Trouble In Tennessee

February 28, 2010

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There was another motorcycle-outlaw-related news spectacular in Southeastern Tennessee the other day. Television just doesn’t get any better than a lock off shot of a bunch of Outlaws doing the perp walk in bright orange jumpsuits.

The online faux newspaper, the Chattanoogan -not a newspaper but an amazing simulation- gave this utterly contrived and cynically scripted illusion of news a thousand words. An Assistant United States Attorney named Christopher D. Poole cleverly confused one case into six separate indictments. Which means, as usual, the local press (see photo above) will not so much be covering the cases as it will be covering the government press releases.

Chattanooga television station WTVC reported that the “accused have been divided into two trials. The first happens on April 27th. The second is on May 3rd. All the accusations are federal felony charges. The trials will happen in the Chattanooga federal courthouse.” The station did not cite a source for their prediction. The Indictments were just unsealed on Thursday, February 25th. Bond hearings are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday of this week, March 1st and 2nd. So if WTVC is right about those trial dates, law and order fans should be able to look forward to the first lynchings right around Mother’s Day, which this year falls on May 9th.

Don’t Forget The Child Porn Charge

Fourteen men and one woman were arrested last Friday subsequent to a raid at the American Outlaws Association clubhouse in Chattanooga. They are Ryan “Lil R” Birt; James “JP” Parker; Ronald “Snake” Howard; Steven “Steve-O” Tucker; James “Smiley” Westbrook; David Woodward; Robert “BB” Boone; Jeramy “Cracker” Rittenhouse; Roger “Buddha” Roof; Charles “Robbie” Kinsey; Gary “Doodah” Raines; Hershell Raines; James “Dozer” Miller; Kelly Adams and Marcus Smith.

All but one of the defendants are accused of using and sharing cocaine and possessing guns. Many rational people would describes most of the charges as piling on. The case numbers range from 1:10-cr-00023 to 1:10-cr-00028. The first of these lists ten counts when one or more of seven of the defendants “aided and abetted by each other, did knowingly, intentionally, and without authority distribute cocaine, a Schedule II controlled substance.” They are charges that might just as well describe a Bush family reunion.

Federal case 1:10-cr-00028 describes 12 individual counts that allege that James Parker either possessed cocaine or intended to “distribute cocaine” or was “an unlawful
user of controlled substances (who) did knowingly possess in and affecting commerce, a firearm and ammunition.”

The most spectacular indictment charges Ryan Birt with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and of twice, on November 7, 2009 and November 19, 2009, having child pornography on his computer. The child pornography charge has made the headline of virtually every news account of the arrests.

Credit Goes To

Poole’s boss, United States Attorney James R. “Russ” Dedrick “credits the diligent and professional work conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) over the past two years in developing this complex investigation. It is unusual for a single investigation to span so many law enforcement initiatives: Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), Project Safe Childhood (PSC), Appalachia High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), and the District’s Anti-Gang Initiative.” Dedrick’s was only one of several self-congratulatory statements tossed to the press like Milk-Bone dog biscuits to a pack of excited poodle puppies.

ATF Special Agent Jim Cavanaugh, said “ATF enforces the law without fear or favor, whether Outlaws or in-laws,… felons cannot have guns, dope dealers cannot carry guns, and possession of child pornography remains a criminal offense.”

Chattanooga Police Department Chief Freeman Cooper thanked “the men and women from each agency involved in this investigation that spent hours away from home in order to bring this investigation to a successful conclusion.”

Tenth Judicial Drug Task Force Director Mike Hall wants the press to tell the people that “you can only take down criminal organizations through a cooperative effort. When Federal, local and state agencies begin to work as a unified law enforcement entity you see major criminal organizations crumble.”

And, Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond wants everyone to know that “This long and well-executed effort by these officers and agencies is just one of the many examples of what can be accomplished when local, state and federal agencies combine their efforts and resources toward a common goal.”

