Enemy Of The People

August 23, 2012

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The most recent case against an alleged enemy of the people named George Christie entered its second year this month. Christie was the long time President and most prominent member of the Ventura charter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club. He is accused of conspiring – linger on that word, conspiring – to drive his tattoo shop competitors out of business. The charges were filed on July 29, 2011.

Two competing shops named “Scratch the Surface” and “Twisted Ink” were actually firebombed in July 2007 – four years before Christie was indicted. That long interregnum is significant if you understand what “statute of limitations” means. The government argues that “their shutting down would result in greater business for Christie” who owns a shop called “The Ink House.”

Four of Christie’s alleged co-conspirators were also charged. Those men are Kyle Gilbertson, Brian Russell, Richard Russell and Benito Hurtado. Late last month Hurtado pled guilty to misprision of a felony (which means he saw something bad and did not immediately run to tell a judge about it) and he was sentenced to pay a fine of $2,250, pay a special assessment of $100 and serve three years of probation. Four of Christie’s alleged co-conspirators are now cooperating with prosecutors. Two of them are James David Ivans, Jr. and Jared Ostrum “Crash” Plomell and, almost 13 months into the case, the other two unnamed conspirators continue to be anonymous

The case has adhered to a familiar pattern. The core idea in the current practice of federal law is to ensure that the accused are punished even if they are eventually found innocent – even if prosecutors know all along that the accused are innocent. It is the way the government punishes non-conformists and social discontents – particularly outlaw bikers who belong to brand name clubs. It is what federal prosecutors do when the Enzyte ain’t working anymore. Typically, defendants are punished by Swat raid, public shaming, the humiliation and often the assault of their families, the theft of their liquid and tangible assets and some form of incarceration which results in prolonged unemployment. Christie was eventually given house arrest and months after that he was allowed to return to work in his shop. He wears an ankle bracelet that follows him to work and to school to pick up his nine-year-old son and apparently it is sensitive enough to follow him from room to room in his house. He may stand trial beginning January 31, 2013 in Los Angeles. Maybe not. Maybe he will await trial for the rest of his life.


Christie has been wearing a bulls eye for decades. Because, he is bright, articulate and reasonable and because he has eyes that appear wise even on television he became a public spokesman for the Hells Angels about 1980. He carried an Olympic torch through Ventura before the 1984 Olympics. He was accused in 1986 of soliciting the murder of a drug dealer named Tom Chaney and acquitted after a jury trial. “George appeared to be very honest and very sincere, and very dedicated not only to his family, but the Hells Angels,” one juror said. “He was set up.” Three years later Christie actually won an interview with the late Mike Wallace.

In 1998, Christie and most of his family were accused of selling prescription drugs to high school students. After a year of pre-trial detention while presumed innocent, Christie pled guilty to stealing pills from an Air Force base and, now that he had finally admitted he was guilty, he was immediately set free.

As the years passed Christie was accused by police and police propagandists of being a “folk hero” and a “gangster” although he was never actually found guilty at any trial. Christie was “very difficult to investigate,” a “law enforcement analyst” explained to the Los Angeles Times. “He’s so clean. He keeps himself removed. He’s not supposed to be doing the dirty business.”

That remains the government’s song and dance this time: Although Christie never fire bombed or extorted anyone he enticed others to do his bidding through a combination of mumbled incantations, scribbled notes, piercing looks and hand gestures. The proof of this comes from the lips of his cooperating co-conspirators. And, since Christie is now in his early 60s and retired from his club, this may be his old adversaries’ last chance at him.

What helps even the odds in George Christie’s favor this time is that he has had a camera crew following him around throughout the whole ordeal.

Nick Mead

Two years ago, while he was still President of the Ventura Angels, Christie decided to take a “journey across America talking to like minded people about the state of freedom” in this nation. The thoughtful British film maker Nick Mead signed on to make this quest into a feature length documentary titled American Ride. The working theme for the film was a phrase Christie coined and used often, “All roads lead to where I’m going.”

A year later fate and the Department of Justice intervened and Christie’s phrase took on a more ambiguous meaning: Where he was ultimately going might be the wide, open spaces but it also might be down in the hole.

