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    FBI raids New Hampshire Bitcoin community

    Multiple arrests reported, including FreeTalkLive.com hosts, Bitcoin vending machines apparently seized around state, Feds said to cordon off Bitcoin embassy at Keene, authorities reportedly staking out Bitcoin Shoppe owner (?) Derrick Horton for three hours attempting interrogation.

    Details/updates: https://forum.shiresociety.com/t/nh-...-2021/12553/10

    If that forum goes off the air soon, and it may, I will probably try to post updates here on this Ron Paul Forums thread. Solidarity movement in Poland did newspapers by hand on onion skins, so I guess we can do alternate internet outlets. You can help by spreading our news.

    New Hampshire's high concentration of liberty activists and the Free State Project migration has caused the state to punch above its weight in the crypto space, but the question is... how effectively will we respond to *this?*
    Last edited by DadaOrwell; 03-18-2021 at 07:51 AM.
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    Below are copies of all my posts and links on Forum.ShireSociety.com, between 3/16 and 3/18 12 noon, trying to update people about the March 16 raid (I'm Dave Ridley)

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    According to initial reports: Multiple arrests, multiple Bitcoin locations around NH targetted, Feds attempting interrogation of Derrick Horton from “Derrick J’s Victimless Crime Spree” movie. Bitcoin-boosting FreeTalkLive.com 10 host Ian Freeman reportedly arrested. Free stater Greg Surbey missing and the two crises possibly related. Details to follow as situation allows.

    A much more active discussion is here if you can see it: https://www.facebook.com/groups/nhporcupines

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    https://www.sentinelsource.com/news/...4cafa3103.html

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    I remember hearing on Free Talk Live that around 2019 the FBI tried to interview people who knew the host, Ian Freeman aka Ian Bernard. Related to Bitcoin. It’s his house they are apparently raiding on Leverett, or at least that sounds like the address… lemme check.

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    https://manchesterinklink.com/fbi-de...investigation/


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    Please post what you know. Busy sending this thread to all the crypto news websites. Can I get a volunteer to spread it among secessionist or libertarian news sites? And let me know who you contacted?

    Update: I’m now sending it to the secessionist news sites and will post here with an update if I start sending it to the libertarian sites. What else can you think of that needs doing, other action items?

    Contact me at ridleyreport at live period com if you want to coordinate with me by email.

    Update: i’ve now contacted about 10 libertarian news sites regarding this.

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    As I was logging on to Facebook today for the purpose of telling the world about the FBI raid on Keene free stater buildings, I saw a more shocking but related piece of NH liberty news.

    Free stater Greg Surbey has apparently disappeared

    https://whdh.com/news/nashua-nh-poli...gLQsNh5_d-kWq0

    You may already know this, but here’s what I have that is new: Well, actually new and old at the same time. Around 2008, Greg and I were attending “Taproom Tuesday,” a weekly libertarian gathering at Murphy’s Taproom in Manchester, NH. He asked me to take a walk with him for a private conversation. It may have been two walks, separated by weeks… I forget.

    As best I can recall, he told me that he had been pressured by the FBI into a meeting with them around that time. They were investigating the Free State Project and Elaine Brown sympathizers. They apparently used a security clearance he had… as leverage to prevent him from exercising his Fifth Amendment rights to not answer their questions.

    He said three of them questioned him at a restaurant, Friendlies’ I think… and he was worried for his safety. He wanted to keep it quiet, the fact that they had interviewed him. But he said something to the effect that if anything happened to him, I should go public with what he had told me. The FBI doesn’t exactly have a reputation for “disappearing” people, and it seemed a little unlikely he would disappear, but now he apparently has…right before Hoover’s descendants arrive on the scene and start waving their johnathons around. The least I can do, possibly also the most, is carry out his request as best I can. So that is the basic gist of what I know; there are more minor details, and I will try to post them shortly

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    I’ve started a separate thread for the Surbey disappearance and am posting more details there:
    https://forum.shiresociety.com/t/fre...issing/12559/2

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    Sent this to about 25 crypto and financial news outlets:

    "FBI raids New Hampshire Bitcoin community

    Multiple arrests reported, Bitcoin vending machines apparently seized around state, Feds said to cordon off Bitcoin embassy at Keene, authorities reportedly staking out Bitcoin Shoppe owner (?) Derrick Horton for three hours attempting interrogation.

