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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Rakem Balogun thought he was dreaming when armed agents in tactical gear stormed his apartment. Startled awake by a large crash and officers screaming commands, he soon realized his nightmare was real, and he and his 15-year-old son were forced outside of their Dallas home, wearing only underwear. Handcuffed and shaking in the cold wind, Balogun thought a misunderstanding must have led the FBI to his door on 12 December 2017. The father of three said he was shocked to later learn that agents investigating "domestic terrorism" had been monitoring him for years and were arresting him that day in part because of his Facebook posts criticizing police.

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Investigators began monitoring Balogun, whose legal name is Christopher Daniels, after he participated in an Austin, Texas, rally in March 2015 protesting against law enforcement, special agent Aaron Keighley testified in court.

The FBI, Keighley said, learned of the protest from a video on Infowars, a far-right site run by the commentator Alex Jones, known for spreading false news and conspiracy theories.

The reference to Infowars stunned Balogun: "They're using a conspiracy theorist video as a reason to justify their tyranny? That is a big insult."

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Investigators began monitoring Balogun, whose legal name is Christopher Daniels, after he participated in an Austin, Texas, rally in March 2015 protesting against law enforcement, special agent Aaron Keighley testified in court.

The FBI, Keighley said, learned of the protest from a video on Infowars, a far-right site run by the commentator Alex Jones, known for spreading false news and conspiracy theories.

Keighley made no mention of Balogun's specific actions at the rally, but noted the marchers' anti-police statements, such as "oink oink bang bang" and "the only good pig is a pig that's dead".

The agent also mentioned Balogun's Facebook posts calling a murder suspect in a police officer's death a "hero" and expressing "solidarity" with the man who killed officers in Texas when he posted: "They deserve what they got."

Keighley, however, later admitted the FBI had no evidence of Balogun making any specific threats about harming police.

At the time of his Facebook posts, Balogun said he was angry and "venting" about the high-profile cases of police killing innocent black men and women in America, including Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

He was particularly disgusted with the way the media and law enforcement officials portrayed the killings as justified and said that when he wrote those posts "I just mimicked their reactions to our killings."

In a letter Balogun wrote to the Guardian from jail, he said he felt he had been "abducted" by the FBI, a "prisoner of war on free speech and the right to bear arms".

Authorities were targeting him for promoting -------- community groups and fighting "government abuse", he wrote, adding he was never a threat to anyone: "Violence is the method of our oppressor, our method is hard work, love and unity."

When he was arrested, police confiscated his .38-caliber handgun and an unloaded AK-style assault rifle – and also, he said, took his book Negroes with Guns by the civil rights leader Robert F Williams.

"They were really desperate," Balogun said. "This is pretty much like Stalin 1950 – ‘You show me the man. I show you the crime.'"

The prosecution's case eventually unraveled – but in the process, so did Balogun's life.


1st Amendment is supposed to protect all Americans.

This guy was wrongfully arrested and jailed, and should receive from the US Government monetary restitution along with social services to help him get his life back together.

#1 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-05-12 02:39 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I posted this last night - www.drudge.com

Yeah, the guy got a raw deal and needs to be compensated.

I also want to thank Snowden for exposing US spying on Americans. Sad he's considered a traitor by some here.
Surveillance coupled with predictive AI is going to lead to many, many more of these.

And if you own a gun? That's evidence of your intentions. Anti-gov't protester? Don't use black masks, violence, and threats.
Peaceful sit-ins / walk-outs, strikes, demonstrations, and protests require non-violence to accomplish it's goals. Case in point: Teacher strikes won.

#2 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-05-12 03:00 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It would be hard to convince a time traveler that this is not a dystopian future.

#3 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2018-05-12 03:22 PM | Reply

there's no such thing as a 'good cop'..you're either a bad cop or a cop who ignores what the bad cops do. FOP=KGB

#4 | Posted by ABlock at 2018-05-12 04:10 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Add "Protesting while black" to the list.

Meanwhile, back at the Bundy Ranch...

#5 | Posted by chuffy at 2018-05-12 04:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Justified.

Co-Signed,
Trump Voters and Never Trumpers

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-05-12 07:35 PM | Reply

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