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Gary Thomas will never forget the letter he received in early 2000. It was from John Joe Gray, a suspect in a felony assault case, offering a not-so-subtle warning to the area's chief criminal investigator: He had no intention of answering charges that he had attacked a state trooper. "What he said was this: 'If y'all come to get me, bring body bags,'" said Thomas, now a local justice of the peace.
Thomas remembers the message clearly, not because of its unvarnished threat, but because -- after 12 years -- Gray, who doesn't acknowledge the authority of any government, continues to dare police to come and get him.
Sequestered on a 50-acre, wooded compound in East Texas since jumping bail more than a decade ago, Gray and his clan have effectively outlasted the administrations of four local sheriffs, all of whom have decided that John Joe's arrest is not worth the risk of a violent confrontation.
The sheriff is not comfortable discussing much more, except to emphasize the strong belief that his department would not have the "firepower" to sustain a prolonged siege to forcibly remove Gray.
"Some of our officers would be killed, mostly likely," he said.
In the past three years, there has been growing concern over activities of so-called "sovereign citizens," who like the Grays and many of their anti-government predecessors "claim to exist beyond the realm of government authority," according to a January FBI bulletin to state and local law enforcement officials warning of the potential for violence.
Although the FBI does not track sovereigns by number, the bureau does not dispute the law center's estimates, which have swelled dramatically within a national anti-government network of related "patriot" and "militia'' groups. Since 2008, the number of groups surged from 149 to 1,274 in 2011, the law center reported this month.
Its pretty crazy to allow a bunch of inbred hillbillys to murder cops and raise ther youngins on a makeshift military compound
I think it's important that we differentiate between those who are extremists preparing for something, and those who are sensible preparing for the extremists. I have no doubt that the DHS would view them both as equally threatening, when in my opinion they are not.
There are also a lot of people who are able to add and subtract.
No matter how many times the government releases a statistic to try and convince everyone that the economy is doing better, or not as bad as it could be, some know that when Greece defaults (and it most certainly will) it will mean the collapse of the €. When that happens, there will be an economic tsunami around the world, resulting in most financial institutions collapsing.
Originally posted by Shadowalker
reply to post by SumerianSoldier
no matter what he says he has been under house arrest for over a decade. He just doesnt know it.
Originally posted by Wertdagf
Its pretty crazy to allow a bunch of inbred hillbillys to murder cops and raise ther youngins on a makeshift military compound. Atleast their mud farm is aproaching profitability.
Originally posted by jjkenobi
One undercover cop joining their compound is all it would take. Sounds like a job for Steven Seagal. Or Jean Claude Van Damme.
Originally posted by LightWarrior11
Good for him. He's free on his land. I doubt he "never leaves" as some of the first responses suggest.
I saw that same magazine yesterday and I'm glad to see this thread here today! Thanks!