When I first saw the video footage of liberty activist Adam Kokesh loading a shotgun on the Fourth of July in Freedom Park, D.C. the first thought that came to mind was, “he’s screwed.” There was no doubt in my mind that the State was going to come down on him hard.
The last thing the State wants is more individuals, like Kokesh, challenging their criminal usurpation of the Constitution. If the State allows people to stand up and declare that they are not willing to accept a government that infringes upon rights guaranteed in the US Constitution, then the government would be forced to obey the founding document. And they ain’t got time for that!
The charge that Kokesh is facing is fitting for a government that is hell-bent on control of every aspect of a person’s life. Yesterday, he was forcibly arraigned on felony drug charges. Currently, Adam Kokesh is being held without bail on felony charges of possession of a schedule I or II substance and of simultaneous possession of a firearm. The type of drug found was hallucinogenic mushrooms, which were allegedly discovered in his house during the militarized raid by the Parks Department.
Kokesh was thrown in jail for possessing a fungal growth that is produced naturally above its food source. The most probable food source for the type of mushroom Kokesh is being charged for possessing would be a pile of crap. You got that right, thrown in a cage for hoarding fungi that grows on crap! Does the government claim to own the crap in the wilderness, along with your body and property? What a country!
There are many disturbing parts to the Kokesh saga, but the two most alarming aspects were the militarized raid on his home and the treatment he has received while locked in a cage. There is no doubt that the government is using Kokesh as an example to intimidate others from rebelling against the State’s draconian laws. The message is clear. If you make a mockery of the laws the State has set in place to usurp the Constitution, then you will pay a hefty price.
The website Freeadam.net, which is The Official Shield Mutual Action and Information Center for the Campaign to Free Adam Kokesh, has reported on the raid and the treatment he has received once being locked in a cage by the State.
Adam was forcibly arraigned very early this morning. He is being held without bail pending a probable cause hearing. Early this morning, he was dragged barefoot in shorts out of the cage they put him in and carted to the arraignment in a wheelchair. He did not participate in the arraignment because he has been denied access to a lawyer.
Adam was able to make a call to his father. His father thinks that Adam may not be allowed to make another call anytime soon.
Adam wants a lawyer. He has requested access to a lawyer constantly since being caged. He refuses to go to court without a lawyer. Adam’s manager, Lucas Jewell, is working on getting him trusted counsel ASAP.
Adam is being held in solitary confinement in a 6.5′ x 7.5′ cage without bedding. He was kidnapped while wearing shorts and has not been given proper clothing to protect him from the frigid temperatures that have become standard operating procedure in America’s prisons.
Adam reports via his father that the cage he has been locked into is infested with ants. Furthermore, the lights are kept on by the guards 24 hours per day without any break for rest.
A public defender is expected to be appointed at 3PM Eastern today. 3:20PM EDT Update: I spoke with the public defender’s office and they still have not received the paperwork from the court that is required before appointing a public defender. One will not be appointed today (11 Jul 2013).
Adam’s phone call to his father was monitored by a sheriff’s deputy standing right next to him as he spoke with his father.
During the attack on his home Tuesday evening, the flashbang (stun grenade) deployed by militarized US Park Police exploded right in front of Adam. He reports that he has yet to receive any medical care inside the prison.
During the attack, Adam reports that the Park Police covered his chest with laser-sight red dots even when he had his hands up.
A sheriff’s deputy informed Adam that charges of illegal transportation of a firearm, sedition and armed sedition are being considered against him, presumably by federal prosecutors. (Oxford defines sedition as “conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against the authority of a state or monarch.”)
Don’t forget folks this is happening in America. This could happen to you, your family, or your friends.
After Kokesh made the video I spent some time wondering why he would make a video loading a shotgun in a public place like D.C. and drop a hint of a “final American revolution” next Independence Day. Why would someone, like Kokesh, that is an advocate for the non-aggression principle and peaceful non-cooperation use language and display actions that could be interpreted as invoking violence?
He is not inciting violence, but peaceful resistance. Kokesh is making a point by pairing the First and Second Amendments together. Exercising rights granted by the First Amendment and Second Amendment simultaneously does not equal armed sedition. You do not lose the right to speak freely when you are holding a firearm.
Kokesh was driving home the point that rights do not come in groups. You cannot slice up liberty and allow it only where the State desires.
They will not be able to convict him on a charge of sedition or armed sedition. He did not make a direct threat or call others to rebellion. He was simply stating his own personal views and exposing the lunacy of D.C. gun laws. All they have on Kokesh is possession of natural fungi that grows spontaneously in nature.
Activist advocate Shield Mutual issued a press release today and quoted the business manager of Kokesh, Lucas Jewell, who was present during the raid. Jewell described the raid as, “the most frightening event of his life.”
Police kicked in the front door, according to the July 10 Washington Post article. They deployed a stun grenade to his foyer. They searched his home for hours while holding residents. Two helicopters assisted police.
“It was, by far, the most frightening experience of my life,” said Kokesh business manager Jewell, one of those held incommunicado during the attack. “And it was entirely unnecessary for people like us who preach peaceful non-cooperation.”