“Developing the faculty of reason in establishing valid [i.e., non-contradictory] relationships among facts yields basic, systematic Understanding- it is a guide for thinking correctly; thinking without contradiction. More concisely, it is the art of non-contradictory identification. The work of logic is proof. Proof consists of establishing the truth and validity of a concept or proposition in correspondence with objective, factual reality by following a self-consistent chain of higher-level thought back down to foundational, primary concepts or axioms (i.e., Existence, Consciousness, and Causality). It is a means of keeping us in touch and grounded to objective reality in our search for valid knowledge and understanding. Logic brings the rhythm of the subjective thoughts of the mind, and the subsequent actions of the body, into harmony with the rhythm of the objective universe. The intention is to amicably synchronize individual mental processes, and their attendant actions, with the processes of our surrounding natural, factual existence over the period of a lifetime.”
The United States Department of Justice has been investigating the Bandidos Motorcycle Club internationally, since, at least 2013, in this latest iteration of funding, and had surveillance on the club in several states and countries (to include but not limited to) Alabama, Colorado, New Mexico, Arkansas – *link is to a PDF from Ft. Smith, Arkansas, Oklahoma, California, Washington, Louisiana, and Texas as well as Germany, Australia, Thailand, and Finland which would allow I.N.T.E.R.P.O.L. processing F.U.S.I.O.N. center data.
F.I.S.A. Court warrants are likely the way that this type of multi-state and International investigation could take place, which recorded everything that the club did for the last 6 years now. That data, and how and where it was obtained, is what attorneys are protecting at the present moment by not mentioning the “F.I.S.A. Court Warrants” in the civil trials, or criminal defense motions. The D.E.A. is the right hand, and the B.A.T.F.E. are the left hand, and the corpus is the Department Of Justice. These operations have to go through the proper federal channels to operate, and get funded.
“If a wiretap was involved, was there proper minimization; prompt service of inventory; adequate voice identification; accurate transcriptions made; are key conversations audible; were the original tapes properly sealed and stored; were 18 U.S.C. § 2517(5) orders obtained for use of recorded conversations in unrelated prosecutions? – 2079. RICO Prosecution Memorandum — Anticipated Defenses/Special Problems Or Considerations“
An important event happened on March 22nd, 2015 in Lorena, Tx. at mile marker 323 about 8 miles south of Waco on a feeder road of Interstate 35 – between 2 Bandidos M.C. members who were headed south on the feeder road (with the motorcycle riders trying to avoid traffic that is normally stalled up to the Bruceville Eddy bridge that was under construction,) and a group of mostly Cossacks who were driving in at least two vehicles, a Toyota Tundra, and another vehicle. Both vehicles were captured on video, by a passer by, of the assault, of which the video was later turned over to Lorena P.D.
One Bandido was able to walk away from this potentially deadly assault, the other was not, and that member was taken to a local area Waco Hospital in critical condition, and almost lost his eyeball. This incident would NOT be investigated by local L.E.O., resulting in an indictment of assault, attempted murder, or any other charges brought about, to date.
This incident would bring several Bandidos M.C. members up from Killeen, Austin, and down from Dallas in order to support their brother in crisis, as well as provide security for the family members who were likely to be assaulted. This migration is likely what spurred the Waco Police Department and Texas Department of Public Safety to visit McLennan County Cossacks Chapter President “J Dub”, otherwise known as John Wilson at his Motorcycle shop in Waco. The conversation should have been investigatory, with W.P.D. asking Caleb Wilson several questions as to his where abouts on the day of the assault, as well as subpoenaing his cell phone records, along with the Motorcycle Shop phone records, as it was likely one of these two Cossacks who called their mattress shop worker (Owen Reeves) with the code to “put a dog down in the back 40.”
Imagine being a young nurse who had never seen so many protective bikers in one place on high alert. The Hospital Staff’s only prior experience has likely only been the Cossacks, and locals do NOT have “a kind perception” of those riders with undisciplined mouths, and a “show off” style.
It is easy to imagine that those Nurses and Doctors at the Waco hospitals would let their security personnel know of a potential threat, and in turn let local Waco Police Department know what was taking place. High Alert for Emergency Personnel is a multi-department wide event, Firemen, Emergency Medical Services, Hospitals and the police departments work closely together often, for their collective safety. It would also be safe to assume that Cossack “Spyder” who was an E.M.S. worker at the time, notified the Hospital staff of the dangers of the Bandidos M.C., since he was kicked out of a B.M.C. support club prior to this assault, as well as informing his accomplices of the room number for the severely beaten Bandido M.C. member and location of their family members.
If it was not Cossack Mark White, whom informed the group of criminals about the where abouts of the patient in peril at the Hospital, it very well could have been Sargent Howell at the Harwell Detention Center and McClennan County Jail, whom also gave her boyfriend and registered sex offender, Cossack Phillip White, the results of a license plate search made by one of Howell’s officers at the jail, by Howell’s order, on the date of the Lorena incident.
Let us suppose that in March of 2015 the McLennan County D.A. learns that the Bandidos M.C. and Cossacks have a serious issue with one another, and that members of the B.M.C. plan to come to Waco to participate in a C.o.C.&I. political meeting in May 2015, and with advice from Steve Cook, Abelino Reyna welcomes the Bandido Motorcycle Club presence to Waco, Texas. Then Abel Reyna authorized county, and state funds to go toward the training of his officers of the court, to participate in this “once in a lifetime opportunity.” The question then would be, who trained which agencies on whom to target at this meeting, as well as around how many bikers the Law Enforcement Officers could handle per officer?
Steve Cook was brought in to train these officers, once in April 2015 and then again on Wednesday through Saturday May 13 – 16, 2015 when W.P.D. and M.C.S.O. ran drills on contingency plans for the Sunday event at Twin Peaks. The local news was notified in April 2015, and reported on the training in June 2015, only with the agreement that the news crew would wait to report the training until after their event took place.
Now, how can the local…….
1) Waco PD,
2) McLennan County Sheriffs office,
3) Company F of Department of Public Safety, and
4) Lorena PD, all participate in a train up for Twin Peaks, and NOT have Federal approval to participate in a “military exercise” using Department of Defense weapons on a Motorcycle Club that is under Federal Investigation?
MCLENNAN COUNTY, TX (KXXV) – Law enforcement officials from across the country met at McLennan Community College for four days for a private conference about policing the growth of motorcycle gangs.
The conference, put on by the Midwest Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigators Association out of St. Louis, MO, was scheduled before the Twin Peaks shooting May 17 after investigators saw rising tensions between motorcycle gangs on the rise in Central Texas.
“We do a considerable amount of talking about these confederations and coalitions… and try to make them understand a little bit the motives behind these is other than what they advertise,” MOMGIA Executive Director, Steve Cook said.
Cook, who’s gone undercover with motorcycle gangs in the past, agreed to allow News Channel 25 to report on the conference, but only until after it was over. This was to protect the identities of officers still undercover.
Behind locked doors, officers learned how motorcycle gangs operate, often dealing in drug and human trafficking. Gangs often transport and sell methamphetamine and have a structure similar to military or para-military organizations. Cook said they’ve seen an influx of gang members that are also a part of motorcycle clubs and club confederations.
“They’re absolutely gangs. If you’re wearing a 1-percent diamond and you’re associating with the individuals these people and associating with the kinds of activities they are, they’re a gang by any classification and to take it a step further, they’re organized crime,” Cooks said.
Cook said nothing much changed in what the officers were learning in the four day long classes because of the Twin Peaks shooting. He said the shooting is just the latest in a long line of biker gang related incidents across the country.
“It’s rampant. They’re spreading all across the country, all over the world for that matter…You’re either going to pay attention to these guys or you’re going to ignore them,” Cook said.”
How is this training, even a possibility, if the Federal D.O.J. level checks and balances actually work?
Playing Devil’s advocate, let us say these checks and balances do work, and the Department of Justice, not only facilitated the planning of the Twin Peaks ambush, but also funded the operation using several gaps in appropriations spending, namely the Bureau of Justice Assistance, which not only sold the Military grade equipment to local law enforcement, but also funds Steve Cook’s I.O.M.G.I.A. propaganda machine, to wage war on bikers; see History channel’s Gang Land as well as the Vagos trial in California.
This makes the Department of Justice, the supreme leader of law enforcement, solely responsible for the murders of civilians in a parking lot in Waco in 2015.
Because Gregg Abbott participated in this training and funding, he was supportive of the L.E.O. efforts within hours of the aftermath from May 17, 2015, and would not call for a federal investigation into this tragedy, like they are doing in Houston with two murders during this current time frame in 2019. Governor Gregg Abbott stated on May 18th, 2015 that “Texas will not stand for the type of lawlessness we witnessed in Waco yesterday. . . . My office, along with law enforcement agencies at the local, state, and federal levels, is committed to providing any and all resources needed to support the Waco Police Department and the local community.”
Logic reveals that the Governor of the State of Texas Gregg Abbott, would be informed of D.P.S. Company F operations for spending and funding, since that is his job. He likes to be active in his law enforcement arm of the legislature for some reason since his time as the Attorney General of the State of Texas.
Gregg Abbott is the architect of the current corruption in the State of Texas, where DPS shields local counties and the state of Texas from liabilities when the state murders people with machine guns. The County Risk Pools at the direction of Governor Abbott, who is acting as supreme leader of both legislative and executive branches in the state government, gives direct legal counsel to the parties involved so they can avoid possible libel.
There for Gregg Abbot, not only makes the laws, he enforces them with zero accountability.
Tell us again why the ballistics from weapons used at Twin Peaks, including L.E.O. Rifles, were sent to the same agency that lead the train up on this event, the B.A.T.F.E.?
So, local law enforcement can kill people in a parking lot, in broad day light, and no federal investigation is demanded by Texas Rangers, who participated in the event, but two civilians get killed, in their home by mistake in Houston with a no knock raid, and the FBI comes dangling in all of a sudden?
Something just does not seem right about this at all, still.
The days of May in Texas can be hot, rainy, humid, sunny and cool, all in the same day, especially when on a motorcycle.
The 17th day of May in 2015 was one such day for at least 192 motorcycle enthusiasts as they came from different parts of Texas and even one C.o.C.&I. member rode in from Oklahoma. They traveled to attended a scheduled, Regional Confederation of Clubs and Independents, meeting at the Twin Peaks restaurant in the Central Texas Market Place in South Waco near where Interstate 35 and Hwy 6 interchange.
Many of the pictures of the tragedy from the media, bystanders, Wacoans or even law enforcement, each have a different back drop, which will help those who view the image, to understand that the time of day matters quite a bit when trying to piece together what is being viewed.
The images, details, facts, and a true account of what happened that fateful day in May, were all limited by Law Enforcement to such a degree, that one would now ask, “did they know they would have to lie to the public, in order to win in court?” (The answer: Yes. This is a mess of epic proportions.)
The definition of a “Sniper” from the United States Marine Corps is: “A USMC Scout Sniper is a Marine, highly skilled in fieldcraft and marksmanship, who can deliver long-range precision fire on selected targets, from concealed positions.
In February 2012, U.S. media reported that Marine scout snipers had been using the double Sig rune (ϟϟ, “SS”) in its “Armanen” form () to symbolize their function since at least the 1980s. The same stylized double rune was the symbol of the SS, the Nazi organization that was instrumental in conducting the Holocaust. Strong media criticism of this practice ensued. The Commandant of the Marine Corps gave orders to stop it, issued an apology, and ordered an investigation into the prevalence of this practice.”
The use of the in Motorcycle culture is very guarded and not very clear as to the importance of the insignia for select members. From what is known of the symbol in the American Marine Corps is that it is used for the elite soldier to signify their elite talents. Very much like the secretive and elite members of our Nations finest fighting forces, the misunderstanding of the general population towards their actions and use of symbols, is supposed to be unknown, or a grey area at best.
Some things are better left unsaid towards the civilian world when the elite arms of our “law enforcement” are used over seas it seems, however it is not regarded as legal to use at home on civilians.
The reader can perform a Google search and find results for “Drone Program Success Rate” and find that the use of technology and weaponized technology is not always the best solution. A sniper is the human factor that comes in between digital intelligence and a target, to ensure that the proper target is acquired and that lethal force is the only solution for the neutralization of said target. A drone is simply a robot that delivers a payload on to a target.
These symbols that the bikers wear, are likely going to be one of those things that the general public will never understand until you sacrifice your life for the service of ones country or one’s club.
Motorcycle Clubs are very family/military oriented, as Veterans like structure in the chaos of civilian life, they find that riding a motorcycle with another like minded person evokes that spirit well. Military folks miss the structure of the military life, and the purpose that comes from unity.
That UNITY is what is under attack by the Federal Prosecutors from the Department of Justice.
Do NOT let misunderstood symbols sway your judgement in trying to figure out what things mean to other people.
To Federal Prosecutors, an MC member’s symbols are more lethal to you, than the average police man. Think about that.
The sunset time for May 17th, 2015 in Waco Texas was 7:19 pm.
There are pictures of McLennan County Sheriff’s department “snipers” (images 1, and 1a), Department of Public Safety “snipers” (images 2, 3, and 4),
and there are pictures of Waco Police Department “Snipers” that might have fired their S.W.A.T. issued “sniper rifles” at civilians in the Don Carlos parking lots and Twin Peaks parking lots, however there was only one “sniper” rifle turned over to B.A.T.F.E. ballistics to be tested on behalf of all law enforcement, and that rifle belongs to former Army SSGT and Waco Police Department Officer Michael Bucher.
Waco Police S.W.A.T. were not the only “snipers” to have a firing position that day. The question of how many “snipers” were in position at Twin Peaks, still remains a mystery, as the definition of “sniper” has still not been presented to the public in open court. Perhaps that issue has been resolved in a Grand Jury setting, and we will never know.
There were at least 3 possible DPS “snipers” as well.
The issue of the rifles involved by the multiple agencies, and their armory of record, is of very much importance to anyone familiar with the statute that forbids the military forces from being used against civilians. 18 U.S. Code § 1385 – Use of Army and Air Force as posse comitatus
Whoever, except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress, willfully uses any part of the Army or the Air Force as a posse comitatus or otherwise to execute the laws shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.
Where were McLennan county S.W.A.T. officers positioned in the Central Texas Market Place Shopping Center?
Where did McLennan County Sheriffs S.W.A.T. officers receive their weapons used on May 17th, 2015? There were 40 – M-14 RIFLE, 7.62 MILLIMETER rifles purchased in January of 2007 from the 1033 Department of Defense Military Surplus program by McLennan County, for aiding police departments in acquiring military grade equipment.
The full list of inventory in the State of Texas for items purchased using the 1033 program – Purchasing Military Surplus, can be found here (Link is to an Excel Spreadsheet): STATE PROPERTY BOOK
The same 1033 program that sold Department of Defense Surplus Military Grade M-14’s to the DPS.
In the United States, the 1033 Program transfers excess military equipment to civilian law enforcement agencies. The program legally requires the Department of Defense to make various items of equipment available to local law enforcement.- “Shedding Light”. Defense Logistics Agency. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
As of 2014, 8,000 local law enforcement agencies participated in the program that has transferred $5.1 billion in military material from the Department of Defense to law enforcement agencies since 1997.[Poynton, Aaron. “Military & Civilian Resources: Doing More With Less”(PDF)] According to the Defense Logistics Agency, material worth $449 million was transferred in 2013 alone. Some of the most commonly requested items include ammunition, cold weather clothing, sand bags, medical supplies, sleeping bags, flashlights and electrical wiring. Small arms and vehicles such as aircraft, watercraft and armored vehicles have also been obtained.
On 28 August 2017 President Trump rolled back Obama’s Executive Order.[Johnson, Kevin (28 August 2017). “Trump expected to lift ban on military gear to local police forces”. USA Today. Retrieved 28 August 2017.] The ACLU and the NAACP have raised concerns about they call the militarization of police forces in the US. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the move early Monday morning of that week at the Fraternal Order of Police convention in Nashville, and said the president would do so by executive order.[Jackman, Tom (2017-08-27). “Trump to restore program sending surplus military weapons, equipment to police”. Washington Post. ISSN0190-8286. Retrieved 2018-03-22.] At the same time, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the director of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) pointed out the use of 1033 equipment as life saving devices seeing restrictions on distributing military surplus to police as “too far.” The FOP also pointed out that the armored vehicles weren’t tanks.
These weapons being issued to the Central Texas Sheriff’s offices are very likely remnants of their duties along side the Secret Service during President Bush’s tenure, since their acquisition date was January 5th, 2007, as George W. Bush used the Waco Airport as a storage hanger for two Air Force One planes for transport to and from his Prairie Chapel Ranch in Crawford, Tx to Washington, D.C.
Prairie Chapel Ranch is a 1,583-acre ranch in unincorporated McLennan County, Texas, located 7 miles northwest of Crawford. The property was acquired by George W. Bush in 1999 and was known as the Western White House during his presidency.
Some of the most important questions of May 17th, 2015 that will never be answered in a court of law, are:
“Who was the highest ranking officer, and what agency are they formally assigned too, at the time of the first round fired at approximately 12:22 on May 17th, 2015?”
“What was the Standard Operating Procedure for each agency on May 17th, 2015, and was there a written SOP from training?”
“What about Situation Reports in writing in any form, perhaps a white board from training, or the rear of the S.W.A.T. Bread Truck, maybe even field notes from personal note pads from each officer?”
“How many Law Enforcement Officers fired their weapons from all of the 8 agencies on scene from 11:00am to 1:00pm on May 17th, 2015?”
“Where is the Don Carlos audio, as well as the other security cameras videos from both the Don Carlos patio and the outside drive way pointing at the far entrance shared by Twin Peaks and Don Carlos closest to I-35? And is that piece of evidence considered Brady evidence that the District Attorneys office failed to disclose to the defense?”
“At what exact time did the Waco Police Department, McLennan County Sheriff’s office, Texas Department of Public Safety and supposedly no other agency, set up for the 1:00pm event at Twin Peaks, Don Carlos, Logan’s Roadhouse Steakhouse and Central Texas Marketplace parking lot?”
Below we see which agencies were positioned in or around the Central Texas Marketplace on May 17th, 2015 with enough warning, and training to hold a sniper position at Twin Peaks:
Waco Police Department Special Weapons Assault Team (S.W.A.T.) member, holding the sniper positions in their squad on May 17th, 2015 was Army Veteran Michael Bucher and
Heath Jackson. Bucher & Jackson were in the same unmarked surveillance vehicle, which was parked, backed in to two parking spots with the rear of the vehicle taking up two spaces facing the 1-35 frontage road in the Don Carlos parking lot.
Waco Police Department Sgt. O’Neil –
Waco Police Department S.W.A.T. team leader and war trained Army Veteran Vrail George was on the B Side of the building near the empty Lazy Boy Retail building site and Verizon phone store and Logan’s Road House.
WPD Officer Philip Zboril with purple gloves and “Noise Suppressor” on his rifle seen after the Twin Peaks incident directing traffic near I-35.
Jeremy Finch’s Incident Report can be found here:
McLennan County Sheriff’s Office S.W.A.T. team member holding an FNP-90 who was reportedly seen firing several rounds into the crowd on Twin Peaks patio from his hidden position in between a maroon suburban and white SUV near the dumpsters in the area of the back door of Twin Peaks to the right side of the patio if facing Twin Peaks between Don Carlos, and remained firing during the WPD commands to stop firing. FNP-90’s are said to sound very similar to an automatic pistol. (This claim is UN-substantiated and can not be verified with the current evidence presented. The witness reported having warm rounds land on his back during the gun fire. Enhanced images from the video are below, as well as the original video capture by Don Carlos patrons.)
Texas DPS Special Operations Unit from Company F included at least 5 individuals according to the (NOT PRESENT IN CARRIZAL’S DISCOVERY) – DPS CID OPERATIONS plan.
Primary Case Agent: Chris Frost (could also be Shooter #2 described below)
Shooter #2 could be the lead DPS agent in charge of CID operations Christopher Frost or it also be Justin Overcast
Who is the Law Enforcement Officer in the Blue Shirt and Police Vest seen below with Shooter #2, and DPS Cody Ledbetter?
Could this Be Justin Overcast?
The question of whether or not there were “snipers” in place in the Central Texas Market Place on May 17th, 2015 will likely only be answered with a complete list of weapons issued w/ ammo count, to any person on the premises in a Law Enforcement capacity, as well as personal weapons w/ ammo count so that forensic ballistics could happen immediately. Which never happened, nor likely ever will happen.
What we do know is that there were several different types of officers, trained in SWAT team operations, conducting an operation that was trained for in advance – to use potential deadly force if necessary – on American civilians in a parking lot, in broad daylight, during Sunday Church Lunch Rush Hour.
This was an obvious military style operation, with military grade equipment, using military trained soldiers, turned police men; targeting a political meeting, which was being held by Motorcycle Club members from all over Texas.
Who trained the local police force, local Sheriff’s Department members, Texas Department of Safety members, and Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission on this event?
What was the highest ranking Law Enforcement agency at Twin Peaks, and at what time frames, starting at 7am on the morning of May 17th, 2015?
Which Federal entity, both facilitated the weapons used against the bikers the day of Twin Peaks Ambush, as well as funded the training of the officers involved, at least the sponsorship of the organization conducting the training?
The Bureau of Justice Assistance is how the weapons got in state level law enforcement’s hands, and they also sponsored the Steve Cook training class in April 2015 at MCC on how to conduct an ambush on several Motorcycle Club members in May of 2015. Although ticket prices for the event were $300 a plate, the email did not go into details as to what that plate covered. Steve Cook the movie star is an expensive date.
What is there to do with all of this information at this juncture?
The Grand Jury has already cleared the officers involved in the shooting from any wrong doing in McLennan County Courts.
One biker has already been to trial for Organized Crime and was found Not Guilty with a hung jury decision in McLennn County for their participation in the C.o.C.& I. meeting that took place at Twin Peaks on May 17th, 2015.
In this trial there was Exculpatory Evidence with held by the former prosecutions office, which was also discovery evidence and very important in Tarrant County cases against the Bandidos MC.
Disclosing the Brady Violations, to the team of defense attorneys now, who are still representing clients charged with crimes from these offenses, in a public venue, with full transparency and determination to correct the errors made thus far, would be the only way forward for protection against future libel actions with more Morton Violations soon to follow if the evidence is not disclosed.
Showing the Guilt of a crime committed by any one biker, (when the Law Enforcement Officers that were involved, set a trap to promote crime, violence or the use of deadly force,) will be hard to prove to a jury in any new trials going forward, which is a huge personal liability claim against every single member of the agencies involved in the training to “entrap” civilians.
Public Servants are allowed to object to an order given, and trained in steps to avoid dangerous situations for civilians. There is NO excuse for any tax paid public servant to follow an order to do harm to another human followed by training in which to do so, and also have no plan to de-escalate the situation.
Creating the Nexus between “Operation Texas Rocker” and the current Federal prosecution(s) of the former leadership of the Bandidos MC would allow for a solid defense for those prosecuted to include all cases against the Bandido Nation in any jurisdiction within the United States.
Tying Waco in with these cases is easy to do with one person, who was present at Twin Peaks, and Gators Jam Inn or very close proximity, and also has a CLEAT attorney.
Tarrant, Ellis, Limestone, McLennan, Bell, and surrounding counties cases can all be used in defense in the Federal cases, as well as Twin Peaks charges, and the Anderson threat, from Miss Boggess, would show obstruction of justice if not allowed. There will likely be one name that stands out among each documents signature for warrants.
Fusion Center Data would be attainable for use in defense against all past and future cases, and the methods of acquiring said data, which would turn into a 1983 Civil suit, when evidence shows illegal methods of collecting data, and this would set the dominoes falling down around the over zealous federal prosecutors in California.
Molecular testing of any evidence involved against the Bandidos MC in the United States would be required. Eliminating the chance that the substances did NOT first come from BATFE and DEA churn investigations from around the country would be essential in forming a solid defense to the false accusations against Motorcycle Club Members Nationwide.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is responsible for the investigation and prevention of federal offenses involving the unlawful use, manufacture, and possession of firearms and explosives, acts of arson and bombings, and illegal trafficking of alcohol and tobacco products. In conducting its undercover operations, ATF may participate in transactions that are normally prohibited by federal law. In most of these illicit transactions, ATF uses appropriated funds to make any purchases and deposits any proceeds into the Department of the Treasury’s General Fund.
However, in 2004, ATF was granted the same authority previously provided to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to use proceeds generated from these undercover operations to offset necessary and reasonable operational expenses related to the same operations. ATF refers to this authority as “churning authority,” and to cases that use such authority as “churning investigations.” To date, the ATF has used this authority only to investigate tobacco diversion, which involves efforts to evade state, local, or federal tobacco taxes.
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) conducted this audit to determine whether ATF: (1) properly authorized income-generating undercover operations (churning investigations); and (2) provided adequate management and oversight of its churning investigations.1 Our audit included a review of 20 of the 36 churning investigations conducted by ATF between February 2006 and June 2011 that generated total reported revenues of nearly $162 million. – AUDIT OF THE BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, FIREARMS AND EXPLOSIVES’ USE OF INCOME-GENERATING, UNDERCOVER OPERATIONS
The entire report can be seen here:
If you were involved in the Waco Twin Peaks Ambush, and you have a civil attorney for 1983 claims, please discuss the above provided information with them concerning the potential, personal liability, against the officers involved for deadly use of force.
They had the opportunity to refuse any unlawful order.
Who instructed the officers involved that deadly use of force was necessary against those gathering in the Twin Peaks parking lot?
Were there any standing orders to allow a fight to happen between the two clubs, and to only return fire if fired upon, or was it when they hear shots fired?
What was the Rules of Engagement for when deadly use of force would occur?
“Federal law enforcement components used more than 16,000 confidential informants in fiscal year 2013 as part of criminal investigations. Informants can be critical to an investigation, but without appropriate oversight, problems can occur that undermine the credibility of the informant’s role in an investigation. The Attorney General’s Guidelines sets forth procedures on the management of informants, including vetting potential informants and overseeing informants’ illegal activities that components authorize to support an investigation.”
Best of Luck to everyone involved who is innocent and had no idea that the LEO of the situation would be involved or a part of the trap, on both sides of the parking lot.
The next chapter will be focused on a solution plan to the events that have taken place.
Aside from not finding an image or location other than the courthouse for this business, the majority of the mention of the McLennan County Public Facilities Corporation is for the county agenda for the board to meet. In private. Again.
“The public facility corporation was formed in 2009 after a split commissioners court approved construction of an 816-bed private jail to resolve overcrowding at the neighboring county jail. Gibson and former Commissioner Joe Mashek voted against building the jail.
The board issued $49 million in project revenue bonds, which were secured with the county’s bond rating, to shield the county from the legal liability of repaying the debt.
The bonds instead are to be repaid through revenues from housing prisoners for various state and federal agencies, as well as McLennan County’s overflow inmates.
The commissioners court serves as the board’s directors, while County Clerk Andy Harwell (Jack Harwell is his father and former Sheriff) and County Treasurer Bill Helton were appointed as its original officers.” – from a Waco Tribune article describing Gibson’s resignation.
