The FBI is the modern Gestapo.
Joseph Bolanos was a pillar of his community. President of his Upper West Side block association for the past 23 years, he looked out for his neighbors during the pandemic. He dropped off masks and kept extra heaters in his rent-controlled apartment for seniors. He raised morale with a weekly street dance to show his support for essential workers.
A Red Cross volunteer after the 9/11 attacks, the 69-year-old security consultant once received a police commendation for heroism after saving a woman from being mugged.
Unmarried, and caring for his 94-year-old mother, he was a well-loved character in the quiet residential area.
But now his neighbors think he is a domestic terrorist.
Yes, he attended then-President Donald Trump’s rally in Washington, DC, on Jan. 6, but he never entered the Capitol. He was in a friend’s room at the JW Marriott a 30-minute walk away when the Capitol breach occurred.
Nonetheless, he was raided in February by the FBI anti-terrorism task force, handcuffed, paraded and detained for three hours while his apartment was ransacked and all his devices confiscated. Four months later, he hasn’t been charged and doesn’t have his devices back, but his neighbors are shunning him, and he’s had two strokes from the stress.
“It’s destroyed my reputation,” he says. “I’m not a violent invader … I do not condone the criminality and violence on [Jan. 6] whatsoever.”
The FBI told Bolanos he was raided because of a tip to the Jan. 6 hotline from a neighbor who said he had overheard him “boasting” about being at the Capitol.
An FBI agent phoned Bolanos the Sunday after the riot and left a message. He returned the call the next day, but never heard back.
At the time he was staying at his mother’s apartment in Washington Heights because she had been moved to rehab and he was facing the difficult decision of whether she should move into permanent care.
He told them he caught a train to Washington on Jan. 6 and arrived at the Ellipse to meet a friend who had flown from California with a girlfriend to watch Trump’s speech. He filmed the crowd, which he described as “friendly, like a political Woodstock.”
Bolanos is a registered Democrat, but calls himself “an independent at heart.” He liked Trump’s policies, but was never a Trump fanatic.
He strived to keep politics out of his leadership role, knowing his neighbors were a mixture of ultra-progressives and closet conservatives.
……he and his friends left early and made the eight-minute trek back to the Marriott.
That’s where they were when the Capitol barricades were breached at 12:57 p.m. Bolanos has time stamps on photographs he took in the hotel to prove it. One inside the room was taken at 1:41 p.m. Another out the window of the street below was taken at 1:45 p.m. Another photo was taken at 2:04 p.m. inside a hotel elevator. He says that is when they decided to head back to the Capitol to see what had happened with the Electoral College count.
……They arrived at the rear of the Capitol at about 2:45 p.m. Unbeknownst to Bolanos, inside the building, Ashli Babbitt has just been shot. He and his friends stood on a patch of muddy lawn about 400 feet from the wall of the Capitol taking photos. The riot was all over.
“There was no hint of violence … If you were shooting a movie at that location, you would never know anything had happened.”
No police were there. The only disorder he remembers seeing was a pile of overturned bike racks.
……He told the FBI agents all of this. He gave them a video compilation of peaceful crowds and told them he could provide more videos from a camera in his apartment. They said they would call Monday, but never did.
The next Thursday at 6 a.m., he was awakened in his mother’s apartment by loud banging. “I opened the door and there’s about 10 tactical police soldiers and one is pointing a rifle at my head. [They had] a battering ram and a crowbar.”
They also had a search warrant, issued by District Judge Gabriel Gorenstein, which named Bolanos as the “target subject.” The front door of his empty apartment was being broken down in a simultaneous raid.
The warrant authorized the federal agents to seize his property as evidence relating to crimes including “obstruction of Congress,” “civil disorders,” “conspiracy to impede/assault federal agents,” “interstate travel to participate in riot,” and “unlawful entry on restricted buildings or grounds.”
The FBI ransacked both apartments, upending drawers, trashing his mother’s bedroom.
……He was handcuffed and taken outside to an FBI car to be interrogated for four hours.
