjoy the day. While sitting in his car he saw a man wearing a bandanna as a mask and carrying a gun enter the store. The dutiful son ran into the store to protect his mother and was murdered.
By any standard he died a hero.
Police have arrested a 23-year-old thug named Tremain Orlando Davis for the crime. But an interesting thing happened to this story when the local media got to it. The narrative changed to subtly (and in some cases not so subtly) imply that Joshua Bryant brought his death on himself by being unreasonable, and that compliance with criminals is not only to be expected but is indeed what civilized people should do.
Compliance with criminality doesn’t work. One need only ask those who survived encounters with Ted Bundy what saved them and they will tell you clearly that they fought for their lives; those who didn’t were raped and murdered. What did compliance with gunmen get Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom? What did compliance with gunmen get the victims of the Wichita Massacre?
Those are questions, and cases, the media doesn’t deal with mainly because the mainstream media deals in illusion, not reality. The news media is populated with people who see the world through a post-modernist lens; class and race warfare colored glasses that alter their very perceptions of reality and truth. Thus the average reporter runs into this story of tragic heroism and condescendingly frames it as suicide by crook by one of the rubes they need to buy their papers but have no respect for.
For example here’s how Fox Carolina describes the death of Joshua Bryant:
Deputies said that shortly after that, Bryant saw a man wearing a bandanna and carrying a gun walk into the store. They said that Bryant went in after him to check on his mother.
Investigators said that Bryant and the gunman, who they believe planned to rob the store, argued. Then the gunman shot and killed Bryant and fled the store with $194 in cash, investigators said.
Now I’m not a professional journalist, but when a man runs into the store his mother is shopping in to confront a thug with a gun, I would probably use a verb other than argued. This makes it sound almost as if Bryant was looking for trouble. But this is nowhere near as disgusting as WYFF.com’s write up, which tries to humanize the coldblooded murderer.
“I mean, I wasn’t expecting someone to be Superman, you know?” Davis said as guards walked him into the Greenville County Detention Center Wednesday night.
According to the victim’s brother, Roger Bryant, the victim and the shooter started fighting before shots were fired.
“From what I was told, they got into an altercation, wrestling around, then he shot him in the neck. Killed him,” Bryant said.
When asked if he had anything to say to the victim’s family, Davis gave a one-word answer: “Apologies.”
Well, if he apologizes all is well, no? So the victim and shooter just started fighting and shots were fired according to this report. Again it makes Bryant’s actions seem unreasonable, as if these were two drunks brawling in the street. Tremain Orlando Davis went to hold up the store Bryant’s mother was shopping at and Bryant, heroically, intervened and perhaps saved the lives of others. Would it kill WYFF to throw his grieving family that bone, since it’s the truth?
Davis, the murderer, is even given a little extra ink in the piece to tell his family he loves them. The same family that raised him to think it was acceptable to stick up Dollar General and murder anyone who tried to stop him.
Where’s the ink on how well Josh Bryant was raised? Where is the praise for a man who died defending his mother and all the other people in that store? Where are the kind words and thoughts for Bryant’s mother, who judging by her son’s heroism is an exemplary woman?
They’re not coming. Ever. Even now commenters on the WYFF story are lamenting the fact that “two mothers” lost their sons today. This is disgusting moral relativism driven by the media’s contempt for anyone they don’t understand. Davis isn’t dead, he is going to prison where he obviously belongs. That the media feeds the idea somehow Davis going to prison is equal in tragedy to Joshua Bryant being murdered by Davis is the most obvious example of the ivory tower pseudo-intellectualism that is killing the print media.
Joshua Bryant is a hero. It’s too bad we have a media in this country that won’t tell you that. Instead they sneer at defiance in the face of criminality because they don’t understand it, and they equate thugs and heroes because they can understand neither.
Instead he’ll do about 25 years. No where near enough time if you ask me. From WSPA: