Thursday, January 01, 2009

It is important, to remember how the raid started. It is damning.

From The Truth Will Prevail, the account of what happened at YFZ.

"A little before 6:00 p.m. on April 3, an APC (armored personnel carrier), two police cars, a cargo-carrier van, and a black Ford Expedition moved into position on the Griffin property north of the YFZ Ranch. Soon a SWAT team was hunkered down behind the APC in full gear, including body armor, helmets, face masks, machine guns, and other weapons.

At about the same time close to thirty police cars and unmarked vehicles arrived at the main gate to the Ranch."


Law enforcement is prepared for an armed confrontation. At the very least, they are prepared to veto any attempt to resist or escape, they have come prepared for battle, and have surrounded YFZ. If they really think "Sarah" is still there, a suggestion that they have been staking out the FLDS for a few days prior in some way shape or form, has credibility. They would have to watch them to know that their "evidence" is still at the ranch.

"The men (of YFZ) told the officers (at the gate) that there was no Sarah Jessop Barlow in the community and asked whether the call had been traced to be sure that it was coming from the Ranch."


FLDS men are clearly dubious. They demand to know if there is probable cause. Did the call come from the community? Yes, you can trace the number they assert. This is true. Yes you can identify what cell tower was involved with the call from that number. Clearly this could be done, clearly with the FLDS surrounded there is no danger of escape. The FLDS ask pointedly if "due diligence" has been done.

"When the sheriff replied that the number was blocked so that the call couldn’t be traced, the men said they understood there was technology available to get past a blocked number and that the whole thing sounded like a prank call, probably a Flora Mae Jessop deal. Doran dodged the issue and claimed that he had seen the locations described in the calls and that the caller would have to be inside the ranch to have included so many details."


Sheriff Doran later claims to have an informant on the Ranch, he claims to know the call must have come from inside, because of detail. This is all very disturbing because if no one can know this sort of detail, except for Doran, and for the FLDS themselves, then how does "Sarah" know details that make her story convincing? Sheriff Doran is now squarely on the hot spot for having spilled details himself, or lying about how authentic they are. He still has a chance to "holster" his weapon, and back down. But he doesn't.

"There is ample evidence, however, that the Texas authorities knew, or should have known, that the calls on which their search warrant was based were bogus. Between March 29 and April 5, sixteen calls were placed to the Newbridge Family Shelter in San Angelo, Texas, from the alleged 'Sarah.' Such calls were still going on while the raid was in progress. The same phone number was used to call a battered women’s shelter in Washington State numerous times between March 22 and April 8 with a similar story. There is no evidence, however, that a small army was assembled for an investigation anywhere but in Texas."


This is also a critical point. "Sarah" is calling all over the place. Arizona disregarded a similar call, Utah disregarded a similar call, "Sarah" continues to call Texas. Only in Texas is a small army assembled to respond to a call that now has real reason to be suspected as bogus. They have the technology to investigate the calls origins, and to see where they are coming from, but they aren't interested. They're only interested in one thing, getting in. And they're in a hurry. Is it because over time, it will be discovered that the cause does not exist, and the warrant is questionable? If so, these are men trying to create a massive distraction to cover up for the fact they have overstepped.

"It is a well-known fact that these calls have since been linked to a 33-year-old African American woman in Colorado Springs named Rozita Swinton, who has a history of making false reports of sexual abuse."


It is well known to Texas, and well known to those that do know, that they won't admit it. Most people in the United States are not familiar with her and at best, still only regard her as a suspect in a possibly fraudulent call, if they know that much. What the public "knows" is more along the lines of what an Obama voter knew about who controlled congress. In fact, I'd have to say an Obama voter was better informed. Texas is banking on this and continues to bank on this ignorance.

"The brother of Dale Evans Barlow, alleged husband of 'Sarah,' arrived at the gate of the ranch about 7:15 p.m. and told the officers that no one in his brother’s family was named Sarah Jessop. He said that Dale did not live on the ranch and had never been there. By this time the officers had obtained Dale’s cell-phone number, and Sheriff Doran and Captain Caver of the Rangers went to the sheriff’s vehicle and talked to Dale, who lives in Colorado City, Arizona, and had not even been in Texas since a school trip in 1977. Dale gave the officers his driver’s license number to verify his identity."


Normally, this would give a neutral person cause to pause. There is no neutrality. You don't call in an army to ask questions. All they want is to get inside. Any excuse will do, and it is becoming rapidly evident that there isn't even an excuse. For the raid that they are determined to justify, Texas now knows they will have to get inside. Normally, when confronted with confident people, resisiting you who present facts that constantly are born out by investigation, you slow down. Texas cannot slow down, it would be too embarrassing, and they'll probably never get in again, as evidenced by the subsequent attempt to return to the ranch in May. They KNOW this. They MUST get in, or they will NEVER get in.

This is persuasive proof that they were there for the abuses they suspected were going on at the ranch, but had no evidence for. It's no longer important if "Sarah" exists, I would have to say at this point even if there was no conspiracy to manufacture evidence, that Sheriff Doran is feeling the hot prickly adrenalin warning that he's wrong. He now has two choices. Back off and be embarrassed to the point of maybe losing his job, or charge in and "find something." Anything.