    Details/updates: https://forum.shiresociety.com/t/nh-...6-2021/12553/2

    New Hampshire’s high concentration of liberty activists and the Free State Project migration has caused the state to punch above its weight in the crypto space, but the question is… how effectively will we respond to this?

    Dave Ridley
    NHexit.com "

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    According to Matt Roach this apparently took on some of the characteristics of a swat raid; an armored vehicle reportedly ripped out his window at the Leverett Street house; he’s posted a picture here:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/nhporcupines - This is where the most active discussion is going on that I can see, but FreeTalkLive.com 4 probably has a Mastadon chat or something that is more active.

    Also:
    https://www.justice.gov/usao-nh/pr/s...hange-business

    https://youtu.be/2zhbraMpONw

    https://patch.com/new-hampshire/conc...rrency-charges

    https://manchesterinklink.com/fbi-de..._Uf6m9okFpnjV0

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    FreeTalkLive.com crew livestreams from damaged studio attempting to get a show on the air despite the raid 3/16/2021. Lots of conversation with useful info.

    https://youtu.be/02andqKlExc

    I did not however find a 3/16 show in their archives, as of 3/17.
    Folks in the studio during the live stream said that tip.LRN.fm is where they hoped people would send donations. LRN.fm is Free Talk Live founder (now detainee) Ian Freeman’s site.

    The new information I have which I haven’t seen in the mainstream press is that the police apparently undertook a forced entry using the controversial armored vechicle in Keene, the bearcat. This according to Matt Roach who apparently lives at a targeted location and posted a pic which I have seen, of his window reportedly pulled out by the cat. I’ll try to find it again and post it.

    some guy heckling at one of the raids apparently told the enforcers they would be “hung” after “the courts are controlled by us” or something to that effect. Such a statement is …unhelpful to freedom and, is hereby condemned… not sure who it was. Don’t fall for the temptation to do that $#@! folks.

    Ultimately, though, in a free country you should not need the government’s permission to do business as a money transmitter. It’s a reminder that…like Estonia…New Hampshire would be better off as an independent nation.

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    Former NH Libertarian Party governor candidate Darryl Perry’s account has posted this to Facebook:

    "Andy, Renee, Aria & Colleen are being released with pretty strict terms (can’t use anything connected to internet without approval of probation officer, all firearms must be removed from house, can’t obtain/possess passport, can’t contact any co-defendants, must provide DNA sample, can’t use alcohol or drugs; submit to drug & alcohol testing & notify feds if they open any new bank accounts).

    Ian to have detention hearing on Fri at 3; will remain in custody until then

    Ian’s lawyer cited media reports citing unnamed FBI Agent(s) that there’s no threat to public safety

    Rich may have refused to be released because he didn’t want to comply with the terms of release (not entirely positive, as him & Ian had hearings at same time in front of different judges)"

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    A free stater has posted this link to what he says is the indictment:

    https://www.courtlistener.com/recap/...C8A5H6eNcqARho

    Shawn Grissom’s account on Facebook posted this, regarding a peaceable standoff-of-sorts which developed on 3/16 at Derrick Horton’s home and/or business…he helps run the Bitcoine Shoppe at Portsmouth:

    “Derrick J asked me to post an update.
    Our Bitcoin Machine is safe and sitting in our business. Anypay Vending is registered with FinCEN and follows all applicable laws. We have a thorough Anti Money Laundering Policy that is over 100 pages and two teams of attorneys, NH and Federal.
    Both Steven and I have zero criminal record (mine was finally expunged last year). I do not believe this pertains to us, and the FBI was knocking on our door to ask questions. Which we refused.
    After 3 hours of knocking, we were left alone. We are directing our attorneys to contact the FBI.”


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    Above: Window in Keene reportedly pulled out by armored vehicle on 3/16

    Liberty activists posts/comments on Facebook regarding what appears to have been the raid at Free Talk Live studios on Leverett St. in Keene:

    "Jackie Perry
    Matthew Roach
    they smashed in the windows?!?!