A WTVC reporter went to the Outlaws clubhouse and asked a man inside for comment. “Just a bunch of bullshit,” the man inside said.

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26 Responses to “Trouble In Tennessee”

  1. Rich Says:

    Interesting thing…. since the initial flurry of “newspaper” articles back in 2010, the bust has dropped completely off the radar here in the Chattanooga area. What ever happened???

  2. Jabba Says:

    Many thanks Rebel. You answered OK, just that there doesn’t really appear to be just ONE answer does there?

    Yeah, I’m aware of the viruses and have EnCase certification (if a few years old). Trouble is, the planting of “evidence” can be stunningly easy, but the proving that it was planted, whilst straightforward for a techie, could, in some cases only lead to an expert opinion based on “balance of probabilities”… e.g. “In my opinion your honor, it’s highly unlikely this material came from…”

    Then there could threats of prosecution if a defense team even LOOKS at the “evidence”.

    Leaves the defendant swinging in the wind a bit too much for my tastes.

    As always.

    Thanks for your time Rebel.



  3. Rebel Says:

    Dear Jabba,

    EnCase seems to be the standard here. The legality of allowing a defense expert to examine a disk or image that contains child pornography has varied from case to case. I know of multiple cases where a defense computer forensics expert was threatened with a charge of possession of child pornography if he looked at the evidence.

    I think three are three things to consider above all about computer forensics cases.
    1) Defense lawyers, in general are just morons about computer forensics. Most of them do not know what metadata means. And, most defense lawyers are sophisticated about technology in comparison to most judges. All the expertise usually lies with the prosecution.
    2) Child pornography laws are a stalking horse. Everybody hates child pornography. What the laws do is provide funding for an infrastructure for government spying and they provide another tool, like RICO, to pressure defendants. It is shockingly easy to frame almost anybody on a child porn charge. It can be planted remotely by virus. It can be planted on sectors that are unviewable by the owner’s operating system. It can be planted, as I think was the case with Dave Burgess, after the hardware has been seized. After the hardware has been seized, it is even ridiculously easy to swap out computer hardware. It all boils down to the integrity of cops who are sincerely convinced that they are at war with “bad guys.”
    3) The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals got it right. Computer searches should no longer be allowed to be fishing expeditions into someone’s private life. They should not be carried out by the police. The same rules that apply to white collar and financial crime cases should apply to all cases. The searches should be conducted by independent experts, impartially and only for what the warrant specifies.

    Did I get it right? Did I answer your question?

    your pal,

  4. Jabba Says:

    Typo, sorry Rebel, I meant of course “with OUR host’s permission”.



  5. Jabba Says:

    I’ve been doing quite a bit of reading since making these posts, checking out some techie security sites and some… shall we say… “outlaw” web sites.

    There’s a LOT of software out there, legal, illegal, expensive, cheap and free, that will help anybody examine files, hard disk drives, removable storage or secure all of the above.

    >> DirtyBruin
    (Knew an old, stuffed bear by that name once upon a time)

    Know what you mean. TrueCrypt is good, but I’ve had that crash out on me whilst in the middle of encrypting a Vista formatted disk – NOT good news). There are others and maybe TrueCrypt is more relaible than my experience, but I like use the “hidden volume” feature the most.

    Anyways, offer remains open, to anyone, any club affiliation – THAT’s gone down well with one or two old friends. But the way I see this, is that it transcends club affiliation, it’s about LE moving against 1% clubs, and we’re next on the list.

    It’s like a quotation, circa 1945 says…

    “First they came for the Jews. But I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.
    Then they came for the Communists. But I did not speak out because I was not a Communist.

    Then they came for the trade unionists. But I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.

    And then they came for me. But there was no one left to speak out for me.”

    A friend of mine once changed the last line to read…

    And then they came for me, and I said, “Hey, you’ve forgotten the queers and the lawyers.”

    Rebel >> I have a question. In the UK, if an investigator provides a disk image of a suspect’s computer to a defense team, and the PC had “illegal material” on it, defense experts are allowed to examine the image of the machine and the “evidence”, even though possession of such evidence is usually a criminal offense.

