Waco Punishment Continues

September 12, 2016

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Waco Punishment Continues

What has always been most despicable about the Twin Peaks tragedy is that a little clique or hick politicians have been allowed to violate the contract that has always existed between Americans and their government. We owe our government our loyalty, obedience and sometimes the blood of our sons. Our government owes us our basic human rights including, but not limited to, our liberty and our property.

The notion that the English speaking peoples should only be punished when they break the law rather than at the whim of some bloated toad like McLennan County prosecutor Abelino Reyna was first codified when England’s worst king ever, the only one named John, was forced by his subordinates to sign a document called the Magna Carta or “Great Charter.”

While the story of the “Battle of Twin Peaks” has always been presented by both Waco officials and the world’s press as a blood soaked, television melodrama nobody except the Breitbart News Network – which all the rest of the American press detests – seems to understand that the melodrama is an idée fixe. The real story is that the aftermath of the “Battle” resulted in a complete abrogation of the 800-year-old idea that we should be ruled by rules and not by madmen.

Why Reyna and his assistant stooges, and Judge Matt Johnson, and Justice of the Peace Walter H. “Pete” Peterson acted like lunatics is anybody’s guess. Maybe there is a method to their madness. Maybe they are just mad. The fact remains that they are all either ignorant of or contemptuous of the most ancient and revered laws in our history.

A Little History

The Magna Carta of 1215 declared, “No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or possessions, or outlawed or exiled, or deprived of his standing in any other way, nor will we proceed with force against him, or send others to do so, except by the lawful judgment of his equals or by the law of the land.”

In 1354 the greatest English King, Edward III, codified this provision of the Magna Carta as, “No man of what state or condition he be, shall be put out of his lands or tenements nor taken, nor disinherited, nor put to death, without he be brought to answer by due process of law.”

This idea of “due process” was so inherent to Anglo-Saxon justice that 400 years after Edward III died, due process became part of the Bill of Rights, the Constitutional elaboration of our self-evident human rights. The Fifth Amendment states in part that “No person shall be…deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”

Asset Forfeiture

About seven hours after the exchange of gunfire between some few members of the Cossacks Motorcycle Club, some few members of other motorcycle clubs and police, Reyna ordered the arrests of 177 people. Most of them were victims. One hundred fifty-four men have since been indicted in what can only be described as a mockery of the grand jury system. The threat of indictment hangs over another 40 victims of the “Battle.”

And in the days after the arrests scores of vehicles were impounded, Most of them were released within a month, often because the people who drove or rode them to the restaurant that day didn’t have clear title to them. “I received a 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle for possible forfeiture involving this case at Twin Peaks,” a Waco cop named Vincent Glenn wrote in June. “During my investigation, I discovered the motorcycle has a lien on it. I confirmed the validity of the lien through the lien holder, Unity One Credit Union. I released the vehicle on 6-10-15. At this time, we will not be seeking forfeiture on this bike.”

Some of the vehicles seized by police went to lien holders and the people who had been paying for them never saw them again. Four hundred eighty-five days after the event, Waco police are still holding 16 motorcycles and 10 trucks seized from people who have never been proven to have committed any crime. The forfeiture proceedings have become something both dead and unborn – rotting Waco and the state of Texas from the inside out. The forfeiture proceedings cannot continue until the owners of the vehicles can somehow be connected to the violence. They can’t be connected until Reyna reveals the evidence that supports his claims. There is no evidence. The claims are imaginary. Therefore the case can’t end until Reyna and his former law partner Johnson either lose an election or allow the accused to spend a fortune proving their innocence.

Even The Waco Trib

Even the Waco Tribune-Herald, which has so far been a cheerleader for this Constitution burning, has noticed. Over the weekend, Tommy Witherspoon told the tale of 42-year-old Diego Obledo who stuffed a copy of the New Testament in his pocket and drove his fully paid-off, 2009 Toyota Venza to the Twin Peaks. When the shooting started he hid behind his car. He was arrested and spent 15 days in jail because he was wearing a Bandidos tee shirt under the shirt with the New Testament in the pocket. He also had a Valerosos Motorcycle Club tee shirt in his car. He lost his home, he lost his job and the city of Waco still has his SUV.

Obledo’s truck and the other vehicles were impounded by Waco with the intention that they would eventually be sold so the money could be given to the police department.

There is a significant body of case law that recognizes the concept of “substantive” as well as “procedural” due process. Most of the cases define legitimate and illegitimate uses of “police power authority.” Legitimate police power authority cannot be “arbitrary and unreasonable” and it can only be used to further a legitimate “public interest.”

Seasons change. Presidential candidates come and go. The news cycle grinds great tragedies into puffs of dust. Apparently no judge or elected official will ever think that what Reyna and his crew did was arbitrary and unreasonable. Apparently no one need ever explain to the public what their interest was when the police stole Diego Obledo’s Toyota.


31 Responses to “Waco Punishment Continues”

  1. Griz's Gal Says:

    Damn good article, Rebel.

    I sometimes wonder if the folks there have no shame.


  2. xplor Says:

    All laws must have an end. This is what is not being done. The legislature makes laws and programs and we don’t get to vote on them. That is not democracy.
    If we vote on the laws we want to obey than that is democracy.

  3. Nuke n' Pave Dave Says:

    Well said, Rebel. A few counties south of Waco, Burleson County to be exact, the DA was recently disbarred for playing fast and loose with evidence in a murder case. The conviction he so “creatively” secured was overturned as well. It might well be that Reyna fears his titty entering the same wringer and we all know there is nothing more dangerous than a desperate man. Unless perhaps it’s a desperate man with some power over others who desires to further and/or protect himself irregardless of how such actions unfairly damage those within his sights. If there was just some way to insure the integrity of our public “servants”…

  4. Danish Says:

    Thank you for a very well written and informative article Rebel.

  5. Paladin Says:

    “Our government owes us our basic human rights including, but not limited to, our liberty and our property.”

    I am of the opinion that one can not be owed one’s God given rights. I am also of the opinion that Reyna and his band of thieves are a lot of things, but ignorant is not one of them.

    The sad and bitter truth is that Reyna and his accomplices have crafted and trapped the accused in a judicial twilight zone that at the moment doesn’t seem to have an end in sight. Reyna would have never attempted to indict one hundred fifty-four shop keepers, gathering at Twin Peaks for a meeting sponsored by the Better Business Bureau. Reyna has correctly calculated thus far, that because the accused are bikers and not bakers, few if any are going to challenge him.

    After stepping back and looking at the totality of all that has transpired, I believe that the events leading up to and beyond the tragedy that is Twin Peaks were all well planned and that plan is still unfolding.

    Rebel; Since you’re gonna keep a whackin’ at Reyna’s hornet nest, I have a new set of Level III-A body armor, with titanium strike plates and helmet that you’re welcome to. It could come in handy. One never knows how far West the Waco cartel extends.

    Long May You Ride (to those that deserve to),


  6. rookery Says:

    Have to take a small issue with Reb’s description of king John as England’s worst ruler….We’ve had way worse than Him. You could start with his brother Richard, an absentee con man and scumbag of the highest magnitude, but with a great press agent it has to be said….. still peddling that Lionheart crap 900 years on….

  7. Nihilist Says:

    It’s like the worst game of Prisoner’s Dilemma ever. Anybody here who hasn’t read Rebel’s book yet, it is highly recommended that you do so.

  8. rocco151 Says:


    It’s articles like this one that make me proud to be a “backer” of this site and happy donate a little bit whenever I can ! Thank you and thanks to the regulars for sharing their biker wisdom with new riders like me !

  9. Bubblehead Says:

    Very, very well written Rebel. @ Paladin – You are correct and our Founders sought to enshrine those rights in the Bill of Rights. However, modern progressive politicians seek to change the very meaning of the words to suit their view of a utopia. Key words are “their view” of an orderly, polite, and yes, an enslaved people. I wonder how many more citizens will be martyred before we wake the fuck up!

  10. Flstcjay Says:

    So where are the civil liberty and human rights lawyers? The ACLU should be all over this. This is the shit they live for I thought.
    Seems like all they care about is free speech and censorship these days. When actual civil liberties are being trampled on they are nowhere to be found. A civil rights lawyer looking to make a name for himself should see this as a wide open opportunity to garner a ton of free publicity with a few well placed lawsuits against Waco, the Governor, and the state of Texas for allowing this travesty.

  11. panamaa Says:

    Great piece Rebel…

    On a side note, The Supreme Court also noted the Magna Carta as an antecedent of the Sixth Amendment’s right to a speedy trial..

    AS always, respects to you sir….

  12. Griz's Gal Says:

    You guys seen this? I’m so mad, I can barely see straight.

    It’s a Resolution, commending local, state, and federal law enforcement officers for their swift and forceful response to the incident in Waco on May 17, 2015, with the 84th Legislature.



  13. david Says:

    Great and informative article Rebel. When paid pig intel. read it, hope they make copies to give to their ignorant criminal overlords.

    With respect, King John was forced to seal the Great Charter at sword and spear point. Like Unable Reyna and his criminal judges, King John could care less about ANY of the people’s Creator granted certain inalienable Rights. Disrespectful SOB’s.

  14. Paladin Says:

    Griz’s gal;

    Arsonists are always present at a fire of their own making.

    Long May You Ride,


  15. Gandalf Says:

    @GG Filed 5-27-2015 – Passed 5-30-2015. This is your standard Knee Jerk,”We Support The Police” Leg. I suspect it was introduced by Dude to get LE Political Support in the “upcoming”. And another piece of manufactured “cover” for Able&Co hoping the News Media jumped on it. Might be good cause to sue the whole State of Texas as accessory after the fact. (?) Could also be a good reason the duped Legislature might get real upset with Able&Co when the Gamesmanship is over and truth comes out. A few years from now someone could use that “Yea” in an Election. People are getting tired of LE BS and supporting it while in the Texas House might not go well during a Campaign if the other guy used it against Him. Esp for Governor of Texas. A guy running for Gov might lose 100% of the biker vote in a blink of an eye… just because he voted “yea” on that Bill.

  16. Griz's Gal Says:

    Hello, Paladin.

    You’re right, of course. What gets up under my skin, besides being just so brazen about the whole thing, is that they did this in June of ’15. How did we not know? I especially feel like I’ve been hoodwinked, because I have been watching this catastrophe unfold since 30 minutes after the fact. But, that’s neither here nor there.

    The bigger picture is what we’ve got to look at. What I’m seeing is, is this goes a long way in explaining why the Defense Attorneys have had such little luck in going forward, and that little sawed-off SOB D.A. is having such a good run of luck. Everybody’s just ‘going through the motions’ (no pun intended), and unless a few of these fellas have a real good attorney who don’t give a rat’s ass about politics, no precedent will ever be set, and no one will ever win a case. Of course, that’s just me, and I could be way off base…


  17. rw Says:

    ACLU is only interested if a high school coach wants to say a prayer before a game or the nativity scene on public property.

  18. Ben Says:

    Bryan Burrough wrote a book called, “Public Enemies.” It’s about the birth of the FBI and it’s pursuit of such bank robbers as Dillinger, Bonnie and Clyde, the Barker-Karpis gang, etc. Burrough decided to write the book because he had learned that the FBI files on these cases had only been released in the late 1980s. In the author’s note, which begins the book, this is what he says they reveal, “in the early months of the War on Crime, we see Hoover’s men botching stakeouts, losing suspects, forgetting orders, and repeatedly arresting the wrong men–their mistakes would be comical if not for the price paid by the innocent . . . For the first time, the FBI files allow us to understand which agents did what, and who screwed up when. By and large, it is not a pretty story; one can understand why Hoover wanted the files kept secret.” Of course such secrecy allowed the institution to fabricate a narrative of events, selectively feeding information to the media, with the intent of mythologizing itself in a heroic light. The movies and TV shows have since cast the FBI as stainless protectors of the public, or, simply put, the good guys. It worked! It’s a formula that law enforcement agencies continue to use now. What’s happening in Waco is an example of history repeating itself. I wouldn’t be surprised if it took 50 years for the myriad law enforcement agencies to reveal what they know about the Waco incident. So far, they’ve been following the standard playbook to a T. This type of cover up is nothing new. It shouldn’t surprise anybody.

  19. Griz's Gal Says:

    Hi Gandalf.

    You have to admit, whoever penned that thing must have had a terribly sore wrist from all that back-slapping!

    I can only hope it turns out like you say. Abbott has been a real pain – can’t wait to unload his ass. I think he’s supposed to be in Waco this week…


  20. Gandalf Says:

    I think somewhere in a grave marked, “Niccolò Machiavelli” a dead dude is wearing a “Support the Fat Mexican” Shirt and sporting a smile and a hard on.

  21. Paladin Says:

    Griz’s Gal,

    The attorney’s representing the accused seem to be on their game and aren’t swayed by whatever politics may be involved. The immediate aftermath of the killings at Twin Peaks is all about the well orchestrated hijacking and subversion of the Texas judicial system, which I don’t believe could have happened without the full knowledge and cooperation of all the government players mentioned in Rebel’s prior and present articles.

    Because everything has fallen into place faster than the man traps in an Indiana Jones movie, I believe all of this, from start to finish was well planned in advance. And, with so much smoke, it’s near impossible to see all that’s reflected in the mirrors.


  22. JOHN COKOS Says:

    Not For Nothing, and off topic BUT a KNOWN ASSOCIATE of a particular 1% MC is kneen deep in the North Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance Indian Beef. Stop at 24 seconds and due a pause. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymrhnYxULpY It’s good PR if nothing elese…..

  23. xplor Says:

    Why I like Tommy Witherspoon. He gets up in the morning, puts on his shoes and walks into the court house. This is the place Abel Reyna avoids.

  24. IronRider Says:

    5I have stated this before and will once again. Reyna and Co. are trying to break people with the indictment’s hanging over their head and bonds that are still looming. I am of the belief that Reyna and his pals are hoping people will crack from the financial pressures and the stress on family and employment by being indicted.

    The fact that the defendants still are having trouble getting disclosure to their Lawyers so they can the evidence against them is beyond deplorable. If Reyna really had such a great case they wouldnt be hiding behind the “investigation is on going” bullshit story and RICO is nothing but a pipe dream for Reyna.

    The trampling of peoples constituional and criminal rights that have gone on in this case and continue to be perpetrated as such shows that Reyna and Co will pull out every stalling tactic that they can find to keep there so called case together.

    The media for the most part (sans Rebel and a few other outlets) seem to believe that any press release put out by Reyna or any Law Enforcement agency to do with the Twin Peaks case is the word of God, no skepticism needed. That unto it self is a tradgedy, that hardly any media believes that miscarriage of justice that is taking place is nothing to be concerned about.

    As for asset forfeiture which usually one only saw their assets deemed forfeited after a trial on the question of being obtained illegally or as proceeds of crime seems to have been re-tooled by quite a few state Attorney General’s and the US DOJ.

    Now several states law enforcement agencies and the US DOJ and its federal Law Enforcement agencies have deemed asset forfeiture as a revenue generation tool. So what was once a way for the US DOJ and state to use forfeiture laws to seize assets gained by proceeds of crime, it is now deemed a great way to bring in revenue generation to Law Enforcement, even when you have not been convicted of a crime and local, state and federal law enforcement agencies have all climbed on board to get a slice of easy money.

    Asset forfeiture has become a very very profitable way for Law Enforcement to make money and there have been countless stories of people stopped travelling down a highway or interstate by cops looking for imaginary traffic infractions to use an excuse to pull someone over to see if they can pick your pocket.

