Boston has a Nazi problem. And to compound the problem, they also have a cop problem. The issue is that a good many police officers in command positions are sympathetic to self-identifying neo-nazis like NSC-131 who have been attacking people around the city whenever they get a chance. When cops turn a blind eye to the violent proclivities of fascist street gangs, they effectively deputize them as brownshirts. Media outlets which fail to correctly identify this problem in their reporting then function as propaganda outlets for the neo-nazis.
Well– Earlier today, I made the mistake of speaking to a reporter from WGBH regarding NSC-131 in relation to “efforts to keep them from showing up [at the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade] this year.” I must apologize for having done so. Somehow I thought he would get the story right– but he failed miserably– instead, writing a horrible piece of pro-cop propaganda. The cops are not the solution, they are integral to the problem.
In light of this, this is what I actually wrote:
As long as the City of Boston insists on continuing their charade by prosecuting *me* after NSC-131 attacked me, all this talk by City Officials is lip service, and I take their statements about trying to stamp out the Neo-Nazi problem with zero degree of seriousness. That’s putting it mildly.
Let’s not forget the City of Boston (in tandem with the FBI) put forward at least five grand juries to try to intimidate Lauren and I trying to silence us and our film. They subpoenad our text messages from Facebook. They harassed friends and family on at least 20 occasions, and they cost us a small fortune in lawyer’s fees.
Let’s also not forget that the BPD lawlessly attacked me at Straight Pride for doing nothing other than filming, and I’m dealing with that for the fifth year. There’s a federal lawsuit ongoing, and the City has filed extension after extension rather than just doing the right thing and offering to settle.
Hood’s gang attacked me in July, and to thank me, Officer Hughes (an officer with a lengthy internal ffairs record, and a record of violence and racial bias) pushed me down a flight of stairs and falsely charged me with “assault and battery on a police officer.” Why does he still have a job? Why do any of the other officers in the Straight Pride case still have a job?
The prosecutors in the stair case case provided my lawyer Murat Erkan with around 75 body camera videos. Zero videos recorded the incident in question, despite it being city policy to do so in this kind of situation. Officer Hughes perjured himself multiple times in his affidavit, and Judge Coffee had to recuse herself because we discovered body camera footage of her and the officer in question colluding on the day in question.
These are not the actions of a City which has good intentions in mind. This is a City in the midst of a cover-up.
The City of Boston should be utterly ashamed of itself.
We live in a clown world made of clown people. It is not the first, nor it is the last time that I will point this out.
But, this latest press release by New Hampshire Attorney General Johnny Formella has got to take the cake. Formella dropped his complaint on wax “against” the Neo-Nazis NSC-131 and their leaders Chris Hood and Leo Cullinan on January 17th. I am making sarcasm quotation marks, because Formella is a conservative who seems to have constructed the legal complaint in a such a way so that it would have no teeth, serving only to publicize the efforts of the neo-Nazis and allow them to fundraise based on the persecution which they can ow ascribe to the conservative AG.
If this clown Johnny Formella had half a brain, there’s plenty of actual New Hampshire crimes NSC have committed which he could actually charge them with. Not for nothing, but Cullinan is a convicted felon who did seven years in jail for stealing a gun which was used to do a murder.
How can this clown AG be “fighting” white supremacists if he is unwilling to follow up on their easily provable crimes?
In this video, observe NSC-131’s Leo Cullinan running around with his buddy Chris Hood attacking people and smashing their cars in broad daylight.
Nate Thayer was a friend, journalist, anti-fascist and all around great guy. Nate and I had been linked on social media for a few go-rounds of the sun, but in the past year became truly great friends in real life. Since we met, I’ve spent countless hours chatting with Nate– taking trips to the beach, or sometimes just singing songs on his Dad’s old guitar– much of the time, with Lauren Pespisa. We’ve helped Nate move twice, and talked on the phone almost every other day.
Sadly, Nate has passed.