"Dale Barlow’s April telephone record from South Central Communications shows two calls from the same number in Texas at 6:20:42 p.m. and 6:24:59 p.m. MST on April 3. There are no other calls on the record from or to Texas. After the conversation the officers remarked as they returned to the gate, 'Well, that takes care of half the problem. Now we need to find this Sarah Jessop Barlow.' "


The "Perp" is not there. Texas believes he is not there. They have every reason to believe he has never been there. This speech pattern is the speech pattern of someone determined to do a thing, not of someone who is listening. They are literally saying they choose to beleive the other two thirds of the story now told by a liar. Why? Because they want in.

I have been fired in my lifetime. I have sat before men who accused me of things that I summarily proved did not occur. Nothing changed, they were there to fire me, the reasons they gave were merely the excuse, window dressing. I have also confronted CPS myself, at the gate, figuratively speaking. I know that aggressive and confidently assured presentation causes investigators to think. The CPS did not come to my house because I presented them with all the evidence. They blustered, told me they could come anyway and I couldn't do anything about it. I told them they could, but it would be over my dead body because nothing that they had proposed had happened, and I wouldn't let them in my home. They investigated and called me back and angrily derided me for my confrontational attitude, but they never came. Texas did not stop because they were convinced that once inside, they could justify their raid. They also had the firepower to enforce their behavior. In my case had someone shown up, it wouldn't have been with a swat team, and that, made them cautious.

It is, as is said in this article and elsewhere, a fishing expedition. They were also sure they wouldn't get hurt. They were sure, though without evidence, that they would find something. With 430 children, yes, they would if they searched everywhere and everyone.

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10 comments:

ztgstmv said...

Will the jury be out on this forever because the lying schemer Flora will not admit it was a setup? As with the assassination of JFK, people will be convinced by undeniable evidence that it had to be a multi-person conspiracy, but they just don't know who was involved.

That Doran and others affirm that the story of Sarah had to be coming from somone inside begs the question of just how many people were in on this conspiracy. Also, what does one make out of government actions based on conspiracies to commit illegal acts (whether it's making hoax calls or snooping in Watergate hotel rooms). I think "wanting in" on a false premise is damning enough on the part of Doran and the Rangers. At the point when solid evidence brought their probable cause into question is the point where their "good faith" standing disappeared, IMO.

The Pharisee said...

It's starting to look more and more like "stuffing the ballot box." Why is Doran so sure no one else could know such details, unless he supplied them?

I still leave open the strong possibility that he's just an embarrassed idiot that has all the firepower necessary to do anything he wants to do.

Toes said...

"The men (of YFZ) told the officers (at the gate) that there was no Sarah Jessop Barlow in the community and asked whether the call had been traced to be sure that it was coming from the Ranch."

". . .the sheriff replied that the number was blocked so that the call couldn’t be traced, the men said they understood there was technology available to get past a blocked number . . ."


"The same phone number was used to call a battered women’s shelter in Washington State numerous times between March 22 and April 8 with a similar story. "

How do they know it was the same phone number calling the other shelters, if the number was blocked and could not be traced?

They know the phone number. My personal feeling is that they knew it at the time. My opinion is that they knew the number, they knew where the caller was located, and they forced their way into the ranch anyway.

The Pharisee said...

Doran has to be confronted, under oath, on what he meant by that statement. David, how can you know no one could have such detail?

One of two things is true. Anyone could have that information and Sheriff Doran is revealed to be at best, an idiot.

The other thing that is true is and he's right. Then he's one of the suspects for feeding information to Rozita and Rozita was in fact fed information by someone. Not someone on the Ranch that lived there, someone that got onto the ranch, that was an enemy. It's clear now that the short list has to have his name on it.

ztgstmv said...

Very good point. I had been assuming that Flora provided Swinton with info on the ranch (to make the hoax calls seem credible). The info I assumed Flora provided to Swinton was info that any one outside the ranch could have obtained through hard enough research (I assumed Swinton wasn't quite into doing the foot work of finding out details about the ranch such as the "watch guard tower" etc., and that Flora told her that stuff).

But you make a good point bringing in the Doran statement. I.e. what else about the ranch might have Swinton disclosed that only someone on the inside could have known. That rules out Flora as the ultimate source, leaving only Doran, as the one of the only outsider who knew close-up what the inside looked like.

The Pharisee said...

Yeah, I love it when it's Scylla and Charybdis. Doran either lied knowing that such things as Rozita knew were not incriminating, or someone, with him being on the extremely short list, fed that information to Rozita, directly, or indirectly.

I await his answer, as to which one of these two unattractive answers he chooses.

cheese said...

You boyz'z talk about 'inside' and 'outside' the ranch just points toward 'their' ranting about it being a 'compound'. The truth is it's a community with streets and a lot of individual dwelling units quite similar to other rural communities. It also had the 'pilot' flying over on a weekly basis and posting his pictures on the net.

cheese said...

Zig said: "As with the assassination of JFK, people will be convinced by undeniable evidence that it had to be a multi-person conspiracy, but they just don't know who was involved."


You can start with George Herbert Walker Bush.

The Pharisee said...

Cheese, I think the point is that if Rozita could get all this information from the Net, then Sheriff Doran stands exposed as a liar and an idiot.

If he was 25, I might just go for idiot. He's not, so liar, and idiot. How about just "liar?"

cheese said...

I'm with ya on that!