Posted: September 17th, 2010 by Militant Libertarian
Armed federal agents paid a visit to blogger Michael Hampton’s home on Friday, detaining everyone inside the house for 90 minutes, to ask questions about an alleged hit list of federal judges in relation to supposed revenge attacks in the aftermath of the Ed and Elaine Brown arrests.
The visit was part of a manhunt taking place in and around Manchester, New Hampshire, which also ensnared members of the Free State Project who had protested on behalf of the Browns.
“Marshal John Bolen of the U.S. Marshals Office of Protective Intelligence traveled to Manchester, N.H., to investigate threats of violence allegedly made against Steven McAuliffe, a federal judge in the district court in Concord, and other federal officials in the area. He brought along with him other marshals and agents who would only say that they were with the Treasury Department,”writes Hampton in his account of the incident.
In the following You Tube video, Dave Ridley traveled to Hampton’s home in the immediate aftermath of the incident in which armed federal agents wearing body armor demanded answers about alleged plans for violent revenge attacks despite the fact that Hampton has never advocated violence in any of his blogs about the Brown case.
Feds made it clear to those detained that if any violence did later occur “it would be on their heads.”
Later, plain clothed Marshals arrived at a local bar to question Ivy Ancram about her roommate, Rob Jacobs, who the feds were seeking regarding the alleged plot to kill government agents. After telling the feds that she didn’t know where Jacobs was, the officials warned her that she could be arrested if she was lying or withholding information and also offered her cash in return for information on Jacobs’ whereabouts, according to Ancram.
Marshals told Ancram that if Jacobs did not contact them within 24 hours they would put out a warrant for his arrest.
Jacobs later returned to Manchester and arranged to meet with the Marshals but they failed to show up.
Hampton questioned the Feds on why they chose to visit the home of a blogger who has never advocated violence in light of a new report criticizing marshals for their failure to protect federal judges and investigate genuine threats of violence against them.
“A report ( PDF ) released Wednesday by the Department of Justice Inspector General found that marshals’ efforts to protect federal judges had languished, with growing backlogs of threats to be assessed and investigated, and improper assessment of threats leading to misallocation of resources,” writes Hampton.
“So, apparently unable or unwilling to face the people who have said they want to shoot government agents, they came to my house instead. And misallocation of resources certainly seems to describe Friday’s incidents,” he added.
Jacobs, Ancram and Hampton all strongly emphasized the fact that they are totally opposed to any violence arising out of the arrests of Ed and Elaine Brown.
It has been rumored that some militant supporters of the Browns have threatened revenge attacks. We would like to remind those people that their actions are completely abhorrent and will only bring untold misery to legitimate peaceful supporters of the Browns who are highlighting the case as part of a process of educating the public about the IRS and the illegal income tax.
Meanwhile, Ed Brown remains “in transit,” leading many of his supporters to fear he is being mistreated or tortured. However, Steve Monier, U.S. marshal for New Hampshire, is set to disclose the location of the prison at which Brown will begin his 63 month as early as today, according to reports.