Nate and I met in person because the proverbial bat-signal was sent out that an anti-fascist journalist in the area was sick and couldn’t get his medication, and in immediate need of help. At that time, all I knew about him were his occasional inquiries about the local neo-nazis, to which I’d happily respond. On that alone, I got in the car and made the two-and-half-plus hour trek to Wellfleet/ Cape Cod. Nate didn’t immediately come to the door– but once I managed to get him out of bed, we hopped in the car with his beloved dog Lamont, and we drove to the pharmacy. The meds made him projectile-vomiting-sick, and as he twisted and turned descending into his fever dream, the most extraordinary stories– (spoken in a state of half-consciousness) began to flow out of him. I wasn’t even sure at that time if any of it was real.
The following day, I drove back down to check on Nate again, I asked about the crazy stories he was shouting as he was falling asleep. As it turns out, Nate had spent 15 years in the jungle tracking down Pol Pot, the Cambodian dictator responsible for the Cambodian genocide which took the lives of millions. Nate not only confronted Pot regarding the genocide at Pot’s show trial, he did the same with 15 top Khmer Rouge leadership including Ta Mok, otherwise known as “The Butcher.”
Being a documentarian, I asked if there had ever been a film made about it. I then got to hear how Nate had turned down an offer of a million dollars from Rupert Murdoch, choosing instead to let Ted Koppel and ABC News tell his story for $350 thousand. While he was still in the Far East, Nate got a call from Koppel saying Nate had been awarded the Peabody. But ABC not only never paid him his $350k, they went against their agreement regarding photo rights. Nate told Koppel “fuck you,” and refused the award— the first time in the Peabody’s history. Nate put forward a lawsuit on principle, and was awarded 1.2 million dollars. Nate was approached by Oliver Stone, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt who all wanted to tell his story. He turned them all down, saying his articles and his book was good enough.
In the past couple of months, Nate started having trouble using his hands making it hard to type, and he asked Lauren and I to start recording his stories. We did– mostly just on audio. But in the last while, he asked us to put him on camera, and I started making animations to use as visuals to go with Nate’s words. He was struggling so hard in the end. He kept telling me he has so much more to say that he needed to get out. I’m so angry there wasn’t more time to help him do that.
I guess I’m just glad I got to be there to share the time that we had.
Lamont is warm and safe and well fed. And now it’s time to take him for a walk.
As suspected, Captain Johnson Huge (who pushed me down the stairs and charged ME with assaulting and battering him) has a huge Internal Affairs file which includes allegations of excessive force, racial profiling and neglect of duty.
Yesterday I filed lawsuit against the Boston Police Department (and related individuals and entities).
The following was my release to the press:
Greetings to the members of the Boston Press/ Media. Within the hour I will be filing my lawsuit against the Boston Police Department and the City of Boston at UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse. It is my belief that this legal action is necessary to curb the bad behavior of Boston Police and City Officials as it pertains to their sympathy toward violent hate groups in the area. The brief at hand focuses on the false arrests surrounding the 2019 Straight Pride Parade. For some background information on my litigation experience, please see the New York Times article regarding my successful lawsuit against The Trump Campaign, The Manchester NH Police and a former FBI agent in the employment of Donald Trump. Attached is a copy of the Complaint, as well as some photos related to more recent incidents as a reminder of what’s at stake.
I plan to be at the courthouse around noon to answer any questions.
So, maybe you tried your hand at clown school and after a semester decided that you would try your hand at this journalism thing. The pay isn’t great, but these days the two professions are practically indistinguishable— So, why not?
Maybe this new career path resulted in you getting assigned to the “movie reviews” department at The Guardian or Esquire, and maybe they asked you to review “Running with the Devil: The Wild World of John McAfee.” Well— Maybe your semester at clown school didn’t prepare you for all the reading and research and talking to primary sources which would’ve helped in composing a story which had a semblance of being grounded in reality.
If this describes you, you’re not alone. There are tens of thousands of people who self-identify as journalists, who have found their way to the profession after realizing they couldn’t cut it in the hard-knocks world of clowning. These so-called journalists (like Laura Martin from Esquire) have been writing about the film– somehow without having watched it. The film thoroughly debunks the decade-old’s smear of Rocco Castoro, which falsely claims that he leaked geodata in a photo of he and McAfee, while embedded with McAfee as a journalist for VICE. And yet, Martin insists on repeating these claims– apparently because she wants to go back to clown school.