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    Matthew Roach
    Jackie Perry
    yanked them out with the bearcat.
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    Jackie Perry
    Matthew Roach
    did they really bring the bearcat
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    Matthew Roach
    Oh God yes. "

    They are discussing the broken window image above, which I believe is Matt Roach’s room above Free Talk Live studios.
    Want freedom? Move to NH: http://FreeStateProject.org
    Want secession? Same drill: http://NHexit.com

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    If you're wondering why you're not seeing me reporting on this incident at RidleyReport.com, that's because my YouTube channel has been silenced, again. this time the accusation was "spam" for posting a podcast with Russell Kanning about NH secession. The channel and its 3,000 or so vids is likely to be removed shortly.

    I'm still uploading to https://www.bitchute.com/channel/CtLJSL0veP75/ and have a podcast recorded about this raid but the uploads are failing to appear in a timely manner; metacafe is comatose, rumble i'm getting 4 hits per vid and have moved on, facebook uploads not very easy to show you here... focusing on pre-youtube information-spreading methods meanwhile.

    If Forum.ShireSociety.com goes down, there is now a backup thread where I will plan to post updates:
    http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthr...47#post7028947

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eypEzl31-M Free Talk Live March 17 broadcast on a backup channel from studio damaged in raid.
    Want freedom? Move to NH: http://FreeStateProject.org
    Want secession? Same drill: http://NHexit.com

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    What are they being charged with? Tax evasion?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmdrake View Post
    What are they being charged with? Tax evasion?
    They claim they were operating an exchange that wasn't following the regulatory framework that was instituted to help combat money laundering.

    https://www.unionleader.com/news/cri...f6e66b929.html
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    "Each of us must choose which course of action we should take: education, conventional political action, or even peaceful civil disobedience to bring about necessary changes. But let it not be said that we did nothing." - Ron Paul

    "Paul said "the wave of the future" is a coalition of anti-authoritarian progressive Democrats and libertarian Republicans in Congress opposed to domestic surveillance, opposed to starting new wars and in favor of ending the so-called War on Drugs."

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    Quote Originally Posted by DadaOrwell View Post
    Multiple arrests reported, including FreeTalkLive.com hosts, Bitcoin vending machines apparently seized around state, Feds said to cordon off Bitcoin embassy at Keene, authorities reportedly staking out Bitcoin Shoppe owner (?) Derrick Horton for three hours attempting interrogation.

    Details/updates: https://forum.shiresociety.com/t/nh-...-2021/12553/10

    If that forum goes off the air soon, and it may, I will probably try to post updates here on this Ron Paul Forums thread. Solidarity movement in Poland did newspapers by hand on onion skins, so I guess we can do alternate internet outlets. You can help by spreading our news.

    New Hampshire's high concentration of liberty activists and the Free State Project migration has caused the state to punch above its weight in the crypto space, but the question is... how effectively will we respond to *this?*
    WTF constitutes a "Bitcoin community"?

    Why haven't you posted a copy of the warrant?

    Linking to fedbook isn't helpful, at least to me, I've never had an account and won't.

    Calm down and try to inform those of us not in your circle what's going on and why......You're far more likely to get traction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dannno View Post
    They claim they were operating an exchange that wasn't following the regulatory framework that was instituted to help combat money laundering.

    https://www.unionleader.com/news/cri...f6e66b929.html
    Thanks for the link!

    Much more informative than the OP.

    [edit]

    Okay, read the article...........

    1st question I have is if Bitcoin is 'secure' have these people suffered a financial loss to where they can't afford counsel? If so how?

    Next question, Who out there in Keene doesn't understand what FDIC stands for?
    Last edited by tod evans; 03-18-2021 at 11:48 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dannno View Post
    They claim they were operating an exchange that wasn't following the regulatory framework that was instituted to help combat money laundering.

    https://www.unionleader.com/news/cri...f6e66b929.html
    What the hell? I didn't even know such a regulatory framework existed.
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    Winston Churchhill on why the U.S. should have stayed OUT of World War I

    "I am so %^&*^ sick of this cult of Ron Paul. The Paulites. What is with these %^&*^ people? Why are there so many of them?" YouTube rant by "TheAmazingAtheist"

    "We as a country have lost faith and confidence in freedom." -- Ron Paul

    "It can be a challenge to follow the pronouncements of President Trump, as he often seems to change his position on any number of items from week to week, or from day to day, or even from minute to minute." -- Ron Paul
    Quote Originally Posted by Brian4Liberty View Post
    The road to hell is paved with good intentions. No need to make it a superhighway.
    Quote Originally Posted by osan View Post
    The only way I see Trump as likely to affect any real change would be through martial law, and that has zero chances of success without strong buy-in by the JCS at the very minimum.