Mead’s artistry and intelligence is probably outside the range of experience of the police bureaucrats who think Gangland produces documentaries. He is a poet with a camera who followed Clarence Clemons to China to make a little known film called Who Do I Think I Am? and he has collaborated on proposed remakes of Hombre and Panic in the Streets. In his documentary My First Guitar he interviewed Pete Seeger, Brian Wilson, Bill Wyman, Dave Stewart, Tom DeLonge, Nils Lofgren, Jose Felliciano, Harry Dean Stanton and Les Paul about their first instruments. And, although he is not well known by the general public he is very well known by important and influential people in Hollywood, London and Sydney – the kind of people marketers call decision makers and influencers.

Mead has continued to work on his film, now called The Last American Outlaw, since Christie’s arrest. He has interviewed the accused man and his wife at some length. He took the time to have his dragon tattoo freshened up in Christies shop in the video below. He worries that the audience for his film may skew toward bikers and that it may not have enough action for people who have learned all they know about outlaws from Sons of Anarchy.

Because American justice is glacial and because artists, even film makers, must work more efficiently than lawyers if they are to survive the chances are that you will see Mead’s film before George Christie finally learns where his roads have led him. But, for the next century or so the film will continue to shed light on another interesting question – like who the man our government insisted was an enemy of the people, really was.


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9 Responses to “Enemy Of The People”

  1. Rashomon Says:

    @Sieg – So long as they click on the adverts and keep Rebel in rubles the stupid comments are tolerable – admittedly the cops are more fun to fuck with but what the hell.


  2. Sieg Says:

    So, tell me why there is always at least on post in every thread, about every article, whining that “he must be a bad guy, he’s a PH”?

    I don’t for a minit believe the people posting these comments are scooter-trash, sounds more like something a pig or a stone citizen would say.

    Inquiring minds want to know.

    5 to 1

  3. someonefromventura Says:

    with every outlaw including GC, the outlaw biker creed is dont talk to anyone, Im sure there were things that alarmed Law enforcement to investigate GC, he was the founding member of the Ventura chapter of the HA’s for crying out loud, being a 1% club Im pretty sure he isnt the sweetheart you make him out to be, retirement was probly the best thing for him and his family at 60+. and to add insult to injury GC no longer owns “The Ink House”… GC was respected, loved, and feared…

  4. Rebel Says:

    Dear the stranger,

    First of all, the only news in this story is that Nick Mead is documenting most of what is happening to Christie. The rest is a reiteration of previously published material. I thought it was important in this slow moving case to keep this matter publically alive.

    I have been told that Judge Nguyen has told parties to the case specifically not to talk to The Aging Rebel. I’m flattered. And, nobody has. Nobody in any case ever talks to me.

    And, with the exception of the occasional renegade, most one percenter patch holders are restrained in their comments here. That is all fine with me. I haven’t talked to anybody. I don’t know anybody. I have never been anywhere. I have a psychic friend in Dubai who is very intuitive though. And, sometimes I have these fucking dreams and hunches. You know?

    In my opinion, George Christie is a very grounded man who knows who and what he is. And, my observation is that Mrs. Christie is a sweetheart who has been troubled to the point of tears by this bogus case. I think a lot of people care about George Christie and I think he knows it. Like, for example Nick Mead cares about George Christie. Or, like you care about Christie.

    Always the love, Jay. No matter how big an asshole I might seem to you, there’s always the love.


  5. the stranger Says:

    Sad to see lack of comments for Mr. Christie. Do you think it has anything to do with his standing with the 81? He (looking from the outside) has put up with law enforcement b.s. for too long and in my opinion decided that the only person he could truly depend on is his wife. Let us not forget the investment he made for a better part of his life to his former club. He deserves respect from all who visit this site and I as do many others hope he beats the system.

  6. Tooj Says:

    There is no statute of limitations as long as the criminals in blue are allowed to use ‘under investigation’ as a means to put a hold on it.

    Another more of the same approach and everyone afraid in life looks the other way.

  7. CrazyTrain Says:

    You know what’s more infectious than any virus? An idea. That is what will make a lawman wake up in the middle of the night in a pool of his own sweat gasping for breath. If knowledge is power, and power to the people, then it’s your duty to tell, tweet, facebook, etc everyone you know about agingrebel.com and the continued injustice happening everyday. If not, it very well could be you sitting wrongly accused wanting to know why noone has had the guts to stand up and say this is wrong!

  8. TL Says:

    Well-written article, and yet another example of Federally Fabricated Lies, something the Feds are proficient at in the last decade.
    The real enemy of the people are those that govern us from afar. Let’s hope that they will be brought to bear for their crimes which are real, not imagined or hearsay.

  9. willienelso3 Says:

    wow. excellent work as usual Rebel. thank you.

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