If you’re just a regular movie fan, or have an interest in McAfee, there is an antidote to the sea of disinformation on the topic flowing like raw sewage through the streets.
Castoro, (with the help of producer Emily Molli), has got a podcast called “Devil in the Details: Running with John McAfee.” Admittedly, I’m responsible for some of the artwork related to the show— so fuck me and my biased opinion. That said, Rocco’s wit, insight and investigative prowess are unmatched by any of the clown-school-dropouts in the corporate press. Give it a listen, or I will send Rocco to your house to mock you to your face. We know where you live, Bozos!
It’s been a weird one. This whole goddam week Lauren Pespisa and I have been up to our neck in Neo-Nazis, Badge-wearing cannibals and the bootlicking shit-libs in the Corporate Media. For those wondering how the country has managed to firmly bite into this ghastly Neo-nazi sandwich, we must unfortunately spend a minute trying to understand what’s making this ticking time-bomb tick.
Patriot Front— (as many have pointed out), are the new Klan… but dressed in khakis.
The thing is— listening to Patriot Front’s Tommy Rousseau on The People’s Square podcast, he sounds less like David Duke and more like a self-help guru reaching out to overweight boys trying to get laid. To be sure, he wants white folks to position themselves to “reclaim” America” as you see all over their t-shirts. Yet, hearing Tommy speak to his actual pre-pubescent followers, he’s pretty much just promising incels that Good Ol’ Tommy will find you a lady-friend… if you join up with his horrible racist incel fraternity.
In short, he’s a dickhead.
Somewhere around an hour and a half into the unbearable podcast, Rousseau says, “I certainly think that when you look at history there are moments of severe change, right. Where things come to a certain crescendo— and depending on where you are, that is either emergency or opportunity— depending on exactly what it is. And we need to make sure that we are in a position as organizers— as people exulting an ideal— [the dickhead ideal] that should some great moment of change arrive, whether that is economic collapse or that is something good, we are in a position to make that an opportunity to help. When the state becomes absent in the lives of our people, because they no longer have money to feed their armies of petty tyrants, then there is an opportunity for us to rush into that fold and reassert a semblance of peace and prosperity in the lives of those people they have left behind.”
Ooh!! What a fun way to get yourself on a federal watchlist, and ensure that you are absolutely unemployable for the remainder of your days.
Terrorist Tom continues, “As this government— (specifically the police) gives more and more money, and more and more interest to these petty political back-and-forths, what they’re leaving behind is the actual civic structure which is now ripe for re-conquest. It is open for the taking, and all we have to do is create revolutionary spaces that can be poised to leap further and further up the ladder of legitimacy until it is us who are exercising more legitimacy than the state itself.”
After an hour and a half of pointless neo-Nazi rambling, the show’s host, (Borzoi) starts running out of things to say, so proceeds to taking questions from the audience. A viewer asks, “Just wondering what are some of the fitness requirements to join Patriot Front?”
Tommy replies, “To join, the fitness requirement is that you are willing and able to improve and to be open to training regularly. You do not have to be a certain weight…” Yadda yadda… “We only ask that you’re open to improvement.”
He blathers about sit-ups and crunches but ultimately asks the viewers to join in his, “lifestyle of fitness and progression.”
Well, whoopty do! I’ll have a plate full of remedial incel-cakes for an appetizer… and I’ll the CUCKGASM for the main course, Garçon!
Borzoi chimes in to add to the self-help talk. “This actually will improve your life. If you’re a guy in your twenties in America, more times than not, you’re gonna be sort of depressed and frankly hard up for women in some cases. The incel thing is a huge problem. And there are some characters out there who try to— we all know they are— that actually try to keep their members as incels because they’re easier to manipulate.”
Because of course, manipulation— They’re saying it to their followers faces.