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    Quote Originally Posted by jmdrake View Post
    What the hell? I didn't even know such a regulatory framework existed.
    You used to be able to signup with crypto exchanges without "verifying your identity", although if you wanted to deposit or withdrawal fiat, you would have to give them your bank account or credit card info.

    Now exchanges require you to verify your identity, like a bank or other financial institution would have to do.
    "He's talkin' to his gut like it's a person!!" -me
    "dumpster diving isn't professional." - angelatc
    "You don't need a medical degree to spot obvious bullshit, that's actually a separate skill." -Scott Adams
    "When you are divided, and angry, and controlled, you target those 'different' from you, not those responsible [controllers]" -Q

    "Each of us must choose which course of action we should take: education, conventional political action, or even peaceful civil disobedience to bring about necessary changes. But let it not be said that we did nothing." - Ron Paul

    "Paul said "the wave of the future" is a coalition of anti-authoritarian progressive Democrats and libertarian Republicans in Congress opposed to domestic surveillance, opposed to starting new wars and in favor of ending the so-called War on Drugs."

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    USSANews.com is an aggregate news site like the Drudge. They get a good amount of traffic. They ask for news like this. Do your own write up and submit here: https://ussanews.com/News1/write-for...nce-necessary/. Might help drive reporting to your site through name and byline.


    We want your opinion. We want your articles. We want you to be independent!

    Look, we all have opinions, and I find that writing them out is the best way to vent, especially in this crazy world we call 2021.

    No experience Necessary!

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    I own BTC but I'm putting money into Particl for this very reason. It promises to be everything BTC could have been. It's completely decentralized.

    Also, check out LokiNet. Everyone should GTFO of the Clearnet immediately and regroup on the dark web. Tor is crawling with FEDS and LEO.

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    https://www.sentinelsource.com/news/...56c6912c8.html
    Shows police tape blocking a road in a residential neighborhood, presumably near Leverett St. in Keene.

    “Prosecutors say Freeman committed money laundering by conducting a financial transaction in August 2020 with proceeds he knew were from unlawful activity involving the distribution of controlled substances. The indictment states that Freeman exchanged $19,900 for approximately 1.54 Bitcoin.”

    They’re listing Bitcoin as a controlled substance??? I’ve never heard of that before.

    Keene Sentinel reports Ian Freeman is in custody at Merrimack County Jail, or at least his attorney Sisti told them that. A detention hearing is scheduled for Friday. Need help spreading the word.

    I’ve scheduled a demonstration/protest outside Keene Police Department to protest their collaboration with Washington in this raid. Need help spreading the word,
    1:15p Saturday, March 20. Details:

    https://www.facebook.com/events/624949948351933/
    Want freedom? Move to NH: http://FreeStateProject.org
    Want secession? Same drill: http://NHexit.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by FunkBuddha View Post
    I own BTC but I'm putting money into Particl for this very reason. It promises to be everything BTC could have been. It's completely decentralized.

    Also, check out LokiNet. Everyone should GTFO of the Clearnet immediately and regroup on the dark web. Tor is crawling with FEDS and LEO.
    This is the first I've heard of Particl but I started looking into it based on your recommendation. Pretty interesting to say the least! Trying to get the desktop app running on my Raspberry Pil
    9/11 Thermate experiments

    Winston Churchhill on why the U.S. should have stayed OUT of World War I

    "I am so %^&*^ sick of this cult of Ron Paul. The Paulites. What is with these %^&*^ people? Why are there so many of them?" YouTube rant by "TheAmazingAtheist"

    "We as a country have lost faith and confidence in freedom." -- Ron Paul

    "It can be a challenge to follow the pronouncements of President Trump, as he often seems to change his position on any number of items from week to week, or from day to day, or even from minute to minute." -- Ron Paul
    Quote Originally Posted by Brian4Liberty View Post
    The road to hell is paved with good intentions. No need to make it a superhighway.
    Quote Originally Posted by osan View Post
    The only way I see Trump as likely to affect any real change would be through martial law, and that has zero chances of success without strong buy-in by the JCS at the very minimum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DadaOrwell View Post
    https://www.sentinelsource.com/news/...56c6912c8.html
    Shows police tape blocking a road in a residential neighborhood, presumably near Leverett St. in Keene.