    As a local government employee in the UK, I’ve been involved in such cases on behalf of social services, dealing with employees and children on the UK’s “At Risk Register”.

    My question to anyone here is, is it likely that, if a defense team’s specialist/s took possession of a disk image with, for example, child pornography on it, could the prosecutors then prosecute the defense team for possession of the material?

    Is this different from state to state?

    I would also, from a forensics perspective, be interested in looking at the time/date stamps and creation details of files on various suspects’ machines and comparing them… one interesting question would be, are any/many of the pictures found on different suspects’ PC’s the same, with time/date stamps and other details that might indicate that they came from a common source? This would, at the least, require examination of material which is a criminal offense to possess or view. What sort of freedom does a defense team have to examine such material?

    I may be asking stupid questions here, forgive me, I’m a Brit’ in Canada and my brain’s half frozen.

    Anybody with any info’, please drop me a line via this forum – with out host’s permission, or ask Rebel for my e-mail address, and I hereby give him permission to give that out to anybody he thinks has something legitimate to ask or tell me.



  6. Izzy Wildheart Says:

    To Pervert, well said, nice to see someone recognises that if MC clubs were to stand together against the real enemy i.e. the Feds and the Government, it would make it that much harder for this bullshit to happen.
    To Jabba, hopefully your offer will be taken up, as like minds are needed on cases such as this one and Dave Burgess’s.
    Rebel, once again thanks for giving all bikers a forum such as this.
    As always Respects

    Izzy Wildheart

  7. RVN69 Says:

    While I am in no need of assistance right now, I can’t express how much I appreciate your offer. Hopefully I will never need your expertise, but I guess as an S/A my instincts are always to look for what could be the worse that would happen and plan to avoid that.
    My deepest respects to you.
    Si vis Pacem, Parabellum

  8. Snow Says:

    I think this is railroading and a sad statement for where our freedoms are headed, confirm or be hunted down and locked up. Respect and best wishes to the Outlaw Nation on your fight for justice, stand tall and kick their asses…..SYLO…

  9. Mikonos Says:

    Would be curious to see how much of the child porn on this guys computer is the same as on Burgess computer.

    Its such a tempting and cheap trick for the Feds. Immediately galvanize public opinion regardless of the facts of the case.

    They separate child molesters in prison for their safety since its so reviled by the bad guys…yet the way the Feds are seems like this is a universal hobby of anyone that rides a motorcycle and is affiliated with a club.

    Surprised nothing found on the Mongols.

  10. Jabba Says:

    RVN69 & anybody, any club affiliation reading this >>

    Not sure what I might be letting myself in for, I’m a new immigrant to Canada, no job as yet, savings running low so I don’t have funds for American travel, but… if there was any way we could work it, I would offer any IT consultancy I could possibly manage in whatever way we could work it out. I’m no forensics expert, and have no “expert witness” court experience, but I can’t help but think I’d be better than fuck all.

    Rebel has my contact details.


  11. Damon Says:


    Definitely one to add to the “Shit I Never Thought I’d See” list.


  12. YYZ Skinhead Says:


    That clubs pic on the front page says a hundred thousand words. Wow.

    YYZ Skinhead

  13. Damon Says:

    pervert & sled tramp

    The clubs can work together.

    Some of those patches should be familiar.

    Most of these clubs have had disagreements with each other for decades, including gunfights in pub carparks. The UMCs have formed at national and State level primarily to fight the new ‘anti-bikie’ laws. Time will tell if the UMCs continue to exist in name or spirit once the new legislation is either overturned or cast in stone, but it goes to show that the clubs can work together, even if the truces are uneasy ones.

