Feds raid state political meeting, harass attendees

In what appears to be a wild display of overkill, federal and local police forces raided a political meeting in Bryan, Texas, fingerprinting and photographing all attendees as well as confiscating their cell phones, iPads, laptops, and personal recording devices. No arrests were made.

The Republic of Texas, a separatist group, was holding one of its regular meetings at the local VFW Post with 60 attendees. There was nothing illicit taking place. Yet according to this account in My San Antonio, an armed and armored force of the Bryan Police Department, the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office, the Kerr County Sheriff’s Office, Agents of the Texas District Attorney, the Texas Rangers and the FBI disrupted the meeting.

In the end, at least 20 officers corralled, searched and fingerprinted all 60 meeting attendees, before seizing their personal electronic devices in the raid.

In this video, Gov. Rick Perry says, “Texans know best how to govern Texas” as he commended the efforts of the 2009 legislature in introducing HCR 50, affirming that Texas claims sovereignty under the 10th Amendment. 

Seeing Red AZ is not advocating in favor of secession. But it’s a good bet that many regular readers of this site have attended countless political meetings of various stripes and cringe at the thought of being subjected to such tactics for exercising their constitutional rights.

Read more about the underpinnings of the raid here.


6 Responses to Feds raid state political meeting, harass attendees

  1. Kent says:

    Such irresponsible overreaches are what turn people against government in the first place. Years ago I saw a bumper sticker that I wish I could find and put on my car, It read, “I love my country but I fear my goverment.”

  2. State Delegate says:

    I’d like to know the justification for fingerprinting and photographing those at the meeting as well as seizing their private property when none of them were charged with any crime.

    • Doc says:

      20 to 60? And so how come the 60 weren’t armed & didn’t stand up? Could someone have gotten shot? Yes. Is that what it’s apparently going to take to make the unlawful actions of “law enforcement” evident for true Americans to stand up to this kind of jack-booted thuggery? What sort of true American law enforcement officer or citizen would participate in this kind of “raid”?
      No decent American (l.e.o. or otherwise) would participate in this garbage….At least my children will know that they were stood-up for, both them & myself. And YES, I would be willing to go that route…I’m not saying that these “secessionists” are right…but then again…that’s not the real question here in this situation…is it?

  3. SmallGovt says:

    I don’t know anything about the group or this incident but if you allow the police, sheriff, and other agencies to get large, they have to find something to do. Keep the Government small and don’t let its employees become rich and powerful.

  4. Dennis O'Brien says:

    Did the feds also raid the Sharia court now operating in Texas? Not a chance!! Watch this slippery CBS newscast, interviewing those who make this creeping encroachment sound benign. It is NOT!


  5. jon jensen says:

    Maybe the evil lawyers could be enlisted to put a lawsuit against the government to get their cell phones back and bring false arrest charges. Everybody hates lawyers till you need one!