Borzoi continues, “But if you join Patriot Front and get on their exercise regiment, and you get fit— 1: You’re gonna have more confidence in yourself as a man in your physical strength, and whether you can win a fight, protect your families— things like that. And 2: You’re gonna feel better when you lose weight and get fit. You’re going to get more attention from women and girls— I mean it’s sad if you wanna say it sad— they’re just going to respect you more in your day-to-day life.”
So, this seems to be the onboarding process in a nutshell.
Let me wash out my eyes and ears with bleach.
This brings us to the Fourth of July weekend in Boston, Massachusetts. For those looking to celebrate the colonization of the United States, Boston has always been the obvious choice if you want to jizz hard on a jingoistic monument to a Founding Father.
Having learned from the Idaho arrests, the incels rode the train into the City, then had someone drop off their toy shields with the U-Haul. They marched from Haymarket, to Copley Plaza, to Back Bay Station. Somewhere around Copley Square, they got into the scrum with Charles Murrell III. (That aspect has been told many times already in the press.)
When Patriot Front got to Back Bay, they went to drop off their bullshit in the U-Haul, where they were photographed with Special Agent Steve Kimball of the FBI who decided to inspect their super-soakers and other LARPing supplies. I immediately recognized Kimball, and reported it on Twitter.
Lauren and I made it to Back Bay moments after they had gotten on the train to Oak Grove Station in Malden. A conductor alerted us of the massive police presence and said “the Nazis headed out to Oak Grove.” So, we hopped in our car and went to Oak Grove.
When we arrived at the station, there was again a massive contingent of the Donut Lords in Blue— with both marked and unmarked cars, which we filmed and posted to Twitter. A transit cop at one point put down her pastry to ask what we were doing. This made sense, since we were carrying a sign that said, “FCK NZIS.” She then explained to us that the CHUD train had been delayed at the Community College stop. A Statie approached us and told us the same. It was clear that this was Patriot Front’s stop and their cars were nearby. So, I went out to the parking lot and the street and documented all of the license plates. The whole sordid operation had law enforcement all over it.
Patriot Front came out the doors around forty minutes later— and they wasted no time assaulting me as they tried to push by. Rather than take the shitlords into custody, the Police gave them an escort.
What choice did we have but to heckle them good?
One of my favorites was sung to the tune of Black Sabbath’s Iron Man. “I am Iron cuck. Nanananana, we’ll never f*ck. Can you ever get laid, no no no, unless you paid.” I was then approached by an unmasked Patriot Front member who we later discover to be Paul Gancarz. He introduced himself as “Butt-for” Continuing along with his juvenile sensibilities I used Beavis voice and said, “Hey Butthead, your drummer really sucked today Butthead.” He replied, “well you know drummers. Can you do complex meters in an odd time?”
At this moment the entire Patriot Front mutt pack burst into a full-on sprint trying to make it to their cars to cover up their license plates. I gave chase on foot mocking them, “RUN AWAY COWARDS!! RUN AWAY!!”
When they got to their cars, they sheepishly covered the plates, but I taunted them once again telling them I’d recorded the plates before they got there, later proving that several of them had driven from out of state in their cars, many of which have now been IDed.
Three days later at the July 5th press conference, Superintendent-in-Chief Dick Long blatantly lied to the public claiming there was no advance knowledge of Patriot Front’s activities. When a reporter questioned him about the assaults, Long claimed that no police had witnessed them. Having been assaulted myself, I vociferously lodged my complaint. Massachusetts US Attorney Rachael Rollins then butted in saying that they couldn’t do anything to investigate Patriot Front in my case because they didn’t have jurisdiction over Malden, (where my assault occurred). Rollins repeatedly invoked the phrase, “this is Boston.” It was a phrase which rang hollow since Mayor Wu had given an eloquent speech saying that, “Boston must be the leading light.”
Indeed, not only had the Mayor spoken empty platitudes, but The FBI/ JTTF and other officials claimed how they had worked to coordinate on a federal, state and local level. Federal officials have jurisdiction everywhere. Malden is not the Sovereign Kingdom of Narnia. And this made it all the more appropriate that I made it known that Boston Police were lying when they said they didn’t witness the assaults.
