You can define propaganda as “the release of specific information and misinformation to achieve a specific effect.” Propaganda isn’t the truth or even a good faith attempt at the truth. Propaganda is always a cynical lie. And in the last few days this page has been pummeled with propaganda:
From at least two, soulless, government agents who have attempted to exploit last weekend’s tragic murder of a young Hells Angel named Patrick Eberhardt by making inflammatory and provocative comments here;
From members and supporters of the Rebels Motorcycle Club USA who have harassed, lied about and libeled this page in several locations on the web in some sort of half-assed, loony attempt to punish this page for reporting that members of the club were cooperating with police;
And, just yesterday by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department which is so eager to tickle the public’s fascination with outlaw motorcycle clubs that it published a press release Wednesday afternoon that was both misleading and inaccurate.
Hells Angels Bust
For the record, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, officers and Swat teams from at least nine San Bernardino County and Riverside County police departments and an unknown number of federal agents served “gang association search warrants,” which may mean indicia searches, on 17 locations at 3 a.m. Wednesday. An indicia search is a search for indications of membership in a motorcycle club served on a known member of that club. It is a search for the sake of conducting a search.
One of the locations searched Wednesday morning was the clubhouse of the Berdoo charter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club at 1908 Medical Center Drive in San Bernardino. According to Doug Saunders of the San Bernardino County Sun who directly quoted a police source, “authorities stormed” the Berdoo clubhouse “arresting at least one member of the motorcycle club and confiscating a shotgun as well as what they believe to be narcotics in powder form.” The Aging Rebel has not been able to confirm that. It is just as likely that the Swat team broke a lot of shot glasses and stole a can of Cruex.
The release stated the names of two members of the Hells Angels who were “arrested.” One of those members, Noah Tedesco, was actually not arrested and there is no warrant for his arrest. The Aging Rebel believes that ten people were taken into custody. Six of them were members of the Riverside charter of the Hells Angels who were arrested for various offenses discovered during the searches of their homes. And, they have all been released from custody.