    “Prosecutors say Freeman committed money laundering by conducting a financial transaction in August 2020 with proceeds he knew were from unlawful activity involving the distribution of controlled substances. The indictment states that Freeman exchanged $19,900 for approximately 1.54 Bitcoin.”

    They’re listing Bitcoin as a controlled substance??? I’ve never heard of that before.

    Keene Sentinel reports Ian Freeman is in custody at Merrimack County Jail, or at least his attorney Sisti told them that. A detention hearing is scheduled for Friday. Need help spreading the word.

    I’ve scheduled a demonstration/protest outside Keene Police Department to protest their collaboration with Washington in this raid. Need help spreading the word,
    1:15p Saturday, March 20. Details:

    https://www.facebook.com/events/624949948351933/
    I'm guessing that the "controlled substance" is some sort of drug versus being Bitcoin itself. But their defense attorney should ask for a "bill of particulars" and demand the prosecutor explain exactly what the controlled substance is.
    9/11 Thermate experiments

    Winston Churchhill on why the U.S. should have stayed OUT of World War I

    "I am so %^&*^ sick of this cult of Ron Paul. The Paulites. What is with these %^&*^ people? Why are there so many of them?" YouTube rant by "TheAmazingAtheist"

    "We as a country have lost faith and confidence in freedom." -- Ron Paul

    "It can be a challenge to follow the pronouncements of President Trump, as he often seems to change his position on any number of items from week to week, or from day to day, or even from minute to minute." -- Ron Paul
    Quote Originally Posted by Brian4Liberty View Post
    The road to hell is paved with good intentions. No need to make it a superhighway.
    Quote Originally Posted by osan View Post
    The only way I see Trump as likely to affect any real change would be through martial law, and that has zero chances of success without strong buy-in by the JCS at the very minimum.

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    Continued copy-paste from Forum.ShireSociety.com traffic:


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    Aahz
    Leader
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    “Prosecutors say Freeman committed money laundering by conducting a financial transaction in August 2020 with proceeds he knew were from unlawful activity involving the distribution of controlled substances. The indictment states that Freeman exchanged $19,900 for approximately 1.54 Bitcoin.”

    They’re listing Bitcoin as a controlled substance??? I’ve never heard of that before.

    You’re misreading the sentence Dave. They’re saying he knowingly accepted fiat drug money in exchange for BTC. Likely a result of selling to the undercover agent.

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    Leonard4Liberty
    RidleyReport2
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    Hey Dave,

    Wouldn’t mind coordinating with you.

    jake [dot] leonard [at] heartlandnewsfeed [dot] com

    Might as well do my part to help out, since there’s only so much I can do about my Internet radio network, with FTL not live and the LRN stream being down.


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    RidleyReport2
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    Thanks all. I’m posting a todo list here: Possible action items related to the FBI Bitcoin raids in New Hampshire 3

    I’ll try to update it to make it more useful.

    I’ll try to take a day of rest during Sunday 3/21; would one or more of you be willing to carry out some of the action items listed there?


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    According to
    https://forum.shiresociety.com/t/fre...ed-again/12566

    a young lady was forced to leave the house on Leverett St. partially clothed during the raid, says the temp was 20 degrees. Also claims the authorities used a drone for initial entry into the house. So now is our drama is a sci fi drama?


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    Leonard4Liberty
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    Yeah, there was a first-hand description of this on Tuesday night’s FTL broadcast (although it wasn’t actually live). The individual was a co-host on Tuesday, Wednesday, and I believe Thursday night as well. Could be wrong, but I believe it was Ian’s girlfriend?


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    Live feed of our protest at KPD today:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ithv-0GSN8A
    Turnout was about 15 plus a reporter from the Union Leader and one from the Keene Sentinel. Thanks to all who attended and spread the word! This was more turnout than I would have expected with just 36 hours to work with.

    My ridleos will trickle out much more slowly but meanwhile Ian’s girlfriend Bonnie confirms the account mentioned above, that KPD was in the house at Leverett St. Also it appears that activists did a good job getting video , within 10 minutes of the beginning of the raid at that spot. If that video had been uploaded within 48 hours of the raid, it would have had an electrical effect on the news coverage, but now the news cycle is over.