As the festivities were winding down, I even went so far as to remind FBI Special Agent Joseph Bonavolonta (with the JTTF) that he was full of sh*t. I wasn’t wrong.
The video shows that this was a press conference full of propagandists. As predicted, uniformed Boston cops were on scene and clearly witnessed the interaction with Murrell. Agents known for long harassing leftie activists were seen galavanting with Patriot Front. Those agents are Agent Steve Kimble of the FBI and Agent Andy Creed of the JTTF. In leaked documents, Creed was found to be collaborating with Northeast White Pride in 2011— so, no surprise. To be clear, I don’t subscribe to the idea that the FBI created Patriot Front— just that they sympathize.
Also— that they lied.
Corporate media took the bait and sold that story hook line and sinker, while treating me as a pariah.
Suicide by mass shooting is a symptom of an ailing society, and until society as a whole revolts against the economic framework which is driving sick and miserable individuals to such acts of desperation, the Democrats saying to “ban guns” won’t help, and the Republicans screaming to “arm teachers” won’t do a thing. Those pointing to mental health are closer to identifying the problem. Doubtlessly, anyone determined to commit suicide, by definition is mentally ill.
And while I concede that stricter background checks may prevent some of these tragedies… To attempt to resolve a mental health crisis by involving our corrupt and lawless government is the definition of total insanity. Involving police— especially for the black community or lefty activists can result in prisons or morgues.
I can’t speak for the black community— but I am an activist— and in that capacity— without a lawyer, I sued so-called President Trump (and his FBI minions) and won. In a civil case, that just means that Trump and his FBI minions paid me for the crimes they had done.
The sad thing is, the slope only gets more slippery from there, as my wife and became subject to an unrelenting investigation by the FBI. Within this draconian and Kafkaesque nightmare, police and federal agents erroneously were able to use the kind of gun laws Democrats advocate to falsely accuse my wife and I of a plot to assassinate Donald Trump. The FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force delivered bogus subpoenas for five grand juries in two states to falsely bring charges against us— just to make sure we wouldn’t be able to be able to release our film about the 2020 election and subsequent George Floyd protests. These “stricter” laws for which the Democrats advocate, absent a moral compass, and complete overhaul of how policing is done in the US, is absolute madness.
Cops are almost universally conservative. So, putting all the guns in their hands is a recipe for right-wing authoritarianism at the state level, and on the street level, neo-Nazis committing lynchings without consequence. This is by and large because so-called law-enforcement are sympathetic to the right-wing nuts who support them, but neither seem to understand they are both doing the bidding of politicians who are doing the bidding of the economic forces which prop up the system which makes someone want to do suicide by mass shooting in the first place.
On the flip-side, the Republicans’ solution is more guns— arm everyone. This, for obvious reasons is also madness. More guns as a solution for Suicide by Mass Shooting is akin to advocating smoking cigarettes to cure cancer.
So, here it is in a nut-shell:
The United States of America is an Empire— At the heart of every empire is an engine of suffering, tasked with the objective of acquisition of resources— land, lumber, food, fuel and the rest. The fairytale version they teach you as a child is that the so-called founding fathers lead a righteous revolt against the British Empire to bring the world truth, justice and the American way.
While the United States may have separated physically from the United Kingdom, the governments of the US and England have never been more buddy-buddy. Meanwhile, the economic system which binds them, (and all the countries of the world together) has never caused more human suffering— An inconvenient reality which has made it impossible for the citizens to revolt.
Worse still, this system has expanded on the Roman Empire’s notion of the coliseum— piped to you in real time through TV and the internet. And while these modern conveniences have enriched the lives of many (in oh so many ways), this system has blinded nearly all of its citizens to the fact that we’re boiling frogs.
Each year, inflation increases. No longer is a single income enough for a single family home, much less a cardboard box on the street. President Barack Obama, upon getting into office lamented to Greek Finance minister Yanis Varoufakis that the 2008 financial collapse was beyond his power, and he had to bail out the banks. To no-one’s surprise— the bankers weren’t punished, the people were.
