How the FBI's Assassins at Ruby Ridge Exposed FBI Corruption Long Before Mar-A-Lago Raid
At Ruby Ridge, feds shot and killed innocents for no good reason and then covered it up. Such disgusting corruption continues to this day.
Few of us were around in 1992 when, at Ruby Ridge in northern Idaho, the corruption of the FBI began to reveal itself. The Mar-a-Lago raid shows that those who used to seem fringy and overly concerned about these things were right and those of us who scoffed at the possibility that America’s law enforcement agencies could be corrupted were wrong. The FBI still held itself accountable for its malicious misdeeds in 1992. That has changed today.
Polls show that increasing that Americans do not trust the FBI to enforce the laws objectively. In fact, a majority of Americans think the FBI acts like "the Left's personal Gestapo," as you will see below.
John Derbyshire gives an account of the Ruby Ridge standoff on his Radio Derb podcast this week. All who are new to Idaho should give it a listen—or read the transcript below. Remembering the story of Ruby Ridge, where federal agents shot Randy Weaver** and killed his wife, though he was innocent of any crime except failure to show up at court for the fake crime, will make your blood boil.
And it will disabuse you of a desire to trust our authorities today when they tell lies about Pres. Trump. Derb:
How did the FBI go from being stalwart defenders of the American Way against organized crime and foreign espionage to having half the voting public seeing them as the President's personal Gestapo?
The slide has been going on for some decades; but one event that mightily accelerated the slide happened thirty years ago. . . That was the siege of Ruby Ridge in the mountains of upcountry Idaho.
The target of the siege was 44-year-old Randy Weaver, an eccentric but perfectly harmless citizen who held survivalist and white-separatist beliefs. Those beliefs had gotten him involved with undercover federal agents who were infiltrating an Aryan Nations group.
The agents framed up Weaver with a petty firearms offense. When Weaver failed to show up at the court hearing, six U.S. Marshals outfitted in full combat gear, carrying automatic weapons, went to the mountain cabin where he lived with his wife and their four children and some dogs.
Marshals spotted Weaver’s 14-year-old son Sammy in company with one of the dogs and a friend of Weaver’s who was visiting the family. They shot and killed the dog. Sammy fired in their direction without hitting anyone, then turned to go back to the cabin; a marshal shot him in the back, killing him. The family friend responded by fatally shooting one of the marshals.
That shoot-out escalated the issue and the FBI was called in and commenced an eleven-day siege. An FBI sniper shot Randy Weaver, although not fatally. Shortly afterwards that same sniper shot and killed Mrs. Weaver — standing in her yard, unarmed, holding her ten-month-old baby daughter.
The family friend was also shot — hit by the same bullet that had killed Mrs. Weaver. He was badly hurt, but survived.
Captured at last and put on trial, Weaver and his friend were acquitted on all charges except the original failure to appear for the court date Weaver had been trapped into by the FBI.
The Justice Department did their best to cover up the details of the case, scoffing at Weaver and his friend as white-supremacist terrorists and so on. However, Wall Street Journal reporter James Bovard got hold of the relevant documents and blew their cover.
The government settled with Weaver for 3.1 million dollars. Weaver's friend got $380,000. A senior FBI official was sent to prison for destroying key evidence.
The FBI sniper who’d shot Mrs Weaver — again: standing in her yard, unarmed, holding her ten-month-old baby daughter — was indicted for manslaughter by a state prosecutor but the feds got the case dismissed on the grounds that, quote:
“A federal officer cannot be held on a state criminal charge where the alleged crime arose during the performance of his federal duties.”
That sniper never did serve any time, nor pay any penalty. He went on to play a much-disputed role in the massacre of the Branch Davidians at Waco, Texas. His present whereabouts are unknown to the internet.
Randy Weaver died in May this year (2022) at age 74 after some weeks of illness. I don't know the nature of the illness.
So yeah, the FBI, which half my fellow citizens agree is “Joe Biden's personal Gestapo.” . . .
There need to be some major, serious, whole-hearted purges in federal law enforcement: not just the FBI but the U.S. Marshals Service, too, and the DEA and the ATF.
Two things of note. First, the FBI held itself accountable for its misdeeds in 1992. It does so only rarely today, if ever. Second, Idaho’s public officials actually prosecuted the federal agents or tried to for their actions against Randy Weaver and his family. They acknowledged the great wrong done to the Weaver family—and wanted to do something about it. One of the great signs of our decline in Idaho is that no one could imagine similarly courageous actions on behalf of Idaho’s citizens today.
Like the US government and FBI, in other words, Idaho's government has gotten worse over the past thirty years.
* pictures snapped from YouTube. The picture of Mrs. Weaver was just before she was killed by FBI agents.