    Damon, roving Australian correspondent

  14. RVN69 Says:

    Unfortunately the problem is not just that of cops possibly/probably planting evidence on someones computer, but as I understand it there is some type of program that is used by these child porn perverts to remotely stash their child porn on your computer completely without your knowledge. Apparently there has already been instances of that happening to people who lost their jobs and reputations for something they were completely innocent of. I’m not very computer literate, and unlike the AFT/FBI version of evil biker, I’ve got very little in the way of financial resources, if that were to happen to me I would be well and truly fucked as I doubt if my public defender would be able to retain a computer forensic expert to clear me.
    Given the resources available to the cops and the true believer zeal some of them have for persecuting us, who is to say they do not have a method of planting files on a computer in advance of a raid in order to have that particular charge to pull out of their hat at the press conference, I believe it will soon be as prevelent as the old days of a table full of guns and drugs lying on top of a nazi flag used to be. Remember some one much wiser than me once said “Just because your paranoid, doesn’t mean they are not out to get you!”
    Respect to all that have earned it
    Si vis Pacem, Parabellum

  15. Vacuus Cura Says:


    “Too bad Mr. Modern-Middle-Class doesn’t realize that the cops warm up on those of us who aren’t popular or socially acceptable, and then they go after the Middle Class and Citizens.”

    Very true statement.

    Vacuus Cura

  16. DirtyBruin Says:

    Jabba: Metadata is sweet, isn’t it? And there’s all kinds of more subtle things that can be used to determine that files were planted.

    That said, I still say prevention – using something like TrueCrypt whole-drive encryption and a wicked password – is better than praying a defense attorney can find a competent computer forensics tech.

  17. Jabba Says:

    Amongst so much that really pisses me off here, is that planting files on a computer should be one of the easiest fucking things to dis/prove the ownership – digital files, especially graphics, leave a trail that any half-assed IT consultant, much less an IT forensics “expert” should be able to reconstruct.

    You plant a blade on someone after you’ve kicked shit out of them because they “resisted arrest”, it doesn’t leave a time/date stamp on the metal, and a .45 without a serial number doesn’t leave an entry in your pants’ File Allocation Table – this shit should be straightforward to deal with for fuck’s sake.

    What the fuck are the defense team/s doing about this?


  18. sled tramp Says:

    The Mob on the east coast eventually realized that by joining forces, assigning areas and so on and dispensing with the family feuds, that they could survive the Feds and profit besides.
    I doubt if we’ll ever see the more famous clubs back to back in solidarity against the common enemy but eventually,it will be stand together or die in small groups.One of the first things I was taught at Bragg was to separate larger units by misinformation and confusion and destroy the resulting smaller groups individually.The pirates ( who were actually a very workable democracy in themselves and generally fleeing a life of oppression and imprisionment)had a “Golden Age” after which, unable to form strong alliances, they were hunted down individually or in small groups by coordinated government forces.
    Time will tell.The spirit of resistance is strong, the will is there. Clubs have faith in their own abilities but of course, due to historical differences, will not or cannot work together.
    Nothing like being sacrificed upon the alter of ego.Who wins?
    Just my three cents….

  19. pervert Says:

    Kinda reminds me of a bogus kiddie porn plant in my great state of Wyo. a couple of years ago. Dave Burgess is still in jail and we, I mean you and me need to do all we can to set him free.
    If there were not a division among bikers, think what we could do. HA, Outlaws, Mongols, Banditos. Sons of Silence. Grim Reapers, Hessians, Warlocks, Brother Speed, IOOB, Sundowners, Vagos, on and on. If we had solidarity we could not be defeated or infiltrated.



  20. RVN69 Says:

    Unfortunately this effort by Law Enforcement to shall we say “slant the playing field” is neither new or confined to the U.S. If you can find a copy, a good read is Conspiracy of Brothers by Mick Lowe, a book about a killing that took place in Canada involving the Satan’s Choice MC. The conspiracy was not among the brothers in the MC, but among the cops to ignore evidence that would have helped acquit the bikers, and fabricate evidence to convict them. The accused eventually went to jail for various terms all I believe for at least 10 years, and the cops were never held accountable. Now they have found a new weapon, since recent searches have turned up less and less illegal drug amounts, and carrying around a kilo of meth or coke to plant is difficult, kiddie porn will be the new shock charge to be levelled against us “menace to society” types. You know it will inflame any jury who hears about it and any cop doing a search can carry a USB memory stick in their pocket with plenty of “evidence” to plant!
    Respect to those that have earned it
    Si vis Pacem, Parabellum.