There was an excess of around 6 Million dollars within 3 years of the filling up the new jails in Waco according to a KWTX article:
“Because of inconsistent prisoner counts, the county began seeking new vendors to run the jail who would offer an “inmate threshold” to the county.
The county’s new three year contract with LaSalle Corrections includes a 325-inmate threshold.
Meaning, the county must provide an average of 325 overflow prisoners a day to the Jack Harwell Detention Center.
If the county fails to meet that threshold, it would have to dish out $45.50 for every bed short of that average.
The plus side to the contract is that every federal inmate LaSalle housed at the Jack Harwell Detention Center is included in the 325-inmate threshold.
For example, if the county has 300 overflow prisoners in the Jack Harwell Detention Center and LaSalle provides 25 federal inmates, the county meets the threshold and only pays for its 300 prisoners that day.
CEC would have provided a threshold if the county renewed its contract, but county commissioners felt LaSalle would do a better job of housing federal inmates at the facility.
Snell says no federal inmates are currently held in the jail.”
According to the McLennan County Financial Report for 2014 the formation of a McLennan County Public Facilities Corporation, which owns the Jack Harwell Jail(s) in Waco, was formed to shield the board members from liability.
Another former DPS officer and SWAT team leader for the F Company for the Texas Rangers is a man named Bob Prince, who also happens to sit on the board of LaSalle Southwest Corrections out of Louisiana/Dripping Springs Texas, who gained the contract for the Waco Jails in 2013.
Bob Prince – LaSalle Corrections Board Member
Bob Prince’s son Randall works for, none other than, the Texas Rangers as part of Director Steve McCraw’s three-pronged executive team, ran the Texas Rangers for four years prior to his promotion last September.
“AUSTIN — For years, private jails in Texas run by LaSalle Corrections have been plagued by complaints of lax training and abuse. In-jail deaths at their facilities across the state have resulted in multiple lawsuits for wrongful deaths and negligence.
So when the state passed a law in 2017 requiring Texas jails to have an outside law enforcement agency investigate such deaths, the Texas Rangers seemed a perfect fit. Nearly every jail in the state chose the Rangers, the state’s premier investigative agency, to oversee their investigations — including seven of eight LaSalle-run jails — overseen by the state.
Now, the Texas Jail Commission, which oversees 241 jails across the state, is reviewing its decision to appoint the Rangers as the investigating agency for eight LaSalle-run jails, including ones in Parker and Johnson counties.
The review comes after The Dallas Morning News informed the commission that LaSalle’s director of governmental affairs, Bob Prince, is a former Texas Ranger whose son, Randall Prince, now oversees the Rangers as a deputy director for the Department of Public Safety. The younger Prince, who is part of Director Steve McCraw’s three-pronged executive team, ran the Texas Rangers for four years prior to his promotion last September.”
Bonds were issued in 2009 for the project. It would be interesting to know if any of these people still owned any bonds when they retired.
The Issuer is a nonprofit public corporation and instrumentality of the County formed on behalf of the County pursuant to the Act and an Order Approving and Authorizing the Creation of the McLennan County Public Facility Corporation of the Commissioners Court of the County (the “Commissioners Court”) adopted on September 2, 2008.
The Issuer was formed for the purpose of financing for and on behalf of the County eligible jail and criminal detention facility projects and other public buildings and facilities for use by the County.
The Issuer currently has no unencumbered assets. Its rights under the Lease will be assigned, and its interest in the Project pledged, to the Trustee for the benefit of the owners of the Bonds. Pursuant to the bylaws of the Issuer, the Issuer is governed by a five-member board of directors, all of whom are appointed by the Commissioners Court of the County.
In addition, the Commissioners Court has the right at any time to dismiss any director, for cause, or at will, and to appoint a successor to take his or her place. The directors serve without compensation for six-year terms.
The current directors and their occupations are as follows:
Director ————————————– Occupation
Jim Lewis ————————————– County Judge
(retired in 2012 due to budget woes)
Wendall Crunk ————————————– “Farmer and Rancher” – Deceased in 2015
Wendall was a District Deputy at the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office for many years. He also proudly served as McLennan County Commissioner, Precinct 1 from 1997, until 2008. Wendall farmed and ranched in the Asa area all his life, was owner and operator of Crunk Agri-Service, and was a Pioneer Seed Agency Representative for 47 years. Wendall was also a member of Waco Masonic Lodge #92.
Joe A. Mashek ————————————– Commissioner, Precinct 3
Ray Meadows ————————————– Commissioner, Precinct 4
The Issuer will enter into the Indenture, the Ground Lease, the Lease and the Deed of Trust, and will take and retain the leasehold interest in the Project, to facilitate the financing of the Project to be leased to the County.
