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Sons Of Silence Slandered

Wed, Sep 3, 2008

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Sons Of Silence Slandered

Newspapers from Beirut to Sydney ran think pieces last week examining the persistent problem of well-armed, racist, drug-addled, American bikers who ain’t afraid to die.

“The idea that white supremacists could be plotting to kill a black presidential candidate will not seem farfetched to America,” Jacqui Goddard warned readers of The Times of London – generally considered one of the world’s greatest newspapers. “Collectively they form a sinister underbelly of American society, often cloaking themselves in a veil of patriotism but rejecting government authority and striving for social and political dominance over other racial groups such as African-Americans and Jews through often violent means.”

But Wait There’s More

In the time honored tradition of ink-stained wretches everywhere, Ms. Goddard, found an authority who was more than willing to speak authoritatively to a reporter on the phone. His name was Rick Ross and he was principally employed as “executive director of the Rick A. Ross Institute of New Jersey which monitors cults and controversial movements.” Really. That’s what she said. Rick Ross of the Rick Ross Institute of New Jersey.

“There have been repeated rumblings against Barack Obama in the white supremacist community,” Mr. Ross told Ms. Goddard. And, so Ms. Goddard told the world. “There are many, many groups that are deeply resentful of Obama’s candidacy, that have said hateful and horrible things about him.”

No, He Didn’t Mean The Clintons

Mr. Ross and Ms. Goddard were talking about “the racist ramblings of three meth heads, as Colorado Federal prosecutor Troy Eid characterized them. The three tweakers were arrested after a truck driven by Tharin Gartrell was stopped by police in suburban Denver. Unfortunately for Mr. Gartrell, the police found drugs, guns and ammunition in his truck. Something Mr. Gartrell must have said to police then led them to another desperado named Shawn Adolf.

Besides Mr. Adolf’s unfortunate choice of surname, he was wearing a swastika ring and he had a open warrant. Mr. Adolf so feared and detested the mere possibility of incarceration that he jumped out of a sixth story window trying to escape He broke his ankle and still tried to run. But he could not run very fast so he was caught.

Police then found and apprehended a third man, Nathan Johnson. Mr. Johnson, it seems, also loathed the idea of incarceration and during an eight hour interrogation he revealed that all three men had spoken earlier that day about shooting Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama. “He don’t belong in political office,” Mr. Johnson is alleged to have opined.

A fourth suspect, a woman guilty of knowing the three men, was arrested soon after.

And so, the police of Colorado had means, motive, opportunity and a racist conspiracy.

Coincidentally, one of the three men was wearing a tee-shirt which advertised his support for the Sons of Silence Motorcycle Club.

Times Of London Leaps Logically

“The other group mentioned in connection with the four people arrested,” Ms. Goddard continued, “was the Sons of Silence, one of the country’s biggest outlaw biker gangs. With its headquarters in Colorado, the Sons of Silence (SOS) are known as ‘one-percenters’ – the term given to those that operate on the fringes of an otherwise law-abiding motorcycle community. One-percenters are dedicated to principles of personal freedom and the right to self-expression. Membership is by invitation only and their motto is Donecmors non separat - Latin that is intended to translate as ‘Until death separates us.'”

Of course. What could be more sinister than a group with a Latin motto? Right. A group with a Latin motto that is “dedicated to principles of personal freedom and the right to self-expression?” Oh no! What next? Independence from England?

Another Authority Chimes In

“At first sight, an alliance of white supremacists and biker gang members seems an odd one,” Ms. Goddard rhetorically asserts.

“But Steve Cook, president of the Mid-West Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigations Association, said that the gangs were known to have a sub-culture – and a bad element – that could sit comfortably with racist extremism. I have personally seen SOS members wearing hats that say ‘Dirty White Boy’, Tee-shirts with swastikas and other Nazi regalia,” Ms. Goddard reports Mr. Cook as explaining.

Never Mind

Variations on this story appeared all over the world for the next week. If you speak German, French, Italian, Spanish or Serbian you can find versions of this same tale in those languages.