  21. BigV Says:

    I think that the profiles done of us on Gangland and the image created by Sons of Anarchy is the worst thing to ever happen to us.

    It’s being sold on such a large scale, people are such sheep that they believe everything they see and hear, and it’s appealing to them on a prurient level.

    Now the cops show up, and they continue to feed the public the image that they’ve been conditioned to. Notice the production they make out of seizing our firearms(whether they’re illegal or not ?) Then, they throw in whatever else they can to damn us and make us look like criminals and animals. The trick dujour is to plant kiddy porn.

    They did it to Mr. Burgess, and they’ve learned it will work- especially if you’re in the backwoods or the bible belt. Check on both of those counts for Chattanooga.

  22. YYZ Skinhead Says:

    I just wonder how many clubs the feds will try to leverage with bogus “child porn” accusations. I’ve never met any Outlaws or Black Pistons, but I’ve known a lot of 1% bikers and I know they will put the hurt on ANYONE involved in child abuse. The feds have already destroyed Dave Burgess’s life with this completely false “child porn” horseshit, so why not go after the Outlaws with the same lies? Which club or club member is next on the “child porn” chopping block?

    YYZ Skinhead

  23. BigV Says:

    Rebel: I had a late night brain fart, where I said Chosen Few, I meant Limited Few. HUGE, HUGE DIFFERENCE.

    No disrespect intended to members of either club.

    -Big V

  24. BigV Says:

    Things got out of hand in Tennessee a long time ago. The Chosen Few were persecuted, any time the Grim Reapers had a run there was nothing but police harassment. Now, the cops are emboldened and they’re fucking with the Outlaws.

    The cops had blamed the bombing of part time biker in Dalton GA on the Outlaws, and they used that as their way into the community to bully, lie, intimidate, harass, and finally create anything they could to screw the Triple Nickels and their friends.

    Too bad Mr. Modern-Middle-Class doesn’t realize that the cops warm up on those of us who aren’t popular or socially acceptable, and then they go after the Middle Class and Citizens.

    They’ve got it coming, because the belief among the Middle Class and above is that if you don’t look like them, don’t act like them, don’t live in the same areas, and don’t want to be like them- you shouldn’t have any rights.

    Their day is coming. The Politburo in Washington has decreed it so.

  25. Jabba Says:

    “Just a bunch of bullshit.”

    Succinct. To the point. Excellent.

    RVN69>> “I have to wonder if we will see more child porn charges being placed by the feds?”

    In the old days, pigs used to plant a weapon and do whatever they felt like. Now, they just have to carry a USB memory stick.

    The result of the porn however, is the kind of shit that breaks up families… if it’s believed.

    To any LE piece of shit reading this >> you won’t EVER break a brotherhood with this kind of sick lie, but you do run the risk of letting Joe Public see you for the kind of brainless, slimy, fucking scum that you are, when you fuck up… and you will; because I can tell you for certain – as an IT professional – I could show, beyond a reasonable doubt, the time and date of the origins of a file, when and how it was last altered and the probability of it being planted. And if I can do that, there are plenty of others out there that could do better.

    G. F. O. D.

    O. F. F. O.


  26. RVN69 Says:

    Given the fact that it is a proven fact that child porn can be placed on someones computer without their knowledge or consent by persons who basically hijack your computer for there use, I have to wonder if we will see more child porn charges being placed by the feds? Not like it would be past the ATF to plant the porn. Nothing I have said should in anyway be interpreted to defend child pornography, personally I would just as soon cut of a child pornographers nuts off with a rusty spoon!
    Respect to all that earn it
    Si vis pacem parabellum

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