If you have belonged to the Texas Confederation of Clubs and Independents in the last two years you are now part of the Waco investigation. Whether you were at the Twin Peaks last May 17 or not. Whether you have ever been to Waco or not.
The Waco Tribune-Herald reported last Wednesday that the currently convened McClennan County grand jury that will decide who to charge in the Twin Peaks Massacre had: “subpoenaed the president of the Bandidos motorcycle gang’s Austin chapter to appear before a new grand jury that was seated Wednesday, but settled for his records from a motorcycle confederation instead.” The alleged gangster is a pleasant seeming fellow named Jimmy Ray Graves.
The Waco paper reported that Graves and an attorney named Bill Smith “worked out an agreement (last) Tuesday night with prosecutor Michael Jarrett to provide the documents requested in the subpoena and he was not required to be in Waco on Wednesday to testify before the grand jury.”
The Tribune-Herald neglected to report the most alarming part of the story, which is what Jarrett, his grand jury, and consequently the ATF, FBI, and everybody else with access to one of Texas’ many fusion centers had actually subpoenaed.
Any And All
Specifically, the subpoena demanded:
“Any and all information regarding the Confederation of Clubs and Independents thereinafter referred to as the COC&I between January 1, 2013 and May 17, 2015 to include:
“A copy of all scheduled meetings and locations as well as the itinerary (sic) for said meeting; any email, documents or other correspondence regarding scheduling or rescheduling of said meetings or location changes;
“All individual members names, club affiliations and any other persons claiming independent status with the COC&I, home addresses billing, Shipping, email and I P addresses, home and alternate telephone numbers for each member and club;
“A copy of the original applications filed by each past and current member;
“Any and all employee and payroll records;
“All names and contact information for all officers or administrators within the Texas COC&I;
“Any and all documents relating to the organizational structure of the Texas COC&I and its relation to all other state COC&I’s and/or its relations to a national COC&I organization or US Defenders;
“All related telephone address books, agreements, bylaws, rules, codes of conduct, standard operating procedures;
“Documents and or records related to member dues and voluntary contributions received by the Texas COC&I;
“Any and all accounting records, balance sheets, income statements, records of real estate transactions, receipts, notes, ledgers, banking records, money orders, tax records, payroll information of the Texas COC&I to include all incoming and outgoing monies.”
Confederations And Coalitions
It is not surprising that the Waco grand jury is investigating the Coalitions of Clubs as a whole or US Defenders – an organization founded by California attorney Richard M. Lester and tied to the National Coalition of Motorcyclists. Professional “motorcycle gang investigators” have long accused the various state coalitions and confederartions of being front organizations for preeminent motorcycle clubs.
In June, in the hot aftermath of the Twin Peaks Massacre, Steve Cook who is the president of the Midwest Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigators Association told Waco television station KXXV that in his seminars for would-be motorcycle gang authorities, “We do a considerable amount of talking about these confederations and coalitions…and try to make them understand a little bit the motives behind these is other than what they advertise.”