An NBC camera crew had been tipped off and was there to film his shame. NBC quoted “sources” saying charges against him were imminent. The story would be repeated in two local publications.
He started feeling sick at about 11 a.m., so the FBI called an ambulance. When he was admitted to Mt. Sinai, his blood pressure was through the roof and he had suffered a stroke.
The neighbors he had helped all those years have turned their backs on him. One woman who cooked him a nice dinner last Thanksgiving wrote him a nasty note: “I hope Antifa gets you.”
Bolanos is bereft. He has not been charged, and insists he has committed no crime.
But like thousands of other law-abiding Americans who went to Washington on Jan. 6 to see the president speak, his life has been ruined by a hysterical witch hunt for phantom domestic terrorists.
Balanos’ leftwing neighbors called the FBI to report him because they didn’t like the fact that he exercised his rights as an American citizen to attend a political rally that clashed with their politics.
The FBI mob enforcers raided the home of an Alaska couple they accused of stealing Nancy Pelosi’s laptop:
On April 28th, the FBI raided Homer Inn and Spa in Alaska over suspicions that Marilyn Hueper may have been the one who broke into Nancy Pelosi’s office back on January 6th, and stole her laptop.
The problem being it wasn’t the right woman. Mrs. Hueper just unfortunately looked similar enough from a distance in this high-profile case of mistaken identity.
Today on Capitol Hill FBI Director Wray was questioned by Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio over the methodologies used by his agency with regards to this particular raid. Examples such as the tip that led authorities to launch this operation having come from outside crowdsourcing.
It was during a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee, titled Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
……the Huepers had their door kicked in, got handcuffed, held at gunpoint, and interrogated for four hours unnecessarily. On top of that, despite Mrs. Hueper being able to demonstrate herself looking distinctly different from the Pelosi laptop thief suspect, the FBI took the phones and laptops of the couple.
As well as a pocket-sized copy of the Declaration of Independence.
Rep. Jim Jordan grilled Christopher Wray over the FBI’s bumbling idiocy:
…….The trouble began for the Huepers when the gumshoes found photos that showed the couple at the rally.
“They had somehow dug those up out of my Instagram file, which I guess they’ve got the right to, I get that,” he said. They showed me, you know ‘Ok, is this you here?’ I’m like ‘Yes, that’s me.’”
Then the agents asked about Marilyn Hueper, whom he had photographed walking up the Capitol steps, but still “a hundred yards away from the front of the Capitol.”
Marilyn Hueper and the woman inside the Capitol did indeed resemble each other slightly, and wore what appeared to be identical coats.
But that’s as far was putative match went.
……The agents separated the two, and told Marilyn Hueper why they were there: for Pelosi’s laptop.
“Oh, so it was stolen and it’s at large, good to know,” she told the agents. “I thought maybe it was just conspiracy theory, so thanks for the intel.”
But then the agents threatened her, she said.
“We know you were in the Capitol,” they said. “We have footage of you in the capitol, we have footage of you inside of Nancy Pelosi’s office when the laptop was being removed.”
The agents claimed they had positive identification. “We know you were a part of this,” they said.
Of course, the couple wasn’t a part of it, and Marilyn Hueper said she laughed and explained that she wouldn’t be caught dead in the sweater the woman wore.
But the frightened Trump supporter then showed that federal gumshoes hadn’t done their homework. “This chick looks like she has detached earlobes, which makes me jealous,” she told them. “I’ve always wanted detached earlobes.”
When she insisted on seeing search warrant, the agents threatened her: “What we’re hearing is that you don’t want to cooperate, that you want us to report back that you are lying to federal agents, and that you are obstructing justice.”
The FBI refuses to discuss their fuckups or apologize.
If the motherfuckers pursued Antifa and BLM thugs with the same effort, the country would be a lot better off. The goons responsible for the destruction of businesses, police stations, and courthouses, have skated out of any legal consequences for their crimes. The Feds refuse to prosecute.
The Dems have created a system of bullying and persecution of political opponents. This shit usually happens in Communist countries and Banana Republics.
Now it’s happening here.