Similarly, Joe Biden created the largest upward transfer of wealth in human history with his pandemic response. He gave the so-called bailout money to billionaires, while once again letting the people suffer.
Donald Trump has acted as if he is the antidote to this pain and suffering, and reduction of life and living conditions. But he sowed discord from day one, mandating a Muslim ban, selling ten billion in arms to the Saudis, and continuing in the murderous acquisition of wealth and resources as set forth by the financiers who all have their hands firmly jammed up the asses of these politicians.
There may be short-term solutions through government, but make no mistake, the government is beholden to the financial structure which is the source of the suffering.
There are no simple solutions. The only way to stop the loss of more human life is putting an end to this system. The real question is, how far are you willing to put an end to the killing of more children?
Since I’ve gone public with the trying ordeal which my wife (Lauren Pespisa) and I have been subjected to by the FBI, there are naturally those who have questions. Good. I welcome these questions— because I’ve got receipts.
Today’s question: Is there really a “pro-Trump FBI”?
Of course there is such a thing as “pro-Trump” FBI.
I sued a pro-Trump FBI agent named Edward Jon Deck Jr. and beat his ass in court right along with Donald Trump. The name the court gave to my lawsuit against Trump, and the other Trumpkins was “Webber v Deck.” They named it this because Deck was first listed on my complaint. I probably would’ve put Trump first had I known— but what can I say— I was young and naive. “Webber v Deck” might as well say “Webber v FBI.”
Trump paid this piece of shit FBI agent– Agent Eddie Jon to be his top enforcer. He made hundreds of thousands of dollars doing it. And much like our current persecutor, Agent Creed who has made it his specialty to harass lefties, Agent Eddie Jon made it his specialty to brutalize protesters at Trump rallies based on race, ethnicity and lefty-ideology. The internet is full of videos of Eddie Jon going straight-up Mick Foley on anyone he deemed not allegiant to the Church of Trump.
Agent Eddie Jon, This FBI-agent turned wrestling superstar first made headlines when he started punching the Mexican protesters dressed as KKK (to say Trump was a Klansmen) in 2015. Eddie Jon was accompanied by fellow Trump goon, Keith Schiller. (Schiller literally wrestled with Trump as part of a WWE skit— and it is clear where he got his “wrestling” moves. Between the two, they did quite a job ripping up those mean, mean protest signs and just started punching protesters. Because, fuck it— when you were actually in the WWE, this is what you do. The only reason they didn’t hit anyone in the head with a metal chair was because there wasn’t one available. Of course, this is the incident that lead to the Galicia v Trump lawsuit. By the looks of it, they may even drag Trump into a deposition. Meanwhile, half of the country thought Trump would do a good job running the country.
Agent Eddie Jon once again made headlines when he lost his temper in Asheville, North Carolina, going pyscho on a man who didn’t even seem to be a protester. Eddie Jon ranted and raved doing his best Randy Macho Man Savage impression— much as Agent Eddie Jon did with me.
In August of 2016, Agent Eddie Jon went psycho on Jake Anantha— a pro-Trump Muslim teenager. The kid went on TV to say that he had come to his senses and no longer supported Trump. At the same rally, they kicked out Rose Hamid, another Muslim protester— obviously based on her ethnicity.
And yes— Eddie Jon assaulted and battered me in New Hampshire. The way these dirt-bags avoid liability is sneaky. Trump had hired Eddie Jon through Eddie Jon’s shell company, XMark. That way, if someone tried to sue Trump, they’d serve the wrong company. But, they got greedy, and Trump accidentally made direct payments to Eddie Jon. And when Eddie Jon collaborated with uniformed off-duty police while beating me, he got caught thinking he was still being shield by his shell company, and his FBI superpowers.
That was a no-no. So Trump had to write me a check.
The lesson here— if there is one— is that there are DEFINITELY pro-Trump FBI agents. You can sue them and make them write you a check— but then all of their friends like Agents Creed and Kimball will try to fuck you in the proverbial shower.