The Issuer’s obligation with respect to the payment of debt service on the Series 2009 Bonds is a special, limited, non-recourse obligation payable solely from the Issuer Project Revenues, including the Rental Payments payable by the County pursuant to the Lease. The Issuer has no authority to levy taxes for the payment of debt service on the
Series 2009 Bonds. The Series 2009 Bonds do not constitute an obligation, either special, general or moral of the County, the State, or any other political subdivision thereof.
There have been several attempts to properly identify the Law Enforcement and Undercover Officers within the Motorcycle Clubs involved in the Twin Peaks Ambush, and most have been unsuccessful due to the fact that the agents in question look very similar.
Let’s start with the most famous UC of them all, ole Red Boots.
firstname.lastname@example.org Sgt. Cory Ledbetter BREATH TEST OPERATOR CERTIFICATION RECORD, breathalyzer certifications from 2011. Ledbetter started with DPS in January 07, 2002 (13 years ago) down in the Victoria, Texas area.
Cory Ledbetter Victoria TX – 2011
Here is a picture of Cory Ledbetter from 2011 from the Victoria Advocate. From this picture of Cory Ledbetter he looks very much like a person seen at the scene of a crime in Waco, Tx. on May 17th, 2015.
With a beard this person would look very similar to the now infamous Red Boots.
The resemblance is very unsettling to any potential witnesses who might have seen 3 different men up close, but at separate times and/or at different places.
Aging Rebel reported the following in the article titled – Texas DPS Version: “On 05-17-15 at about 10:30 AM, Special Agent Frost drove by Twin Peaks parking lot and observed what appeared to be employee’s only at the restaurant. Special Agent Frost proceeded to the DPS CID briefing location which was the Flying J Truck Stop parking lot located at 2409 South New Road in Waco. Once at the Flying J, Special Agent Frost met with Special Agents Cory Ledbetter, Justin Overcast, Mark Gerik, Chris Dale and Lieutenant Schwartz. While in the parking lot, Special Agents observed a large number of unknown motorcycle club or OMG members walking around and through the parking lot conducting what appeared to be counter surveillance. Special Agents moved the briefing to another location.”
Steven Schwartz went from observing the Cossacks on the front porch on the East side of Twin Peaks (facing 35) to the North side of Twin peaks, which would be Don Carlos side.
Lt. Steven Schwartz Testimony – English Trial- watching Twin Peaks patio
(from the Aging Rebel Article – Texas DPS Version) “During the briefing, surveillance observed a large group of Cossack members at Twin Peaks in and around the patio area. A decision was made during the briefing by Lieutenant Schwartz not to send undercover Special Agents into the restaurant. A decision was made for Special Agents to pair up to conduct surveillance of the area and gather intelligence. Special Agent Frost and Dale were in one vehicle with Lieutenant Schwartz, Special Agent Ledbetter and Overcast were paired and Special Agent Gerik and Detective Rogers were paired.”
Lt. Steven Schwartz says he saw support groups at the Flying J Truck Stop
(from Aging Rebel Article – Texas DPS Version) “On 05-17-15 at about 10:30 AM, Special Agent Frost drove by Twin Peaks parking lot and observed what appeared to be employee’s only at the restaurant. Special Agent Frost proceeded to the DPS CID briefing location which was the Flying J Truck Stop parking lot located at 2409 South New Road in Waco. Once at the Flying J, Special Agent Frost met with Special Agents Cory Ledbetter, Justin Overcast, Mark Gerik, Chris Dale and Lieutenant Schwartz. While in the parking lot, Special Agents observed a large number of unknown motorcycle club or OMG members walking around and through the parking lot conducting what appeared to be counter surveillance. Special Agents moved the briefing to another location.”
Lt. Steven D. Schwartz of Texas Department of Public Safety – Special Agent
For the third trial against the Bandidos in which Schwartz testified against another member from out of state, it seems that Schwartz’ only role is to present false, conflicting, and slanderous information against one Motorcycle Club and leaving the other’s role alone.
(from Aging Rebel Article – Texas DPS Version) “Once information was confirmed that only the patio was rented and the main portion of the restaurant would be open to the public, a decision was made to have Special Agents working in undercover capacity to be inside the restaurant. These Special Agents would be inside the restaurant to conduct surveillance and gather intelligence from inside the restaurant. A CID Operational Plan was completed and will be maintained at the Waco DPS CID Office.”
“Special Agents entered the parking lot of the Central Texas Market Place and began monitoring Twin Peaks at around 11:40 A.M. on 05-17-15. At approximately 12:24 P.M. Special Agent Gerik reported gunshots from the parking lot of Twin Peaks. Special Agents responded and assisted the Waco Police Department in securing individuals, administering first aid and securing the perimeter around Twin Peaks.”