    It will still be invaluable as file video and for the purpose of helping to keep this issue on the front page. it presumably took some courage to film and we should be thankful to any and all who did so.



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    RidleyReport2
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    Looks like the free talk live shows have been appearing every night at
    https://soundcloud.com/freetalklive


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    RidleyReport2
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    Matt Roach is now clarifying that all the armored vehicles involved may have been completely Federal, and that KPD may be correct when it says “their” Bearcat was not involved.

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    RidleyReport2
    RidleyReport2
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    They are now saying not to donate at LRN.FM. for fear it (or the address there) may be compromised. A new option I keep hearing, and have heard from one of the hosts, is captainkickass@edge . Whatever that means (someone elaborate please.) What do you think is the best place to go for donating?

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    Aahz
    Leader
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    captainkickass@edge . Whatever that means (someone elaborate please.)

    It’s a FIO address 2 for cryptocurrency payments.

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    penguin
    Aahz
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    This was a lie. I know first hand that Ian Freeman never accepted drug money in exchange for crypto. He had a clear policy against selling to ANYBODY who indicated that they were involved in criminal activity. On a number of occasions he turned down money from people who indicated that they were involved in some sort of criminal activity and the vending machines were clear as day that you should NOT inform anybody of the reason you were acquiring crypto. On numerous occasions people who appeared to be victims of fraud were turned away and asked to leave the premises without having acquired the crypto they sought. This would have been identified not by what they were using it for, since nobody ever asked that question, but rather in cases where there was a lack of an understanding of what Bitcoin was or what they were doing. If it appeared that somebody might be getting scammed that person was asked to leave.


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    More coverage from the Keene PD protest https://www.unionleader.com/news/cri...3b193f087.html

    " # Keene activists protest arrests of ‘Crypto Six’

    By Damien Fisher Union Leader Correspondent
    Mar 20, 2021 Updated 13 hrs ago
    KEENE — About a dozen activists associated with the Free Keene cooperative stood outside the Keene Police Department on Saturday to protest the recent raids of Free Keene leader Ian Freeman’s home and the arrests of the so-called Crypto Six.

    Freeman, Aria DiMezzo, and Nobody, formerly known as Rich Paul, and others were arrested last week on federal money laundering charges. Freeman’s Leverett Street home was raided along with his Bitcoin operation, known as an “embassy,” on Marlborough Street.

    “The government stole my boyfriend, and the Keene Police Department should not have agreed to work with the FBI on trumped-up, dumb-ass charges,” said Bonnie Kruse.

    Kruse was sleeping in the Leverett Street home when Keene police, FBI agents and agents with the United State Treasury Department busted in to arrest Freeman and the others. Kruse, who was not charged, said she was handcuffed and detained for more than an hour during the raid.

    “The Keene Police Department should have stayed out of it,” Kruse said. “I woke up to my roommate yelling and lots and lots of noise and I’m naked.”

    She and Freeman grabbed robes as police and federal agents broke glass and broke in, shouting at them and terrifying her, she said.

    “They made me walk in glass and they made me put shoes on with glass in them,” she said.

    Kruse said Bitcoin is not a crime, and the charges are bogus.

    The Leverett Street duplex is also headquarters for many of Freeman’s Free Keene organizations, including the Shire Free Church Monadnock.

    Freeman is charged with laundering money using his churches and DiMezzo’s Reformed Satanic Temple as part of a multi-million scheme.

    Freeman had $180,000 in cash in his home, according to authorities, who found a room filled with 26 guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition. The home is close to a charter middle school.

    Jason Gerhard from Northfield showed up at the protest to make his voice heard against what he sees as government overreach. The Keene Police Department’s cooperation with federal law enforcement is a step too far, Gerhard said.

    “The government has just grown so humongous,” Gerhard said. “We don’t want the federal government in our lives.”

    Freeman, 40, is charged with operating a multi-million dollar bitcoin exchange business that facilitated laundering money from scammers across the country.

    Also arrested with Freeman, DiMezzo, 34, and Nobody, 52, were Colleen Fordham, 60, of Alstead, who operates the Mighty Moose Mart, adjacent to Freeman’s Bitcoin embassy, Renee Spinella, 23, of Derry, and Andrew Spinella, 35, also of Derry.