My wife Lauren Pespisa and I have become the subject of a Federal Investigation because of our film My wife Lauren Pespisa and I have become the subject of a Federal Investigation because of our film “2020: The Dumpster Fire.” The film features interviews with Noam Chomsky, Michael Moore, Jello Biafra and many of the politicians from the 2020 Presidential Election. I traveled to the heart of the George Floyd protests capturing footage of the fires in Minneapolis and the attacks by Riot Cops in Portland unseen on mainstream news. The film is being released theatrically December 7th at the Pelham Picture House, in NYC. APPLE TV+ pre-sales are December 26th. Available on VOD Jan 6 on Apple, Google VUDU, and Amazon.
According to statements made by Federal Agents, their investigation into our lives came out of the January 6th Insurrection investigation. This is perplexing, since Lauren and I are lefty activists who were nowhere near The US Capitol on that day.
When FBI/ JTTF Agent Andy Creed was unable to pin his bogus “assassination” claim on me, he went after my wife.
It is clear to us— this is a vendetta.
Here’s the brief rundown:
Dec 23: The Trump Campaign loses their two year battle in my assault and battery lawsuit against them which I litigated without a legal degree against an army of Trump’s legal stuffed suits.
Jan 6: Lauren and I were in Massachusetts, nowhere near the US Capitol, all while Donald Trump attempted to stage a coup d’Etat on the US government– a crime for which he will likely never go punished.
Jan 13: Secret Service, FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force together approached me on a so-called “tip” from a Proudboy as part of their Jan 6th investigation. Allegedly, this Proudboy put forward the lie that the “Dumpster Fire” trailer was evidence of a plot to assassinate then-President Trump.
As if that wasn’t enough, Agents questioned me about a so-called “satanic ritual,” which was in reality a performance art piece performed in opposition to Super Happy Fun America, the founders of the Boston Straight Pride Parade. Again and again and again I keep having to find myself needing to say that this would be hilarious if the charges weren’t so absolutely outrageous.
Jan 30: Federal agents served me with a subpoena for a Feb 23rd Grand Jury. They made it clear that Lauren was the target of their investigation, and that they would get me “like Martha Stewart, for lying to the FBI.”
– The FBI dropped the bogus “assassination” claim, but spent the past ten months digging into all the dirt they could find on me or “2020: The Dumpster Fire,” and they made at least 17 visits to friends, family members and crew. When harassment failed, the agents went shopping for prosecutors in other states.
– Aug 5: Apparently they found an AUSA in Maine willing to prosecute, since two members of our production crew were hand-delivered subpoenas. One of them, Embry Galen at that time was a pre-operative trans-man— and was harassed mercilessly by Federal Agents.
– A number of Grand Juries were convened then canceled since September, but at least one Grand Jury took place in October with a member of the film crew.
The next Grand Jury is November 17th.
The following is a statement by our attorney, Murat Erkan:
The chilling effect which a potential prosecution would inflict on First Amendment rights is not hypothetical. It is direct and far reaching. Everyone involved in this film is in fear with the looming threat of prosecution. If this goes to court, I can only imagine that anyone seeking to convey a message (especially a message which seeks to inspire debate, which is the most vital form of expression) would hesitate to risk it. In the face of a government willing to scrutinize their production for any evidence of violation of law, then seek to prosecute it regardless of whether the violation implicated any true public safety concerns, many would choose to remain silent.
If you are familiar with “The War of North Dakota,” (my film about Standing Rock), or “The Oppressed Majority” (denouncing The Proudboys), you know that we stand for what is right. If you are familiar with Lauren’s activism and advocacy for housing rights through Renter’s Radio podcast, you know she stands for what is right. So, please take a moment to sign this petition to stop this baseless prosecution and persecution of speech which challenges authority.
We would also welcome character witness statements, and we are waiting for our GoFundMe to be approved, as we have already spent around $15,000 in legal fees. WE DO NOT RECEIVE ANY OF THE MONEY DONATED TO CHANGE DOT ORG. If you want to help in that regard, you can message us privately.