And of course, there was no plot and none of the plotters, if there had been a plot, had any connection to the Sons Of Silence. After a few days the Associated Press and the New York Times both moved stories that acknowledged there had never been any “credible threat” of an assassination attempt against Barack Obama.

Yet the accusation persists, spreading out like ripples in a pond, farther and farther from the great media centers into the Borat countries, reported in ever stranger languages.

Let’s Email TMZ

Finally, apparently, the Sons had enough. So, someone who felt authorized to speak for the club emailed a statement to the AOL Entertainment website TMZ.Com.

“Those guys have nothing to do with our organization whatsoever,” the Sons spokesman complained. “Nothing. None of our guys know who they are. We heard one of them was wearing a Sons of Silence support tee-shirt, but you can buy that online or at any of our swap meets. What if one of the guys was wearing a TMZ tee-shirt?”

Think about that.

Caput gerat lupinum

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6 Comments For This Post

  1. Chris swanson Says:

    The sons mc fuckin rock the under world. U guys need to do the catholic school girl run in ault colorado more.

  2. Mad Dog Says:

    Huh??????????????????????????

  3. hunter Says:

    WHATEVER MAN, U CAN THINK ALL U WANT ABOUT THEM, I HAPPEN TO BE A “CATHOLIC SCHOOL GIRL” AND THEY ARE THEY BEST GUYS I WANT ON MY SIDE. YOU’D GET VILOENT TOO IF SOMEONE BACKED YOU INTO A CORNER AND JUDGED YOU BY SIGHT. GET REAL, AND BY THE WAY ITS “EVEN IN DEATH WE WILL NOT SEPERATE” AND U GOT 1%ER ALL WRONG GET UR FACTS STRAIGHT. RIDE ON BROTHERS! I LOVE U

  4. rougy Says:

    You know, the SOS–and all biking clubs in general–would have a hell of a lot more respect from me if they didn’t so often turn out to be stupid assholes out looking for trouble, and by “trouble” I mean somebody they can insult and gang up on.

    If the SOS and people like that were wiped from the face of the earth, the world would be a better place.

    They bring it on themselves.

    I’ve seen people like that walk into bars and start shit for no reason several times, and anybody who even dares to say “What gives?” puts his life at risk.

  5. Rebel Says:

    Dear Rougy,

    I am sorry these guys gave you a hard time. I have always gotten along with the Sons, personally. Don’t see them a lot because of where I live. Ran into a big pack last summer in Newcastle, Wyoming. They all seemed to be cool. Saw a couple of them get booted out of the Loud American in Sturgis for having the audacity to wear their patches inside. That was peaceful. I am pretty aware that the outlaw world is not always just one, big, happy bowl of cherries. I don’t write about it everytime I know there was a fist fight or some little bust.

    I will say this. I have been around for a long time and things now are pretty tame and civilized. Really. It did not used to be gentle like now.

    Rebel

  6. Joe Buck Says:

    rougy
    You dont know what you are talking about and who wants respect from you when u spread such hate and bullshit. I have ridin with some SOS and I have one long time friend and brother I have known 25 years but have not seen in a while and I miss very much. He and all of the Sons I have known are some of the best folks I have had the pleasure to be around and I must say I respect so much and have learned much from. I trust them and know they dont BS me and I feel comfortable around which I cannot say about anyone that works for an abc group, politicians, anyone that works for the gov,news media and people that run their pie hole when they dont know or have a clue. Comments such as “people like that” and “should be wiped from the face of the earth” are at the very least dis-respectful and possibly a hate crime in my world. I have never seen them look for someone to insult or cause trouble to except for a few real assholes like yourself that need a good beat down. I never met any Son’s that were stupid like your ignorant wanna be a real person self. As for the world being a better place it would be if groups I mentioned above and whinner’s like you did not screw with real people who just want to ride free and be left alone. Dont worry I dont expect you to understand any of this and better if you STFU and got a life instead of fabricating others lives like the media and others.

    Much love and respect to the SOS Nation

    roaddog

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