    DiMezzo, Fordham and the Spinellas are free on their own recognizance. Nobody waived his right to a detention hearing and will remain in jail pending trial. Freeman is seeking to be released, and is awaiting an order from federal Judge Andrea Johnstone on his request to be released.

    Chris Wade, a Free Keene blogger, said Freeman’s Bitcoin embassy will be reopening soon, though he declined to get into details. He said the charges against Freeman and the others don’t make sense.

    “They’re bogus,” Wade said. “There was at least one part of it that was entirely fabricated.”

    In 2014, Freeman’s home was raided and his computers seized by FBI as part of a child sex abuse images investigation. He was never charged in that investigation.

    The Free Keene group was initially part of the Free State Project, an effort to get libertarian-leaning individuals around the country to move to New Hampshire and become embedded in the state’s political, economic and social structures.

    The Free State Project disassociated itself from Freeman in 2014, citing his advocacy for lowering the age of consent laws. "



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    RidleyReport2
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    Liberty activist Garret Ean and at least one friend chalk the sidewalks with “free the crypto 6” type messages outside Federal court at Concord. Marhiya Tucker - Chalkings in support of federally caged... | Facebook 8
    https://www.facebook.com/permalink.p...00009919036488
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    penguin
    4h

    Thanks for that video. I’m going to borrow it to show other people the support we have in New Hampshire. It’s a great demonstration of why people should move. Alone we parish, but together we thrive.

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    RidleyReport2
    1h

    Edited ridleo with interview: NH: Activists protest FBI Bitcoin raid, KPD involvement

    https://rumble.com/vexcjz-nh-free-st...volvement.html

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    Last edited by DadaOrwell; 03-23-2021 at 06:14 AM.
    Want freedom? Move to NH: http://FreeStateProject.org
    Want secession? Same drill: http://NHexit.com

  18. #16
    Quote Originally Posted by jmdrake View Post
    I'm guessing that the "controlled substance" is some sort of drug versus being Bitcoin itself. But their defense attorney should ask for a "bill of particulars" and demand the prosecutor explain exactly what the controlled substance is.
    I agree, I read that statement as bitcoin was the fruit of the poison tree..

    Am I the only one who has trouble following the OP's posts?



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  20. #17
    Quote Originally Posted by tod evans View Post
    Am I the only one who has trouble following the OP's posts?
    No.

    I have little patience for written musings of the average 'murikan.

  21. #18
    Grrr i'm sorry my OP was hard to follow. Probably I"m too close to NH liberty news to see the forest instead of the trees sometimes...but I figured you would cover for me with big picture summaries and you did; thank you.
    Want freedom? Move to NH: http://FreeStateProject.org
    Want secession? Same drill: http://NHexit.com

  22. #19
    Quote Originally Posted by DadaOrwell View Post
    Grrr i'm sorry my OP was hard to follow. Probably I"m too close to NH liberty news to see the forest instead of the trees sometimes...but I figured you would cover for me with big picture summaries and you did; thank you.
    Maybe take some time and spell it out for those of us who aren't informed?

    At the very least you'll have a sympathetic ear.

  23. #20
    Quote Originally Posted by dannno View Post
    You used to be able to signup with crypto exchanges without "verifying your identity", although if you wanted to deposit or withdrawal fiat, you would have to give them your bank account or credit card info.

    Now exchanges require you to verify your identity, like a bank or other financial institution would have to do.
    Oh it's worse than that. In 2019 US Treasury forced the multi country FATF rules that exchanges share client information on any transaction. Full customer data when exchanges sent to other exchanges. There is a push now (End of 2020) to send all info to authorities for any transfer of fiat, or crypto, over $250 that crosses a US border (Which would be every transaction, I'm sure the feds would do it like they do telecom by forcing things to bounce over a border even if it's not the shortest path so they can tap every call and force a transaction to cross the US border)

    bitcoin may have started as semi anonymous but it sure isn't nowadays.

    https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2020/1...l-surveillance
    “…let us teach them that all who draw breath are of equal worth, and that those who seek to press heel upon the throat of liberty, will fall to the cry of FREEDOM!!!” – Spartacus, War of the Damned