    There have been stories of people having cash on them for going to put down payments houses, vehicles, recreational equipment, businesses,buying of mechanical equipment, tourist and vacationers having their cash taken away because the cops can says suspicion of proceeds of crime. Yes that’s rights kids, even if there is no wrong doing you can still get hit by the forfeiture law and the cops can rob you legally and it’s a great income tool for them.

    This it isnt happening all over, look at these stories about it and how hard it is for those with seized assets to get those assets back because the system is rigged against you:









    And those are only a few of many many different way Law Enforcement is going about robbing you illegally all in the name of justice ~wink wink~ and the real travesty is a citizen is up against trying to fight for their assets from the very beginning due to the fact that Law Enforcement can drag it out and obfuscate the laws which allow a person to contest the forfeiture of the assets simply by playing games or not responding to a person or their counsels inquiry about contesting the said seizure that occurred

    Law Enforcement at all levels has become a joke, you are always told how the police officer is your friend and they are only their to help when you are a child, nowadays though even young children are seeing that this is not the case and as a adult you sense this is the case as well.

    Justice seems to have lost it’s own way long ago were rules were followed and evidence was there to effect a charge. nowadays you will get charged sans the evidence and it is up to you to prove your not guilty, and that presumption of innocence thing yeah that no longer seems to apply. Yes friends the deck keeps getting stacked higher and higher if you have an encounter with law enforcement.

    Reyna and Co just show you can not trust the justice system to follow it’s own laws and guidelines and the constitution, those are irrelevant and it is now get an accused anyway you can can, criminally or civilly thru forfeiture.

    It really is a disgrace how Law Enforcement has become nothing but a bunch of thugs who are out to get you and rob you anyway they can legally and illegally

  25. Gandalf Says:

    “It really is a disgrace how Law Enforcement has become nothing but a bunch of thugs who are out to get you and rob you anyway they can legally and illegally.” (IR)

  26. Mad Dog Says:

    As a self-identified liberal who has long admired the ACLU for their willingness to speak up in support of civil liberties, regardless of the unpopularity of the cause involved, I have to say it pisses me off that they’ve been almost totally silent about the shit in Waco. Other than issuing a press release and allegedly filing an open records request on June 11, 2015, the Texas ACLU has done and said nothing. Search the national ACLU site for “Waco,” and other than the Texas press release, you find nothing. Period.

    Here’s the link to the Texas ACLU press release: https://www.aclutx.org/en/press-releases/we-demand-transparency-accountability-mckinney-and-waco-police, but the “view the open records request” link on that page yields “page not found.” What a pathetic joke.

  27. Griz's Gal Says:

    Rebel and all,

    Three officers involved in the Twin Peaks shooting have been cleared after an internal investigation and an grand jury decision.



  28. Brad Milch Says:

    After reading Rebel’s story, I went to bed troubled. From past experience, I knew that a bad dream was in store for me during my sleep.
    In the dream, Reyna had seized everything in Waco. All the cars, trucks & bikes, all the homes & businesses, all the land, everything. He even stole all the cats & dogs & made tacos out of them.
    The scene shifted to a parade Reyna was riding in down the street he had seized. Next to him sat one of his fag buddies dressed in a pink suit with a matching pillbox hat. I looked up at a building just in time to see Lee Harvey Oswald squeezing off his first shot.
    The 3 shots were rapid. Pow…..pop-pow. Reyna’s head exploded like a piñata that had been smacked too hard. Blood, brain matter, gore was splattered all over the car & went flying in all directions in the air. Reyna fell to his left & out of view as the parade car raced out of sight.
    …when I awoke, I remember realizing I was smiling. The 1st words out of my mouth were, ‘God damn, that was a nice dream’…..

  29. TX_Biker Says:

    The line between justice and tyranny has become blurred to the point of nonexistence….

  30. 55 Says:

    The mega, devastating lawsuits of those who’s rights have been trampled still loom in the approaching future, as impossible to stop as a snowball teetering on the edge of Mt. Everest. Reyna can delay but he cannot stop. He and Waco will most certainly be avalanched. It will be crushing. Deservedly. Tick tock…

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