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  24. #21
    More copy-paste from Forum.ShireSociety.com

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    RidleyReport2
    5d

    FTL co-host Chris Wade (sp?) shot video of the raid from almost its beginning, and it has now been uploaded!

    https://ipfs.io/ipfs/QmTRrWj8kWVgNj6...LmcQGG5ZRkVg8g 6


    https://rumble.com/veyssb-new-vid-of...-keene-nh.html


    https://www.courtlistener.com/docket...tes-v-freeman/

    irving12
    4d

    I signed up for the emailed notices for prev listing… there’s a hearing today for Ian… presumably for bail… see the updates.
    [happily i found out that the updates are quite fast]


    RidleyReport2
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    Rumble 2
    Waid: FBI Bitcoin raid shut down 4 square blocks of Keene, NH 2

    Sponsor: http://ForkFest.Party - New Hampshire liberty-camping event! Aerials from http://YouTube.com/JNacoustic Want to buy an ad on the Ridley Report? https://forum.freestateproject.org/index.php?to

    https://rumble.com/vf04ux-waid-fbi-b...-keene-nh.html


    RidleyReport2
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    On the March 22 show of free talk live, at roughly the 10 minute mark, one of the co-hosts, Bonnie, says that she has filed a sexual harassment complaint against one of the Keene police officers who interacted with her during the raid. I don’t know Bonnie’s last name.

    Go to this link: " Free Talk Live | Free Listening on SoundCloud " then scroll till you find the 3/22 show.

    Here is a much more detailed video of the Mighty Moose / Bitcoin Embassy raid on Hwy 101 in Keene.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qX5u...ature=emb_logo


    penguin
    4d

    :slight_smile: I filmed this one too. Vincent did the editing. Thanks Vincent!


    RidleyReport2
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    1d

    And you did a good job filming it. Meanwhile…activists have set up a website where folks can send crypto and probably other types of donations meant to help the arrested folks:
    TheCrypto6.com 2



    RidleyReport2
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    Free Keene – 28 Mar 21 1
    VIDEO Released: March 16th, 2021 FBI Raid Of Free Talk Live, the Bitcoin... 1
    https://freekeene.com/2021/03/27/vid...ty-moose-mart/

    According to “Mr. Penguin” in the above article on FreeKeene.com,
    authorities raided “19 properties over the supposed use of cryptocurrency”

    Is he saying 19 properties in New Hampshire were raided on March 16? or is he including something outside that time and place? Can anyone name all 19 of the properties raided and post contact information for them?
    Want freedom? Move to NH: http://FreeStateProject.org
    Want secession? Same drill: http://NHexit.com

  25. #22
    From article:
    Beginning in the spring of 2016, prosecutors said, the group opened bank accounts for the Shire Free Church, the Crypto Church of New Hampshire, the Church of the Invisible Hand and the Reformed Satanic Church.
    Wut? With names like those, didn't anyone stop and ask whether there might be some Fibbies inside their group pushing this scheme? Church of the Hidden Hand???? Did no one pick up on that??? Reformed Satanic Church???? Come on people! You obviously had occultists (informants and/or LEO) in your group.
    Last edited by devil21; 04-26-2021 at 10:02 AM.
    "Let it not be said that we did nothing."-Ron Paul

    "We have set them on the hobby-horse of an idea about the absorption of individuality by the symbolic unit of COLLECTIVISM. They have never yet and they never will have the sense to reflect that this hobby-horse is a manifest violation of the most important law of nature, which has established from the very creation of the world one unit unlike another and precisely for the purpose of instituting individuality."- A Quote From Some Old Book

  26. #23
    Quote Originally Posted by devil21 View Post
    From article:


    Wut? With names like those, didn't anyone stop and ask whether there might be some Fibbies inside their group pushing this scheme? Church of the Hidden Hand???? Did no one pick up on that??? Reformed Satanic Church???? Come on people! You obviously had occultists (informants and/or LEO) in your group.
    Are you unable to pick up satire? They ran Commercials for the past 10 years advertising those churches as a tax deductible donation.

    You joined in 2007. Surely you came across it at some point.

    However, Chris Cantwell was a co-host on the show for about 7 years, before he turned into a neo-nazi. So perhaps you're on to something.
    Last edited by XxNeXuSxX; 04-28-2021 at 07:12 AM.



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